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Content posted in October 2012
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Android A Bad Deal... For Google
Commentary  |  10/19/2012  | 
Android is a raving success if you're a customer or Samsung or HTC or some other OEM. But Google's latest earnings report shows nothing but bad Android-related news. What was the point of it all again?
Contextual Intelligence: Smart Phones To Become Big Brother?
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Say goodbye to privacy: In the future, advertisers, app makers, the government, and even our employers might be able to assess our personalities and react based on what we do with our phones.
Did OpenStack Let VMware Into The Henhouse?
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
VMware has paid its way onto the board of OpenStack, the open source alternative for enterprise cloud standards. Here's what OpenStack must do now.
Just Joking: An Irreverent Look At Tech News
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Don't let anyone tell you IT isn't funny. Check out these videos from Valley View and InformationWeek 500.
6 IT Trends Tight Budgets Won't Kill
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
IT budgets will grow more slowly in 2013, but these elements of IT transformation will continue, CEB's survey and analysis shows.
Windows 8: Are PC People Out Of Touch?
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Keyboard and mouse users have little reason to celebrate when Microsoft's new OS rolls out. Does that make me a dinosaur?
Nokia Reports Loss, Desperately Needs Hit Smartphone
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Nokia's disastrous third quarter highlights just how badly the company needs Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920 to reach the market ASAP.
Nokia Earnings Plunge Easy To See Coming
Commentary  |  10/18/2012  | 
Few people are buying Windows Phones and no surprise. It's official that the current models have no future. Starting in a few weeks that may change.
iPad Mini Will Cannibalize Big iPad Sales
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
An analyst predicts that 20% of iPad Mini sales will cancel out full-size iPad sales. But that's okay with Apple, because all those iPad Minis will steal sales from the Amazon Kindle Fire and other Android tablets, and increase the "halo effect" for other Apple products.
Windows 8 PC Makers Face Touch Trouble
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Touch has a big role in Microsoft's marketing blitz for Windows 8. But many Ultrabooks set to go on sale this fall aren't touch-enabled.
Foxconn: iPhone 5 Is Hard To Make
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Apple iPhone 5 shortages are the result of a difficult manufacturing process, but Foxconn says its productivity is improving.
Virtualization And The Case For Universal Grid Architectures
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Today, virtualization can make one system act like 10, but making 10 physical boxes look and act like one is far more valuable. And that is where we are heading.
Collaborative Systems: Easy To Miss The Mark
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Map out use cases defining who you want collaborating and what results you want them to achieve. Skip this step in the beginning, and you'll regret it in the end.
Google Nexus $99, iPad Mini $249, Surface $499
Commentary  |  10/17/2012  | 
Positions in the Great 4Q2012 Tablet War are beginning to take form. Microsoft and Apple seek the pricing high ground, while Google pushes for bargains. For now, Windows 8, Windows RT and Android OEMs have to feel out what consumers are willing to spend in this crowding market, but I don't think there's much doubt that OEM prices will trend down.
Google's CIO Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
CIOs are torn between wanting to back a company that represents the future and needing predictability. Google execs must now ask CIOs the right questions--and be prepared for stubborn answers.
Patient Engagement: One Secret To True Healthcare Reform
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
Genuine healthcare reform can't happen until facilities and doctors get patients more involved in their own care. To do that, patients need fast access to more data.
Ashamed To Be Seen With Your BlackBerry? Malarkey
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
RIM's handsets are increasingly seen as relics of days gone by, leading to deep personal shame, users tell the New York Times. Oh please.
Apple Lightning Cable Teardown Reveals Mysterious Circuits
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
Innards of Apple's lightning cable, announced along with iPhone 5, beg the question: What's going on with all that silicon?
Windows 8 Beats The Mac, Appsolutely
Commentary  |  10/16/2012  | 
Microsoft's new operating system looks how a modern OS should--big, bold, and centered around apps. Suddenly, it's Apple's turn to catch up.
Why Is iPad Mini Headphone Jack On Top?
Commentary  |  10/14/2012  | 
Much was made of the fact that the iPhone 5 headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the device. Samsung even ridiculed the decision in one of their Galaxy S III ads. But if it's such a good idea for the iPhone and iPods, why not also the iPad Mini?
SAS Gets Hip To Hadoop For Big Data
Commentary  |  10/14/2012  | 
SAS High-Performance Analytic Server heads for Hadoop, bringing SAS data mining, text mining, optimization, and forecasting capabilities beyond the relational database world.
Expect To Save Millions In The Cloud? Prove It
Commentary  |  10/12/2012  | 
Top government IT officials will discuss their plans to implement cloud computing and save money at the GovCloud 2012 conference in Washington.
Time To Dismantle The Corporate Machine
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
Dave Gray, author of "The Connected Company," says social business may be the means, but the end goal is a connected organization that adapts to provide the services customers really want.
3 Steps To Success In The API Economy
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
How can your business profit from the new digital glue, application programming interfaces? E2 Innovate keynote panelists will explain.
Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
If I skip Windows 8, some folks say I'm losing the appealing opportunity to synchronize all of my devices on a single platform. Color me skeptical.
Oracle Exalytics: Is It A Must-Have for BI?
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
Oracle's latest engineered system promises better business intelligence performance and ease of deployment, but the tradeoff is in openness to third-party tools.
