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Content posted in January 2012
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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.
10 Ways To Transform Into A Social Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Here's expert advice from IBM's Connect 2012 conference on how to take social networking from a fringe activity to a business core competency.
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?
Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Tablet Specs
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming tablets have the bar set high for minimum hardware requirements.
One CES Lesson: HP's Apotheker Had It Right
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
TV manufacturers want to make your company's laptops, tablets, and phones too. Don't swim against this tide.
Solid State Storage Ready For Prime Time
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Half of all enterprise IT managers have implemented or plan to implement solid state storage, research shows.
Wireless Spectrum Doomsday Looms
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
For now, tiered plans are keeping carrier networks from melting down. But demand for mobile broadband means the current system is unsustainable.
RIM Targets September For BlackBerry 10 Launch
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Research in Motion 2012 product plans point to a September launch for its BlackBerry 10 platform and two more tablets, says a leaked roadmap.
Biggest Storage Trend of 2012
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Performance management skills--in both software and IT professionals--promises to be the biggest storage story this year.
One Way To Fix SharePoint's Outlook Problem
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Microsoft's Outlook-SharePoint integration is terrible. But add-ons, including Scinaptic's OnePlaceMail, can help.
Rhode Island Thinks Big About Health IT
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Meet Rhode Island Quality Institute's CIO and see why Medicare thinks other states could learn from his big ideas.
SAP Leads, Oracle Lags In Enterprise Apps
Commentary  |  1/17/2012  | 
Strong results at SAP, Epicor and Infor present a sharp contrast to Oracle's lagging quarterly sales.
RIM Taps Goldman Sachs To Explore Options
Commentary  |  1/16/2012  | 
Is hiring the investment firm a sign that the BlackBerry maker is ready to seriously entertain buyout offers?
What Enterprise Social Success Stories Have In Common
Commentary  |  1/13/2012  | 
One secret: Don't fall into the trap of believing that people will easily adopt an enterprise social network because of the parallel with consumer social media.
Obama's Insourcing Call Falls On Deft Ears
Commentary  |  1/13/2012  | 
President Obama wants companies to bring jobs home, but smart businesses are already rethinking the insourcing and outsourcing mix--due to business advantage, not political rhetoric.
5 Mobile Trends From CES 2012
Commentary  |  1/13/2012  | 
Big displays, fast networks, and sluggish progress on mobile payments stood out among the notable mobile trends at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Big Data Changes Storage Needs
Commentary  |  1/13/2012  | 
Growth of unstructured data forces IT managers to look for new ways to scale storage capabilities, with cloud storage a leading option.
Verizon Gains More Than Consumers With LTE Shift
Commentary  |  1/13/2012  | 
To ease traffic on its 3G network, Verizon wants all future smartphone releases to support LTE.
Facebook Helps Paid Posts Float To Top Of Feeds
Commentary  |  1/12/2012  | 
New 'featured' stories let marketers cut through the noise in your already cluttered news feed. Cringe-worthy, or smart?
Why Personal Health Records Have Flopped
Commentary  |  1/12/2012  | 
It's not a security, privacy, or data-sharing problem. It's a patient problem.
Why Did Kodak, Motorola, And Nortel Fail?
Commentary  |  1/12/2012  | 
All three were technology-driven and had a "franchise" with happy customers, yet all three are close to pushing up daisies.
Windows Phones To Flood Market In 2012
Commentary  |  1/12/2012  | 
Microsoft failed to gain much ground in the mobile phone market in 2011, but its partners should help it grab a piece of the market this year.
Windows Phone: Microsoft's Comeback Kid?
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
Microsoft is all-in with Windows Phone and believes all the pieces are in place for a successful 2012.
iPad Killers Skip CES
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
Apple fiction trumps Android tablet fact at the Consumer Electronics Show, where serious iPad competitors failed to show up.
GE's Huge Software Ambition: 3 Key Takeaways
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
GE picks Silicon Valley as the best place to innovate a new generation of software aimed at connecting industrial machines.
