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Content posted in January 2011
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10 Billion Downloads At Apple App Store
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
Many vendors try to revolutionize the IT industry. Apple is one who has done it: the company recently celebrated the 10 billionth download at its App Store.
Control Over End User Devices: Irrelevant?
Commentary  |  1/23/2011  | 
I spent some time today preparing to update our "end user device" analytics report. But it could be that what enterprises choose for their end user devices is becoming more and more irrelevant.
Global CIO: Steve Jobs' Legacy: 10 Ways He's Rocked Our World
Commentary  |  1/23/2011  | 
The profound influence of Apple's brilliant founder and CEO has changed how corporations of all kinds approach strategy, design, and customer engagement.
Global CIO: Google's Eric Schmidt: Top 10 Reasons Mobile Is Always #1
Commentary  |  1/22/2011  | 
"The answer should always be mobile first," outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt said last year—and his compelling arguments are even more persuasive today.
Integration In The Cloud, The Sleeper Issue
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
It won't be enough to just move workloads into the cloud; it'll still be necessary to integrate with other apps residing there.
StyleFactory.com: A Model Startup?
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
In one brief video, a Flipo clock makes the living-space rounds, showcasing its simple design and ability to sit in four different positions on nightstands, kitchen counters, and even bathtub rims. In another, designer Daniel Michalik talks about his studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., the materials he uses, and the design process.
Dear Larry. A Personal Note From Byte.com To Google's New CEO
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
Gina Smith sends a note to Larry Page -- urging him to not be evil and please, start building stuff again!
SMBs Expanding Marketing Options In 2011
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
According to Ad-ology Research, the numbers of small businesses planning to invest in online video and mobile marketing are both sharply up from last year, part of an overall increase in planned ad spending.
Global CIO: FedEx CIO Explains The Real Power Of Cloud
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
Tempted to dismiss the ‘private cloud’ as the latest IT blather? Rob Carter has a new data center in Colorado that begs to differ.
HTC Says 4G Phones To Lift Sales
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
HTC told investors that its first quarter sales will be buoyed by a new line of 4G smartphones hitting the market.
SMB Security Means Putting Policy First
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
How long since you've taken a look at your business's security policy? (Assuming, of course that your business has a security policy.)
Tablets Used Mostly For Email And Media Consumption
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
Data compiled by In-Stat reveals that the most widespread use of tablet computers is for PIM management and multimedia playback.
Changes To Sprint And AT&T Plans
Commentary  |  1/21/2011  | 
If you have service with either AT&T or Sprint, you might want to keep an eye on your bill, or at the very least, be very careful before making any changes that could garner some new charges for you.
With Cloud, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Inevitably, cloud announcements, like Amazon's introduction of Elastic Beanstalk, sound good, but there are limits.
The Future of Google Docs
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Docs has become a worthy competitor to Microsoft Office, but its future will rely less on feature parity and more on the value being added to Google's platform in the cloud.
Box.Net Unboxes All-New Software, Cloud Integration
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
A redesigned interface and cloud integration with Netsuite and VMware is part of the all-new release aimed at enticing Microsoft Sharepoint users.
Mobile Email Use Jumps 40% Thanks To Smartphones
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Data compiled by comScore shows that mobile email use jumped significantly, while webmail use declined throughout 2010.
Global CIO: IBM Zings Oracle And HP Over Limited Vision
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Calling Oracle "a one-trick pony" and saying HP's failed to invest wisely, IBM's hardware chief says IBM's surging hardware revenue is a sign of things to come.
ISO Dethrones PPM for IPM
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
In the world of three-letter acronyms, use of the ISO images-per-minute (ipm) standard to rate printer speed has reached critical mass, so it's time to convert.
Who Are The Top CIOs in Government?
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
The editors of InformationWeek Government are putting together our list of the top CIOs in federal, state and local government, and we'd like to invite our readers to be a part of the process.
iOS 4.3 Beta 2 Deletes Multitouch, Adds FaceTime
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Apple has seeded a second beta of iOS 4.3 to developers. The updated code reveals several new camera-related features while nixing others.
Microsoft Solves Data Consumption Issue In Windows Phone
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Reports have been mounting that some Windows Phone 7 users were seeing really high data usage rates even when they weren't using their phones. Microsoft appears to have found the problem, at least the one that affecting the most people.
Meaningful Use Compliance Could Be Harder Than You Realize
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Two recent surveys indicate healthcare providers are confident they'll comply with the government's meaningful use regs, but some CIOs say that's more challenging than you think.
Photos Of webOS Tablet Emerge
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Ahead of its probable February 9 debut, images and specs of a webOS-based tablet from HP have hit the 'net.
Apple Sells 15M iPads In 2010, Dismisses Competition
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Apple's latest earnings report show that it sold more than 15 million iPads in 2010. Apple execs were sure to take a poke at the iPad's "bizarre" and "weak" competitors.
Global CIO: Apple Hammers Google Over Tablet Flaws
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
By the time Google's Android tablet OS is available, 20 million iPads will be in full use. And until then, Apple's spreading the fragmentation FUD.
