News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications 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.
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.
Google Docs Gets Facelift
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
A revamped interface for Google Docs promises to promote greater productivity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wanted: Healthy, Channel-Centric Vendors
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
In the years I've spent writing about technology, I've given a fair amount of attention to discussing what vendors look for in their VAR partners. But what about the flip side of the coin?
Verizon Bundles Google Apps For SMBs
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Deal continues trend of partnering with high-profile software companies to package business applications around its core voice and broadband products.
iPad Fuels 241% Growth In Apple's Market Share
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Analyst firm says Steve Jobs' company is now tied with Dell as the third largest PC maker—if the iPad is included.
Air Force Awards Space Fence Contracts
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have won $107 million deals to provide preliminary designs for a radar system to detect objects passing over Earth.
Alfresco Introduces Social Enterprise Content Management
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The open source Enterprise 3.4 release offers integration with social media through Jive and Liferay.
100 P2P Users Produce 75% Of Files Downloaded
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Targeting the users responsible for the most content might trigger a sharp decline in file-sharing via peer-to-peer networks, suggest researchers.
LinkedIn Launches Targeted Ad Service
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Pay-per-click service can select users based on job title, company, LinkedIn group.
The Dark Side Of Remote Printing?
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Having a printer that can reach out to the Web means having a printer that a hacker can reach out to. Should SMBs lose sleep over this?
Linux Developers Mull Unified App Store
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Fedora, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and other distros are working on a framework for a universal application installer.
Oracle Exec Says Exadata Can Do It All
Commentary  |  1/27/2011  | 
Database executive Andy Mendelsohn tells financial analysts that Oracle has all the bases covered. Here's where the company stands on Exadata progress and disruptive threats to its database business.
Oracle Rolls Web 2.0 Features Into WebCenter Suite
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
In integrating the best communication features of different portals, Oracle gives project teams a common means of information sharing across its product set.
Codec Wars: What About Mobile Devices And Content Sites
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Last week I commented about Google's decision to eliminate support for the H.264 video codec standard from Chrome and while I initially focused on the implications for PC users, given the growing use of mobile browsers, I wondered if the ramifications could be even more significant for them. Well, on further reflection, I'm not too worried, at least yet.
Mobile App Revenue To Top $15B This Year
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Worldwide revenue from mobile applications downloaded from online stores will reach $58 billion in three years, Gartner says.
Global CIO: SAP Transformed: From Stuffy ERP To Real-Time iPad Analytics
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Citing impressive across-the-board results, SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott says new strategies and platforms will drive more growth in 2011.
Google's Android 3.0 SDK Preview Available
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
A pre-release version of "Honeycomb" has been made available to Android developers.
DARPA Eyes Thermal Sensors For Cell Phones
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The military research agency is soliciting bids to develop small, high-performance infrared cameras for personal handheld devices every soldier can use.
Mac Office 2011 Available For Free Trial
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Apple users can kick the tires for 30 days on new features like Outlook for Mac and Excel Sparklines before they decide to buy.
IBM To Build Massive China Cloud Data Centers
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The 6.2-million-square-foot campus near Beijing will include offices, call centers, restaurants, and living spaces, as well as at least seven enormous data centers.
Microsoft Ships 2M Windows Phone 7 Handsets
Commentary  |  1/26/2011  | 
Microsoft claims handset manufacturer partners shipped two million Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of 2010, but it's unclear how many have been sold to end-users.
Intel Commits $100 Million To University Research
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The first of six university-based R&D centers, led by Stanford, will focus on visual computing in tablets, smartphones, and other consumer tech.
SAP Reports Record Sales, Contests Oracle Fine
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
Looking past a 36% drop in earnings tied to the TomorrowNow lawsuit, SAP executives say fourth-quarter results point to strong, innovation-driven growth across industries and regions.
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