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Content posted in January 2010
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Google Friends Surveilled For Cyber Attack
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister of France's King Louis XIII, is generally credited with saying, "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him." Richelieu's claim attests to the ease with which information can be misused. It's a lesson that Internet users might want to revisit in this age of online insecurity.
Oracle Cramdown Vs. SAP Kumbaya?
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
In a phone conversation today, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka contrasted SAP's acceptance of customers' heterogeneous IT environments and its consequent focus on widespread interoperability versus a certain competitor's alternative approach of "making lots of acquisitions and buying more and more pieces and cramming it all down their customers' throats."
Cisco Introduces Financing Plan For SMBs
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Small and midsize businesses can get three-year, zero-percent financing on products and services ranging in price up to $250,000.
ITC Sides WIth Nokia Against Apple
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Nokia has gained a slight edge in its patent spat with competitor Apple. The International Trade Commission has taken Nokia's side first, and says it will investigate Apple's alleged patent violations.
Full Nelson: Apple's Tablet Is Naturally Corporate
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
With a Kindle-thin device that can play music and serve books and navigate the Web and run enterprise-class apps, you've got your Burberry satchel and away you go. But there are caveats.
Warning Signs Preceded Cyber Attack On Google
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
The news of a cyber attack from within China on Google and other companies has prompted a range of reactions, including Google's decision to reassess its operations there and a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But no one should be surprised by what happened. Two months earlier, a U.S. government report warned that the private sector was susceptible to this very risk.
EMR Vendor Busy Hiring, Not Worrying
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Last year eClinicalWorks began offering its e-health record system bundled with Dell computers to small doctor offices via Sam's Clubs. Wal-Mart recently said it was closing 10 Sam's Clubs in the U.S. as the company's discount warehouse outlets struggle in some markets. (Wal-Mart is also cutting 10,000 jobs at Sam's Clubs, mostly related to product demos. Think free frozen pizza samples.) But eClinicalWorks isn't troubled by Sam's Club's problems.
Google Blames T-Mobile For Nexus One 3G Problem
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Google has at long last responded to the large number of user complaints about the Nexus One's ability to connect to T-Mobile's 3G network. Google laid some of the blame at the feet of its partner, basically telling customers that T-Mobile's 3G coverage kind of stinks.
McDonald's Extends Huge IT Services Deal With ACS
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
McDonalds's Corp., which has been one of the few global corporations that have managed to grow during the global downturn of the past 18 months, must be very pleased with the role IT outsourcer ACS is playing as the massive restaurant chain has signed a five-year extension for ACS to continue supplying IT services ranging from desktops to data centers.
Google Circumvents Apple, Offers Google Voice iPhone App
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Remember the big mess between Apple, AT&T and Google over the Google Voice iPhone app last summer? Yeah, well, Google is back with a new version of the application that Apple won't have the chance or opportunity to approve (or disapprove) because it's used from the iPhone's browser.
Sentiment Analysis, Enterprise Content, and Social Media, Year 2010
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Sentiment analysis is one of the most challenging and one of the most interesting uses of text technologies. Application areas include customer satisfaction and support, marketing, financial markets, media and publishing, and politics and policy. That's why I've created a new conference, the Sentiment Analysis Symposium, slated for April 13 in New York...
Mobile Cloud Services Ready to Take Flight
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
Two of the IT industrys hottest markets, mobility and cloud computing, are poised to coalesce. Juniper Research projects that the worldwide mobile cloud services market will reach $9.5 billion, in part because of the adoption of new mobile application development standards.
Global CIO: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Top 10 Reasons For Buying Sun
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
New customer value, Sun's great technology, an IBM fixation, resetting the IT landscape, something deeply personal, and more.
Windows Mobile Division May Move To Windows Group
Commentary  |  1/26/2010  | 
The latest rumors surrounding Windows Mobile have nothing to do with the platform itself but the internal division at Microsoft that is responsible for it. The rumor is the Windows Mobile division would be brought under control of the group responsible for Windows.
Can Your Facebook Friends Sink Your Credit Score?
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
Want more proof that there is a downside to social networking? Look no further than the latest nitwit banking industry scheme to determine your creditworthiness.
Hear BI Survey Results, Plus Donald Farmer
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
I'll present the results of the latest Intelligent Enterprise business intelligence survey and Donald Farmer of Microsoft will surely talk about the new PowerPivot add-ins for in-memory analysis in Excel. That should be enough to attract more than a few registrants to this week's "BI Agenda for 2010" webinar. But there's more...