Epson Brings Out Double-Sided SMB Inkjet
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
The new MFP is touted as being the world's fastest double-sided printing solution for small offices. There is also a non-MFP version.
Survey Says: U.S. SMBs Must Bolster Backup Strategies
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
A worldwide survey has revealed some disheartening news about U.S.-based SMBs: They're not feeling very confident about their disaster recovery and backup solutions.
Social Network Frenzy Signals Another Tech Bubble
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Some say the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Groupon deserve to be measured by a different yardstick. But that's what they said about the infamous flameouts of ten years ago.
SolarWinds Expands APM Capabilities
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Why is this application running sooooo slowly? Because small and medium businesses do not want to hear that lament from their users, SolarWinds unveiled a stand alone application performance monitor and purchased a virtualization monitoring company.
LG Disappointed In Windows Phone 7 Sales
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Microsoft still hasn't released any substantive sales data on Windows Phone 7, but we do have a few hints of its performance. LG has come forth saying that it has performed less than expected.
Global CIO: HP & Microsoft Launch Broad Fleet Of Application Appliances
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
The new HP-branded optimized systems are aimed at BI, data warehousing, Exchange, and database consolidation, with one priced at almost $2 million.
Google's Video Announcement Creates More Heat Than Light
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Google created quite the Internet buzz last week with their announcement dropping support for the H.264 video codec standard as the default HTML5 video player in Chrome, opting instead to use technology from the open source WebM project. Although H.264 is an ITU standard for high definition video and is already widely used on Blu-ray discs, apparently it's not open enough, or perhaps as easily manipulable, for
Guerra On Healthcare: Is The Sky Falling On Meaningful Use?
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
IT executives' testimony on the difficulty of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentives stands in stark contrast to the government's blue-sky perspective.
Trade-In Programs Reduce Pain Of Verizon iPhone Upgrades
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
With Apple's iPhone 4 going on sale in February, companies have started pitching those looking to upgrade with trade-in deals.
Microsoft Steps Up Competition With Dynamics CRM 2011
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Can aggressive online pricing make a dent in Saleforce.com's fast growth and evolving social and mobile appeal?
Steve Jobs Should Be Apple's Last Rock Star CEO
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
His vision and design instincts laid the groundwork for the device maker's historic turnaround, but now Jobs' company needs a different kind of leader to grow beyond its fanboy base.
iPad 2 Speculation Mounts
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
As we inch closer to the first anniversary of the original iPad's announcement, reports on what features will make it to the iPad 2 begin to pile up.
ManageEngine Broadens Virtualization Support
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Virtualization has become a popular way for small and medium businesses to efficiently use their computing resources. Consequently, ManageEngine added Microsoft Hyper-V support to its management solution.
Our Redesigned Digital Magazine: What Do You Think?
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
It's a PDF designed for easy use on any computer, from laptop to tablet.
Windows Phone 7, Collateral Damage Edition
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Verizon getting the iPhone is cruelly timed torture for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7, already facing an uphill battle against Android and other smartphones.
PlayBook's PIM Problem
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
RIM's forthcoming tablet lacks the same live BlackBerry Enterprise Server access that its BlackBerries enjoy
Analysis: Google Dropping H.264 Support In Chrome Is Shortsighted
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Google's singular focus on WebM misses the big picture, and is a real misstep for a company that aims for universally accessible information.
Aerohive Networks Buys Cloud NaaS Provider
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
Cloud computing has become all the rage recently. In response, Aerohive Networks, a wireless LAN supplier, acquired privately-held Pareto Networks, which had developed Network as a Service (NaaS) offerings.
Windows Phone 7's Biggest Competitor - Windows 8?
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
The biggest threat to Windows Phone 7 may not be Android, iOS or any other smartphone platform. Instead, it may come, indirectly at least, from Microsoft. With ARM support coming to Windows 8, at least one manufacturer is considering this an opportunity to try creating a phone running the just-announced platform.
Global CIO: HP's New Strategy Will Intensify Battles With IBM And Oracle
Commentary  |  1/17/2011  | 
HP will pump up investments in high-growth technologies and shift some top-level managers as part of new CEO Leo Apotheker's growth strategy.
5 Big Themes in BI for 2011
Commentary  |  1/17/2011  | 
Business intelligence will become more visual, mobile and social in 2011. But how should you balance central vs. departmental control, and does it make sense to upgrade?
iPhone, iPad Users Download ~60 Apps Each
Commentary  |  1/17/2011  | 
Data compiled by Asymco indicates that the average iOS device user has downloaded more than 60 applications -- and the rate is accelerating.
iPad, iPhone Chips May Come From Qualcomm
Commentary  |  1/17/2011  | 
The iPad 2 and iPhone 5 might mark a significant supplier shift for Apple, which will switch from Infineon cellular radios to those made by Qualcomm.
What's At Stake In IBM's Jeopardy Challenge?
Commentary  |  1/14/2011  | 
Advances in assisted Q&A could find their way into medicine, legal, tech support and compliance applications.
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