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Content posted in January 2012
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Obama's Google+ Debut: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Online get-together with a handful of citizens was a step forward for open government, but participation was limited and key questions were skipped.
E-publishing Part 2: Kindle Nation
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Readers like their Kindles, but authors love them. E-publishing gave new life to Wilson's old books and it's easy money.
Healthcare IT Needs More Crazy CIOs
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
The IT leaders who make a difference sometimes break the rules, but their vision and courage drive results for the customers who matter: patients.
Microsoft, Please Don't 'Touch' Office 15
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Will Microsoft's attempt to revamp Office with a touch interface leave behind its core users?
Google+ Name Policy Leaves Users Unsatisfied
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Google tweaked its pseudonym rules after people complained--but some still-frustrated users say the company didn't listen well.
RIM's Cartoon More Preschool Than Bold
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
RIM turns to the "Bold" team of superheroes in its latest marketing push. But the Saturday-morning-style characters probably won't appeal to anyone other than Disney Junior fans.
MicroStrategy Cloud, Social And Mobile Bets Pay Off
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Cloud-based business intelligence services, mobile delivery options and Facebook data-analysis capabilities help drive MicroStrategy's fast growth.
There's No App For That, And That's Good
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Developing custom apps for tablets and smartphones has become the cool thing to do. Just make sure you aren't opening a can of budget-busting worms long term.
Coke Super Bowl Campaign Blends TV, Tablets And Smart Phones
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Coca-Cola's animated polar bears seen on TV will 'respond' to Facebook and Twitter comments and post fan photos and videos as part of a social-media-integrated campaign.
The Brave New World Of Enterprise Data Warehouses
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Mid-size hospitals know how to analyze their financial, operational, and clinical data. But to survive in the coming pay-for-performance world, they must take it to the next level.
Smartphone Adoption Higher In Europe
Commentary  |  1/29/2012  | 
More U.S. consumers hold on to feature phones and dumb phones. Are U.S. carriers to blame?
Google And Privacy: Nothing To See Here, Move On
Commentary  |  1/27/2012  | 
If you use Google services you're already trusting it to manage your personal information responsibly. Nothing has changed.
Nokia Numbers Show Microsoft’s Mobile Madness
Commentary  |  1/27/2012  | 
Every Windows Phone 7 device Nokia shipped in Q4 cost Microsoft $250, minus a royalty. But Microsoft is burning this cash with good reason.
Sentiment Tool Scans Twitter To Set Super Bowl Odds
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Sentiment analysis is hot among financial-market traders, so why not for that other great betting domain, sports?
American Airlines Reveals Limits Of World-Class IT
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
American Airlines once had the industry's best business and IT minds and produced the most innovative IT-based products. But now it's staring at bankruptcy.
Why Bully IT Bosses Lose The Game
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
Short-term thinkers will pressure you to dismiss anything but scorched-earth personnel management tactics as soft, or a waste of money. But IT is a service business where nice guys win.
SAP Takes On Oracle Database, Salesforce Cloud
Commentary  |  1/26/2012  | 
SAP plans to build on last year's momentum in the applications, analytics, and mobility markets. Can it also challenge big rivals in the database and cloud markets?
Smartphone Option Overload Confuses Consumers
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Vendors have bombarded consumers with conflicting information about smartphone costs, network data speeds, and features, slowing adoption and upgrade rates.
Google Has Lost Control Of Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Fragmentation allows variety among device makers, but can cause frustration for developers and lower satisfaction among end users.
Google's New Privacy Policy Strips Away Users' Anonymity
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Google will consolidate its privacy policies next month to "improve" your experience. BYTE's David Chernicoff tells you what the changes really mean for your privacy.
Google Foes Fighting Social Search Ignore One Truth
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Google competitors ramp up protests that the search giant favors its own social content, hurting Facebook and Twitter. One problem, guys: There's no such thing as truly organic search.
IT Tools Help Patients Cut Prescription, Exam Costs
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Change Healthcare provides companies' employees with a Web portal, data analytics, personalized text messages, and email alerts to help them find lower-cost healthcare services and prescription drugs.
For RIM, New CEO Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
RIM needs new blood and fresh thinking, attributes it still lacks following Sunday's CEO shakeup.
RIM: Righting The Management Ship
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
RIM has ditched its CEOs. But does it have a strategy for what's next?
