Commentary
Content posted in November 2010
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SMBs Go App-Shopping, Slice And Dice Data
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
On Wednesday, I wrote a blog about the results of a recent study by the SMB Group. The topic? The top four technology trends and how SMBs can leverage them to grow their businesses. The "winners" were social media management, mobile commerce, application marketplaces, and business intelligence/analytics.
Global CIO: The Rise Of Analytics Triggers The Fall Of The Tactical CIO
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
The Year's Top Tech Stories: Top-priority analytics projects are accelerating the need for CIOs to drop the "alignment" anchor and begin driving strategy, revenue, and profit. (#5 on our Top 10 list.)
Power Problem Plaguing Nokia N8
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
Nokia has confirmed that some of its N8 Symbian smartphones are experiencing problems maintaining power
Samsung Weights Portfolio Towards Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  11/19/2010  | 
When it comes to smartphones, Samsung will be putting more of its eggs in the Windows Phone 7 basket than it will in either Android or Bada. In fact, Android and Bada combined won't match the emphasis Windows Phone 7 gets.
The Threat To Microsoft's Server Business
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Microsoft's Server and Tools Division has been a steady and consistent producer for the company over many years. Yet there's a potential danger looming for the company that could put a big dent in that business -- and it's coming from hardware.
Benioff Vs. Ellison: This Round Goes To Salesforce
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Salesforce.com CEO defends cloud computing as a better economic model, contrary to Oracle's appliances.
New iOS 4.2.1 Golden Master Suggests More Bugs
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Apple has pushed a third Golden Master of iOS 4.2 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch developers.
Facebook Becoming Ultimate CRM System
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
The social network's latest messaging features point to a future in which you can contact someone wherever they are with a single click.
Managing Export-Controlled Data In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
As IT pros evaluate cloud computing services, they must be aware of federal regulations that restrict where certain data gets stored, or potentially face serious penalties.
Data's At The Core Of Connected Medicine
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Data is the foundation of the evolving healthcare system. But its quality will determine whether we can truly provide better healthcare.
Nokia Touts Ovi Store Growth
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Nokia says that downloads from its Ovi mobile application storefront have surpassed the rate of 3 million per day.
Data Centers Must Get Greener, Says Gartner
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Climbing energy costs will eventually cripple IT if changes are not made, but there appears to be plenty of room for increased efficiencies.
Verizon's LTE Pricing To Launch Dumb Pipe Era
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
By considering network speeds as well as data transfer amounts in wireless plan pricing, Verizon Wireless has finally admitted that its network is a dump pipe.
Want A Free VoIP Handset?
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Competition has been intensifying in the cloud communications services marketplace. In response, Cloudnet has announced a promotion where customers receive free Voice over IP (VoIP) handsets.
Windows Phone 7 Headed To Verizon
Commentary  |  11/18/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7 launched earlier this month for those in the US but only on the GSM based networks like T-Mobile and AT&T. That left Verizon and Sprint users out in the cold. Verizon is ready to go though as soon as a CDMA based device is ready.
Credit Card Transactions Likely In Future Public Clouds
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
The PCI Security Standards Council has recognized virtualization as a safe technology; can cloud computing be far behind?
IT Speeds Bone Marrow Transplants To Save Lives
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
Business process management and analytics tools are expected to double number of transplants and halve wait time.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Production Halved?
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
At least one analyst is bucking the bullish predictions and believes that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is already faltering in the market.
Schwartz On Security: Click 'Dislike' For Facebook Safety
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
Social networks allow for friends, but what about your enemies, as in the myriad viruses and worms out to fry your account and personal financial information?
Web 2.0: Facebook CEO Says E-mail Is Too Complicated
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
"Almost every major product vertical is going to be rethought to be social," said Mark Zuckerberg. "Get on the bus."
Teradata Alliance Targets Big Data Retention
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
RainStor database to provide a low-cost, on-line store for vast, aging records.
Google (Finally) Brings Docs Editing To Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
Google is rolling out a new version of Docs for Android and iOS devices that will allow them to edit documents directly from the browser.
Innovation Mandate: The Case For Less Regulation
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
One think tank fellow thinks the key to spurring innovation and creating jobs is to put a moratorium on regs in a handful of industries, but only temporarily. His proposal doesn't go far enough.
SMBs Socialize, Go Mobile
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
A recent report from the SMB Group reveals the top four technologies that small and midsize businesses will likely be focusing on in the coming months: social media management, mobile commerce, application marketplaces, and business intelligence/analytics.
Dell Hints At Future Printer Direction
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
SMB printers themselves may not be changing dramatically, but the application software is, and interfaces will continue to evolve.
Palm's Rubinstein: We Lost Our Way
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit, HP's Palm division head Jon Rubinstein said the company "should have owned the smartphone market," but made mistakes and faltered.
