News & Commentary
posted in January 2010
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Healthcare Providers Want "Red Flag" Exception
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
Dentists, physicians, and veterinarians are asking the Federal Trade Commission to exclude healthcare professionals from regulations designed to mitigate the risks of identity theft. I say: Step up and protect your customers from identity theft.
Semantic Search Footnotes: Concepts, Ontologies & Real Time
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
I want to respond to a few comments/suggestions I received about my recent Intelligent Enterprise story, Breakthrough Analysis: Two + Nine Types of Semantic Search. Jim Hendler suggested a semantic-search approach I'd missed, "real-time search with some sort of filtering." I'll tackle that and points raised by NLP/semantics researcher Tom O'Hara...
Oracle Announces Sun Java Roadmap
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
The database giant's executive VP, Thomas Kurian, details how Oracle plans to integrate Sun's software into its product lines.
SMB Trends To Watch In 2010
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Technology consultants Access Markets International Partners have pointed to six trends among small and medium businesses that, they say, deserve more attention.
Google Docs, Sites Dropping IE 6 Support
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Old browsers are being put out to pasture so new Web technologies can run free.
Apple iPad Arrives Amid Controversy
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
Oracle on SharePoint: Waiting for Answers
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Oracle today doesn't seem to have an explicit answer to the foamy wave that is SharePoint. Will Oracle deliver on collaboration requirements?
The Fritz & David Show: What a Week! Apple, Oracle, Rant
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
January 2010 won't go quietly, nor will Techweb's Chief Content Officer, David Berlind and I in our second podcast version of The Fritz & David Show where we give some of our final thoughts no the Apple iPad, and summarize the announcements coming from Oracle this week.
HP Extends Financing Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Texas IT Firm Adding 100 Jobs
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A Dallas-based IT services firm with 500 employees is looking to add 100 new jobs this year to support its growing business in managed IT services, applications development, project management, and infrastructure services. About half of the new jobs are based in Dallas while others will be spread around the U.S.
Search Keywords Mean Business
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Businesses that focus on branded searches may be missing out on the visitor traffic that comes from generic search terms.
Microsoft Enterprise Sales Fizzle
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Redmond posted record quarterly revenue, but most of the growth was driven by a recovery in consumer sales.
Mobile Handset Sales Rebound
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Manufacturers shipped 15% more mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2009 than in the third quarter, researcher says.
Bill Gates Donates $10 Billion For Vaccines
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Microsoft founder says 8.7 million children can be saved if they're given access to crucial pharmaceuticals.
Informatica Buys Siperian, Reports Strong Earnings
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
The data integration firm steps into the master data management market with the $130 million acquisition.
Informatica Buys MDM Vendor, Reports Strong Growth
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Siperian acquisition bolsters data quality offerings. Revenues surpass $500 million.
Six Things To Like About The Apple iPad
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The iPad is certainly missing a lot of features, but there's still plenty to like. Here are six features of the iPad that I think many will find appealing.
Down To Business: What Could Doom The IT Recovery?
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The economy (stupid). Absent more responsible and disciplined fiscal policies, the U.S. tech rebound will be a short-lived phenomenon.
Google Makes Calling Directly From Ads Easier
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Heaven forbid we actually have to dial a phone number any more. That would be awful. Google is saving smartphone owners, once again, from exercising their thumbs by adding a click-to-call feature directly in mobile ads.
New Initiative A Good Sign For Virtualization Security
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A recent agreement involving three major IT vendors is good news for companies with lingering concerns about virtualization security.
HTC Makes Sense Available To Its Magic Phone
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Those who jumped on the Android bandwagon early by purchasing the HTC Magic when it hit store shelves in mid-2009 take heed. HTC has made a new version of the system software available for the Magic, and it includes HTC's Sense user interface.
Motorola To Become Leading Android Supplier
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Motorola is predicted to become the leading supplier of Android devices, pushing HTC to the number two spot. Motorola got real serious with Android with the launch of the Verizon based Droid and it looks like that is paying off.
CA Names McCracken Chairman
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
CEO William E. McCracken assumes the role of chairman after a unanimous board vote.
iPad Debut Swamps Social Networks
News  |  1/29/2010  | 
Launch of Apple's highly anticipated tablet-style computer prompts record chatter on Twitter and other services.
Sybase Reports Record Earnings, Updates Adaptive Server
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The company's flagship relational database product now offers in-memory capability for sensitive transaction-based operations.
iPad And SMBs, Take Two
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Full Nelson Video: iPad Revealed
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
View a video demonstration, and read my thoughts on why I wouldn't buy Apple's latest must-have device if it were available today.
