News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in August 2009
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New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
U.S. Open Warns Against Tweets
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Players are banned from sending Twitter messages during matches of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Northrop Months Late On Virginia Outsourcing
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Contractor submits "corrective action plan" to state IT officials in bid to get deal back on track.
IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.
Amazon's Private Cloud: Virtually Private Or Maybe Private?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Amazon, purveyor of the EC2 public cloud, suddenly announced Aug. 26 it's a private cloud supplier. Isn't there something wrong with a multi-tenant, shared resource provider transforming itself into a private cloud service? I'm not sure Amazon can offer a private cloud --yet. Then again, I see no reason why it couldn't sometime in the future.
Is Cell Phone Security A Virtual House Of Cards?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mobile service providers insist there is nothing wrong with their security standards. Are they whistling past the digital graveyard?
Apple Snow Leopard Security Criticized
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac users are getting new security features with the arrival of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, but some security vendors say those enhancements are lightweight.
FCC Probes Wireless Industry Competition
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
With inquiries into spectrum availability and consumer protections, the Federal Communications Commission assumes a bigger role in shaping the framework for mobile networks.
Down To Business: Outsourcing's Next Big Thing
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
'Outcome-based' contracts are all the rage, but there's often a big gap between what CIOs say they want and what they're ready to do.
More States Ban Texting While Driving
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Illinois and Missouri are the latest states to outlaw sending text messages or e-mails while operating a motor vehicle.
Social Networkers Risk More Than Privacy
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Facebook and Twitter users post personal information that could be used by professional home burglars looking for targets, says a U.K. study.
Facebook Promises Stronger Privacy Controls
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Developers who create Facebook applications will have to get explicit permission to use personal information from Facebook users.
Snow Leopard To Have Malware Protection?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
Sources with advance copies of Snow Leopard have discovered a built-in anti-malware feature. If Apple's taking threats to OS X seriously, maybe it's time for Mac-based businesses to do the same.
Graphic U.K. Video Targets Texting While Driving
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
The video shows happy texting-while-driving teens getting into a violent car crash.
Apple's Snow Leopard Brings Compatibility, Security Concerns
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
Adobe CS3 users are expressing dismay that Snow Leopard compatibility hasn't been tested while hackers tempt Mac users with malware in Snow Leopard clothing.
Dutch Court Rules Against P2P Site In Copyright Case
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
A judge ordered the Mininova BitTorrent site to remove links to copyrighted material.
Web Design Contracts 101: Don't Get Snookered
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
You know your company needs help with its Web site, but how do you sign a Web design contract that will ensure you get what you need at a fair price? These tips can help!
Trend Micro Rips Lid Off Estonian Cybercrime Hub
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
An important Trend Micro paper, spotlighting a cybercriminal hub operating out of Estonia, has surfaced on Slashdot. The racket here is that a seemingly legitimate Internet Service Provider is in reality the headquarters for a rogue network, which extends into Europe and the United States. The breadth of the deception outlined in the paper is scary; doubly so because cybercrime is emerging as the single biggest security threat of the next decade.
Wikipedia Tightens Editing Policy
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
The online encyclopedia is implementing a review policy for new users to improve accuracy and prevent vandalism on high-profile articles.
Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
Customers will create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures and use their existing security systems to protect data.
Pirate Bay Digging In For Battle
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The file sharing site is determined to keep its site in operation, and is being aided by both open and anonymous supporters.
SCO Wins Unix Appeal
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The decision paves the way for SCO to continue its claim that IBM and others used SCO Unix code in Linux operating system software.
Social Networks Leak Personal Information
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Internet users are revealing information that identifies them through the use of social networking sites, a research study claims.
Google Fights Street View Ban In Switzerland
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
The Swiss data commissioner worries that Google Maps Street View reveals too much and may force Google to blur or remove even more of its images.
AT&T Mandates Data Plans For Smartphones
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Palm, Windows Mobile, and Symbian smartphone users will have to sign up for the monthly data plan iPhone and BlackBerry users carry, instead of a lower-cost option.
What Is Broadband? FCC Wants To Know
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The federal agency wants to develop accurate and uniform definitions for broadband to help in its development of a national broadband plan.
