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Content posted in October 2012
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Apple's Exec Shakeup: 10 Necessary Fixes
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
If Apple wants a more collaborative management structure, it will need to become a more open, collaborative company.
RIM Seeks Carrier Approval For BlackBerry 10
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
Research In Motion has given BlackBerry 10 to more than 50 carriers around the world for certification.
Windows 8 Upgrade: No Touch, No Good
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
BYTE's Chris Spera has been using Windows 8 since the first preview version. There's a lot to like about it on the new touch PCs and tablets, but upgrading Windows on your old non-touch PC to the new OS isn't worth the trouble.
One Microsoft Way: Smart Road For Developers?
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
As Microsoft plays catch-up in smartphones and tablets, it woos developers at its Build conference this week to write apps that work on all of its platforms.
What's Killing APM?
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
App performance management is seen as less important than it was two years ago, partly because vendors haven't kept up.
4G World: The Need For More Spectrum
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
The wireless industry may run out of spectrum in three years, and it needs government help to find more to realize the promise of mobile broadband.
Google Nexus 4: Why No LTE?
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
LTE 4G is conspicuously missing from Google's brand new Nexus 4 Android smartphone. What's the deal?
Red Robin CIO Named Social Business Technology Leader
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
For best articulating the value of social business in the context of business transformation, Chris Laping of Red Robin is our 2012 Social Business Technology Leader of the year.
Alteryx: Data Analysis For 'Mere Mortals'
Commentary  |  10/29/2012  | 
Company lets business users analyze big data with no need for data scientists, says CEO. Watch our Valley View video.
Big Data Meets BI: Beyond The Hype
Commentary  |  10/29/2012  | 
With Hadoop quickly gaining adoption, Cloudera, Platfora, SiSense and others are introducing new options for gaining business intelligence from this big data platform.
Windows Phone Users, Rejoice: More Apps On The Way
Commentary  |  10/28/2012  | 
The biggest weakness Windows Phone has is the weakness of the Windows app store. Why will Windows Phone 8 make any difference? Because, in most cases, developing a Windows Phone 8 app gets you almost all the way to developing an app for Windows 8, a product almost certain to sell hundreds of millions of units.
How To Keep Email From Driving You Crazy
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
Never mind spam. How are we supposed to deal with the rest of our email?
VMware Revenues Show Cloud Worries
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
VMware rules the virtualization market and wants to do the same with cloud. Can it pull that off and continue its fast-paced growth?
5 Emerging Enterprise Technologies
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
If you are not watching these developments, your business is missing out. Here's what Gartner's annual top 10 tech trends list missed.
How To Strengthen Your Moral Compass
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
Those in the spy business know that people in financial trouble are more vulnerable to blackmail and bribery. So are you.
Windows 8 As It Was Meant To Be
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
When I heard that Windows 8 would be a dual-use PC/tablet operating system, I had a vision of how I would want to use it. That vision has come to pass in the form of the Dell Latitude 10 tablet and optional docking station.
Windows 8 Review: All About Touch
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS offers the option of using a mouse and keyboard. But for most applications, it will have you touching, tapping and swiping.
How To Develop Multi-Vendor Backup Strategy
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
Try to find one app that gives good generic coverage, then pinpoint certain applications or environments that need extra attention.
How The Feds Drive Cloud Innovation
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
NASA, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies are shifting toward more strategic and complex cloud applications, as they try to drive down costs amid flat IT budgets.
When Incremental IT Change Won't Cut It
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
For Indian pharma company Cipla and its new CIO, IT transformation is all or nothing.
Microsoft: Windows 8 Ends Tablet Era
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
With Windows 8, Surface, and the many OEM Windows 8 systems being released, Microsoft is attempting to redefine the personal computing market. In the new vision, tablets are PCs, and tablets that can't do the things PCs do--such as use a keyboard and mouse and multitask--are deficient. Windows 8 PCs and tablets can do these things; Android and the iPad cannot. If Microsoft can make the sale, then we are in store for an industry revolution.
Microsoft Needs To Push BYOD For Surface, Win8
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
Microsoft finally makes its mark in the new smartphone and tablet era, but will enterprises adopt the Surface as quickly as they have the iPad, and will developers create apps for it?
Windows 8 Flop Wouldn't Doom Server 2012
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
Even if Microsoft's new OS was a complete disaster, like Vista, enterprise IT can be assured that Windows Server 2012 will continue to thrive.
Gartner's Top 10 IT Trends: Hits And Misses
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
We handicap Gartner's annual list of top enterprise IT trends, including mobile, cloud, and big data. Check out the ranking and consider what's missing.
iPad Mini Display: Not Good Enough?
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
The iPad Mini's display has fewer pixels than many of its rivals. But there's more to consider when judging display quality.
The Apple-ization Of Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 8, the hardware world faces a big question. Is going it alone exactly what Microsoft wants?
