Commentary
Content posted in October 2011
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Sony Ericsson Considers Windows Phone
Commentary  |  10/17/2011  | 
Announcement that Sony Ericsson hasn't "closed the door" on Microsoft's Xbox 360-supporting phone OS is a slap in the face to Sony Corp.
iPhone 4S: My First Night
Commentary  |  10/15/2011  | 
I upgraded my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4S on Friday. Here's my report on the phone--and my least painful iPhone upgrade experience to date.
We All Use Dennis Ritchie's Programs
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
One of the architects of modern operating systems and programming languages has passed away and I, like many of you, owe Dennis Ritchie a debt of gratitude.
RIM's Death By Speculation
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
After a botched explanation for the BlackBerry outage, RIM customers are imagining the worst. RIM must take two steps right away to regain IT's trust.
RIM And Apple: Mobile Agony And Ecstasy
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
RIM's enterprise IT faithful writhe in pain, while Apple's worshippers hold vigil to buy the iPhone 4S. Did RIM's outage explanation Thursday help at all?
Meaningful Use Compliance: A Piece Of Cake?
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
The feds have already paid out $653 million in incentives to clinicians who've implemented electronic health records. For some providers, the work wasn't so hard after all.
4 Healthcare CIOs Who Stand Out From The Crowd
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
We're seeking nominations for InformationWeek Healthcare's next CIO 25, our roster of outstanding IT leaders. Here's a brief look at four of 2011's winners.
What Is 4G? Senators Want To Know
Commentary  |  10/14/2011  | 
U.S. lawmakers want carriers to define 4G so consumers know what they are buying.
RIM Outage Explanation Leaves Big Questions
Commentary  |  10/13/2011  | 
RIM did more dancing around the issues than frank sharing as it tried to explain the BlackBerry outage--leaving CIOs to speculate. And goodwill's running short.
Apple iPhone 4S Supply Scarce For Launch Day
Commentary  |  10/13/2011  | 
iPhone 4S may be in short supply when it launches on October 14, based on checks of Apple's carrier partner websites.
Infosys On Mobile, H-1Bs, And Building Software
Commentary  |  10/13/2011  | 
The Indian IT outsourcer needs to sell products and not just services, one of its top execs says, and that strategy will require acquisitions.
BlackBerry Service Improving, But Perhaps Too Late
Commentary  |  10/13/2011  | 
RIM will probably soon restore service fully, but the restoration of their reputation and business prospects is unlikely. Things were already looking down generally when, on the same week that a new iPhone launched, their worldwide network collapsed.
Microsoft Joins Oracle In Big Data Push
Commentary  |  10/13/2011  | 
What a big week for big data. Hadoop could change your business, but how about healthcare, politics, and crimefighting?
Oracle's Stack Is Engineered For Investors, Not Customers
Commentary  |  10/12/2011  | 
Applications strategy is the antithesis of integrated, a hairball of products born of a mergers-and-acquisitions strategy.
BlackBerry Service Outage Spells RIM Doom
Commentary  |  10/12/2011  | 
A prolonged outage, just as the new iPhone 4S arrives--the timing could not be worse for RIM's leaders.
Inside Ray Lane's Silicon Valley
Commentary  |  10/12/2011  | 
As Lane receives the David Packard Medal of Achievement, he encourages belief in Silicon Valley, education, and entrepreneurship as the best hope for America.
Who's Hot, And Not, At Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/12/2011  | 
It's not as telling as those old Kremlin photos, but Microsoft's annual proxy filing shows whose stars are on the rise.
Windows Phone: No Where To Go But Up?
Commentary  |  10/12/2011  | 
Signs indicate that Microsoft's overall share in the mobile device market has bottomed out. But that's a long way from being successful.
Simulate, Before It's Too Late
Commentary  |  10/11/2011  | 
Gaming mechanisms like Spent aren't perfect corporate models, but they can deliver lessons with little to none of the ramifications of real life failure.
IBM Calls Out Oracle On Server And Systems Claims
Commentary  |  10/11/2011  | 
Do benchmarks get even less meaningful in an era of engineered systems optimized for specific tasks?
The Tale of Ballmer's Bonus
Commentary  |  10/11/2011  | 
Skype buy and Facebook deals point to a more innovative Microsoft. But the board is not satisfied.
For HP And Barnes & Noble: A Modest Proposal
Commentary  |  10/11/2011  | 
HP needs some consumer mojo. Barnes & Noble needs some IT help and an answer to Amazon's Kindle Fire. I smell a partnership.
Master Data Management Comes Of Age
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
Recent summit demonstrates that people are comfortable with the core MDM concept and ready to move into other areas like unstructured master data.
