Commentary
Content posted in January 2007
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Sneak Peek: Is This The Google Phone?
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Engadget is running pictures of what some tipster claims is the long-awaited Google phone, the Google Switch.
A Long-Term View on the Cognos/Celequest Deal
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Everyone agrees that Cognos' purchase of Celequest, announced yesterday, will broaden the BI vendor's footprint. Celequest gives Cognos a real-time, operational BI/performance management play it lacked. That will bring Cognos into settings in which insight is only of value if it's immediate. But the true value of the deal will hinge on how transferable and how integrated Celequest's real-time technology and hybrid appliance/SaaS model will be with the Cognos 8 BI platform.
Reality Check: Senate Bill S.1 Poses No Threat To Bloggers
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
My colleague Mitch Wagner and some other journalists have picked up on a report by an organization called Grass Roots Freedom that a Senate bill designed to bring transparency to the lobbying process could result in the jailing of political bloggers. Did you know that the bill does not even mention the words "blog" or "blogger"? There's also a couple of things you should know about "Grass Roots Freedom."
Cellular Component of Telecom Costs Becoming Killer
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
A NJ-based research firm is saying that more companies are spending the bulk of the telecom services dollar on cellular services. Um, Duh!
Dell Gets Tough
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Mainstream PC maker Dell has not been known for its overly durable products. With competitors offering "ruggedized" hardware that's more durable, however, Dell decided to get its rough-and-tumble game on.
SNL Mocks Steve Jobs And The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Just in case you had any doubts that the iPhone has trescended mere techdom to become the cultural trend du jour for January, perennial TV sketch show Saturday Night Live mocked both Steve Jobs and the iPhone in a recent episode.
Applying the Change Function
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
What About An Enterprise MVNO?
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Daniel Taylor over at the Mobile Enterprise Weblog questions if 2007 will be the year of the enterprise MVNO.
Mobile Enterprise Takes Off In Latin America
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
According to a new report from Frost & Sullivan, the market for mobile enterprise applications and devices is expected to show strongth growth over the next few years.
Political Bloggers Could Be Required To Register Or Face Jail Time
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Update (1/19/2006): This bill does not affect bloggers. The initial report by GrassRootsFreedom.com is, quite simply, false. See posts by my colleague Paul McDougall and me for more info.
Communication Breakdown
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Unified communications has a new road map thanks to a partnership between industry giants Nortel and Microsoft. They suggest that by breaking down the barriers separating e-mail, voice, instant messaging and video conferencing, a new era of communications will arrive. Sounds so warm and cuddly. Can they really pull it off?
Vista, Schmista
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Last week while working the press room at CES I was afforded a sneak peek at Microsoft's new operating system, Vista. I have to be honest here and say that I was not all that impressed.
Top Ten Reasons Your ECM System Runs Slowly
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
1. The average size of electronic documents has grown to a point where current network bandwidth is insufficient to deliver documents to the user in a sensible time frame 2. You are running your ECM system on old hardware and operating systems that need upgrading 3. You are delivering native format files to end users rather than making use of rendering functionality 4. You have allowed your users to dump content into your repository without concern for process, rules or structure, and now it's
Obama Developing Online Video Strategy
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Beet.TV reports that U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, who this week formed an exploratory committee to investigate running for U.S. President next year, has a deal with Brightcove to manage the senator's online video strategy.

Top 10 Potential iPhone Problems
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Our friend Dave Greenfield at Network Computing came up with a list of top 10 potential iPhone problems. These include the low-resolution camera, slow data feeds, missing GPS, and lack of support for the most popular instant-messaging platform: AOL's.

Enterprise Admins Needn't Worry about iPhone Integration...Yet
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
Don't worry, we heard you. That big collective groan from IT managers last week when Apple introduced the iPhone will not be ignored.
Can Your Enterprise See Software as a Service?
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
We are moving toward a day when most of our enterprise applications may be delivered as services, and thus provide a more economical way to approach information technology management. Let's face it; the Web has grown from a simple information delivery platform to a grouping of many valuable exposed services with rich dynamic user interfaces. It's really the global SOA, and those who learn to leverage it now will be well ahead of those who ignore the trend.
Why Offshore Outsourcing May Pave Way For The Next Google
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
Corporations like IBM and GE led the charge to India and beyond. But cheaper bandwidth and new technologies mean small businesses can now get in on the savings offered by offshore outsourcing--a welcome development for the entrepreneurial minded.
Call For Participants: What's Your Opinion On Vista?
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
OK, I realize that most of us have had news/features/ reviews/blogs/ videos/whatever about Vista pretty much up the whazzoo, and that a lot of you are thinking, "OK, already. Enough is enough! Just release the OS to the public, let us decide what's good/bad/indifferent about it, and leave us alone!"
An Ironic User's Guide To The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
It seems everyone is talking about the iPhone these days, including Dave Eggers' hip literary journal McSweeney's. McSweeney's writer Darren Cahr offers some interesting and creative ways to make use of the iPhone.
CES 2007 = Snorefe...Zzzz
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
You, Mr. Enterprise-Minded Reader, may ask yourself why on Earth the Consumer Electronics Show is relevant to yourself, as you ponder purchasing a million Dell laptops and RIM BlackBerry's for your mobile workers. Put your fears aside, because, in all honesty, it wasn't. But, that's not going to stop me from telling you why...