Global CIO: SAP's Striking Turnaround Triggered By Customer-Centric Strategy
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
The Year's Top Tech Stories: A year ago, SAP was rudderless and lost. Today, under new co-CEOs, innovation is back and frustrated customers are now excited and delighted. (#6 on our Top 10 list.)
Oasys Software Upgrades Mail Management Tool
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
Having trouble sorting all of the information in your In Box? Oasys Software's Mail Manager, which is designed to help individuals manage such data, now provides them with a way to capture screen data.
RIM Playbook Browser Takes On iPad
Commentary  |  11/17/2010  | 
RIM is still in the final stages of tweaking its tablet OS for the forthcoming Playbook tablet, but even in an unfinished state, it bests the iPad browser in a number of everyday tasks. Will that be enough to win some users over?
Firefox 4 Speed Increases In Beta 7
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
With most of the interface and feature work complete, Mozilla turns its attention to improving performance.
Leading, Lagging And Lame BI And Data Warehousing Transformations
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Lessons learned from attempts at innovation and renewal at Microsoft, Teradata, MicroStrategy and Actuate.
A Good Approach to BPMS Test Drives
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Last week, I tried out the Ultimus Test Drive, a guided, hands-on session using a process application built with the Ultimus business process management system (BPMS)... The real innovation here is not the application itself, but the method that Ultimus is using to have people try it out...
Trace the EMC Documentum Family Tree
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
It seems timely to publish The Real Story Group's EMC-Documentum family tree, as there has been a change in senior management there recently... Mark Lewis is no longer in charge of Documentum at EMC. That's a big change and will clearly have repercussions...
Tech Teams Vie For Federal Cloud Business
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
GSA has approved 20 companies, ranging from IT industry leaders to lesser-known specialists, to provide infrastructure as a service through its cloud computing portal
Native Google Voice Returns To iPhone
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
After an 18-month hiatus, Google's 'Voice' application for the iPhone has reappeared in the iPhone App Store.
Top 5 Reasons Intel Is Winning And 4 Potential Pitfalls
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Wins include the dominance of the Xeon server processor and research into data centers on a chip, while stumbling blocks center on a second-place communications chip business and settling on a potential successor to CEO Paul Otellini.
SMBs Blocking Facebook, Twitter, Other Social networks
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Employee access to social networks is blocked by half of small and midsized business, security firm Webroot reports. The company's survey also found that malware and data leakage were the top social network fears.
Web 2.0: Adobe CEO Dances Around Developer War
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
In a far-ranging interview, Shantanu Narayen acknowledges conflict with Apple but sticks mostly to talking points.
On Tablets And Tablet Data Plans
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Pricing schemes for tablets have quickly become as complicated as pricing for mobile phones. Here's a quick primer on the current landscape and how the total cost of ownership breaks down.
Expect Reasonable Growth for Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Think of cloud computing as a big bandwagon that started the parade route with a few core items on it such as SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS. However, street vendors keep tossing anything and everything onto the bandwagon as it rolls along, no matter if their products are truly cloud computing or not...
RIM Pits PlayBook's Browser Against Apple iPad's Safari
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Research In Motion on Tuesday published a new video that shows side-by-side how the PlayBook compares to Apple's iPad when it comes to browser performance.
Global CIO: IBM Leads IT Industry With Surge In Analytics & Hardware
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
The Year's Top Tech Stories: IBM proved reports of its hardware demise were simple-minded delusions and continued to expand its transformative analytics business. (#7 on our Top 10 list.)
SAP co-CEO McDermott co-Apologizes to Oracle
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
As the Oracle-SAP trial starts to wind down, SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott took the stand, apologizing for his company's misdeeds. Now onto the home stretch.
Unlocked Phones Still A Dream In America
Commentary  |  11/16/2010  | 
Users in Europe have long been able to buy a phone just about anywhere, slip in their SIM from any network and get voice, text and data access. In the US though, this is just a dream, and will likely continue that way for some time to come.
CloudSwitch To Update Amazon EC2 Workload Translator
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
More help with moving existing workloads to the cloud without reformatting is on the way, according to CloudSwitch founder Ellen Rubin.
Google CEO Schmidt Says NFC To Extend Android Acceptance
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Near Field Communications was the talk of Web 2.0 Summit early on, as Google announced that it will be included in a forthcoming phone, and powered by the next version of Android.
Google CEO Flashes Android Device, Talks 'Gingerbread
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit, Google CEO Eric Schmidt briefly revealed an Android handset with the ability to make mobile payments.
Guerra On Healthcare: Don't Underestimate CPOE Challenge
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Government program rushes implementation and may compromise patient safety, but are CIOs empowered to buck the system?
Architects and Engineers Get Eprint Option
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Wide-format HP inkjet allows remote printing of plans and diagrams. Scanning and copying is also supported.
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