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Content posted in November 2010
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SMB Printers Now Have Apps
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Hands-on review shows that the approach has some merit, if using paper as an output device is not too retro for you, and if they can improve reliability.
Mobile Employees Should Be Aware Of Mobile Threats
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Threats targeting mobile devices are growing as the holidays get under way. Time to make sure your employees have their mobile guards up.
JPMorgan Gives Bankers iPads Ahead Of PlayBook Launch
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Before Research In Motion can bring its PlayBook enterprise tablet to market, JPMorgan is giving its investment bankers Apple's iPad to aid in their day-to-day duties.
Verizon To Provide LTE Launch Details December 1
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless announced that it will hold a press conference on December 1 to share specific details regarding its Long Term Evolution network launch.
Constant Contact Builds Partner, Customer Bases
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Constant Contact, a provider of marketing and survey tools for SMBs, has upped the ante by integrating its product offerings with social media and marketing services from the likes of HootSuite, Yelp, and Foursquare.
BlackBerry App World Reaches 15,000 Apps
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Research In Motion has confirmed that its app store for BlackBerries has finally breached 15,000 applications.
Security Risks In iOS And Android
Commentary  |  11/30/2010  | 
Both Apple and Google are faced with security issues in their platforms that may put user's data at risk. The more computer-like smartphones become, the more they become at risk for having security holes and being the target of attackers to exploit those holes.
Ricoh Goes Green At California HQ
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Printer vendor is installing a rooftop solar energy system on its headquarters building in California.
Guerra On Healthcare: Fixing Difficult Vendor Relationships
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Collaboration, communication, and clarity are key to getting companies and sales reps to meet your hospital's IT needs.
Dev Team Preps 'Ultrasn0w' Unlock For iOS 4.2.1
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
The iPhone Dev Team has prepared a new version of its redsn0w and ultrasn0w tools for iPhone hackers.
Windows Phone Crushed By Android
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Microsoft has not shared sales figures for its newly launched Windows Phone 7 platform, but one retailer says Android is out-selling WP7 15 to 1.
Black Friday Online Sales Grow By Double Digits
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Drive to the mall or shop from home? A growing number of buyers opted for the latter on Black Friday, underscoring the need for retailers to develop a strong online presence.
Smartphone Users Not Brand Loyal - Except iPhone Users
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
Apple iPhone users are far more loyal to their brand of choice than are users of any other smartphone platform.
Hacking Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  11/29/2010  | 
There is news on two fronts on hacking Windows Phone 7. The OS was released last month in Europe and is less than a month out of the gate in the US and already someone has found a way to bypass Microsoft's Marketplace application store. Microsoft is fighting back though on more serious hacking attempts, like custom ROM images.
Like Having Steve Jobs Show You How to Use Your iPhone
Commentary  |  11/28/2010  | 
In a recent InformationWeek SMB On Location webcast, the grateful employees of Torelli Bicycle Co. discussed details of their successful enterprise resource planning system deployment. The feat was accomplished through the help of ERP solution provider SAP and Navigator Business Solutions, a premier SAP integration partner that specializes in serving the small and midsize business (SMB) community.
Google Cloud Connect Changes Everything
Commentary  |  11/28/2010  | 
Just last week I looked at the fight for your domain and thought that Microsoft's Office 365 might have the edge. The next day, Google announced Cloud Connect and changed the balance again.
Tips for Installing 'Big Business' Applications on an SMB Scale
Commentary  |  11/26/2010  | 
In this series, we've been following the exploits of a particular company in the small to midsize business (SMB) category as it implemented the type of enterprise resource planning solution typically associated with Fortune 1000 firms. In fact, with its four full-time employees, Torelli Bicycle Company in North Hollywood, Calif., may be among the smallest companies to ever install an integrated ERP system from a leading software provider such as SAP.
Paper Is Not Just Paper Anymore
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
A close look shows that the use of ColorLok technology does have an impact on output quality, especially in duplex mode.
Angry Birds Running Poorly On Some Android Phones
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
One if the most popular apps in mobile phones is the addictive Angry Birds by Rovio Mobile. They have brought the game to the Android platform, but if you have an Android phone, don't assume you can run the game.
ComScore's Big Data Deployment In Detail
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Crunching tens of terabytes, a leading digital marketing measurement firm delivers insight -- quickly.
Kids Want iPads
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Nielsen asked a bunch of kids want they are interested in acquiring at some point in the next six months. Thirty-one percent said the Apple iPad.
Young Adults Browse Via Mobile More Than Desktop
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Opera's latest State of the Mobile Web report indicated that young adults aged 18 to 27 spend more time browsing the Internet on their phone than on a traditional PC.
Oracle 1, SAP 0 (But Don't Forget the Sidelights)
Commentary  |  11/24/2010  | 
Oracle's copyright infringement case against SAP was never about the money -- Oracle's objective was to embarrass SAP and gain customer mindshare. So, did they really accomplish that?
Surviving 'Mack Truck Syndrome,' Part II
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
In our last installment of the InformationWeek SMB On Location blog, we talked with Torelli Bicycle's Product Design Manager Christian Feldhake about the benefits of his company's new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Jury Decides: SAP To Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Oracle wins its landmark copyright infringement case in a landslide, as the jury awards an unprecedented figure. The case is likely to be appealed, and its outcome will linger for years.