Google's Schmidt: Android's Rising Tide Benefits All
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
At CES, Google's executive chairman defends his belief that Android's coming ubiquity in our lives is good for all. But RIM and Nokia have been swamped by that tide.
Is 2012 The Year Of Online Patients?
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
Meaningful Use programs, healthcare reform, and the public's love of mobile devices could add up to patients finally getting fully involved in their own care.
Nokia Promises Exclusive Phones To U.S. Carriers
Commentary  |  1/11/2012  | 
Will unique devices appease carriers and change Nokia's Microsoft Phone fortunes?
CES 2012: Samsung's Mobile Memory Helps Drive Miniaturization
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Smartphones and tablets aren't the only reasons that Samsung is at CES 2012. As one of the biggest players in the mobile memory market, Samsung is one of the world's driving forces behind the never-ending miniaturization of technology.
Three BI Trends Every CIO Must Understand
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
BI moves from the back room to the conference room and travels beyond enterprise walls, while really big data drives strategy.
5 Areas That Will Drive IT Spending
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
We're a bit more bullish about 2012 than Gartner, which recently revised its spending forecast downward.
Data Analytics Can Backfire Without Experts
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Software vendors will tell you their analytics tools provide complete "solutions," but skip skilled statisticians for the heavy lifting at your own peril.
2012 Tablet Race: Where's Microsoft?
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
As I watch startup CloudOn and the hordes of Android mutants, I can't help noticing that CES isn't the only place Redmond is AWOL.
Ballmer's CES Keynote: Nothing To Seacrest Here
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Microsoft's last appearance at Vegas tech fest underwhelms, even as consumer misses become a clear and present threat to its enterprise business.
Turbocharge Your EHR With Additional Data Sources
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Chances are your clinical information systems are starved for data. Consider adding EMBASE, Micromedix, and other sources.
2 Storage Management Trends To Watch In 2012
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
Why are consolidated storage and compute infrastructures hot now? Storage management issues can cause virtualization projects to slow down or stall.
Tips For Multi-Platform Mobile App Development
Commentary  |  1/10/2012  | 
New Forrester report has advice for enterprises supporting the consumerization of IT.
Yammer Helps Grocery Chain Unite Brands
Commentary  |  1/9/2012  | 
SuperValu, a grocery chain with more than 2,400 stores, has found enterprise social networking in the cloud valuable as a unifying force.
Kapow Delivers App Dev Punch
Commentary  |  1/9/2012  | 
Content migration, mobile applications, and process automation are some examples of software development projects that pull data from multiple internal and external systems--just the kind of projects that Kapow aims to speed up.
Get More From IT Vendor Salespeople: 4 Tips
Commentary  |  1/9/2012  | 
I pity the vendor who wastes my time. But if you try to dodge all of those sales phone calls and emails, you're missing an opportunity.
CES 2012: LCD TV Displays To Dominate
Commentary  |  1/9/2012  | 
Industry data suggests that CRT-type televisions will be all but gone by next year. Samsung and Apple stand to win big from the trend toward LCD displays.
6 Rules To Help CIOs, CMOs Be Smart Partners
Commentary  |  1/9/2012  | 
IT and marketing too often work at cross purposes. Here's how to end bad behavior and drive more revenue.
Random Bursts of Cortical Activity
Commentary  |  1/9/2012  | 
F. Paul Wilson isn't a tech guy, but he's no stranger to computers. And now Repairman Jack, his most famous creation, spills the technology beans on his personal pixel slinger.
IBM's Green Hat Deal: Software Testing Savings Ahead
Commentary  |  1/6/2012  | 
Virtualization yields savings on operational expenses, not just capital expenses, as it starts to take over processes like software development and test.
Inside Motley Fool's Enterprise Social Network
Commentary  |  1/6/2012  | 
The Motley Fool established an enterprise social network to combat portal, wiki, and email overload--and it's working.
Enterprise Gamification Ready To Make The Collaborative Dream Real
Commentary  |  1/6/2012  | 
2012 is the start of an enterprise gamification revolution that will let companies achieve social collaboration goals.
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