News & Commentary
posted in January 2011
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Microsoft Needs More Kinect, Less Kin
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
The Xbox Kinect shows that Microsoft is still capable of shipping innovative products -- why can't they do the same in other business groups?
HubSpot Emphasizes Social, Mobile Tools
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Hoping to capitalize on tectonic shifts in marketing strategies, SMB software provider rolls out new tools for siphoning -- and converting -- social and mobile traffic.
Electric Cloud Automates Private Environment For Developers
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
ElectricCommander 3.8 converts private clouds into automated development environments.
Oracle Unveils 5TB Tape Drive
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
The StorageTek T10000C is built for the SL8500 Modular Library System, which can be expanded to 1 exabyte of storage for archiving and backup.
Government Workers Seek Better IT Tools
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Less than half are satisfied with the technologies they are given to use in the workplace, according to a Forrester report
Global CIO: HP Calls Out Apple In CEO's Quest To Be Coolest Of All
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
New CEO Leo Apotheker finally talks about HP's future but says nothing about the enterprise. Instead, he says HP will out-cool Apple. Word up.
Automation Takes Center Stage In The Channel
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
SMBs, you've probably been wracking your brain for the past few years to come up with ways to do more with less. And you've probably harnessed all your creativity and tenacity to pull it off, right? But if you're finally running out of ideas, you might want to consider deploying process automation software.
Guerra On Healthcare: Will Congress Cut HITECH?
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
As legislators look to reduce federal spending, funding for electronic health records looks to be right in their crosshairs -- and maybe that's not so bad.
Samsung Backtracks On Tablet Sales, iPad Loses Share
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
When pressed for answers, a Samsung executive admitted that the number of consumers who've actually purchased the Galaxy Tab is "quite small."
16-Core Servers? Do You Mean Hardware Virtualization?
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Microsoft is reportedly calling for 16-core servers based on simple CPUs as way to save power. Could this spare us from software virtualization?
Intel Discloses Flaw In Sandy Bridge Chipset
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Fixing the 6 Series chipset design error will cause a $300 million revenue drop in the first quarter, said the company.
Google Docs Gets Facelift
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
A revamped interface for Google Docs promises to promote greater productivity.
EHR Studies Need Another Look Post-Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Recent studies concluding that electronic health records fail to boost patient care need a follow-up visit.
Mobile VoIP Poised to Reach Critical Mass
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Does your company have a plan to support employees who are using various mobile VoIP services? If not, it better start designing one because the technology is accelerating into the mainstream.
IBM Takes Social Business Mobile
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Lotus-integrated social features for the Apple iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Nokia devices were unveiled at Big Blue's Lotusphere event in Orlando.
ReviewCam: SocialCast TownHall -- Executive Social Outreach
ReviewCam: SocialCast TownHall -- Executive Social Outreach
InformationWeek Videos  |  1/31/2011  | 
The social enterprise platform now includes a way for executives to communicate, answer questions and hold virtual office hours.
IBM Tapped For NYC Data-Center Consolidation
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Big Blue will build a cloud computing infrastructure to merge IT operations for 14 New York City agencies.
Facebook Expands Places Deals To Europe
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Social network users in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. can now get discounts by checking in at Starbucks, Mazda, and other partner businesses.
Healthcare Software Venture Funding Jumps 19%
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
The gain in 2010 was driven by the increased market for digitized medical records and other health IT services, reported Dow Jones VentureSource.
IBM To Invest $150 Million In U.S. Entrepreneurs
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Big Blue will fund educational and mentoring services through President Obama's Startup America program.
MicroStrategy Revs Up Mobile Computing
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Transactions services and new cloud computing and data visualization options enrich the vendor's business intelligence portfolio.
Android Steals Top Smartphone Spot From Symbian
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Nokia was ousted from atop the smartphone platform leader board after a nearly ten-year stay as Android led sales in fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys data.
Mobile Devices To Surpass PCs In 2011
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
It was inevitable that this time would come. Mobile phones have long since surpassed PC purchases but 2011 will be the first year that internet connected devices, not merely dumb phones, will surpass sales of full sized computers.
Global CIO: The Software Revolution: Can SAP Light The Fuse?
Commentary  |  1/30/2011  | 
Three emerging technologies have sparked a new generation of incredibly fast enterprise apps with huge disruptive potential—and SAP plans to lead this revolution.
The Environment Starts With You
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Misuse of computers can hurt the most important part of your personal environment: your body.
Egypt Internet Shutdown Underscores Vulnerability
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The government ordered the shutdown of the country's four ISPs, effectively blocking all Internet communications during anti-government protests.
VA Seeks To Modernize VistA EHR System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The department plans to use open-source technologies to help refurbish its massive, decades-old system for electronic health records.