Google's Office Trojan Horse
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
It's no secret that Google has been eying Microsoft's lucrative Office application franchise since the release of the premium, supported version of Google Apps a couple years ago.
RIM Kicks Kik Out Of App World
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Research In Motion said that award-winning Kik violated contractual obligations and pulled Kik's application from BlackBerry App World.
Will You Know Where Your Business Is If The Lights Go Out?
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
A recent study pointed out that fear of downtime outranked data theft among consequences of a data breach or other intrusion. There's a reason for that ranking, and it extends far beyond breaches.
iOS 4.3 To Include 'Daily' Newspaper App Code
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
News Corp has confirmed that it is working with Apple to deliver an iPad-only digital newspaper called "The Daily." New reports suggest that Apple will need to perform a system update to make it work.
VAR Helps Wholesaler Boost Efficiency With Analytics
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Pop Quiz: How can a business turn a mish-mash of data into a neat set of statistics it can use to make intelligent decisions about day-to-day operations? Hint: The answer is a technology I mentioned in one of last week's blogs.
Mobile Google Docs Editing Stinks
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Based on my attempts to use Google's new mobile Docs editing features, I'd say the feature is far from fully baked.
Ready for 150M Broadband Connections?
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Faster networks have been an ongoing desire among small and medium businesses since the days of 50K bps modems. Trying to gain the high ground in the never ending speed war, Verizon boosted its top speed to 150M bps.
Is Android Too Open For Google's Benefit?
Commentary  |  11/23/2010  | 
Google has never really cared about selling services to the consumer. Instead, they want to give you something that keeps you on their site so they can generate advertising revenue. This is the strategy with Android, but that may be backfiring as handset makers replace Google as the default search engine.
Storage Virtualization, Cloud Make Compellent Compelling
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
Its ability to "thin provision" marks a storage vendor ready for the virtualized data center and cloud computing.
Wireless Customers Want Unlimited Data: Study
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
A new report coming from research firm Sanford Bernstein shows that most smartphone users want to keep their unlimited data plans.
Tableau Upgrade Heats Up Cool BI World
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
Data visualization software gains in-memory option and data-source flexibility.
LaCie Continues USB 3 Rollout, Includes Macs
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
Over the past few weeks, the storage vendor has introduced several new systems that support the new, faster peripheral connection standard, including a pocket drive. LaCie has also made it possible for some Mac users to take advantage of the increased speeds.
Novell Bought By Attachmate? Really?
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
Viewed through the prism of tech history, Attachmate acquiring Novell seems strange, but given today's realities, the deal makes sense and could be good for Novell and its customers.
Torelli's ERP Platform: Protection from 'Mack Truck Syndrome'
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
What's the best part of having a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system running your small business? For Torelli Bicycle Company's Product Design Manager Christian Feldhake, it's all about taking the guesswork out of operating the business.
AT&T Fires Marketing Shot At Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
AT&T brings out its bloviated marketing bazooka and takes aim at its competitors' network speed claims.
Samsung: 600,000 Galaxy Tabs Sold So Far
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
Samsung announced that in its first month of availability, it has sold more than 600,000 Galaxy Tabs.
ParAccel Jumps On Analytics Bandwagon
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
In-database processing highlights an upgrade that also will include workload management and availability improvements.
Top Wireless Turkeys Of 2010
Commentary  |  11/22/2010  | 
People in the US will be gathering together with family this week and dine on millions of pounds of turkey. The wireless industry delivered a few of its own turkeys this year as well. Cox, the Kin and Palm were just a few.
Google, Microsoft Fight For Your Domain
Commentary  |  11/21/2010  | 
Google has built a lot of services, plus several from acquisitions over the years. Last week, the company made most of those services available as part of Google Apps. Microsoft has an answer for that.
Microsoft Supporting Cloud Open Source Code For Hyper-V
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
The software giant says its customers don't necessarily want a single hypervisor cloud, so it's supporting OpenStack.
AppMakr Lets Devs Circumvent iPhone App Store
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
AppMakr recently took the wraps off a new smartphone tool called AppDrop, which allows developers to install software without going through Apple's iPhone App Store.
Torelli's 'Uncloudy' Cloud Moment
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
There is an old folk song that talks about the promise of "an uncloudy day," a time and place where everything is clear, serene and peaceful. Sounds pretty tempting - especially if you operate a typical small to midsize business (SMB), where clarity and serenity are seldom the order of the day.
Retailers Prepping Sales For Holiday Shoppers
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
Looking for a great deal on a smartphone? Now's the time to buy. Amazon, Best Buy and others are rolling out massive savings over the coming days.
Six Security Tips For The Holidays
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
Employee vacations, workplace celebrations, unexpected visitors and hours and hours of online shopping loom. Time to take a pre-holiday look at your seasonal security preparations.
TPC Results: Not Crystal Clear
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
IBM is boasting that its one of its x86 servers beat an HP x86 server on a TPC benchmark by 27 percent. But when you look closer you see that life is not that simple.
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