Windows 8: A Bridge Too Far For Enterprises?
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 may end up marking the moment when people stopped caring about PC operating systems.
Should Sears CTO Be Building A Tech Startup?
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Definitely, if it helps drive needed change at the retailer. If it's a distraction, Sears is doomed.
Enterprise Buyers To Carriers: We're Not Thrilled
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
The 4G network is fast and mostly adequate for existing enterprise needs, but that's not stopping IT pros from worrying about future viability. Here's how providers and customers see the issues.
BlackBerry Loses Its Grip On Federal Government
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
RIM's BlackBerry platform has maintained a strong following in government for years, but that is changing.
Windows 8: A Win For Enterprise Security
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 makes securing enterprise PCs and tablets easier--and shows that the future of enterprise Windows security is proper control of applications.
iPad Mini Leaves Gaping Price Umbrella
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
The iPad Mini is a modest product at a premium price. That's good news for Google, Amazon, and Barns & Noble, but it probably won't prevent the iPad from slipping below 50% market share.
With iPad Mini Apple Sees Bigger Picture
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Apple sees only itself as the competition. It now has a full range of tablets, plus the iPod Touch, to fill various needs.
Apple's Tim Cook: What Analysts Miss
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Apple's manufacturing power is now entrenched in China. Expect that to change as the new CEO helps reinvent the company, again.
iPad Mini: Apple Could Have Done More
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
It's Just A Smaller iPad. Yes, the components in Apple's devices keep getting better and faster, but they haven't really done anything bold and innovative lately. Eventually someone else will win over customers by thinking different.
iPad Mini: The Great Price Debate
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
The entry-level iPad Mini costs $329, which raised some eyebrows. Here's why analysts say the iPad Mini is priced right--and will steal sales from $199 Android tablets.
Windows 8: You Can Handle The Learning Curve
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Critics say the Windows 8 look and feel will confound consumers and enterprise PC users. I say it's the critics who are being dummies.
Bring Your Own iPad mini?
Commentary  |  10/23/2012  | 
If the iPad would work for you as a BYOD device, the iPad mini is an easy choice to make. But you'll pay for the privilege. Saving money doesn't seem to be the point for Apple. $329 is a lot of money, but Apple doesn't play by everyone else's rules.
Gartner: CIOs Begin 3-Year Shift In Responsibilities
Commentary  |  10/23/2012  | 
Transformation marked by focus on growth rather than cost, from automation to "amplification," and from IT to technology, says analyst.
Social Business Success Requires Looking Inward
Commentary  |  10/23/2012  | 
Focus as much energy on how your employees, partners, and shareholders experience your business as you do your existing and prospective customers.
IBM Watson Finally Graduates Medical School
Commentary  |  10/23/2012  | 
Partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center suggests IBM's supercomputer is ready to help oncologists manage their most challenging cases.
Is Cisco Finally Fed Up With VMware, EMC?
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Citrix may benefit from Cisco having been poked in the eye one too many times.
Next Valley View: Dial C For Controversy
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Tune into the next episode of our live Web TV program, Valley View, October 24 at 11 am PT. We'll go one on one with Cisco's Chambers and Oracle's Hurd, plus explore where the Obama administration's stimulus money ended up.
Business Users Satisfied With IT? Think Again
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
IT has reason to worry, says InformationWeek's new IT Perception Survey that compares attitudes of technology and business pros.
One Backup App For Enterprise: Not Here Yet
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Patchwork backup systems for virtual and non-virtual parts of the enterprise, with no centralized view, make protecting data more time consuming and more expensive than it should be.
Will CMOs Outspend CIOs? Wrong Question
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Instead of focusing on who controls those tech dollars, IT pros should focus on why companies need more tech in marketing and where they can fill those needs.
Consumer Confusion Coming As Retailers Mislabel Windows RT
Commentary  |  10/22/2012  | 
Retailers are doing a lousy job of teaching customers the difference between Windows RT tablets and Windows 8 tablets. This sloppiness will come back to bite them when customers discover RT tablets' limitations and return them to the store.
Verizon Data Collection Doesn't Bother Me
Commentary  |  10/21/2012  | 
There is a deep, dark, secret on the Web: Advertisers are trying to sell you products and services. To do this they will stop at nothing, even paying ISPs to show you advertisements designed to match your interests! Naturally we are helpless against these wiles and will buy whatever we are told to. The latest privacy Nazi? Verizon, who (gasp!) aggregates user data.
Apple Vs. The Swiss Railways Patent
Commentary  |  10/19/2012  | 
Apple's not been convicted of anything by a jury, even if a clever Swiss attorney could make up a color graphic that makes the two clock faces look exactly the same.
Is IT's Core Competency Making Others Look Good?
Commentary  |  10/19/2012  | 
Quintiles CIO's team focuses on revenue-driving ideas, then partners with business units to make them real.
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