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posted in September 2011
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Terremark Cloud Services Pass DOD Security Test
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
After a stringent review, two Terremark infrastructure-as-a-service data centers deemed secure enough for Defense Department operations.
Chaos Manor Mailbag: Readers Roar About Lion Problems
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Jerry's readers not purring: Lion needs more taming before it's worth switching to.
AT&T And T-Mobile US Merger Issues And More Mobile News
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Patent wars and wireless company mergers are the topic of discussion in this episode of BYTE wireless radio.
iPhone 5: Top 5 Changes To Expect
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Apple will reveal the iPhone 5 on October 4. Here are five improvements to expect--plus one more thing.
Oracle OpenWorld: What Enterprise IT Wants
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
What's coming at Oracle's big confab next week--and what does enterprise IT really want? Our editors square off on Mark Hurd's plans.
Discounted EHRs Offered To Doctors In N.C.
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Allscripts has joined forces with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to expand the reach of its MyWay electronic health record tool.
Kindle Fire: 95,000 Orders On Day One
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Amazon's new touch tablet makes an early splash, while Best Buy cuts RIM PlayBook price.
Amazon's Mobile Story Grows, RIM's Falters
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
As Amazon grabs the tablet spotlight, RIM's failing product and marketing strategy makes some CIOs lose the faith.
InformationWeek's New Commenting System, Take 2
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
We're apologizing for the miserable experiences you've had with our current commenting system, and launching a new system, powered by Disqus.
Moneyball: Paul Depodesta Bucks Traditional Data Analysis
Moneyball: Paul Depodesta Bucks Traditional Data Analysis
InformationWeek Videos  |  9/30/2011  | 
New York Met VP Paul Depodesta talks about the journey of examining data differently. Depodesta discusses all of the ramifications and the outcomes of bucking the traditional ways of looking at baseball statistics & evaluating talent.
Oracle SuperCluster: Virtualization Under The Hood
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Oracle's Sparc SuperCluster is the first to pair Oracle VM Server with the newest Sparc processor, the T-4.
IT Spending: No Longer The First Thing Cut
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Fresh data from the Society for Information Management is the latest evidence that IT spending is surviving this is-it-or-isn't-it recovery.
HHS Offers $13.2 Million For Behavioral Health IT
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Organizations serving people with mental and substance use disorders get grants to improve IT capabilities.
Amazon Kindle Fire, iPhone 5 & More Mobile News
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
BYTE Wireless Radio, episode 24: Our hosts discuss Amazon's new tablet, Apple's expected new iPhone, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Mango, and RIM.
Doctors, Patients Not Using Same Social Spaces
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Doctors are heavy users of social media--but shy away from patients and even online patient communities.
Samsung Intros 7-Inch Tablet; Makes Apple An Offer
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Besides launching the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung also offered a secret proposal to settle Australian patent suits with Apple.
NASA Vets Lead Rival Cloud Startups
News  |  9/30/2011  | 
Chris Kemp and Joshua McKenty, original members of NASA's Nebula project, now run competing cloud companies. It's evidence the government can innovate, and that good people are hard to keep.
Windows Phone 30% Of HTC Sales
Commentary  |  9/30/2011  | 
Despite its distant fourth place position among smartphone platforms, Windows Phone contributes significantly to HTC's top line.
5 Questions For Companies Building Mobile Apps
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Apps are the new black; practically every company wants one. But consider these questions before development starts.
Court Drops Google-Microsoft Cloud Contract Suit
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Interior department may reissue cloud email and collaboration services procurement, now that it's scrapped plans to award contract to Microsoft.
Will Your EHR Land You In Court?
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Legally, EHRs are double-edged swords: They protect clinicians from malpractice litigation but also put them at greater risk.
Data Center Chains In Cloud Promise Easier Moves
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Transferring applications and data from one data center to another will soon become a service, not a monumental chore.
Homeland Security To Move Websites To Cloud
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
DHS is first agency to use GSA's infrastructure-as-a-service blanket purchase agreement as it awards $5 million contract to move all public websites to the cloud.
RIM Denies Report PlayBook Is Dead
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion quickly moved to squash an analyst report that it has abandoned its BlackBerry PlayBook business.
Speech Recognition Tool Comes Up 'Speechless'
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Breast imaging reports that use speech recognition are more likely to have errors than those generated by a transcriptionist.
How P&G Promotes Box File Sharing
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
The head of Proctor & Gamble's Your Files Anywhere program wants to get 18,000 employees on Box Sync file sharing because 'there are a lot scarier things out there' in the cloud.
