Salesforce.com Mixed Blessing As Collaborator & Competitor
Salesforce.com's new joint venture to create financial apps on its Force.com platform will provide great comfort to C-level prospects evaluating the SaaS model. But for partners already creating financial apps on Force.com, Marc Benioff's company now presents itself as a competitor as much as a collaborator. Insightful analyst Jeffrey Kaplan breaks down this mixed blessing.
Hunch Helps You Make Decisions
Hunch aims to help you make the right decision about questions in your life. I wanted to learn more about this new service so I met with co-founder Chris Dixon.
Finally, Some Well-Deserved Pay Cuts
This week's public filings from Microsoft showed that in addition to cutting people, the company has cut executive pay in reaction to their revenue downturn. It's good to see that some companies are still willing to hold their executives responsible for poor performance.
Hadoop and the Big-Data Revolution
There's a revolution underway in the use of big data, and Hadoop, the open-source distributed computing system, is at the center of it. Apache Hadoop success stories and accolades were shared today by the likes of Yahoo!, Facebook, eHarmony, IBM and JP Morgan Chase at Hadoop World in New York City. Here's a sampling of highlights...
Compliance & Security Often Forgotten w/ UC
One of the big hurdles in deploying unified communications, especially where it includes Web-based technology (think Skype, Instant Messaging, even texting), is how to tie all of that rogue communication into your compliance and security policies. That's the topic of our Whiteboard Tutorial today.
Recovery.gov Double Fault: Broken Data Feeds
The relaunched recovery.gov site no longer supports automated data feeds. These feeds had allowed users of the 1.0 site to perform valued-added analyses, "the whole point of accountability and transparency" according one site user, who added, "from a software architecture standpoint, they seem to have missed a key principle here: backward compatibility."
Is Apple Getting Ready To Re-Invent The Mouse?
Apple is the company that introduced the world to mouse computing; could it now be planning to re-invent the mouse, maybe introducing a new kind of input device that combines the mouse and keyboard? That's the speculation buzzing on the Apple blogs today, fueled by a patent out of Cupertino.
Android Army Gains A Soldier Of ONE
An unknown company hailing from Spain has released information about a brand new Android device. The Geeks'Phone ONE boasts some impressive specs, and the company expects to be able to sell it unlocked for about $375.
Electronic Medical Alerts Don't Guarantee Timely Response
Electronic medical alerts are a significant improvement over paper-based systems, but doctors often still ignore warnings they should pay attention to, according to a recent study. Even when notified electronically, doctors sometimes ignore test results that show the patient might have a serious problem.
Waiting for Wave 1.1
The best comment I've heard about Google Wave so far: "Wave is simultaneously less and more than I'd hoped." Me, I already have plans on the table to set up my own Wave server: my personal "Wave 1.1", as it were. Or even Wave 2.0.
Selecting A Storage Foundation for Virtualized Servers
The storage component of a virtualized server infrastructure has been labeled as complex. The storage and server virtualization suppliers have both tried to deliver solutions that reduce storage complexity in server virtualization projects. The challenge for virtual infrastructure administrators is that there are so many options that it can be confusing. There are several steps to take when selecting a storage foundation for virtualized servers and our next series of entries will cover these ste
BlackBerry Storm 2 Reviewed In Detail, May Street Oct. 25
The BlackBerry Storm 2 has to be one of the worst kept secrets in Waterloo. This device has posed for pictures, made video appearances, and shown up in wireless network operator inventory systems. Now, it's been given one last extensive video review and has a possible street date.
Palm Won't Survive
I am not even going to speculate and ask "Can Palm survive?" or "Will the Pre save Palm?" I am just going to come out and say it - WebOS is too little, too late. The Pre sales numbers are disappointing. Palm's application store almost non-existent. This and other mistakes by Palm in the last few months will doom the company. Maybe not this year. Maybe not next year, but once they run out of cash, that's it unless someone gobbles them up.
Top Database Threat? Legit Users And Sloppy Company Policies!