Larry Ellison's Like Hugo Chavez, Says Nitwit Blogger
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
While Oracle CEO Larry Ellison surely has his detractors as well as his fans, what are we to make of a supposedly knowledgeable IT blogger who likens Ellison to Venezuela's brutal socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez?
Symantec Announces Backup Exec 2010 To Address Duplicate Data Issues
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
Backup Exec 2010, a new backup and deduplication service for midsized and growing businesses released today by Symantec is aimed at the explosive growth of data experienced by businesses of all sizes. The elimination of duplicate data promised by the company also promises to cut storage costs and reduce recovery time in the event of a disaster.
Calling All Cloud Computing Developers, Innovators & Startups
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
If you're a cloud computing startup, innovator, or just a developer who is tinkering with that pet cloud project in your "garage" and you're looking for some prime time exposure (including free exhibit space at Cloud Connect), then you should be thinking about putting yourself in the running for Launch Pad at Cloud Connect. I, along with fellow InformationWeek editors John Foley and Fritz Nelson, are among the 10 jury members a
HP And Microsoft To Compete Against Oracle/Sun
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
Two weeks ago, HP and Microsoft announced they would jointly spend $250 million to better integrate their hardware and software systems. That's one of the first reactions to Oracle's expected acquisition of Sun Microsystems and its entry into the hardware business. More such alliances are likely to spring out of the ranks of Oracle's competitors.
IBM Predicts Brain Aneurysms
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
IBM and its longtime research partners at the Mayo Clinic are using predictive analytics to increase the speed and accuracy in detecting deadly brain aneurysms and have achieved successful detection rates of 95%, up from 70% via manual interpretation.
GSM Versions Of Palm Pre And Pixi Plus
Commentary  |  1/25/2010  | 
It looks like the Plus versions of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixie are going to be available in GSM versions soon opening the way for AT&T and/or T-Mobile to carry them in the US. This is welcome news for people travel abroad as the CDMA versions don't work on GSM networks in Europe and other countries.
How Much Office Do You Want?
Commentary  |  1/24/2010  | 
With Microsoft Office 2010 due to ship in the middle of this year, now may be a good time to take a look at how you use Office applications and whether it makes sense to plan for an upgrade. There's certainly a lot of interest in Office 2010; Microsoft says the beta is generating 40,000 downloads per day earlier this month.
AT&T To Lose iPhone Exclusivity Wednesday?
Commentary  |  1/24/2010  | 
According to the word from an AT&T insider, the wireless company is set to lose its exclusive deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone in the U.S. as early as Wednesday, January 27. That happens to be the same day Apple is holding a press conference.
Sun CEO's Farewell: Sun Is A Brand, Oracle's Your Company
Commentary  |  1/24/2010  | 
With the 9-month Oracle-Sun saga about to close-or rather to begin-all of the strategy speculation and MySQL melodrama and EU equivocation has made it easy to overlook the real core of this whole deal: Sun's people. In a farewell memo to the Sun team, CEO Jonathan Schwartz provides an elegant reminder that the two greatest technologies the world will ever know are the human brain and the human heart.
Mobile Round-Up: Weekend Update Edition
Commentary  |  1/24/2010  | 
Here's a collection of newsy nuggets that have hit the wires over the last couple of days. Inside you'll read about a new click-to-call feature for Google Voice, a new Windows Mobile SDK, the final death of the Palm Treo Pro, and hacking multitouch onto the Nexus One.
Polycom Pairs With Juniper To Battle Cisco
Commentary  |  1/23/2010  | 
Looking to meet the growing demand for network-based video services, Polycom has joined up with Juniper to combine Polycom's online video capabilities with Juniper's high-performance network expertise. Plus, both realize the need for strategic partnerships if they hope to be able to compete vigorously with Cisco.
Box.net Adds Universal File Viewer To Cloud Content Management
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Using technology gained in its acquisition of Increo, users can now view multiple file types from within the Box.net environment.
SAS Is Fortune's Best Company To Work For
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Fortune named SAS its best company to work for, hardly a stunner to anyone in this industry. Here are a few excerpts from interviews we've had with CEO Jim Goodnight the past year, on tech education, the scourge of open offices, and the "plummeting business" of ERP.
Two Cornerstones of Oracle's Database Hardware Strategy
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
After several months of careful optimization, Oracle managed to pick the most inconvenient day possible for me to get an Exadata update from Juan Loaiza. But the call itself was long and fascinating, with the two main takeaways...
Database Virtualization Do's And Dont's
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Virtualizing your company's database servers can be an especially tricky process. Here are some tips on what to do -- and what not to do -- in order to get the results you want.
How Likely Is Apple To Announce iPhone 4.0?