SAP CEO Tackles Tough Cloud Questions
Commentary  |  10/11/2012  | 
Jim Hagemann Snabe discusses SAP's ongoing transformation and takes on Oracle's version of the truth in this video interview from the InformationWeek 500 conference.
Memo To Oracle, SAP: Listen To P&G's Language
Commentary  |  10/9/2012  | 
Oracle and SAP keep fighting a war of words over whose technology is bigger and better. They could learn a lot from Procter & Gamble CIO Filippo Passerini's big data work.
Fix The Fear Factor In Government Innovation
Commentary  |  10/9/2012  | 
Fear of failure breeds failure. CIOs must help change this dynamic as private and public sector minds work together on unlocking government big data.
Any Apple Magic Left For iPad Mini?
Commentary  |  10/9/2012  | 
The iPad Mini isn't even here yet, and already its future looks murky. BYTE's Dino Londis gives his Magic 8-Ball a shake and divines the answers.
The iPad Mini Success Depends on Apple-Controlled Issues
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
Apple needs to make its case for the iPad Mini in four ways. It has to: sell the size; make room for it without acing out the iPad; make sure apps and content look great on the smaller screen; and not price gouge.
Why the iPad Mini Will Succeed, Even If It Really Shouldn't
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
BYTE's Serdar Yegulalp doesn't expect great things from the iPad Mini, but he does expect great sales. It's in the long term that Apple's problems lie.
How The iPad Went From Monopoly To Minority Within A Year
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
Updated. Apple's tablet market share has been slipping because of strong 7-inch Android competition, and now Windows 8 is right around the corner. Can Apple make something superior at a reasonable price that doesn't destroy its higher-end market? BYTE's George Ou is doubtful.
Will the iPad Mini Succeed? Can it Possibly Fail?
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
The easy and obvious prediction to make about the iPad Mini is that it will fly off the shelves, just like all other Apple devices. Will it really? Consumers have many choices for tablets that size, most probably cheaper and some, like the Amazon Kindle Fire, very popular. We asked our team of writers to give their considered opinions.
Meaningful Use Needs Mobile Magic
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
Mobile technology could play a huge role in meeting the federal MU regulations, but the Stage 2 rulebook virtually ignores this potential.
Oracle's Great Stack Attack
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
If Larry Ellison and his team delivered one message to customers during Oracle Open World it was this: We complete you.
The Great CIO Debate
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
Is the role of the CIO to be an innovator or a custodian? Two leading CIOs share advice on how to become the innovation champion in your company.
HTC Losing Smartphone War One Quarter At A Time
Commentary  |  10/8/2012  | 
Despite making some of the best smartphones available, HTC struggles to gain market share against Apple and Samsung.
Consumer Cloud Services Undergo 'Enterprisation'
Commentary  |  10/7/2012  | 
EverNote, Box, SugarSync, and Amazon.com are springboarding off their success as consumer services to launch business-focused designs that appeal to enterprise IT.
Are The CIO And IT Organization Replaceable?
Commentary  |  10/5/2012  | 
Technology spending and influence are moving outside of the IT department, but let's not lay a wreath for the IT pro just yet.
8 Must-Haves For Windows Phone 8
Commentary  |  10/5/2012  | 
Microsoft plans to formally launch the next version of its mobile OS on Oct. 29. It could be the company's last chance to make a dent in the smartphone market.
HP's Smartphone Plans: Anything But Clear
Commentary  |  10/5/2012  | 
HP CEO Meg Whitman says she has no plans for a smartphone, but the company is trying to fill 50 webOS developer jobs.
Windows 8 Tablets For $399? It's Possible
Commentary  |  10/5/2012  | 
Last month the media predicted unrealistic, sky-high prices for Windows 8 tablets. Now, Acer, Lenovo, and Asus confirm what we suspected all along: People won't pay hundreds of dollars more for a Windows tablet when they can get an iPad for $499. If the PC industry is serious about competing with Apple, Win8 tablets are going to have to start at $399.
Digital Disruption: Don't Get Left Out
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
Is your company's customer experience changing as fast as say, smartphones are progressing? Forrester shares advice from digital disruptors.
Obama's IT Transformation Is A Work In Progress
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
The president's record on IT strategy is long on vision but short on results.
Interop: MDM Is Dead, Long Live EMM
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
Updated:Here at Interop in New York, it's clear that classic mobile device management (MDM) tools are on their way out. Not only has MDM become commoditized, it is probably counter-productive: It's all about constraining users, when mobility strategies should enable users. There are better approaches to protecting your company and they fall under the umbrella term of enterprise mobility management (EMM).
What T-Mobile, MetroPCS Merger Means For Business
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
Proposed merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS will have far-reaching implications once the deal is complete. Here's what you can expect.
T-Mobile, MetroPCS: Merger Has Legs
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
T-Mobile and MetroPCS on Wednesday formally announced their intent to merge to form a new mobile carrier called T-Mobile. You can count on this one getting approved, despite the technology hurdles, but where does it leave Sprint?
HP's Decline: Customers Get Fresh Helping Of Uncertainty
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
HP CEO Meg Whitman cites 'bloat' as barrier to turnaround, plans layoffs and slimmer product lines. One reality: customer trust runs low, even as cloud services gain traction.
Oracle Open World: 6 Rants and Raves
Commentary  |  10/4/2012  | 
Oracle's cloud vision and announcements on key features deserve praise, but we need to see more substance behind the promises and more reality in the claims.
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