News & Commentary
posted in September 2009
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Vivek Kundra: All Customers, All The Time
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
CIOs are an interesting lot, cast as both business and technology leaders. Get them talking about agile development, and the inner geek appears. Talk about net present value, and they grab their lapels and straighten their pocket squares. But today's CIO talks increasingly about the customer, and if our nation's CIO, Vivek Kundra is paid every time does, he might be able to help bail out both the banks and the car companies.
Zimbra Adds Social Networking Features
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra unit continues to enhance its open source alternative to Microsoft Exchange and IBM LotusNotes.
E-Health Records Could Flag Domestic Abuse
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Predictive computer models that tap into electronic health records highlight subtle patterns of domestic violence that are easy to miss.
Google's Postini May Shape Wave Security
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Two years after being acquired by Google, Postini is looking to extend its messaging management tools to other Google services.
Google Tries To Take The Typing Out Of Mobile Search
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Performing searches on mobile phones -- especially those without readily accessible QWERTY keyboards -- can be a pain in the, er, thumb. Google recently made some changes to how local search works on mobile phones, and it requires fewer keystrokes.
Kickfire Offers Data Warehouse Appliance for the Masses
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
MySQL-based offering targets 500-gigabyte to 5-terabyte range. Upgrades bolster enterprise performance and scalability.
National Broadband Could Cost $350 Billion
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
An FCC task force said costs are far higher than available funding, but the plan would produce major economic and social benefits.
BlackBerry For Mac Out Friday
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Research in Motion announced that native desktop software for managing the company's BlackBerry smartphones will be available as of this Friday, October 2, at 1 PM EDT. The software will bring Mac-based mobile workers the functionality that up til now they've needed to use a third-party app for.
iPhone Ad Market Share Surges To 40 Percent
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
According to mobile advertising company AdMob, the iPhone's world-wide smartphone market share has reached 40% in just over two years. Meanwhile, competitors Nokia and RIM lost ground.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital CIO, Marianne James
Cincinnati Children's Hospital CIO, Marianne James
InformationWeek Videos  |  9/30/2009  | 
Marianne James, CIO of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, talks about intergating IT into applied healthcare and the success of the hospital's Fetal Care Portal
Google Wave Ridden By Cybercriminals
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Google Wave is being made available on Wednesday to 100,000 or so developers, early adopters, and Google Apps customers. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are making the most of the launch: They've rolled out a blackhat SEO poisoning campaign to turn interest in Wave into a computer infection.
Tenacity Matters In E-Medical Record Projects
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
E-medical record projects aren't for the faint of heart. The conviction of a strong leadership team and a solid vision of the project's goals are keys to successful deployments. Just ask the folks involved with the EMR rollout at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Vermont.
HP Hires Sun's Senior VP Of North American Sales
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HP has hired Randy Seidl, a key Sun sales executive to head up its Americas sales organization, putting more pressure on Sun.
Oracle To Acquire HyperRoll
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
HyperRoll's Data Performance Management Suite draws data out of all major databases to speed up reporting of financial results.
Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Recovery.gov, a showcase government-transparency Web site that relaunched on Monday, fails to meet U.S. federal government Section 508 accessibility standards. The non-compliance issues relate to display of data tables despite on-site compliance claims. Sharron Rush of accessibility-advocacy organization Knowbility goes so far as to state, "The recovery.gov Web site is a good example of what NOT to do for accessibility in my opinion."
Personalized Health Project Integrates E-Medical Data, DNA
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaboration platform will be used to develop treatments tailored to patients' genetic and other health-related profile.
Windows 7 Compatible? Check The Logo
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Third-party hardware and software products that work with Microsoft's new OS will get a sticker that says so.
HP Considers Merging Printer, PC Units
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The company is planning to combine the once-joined units to minimize slippage in its printer business.
TSA Awards $493 Million Contract To CSC
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Transportation Security Administration has replaced Unisys with Computer Sciences Corporation as its primary managed services provider.
Mathias On Mobility: Wi-Fi Continues Its Advance
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The recent finalization of the IEEE 802.11n standard spotlights the fact that wireless has moved up to the esteemed position of primary access for, well, almost everyone today.
MotionX Offers $3 GPS App For iPhone
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The iPhone this week got a new entry in the fast-moving category of GPS software: MotionX-GPS Drive is by far the least expensive of the half-dozen alternatives, with a "holy cow!" low price of $2.99, with an annual subscription of $25. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than any of the alternatives.
Global CIO: Accenture Should Start Buying—Here's A Shopping List
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Where is it written that IT services companies have to sit back and wait to be acquired by IT product companies? Accenture has the power to reverse that trend and offer new value to CIOs.
Hybrid Service Overcomes Satellite Phone Complaints
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
AT&T and TerreStar will partner to offer a hybrid cellular-satellite service on standard-sized handsets.
Zipcar App Is Brilliant Branding
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
The Zipcar iPhone app announced about a week ago is a great example of how to merge technology and marketing in order to deliver branding. More business would do well to follow the lead.
Join Our Windows 7 Wednesday Virtual Event: Path To Enterprise Adoption
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
In getting ready for Wednesday's 10 am eastern Windows 7 Virtual Event, hosted by the InformationWeek Business Technology Network (i.e., us, and you can register here), I've been trying to get a feel for just how rapidly enterprises will adopt the new operating system.
