News & Commentary
posted in May 2009
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AMD Poised To Launch 6-Core Istanbul
Commentary  |  5/30/2009  | 
AMD will take Opteron to the next level on June 1, when it formally unveils its 6-core Istanbul processor. The exciting angle for users of high-powered servers (and also viewed from a data-center consolidation perspective) is that Istanbul in 4-socket servers will deliver 24 physical cores. (And you can add virtualization on top of that.) When you add the AMD launch to Intel news last week about its 8-core Nehalem-EX, I'd say we have a have a processing-power revolution on our hands comparable t
Business Owners Need A Holiday
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
With every dime precious, taking time off from work, much less an actual vacation, might seem to be an unthinkable luxury, but it turns out that small business owners are planning vacations this summer at about the same rate as last year.
HDMI Audio-Video Connector Gets Ethernet Support
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Besides high-speed bidirectional communication, the connector will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without a separate cable.
Google Executive To Become Federal Deputy CTO
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
Video Conferencing: Your Slipups Are Showing
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
If you think how you look is the only issue to worry about during a video conference call, you haven't even scratched the surface. Here are seven common mistakes to avoid.
HP, IBM Tie As Global Server Market Hits 12-Year Low
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Market conditions worsened across all geographic regions in the quarter, as customers of all types pulled back on spending, an IDC report shows.
Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.
Kraft's BPO Guru Says Global Mega Deals Do Not Work
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
A deep debate over outsourcing dogma could be in the works following a statement by Kraft's SVP of shared services that "there is very little truly global scale advantage" in BPO deals and that the best approach is regional best-of-breeds involving regional pairs, such as North America and Asia-Pacific. The interview with AMR's Phil Fersht is a must-read for anyone involved in outsourcing strategy.
Tesla Recalls 345 Electric Roadsters
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
No accidents have been reported, but the recall covers all of the luxury automobiles built before April 22.
ISS Expedition 20 Crew Complete After Arrival Of Soyuz
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
For the first time, all five international partner agencies are represented in orbit, NASA said.
Global CIO: Sam Palmisano's Grand Strategy For IBM Revealed In $5B Global Financing Plan
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is offering billions to help customers "mind the gap" until so-called stimulus money begins to flow around the globe. And it expects much of that funding will be used to purchase its very own products and services.
Verizon Makes BlackBerry Storm 4.7.0.148 Official
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Today Verizon Wireless said that it will offer an official firmware update for the BlackBerry Storm. Storm users can look for it on Sunday, May 31.
Catching the Google 'Wave'
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Scientists Celebrate Completion Of World's Largest Laser
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The National Ignition Facility is capable of creating conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and inside nuclear weapons.
bMighty News Flash: Friday May 29, 2009
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Today's top tech news for small and midsize businesses: The most dangerous search terms, HP, IBM top server vendors, mobile payment users will double by 2012, and more. . .
Telecom Magnate Carlos Slim's Rise To Power
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The wealthy and powerful Slim, a mystery in American telecom circles, is revealed in a lengthy profile in The New Yorker.
Sprint: The Palm Pre Is All Ours...For 2009
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Sprint threw a cold bucket of reality on the pipe dreams of AT&T's Randall Stephenson and Verizon Wireless's Lowell McAdam. It verified that it will be the sole distributor of the Palm Pre "through 2009."
Users Want Virtual Desktops That Match Their Physical PCs
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Over the last two years, Intel commissioned a study on how companies were delivering virtualization to end users. It's one of the few indicators of where this confused segment is headed. Several approaches are still on the table, but the fastest growing one is where the virtual machine resides on the end user's PC.
Obama Announces White House Cybersecurity Position
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Names that have been bandied about include acting White House cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway and Microsoft VP Scott Charney.
FCC To Examine Rural Broadband Needs
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
A new report indicates that there will be a multiplicity of solutions ranging from cable and DSL to satellite and broadband over power lines.
Motorola Switches Phone From Windows Mobile To Android
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
According to BetaNews Motorola is switching a phone that was supposed to ship with Windows Mobile to Google's Android platform. Is this a cost issue or a marketing decision?
Palm's Pre Emerging As iPhone Threat
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Palm's last, best gasp may be in fact a lifesaver. The Pre drew early rave reviews, and the news keeps getting better as the device nears launch date.
Has Omniture's Analytics Push Stalled?
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Omniture has created a great vision of how analytics should be the common thread among all Web marketing. But if you're an Omniture customer, are you ready?... I think Web analytics software has evolved more quickly than the ability of most people to use it effectively -- or justify paying for it.
Are Open Source Developers Throwing Good Code After Bad?
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Time and again I run into the belief that the open source community has an infinite amount of energy to spare for its galaxy of projects. It's not true, and we need to stop acting like it is.

Kimball University: The 10 Essential Rules of Dimensional Modeling
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Follow the rules to ensure granular data, flexibility and a future-proofed information resource. Break the rules and you'll confuse users and run into data warehousing brick walls.
