News & Commentary
posted in February 2010
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Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Use Proposal Has Some Seeing Red
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
The more health IT pros look at draft rules, the less they like them.
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.
Dell Forges E-Health Partnership With AMA
News  |  2/28/2010  | 
The American Medical Association and Dell will offer physicians one-stop-shopping for electronic health products.
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.
Sprint And Verizon Both Pushing webOS 1.4 Update
Commentary  |  2/27/2010  | 
Sprint began making webOS 1.4 available to the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi during the early morning hours on February 27. Verizon customers had to wait an additional 24 hours before their devices began updating, too. The new version of webOS brings system-wide improvements.
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.
Build A Web App in 5 Minutes, With No Code (ReviewCam)
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
Building simple, rich web applications still takes some programming effort, but Alpha Software's Alpha Five promises to let non-programmers tackle the effort quickly and without writing a single line of code. "Codeless Ajax," Alpha calls it. We put this to the test, asking if one of Alpha's development partners could build us a quick application in five minutes.
Why Multitenancy Matters In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
There's a debate in the software industry over whether multitenancy is a prerequisite for cloud computing. Those considering using cloud apps might question if they should care about this debate. But they should care, and here's why: multitenancy is the most direct path to spending less and getting more from a cloud application.
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.
Newer, Cheaper iPhone(s) To Debut In June
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
June and Apple's WWDC are approaching swiftly. Though we're still three-plus months out, reports of what Apple plans to announce are already taking shape. Morgan Stanley believes that new models are coming, and they'll be cheaper to buy and cheaper to own.
Clearwire Notches Subscriber Gains, 4Q Loss
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The wireless carrier expects its 4G WiMax network to cover up to 120 million people by year end.
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...
Prepaid Puts Pressure On Wireless Carriers
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Leap pre-paid customers generally pay less for mobile service than contract subscribers.
Toyota Failure Proves Quality Isn't Scalable
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
There's a computer-industry lesson embedded within the bad news surrounding Toyota's unintended acceleration problem. It's out of the same playbook which in an earlier day saw GM morph from an innovator--electric starter, automatic transmission--into a lumbering behemoth. It's this: Quality is not infinitely scalable.
Software Update Bricking Motorola CLIQ
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
Users who downloaded and installed an unofficial software update for the Motorola CLIQ are seeing red. Turns out there are major bugs in the update that essentially brick the CLIQ. T-Mobile's advice? Don't update.
AMD Intros ATI Radeon HD 5830
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The graphics card supports up to three monitors and has processing power of 1.79 teraFLOPS.
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.
Palm CEO Addresses The Troops
Commentary  |  2/26/2010  | 
In light of the bad financial news coming from Palm, CEO Jon Rubinstein took the opportunity to shore up the confidence of Palm employees. He sent a company wide email that outlines what the company is doing to get fully back on track.
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.
Shuttle Discovery Preps For Mission
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Flight to the space station is one of just four remaining launches in NASA's shuttle program.
webOS 1.4 Changelog Leaks With Suspicious Timing
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
Just after Palm released some bad news today about its sales forecasts, the changelog for webOS version 1.4 has mysteriously surfaced. There are genuinely good changes in store for webOS devices. Let's take a look.
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.
Palm Sales Lower Than Expected
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Tough competition from Android handsets and Apple's iPhone hurt Palm's quarterly revenue forecast.
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.
Genband To Buy Nortel VoIP Unit For $182 Million
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Nortel's VOIP unit is the networking equipment company's last remaining business operation.
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.
Palm: 'Slower Than Expected Consumer Adoption' Of WebOS
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
If things looked bad earlier this week for Palm, they look worse now. Palm updated its guidance for the current quarter and the numbers have been revised downward. The new numbers will be "well below its previously forecasted range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion."
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.
What's The Best Cloud Mix?
Commentary  |  2/25/2010  | 
At TechWeb's Cloud Connect conference in March, I'll be moderating a panel on the value of public, private and hybrid cloud. We'll assess where the value is today and where things are headed. Here's my take: Utilizing the right cloud combination to maximize the resources in your organization for different types of workloads, functions, applications,
SAP Revamps BusinessObject SaaS BI Suite
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The upgraded BI OnDemand service consolidates CrystalReports.com, adds workflows for business intelligence novices.
Chip Revenue To Grow By 20%
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The surge in semiconductor revenue forecast by Gartner for 2010 will be driven by steady growth in PC shipments.
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