Regulating The Dark(er) Side Of Consumerization
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
Think an influx of shiny tablets is the main worry? Sorry to break it to you, but hardware is the least of our problems.
MDM Market Poised For Fundamental Change
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
Are you ready for mobile device management as just another monthly service--and fee--from your carrier?
Wanted: A Mobile Interface For Outlook Web App
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
Outlook Web App is a key app for enterprises looking to allow communications with client systems that aren't necessarily trustworthy. If only there were a mobile version.
iPhone Envy: T-Mobile Customers Might Want AT&T Merger
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
I'm waiting for my iLove and know that the easiest, most affordable way for me to get it is for AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile to be approved.
Clinical Analytics Gets Up Close And Personal
Commentary  |  10/10/2011  | 
When it comes to patient care, one size does not fit all. A few health IT innovators are helping to usher in an era of personalized medicine.
Windows Phone Mango Doesn't Play Well With Exchange 2003
Commentary  |  10/9/2011  | 
If you have Exchange 2003, you will discover that the Windows Phone 7 update breaks some features relating to email.
How To Build A Government Cloud
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
As federal agencies race to meet OMB's 'cloud first' mandate, they must adapt the cloud model to the idiosyncrasies of government.
AT&T Brings The iPhone 4S Swagger
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
AT&T wants to remind everyone thinking about buying an iPhone 4S that its variant will be the fastest.
Oracle's Latest War Of Words
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
It's brilliant theater and vintage Oracle as Ellison swings at Autonomy, HP, and Salesforce
Social Wars Part III: Return Of The Radicals
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
There are radicals who start Enterprise 2.0 revolutions and radicals who finish them. Here's how to finish. Third of a three-part series.
5 High Points And Low Points At Oracle Open World
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
Ellison blusters and Hurd disappoints while the lieutenants, and several key announcements, impress.
What Steve Jobs Was, And Wasn't
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
He was demanding, persistent, and supremely self-confident. Jobs 1: absolute excellence.
Will Mobile Apps Drive IT Shops To Agile?
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
Small teams, short deadlines, the importance of usability -- a lot of mobile application traits point to using agile development techniques.
iPhone 4S: Which Carrier Is Best?
Commentary  |  10/7/2011  | 
The iPhone 4S, for the first time, will be on three U.S. networks. Is AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon best for you?
Will IT And Clinicians Ever Get Along?
Commentary  |  10/6/2011  | 
Cultural differences are partly to blame; experts offer ideas to bridge the chasm.
Clouds, Consumerization, And The IT Toolbox
Commentary  |  10/6/2011  | 
Why should you look at cloud services and embrace the consumerization of IT? It's all about innovation, or the lack of it, from entrenched enterprise providers.
Identity Management's Day Has Come
Commentary  |  10/6/2011  | 
For years identity management has been like the weather, IT pros might talk about it, but they've never done anything about it. That's finally changing.
Benioff's Private Cloud Bluster: Can It Last?
Commentary  |  10/6/2011  | 
Salesforce CEO Benioff won't be stopped by Oracle CEO Ellison, as demonstrated by the Oracle OpenWorld keynote spat. Will Benioff's customers insist he stop the private cloud denial?
U.K. E-Health Records Failure Makes U.S. Plan Shine
Commentary  |  10/6/2011  | 
It's too soon to know whether U.S. healthcare providers will jump on the IT bandwagon, but one thing's for certain: the U.K.'s health IT project was too top-heavy.
GPS Mandatory On Mobile Phones By 2018
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
To modernize the 911 system, the FCC has ruled that all wireless carriers must offer GPS; VoIP services also.
One Mobile Device Security Threat You Haven't Considered
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
Remember that Dilbert cartoon where the waitress comes back wearing a fur coat? Wireless store employees may be the next ones wearing mink, thanks to your data.
iPhone Vs Android: It's The Sum, Not The Specs
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
Anyone who believes that specs make the smartphone hasn't been paying attention to what really matters.
Got An iPhone Hangover?
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
Yeah, the launch was underwhelming. Here's why that's a good thing.
Samsung Nexus Prime To Mark Ice Cream Sandwich Debut
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
Samsung is expected to debut the world's first Android 3.x Ice Cream Sandwich super phone at the CTIA trade show on October 11.
Smart Workplaces And Their iPhones
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
Apple actually does a pretty good job in helping IT to secure iPhones in a business environment. IT just needs to take advantage of what's available to them.
Apple's iPhone 4S Magic: Siri
Commentary  |  10/5/2011  | 
While the iPhone 4S may have disappointed those who expected more innovation in the hardware, Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant could become the phone's next defining feature.
Nokia Confirms Windows Phones In 2011
Commentary  |  10/4/2011  | 
The real question: Is Nokia already too late to compete?
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