Commentary
Content posted in October 2010
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The Real Office 365 Innovation
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
The new Office 365 is a major push by Microsoft into the cloud-based and services-based world. This time the push is for a major company cash cow, which also makes it a high-stakes move. Yet there is a significant upside.
Motorola Seeks To Invalidate Apple Patents
Commentary  |  10/20/2010  | 
Motorola has asked a federal judge in Delaware to invalidate eleven patents held by Apple. Motorola recently sued Apple over patent infringement. Either they are going for the jugular by also seeking to kill some of Apple's existing patents, or these are patents that Motorola's lawyers feel Apple could file a counter suit on and is heading that maneuver off at the pass.
Global CIO: Steve Jobs Declares War On Google
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Emphasizing great products and customer experiences vs. Google's "fragmented" approach, Jobs calls out Google as self-centered, disingenuous, and off-target.
RIM Pulls No Punches, Faults Apple's 'Distortion Field'
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie felt compelled to respond to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' outburst on Monday and defended RIM's plans for a seven-inch tablet.
How To Keep Health Data Exchanges Going
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Financial sustainability has been the hardest nut to crack for many health information exchanges. And even with the feds providing $564 million in stimulus funding for states to build and expand HIEs, the sustainability issue will likely remain one of the toughest challenges.
Office 365: Microsoft's Next Big Cloud Platform
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Consolidating brands and extending its services, Redmond makes sense of its online productivity offerings.
Federal Employees: Underworked Or Underappreciated?
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
One new survey portrays the federal workforce as being overpaid and less qualified than private sector employees, while a second survey finds that government workers waste hours looking for files in internal databases.
Global CIO: 7 Tips For Using The iPad In Business
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
These lessons come compliments of Mercedes-Benz Financial, which has been testing iPads in car dealerships the last four months.
IMeet: Making Virtual Meetings Easy And Affordable
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
If you're a small business owner, chances are good that you're using technology in some way, whether with a website, e-mail, or something as rudimentary as a cell phone. But chances are just as good that you could be using technology more -- and more productively -- without spending a lot of money or adding a tech whiz to your payroll.
Why Steve Jobs Loves Optimized Systems
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
While much of the attention today surrounding highly engineered and optimized systems centers on big, powerful machines used in data warehousing and OLTP, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reminded the world in yesterday's earnings call that Apple's iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macs have always embodied that model: "And this results in an incredible product at a great price."
HP Leaves Palm Behind, Intros Pre 2
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
HP on Tuesday announced the Pre 2, its first new handset since acquiring Palm earlier this year. The Pre 2 is also the first handset to ship with webOS 2.0 on board.
Xerox Offers Alternative Solid Ink Printers for SMBs
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
The units cost more upfront then laser or inkjet SMB office printers, but they don't price refill ink like it was molten silver.
Notes on Data Warehouse Appliance Prices
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
I'm not terribly motivated to do a detailed analysis of data warehouse appliance list prices, in part because everybody knows that data warehouse appliances tend to be deeply discounted... That said, here are some insights on data warehouse appliance prices...
Android 3.0 Gingerbread Detailed
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Google hasn't shared much information about Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream, but details about future versions of Android are beginning to slip out.
Verizon's iPhone Nears Completion
Commentary  |  10/19/2010  | 
Apple's iPhone may be close to the final build in preparation for its launch on Verizon's network in early 2011. The hardware appears to be done and the software is just receiving minor finishing touches. The iPhone 5 is also making progress.
Knowing What You Need From The Cloud
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
Forrester's James Staten discusses some of the hurdles that enterprise users face in getting to cloud computing.
Webroot Update Tracks Employee Usage Violators, Bandwidth Trends
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
The latest version of Webroot's Security Service adds bandwidth trend tracking, both overall and for employees attempting to violate company usage and security policies.
Socialcast 'Reach' Extends Collaboration Into Enterprise Workflow
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
While most social networking software for the enterprise requires corporate users to log into yet another system, Socialcast's new Reach puts social in the context of applications.
VMware Go Pro Cloud Tool Simplifies Trying Virtualization
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
Getting started with server virtualizing can be daunting, but VMware's new Go Pro -- free until the official launch -- that lets you try cranking up a hypervisor and some virtual machines.
AT&T Brings U-verse Mobile TV To More Smartphones
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
AT&T announced a new U-verse Mobile application for the Android and BlackBerry platforms that allows smartphone users to watch home DVR content from their mobile device.
Free Wi-Fi Or Bye-Bye
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
In today's highly competitive, widely connected world, more than 2 billion calls will be placed from Wi-Fi hotspots this year, and that number is expected to grow to 11 billion in 2014, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Sprint Is 'Stylin'' With BlackBerry 9670 Smartphone
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry 9670 Style on Monday, a new BlackBerry 6-based clamshell smartphone for the Sprint network.
Global CIO: The Top 10 Most Influential IT Vendors (Apple And Facebook?)
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
It's no longer just the 10 biggest, but rather the 10 that are most forcefully driving and shaping the business-technology ideas of tomorrow.
Sprint Launching WiMax In NYC On November 1
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
Sprint and Clearwire announced that their joint WiMax network will launch in New York City on November 1, in Los Angeles on December 1, and in San Francisco later in December.
Windows Phone 7 Support Gets Mac Support
Commentary  |  10/18/2010  | 
One of the big components of Windows Phone 7 is the Zune music player on the device. Anyone that has ever seen a Zune knows the new user interface for the whole phone is based on the Zune interface. Zune MP3 players are for PCs only, but not so with Windows Phone 7. Mac users will be able to sync with their iTunes library if they want.
