Commentary
Content posted in October 2010
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Guerra On Healthcare: Mentoring Key To IT Continuity
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
CIOs who fail to mentor leave their organizations overly dependent on their presence, leaving IT operations without a succession plan and them unable to step away.
Does Ray Ozzie's Departure Matter?
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Stores selling gold watches in Redmond, Washington must be doing great business lately. Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie, became the company's latest executive to announce that he will retire soon. I'm not sure that it matters.
Global CIO: As IBM Accelerates Analytics Business, Can Anyone Keep Up?
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
IBM has put analytics at the heart of its corporate strategy and is leveraging its entire $100-billion business to drive the "smarter" solutions that analytics animate.
WiFi Direct Could Surpass Bluetooth
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Connects over a greater range and relies on peer-to-peer linkups instead of a WiFi network or router.
Apple iPad Helps Ease EMR Concerns
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
ClearPractice's Nimble e-health record product running on the iPad has convinced some nervous doctors that digital charts aren't so bad after all.
Garmin-Asus Headed For Divorce
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
The marriage of Garmin and Asustek Computers has been a rocky one, producing few devices, and none of them hits. Looks like the two will be calling it quits in the next few months.
Teradata Raises Data Warehousing Bar
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Point-in-time insight and processor upgrades highlight next-generation database, hardware and analytic strategy announcements.
2 Of 3 Employees Routinely Violate Usage Policies
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Whatever your employees need to be doing on the Web via your network, a fair percentage are doing -- or trying to do -- a lot more, according to Symantec/MessageLabs findings.
BroadSoft Enhances Its Unified Communications Service
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
More is better seems to the axiom in the Unified Communications (UC) market, In response, BroadSoft enhanced its services with instant messaging, video, and Web collaboration features.
Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Tab Costs $400, Requires Contract
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Sprint on Monday announced that it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $400 on November 14. Unlike Verizon Wireless, which priced the Galaxy Tab at $600, Sprint will require a two-year contract.
New Yorkers Can Phone In Starbucks Latte Payments
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
Starbucks has expanded a mobile payment trial to include 300 stores in New York City and Long Island, allowing iPhone and BlackBerry users to pay for coffee from their smartphones.
LTE And WiMax Officially Not 4G
Commentary  |  10/25/2010  | 
It is a safe bet that unless you are working in a lab with unreleased technology, you don't have a 4G phone in your hands, regardless of what your carrier is telling you. Does it matter though if newer technologies available are sufficiently advanced over 3G even if they don't technically meet 4G requirements?
Global CIO: Oracle And Cisco Join Forces On $1-Trillion Idea
Commentary  |  10/24/2010  | 
Their new plan could create 2 million private-sector American jobs, add $50 billion to the federal treasury, and trigger new investment in the U.S.
Google Chrome 7 Is Just A Tune-Up
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
With the latest version of the Google Chrome browser, all the changes are under the hood, including lots of bug fixes and improved HTML 5 support.
RIM's Web-Based Storefront Goes Live
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Research In Motion on Friday made the Internet-based version of BlackBerry App World available to all desktop users.
Amid Contract Scandal, A Shakeup And Lingering Questions
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
A suspension on systems integrator GTSI is lifted following an agreement to be monitored independently and the resignation of two top company executives.
ShoreTel Acquires Agito For Smartphone Integration
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
The $11.4 million acquisition will give ShoreTel the ability to include smartphones in its enterprise PBX solutions.
How Google's Street View Saved My Dirty Underwear
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Prior to the existence of Google's Street View, solving this "killer" problem in the matter of minutes that it was solved would not have been possible. Thank you Google.
Social Market Lessons in J.D. Power's Analytics Deals
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Marketing-information provider J.D. Power this week announced agreements with social-media technology companies Clarabridge and NetBase, yet the company had acquired social-analytics start-up Umbria just 30 months ago for pretty much the same need. This week's announcement illustrates new directions for the larger social/voice-of-the-customer analytics market.
Cybercrooks Targeting SMB Accounts, FBI Warns
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
The best source of SMB funds is SMB bank accounts, obviously, and according to the FBI, those accounts are precisely what the crooks are going after.
Top 5 Tech Trends For 2011
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Big ideas heard at the InformationWeek 500 conference include a renewed focus on innovation, the importance of data visualization, and the ongoing agony of maintenance fees.
iPhone Helps AT&T Close Gap With Verizon Wireless
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Based on the quarterly reports from AT&T and Verizon Communications, just 400,000 customers separate the nation's two largest wireless carriers. Verizon's lead over AT&T has narrowed dramatically.
Global CIO: SAP Shares Corporate Treasure With Customers
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
SAP's turning its massive database of customer best practices into a rich knowledge base for customers looking to turbocharge the performance of their businesses.
VMware Says Automation Critical For Cloud Applications
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
VMware's SpringSource unit is evolving the Java framework to offer the firepower required to run apps in public and private clouds. Charles Babcock assesses where they're at.
Microsoft Does Windows Phone 7 Updating Right
Commentary  |  10/22/2010  | 
Even at the height of its popularity in the mid-2000's, Windows Mobile had one attribute that frustrated many users to no end. While Microsoft and hardware partners designed the operating system to be upgradable to at least the next major version, actual upgrades occurred less often than a snowstorm in Phoenix.
