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5 Ways Mobile Saved Me During Snowtober
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
Like millions of others, I was caught up in the freak snow storm over the weekend. Here's how mobile kept me connected, despite Mother Nature's best efforts.
Domain Name Land Grab Poses Risks For SMBs
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
Small and midsize businesses may lose out as ICANN begins to create new top-level Web domains. But you can take steps to protect yourself and your brand.
BlackBerry Outage Prompts Class Action Suit
Commentary  |  10/31/2011  | 
RIM's problems mount: executives depart, consumers switch to more advanced phones, and now there's a lawsuit over the recent three-day outage.
6 Big Questions For Private Cloud Projects
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Cloud Technology Partners execs share advice on avoiding common traps as you move from legacy enterprise infrastructure to the private cloud.
Mobile Medical Apps Meet The FDA, Part 2
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Medical informatics specialists are right to question the reasoning behind the FDA's proposed guidelines on mobile applications.
HP, Nokia, SAP Face The Future
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
HP decides it still likes PCs, Nokia relaunches its smartphone efforts, and SAP breaks a record. It's a glass half-full week for tech.
FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
Commentary  |  10/28/2011  | 
Would you spend $4.5 billion to put a 486 PC in every farmer's barn? That's basically what the FCC is proposing to do, and the lack of consideration of new models of telecom is troubling.
6 Great Windows Phone Mango Features For Business
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Which of Mango's more than 500 new features will appeal most to business users? Here are our picks.
5 Cloud Lessons Learned From Finance Industry Gurus
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
The advantages of private clouds and the lack of good IT talent gets Boston members of the Wall Street Technology Association talking.
Why Big Data Doesn't Always Equal Big Insight
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Data is too often inaccessible and not trusted, and companies aren’t doing enough to nurture 'informed skeptics'.
RIP Windows XP: Readers Speak
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
As Windows XP's end of life date for support looms, IT pros navigate an old Bermuda Triangle of pain.
Tablets Readied For A Real Day's Work
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
In factories and on battlefields, organizations are testing iPads and their imitators--and liking what they find.
Oracle's Mark Hurd: We Know CIOs
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Responding to OpenWorld critics, Hurd makes the case for why customers need to put more of their eggs in the Oracle basket.
How Nokia Must Fight Back In U.S.
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
Nokia has a lot of work to do in the U.S. smartphone market if it wants to regain lost ground with Windows Phone 7 devices like the new Lumia models.
Tableau Version 7 Challenges Old School BI
Commentary  |  10/27/2011  | 
New version lets users centrally share the data engine while allowing multiple worksheets to leverage it.
The Mac Emperor Has No Clothes
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Yeah, I'm a Windows guy, but I've worked with Macs on and off a long time, probably longer than you. I keep hearing vague reassurances that the Mac is so awesomely amazing and I'll fall for it, but I'm just not feeling the love. It couldn't really be that the Mac is overhyped and overpriced, could it?
Rometty's Past Reveals IBM's Future
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
One early bet: Look for IBM's new CEO, Ginni Rometty, to push harder into industry-specific consulting services that can drive billions in related sales.
Nokia Launches Comeback With Lumia Phones
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Nokia rolled out two Windows Phone smartphones Wednesday as part of an effort to reinvent itself. Are the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 up to the challenge?
Technology Titans, 2.0: Women Lead IBM, HP
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
IBM seems to have picked just the right person, at just the right time, without drama--despite the historic significance.
EHR Worst Practices
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Just a partial list of EHR snafus emphasizes the need for a better system of tracking errors.
Android Surpasses iPhone In App Downloads
Commentary  |  10/26/2011  | 
Which set of users is downloading the most apps? Android beats Apple on a key metric.
Oracle Vs. The World
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
Oracle has its foot on the gas pedal, pushing the company faster than ever. But to what destination?
Nokia Trades Windows Phone Innovation For Speed
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
When Nokia World kicks off in London on Wednesday, look for the company's first Microsoft Windows Phone devices. But don't look for unique.
Should Mobile Medical Apps Require FDA Approval?
Commentary  |  10/25/2011  | 
The new FDA guidelines may create headaches for developers, but there is an upside for doctors and patients.
Windows Phone Marketplace Hits 35,000 App Mark
Commentary  |  10/24/2011  | 
At the one year mark, Microsoft has not reached anywhere near the success of iPhone or Android, but has a healthy number of apps available.
