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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in August 2010
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Global CIO: SAP Stunner: ERP Deal Boosts Customer Profit $100M Per Year
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Airgas says its extensive SAP project will raise annual operating profits by at least $75 million and possibly more than $125 million. Here's how.
Google Voice Problems Limited
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Isolated reports of failures do not reflect a widespread collapse of the service, Google says.
VMware's Maritz Predicts Hybrid Cloud Future
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Private clouds inside the enterprise will trade workloads with similar, VMware-based public clouds rendering physical data centers "quite fluid," according to CEO Paul Maritz.
Google PowerMeter Promises Social Recognition For Saving Energy
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Forget about saving energy to help the planet. Try turning out the lights to win badges and humble your friends.
Android, iPhone Users' Preferences Differ
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Coupons.com data, based upon the number of coupons printed or saved to store loyalty cards in various categories, indicates distinctions between the users of the two mobile operating systems.
Gartner Lowers PC Sales Forecast
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
PC shipments are projected to increase by 15.3% year over year in the second half, about 2% less than Gartner's previous forecast, due to the uncertainty in the U.S. and European economies.
EHR Revenue To Hit $3 Billion In 2013
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Changes in reimbursement practices more important that government incentives in driving physician practices to adopt electronic health record software, reports Frost & Sullivan.
Google Corrects IBM's Security Math
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
IBM has fixed a security report it issued last week that misstated Google's security vulnerabilities.
Lenovo Spins Off Game Console Business
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Beijing Eedoo Technology formed to develop the eBox multimedia device.
India Threatens Ban On Google, Skype
News  |  8/31/2010  | 
Search giant and VoIP pioneer join RIM on the list of tech companies facing sanctions on the subcontinent.
Nimbula Unwraps 'Director' Cloud Operating System
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Virtualization software from Amazon EC2 designers aims to operate across multiple virtual machine formats and internal and external clouds.
Global CIO: NetApp In Ascendancy: An Exclusive CEO Interview
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
The CIO surge toward virtualization and NetApp's "50% guarantee" are driving the company's powerful growth, says CEO Tom Georgens.
FalconStor Announces NSS SAN Accelerator For VMware View
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
VMware VDI environments can improve performance as much as 10x using the FalconStor Network Storage Server, the company claims, and provide integrated multi-tier data protection.
Clearwire Unveils Rover Pre Paid 4G Service
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The Rover looks like an oversized hockey puck, fits in a backpack and can connect up to to eight laptops or other devices to the Internet at claimed download speeds of 3 to 6 megabits per second.
HHS Selects E-Health Record Certification Groups
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Two organizations have been authorized by the Department of Health and Human Services to test and certify e-health record products for meaningful use incentive program eligibility.
Google Buys SocialDeck
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The deal promises to strengthen Google's social competency and to address issues of app discoverability.
Best Mobile Apps For Busy Professionals
Slideshows  |  8/30/2010  | 
Today's smartphones have led to the development of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps. Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and phones based on Google's Android all have access to extensive libraries of apps that you can download and install for our increasingly mobile world. When you're always on the go, having the right smartphone app makes it easy to transition from business to pleasure and back again without skipping a beat so you can get the most out of every minute. Here we pick 17 of the be
Netgear Debuts $899 Unified Threat Management Appliance
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
Netgear debuted its latest security appliance today, the ProSecure UTM50, an $899 Unified Threat Management device that addresses firewall, ant-virus, URL filtering , spam and other aspects of network security.
BlackBerry Ban In India Postponed
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
RIM's engagement with Indian government officials may keep BlackBerry users from losing e-mail and instant messaging service.
Samsung Epic 4G Listed For $199.99 At Amazon
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Sprint's list price for the smartphone with a new service plan is $249.99, but Amazon is advertising the handset with the same terms for $50 less.
Intel To Buy Infineon Wireless Unit
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
The $1.4 billion acquisition would expand the chipmaker's offerings in the smartphone market while also gaining a customer base that includes every major mobile phone maker.
Department Of Interior Tackles Two High-Risk IT Projects
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
As the White House begins heavy scrutiny of its IT projects, the agency is getting a head start on the multi-year $7.6 billion Consolidated Infrastructure, Automation, Telecomm project and the much smaller Incident Management, Analysis, and Reporting System.
HHS Pushes Competition With Health Insurance Site
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
HealthCare.gov hopes transparency on health policy costs, claim denials drives down costs and helps consumers and businesses make better decisions.
Google Planning YouTube On-Demand Video
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
A deal with Hollywood studios could help Google TV succeed.
3M To Acquire Cogent For $943 Million
News  |  8/30/2010  | 
Cogent holds key homeland security contracts in areas such as border control and airline passenger screening.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Acquisition List: Who's #1?
