Commentary
Content posted in October 2010
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Windows Phone 7, Mark It Tardy
Commentary  |  10/31/2010  | 
I don't care what Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer claims, Windows Phone 7 is late to market -- dangerously late. Microsoft's late start is going to cost them a pretty penny.
You're Invited To Take InformationWeek Analytics' Enterprise 2.0 Survey
Commentary  |  10/31/2010  | 
Do you E2.0? If so, I need your help. InformationWeek Analytics is conducting a survey to determine what's important to you when you're choosing Enterprise 2.0 applications, and how vendors stack up against a list of criteria rating the performance, applicability, cost, and reliability of their software.
Microsoft IE 9 Preview Boosts HTML 5 Support
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
With the release of the IE 9 Platform Preview 6, Microsoft showcases more features and standards support for developers as they move closer to the final release of IE 9.
Safego Addresses Facebook Security
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Love it or hate it, social networking is here to stay…at least for a while. Undoubtedly, websites like Facebook are appealing for a lot of reasons: You can connect with friends and family members who live far away; you can satisfy your curiosity about a former classmate; you can find out which Italian restaurant in your area has the best pasta primavera; and, if you're a business owner, you can tap the power of word-of-mouth to ratchet up sales.
First Impressions: Palm Pre 2 With WebOS 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
InformationWeek spent some time with the unreleased Palm Pre 2 running webOS 2.0. Is this the webOS sequel device for which we've been waiting?
Oracle v. SAP: Daytime Drama
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Part 1 – Trial Preview: A trial nearly four years in the making is finally upon us. Oracle and SAP counsel will put on a dramatic show thanks to star witnesses, a trail of illegal activity, and accusations of misconduct at the highest levels.
Flash Exploit On The Move Via PDF File
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
A critical zero-day Flash exploit that arrives in a PDF file is being used in attacks aimed at Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. The exploited vulnerability is found across all major platforms, and a patch is not expected to be available for a couple of weeks.
Pentagon's New CIO Faces A Tough Test
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
The Department of Defense's incoming IT leadership team, led by Teri Takai, will be greeted by organizational upheaval, cost cutting, and pressure from Congress.
First Impressions: BlackBerry Style 9670
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Research In Motion's latest BlackBerry smartphone takes a cue from the feature phone with its flip form factor. Does this non-traditional smartphone still pack a punch?
Google Nexus Two To Be Made By Samsung?
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Blog Gizmodo claims to have inside information about the next "Nexus" handset from Google. This time around, it will be made by Samsung rather than HTC.
Apple Leapfrogs RIM Into The Top Five
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
According to IDC, Apple's most recent quarter vaulted it past Research In Motion, making Apple the world's fourth-largest maker of mobile phones. Nokia still holds the number one spot with an iron grip.
Cell Phones Defy Downturn
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
Many IT markets have been caught in the doldrums recently, however, cell phones are riding high. Market research firm International Data Corp. found sales grew by 14.6% in the third quarter of 2010, the fourth consecutive period of double-digit growth.
WebOS Wrap Up
Commentary  |  10/29/2010  | 
There has been both good news and bad news for WebOS fans this week. News has leaked that HP's Asian manufacturers are planning up to six new Palm devices which would all presumably run WebOS 2.0. Speaking of 2.0, if you like the PalmOS 5.x emulator, or MotionApps Classic, they aren't supporting WebOS beyond 1.x. Oh yeah. HP has unveiled a new logo for its mobile platform.
Global CIO: Can HP's CEO Survive? The Board Talks It Over
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Secret surveillance reveals the HP board's contentious conversation about their legally embattled CEO, whose troubles might be only just beginning.
Microsoft's Consumer-Corporate Schism
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
CNN says that Microsoft's consumer brand is dying. No doubt the Microsoft brand doesn't have the consumer appeal it did in the mid-1990s, but is down the only direction it can go?
IBM Cognos 10 Impresses at IoD
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
I was at IBM's Information on Demand (IoD) and Cognos Business Analytics Forum this week in Las Vegas where Cognos launched its next-generation BI platform: IBM Cognos 10. Some of the improvements put the vendor in a stronger competitive position, but new collaboration features have the potential to be a significant competitive differentiator...
Practical Analysis:How Much 'Cloud' Do You Really Want?
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Whether or not you call it cloud computing, the ground is being laid for a more manageable and responsive data center.
Secret CIO: Making The Most Out Of A Flawed Budget Process
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Our company doesn't shoot from the hip, nor does it waste inordinate amounts of time negotiating budget charge-outs.
Google Updates iPhone Gmail Once Again
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Google rolled out a small update to the Safari-based Gmail Web app for the iPhone.
Opera Debuts Native Symbian Browser
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Opera Software made a new version of Opera Mini available to the Symbian platform. Opera Mini 5.1 is significant because it is a native -- and not a Java -- application.
Browsers Preferred Over Apps For Many Tasks
Commentary  |  10/28/2010  | 
Apple has over 300,000 apps, Google over 100,000 and after just one week, Microsoft over 1,000 in its store, yet users often prefer browsers for getting some of the most common things done on their smartphone.
Global CIO: President Obama's Dangerous Campaign Against Outsourcing
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
For every U.S. job outsourcing displaces, it creates two new ones—so why is the White House so intent on demonizing outsourcing?
Now Can We Put the Cloud to Work?
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Gartner has released its 2010 Hype Cycle Report, identifying those technologies it thinks have reached the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" as well as those languishing in the "Trough of Disillusionment." Cloud computing hype seems to have peaked, and that's a good thing.