Microsoft Heads for The Cloud
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Technology Firms Dominate Newsweek's Latest Green Corporate Scorecard
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Dell leads the US list while IBM leads the global list of firms ranked according to the environmental impact and policies.
YouTube For Android Updated To Version 2
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Google has recently published YouTube 2.0 for the Android platform. The new YouTube app has an improved user interface and is no longer tied to core system updates.
Modular Bridge Delivers Scalable Videoconferencing Solution
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
LifeSize, a division of Logitech, has taken the wraps off a product that could make videoconferencing easy, affordable, and scalable for small and midsize businesses.
Why Enterprise-Class Mobile Apps Are On Antenna's Radar
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
There are plenty of write-once, run-everywhere mobile application development tools, but Antenna's AMP 3 provides an entire platform for enterprise-class mobile applications--a claim we haven't really seen elsewhere. We got a video demonstration and talked to a couple of big customers. Here's our analysis.
Focus on Financials: Why Tiny Torelli Took the ERP Plunge
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
A few years ago, the idea of a four-person company running a back-end business solution from SAP would have been an absurd suggestion. In the minds of most business executives who are familiar with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems from market leader SAP, the very name is synonymous with large-scale enterprise operations and implementation efforts measured in years and millions of dollars.
Innovation Mandate Gets Glenn Beck Shout-Out
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
The Fox News commentator, citing InformationWeek Analytics research, says the U.S. has gotten soft. But are we underestimating just how technically strong we really are?
Global CIO: Inside Steve Jobs' Head: The Supremacy Of Software
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Jobs reveals some of the strategic thinking that's made Apple perhaps the most innovative and wealthy company on the planet.
Marketplace For Windows Phone 7 Rich With Apps
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
In conjunction with the launch of Windows Phone 7 in some Asian and European markets, the Marketplace for Windows Phone is now live with hundreds of applications. Here's an exhaustive list.
Verizon Announces West Virgnia LTE Launch Plans
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless on Thursday announced plans to launch its Long Term Evolution 4G network in 10 metropolitan areas of West Virginia.
WSO2 Launches Eclipse Tool For Carbon Middleware
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
Carbon Studio allows developers to test and debug application code inside the familiar Eclipse IDE.
Verizon's Tiered Data Plans Begins October 28
Commentary  |  10/21/2010  | 
If the rumor mill is accurate, Verizon will flip the switch turning on their tiered data plans. It isn't going to be a simple set of fees and amounts to remember either, especially if you have more than one device, but some plans could wind up saving some people quite a bit of money annually.
Guerra On Healthcare: How To Handle Rejection Constructively
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Barrier to IT entry is high, but resist urge to complain and find a way to gain requisite experience.
Global CIO: Top 10 Most Influential IT Vendors, Part 2 (Microsoft And HP?)
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Here are #6 through #10 on our list of the most vital and strategic vendors—and as with Part 1, it includes some surprises re who's in and who's out.
Rules and Process and Analysis, Oh My!
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
This week's Building Business Capability Conference kicked off with a keynote by Ron Ross, Kathleen Barret and Roger Burlton, chairs of the three parts of the conference: Business Rules Forum, Business Analysis Forum and Business Process Forum. Each of the three provided view on the challenges facing organizations today...
Should You Be Worried About Autonomy?
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
In the past week mega-vendor Autonomy saw its share price plummet by 20%. Much discussed in the financial press, it's also news that will be much discussed and publicized by Autonomy's competitors. Today I was asked by an advisory customer whether they should be concerned about the state of Autonomy?... So how did I answer?...
Cloud Legal Service Adds Diagnostic Tool
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Rocket Lawyer, an online legal services solution for small businesses, has launched a free "Legal Health Score" tool with which businesses can assess their level of compliance, extent to which they have all the documents they should, and so on. The company also released the results of a survey of SMBs' legal concerns.
Social and Collaboration Software: Key Debates, Recent Evaluations
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
I hope you know about the forthcoming Enterprise 2.0 Conference, now in its second year on west coast. I'll be kicking off the "Business Tools and Technology Decisions" track... Speaking of which, Real Story Group has just updated evaluations of Google Apps, Jive Software, WordPress and...
Mozilla Championing Open Web Apps Could Threaten Firefox
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Mozilla Labs is working towards building a web app system that would let developers deploy apps across browsers and platforms.
MetroPCS Adds Detroit To LTE Launch List
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
MetroPCS on Wednesday announced the launch of its Long Term Evolution 4G network in Detroit, Michigan.
LifeSize Delivers New Conferencing Bridge
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
The number and size of video conferences that businesses are holding has been growing. In response, LifeSize announced a new 16 port conferencing bridge that promises to deliver HD quality images to participants.
Verizon To Charge $600 For Samsung Galaxy Tab
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless announced on Wednesday its plans to sell the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab for a whopping $600 starting on November 11.
Global CIO: Apple Storms The Enterprise As iPad And iPhone Surge
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Apple's massive penetration of the world's largest IT departments raises the question: will CIOs drive the future or preserve the status quo?
T-Mobile Pushing Froyo On HTC myTouch 3G
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
T-Mobile confirmed that it is delivering Android 2.2 Froyo to the myTouch 3G, which was originally launched in mid-2009. Froyo gives the myTouch a significant boost in features.
A New Telepresence Supplier Debuts
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Competition in the telepresence market has been intense as more companies look to the technology to streamline business processes and improve productivity. Vu Telepresence has become the latest vendor trying to grab a piece of that market.
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