Defense Info Agency Open-Sources Its Web Apps
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Working with the Open Source Software Institute, the U.S. military's IT agency hopes to create a model for open sourcing other government-developed software.
Apple Hit With $2 Million iPhone Suit
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Photographer claims image on i.TV mobile app violates his copyright.
U.S. Allocates $1.2 Billion For Electronic Medical Records
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The grants will go to regional centers to support implementing electronic health records, as well as state grants to share information nationwide.
Oracle, Sun Deal Approved By Justice Dept.
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
The Justice Department ruling came earlier than expected, a possible response to Sun Microsystems' declining revenues in a steep recession.
Ex-Palm CEO Says He Rejected Jobs' No-Poaching Deal
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
A would-be deal in which neither Palm nor Apple would hire each other's employees apparently went nowhere.
VA Reports Detail Misconduct By IT Officials
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Abuse of authority, nepotism, and other HR violations are among the findings of two reports issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general.
Ericsson-Nortel Deal Nearly Complete
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
RIM's appeal to the Canadian government to stop the $1.13 billion acquisition appears to be falling on deaf ears.
Windows 7 Update: Timing, Tips, And Security
Commentary  |  8/20/2009  | 
Lots of Windows 7 news this week, but here's the big one: If you want to download the Release Candidate version, better do it soon -- it won't be available after today.
Army Uses SaaS To Gauge Carbon 'Boot Print'
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
An expanded pilot program aims to cut costs and gas emissions and increase environmental compliance through use of standardized processes.
W.R. Grace Taps IBM For IT Support
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Big Blue will provide the company with a range of services, including help desk assistance in multiple languages.
Rural Broadband Deployment Booming
News  |  8/20/2009  | 
Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been earmarked for the expansion of broadband penetration.
Broadband Initiative To Link Colorado Hospitals
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Clinicians in 400 rural healthcare facilities will be able to tap expertise at larger medical centers.
Following Big 2008 Slump, E-Health Systems Will Boom
Commentary  |  8/19/2009  | 
Fewer new clinical information systems were sold in 2008 than during the previous seven years, according to a new report. But that trend will change in a big way soon.
CSC Wins ATC Contracts
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
Outsourcer will provide FAA-approved training systems at four universities.
Former Gartner Exec To Lead GSA's Online Outreach
News  |  8/19/2009  | 
A veteran of government IT, Dave McClure will manage USA.gov, the primary portal through which the General Services Administration shares information with the public.
Video Game Playing Linked To Health Risks
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Adults who play video games are more likely to report being overweight, depressed, and in poor health than those who don't play.
Workgroup Co-Chair Says HIT Certification Process Is 'Going Well'
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Last week, the HIT Policy Committee, which is advising the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on the details of the $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, made several recommendations related to the certification of e-health products. Marc Probst, a co-chair of the HIT Policy Committee's certification and adoption workgroup, provides some insight.
Cloud Computing Takes Away Business From IT Outsourcers
Commentary  |  8/18/2009  | 
Something that often gets lost in the discussion about cloud computing is what it means for traditional IT outsourcing. Many of the benefits are the same: Reduced costs, less internal development of software, reduced management of applications and hardware. So as cloud computing matures, it seems the IT outsourcing industry will have to evolve to adapt.
Google Enables Document Sharing Among Groups
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The search behemoth has added the doc, calendar, and site sharing feature, amid its bid to differentiate its online applications from Microsoft Office.
IBM Turns RFID, Sensor Data Into Actions
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Data collected from networked sensors on highways and across power grids can be used by governments and utilities to make decisions.
iPhone Bug Saves Deleted E-Mail
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The flaw appears to be connected to the Spotlight search feature in the Apple iPhone 3.0 software.
HIT Certification Committee Still In Play
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
Critics have complained that the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is too closely aligned with large EMR vendors.
White House Closes 'Disinformation' Tip Box
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
The controversy over flag@whitehouse.gov began soon after it was launched on August 4.
Microsoft Hit With Two More Patent Suits
News  |  8/18/2009  | 
It's open season on Redmond in Eastern Texas jurisdiction as more actions emerge in wake of i4i victory.
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