News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in February 2010
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Global CIO: Microsoft Slams Oracle For Limiting Choice But Seeks x86 Hegemony
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
Riddle me this: Oracle's integrated systems limit competition, which is bad, but it should kill Sparc to limit Wintel competition, which is good.
Windows Phone 7: Hail Mary
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
If the story at Ars Technica is to be believed, Microsoft really is starting with a clean slate with its Windows Phone 7 platform. That seems like a good idea, because the old slate wasn't tearing up the market. However, Microsoft's new platform seems like it's betting on a slate of proprietary technologies that haven't yet been proven in the mobile world.
Twitter Drops MySQL For Cassandra
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The social networking site opts for the open source Cassandra data management system in what's becoming a not-uncommon move.
RSA: Microsoft Tries To Turn Shady Internet Trustworthy
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The company is releasing software to improve the process of online identification and authentication.
DoD Loosens Social Media Restrictions
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Soldiers and other Department of Defense employees may now access and use sites such as Facebook and Flickr via unclassified Defense networks.
IBM, Shell Team Up On Oil Exploration
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Big Blue will lend its analytics expertise to Shell's efforts to extend the life of gas and oil fields.
Feds Plot Data Center Consolidation
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
A survey will analyze the government's 1,100-plus data centers, counting racks, servers, routers, and switches.
Twitter Phishing Attack Hooks UK Cabinet Minister
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The company is warning people not to surrender personal details to fake Twitter login pages.
IBM FileNet P8 on your iPhone
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
Apple's iPad looks like an ideal platform for accessing enterprise documents. Turns out this good idea is almost in the here and now...
The 10 Most Strategic IT Vendors For SMBs
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
The most strategic vendors for SMBs may be the same as for large enterprises. Or, the local and regional vendors that keep serve the IT needs of smaller businesses may just fly under the radar of national and global vendor rankings.
Michigan Beats Florida-To IT Jobs
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
Michigan has vanquished Florida again. This time it wasn't the Capital One Bowl, where the Wolverines knocked off Tim Tebow's Gators 41-35 in 2008. Rather, Michigan won a contest many would argue carries a greater prize-hundreds of good IT jobs.
No Flash Love For Windows Mobile 6.5.3
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
Windows Mobile can't catch a break. Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress, WinMo 6.5.3 has been cast aside like an old toy on Christmas morning. The latest kick in the stomach comes from Adobe. All plans to provide Flash 10 for WinMo have been halted as the software developer targets WinPho 7 this fall.
NComputing Cuts Virtualized Desktop Costs
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
With an extra-slender thin client and its vSpace software, NComputing has virtualized 2.5 million desktops.
The Google Buzz New User Experience
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
Last November I took a look at the user experience for a new user who attempts to access Twitter.com. Now I'd like to provide the same new user experience overview for a person attempting to use Google Buzz.
Survey Reveals Reasons SMBs Choose Managed Services
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
A survey conducted by Hurwitz & Associates of Dell Managed Services customers elicits some of the reasons SMBs are drawn to managed services and some of the benefits the participants have realized.
Smoke And Mirrors Pricing Stifles PPM Tool Adoption
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
I tend to check in with a swathe of real world users when I'm working on InformationWeek Analytics reports. When I did this with material from our upcoming PPM best practices report, I gained a key insight from cranky would-be PPM tool customers: PPM vendors are stifling PPM tool adoption through their used-car-salesman smoke and mirrors appoach.
QuorumLabs Introduces Business Continuity Appliance
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
OnQ 2.0 combines backup with virtual machines to give SMBs a way to get up and running immediately after any kind of server failure.
Apple iPhone Users Buy More Apps
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Users of competing mobile devices appear to be less keen to open their wallets.
SMBs Using Social Media More. . . Reluctantly
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
Recent reports indicate the SMB use of social media is increasing at a steady clip, but other research finds that the commitment may be lackluster.
Google Culls Gmail Labs
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The company is promoting six Gmail Labs experiments and getting rid of five.
Server Market Data Signals Rebound
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Data on worldwide server sales indicates that businesses are starting to increase spending on their IT infrastructures.
Survey Analytics Links to SalesForce, Omniture, Google, Twitter (ReviewCam)
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
Survey Analytics, a competitor to tools like Survey Monkey, claims to offer more complex survey types, and better integration with third-party reporting tools and CRM systems. We spent some time working through this with the company's CEO and founder, Vivek Bhaskaran.
Microsoft Decapitates Waledac Botnet
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
A major source of spam and malware has been cut off from its controllers.
FCC Wants Broadband Public Safety Network
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC wants to make a portion of the 700-mhz spectrum available for a nationwide wireless public safety network.