Vendor Perspective: Going Where No Small Bike Maker Has Gone Before
Commentary  |  10/17/2010  | 
"One of the real benefits of an SAP solution is with the experience we have in the Fortune 1000 - well beyond the Fortune 1000, for that matter, in the large enterprise - we've taken a lot of that learning and brought it down into a very affordable package for the small to medium enterprise, that essentially allows folks like Torelli here, and Todd the CEO, to do things he could never do before."
Global CIO: Enterprise Apps Not Among Products Google's REALLY Excited About
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Google went out of its way to highlight a few of its emerging growth businesses and share more detailed financial numbers than usual. Hey, why not enterprise apps?
Should SMBs Own Servers?
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Considering the SAAS offerings out there, maybe not. At least, that's what one SAAS executive says, but he presents interesting figures.
'Smart' Calendar Addresses Scheduling Pain
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
After too many Sunday evenings watching his wife juggle phone calls with the kids' music teachers and athletic coaches, Richard Ruben realized that there had to be an easier way. So he found one. This week, his company, SkedgeMe, released its eponymously named "smart" scheduling application.
State CIOs Head For The Exits
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
The list of CIOs in state government who have resigned, or are about to, is growing. Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington are losing their top IT execs, and California is on the watch list.
Top 5 Reasons Windows Phone 7 Will/Won't Succeed
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Our columnist makes the possibly contrarian assertion that, with Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is reinvigorating the smartphone. Read his take and see if you agree or not.
Windows Phone 7 Launch In Review
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Microsoft debuted its new smartphone operating system -- Windows Phone 7 -- this week. How well did Microsoft do?
LogMeIn Lets IT Remotely Manage Multiple PCs In Batches
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
LogMeIn's new One2Many feature for its LogMeIn Central web-based management console lets IT admins do admin tasks to local or remote computers running LogMeIn Pro in bunches rather than one-at-a-time.
Lexmark Genesis MFP Printer Aimed At Image-Conscious SMBs
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Lexmark's latest multi-function printer, with a small footprint and slick appearance, breaks new ground mostly with its high-speed scanner.
Skype 5.0 First Look: Facebook Connection Is Key
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
With its built-in Facebook integration, Skype 5.0 makes a move to become the voice and video side of the powerful social network. Jim Rapoza assesses the new release.
Flash Mobile Downloaded 1 Million Times: Success Or Failure?
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Flash Player Mobile 10.1 has been downloaded to one million Android handsets. Is that a lot, or a little?
Motorola Cops To Droid X Froyo Goof-Up
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless and Motorola made the Android 2.2 Froyo update available to the Droid X several weeks ago. Unfortunately, the software update introduced a number of new problems. Here's the list.
Developers Shouldn't Ignore Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  10/15/2010  | 
Microsoft announced the launch of Windows Phone 7 earlier this week and it has received a lot of press. If you are a developer you have to be asking yourself do you expend resources to write apps for this operating system which as of today, has exactly zero percent market share?
Microsoft's OpenOffice Attack Video
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
It's not very common for an established industry leader to trash a competitor; that kind of dirty politics is usually considered below them. This week Microsoft decided to buck that trend and create what some have called an attack video where customers lament their experiences with OpenOffice.
Practical Analysis: Three Approaches To IT Staffing
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
There is no one right answer, so IT leaders should enter into some healthy dialogue with business partners.
Oops. They Virtualized It Again.
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
There once was a day when Interop was wall-to-wall hardware. But times-are-a-changing as that hardware gives way to software and that software can be delivered as a pre-configured virtual machine-based appliance.
Manage Your Most Important Asset -- Your People
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
Some would say that personnel management -- aka hiring and firing -- is part science, part art. While you don't need to have the intellectual wherewithal of a Mensa member or the social savoir faire of a Dale Carnegie type, knowing a thing or two about your company, your market, and what makes people tick can come in handy.
Boost Mobile Promises To 'Shrink' Loyal Customers' Bills
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
Boost Mobile unveiled a new service concept that will reduce the monthly bill for customers who pay on time and stick around for at least six months.
Load Balancer Targets SMB Needs And Budgets
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
KEMP Technologies' LoadMaster DR, available as a hardware or appliance or software download, aims to insure that DMB customers have reliable access to the business's servers. And introductory price in the appliance aims to insure that SMBs can afford it.
Get Ready For A National Network
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
The success of the federal government’s plan for a national health information exchange rests, to a large extent, with IT pros.
Opera Bringing Full-Featured Browser To Android
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
Opera Software on Thursday announced that it will offer its Opera Mobile browser to Google's Android platform by November.
Verizon Inks iPad Deal With Apple
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
Apple on Thursday announced that it plans to sell its iPad tablet computer through both AT&T and Verizon Wireless retail stores. Verizon Wireless will sell the iPad bundled with a MiFi hotspot creator.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To HP Chairman Ray Lane
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
While lashing Mark Hurd publicly probably felt good, it achieved little or nothing for HP's customers and employees, and you need to focus on the future.
HP Is Now The Second Leading Ethernet Vendor
Commentary  |  10/14/2010  | 
The acquisition of 3Com had propelled HP into the number two spot in the Ethernet switch market, according to market research firm In-Stat. In addition, the market is constricting so a handful of vendors account for virtually all of the revenue.
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