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Apple has scheduled an event for Wednesday, January 27, to show off its "latest creation." Pretty much everyone expects Apple to introduce a tablet computer. Rumors of new iPhone software are plentiful, too. Will iPhone 4.0 make a special guest appearance?
Cisco's Next-Gen Collaboration And Augmented Reality
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
At its major technology event next week in Barcelona, Cisco will be showcasing new tools for what it calls "the third wave of collaboration" as well as recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of augmented reality. For those who can't make it to Barcelona, Cisco is holding a full-day virtual event.
Is The US Afraid To Admit That China Declared War On It?
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Had the Chinese shot intercontinental ballistic missiles into 33 US-based businesses including those in the finance and defense industries as well as the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google, there would be no question in anyone's mind as to whether war had been declared on the US. Is there any difference now that a Chinese government-backed organization has cyber-attacked 33 US businesses<
Forget ECM: It's Document Management From Here On In
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
Enterprise Conent Management still has a place in the acronym pantheon, but that place is an increasingly limited one...
Latest Tablet Buzz: Both AT&T And Verizon Involved
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
FOX News' Clayton Morris has dug up some more dirt on the Apple tablet. Morris cites sources at both AT&T and Verizon, each of which claims that the wireless companies are playing a role in bringing the tablet to market. Wait, why are wireless companies involved?
Multitasking 50 Apps With Palm Pre Plus
Commentary  |  1/22/2010  | 
One of the biggest differences between the regular Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus is the doubling of the RAM and storage capacity of the device. The Pre Plus has 16GB of storage which allows you to install more apps and multimedia. More interesting though is the increase in RAM to 512MB from the regular Pre's 256MB. To test out the new RAM limits, someone loaded 50 apps, simultaneously!
Down To Business: In Defense Of Profiling
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
While profiling is often associated with police work, everyone from insurance companies to bank lenders to e-commerce sites to fast food restaurants engages in the practice.
WSJ Says Apple Tablet To Redefine Media
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting piece today with language that all but announces a new tablet device from Apple. The Journal claims that Apple CEO Steve Jobs bets the tablet will "reshape businesses like textbooks, newspapers and television much the way his iPod revamped the music industry." That's a lot of upheaval going on. Are the progenitors of said media aware of all this?
Time To Listen To HP's Sales Pitch?
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
HP's new SMB Exchange sales team is reported to be ready to entice SMBs with good prices and choice of suppliers.
Apple iSlate: Can We Do Business?
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
The Apple tablet computer to be announced next week -- if it's real -- will almost certainly be a sexy beast. But will it hold any practical appeal for business users?
Set Up Employees For Telecommuting Success
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
According to a recent survey, most SMBs are prepared to let employees work from home. Unfortunately, the employees themselves often see the matter differently.
Impressions Of Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
I've spent the last few days using both the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. These new Verizon-branded versions of Palm's two webOS smartphones are solid devices, but each lacks a few things here and there.
Nokia Makes The Smart Move With Free Maps
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
Nokia is finally taking a page from Google's book and has freed up its mapping and navigation services for all its GPS-equipped phones. Now that it is free, people might actually use it.
T-Mobile Changes SIM Unlock Rules
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
T-Mobile is changing its SIM unlock policies for the better, though they had a bit of prodding as the result of a class action lawsuit. It will be easier for those that travel to other countries with their phone or for former customers who's accounts were closed while in good standing.
Websense To Monitor Facebook Pages
Commentary  |  1/21/2010  | 
Today Websense released what is touted as the first security application for Facebook, developed via its recently acquired Defensio brand. Facebook users can now monitor their pages for unwanted content, including spam comments, profanity, and links to malware. This could be valuable for companies that want to control their online images and brands.
Bing And Freedom From Choice
Commentary  |  1/20/2010  | 
This week a report surfaced that Apple may be considering a deal with Microsoft that would make Bing the default search engine for the iPhone. No doubt some people will say, "What's the big deal? It's just the default search engine, I can still choose to use any search engine I want." That might not be exactly true.
Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus Priced By Verizon
Commentary  |  1/20/2010  | 
If your'e hankering for the Verizon Wireless version of either the Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus, they'll cost you $150 and $100, respectively, after a $100 mail-in rebate. Of course, if you want to go BOGO, you can do that, too.
Toshiba, Aastra Launch New Unified Communications Products
Commentary  |  1/20/2010  | 
Enterprise communications vendor Aastra has introduced a new SMB-scale IP PBX hardware platform, while Toshiba's Telecommunications Division has announced a software package that supports its Strata CIX IP unified communications systems.
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