Commentary  |  8/29/2010  | 
Informatica and Teradata are the favorites of poll respondents, but my votes go to EMC and Netezza.
Google Buys Social Media App Developer Angstro
News  |  8/28/2010  | 
Jambool and Slide, two other social media application firms, were also acquired by Google in August.
Older Americans Flocking To Social Networks
News  |  8/28/2010  | 
The percentage of U.S. adults ages 50 and older using Facebook and other online communities nearly doubled from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May of this year, according to the Pew Research Center.
Veeam Enhances VMWare Virtual Machine Recovery
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Third-party tool adds reliability, accuracy, and speed to virtual machine backups and restores.
Google Fights E-mail Overload With Priority Inbox
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Gmail has gained an automated, trainable filter that attempts to segregate important e-mail messages.
Paul Allen Sues Google, Apple, Others Over Patents
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube are also named in the patent infringement lawsuit filed by the Microsoft co-founder's firm, Interval Licensing LLC.
The Rare Earth Element Crisis
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
A Congressional Research Service report considers whether U.S. dependency on foreign sources of rare earth elements threatens the defense and technology industries.
Intel Cuts Revenue Forecast On Slower PC Sales
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Expected gross margins for the third quarter were lowered a point, to 66%, by the chipmaker along with a revised revenue projection of 11 billion.
Top 20 Android Productivity Apps
Slideshows  |  8/27/2010  | 
Android handsets are pouring onto the market every day and there's a deluge of Android apps competing to fills those screens. To sort through the storm surge of app choices, we've trolled through the Android Market to hauled in 20 Android apps that no business user should be without.
Keep An Eye On Third-Party Apps On Your Site
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Third-party apps and other content can enhance your business Web site. But they can also expose your business to unacceptable risks.
FTC Settles Fake iTunes Reviews Case
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
The deal calls for the removal of the fake iTunes app reviews created by Reverb Communications.
Google Fixes Gmail Bug That Kept Sending Emails
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Emails were being dispatched to the same recipients, sometimes multiple times per day, even when deleted from Gmail, resulting in spam warnings and blacklisting.
Linux, Windows Server Demand Drives 24% Gain
News  |  8/27/2010  | 
Unix didn't grab a piece of the market's fastest quarterly growth in more than 5 years.
Global CIO: Dell Trumps HP For 3Par, Saves Know-Nothing Columnist
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Give up, Dell: HP will never let you win the fight for 3Par, I was about to write. Then, proving I'm a fool, Dell won the jackpot. Or did it?
Federal Workers Limited In Social Media Activities
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Facebook, Twitter and other social media activities of federal employees are restricted in how they express political views by guidelines from the Office of Special Counsel.
Netflix Launches iPhone, iPod Touch App
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Subscribers to the Netflix service can watch movies and TV shows on the Apple devices over Wi-Fi or a 3G wireless connection using the free app.
Video Patent Holders Forswear Fees
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
MPEG LA says that its H.264 Internet video technology will remain free.
Best Bluetooth Headsets For Business
Slideshows  |  8/26/2010  | 
Bluetooth headsets eliminate clumsy wires, boost productivity and, with more states requiring hands-free devices in vehicles, have become required equipment for businesspeople on the go. Vendors offer a dizzying array of headsets, differentiated by price, battery-life, weight and clarity. Many of today's headsets are multipoint, allowing use for both desktop and mobile phones. Developers also look to separate themselves from their competition through software or hardware design elements designed
Google Expands Real-Time Search
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
A new home page for real-time search results underscores Google's focus on timely information.
Skeletal Scans Explored For Crime Fighting
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Add biometrics of people's bone structures to the list of methods considered for identifying terrorists, criminals, or trusted individuals.
Army Seeks Input On E-Leadership
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Call for white papers published on best practices for using electronic communications to perform duties and lead subordinates.
IBM Bolsters Social Media For SMBs
News  |  8/26/2010  | 
Training launched to help companies weed through the options, understand how to use online networks as sales tools.
Global CIO: The HP CEO Dream Team: Andreessen & IBM's Rometty
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Board member Adreessen's tech vision and Rometty's strategic insight and high-level sales savvy could unlock HP's vast potential.
Top 10 Most Hated Tech Mascots Ever
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Mascots are marketing personified. When they're good, they're grrreat, as Tony the Tiger, one of the world's more successful mascots might say. When they're lame, uninspired, annoying or perplexing, they might end up on a list like this. Mascots are particularly important in the technology industry, because so many tech products and services are intangible and would benefit from an evocative symbolic representative. It's hard to imagine Linux without thinking about penguins. As for the mascots t
IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2
Slideshows  |  8/25/2010  | 
Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
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