The iPad: I Don't Get It
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Good grief. Yesterday's breathless blogging would have you thinking the technology world has been changed forever with the new Apple iPad. So let me go on the record with a contrarian viewpoint. The iPad seems like an interesting device, but I can't see where it fits into most personal or business IT needs.
Practical Analysis: IT Managers Have Had Enough
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Our annual salary survey indicates that security pros aren't getting a sufficient sense that their work and expertise are valued.
RatePoint Helps Resolve Customer Disputes
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Customer review and survey service RatePoint claims that businesses who use its online testimonial services can resolve 90 percent of customer disputes before they turn into negative reviews. That's one of several pieces of advice the company offers small businesses trying to manage their online reputations.
Microsoft Profits Jump 60%
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The software maker roars past Wall Street estimates on the back of robust Windows 7 demand.
Google Social Search Reaches Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
It just got easier to tap the wisdom of your friends online.
Oracle CEO Ellison: Sun Will Be Profitable In February
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Making a huge commitment to Sun's viability and value, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun will become profitable next month and will remain in the black thereafter. Setting up that unexpected promise, Ellison said, "So we're hiring, not firing. We're not cutting Sun to profitability, we're growing Sun to profitability."
Motorola Working On Google Nexus Phone?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Today Motorola confirmed that it is working on a new Android phone that it plans to sell directly to consumers through Google. Will its unnamed device be the Nexus Two? Perhaps.
iPad Missing 'Something Important'
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Adobe says no Flash support means Apple's hot new tablet is incompatible with millions of Web sites.
Tech Resellers See Revenue Gain
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Commercial resellers saw a rise in sales in December, indicating that tech spending among small and medium-sized businesses is on the rebound.
Oracle-Sun Layoff Claim Was Irresponsible Garbage: Ellison
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison served notice on competitors yesterday but saved his toughest talk for the UBS investment analyst who recently floated the rumor that Oracle would dismiss more than 13,000 Sun employees, or half its total workforce. Ellison called that claim "garbage" that was "highly irresponsible" and then set the record straight: Oracle will be adding employees.
MicroStrategy Says It's Time for Mobile BI
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
"We are on the verge of a new era that will result in a new class of applications that will change the way we think about our business," says MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor. That era will be driven largely by mobile... Yes, mobile.
Your Dad's SLAs And The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
I chatted recently with a number of vendors about service level agreements (SLAs) and cloud computing. Perhaps the quote from these conversations that resonated with me most was, "your dad's SLAs won't cover the use cases for cloud." And, it's true. I joke around that cloud computing is just renamed Internet computing or network computing, but when you start adding in the factors surrounding cloud, it's pretty obvious that Dad's role in cloud SLAs is as an advisor, not implementor.
Apple's iPad To Nickel And Dime Customers
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Apple is ruthless with its product pricing. It charges the maximum price it can get for a given product...and still leaves out essential ingredients, forcing customers to buy over-priced accessories. The iPad is no different.
Does The Apple iPad Have Value For SMBs?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
For SMBs, at least, the most useful part of the new Apple iPad may be an accessory.
Samsung 3D TV Mass Production Begins
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Some analysts say the market for 3D television will take about 10 years to reach more than half of the U.S. population.
Zune Update Hints At Phone
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
New driver package for Microsoft's MP3 player specifically references such a device.
Will The iPad Bring AT&T To Its Knees?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
One of the more surprising elements of Apple's iPad launch event was news that the company is sticking with its long-time wireless network partner, AT&T. Was that the right move? Can AT&T handle the iPad in addition to the iPhone?
Microsoft To Launch Pennies-Per-Hour Azure Cloud Service Monday
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
Following a month of no-cost tire kicking, Microsoft will begin charging customers on Feb. 1 for its new Windows Server-based cloud computing service.
Things Are Looking Grim For Overworked Help Desks
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Many IT professionals are relieved that the worst of the recession appears to be over. Their help-desk colleagues, however, don't share their optimism.
Apple Releases iPad SDK In Beta
News  |  1/28/2010  | 
The software development kit is available to individuals and enterprises who wish to build proprietary tablet applications.
Verizon Thinks BlackBerry Users Don't Consume Enough Music
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
This morning Verizon Wireless announced a new music-focused service specifically for BlackBerry users. Despite offering 1,000 songs on a microSD card, the service is clearly meant to coax BlackBerry users to download more music from Verizon's V CAST Music Store. Updated.
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