Let Rich Internet Apps In Through the Back Door
RIAs can be done in bits and pieces; a little Ajax here, a mashup there... The stuff of Rich Internet Applications - sophisticated user interfaces, multimedia, graphics - is more fun to program than, say, transaction algorithms. It's the kind of programming that will come in the back door no matter what. The wise IT manager will recognize the enthusiasm and promote it wherever it can be useful.
The iPhone Update Woes Are Not Unique
As any long-time Apple user knows, Jobs and Co. offer frequent updates to the base Apple operating system, iPod software, iTunes software and other patches, plugs, and fixes. Not all of them have gone smoothly. So why all the bad press just for the iPhone?
The IT Managers' Secret Weapon
IT managers have to be alert and nimble to keep up with the constant swirl of changing technology, evolving standards, thorny compliance issues, demanding users, budget constraints, and looming project deadlines.
Pacific Northwest National Lab Does Cybersecurity
Jerry Johnson, CIO of one of the country's top national laboratories, is "amazed" at the level of insecurity that persists at many organizations. More CIOs should consider protecting their data like this world-class research institution does.
Network Monitoring and Management -- FREE*
How would you like to get your network monitoring and management software for nothing? Sounds good, right? But what if that free network help desk came with advertising? Spiceworks is hoping that it's a trade-off that will appeal to many smaller companies.
CIOs Should Be Fired For Foolish Security Breaches
Imprisoned hacker Robert Moore says it was child's play to hack into thousands of corporate systems because most IT groups don't follow basic hygiene such as resetting default passwords and keeping logs. While one security researcher says it's the vendors' fault, I lay the blame squarely on CIOs: if they don't allocate resources and enforce behavior that promotes airtight cybersecurity, they should be fired.
Six Degrees Of Customer Loyalty
CIOs need to embrace and embody them, says a customer loyalty expert, whether they're dealing with internal customers, or -- as is increasingly the case (and should be) -- external customers.
Is iPhone Update Bricking Legit Users?
There may be a bigger problem for Apple than the public-relations fiasco over the "bricking" of handsets of users who've messed around with unauthorized apps. According to traffic on Apple's own iPhone forum, there's a growing cadre of users who are claiming they haven't engaged in any prohibited activity yet have still seen their iPhones locked up by Apple's new 1.1.1. software update.
Why Aren't You Googling Yet?
The battle among online apps for the hearts and minds ï¿¼ and IT departments ï¿¼ of the business world continues.
An Upgraded Opera For Mobile Browsing
The Opera Mobile browser is preferred by many to Internet Explorer Mobile for Web browsing on Windows Mobile-based equipment. So it's good news for lots of people that there's an incremental upgrade just out, Opera Mobile 8.65. And Version 9 is on the way. And if you're a BlackBerry user, Opera wants you as well.
Nokia Touts Its Open Platform As Antidote To Apple's iPhone
The world's largest cell phone vendor has launched an advertisting counterattack against Apple, which has dissed some of its most loyal customers by "bricking" unlocked iPhones or those loaded up with third-party apps. (Interestingly, few of the Apple uber-faithful are angry, judging by the many responses to our original post, where commenters are of the opinion that it's your own darn fault if your iPhone g
Web 2.0 Components Are Tomorrow's BI Front End
Web 2.0 technologies are going to change BI, possibly undercutting demand for conventional BI software. People wonder why I keep saying this... The user interface side of Web 2.0 technology is the area that's going to affect BI vendors. You can get almost any display component you see in a dashboard or reporting tool as an embeddable widget.
A Technology Bubble? No Burst In Sight
It's a frequent, anxious query, made as the questioner looks over his shoulder at the shaky mortgage market: Are we in another technology bubble, one that will burst with the slightest jar? I'm sure we're not, but it's hard to explain why.
Isn't It Time Apple And AT&T Opened The iPhone?
Why is the iPhone still a closed shop on AT&T's network? At the time of the launch Apple suggested that it was necessary to keep the device locked, but hinted that the device would be eventually opened. It's four months later and the iPhone is still locked. How much longer must developers wait?
Don't Sweat The Silly Stuff
One of the side effects of running any publication is that PR people love to pitch you stories about things their clients are convinced are important. Sometimes they are, of course, but often they're about nonsense like office clutter and pet sitting.
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.
Cisco Continues Its Migration up the Protocol Stack
Cisco, the industryï¿¼s top networking equipment supplier, wants to become a key software supplier and acquired start up call center reporting specialist Latigent. The behemothï¿¼s move may eventually deliver more robust call center reporting functions to medium and small businesses.
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.