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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in June 2011
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Post-Amazon California: 2 Ways SMBs Can Adapt
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Amazon.com is dropping its affiliate program in California, stripping some smaller businesses of a significant revenue stream. Here's two ways online retailers can keep the registers ringing.
Office 365: 6 Questions SMBs Should Ask
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Weighing Google Apps' lower price versus Microsoft's familiarity? Consider these key factors for deciding which cloud suite fits your business.
Apigee: A Speed Lane To Safer Mobile Purchasing
News  |  6/30/2011  | 
Apigee's API management system makes it simpler for even small companies to implement PCI-compliant APIs--a vital requirement for mobile commerce transactions.
Is There An Online Backup Price War?
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
CrashPlan Pro debuts with both unlimited data and unlimited PC plans as SMBs sift through an increasingly crowded field of online backup players for the right mix of capacity and price.
HP TouchPad Review: OS Beauty Vs. Design Bulk
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
HP's TouchPad won't make you put down your iPad 2, or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it will make you wish those tablets had the TouchPad's software innovations and user experience.
Facebook, The New Malware Vector
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Misplaced trust on the social networking site opens the door for phishers and scammers, and mobile devices could be their next malware distribution channel.
Cloud Computing: Faster Acquisition Key To Recognizing Value
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Alongside other, similar efforts, a new federal working group is aiming to streamline IT acquisition cycles to facilitate the government's move to the cloud.
Should Your Enterprise Buy Cloud Insurance?
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
IEEE's CIO suggests that FDIC-style insurance may be one way to allay fears among enterprises about the security risks involved with cloud computing.
Microsoft Reaps Spoils Of Google Health's Demise
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Microsoft and Google are working behind the scenes to let users of the soon-to-be-retired Google Health site transfer electronic personal health records to Microsoft HealthVault.
Social Media Gets Respect From C-Suite
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Study sponsored by Jive shows executives are exploiting social media for work (or, at least, they think they are), perhaps even more than "millennials."
Congress Enters Web Videoconferencing Age
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
House of Representatives members now can use Web-based Skype and ooVoo services to conduct official business over the House Wi-Fi network.
Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Evaluating Email Security
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
What have the cloud suite rivals done to address enterprise email security and related concerns such as compliance?
Air Force To Launch Tactical Spy Satellite
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
The ORS-1 satellite is the first in a new program aimed at getting reconnaissance images and data to warfighters from space more quickly.
5 Reasons Why Google Health Failed
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
What doomed Google's online personal health record system? For starters, consumers haven't bought into the basic idea.
Sprint Refocuses WiMax For Business
News  |  6/29/2011  | 
Fighting a losing battle against Long Term Evolution, Sprint pushes WiMax as quick way to provide broadband to branch offices.
HP TouchPad Tablet: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  6/28/2011  | 
The newest competitor in the tablet wars has finally arrived. HP's TouchPad running WebOS is a very compelling hardware and software combination that proves easy to use. It's not completely polished, however. Here's a look at the star features.
Why One SMB Uses Google And Microsoft Apps
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Model Metrics has some good reasons for keeping Microsoft Office licenses, even though it dumped hosted Exchange in favor of Gmail and it uses other Google Apps.
Office 365: 7 Missing Features For Enterprises
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
With its new cloud-based suite, Microsoft is striking back at Google Apps. But consider these shortcomings in key areas.
Social Security Administration Shakes Up CIO Office
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Commissioner reorganizes IT staff and spreads authority between several offices, counter to White House encouragement to centralize IT leadership.
Office 365: Microsoft Pitches Cloud, Eyes Profit
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
CEO Ballmer talks up advantages for small and midsize companies at Office 365's launch--not the cloud threat to Microsoft's lucrative on-premises enterprise software.
Social Networking Policy: Write Now Or Regret Later
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Fewer than 25% of companies provide rules or guidance for employees posting on social networking sites, new research says--and that's bad news when trouble arises.
Federal Cloud Services Near Launch, At Last
News  |  6/28/2011  | 
Government agencies should be able to get virtual computers, cloud storage, and Web hosting from authorized service providers next month, according to the GSA.
What EHRs And Marriage Have In Common
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
IT needs to understand the logistical hurdles and the emotional ones for clinicians--and realize an EHR rollout is just the beginning of a long-term partnership.
Android Reaches Half A Million Daily Activations
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Google's Andy Rubin says Android is growing at more than 4% per week, as Strategy Analytics reports that 42% of businesses now support Google's smartphone platform.
Social Email Moves Connections To The Fore
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
Harmon.ie plugin displays connected SharePoint users' profiles and activity streams, as well as documents, as a sidebar to email.
