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Content posted in January 2010
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Healthcare Providers Want "Red Flag" Exception
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
Dentists, physicians, and veterinarians are asking the Federal Trade Commission to exclude healthcare professionals from regulations designed to mitigate the risks of identity theft. I say: Step up and protect your customers from identity theft.
Semantic Search Footnotes: Concepts, Ontologies & Real Time
Commentary  |  1/31/2010  | 
I want to respond to a few comments/suggestions I received about my recent Intelligent Enterprise story, Breakthrough Analysis: Two + Nine Types of Semantic Search. Jim Hendler suggested a semantic-search approach I'd missed, "real-time search with some sort of filtering." I'll tackle that and points raised by NLP/semantics researcher Tom O'Hara...
SMB Trends To Watch In 2010
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Technology consultants Access Markets International Partners have pointed to six trends among small and medium businesses that, they say, deserve more attention.
Oracle on SharePoint: Waiting for Answers
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Oracle today doesn't seem to have an explicit answer to the foamy wave that is SharePoint. Will Oracle deliver on collaboration requirements?
The Fritz & David Show: What a Week! Apple, Oracle, Rant
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
January 2010 won't go quietly, nor will Techweb's Chief Content Officer, David Berlind and I in our second podcast version of The Fritz & David Show where we give some of our final thoughts no the Apple iPad, and summarize the announcements coming from Oracle this week.
HP Extends Financing Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Texas IT Firm Adding 100 Jobs
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A Dallas-based IT services firm with 500 employees is looking to add 100 new jobs this year to support its growing business in managed IT services, applications development, project management, and infrastructure services. About half of the new jobs are based in Dallas while others will be spread around the U.S.
Six Things To Like About The Apple iPad
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The iPad is certainly missing a lot of features, but there's still plenty to like. Here are six features of the iPad that I think many will find appealing.
Down To Business: What Could Doom The IT Recovery?
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
The economy (stupid). Absent more responsible and disciplined fiscal policies, the U.S. tech rebound will be a short-lived phenomenon.
Google Makes Calling Directly From Ads Easier
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Heaven forbid we actually have to dial a phone number any more. That would be awful. Google is saving smartphone owners, once again, from exercising their thumbs by adding a click-to-call feature directly in mobile ads.
New Initiative A Good Sign For Virtualization Security
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
A recent agreement involving three major IT vendors is good news for companies with lingering concerns about virtualization security.
HTC Makes Sense Available To Its Magic Phone
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Those who jumped on the Android bandwagon early by purchasing the HTC Magic when it hit store shelves in mid-2009 take heed. HTC has made a new version of the system software available for the Magic, and it includes HTC's Sense user interface.
Motorola To Become Leading Android Supplier
Commentary  |  1/29/2010  | 
Motorola is predicted to become the leading supplier of Android devices, pushing HTC to the number two spot. Motorola got real serious with Android with the launch of the Verizon based Droid and it looks like that is paying off.
iPad And SMBs, Take Two
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Global CIO: Oracle's Ellison Challenges IBM, NetApp And—Well—Everyone
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Is Larry Ellison's silicon-to-application strategy the next wave, or is he 50 years out of phase?
Full Nelson Video: iPad Revealed
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
View a video demonstration, and read my thoughts on why I wouldn't buy Apple's latest must-have device if it were available today.
The iPad: I Don't Get It
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Good grief. Yesterday's breathless blogging would have you thinking the technology world has been changed forever with the new Apple iPad. So let me go on the record with a contrarian viewpoint. The iPad seems like an interesting device, but I can't see where it fits into most personal or business IT needs.
Practical Analysis: IT Managers Have Had Enough
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Our annual salary survey indicates that security pros aren't getting a sufficient sense that their work and expertise are valued.
RatePoint Helps Resolve Customer Disputes
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Customer review and survey service RatePoint claims that businesses who use its online testimonial services can resolve 90 percent of customer disputes before they turn into negative reviews. That's one of several pieces of advice the company offers small businesses trying to manage their online reputations.
Oracle CEO Ellison: Sun Will Be Profitable In February
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Making a huge commitment to Sun's viability and value, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun will become profitable next month and will remain in the black thereafter. Setting up that unexpected promise, Ellison said, "So we're hiring, not firing. We're not cutting Sun to profitability, we're growing Sun to profitability."
Motorola Working On Google Nexus Phone?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Today Motorola confirmed that it is working on a new Android phone that it plans to sell directly to consumers through Google. Will its unnamed device be the Nexus Two? Perhaps.
Oracle-Sun Layoff Claim Was Irresponsible Garbage: Ellison
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison served notice on competitors yesterday but saved his toughest talk for the UBS investment analyst who recently floated the rumor that Oracle would dismiss more than 13,000 Sun employees, or half its total workforce. Ellison called that claim "garbage" that was "highly irresponsible" and then set the record straight: Oracle will be adding employees.
MicroStrategy Says It's Time for Mobile BI
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
"We are on the verge of a new era that will result in a new class of applications that will change the way we think about our business," says MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor. That era will be driven largely by mobile... Yes, mobile.
Your Dad's SLAs And The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
I chatted recently with a number of vendors about service level agreements (SLAs) and cloud computing. Perhaps the quote from these conversations that resonated with me most was, "your dad's SLAs won't cover the use cases for cloud." And, it's true. I joke around that cloud computing is just renamed Internet computing or network computing, but when you start adding in the factors surrounding cloud, it's pretty obvious that Dad's role in cloud SLAs is as an advisor, not implementor.
