Nick Carr's New Book: 'The Big Switch'
Circle the date: Jan. 7, 2008. Yes, just three months from now, the guy who first said "IT Doesn't Matter" and then changed his approach to "Does IT Matter?" comes out with a new book. Nick Carr's upcoming work will chronicle the ways in which "companies are beginning to dismantle their private computer systems and tap into rich services delivered over the Internet," according to remarks on his home page.
What's The Value Of IT?
Almost two-thirds of CIOs and CFOs don't know -- and don't try to know. That's according to a new survey by Micro Focus. Do you know what your software's worth?
Technological Changes Are Hard
The payroll wreck being endured by tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers serves as a reminder that when software deployment goes wrong, the results can be truly disastrous -- no matter what size business is involved.
Titan, Not Online Services, Is Microsoft's Real SaaS Play
Microsoft's trying to get attention this week for its "new" Online Services for businesses, including on-demand Exchange and SharePoint. But this is just rebranding of hosted software it's offered for a while. If you want to know Microsoft's true SaaS play, take a look at Titan.
Demystifying the Gartner ECM Magic Quadrant
Inclusion in the Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) is believed by vendors to have a very positive impact on sales. In the 2007 MQ for Enterprise Content Management, published last month, it's clear that little (in Gartner's view) has changed in ECM. Well, we beg to differ: 2007 has been a period of major change! Rather than harping on perceived weaknesses in the MQ, I'll point out where the ECM Suites Report analysis differs from Gartner's.
How Is MSN Losing $1 Billion A Year?
According to Henry Blodget (I know, I know, Henry Blodget on a Web company losing money -- insert irony here), Microsoft's MSN is losing $1 billion a year. That's right, $1 billion.
Five Reasons Nokia Should Buy Skype From eBay
According to Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider (Henry Blodget and Silicon Alley, two great Web 1.0 tastes that go great together?), eBay's acquisition of Skype can now be officially tagged a bomb. How long will it be until Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft buys Skype?
Microsoft Joins The Documents-For-Free Movement
It seems that online word processing has suddenly become sexy. Within hours of each other, both Microsoft and Adobe have joined Google, Zoho, and other companies in promoting new online document creating/sharing services. What gives?
Microsoft's Online Push An Act Of Necessity, Not Desperation
Microsoft's launch Sunday of new online software is being widely seen as a desperate, defensive measure against Google, IBM, OpenOffice and other Web 2.0 challengers to its Office franchise. But the numbers show Office is stronger than ever -- what's really going on?
A Safer Firing
There really is no good way to fire someone (but there are lots of bad ways, as I discussed previously). But beyond making a painful situation as painless as possible, is the need for managers to protect themselves in the process.
Does AT&T Hate The First Amendment?
According to Gizmodo, AT&T has modified its Terms of Service in such a way that could allow the carrier to drop customers who say things that the company doesn't like. Holy 1984, Batman.
The Business Case For An Internet Refrigerator
Internet refrigerators were a joke a few years ago, but RFID
startup Blue Vector Systems says that it's finding real customers for
them. The concept is similar to the vision of
household appliances that automatically reorder groceries, only aimed
at enterprise supply chains instead of home kitchens.