Start 2012 Like You Have A New Job
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
CIOs and IT leaders should take a first 90 days mindset to start the year on the right track. Define a clear vision, get connected, and inspect.
Ultrabooks: The Next Big Thing In Notebooks
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Aren't notebooks and PCs in general on the way out as we adopt tablet and touch interfaces and everything else moves to the cloud? Not so fast.
RIM Investors Give Thumbs Down On New CEO
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Stock drops after new chief Thorsten Heins said he'll stay the course laid out by his predecessors.
How ING Avoids Customization Nightmares
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
ING CIO says the bank's new operations model is helping centralize more IT work, while still letting leaders react to local market needs around the globe. The ultimate goal: Make IT faster.
RIM's New CEO: 5 Must-Do Items
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Research In Motion finally has a new CEO. Here's what Thorsten Heins needs to do to get the BlackBerry-maker back on track.
Windows Phone Predicted To Overtake iOS By 2015
Commentary  |  1/22/2012  | 
Nokia partnership will launch Microsoft's platform to second place in global smartphone market share, iSuppli forecasts.
Apple's iBooks Author Software: Just Say No
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Buried in the iBooks Author software license agreement is a contractual requirement that gives Apple considerable power over content that you create using the software.
Shiny Social Tools Meet Practicality At Lotusphere
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Enterprise success with next-generation collaborative software, built around social networks, will require the same attention to deployment, development, and administration that Lotus Notes did.
Microsoft, Intel Face Their Kodak Moment
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Unless they embrace radical change, the once dominant Wintel partners will follow the photography giant's unenviable path into decline.
Can Nokia Crack The Verizon Nut?
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
To be successful in North America, you have to have a device on the biggest network, Verizon.
Apple iBooks 2.0 Slam Dunks the Educational Tablet Market
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
If there was ever any doubt over who would dominate the tablet space in the educational market, Apple put that question to rest this week.
$500 iPads In The Classroom: Good Idea?
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
Apple says it wants to put textbooks on a pricey tablet to deliver a richer learning experience. But critics say the device cost is what's rich.
Is Personalized Medicine In Your Future?
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
Proponents say the marriage of health IT and individualized therapy will revolutionize health care. The jury is still out.
6 Predictions For Business Intelligence In 2012
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
A look at in-memory analysis, visual discovery, big data, mobile BI, cloud and social BI achievements in 2011 and forecasts for the year ahead.
E-Publishing, Part 1: In The Beginning
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
It's only in the last few years that the world was ready for electronic book publishing, and now it's unstoppable.
5 Strategies To Fail Fast On IT Projects
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
Failing fast can can save your organization millions of dollars, but it isn't easy to do.
Why RIM Should Cut BlackBerry Losses
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
RIM's best move may be to cut its losses on BlackBerry 10 and adopt Android or Windows Phone instead.
Amazon DynamoDB: Big Data's Big Cloud Moment
Commentary  |  1/19/2012  | 
Amazon's DynamoDB promises a database service fit even for Internet-scale companies with huge data sets. Whether big data players will give up servers comes down to economics and flexibility.
SAP Acquires Datango's Software, Entering Enterprise Training Race
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Now SAP faces the huge task of convincing the jaded enterprise training market to invest in training.
iPads For All: One Sales Team's Story
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Level 3 just gave iPads to its entire North American sales team, and IT packed them with apps customized to their jobs.
10 Government Ideas To Spur Innovation
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
More investment in basic research, STEM education, and entrepreneurship "clusters" are among the proposals in a 160-page Commerce Department report.
Samsung Doesn't Want RIM. What's Next?
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Samsung denies reports that it's in talks to acquire Research In Motion, but that doesn't mean the BlackBerry maker is without options.
The Ambush That Set Me Straight
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
It's never easy getting criticized by a customer--but it can be valuable.
Federal Researchers Push Limits Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Energy Department's Magellan project, measuring the expansion of the universe, determines cloud computing can't beat its HPC systems on cost or performance. But flexibility is another story.
Ford CEO: More Tech Means Less Driver Distraction
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
As Ford turns to IT to redefine its product line and image, it answers questions about whether gizmo-laden cars are less safe cars.
Stop SOPA And Piracy
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
It does seem as if the SOPA and PIPA bills will facilitate abuse of innocent Internet users. So what do we do about the abuse of IP holders?
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