Oh No, Not Another Microsoft Branding Campaign!
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
There's been a lot of coverage exploring questions about the functionality of Bing, Microsoft's new search engine. Before the company blows $100 million trying to give consumers the answer, I thought I'd give it two branding ideas.
RIM CEO: SurePress Ain't Going Nowhere
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Most of the information we've seen about the BlackBerry Storm 2 clearly shows that the clicking SurePress screen of the original Storm is gone. Why, then, did Research In Motion's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis make a point of saying, "SurePress is here to stay"?
Microsoft Changes Tune On Intellectual Property
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
If the book Burning the Ships by Marshall Phelps and David Kline is any indication, the Microsoft we see today is in the midst of a radical change to the way they do business. Most of the book describes the changes to Microsoft's intellectual property policies that Phelps has championed and implemented during his time at the company; he's
Terracotta Helping Hotelier Build Individualized Services
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
InterContinental Hotels is using in-memory data-sharing systems to better anticipate what amenities customers will want during their stays.
Dell Unveils Entertainment Laptop For Students
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The Studio 14z is available with an optional 500-GB hard drive, enough to store up to 125,000 songs, 142,000 photos, or 133 DVD-quality movies.
Sony Ericsson Revamps Its Multimedia Phone Lineup
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Three handsets with strong multimedia and gaming abilities including motion controls along with PlayStation 3 integration may help the company revive its sales.
USAir Suffers Collosal Failure During Multiple CRM "Moments of Truth"
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Jan Carlzon, former CEO of Scandanavian Airlines (SAS) and author of the bible on customer satisfaction (Moments of Truth) would be rolling his eyes right about now if he could have heard the telephone conversation I just had with a US Air. I've just learned that despite holding a US Air-issued Dividend Miles card (pictured below) in my hand (the one to which I've been applying my last 15+ years of US Air travel), I am a
Microsoft Insists Bing Is A 'Decision Engine'
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Microsoft's Bing is a welcome addition to the search landscape. Competition should help keep the search market healthy. But Bing's initial marketing leaves me rolling my eyes.
Cool-er Kindle Competitor Stokes Ebook Mania
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
I'm not a big fan of David Pogue (this video is one reason, though mainly it's because he has a larger audience than I), but I took notice when he reviewed the latest Kindle alternative. What does it all mean? Ebooks are real, and they'll eventually replace print, but for now I'm ticked there are no good portable PDF readers for smartphones.
Dell Profits Tumble As Customers Tighten Purse Strings
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CEO Michael Dell does not offer a forecast for the current quarter, saying "indicators of global IT demand remain mixed."
AT&T, Verizon Racing To Rollout 4G Wireless
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Super-high-speed LTE wireless infrastructure is expected to expand into mainstream networks in the next few years, analysts predict.
Palm Pre, iTunes To Sync, App Store Revealed
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Programs from Fandango, Pandora, AP News, and other content makers will be available at the June 6 launch, Palm executives say.
Apple, Dell, And P&G Head AMR's Supply Chain Top 25 List
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
AMR Research released its list of the top 25 supply chains in the manufacturing and retail sectors and said a distinguishing characteristic of all 25 is that they place an intensely customer-centric focus on everything from operations to innovation.
Practical Analysis: Change Starts At The Top
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Most IT execs aren't ready to make the organizational changes needed to capitalize on virtualization.
Down To Business: Is IT Innovation Dead?
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Even in a tech economy dominated by vendor consolidation and customer cost cutting, plenty of innovation is still happening.
Intel Tools Driving Multi-Core Chip Development
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Parallel Studio is intended to work with Microsoft Visual Studio for development of Windows applications intended to run on servers with multicore CPUs.
Plastic Logic Demos Amazon Kindle Challenger
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The e-book reader will have a touch screen for navigation and 3G connectivity to purchase books and magazines wirelessly.
Time Warner To Spin Off AOL
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Struggling ISP hopes independence will provide a new lease on life.
Verizon To AT&T: We Will Crush Your LTE Network
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Not only did Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam talk about some upcoming devices for the network, he also took the opportunity to talk some serious smack about the quality of AT&T's network. Ouch!
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Google's product, platform, and protocol also combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging.
Do Executives Take Security Seriously? Survey Says Yes.
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Our exclusive InformationWeek survey shows that IT and executives are on the same page when it comes to information security threats, policies and more.
Verizon Will Have Android, Pre, Storm 2
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
In a potential blow for Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless' CEO said the largest U.S. carrier will have the Palm Pre in about six months.
Verizon: Don't Leave Us Out! We're Going To Sell The Palm Pre, Too!
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
This must be executive let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag week. This time it was Verizon's Lowell McAdam who let flap that he expects the company to offer not only the Palm Pre, but also the BlackBerry Storm 2 within the next six months. Bam!
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