The Privacy Discussion Is Heating Up
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Internet privacy issues are getting more and more attention. Frankly, I think we're getting past the point where the only big risk is loss of liberty. More and more, the risk of an excessive backlash is upon us as well...
In Green Move Emerson Unveils Fanless Rack Cooling
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Chilled cooler plates reportedly prevent any heat from escaping the rack cabinet, eliminating the need for both server fans and room cooling fans.
GE, UPMC Announce Digital Pathology Breakthrough
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Testing of a digital pathology system that could speed up patient diagnoses developed by a GE and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center joint venture, has begun.
SAP Bullish Despite Third Quarter Shortfall
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Executives slam Oracle while highlighting sales gains and growth prospects.
Google Rounds Out Product Trio With Boost
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
First there was Google Places, which let businesses list themselves for all the web to see. Then there was Tags, which allowed users to expand those listings with coupons, photos, videos, etc. Now Google has announced the beta of Boost, an online advertising solution targeting small businesses.
Is Java Putting Your SMB At Risk?
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Java exploits are on the rise, and sharply so, exceeding PDF attacks by a factor of 60 to 1, according to Microsoft. Is it time to cut off Java in your workplace?
T-Mobile Settles On $400 For Galaxy Tab Price
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
T-Mobile on Wednesday announced that it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 10 for the price of $400 with qualifying contract.
Apple Delays White iPhone (Again) To 2011
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Apple on Tuesday indicated that it won't be able to make the white version of the iPhone 4 available by the end of the year as originally hoped.
Use Analytics to Spotlight Customer 'HEROes'
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Most people in communities are essentially there for the ride, contributing little while benefiting from whatever resources the more generous among them have chosen to share... That's fine, as long as you keep encouraging actively engaged individuals -- whom Forrester refers to as CRM Highly Empowered & Resourceful Operatives (HEROes) -- to keep the useful content coming.
Global CIO: In Larry Ellison's Legal Battle With SAP, HP Is Collateral Damage
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Ellison says Oracle will compel new HP CEO Apotheker to testify about what he knew during his SAP tenure—unless HP's board keeps him "far, far away."
Windows Phone 7 Gets Mac Support
Commentary  |  10/27/2010  | 
Microsoft has released a beta of their synchronization tool that will allow their new Windows Phone 7 platform to connect to a Mac and access its iTunes library. It isn't a full Zune desktop client but is far better than official support for Windows Mobile in the past, which was basically nothing.
Global CIO: Top 10 Most Influential Tech Vendors: The Second 10
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
As you check out #11 to #20, remember that it's all about influence, a criterion that triggers some surprises in who's on—and who's off—the list.
Why Marketing Should Run Its Own Technology
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
A new breed of 'marketing technologist' is emerging. Here are 3 reasons IT should give them control.
RIM Demos PlayBook Tablet
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Research In Motion used the AdobeMAX conference to highlight the capabilities of its forthcoming PlayBook tablet. The big question on everyone's mind: Is this thing for real?
Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Imagines Post-PC World
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
In a valedictory memo, Microsoft's departing chief software architect highlights his company's successes and its challenges as cloud services become more important.
Focus on Inventory: ERP Lets SMB Get Warranties Under Control
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
I recently checked in with Greg Woodward, who is heading up Torelli Bicycle Company's enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation project for SAP integrator Navigator Business Solutions. I asked Greg what gains Torelli will realize from the technology makeover it's receiving.
Being 'Social' With Customers: A Tricky Business
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
If you're an SMB that's decided to take on social media, I commend you. The world of Twitter and Facebook can be an intimidating one to navigate, but it can also yield dividends in the way of enhanced customer loyalty and new business.
There's (Short-Term) Hope For Greener Storage
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Energy demands made by data center storage are expected to start leveling off soon as vendors start making storage with greener, more efficient components. But the effect won't last.
New York As IT Center Of The World
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
The Big Apple's new licensing agreement with Microsoft is just one part of an ambitious IT strategy that includes data center consolidation and central management of policies and services.
Android Market And Windows Marketplace Pass Major Milestones
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
The Android Market has officially reached 100,000 applications and Microsoft's brand-new Marketplace for Windows Phone has surpassed 1,000 apps.
Extreme Embellishes Fixed Ethernet Switches
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Competition has intensified in the network switch market. In order to protect its position in the data center, Extreme Networks unveiled a new fixed Ethernet switch family that offers customers more capacity as well as longer distance transmissions than previous systems.
Facebook 1.9 For BlackBerry Debuts Dedicated Message Inbox
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Research In Motion has updated the beta of Facebook for BlackBerries to version 1.9. The most significant new feature is a dedicated inbox for Facebook messages.
IBM Cognos 10 Expands BI Boundaries
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Upgrade delivers analytics, collaboration, user interface and iPhone options that broaden the footprint of business intelligence.
Global CIO: Can Charles Phillips Grow Infor While Avoiding Oracle & SAP?
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
The Oracle ex-president's new company has $2 billion in revenue and 70,000 customers—and suddenly a much higher profile within SAP and Oracle.
Adobe Flash 10.1 Coming To Most Platforms
Commentary  |  10/26/2010  | 
Today Adobe announced the release of AIR 2.5 and buried in the announcement is an update on Flash for smartphones. Unless you have an iPhone, chances are good you can either get it today or will be able to in the near future.
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