BlackBerry Round-Up: TiVo And Mac Support Arrive
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Today two interesting bits of information concerning BlackBerries became public. First up, TiVo has launched a new, free DVR-scheduling app for BlackBerries, and second, RIM has said BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Macs will be available Friday, October 2.
IBM In Canadian E-Health Deal
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
Big Blue will create a database to store millions of digitized patient records.
Give Away The Platform, Sell The Tools
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Here is a radical suggestion to fund the development of newly-emergent open source OS platforms: Keep the platform and as much of the other software on it free. Sell the development tools.

Salesforce.com Helps Launch SaaS Company
News  |  9/30/2009  | 
FinancialForce.com, a startup providing financial and accounting software as a service, is getting a minority investment and on-campus office space from Salesforce.com.
Sustainable & Green: The Color of Money
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Having worked with an organization that got good press for saving money through an automated PC shutdown program, I've fielded a lot of questions from IT managers looking to make sustainability and green moves. I can consolidate my advice on the topic into two short points: First, remember that green is the color of money. Second, overseed.
Solarwinds Tweaks IP WAN Voice Monitoring Tool
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
Increasingly, businesses are moving their voice traffic from the old telephone network to IP networks. However, this application is especially vulnerable to performance variations often found in IP networks. Solarwinds, which has been gaining acceptance by offering companies inexpensive, easy to deploy network performance tools, revamped its IP WAN tool to help companies meet this challenge.
The Perils Of Relying On The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/30/2009  | 
I rely more on the cloud as each day passes. GMail is my preferred email interface. Evernote houses most of my notes and web clippings. MyPhone keeps critical data backed up on my Windows Mobile phone. The cloud is awesome when it works, but when it is down, you may be temporarily cut off from your data. In the case of some Palm Pre users, when the cloud went down, it wiped their Pre's memory causing data loss.
NYC Schools Overpaying For Proprietary Software
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
The PTA at my daughter's school spends $3,000 per year for an online learning management system. That's $3,000 every year that they shouldn't have to spend.
Microsoft Open Source Advocate Joins Startup
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Sam Ramji, former head of Microsoft's Open Source Labs is now VP of strategy at Sonoa Systems, a startup focused on a key measure of how the Web 2.0 will operate.
Americans Optimistic On Healthcare IT's Potential
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Survey respondents like what they see of healthcare technology but fear there's a lack of trained practitioners.
The Verizon Hub Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Hi, my name is Eric, and I bought the Verizon Hub. I wanted to keep up with the Joneses and thought it would be really cool to have an Internet tablet in my kitchen. Turns out, I was wrong.
Microsoft's Must-Have Software Release
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
While all the focus has been on Windows 7 lately, there's another piece of Microsoft software coming out this week that could make an even bigger difference to the Windows world: Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). Athough I think MSE will be a great solution for most people, not everyone will be happy about this software.
A New Generation Of Internet Lawmakers
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
I'm still stuck in the 90s when I think about elected officials using the Internet. Back in the 90s, elected officials had never even touched the Internet. They thought it was a sewer of child porn and terrorists, and their only reaction to it was to try to control it--or make it go away. Until recently, I thought of lawmakers as still being as naive as they were back then. But a brief conversation with Rep. John Culberson shattered my preconceptions.
It's about the Tools Adoption Results
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Oracle Fined $10,000 For Anti-IBM Ads
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The Transaction Processing Council levied a rare, $10,000 fine against Oracle for comparing an existing TPC result with one it plans to report in the future.
Windows 7 Is 'Best Ever' OS
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Quick FAQ: Making Sense Out Of Moblin
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Are you wondering what Moblin is and why you're hearing so much about it lately? Step right up, and we'll try to answer your questions.
FileMaker Beefs Up Bento
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Version 3 of Bento, the "personal database" from FileMaker, adds features that make it a good choice for Mac-based small offices and midsize businesses with modest database needs. Its close integration with existing Mac tools means that getting up and running is relatively easy.
Bank Drops Google Suit Over Errant Gmail
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
After obtaining information about the Gmail account holder who accidentally received confidential information, Rocky Mountain Bank and Google have agreed to end the bank's lawsuit.
Dell Releases Latitude Z With Wireless Charging
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The ultra-thin laptop can wirelessly access power, USB ports, audio jacks, and a DVI video link.
Thoughts on Integrating OLTP and Data Warehousing (Especially in Exadata 2)
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
Oracle is pushing Exadata 2 as a great system for OLTP (OnLine Transaction Processing), data warehousing or both. This claim rests on a few premises, the first being that Exadata is great for data warehousing. At this time, that's a claim much better supported by marketing and theory than by practice...
Federal Contracting Databases Prone To Errors
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
The GSA will award a contract in October to re-architect databases rife with inaccuracies, duplications, and poor system capabilities.
Motorola Cliq Will Cost $200
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
T-Mobile and Motorola said Tuesday the Android-powered smartphone would be available Nov. 2 for about $200 with a new two-year contract. I played with the Cliq when it was introduced earlier this month and liked it, but I think the companies may have shot themselves in the foot with the pricing.
IBM Preparing Self-Service Software Infrastructure
Commentary  |  9/29/2009  | 
IBM has been investing in cloud computing for several years, although Willy Chiu, VP of IBM Cloud Labs, acknowledges it may be difficult for those outside IBM to develop a picture of what its cloud initiative will finally look like.
'Giant iPhone' May Be Next From Apple
News  |  9/29/2009  | 
Newton exec's return to Cupertino intensifies tablet computer speculation.
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