4 Reasons Google Apps Beats Office 365
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
Google makes its case for Google Apps as Microsoft Office 365 arrives.
Omnipotent Hacker Myth Lets Business Off The Hook
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
If the public believes hackers are almighty, companies have little incentive to take security seriously.
Moving To Office 365 From BPOS: 7 Tips
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
If you're preparing to upgrade to Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, check out these seven tips for a smoother transition.
SMBs Get Social Marketing Crash Course
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
Constant Contact launches Social Media Quickstarter, a free educational site to help small businesses get started with social media and marketing.
Court Kills California Violent Video Game Law
News  |  6/27/2011  | 
California's attempt to restrict sales of violent video games to children violates free speech rights, the court says.
Two iPhones Landing In September: Analyst
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
Apple will release a mid-range handset for prepaid users as well as a high-end superphone come the fall, forecasts Deutsche Bank analyst.
Apple iCloud MobileMe Transition Roadmap
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Looking to quell user fears, Apple has provided a tidy little help page that outlines much of what will happen as MobileMe transitions to iCloud in the coming months.
Google Confirms FTC Antitrust Investigation
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
The next move will be lots of subpoenas for documents, experts say. Google says the focus of the FTC investigation remains a bit cloudy.
Language Of Social Sounds Too Soft To Business
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
Why is Enterprise 2.0 still considered more of a "movement" than a business imperative? Its evangelists speak more like Dr. Phil than Jack Welch.
Google Chrome 12 Banishes Flash Cookies: Hands-On Review
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
The Chrome browser's latest version enhances privacy and security features and supports 3-D CSS.
Top Medical Groups: Meaningful Use Program Needs Fixing
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
AMA, AHA, CHIME, HIMSS, and other big players urge HHS to reduce regulatory complexity on physicians.
Satyam Post-Scandal Wins Saab Aerospace Contract
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Mahindra Satyam deal to do aerospace engineering for Saab points out Indian outsourcers' drive to move beyond routine software development.
4G Wireless Bill Asks Carriers To Prove Speed
News  |  6/24/2011  | 
Vendors throw around the term 4G around in the same way that some snack companies abused "low fat." One lawmaker wants the carriers to clearly spell out what 4G means.
FTC Silent On Google Antitrust Inquiry
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Google's dominance of Internet search advertising is expected to be challenged by U.S. antitrust enforcers.
Apple Gets Serious About iOS Data Protection
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Its iCloud service will be a one-stop content, document, application, and configuration synchronization service for mobile devices and PCs.
My Mistake: 10 CIOs Share Do-Over Worthy Moments
Slideshows  |  6/23/2011  | 
Leading CIOs share the decisions that they'd still like to take back. Check out their lessons learned from mistakes on costs, culture, career path, and more.
Cloud Trust Improves Among Government IT Pros
News  |  6/23/2011  | 
Four times more government agencies are considering the cloud this year as compared to 2010, according to a new survey. Security tops their worry list.
Do Nonsocial SMBs Know Something We Don't?
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Nearly half of online adults in the U.S. are on a social network, but branded usage by smaller companies is closer to 25%. Here are four reasons why it may be smart for nonsocial SMBs to stay that way for now.
Air Force Brass Get Secure Smartphones
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
General Dynamics will provide 300 new devices to leaders of the military service branch, part of a broader move across the Department of Defense to make classified data more portable.
Virtualization Pioneers Crosby, Pratt Tackle Cloud Security
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Simon Crosby and Ian Pratt resigned from Citrix to found Bromium, a startup that will attack the problem of guaranteeing the security of executing code to protect "the cloud in your pocket."
8 Great Collaboration Tools For HR
Slideshows  |  6/22/2011  | 
In the era of the "social enterprise," collaborative activities can make a big difference not only in HR efficiency but in employee satisfaction. Take a look at these eight leading HR platforms and examples of what their collaboration features have done for other companies.
The Ultimate 'Business' Pad Defined
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
The tablet I want might not be what my employer wants--and that might not matter all that much.
Tame Social Network Chaos To Unlock Business Capabilities
News  |  6/22/2011  | 
Meltwater Buzz Engage combines social CRM and social media monitoring to let businesses build social profiles of customers that interact with their products or brands.
6 Tips To Maximize SaaS Value
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
Host Analytics' CFO says the midmarket firm's software as a service overhaul is more about technology sophistication and using tools previously only available to the enterprise than cost cutting.
EHRs Get Help Meeting 'Meaningful Use'
News  |  6/21/2011  | 
The National Institutes of Health has launched MedlinePlus Connect, enabling electronic health records to link patients directly to up-to-date medical information.
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