Kindle Fire Tops Amazon Best Seller List
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
One early sign points to a strong holiday season for Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire tablet.
White House Looks To Moneyball-Style Analytics
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Obama administration official presses federal agencies to use data analytics as a cost-cutting tool.
Secret CIO: RIM, What's Going On?
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
My company has a significant investment in your BlackBerry platform, but my return is starting to erode. Time to step up.
8 Reasons SMBs Fail To Back Up Data
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Most SMBs still fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to backup and recovery. Here are the common excuses--debunked.
Motorola, Verizon Begin Xoom LTE Upgrade
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Good news Xoom owners: Verizon Wireless and Motorola are finally ready to upgrade the Android tablet to Long Term Evolution 4G.
Social Insecurity: 64% Of IT Pros Cite Serious Threat
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
Ponemon survey finds that IT professionals see serious risks associated with enterprise social network use--and only 29% say they have adequate protection.
Box Ups Ante To Challenge SharePoint
News  |  9/29/2011  | 
File sharing tool gets an update that includes desktop sync for both PCs and Macs, improved security, and more social features.
Amazon Kindle Fire: Lingering Questions
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Amazon's Kindle Fire cleanly carves out a spot for itself in a crowded tablet market—and leaves enterprise IT with some security to-do items.
Best Buy & Kia Motors Mine For Customer Sentiment
Best Buy & Kia Motors Mine For Customer Sentiment
InformationWeek Videos  |  9/29/2011  | 
There are many channels of customer feedback and sentiment -- from call center data to surveys to social network chatter. Gathering, organizing and understanding what all of it means is a necessity. Hear how two companies are tackling the cahllenge.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Smartphone Add-Ons
Commentary  |  9/29/2011  | 
Software giant proposes patent for connecting a smartphone with a keyboard, game controller, extra battery, or even a second mobile handset with another screen.
Amazon Kindle Fire Meets Enterprise: Security Advice
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
How do you secure these devices, and prevent them from accessing the network, without help from your mobile device management system?
Amazon Kindle Fire: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  9/28/2011  | 
Take a closer look at Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire tablet, as unveiled Wednesday by CEO Jeff Bezos. One clear goal: Steal millions of hearts--and dollars--from Apple.
Intel, Samsung Back Linux Foundation's Tizen OS
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Android and iOS dominate the mobile operating system market, but that hasn't discourage the creation of a new open source operating system for phones and consumer hardware.
Feel The Heat, IT: Kindle Fire Is Here
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Like any Android tablet, Amazon's new Kindle Fire is not to be trusted in a corporate environment. But just try to keep your users' hands off it.
iPhone 5 Demand Surges
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Demand for the next-generation iPhone is at an all time high, climbing by 20% in the last two months. according to a new study.
Don't Get Burned: 4 Steps To A Cloud SLA
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Negotiating service-level agreements with providers is a matter of metrics, performance targets, and realistic remedies.
CIO Profiles: Aurelia G. Boyer Of New York-Presbyterian Hospital
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
This CIO is looking to improve communication hospital-wide.
InformationWeek Reports: Now Free
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Good news, readers: We've changed the name of InformationWeek Analytics to InformationWeek Reports--and made the service free to registered users.
PlayBook Tablet: Retailers Cut Prices, RIM Cuts Hope
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook can be had for $200 off list price. But engineers have dampened expectations for the tablet's Android capabilities.
Amazon: Kindle Fire Tablet Will Torch iPad
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
$199 tablet offers seamless connection to e-merchant's massive catalog of online books, videos, songs, and movies.
Samsung, Microsoft Ink Patent Deal
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
Samsung is paying to use Android, and it's also promising to help Microsoft develop Windows Phone devices.
Amazon Kindle Fire: 4 Key Considerations
Commentary  |  9/28/2011  | 
Amazon unveiled its long-awaited tablet today--at the magic price point of $199. Check out these benefits, compromises, and surprises.
Amazon Kindle Touch, Fire Ignite Tablet Price Wars
Amazon Kindle Touch, Fire Ignite Tablet Price Wars
InformationWeek Videos  |  9/28/2011  | 
InformationWeek's Doug Henschen was on hand for Amazon's Kindle tablet announcements. Highlights include impressively cheap pricing, a few feature drawbacks, and many bundled Amazon services.
Health IT Ready To Tackle ACO's Challenges
News  |  9/28/2011  | 
The feds have yet to explain exactly what's needed to participate in an Accountable Care Organization, but many providers are ready jump on the bandwagon anyway.
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