Focus on Inventory: ERP Lets SMB Get Warranties Under Control
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
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
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
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.
Extreme Embellishes Fixed Ethernet Switches
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.
Adobe Flash 10.1 Coming To Most Platforms
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.
Why Cloud Security Worries Are Overblown
Oracle's Larry Ellison can question the security of today's multi-tenant applications, but there's no denying that it's the wave of the future and it's only going to get stronger.
Does Ray Ozzie's Departure Matter?
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.
Apple iPad Helps Ease EMR Concerns
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.
More Patient Data Dumps
Yet another case where patient medical records are left in a dumpster and out in plain sight.
Garmin-Asus Headed For Divorce
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.
What Business Data Should Be In The Cloud?
In our last entry we discussed different ways that you can move data into the cloud, something I call onramps. In theory the ability now exists to put all your data types on a cloud storage platform, but is that the right choice for your business? How do you determine which data you should put in the cloud?
LTE And WiMax Officially Not 4G
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?
Google Chrome 7 Is Just A Tune-Up
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.
How To Get Data To The Cloud: Onramps
As we discussed in our last entry, deciding when to use cloud storage is an important decision that data center mangers are now trying to make. While adding the capabilities to your own software was an early approach most were waiting for an easier way to get to the cloud and it comes in the form of software that allows near seamless access. We call these onramps.
Social Market Lessons in J.D. Power's Analytics Deals
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.
Top 5 Tech Trends For 2011
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
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.
Microsoft Does Windows Phone 7 Updating Right
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.
Apple FaceTime Mac Beta Ships With Pedestrian Security Flaw
On Wednesday Apple announced its FaceTime for Mac beta. Problem is the beta software shipped with a security flaw that could enable attackers to access iTunes accounts. However, the flaw could be indicative of much more systemic problems.
YouTube For Android Updated To Version 2
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.
Why Enterprise-Class Mobile Apps Are On Antenna's Radar
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
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.
Marketplace For Windows Phone 7 Rich With Apps
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.