A new Dark Reading report makes clear what's been strongly suspected for some time: Authorized users are business databases' biggest vulnerabilities. Actually, as the report makes clear, the biggest vulnerability is the array of shoddy and hole-filled data policies many companies put in place to protect" data.
Verizon Intros HTC Imagio
Verizon Wireless is trying to stamp out its reputation for not having good smartphone by introducing the HTC Imagio, the carrier's first handset to have Windows Mobile 6.5. At $200, the touch-screen handset is a pretty good deal considering its packing some major hardware.
CIOs In The Hot Seat
Anytime you put a "C" in your title, your shadow grows and there's no place to hide. We decided to put three CIOs in the hot seat, in front of their peers, and in front of a board of directors, American Idol-style. The board was tough, but the CIOs were phenomenal.
Oracle Taps HyperRoll, IBM Sells U2 Databases
You probably heard that Oracle plans to acquire HyperRoll's key assets, but IBM was pretty quiet about selling off its U2 databases (UniData and UniVerse) to Rocket Software. Here's a bit more context behind both of these moves.
Defense Department Loves Social Networking Again
The Defense Department's on-again off-again romance with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook could be on again big-time if it adopts the policies suggested in a draft memo on "Internet-based capabilities." Troops and their families would be permitted to use public social networking sites, and military brass would be directed to keep an eye on Internet developments to watch for new opportunities and threats.
Android 1.6 'Donut' Is Officially Being Pushed To T-Mobile Customers
Users of the HTC G1 and HTC myTouch 3G, listen up. T-Mobile is offering you a taste of the Donut this week. Owners of T-Mobile's Android phones can expect to see an over-the-air update bump their version of Google's mobile platform from 1.5 to 1.6 -- also known as "Donut".
Wikipedia Trusts The Crowd, Almost
Wikipedia is changing the way it updates entries on living people, and will require an "experienced volunteer" to review and approve information before posting. I'm not surprised by the decision, and I suspect there are more changes coming.
Shakeout For Top Outsourcers Coming, Gartner Says
Twenty-five percent of today's top business-process outsourcers will disappear in the next three years due to economic pressures, poorly conceived contracts, and the inability to adapt to standardized delivery models, says Gartner. Ever the team player, Gartner also offers six suggestions that could indicate your outsourcing partner is not long for this world.
Leaning Towards Freedom
The advocates of free software -- not just open source, but free as in freedom -- talk about the use of computers as a basic human right. It probably is. But I see freedom as a direction to lean into, rather than a specific path or goal to be obtained.
Public 'Concerned' About Texting & Driving, Except When It Applies To Them
The headlines about the dangers of texting while driving have been hard to miss this week. Statistics indicate that nearly 6,000 Americans were killed by distracted drivers last year. A new study shows that nearly 90% of Americans are concerned about the dangers of using mobile phones while driving...but it doesn't appear to be stopping them from doing it.
RIM CEO Goes Coyote Ugly
Blackberry fans got a windfall Wednesday, though most probably didn't even know it. A bankruptcy judge mercifully killed RIM CEO Jim Balsillie's ruinous quest to purchase the NHL's Phoenix franchise. Now maybe Balsillie can get back to running his company, which is withering from neglect.
Windows 7 Virtual Event Post-Game: Serious Tech Time
The big takeaway that surfaced at the successful Windows 7 Virtual Event we held on Wednesday is that many CIOs and admins are moving beyond the big-picture question of "should we upgrade or not" and are now focused on technical point issues, mostly related to performance and compatibility. (For those who couldn't attend, we'll have a replay archive posted withi
The Generic Smartphone Is In Trouble
If you talk to someone with an iPhone and ask them about it, they will undoubtedly tell you all sorts of things the phone can do. They know it is by Apple, that there are a bazillion apps for it, that it syncs with iTunes and much more. If you talk to someone with an Android phone or the Palm Pre, you will likely get similar information about those phones. If you ask someone that is running Windows Mobile though, there is a good chance they won't even know what OS it is running, much less featur