Apple's iPad To Nickel And Dime Customers
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Apple is ruthless with its product pricing. It charges the maximum price it can get for a given product...and still leaves out essential ingredients, forcing customers to buy over-priced accessories. The iPad is no different.
Does The Apple iPad Have Value For SMBs?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
For SMBs, at least, the most useful part of the new Apple iPad may be an accessory.
Will The iPad Bring AT&T To Its Knees?
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
One of the more surprising elements of Apple's iPad launch event was news that the company is sticking with its long-time wireless network partner, AT&T. Was that the right move? Can AT&T handle the iPad in addition to the iPhone?
Things Are Looking Grim For Overworked Help Desks
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
Many IT professionals are relieved that the worst of the recession appears to be over. Their help-desk colleagues, however, don't share their optimism.
Verizon Thinks BlackBerry Users Don't Consume Enough Music
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
This morning Verizon Wireless announced a new music-focused service specifically for BlackBerry users. Despite offering 1,000 songs on a microSD card, the service is clearly meant to coax BlackBerry users to download more music from Verizon's V CAST Music Store. Updated.
Apple Posts iPad Launch Videos Online
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
In case you missed Fritz Nelson's liveblog of the Apple iPad announcement, Apple has provided the full Stevenote in video form on its Web site. It is also offering people a more in-depth look at the iPad.
AT&T Settles Early Termination Fee Suit
Commentary  |  1/28/2010  | 
AT&T settled a class action lawsuit yesterday for $18 million in New Jersey. If you paid an early termination fee to AT&T Wireless or any of its predecessors between January 1, 1998 and today, you may be eligible for a piece of the settlement.
Live Blog From Apple's iPad Launch
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Being one of the lucky few to have scored a press pass into Apple's highly secretive launch event today, I will be live blogging the announcement with text and photos as it happens. So, starting at around 11:30 AM ET, be sure to refresh this blog entry (and refresh often) as I frantically attempt to bring you all there is to know about Apple's tablet (or whatever it is) in real time.
Down To Business: Oracle v. Rimini Has Huge Ramifications
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Can the decades-old enterprise software model hold up against the forces of upstart competition and price arbitrage?
Oracle Bringing Its Support Fee Philosophy To Sun
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
There's been a lot of debate about business software maintenance and support fees, with SAP this year offering a two-tiered support fee. Oracle at its Oracle-Sun integration presentation made it clear that it very much likes having one fee level, and that it'll move Sun that direction as well.
The Dark Side of Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
What Apple Didn't Announce: iPhone OS 4.0
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Today's iPad launch event was just that -- all about the iPad. Despite the belief by many credible sources that Apple would also preview iPhone OS 4.0, the new operating software for the iPhone failed to show up.
Global CIO: Apple's Steve Jobs Torpedoes Another Stale Business Model
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Jobs and the iPad are revolutionizing the book business while picking a big fight with Amazon. What can you learn?
10 Things The Apple iPad Doesn't Have
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Today Apple announced the iPad, a new iPhone-esque mobile computing device. As neat as many of its features are, it is still missing a lot. Here are 10 things that it lacks.
Oracle-Sun: The OnStar To Your Data Center?
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Listening to the all-day Oracle-Sun event, which is still going on … A couple of execs have mentioned Oracle having a telemetry connection into your data center, to aid in support, to monitor, and even make pro-active changes or recommendations, if you want. It's typical of the incredible trust Oracle is asking companies to have in it.
HP Moves Into Doctor Practices With McKesson Deal
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
As tens of thousands of small doctor office in the U.S. evaluate how they'll cash in on the federal government's $20 billion health IT stimulus programs, Hewlett Packard is the latest computer vendor looking for a piece of the action. And it's signed up with McKesson to help.
Global CIO: Oracle-Sun Biggest Challenge Isn't Technology—It's People
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
Sun's founder and its CEO exhort Sun employees to embrace Oracle, and Larry Ellison promises miminal Sun layoffs. Can they make it work?
No Easy Answers In Mac Virtualization Roundup
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
So, which virtualization product is absolutely, positively the best option for running Windows on a Mac? Sorry -- you didn't really think the answer would be that easy, did you?
The Best Apple Tablet Summary So Far
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
This is pure gold. The Doghouse Diaries put together a list of 20 things that are already "known" about Apple's yet-to-be-announced tablet. It couldn't be more right.
McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet Details, Deal; Engadget Has Photo
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
On the eve of one of Apple's most yet anticipated product launches in history, McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw pre-empted Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he let slip confirmation on CNBC (video below) that Apple is indeed launching a tablet later today (Jan 27, 2010). McGraw revealed that it will run on the iPhone OS as well as details of the company's dealings with Apple. Separately, tech gadget site Engadget.com has what appears to be some very convincing photos of the device which it estimates to be 9
Netezza Skimmer Joins the Short List
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
The main news here is that you can buy a Netezza box for $125K, plug it in, load a few terabytes of data, and be good to go with a pretty solid data warehouse...
Global Social Media Week Kicks Off Monday
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
If you live in one of the six cities participating in Global Social Media Week, next week is jam-packed with parties, networking and educational events.
Microsoft Virtually Confirms Zune Phone
Commentary  |  1/27/2010  | 
People have been clamoring for a Zune phone since the Zune shipped a few years ago. Microsoft has made vague references to some kind of Zune interface or Zune services on a phone. Yesterday Microsoft released an upgrade to the Zune desktop software and with it came a confirmation that a phone of some sort is in the works.
Review: Remote Access Options For iPhone Users
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
A new review takes a look at two of the most popular applications designed to give iPhone users remote access to their desktop PCs.
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