How Careful Do You Need To Be With Cloud Storage? - Bandwidth
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Cloud storage continues to get treated as this extra special project that you need to be more careful with than other projects you would undertake in the data center. Our belief is that you need to be no more careful with cloud storage than any other IT project and in some cases you can be a bit more risky. In this entry we will address some of the concerns surrounding bandwidth.
Case Study: 'David' Defense Contractor Has Goliath Mindset
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Government contractors and agencies, like everybody else, are feeling the burn of tough financial times. So how is it that one of those players grew by leaps and bounds in 2010--and has been growing steadily, in fact, since opening its doors about 14 years ago?
Half Of Mobile Ads Clicked By Mistake
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Forget about click fraud; finger fumbling may be wasting a much larger portion of ad spending.
Microsoft Loses Key Cloud Exec
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Dave Thompson will step down from his position as corporate VP for Microsoft Online by year's end.
DHS Elevates Social Networking In Terror Alert System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and Homeland Security's Web site gain importance in the agency's replacement for the color-coded communications system used since the 9/11 attacks.
Verizon To Buy Terremark For $1.4 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
With the acquisition of the supplier of secure and government-oriented cloud services, Verizon is repositioning itself as a broad technology supplier.
HHS Adds $80 Million For Health IT Grants
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Funding will be divided among Regional Extension Centers, health information exchanges, and workforce training initiatives, said the Office of the National Coordinator.
Malware Driven Banner Ad Attacks Rising
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
While fake cost-per-click rates declined in the fourth quarter, a new form of impression inflation has emerged, finds online advertising audit firm.
Lessons Learned From The Largest Civilian EHR System
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Implementation can costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, so it's critical to make wise decisions.
For Doctors, EHR Adoption Isn't A Spectator Sport
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Selecting and adopting an electronic health records system is critical to the health of a physician's practice.
CodeWeavers Unmasks Windows Impersonator For Mac, Linux
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
CrossOver software lets users run apps on PCs "without paying a dime to Microsoft," said the firm.
Samsung Sells 2 Million Tablets
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Samsung says sales of its Galaxy Tab Android tablet have surpassed the two million mark after three months. Can it maintain that pace?
LinkedIn IPO Valuation Projected To Be $2 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The professional social networking site nearly quadrupled revenue from 2007 to 2009, but expects a slowdown in 2011 as it invests for growth, according to the company’s SEC filing.
Top 5 Handset Makers Of 2010 Ranked
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Nokia, Samsung, and LG remain firmly entrenched atop the market share rankings, but innovation and the crucial smartphone segment will determine the rest of the pecking order in 2011, according to IDC.
Windows Sales Stalled By Tablet Headwinds
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Microsoft's flagship operating system saw only meager growth in the last quarter as consumers embraced slates powered by Apple's iOS and Google Android.
Microsoft Embraces Jailbreakers
Commentary  |  1/28/2011  | 
Microsoft's history has involved a bit of heavy-handedness against those that have tried to hack or jailbreak their systems. That seems to be changing with Windows Phone 7 and the Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360.
EXCLUSIVE: Socialcast to Announce Extension to its Platform
EXCLUSIVE: Socialcast to Announce Extension to its Platform
InformationWeek Videos  |  1/27/2011  | 
Tomorrow, Socialcast will announce Town Hall, allowing direct company forums, with Version 2.0 release to follow in three weeks.
Lenovo, NEC Announce PC Joint Venture
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Boosting share in the Japanese computer market is the goal of the alliance, which was announced the same day NEC reported a threefold increase net losses.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Will Need A Time Machine To Catch Us, Says IBM
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Ellison's vowed to remake Oracle in the fashion of circa-1960 IBM: a true systems company. But IBM says it's impossible for Ellison to overcome that 50-year head start.
EXCLUSIVE: Socialcast to Announce Extension to its Platform
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
On Feb. 1, Socialcast will announce Town Hall, allowing direct company forums, with Version 2.0 release to follow in three weeks.
Microsoft Beats Estimates, Reports Record Sales
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Software maker sees strong growth in gaming, server, and office products, but Windows sales disappoint.
Top Features Absent From Windows 7
Slideshows  |  1/27/2011  | 
From dropping SteadyState to the lack of touch support, universal software updates, or third-party hardware support there's still a great deal missing from the Microsoft operating system. Some, inexplicably, didn't carry over from XP or Vista and others still haven't materialized despite widespread, ongoing demand. Why would Microsoft skimp on offering features that seem in their best interest to provide natively? One possibility is that they don't feel that way -- because they're waiting for so
Google-Backed 'Super Wi-Fi' Plan Gets FCC Approval
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The regulatory agency has granted Google and eight other companies a conditional role in the deployment of white spaces broadband.
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