RIM Missed Opportunity For Straight Talk
Commentary  |  10/24/2011  | 
BlackBerry maker made some snazzy announcements last week, but unless it can settle the widespread unease about its recent network outage, customers will move on.
Mobile, Development, Cloud: A Perfect Storm
Commentary  |  10/24/2011  | 
Each of these three transitions requires a large cultural transition for IT. How are you dealing with all three at once?
How's Your iPhone Battery Since That iOS 5 Upgrade?
Commentary  |  10/23/2011  | 
Team Byte and some others aren't entirely happy with iOS 5 since they upgraded their older phones or bought an iPhone 4S. It's too early to draw any real conclusions, but certainly seem to be some problems, mostly around battery life and app crashes.
Will Dell Lead The x86 Data Center Market?
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
Can Dell's vStart virtualized rack systems that integrate servers, switches, and storage lead a market worth hundreds of billions of dollars?
When IT Isn't Strategic, Bad Things Happen
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
How different things might have been at the likes of People Express and DHL if their IT executives had educated their senior business execs.
Stop Runaway Software Development Projects
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
IBM's Rational Team Concert and Jazz.net community offer a thoughtful approach to collaborative, distributed software development.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 More Doable Than Round One
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
The feds seem to have learned from the problems they created with stage 1 criteria. Now they're doing their due diligence.
SAP And Oracle: Get Real About In-Memory Analysis
Commentary  |  10/21/2011  | 
These tech giants are making plenty of promises about their Hana and Exalytics appliances. But do you really need all that power?
Siri Dissed By Windows Phone, Android Chiefs
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
Rival platform leaders say Apple's iPhone 4S digital assistant is no big deal, but maybe it's because they don't offer it yet.
Mobile Devices To Soon Overwhelm PCs, Says Gartner
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
Gartner is predicting that the installed base of mobile devices will explode past that of PC-based systems by 2014. Really?
Galaxy Nexus Vs. RAZR: Android Smackdown
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
Motorola and Samsung both debuted brand new LTE 4G Android superphones on Tuesday. Which is the better device?
Nokia Pins Turnaround Hopes On Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
Nokia's first smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform are expected to debut in London next week. Can the unlikely duo write the turnaround story they both so desperately need?
Social Business Requires A Formal Policy
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
Do your organization's employees know what they can and cannot say on Facebook and other social media? Time for some basic governance.
Web 2.0 Summit Rewind: 25 Memorable Quotes
Commentary  |  10/20/2011  | 
The top thinkers and innovators from the technology world appeared on one stage to provide smart insights, ask provocative questions, and make funny quips. Enjoy.
Top 10 CIO Priorities
Commentary  |  10/19/2011  | 
Which issues are top of mind, or should be top of mind, for CIOs? Consider this list, gleaned from discussions with scores of U.S. and Indian CIOs, as well as from our own research.
Hospital Rooms Get Smart
Commentary  |  10/19/2011  | 
IBM and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have created smart hospital rooms that use advanced IT tools to make medical and nursing care more intelligent, faster, and safer.
Dell Bets On Windows 8 To Take On iPad
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
CEO Michael Dell said Microsoft's OS has better chance than Android in the tablet market.
Michael Dell Hints HP Pain Is His Gain
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
At the Web 2.0 Summit, Michael Dell talks HP executive missteps, tablets, and more.
Adobe Previews Stunning Deblurring Tool For Photoshop
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
The next version of the industry-standard photo editing package might attain the holy grail of photo processing: Instantly turning bad pictures into good ones.
SAP BusinessObjects Upgrades Ice Version 4.0 Cake
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
Improvements in mobility, data visualization and collaboration are what's next for a just-released business intelligence suite.
RIM Whiffs On Setting Smartphone Direction
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
Research In Motion opened its developers conference with a lot of talk about the PlayBook tablet--and hardly a word on its smartphone future.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: 5 Most-Wanted Features
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
Google and Samsung are primed to reveal the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS Tuesday evening. Here's what I really want.
Social Meets Big Data: Get Ready
Commentary  |  10/18/2011  | 
You may not agree with Marc Benioff that Facebook looks like the future of the Web. But you'd better be ready for the mountain of data social media produces.
iOS 5 For iPad: 5 Killer Features
Commentary  |  10/17/2011  | 
Apple's iOS 5 is still a great upgrade for iPad tablet users. Here are our five favorite features.
Do You Really Need To Build A Mobile App?
Commentary  |  10/17/2011  | 
Driving engagement through apps is hard, and not every company needs to build one. But nearly every company will need an API that enables Web-based integration with other companies.
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