Microsoft Licenses Multimedia File System To Panasonic
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Panasonic will license Microsoft's exFAT file system, which makes it easier to exchange multimedia files across devices.
Senate Considers P2P Security Bill
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Legislation would require software developers to tell users when files are being shared via peer-to-peer networks.
Intuit Unveils Quicken Essentials For Mac
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The software is the first version of Quicken built from the ground up for use on Apple's platform.
Microsoft To End Support For Older Windows Versions
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Windows Vista RTM, Windows XP SP2, and Windows 2000 are nearing the end of official support period.
J&J Uses Dashboards to Run the Business
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
At this week's IQPC Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement conference in Toronto, David Haigh of Johnson & Johnson presented on how the company is using dashboards for process improvement efforts.
Scribd Launches Mobile Document Sharing App
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Non-copyrighted documents can be sent from a PC to smartphones, Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and the Sony Reader.
SAP Revamps BusinessObject SaaS BI Suite
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The upgraded BI OnDemand service consolidates CrystalReports.com, adds workflows for business intelligence novices.
SAP Revamps BusinessObject SaaS BI Suite
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Upgraded BI OnDemand service consolidates CrystalReports.com, adds workflows for business intelligence novices.
Gmail Labs: Six Graduate, Five Flunk
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
Google recently announced that it has promoted six Gmail Labs features to become full-time, regular options within Gmail. Sadly, at the same time, five precious Labs have lost their struggle for relevance and are being, in Google parlance, "retired."
Server Sales Up 4.5% In 4Q
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The good news was tempered by plummeting sales of high-end systems, resulting in an overall 3.2% drop in global revenue, said Gartner.
Google Faces European Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The European Commission says it is looking into three separate complaints about Google.
CA Buys 3Tera Cloud Startup
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
3Tera supplies a graphically oriented system for configuring an application prior to deployment, including deployment as a virtual machine into the cloud.
SAP BusinessObjects Relaunches SaaS BI Suite
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
It's more than an incremental upgrade but everything promised isn't all there -- just yet, anyway. That's my quick take on SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand, a major upgrade and consolidation of the vendor's software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings for business intelligence.
Google Execs Convicted In Italy
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The ruling in a YouTube privacy case, if not overturned on appeal, could put an end to online user-generated content in parts of the world.
Microsoft Announces Government Cloud
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The Business Productivity Online Suite Federal is hosted on a government-dedicated infrastructure in secured facilities within Microsoft's own data centers.
Intermedia Launches Hosted UC For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The offering combines unified communications with the low-cost, turnkey appeal of SaaS, but it is still not clear that SMBs see the value of UC.
Alaska Airlines To Offer Aircell Wi-Fi
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The airline has dropped plans to install Row 44's satellite wireless Internet on its planes and will instead go with the cellular-based Gogo system.
VA Extends IT Accountability Program
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The Veterans Administration saved $54 million in fiscal 2010 by reforming its IT project management efforts.
Google Blasts Italian Judge Over Video Convictions
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
A judge in Italy recently convicted three Google executives for failure to comply with Italian privacy laws. The privacy violation was actually committed by a school student who shot video of a classmate being bullied and then uploaded the footage to Google Video. Google calls the convictions "a serious threat to the Web" and contends that new precedent set by Italian courts endangers the very fabric of the Web.
Q&A: IBM's Top SPSS Exec On Predictive Analytics
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Marketing veteran Deepak Advani talks about business analytics, predictive models, and Big Blue's coming decision-management offerings.
Web Dashboards: A Window Into Government Performance
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Federal, state, and local agencies are building Web portals to make data available to the public, but there are still issues over what data to release, how much, and how to ensure its quality.
Global CIO Quick Take: Cisco TelePresence Shaping Next-Gen Hotels
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
TelePresence suites help Starwood Hotels innovate today and be relevant to the tech-immersed business travelers of tomorrow.
One Third Of U.S. Lacks Broadband
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Cost and security concerns are the top barriers cited by respondents to an FCC survey.
1 In 4 TVs Internet Connected
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Using IETV, gaming consoles, digital video boxes, and PCs, consumers are increasingly linking their TVs to the Web.
Q&A With IBM's New Top Executive at SPSS
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Marketing veteran Deepak Advani talks about predictive analytics and Big Blue's coming decision-management offerings.
Details On Windows Phone 7 Hardware
Commentary  |  2/24/2010  | 
One of the benefits for manufacturers for Windows Mobile phones until now has been the incredibly wide variety of hardware they could build for the mobile platform. Windows Phone 7 Series is going to change all of that. Microsoft is strictly controlling the hardware specs that are allowed for the device. We've got some rumors on what is and isn't allowed.
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