5 Things Google Must Do To Succeed In 2007
Commentary  |  1/15/2007  | 
Now that Google has assumed the Microsoft position as the company most everyone loves to hate, whether it's deserved or not (though not this guy), I thought I'd kick off the year with some constructive criticism, including the advice that the search company cooperate, rather than fight with, content providers.
EnterpriseDB's Open (Source) Deception
Commentary  |  1/15/2007  | 
Andy Astor, CEO of EnterpriseDB, stated in November, "Our offering is unique among open source databases." That's blatant, open deception; a cynical attempt to exploit the open-source label. How does EnterpriseDB see it? CEO Astor, in an April 2006 interview, said that "the extensions that we've done [to the open source PostgreSQL that EnterpriseDB is based on]... is code that we share with customers who subscribe to our service." That's open source?!
Your Digital Life
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
Starting next week, we're launching a new area of reporting, focusing on how information technology changes people's lives and how it changes society. This will include a hodgepodge of subjects: Internet law, politics, censorship, digital rights management, online gaming, blogging, a bit of Web 2.0, online communities, local search, and more.
Where's The iPhone's Software Development Kit?
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
After you spend $500 on an iPhone, what will you be able to do with it? Not enough, unless Apple makes it easy for third-party developers to build applications for it. Is Apple doing that? Not yet.
Down To Business: Is Executive Pay Excessive?
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
When evaluating compensation, better that we focus on job performance and the scarcity of premier job candidates than on absolute numbers.
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IT Confidential: Apple-Microsoft War Turns Real
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
What if Apple devotees and the Windows fanatics finally confronted each other? It's a nightmare scenario too horrible to think about.
Will Your SaaS Provider be a Survivor?
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
In the heady, pre-dot-bomb buzz of early 2000, I edited a feature on "21 ASPs and What They Can Do For You." They were called "Application Service Providers" back then, but that term was displaced, first by "hosted," then by "on-demand" and most recently by "Software as a Service" (SaaS). I was surprised when a quick Web tour turned up only about a third of these vendors still very visibly in the hosted/on-demand business. That should give you pause -- and reason to do thorough due diligence --
Mac OS Or Vista? Your Turn To Weigh In
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
Last Saturday, we published a review comparing Mac OS X and Windows Vista. The topic was a huge hit with you, our audience, prompting a flood of e-mails.
Teoco Discovers the Good, the Hidden Costs and the Challenges of Data Warehouse Appliances
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
What are the pros and cons of using a data warehouse appliance versus a more traditional data warehouse? We asked John Devolites, general manager, communications and entertainment solutions at Teoco, to share with us his experiences with three data warehouse appliances. The bottom line: he's very happy with the price and his new, fast query rates, but don't call these appliances -- they're a far cry from the simple, plug-and-play boxes that the word "appliance" conjures up.
iPhone Fever
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
Net Neutrality Bill Sparks Debate
Commentary  |  1/12/2007  | 
Deeper Into Process Simulation: Part I
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
A couple months ago I wrote about the deficient simulation capabilities of most process modeling tools. More recently I've been working with ITP Commerce, the tool provider for my upcoming BPMN training, on enhancing its simulation features to address the use cases that figure most prominently in process analysis. I've come up with three, and I'm building my BPMN training around the particular modeling and simulation patterns associated with each one.
Top 7 iPhone Questions Steve Jobs Doesn't Want You To Ask
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the star of the Mac(world) universe this week, with his unveiling of the uber-cool iPhone. While the device is earning kudos in many circles as a "leapfrog" device, it's also prompting a backlash. In that vein, we present a David Letterman style list of questions, which take a few pointed but not necessarily unfair potshots at Apple's as-yet-unproven product.
Sure The iPhone Is Cool But I Want A Google Phone
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
While everyone was busy this week talking about the iPhone, I was left alone wondering: Where is the Google Phone?
Walking the CES Walk, Talking the CES Talk
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
LAS VEGAS -- Three things I learned at the Consumer Electronics Show: (1) IT is irrelevant. It used to be that innovations in computing flowed from big business down to the small-office and home markets. Now it flows in the other direction. (2) Hardware is no longer the bottleneck for anything. And (3) universal connectivity is still a long way off.
Apple iPhone and Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
I Want My Apple TV
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
While the hype is targeting the iPhone, the Apple TV is a more interesting device. The market for cell phones is relatively mature -- there's plenty of good and great cell phones out there -- which makes me skeptical tha
Humans and Avatars: The Ghost in the Machine
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
The January 10 New York Times ran an intriguing article, "Computers Join Actors in Hybrids On Screen." It describes a new James Cameron film, "Avatar," in which the movie's alien characters will be designed by computer but played by human actors "filmed using the latest evolution of motion-capture technology -- markers placed on the actor and tracked by a camera." This description says as much about the limits of high-performance computing as it does about HPC's leading-edge capabilities.
Keeping Your Energy Up At CES
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
With all the gadgets and devices that are being shown at CES (a large portion of them mobile) something has to power them. This can be really apparent during a big trade show, where the use of notebooks, PDAs, and especially phones is constant -- and you really don't want to drag around a power cord along with the hundreds of product info brochures and CDs that you've piled into your bag.
Apple Reinvents The Phone
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
I've Been Waiting For The iPhone For Three Years And It's Still Not Here
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
I have covered the wireless industry for almost seven years. And in that time I have spent three years writing about the Apple iPhone. But how, you may ask, have I spent so much time writing about a device that wasn't announced until yesterday?
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