Commentary
Content posted in November 2010
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Smartphones Eating Into Navigation Device Sales
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
According to data from Berg Insight, smartphones are already replacing dedicated personal navigation devices in North America and Europe.
Microsoft Tops 2010 BI Survey
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
In a finding that bodes well for Microsoft SQL Server, a new InformationWeek report shows 49% of firms are using the vendor's business intelligence tools.
SMBs: Embrace Imperfection
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Think you have to be perfect all the time to succeed? That your business will be "blacklisted" if you make a mistake or if something happens that makes your operation appear less-than-stellar? Not so. In fact, there's one exec who believes you should embrace your humanity, and, as we all know, to err is human.
Oracle V. SAP: Writing Is On The Wall
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
At the halfway point of the tech trial of the year, we have solid clues as to what SAP will argue and what the jury will decide. Less certain is the lasting impact on the software industry.
Android 3.0 Reported To Arrive On 'MOTOPAD'
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Google has been shy about providing details of future versions of Android. Android 3.0, whatever it entails, is reported to debut with a Motorola-made tablet.
More Java Warnings, More Java Worries
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
The attractiveness of unpatched Java as an attack entry-point continues to grow, as do calls for all users to patch Java immediately. But in order to do that, you need to know who's running which version of Java.
Mitel Unveils Cloud UC Service
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Unified communications (UC) hardware (basically IP PBXes) has become a losing proposition for suppliers as hardware has become commoditized. In response, Mitel continued its evolution away from hardware to becoming a software supplier with a series of announcements, including a cloud UC service.
Third Parties On Hook For Java Android Lawsuits
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
Google has made a filing saying that any third party that is using its open source Android OS would be liable should Oracle decide to go after any of its device makers after it is done with Google. This contradicts an earlier position by the search giant. This may be more of a shrewd strategy though than hanging its partners out to dry.
ERP Perspective: What Is and Isn't Unique about Torelli Bicycle Co.
Commentary  |  11/15/2010  | 
In our previous installment, we revealed that SAP chose Torelli Bicycle Co. to be the recipient of a brand spanking new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution because Torelli is, in fact, pretty typical. It's a little counterintuitive, I know. But when it was explained by Mike Coleman, SAP America Vice President for North American Distribution, Direct Marketing Resellers (DMR) & E-Store, it begins to make sense.
Azure's Late Infrastructure Start
Commentary  |  11/14/2010  | 
One of the interesting announcements from last month's Microsoft Professional Development Conference was that Azure will soon include the ability for customers to run a virtual machine instance of Windows Server 2008. What took them so long?
Facebook May Be Preparing 'Gmail Killer'
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
A press event being held by the company on Monday could mark an escalation of hostilities with Google.
Sprout Grows With Location-Based Tools
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
Justyn Howard knows a little something about small business. That's because he heads up a small company himself: Sprout Social, a Chicago-based operation with about 17 employees. So he understands that SMBs can't afford not to be part of the social media conversation, and that they need simple, intuitive ways to leverage all that social networking has to offer.
Yet Another Samsung Super Phone Leaked
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
Forget the Samsung Nexus S. Samsung's real flagship Android device for 2011 will pack a monstrous 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Verizon Relaunching Microsoft's Kin Devices?
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless halted sales of Microsoft's Kin devices mere weeks after launch. No one knows how much stock Verizon is sitting on, but the company may try to sell the phones this holiday season.
iOS 4.2 For iPad, iPhone Potentially Delayed
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
Developers have reportedly found a serious Wi-Fi bug in the Golden Master of iOS 4.2, which could lead to a delay of its release to customers.
Windows Phone 7 Launch - Success Or Not?
Commentary  |  11/12/2010  | 
Microsoft's mobile platform launched Monday. The question is, was it a success or a failure? One analyst is estimating 40,000 devices were sold day one. How does that rate?
The Windows Phone Update Mystery
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Mere days after the debut of Windows Phone 7, it's becoming a bit less clear whether Microsoft can deliver on all the promises they have made in the run-up to release. One of those vows was about the delivery of operating system updates, and it might be beyond Microsoft's power to keep.
SharePoint and Office 2010: Evolutionary Tweaks?
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
2010 was another milestone year for Microsoft's productivity applications and enterprise collaboration software, Office, Exchange and SharePoint. Like cicadas emerging from hibernation, Redmond updates these cash cows every three or four years. Like their hardware compadre Intel, seem to have adopted a 'tick-tock' strategy for their revision cycle, with alternate releases focusing on either major, fundamental architectural changes or more subtle improvements to the plumbing -- tweaks to the clie
Global CIO: Top 10 Tech Stories Of The Year #8: The Mobile Revolution
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Mobile devices and applications aren't just turning the IT world upside down—they're disrupting huge markets and industries. Which side of this revolution are you on?
Supposed Google 'Nexus S' Smartphone Spied
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Engadget has published what it claims are photos of the unannounced, unreleased Nexus S Android handset from Samsung.
Twitter Friends Apple's Ping
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Apple's fledgling music-related social networking service Ping gets a boost from Twitter. Still no sign of Facebook support, though.
Federal Plans To 'Cut' Spending Don't Amount To Much
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
When it comes to government outlays on IT or anything else, a dollar saved is rarely ever a dollar removed from a budget and returned to a taxpayer.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Available From Verizon Wireless
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Customers interested in Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab can now purchase one from Verizon Wireless for $600.
Global CIO: Top 10 Stories Of The Year #9: The CIO Transformation
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
If you still believe in the old saw that "the CIO's job is to align IT with the business," then you might be on the endangered-species list.
Meraki Unveils Two New Access Points
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Wireless networks are becoming smaller, more powerful, and less expensive. In order to keep pace with competitors, Meraki announced two 802.11n wireless access points.
Oddly Enough, iPhone Users Want Flash
Commentary  |  11/11/2010  | 
Even though Steve Jobs has done his best to convince the world that Flash on a mobile device is the wrong thing to do, iPhone users apparently think otherwise. The new SkyFire browser, which allows Flash video to play on the iPhone, has been a wildly successful download since its release a few days ago.
Torelli Takes the Path Less Travelled
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
"The Torelli Bicycle Company is the perfect company for us to do this implementation with," said Mike Coleman, SAP America's Vice President for North American Distribution, Direct Marketing Resellers (DMR) & E-Store, after visiting Torelli's rustic headquarters in North Hollywood, Calif. "I think it's a prime candidate for [an SAP] makeover. "
Terracotta Intros Caching System For Hungry Java Apps
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
BigMemory can load data into the Java Virtual Machine heap at a pace that's close to the speed of light.
Wireless Printers Going To Waste?
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Of course, it's the Wi-Fi ports on those printers that are going to waste, meaning that the buyers paid extra for nothing. But there are reasons for that.
Mobile Shopping To Take Off For Holidays
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
According to the Mobile Marketing Association, 59% of mobile consumers plan to make use of their phone for shopping and planning purposes this holiday season.
When Employees Reject SharePoint
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
If you employ SharePoint on your intranet, should you also use it publish your public Web sites? The debate rages, and there is no universal answer. Key deficiencies -- around cost, developer-intensiveness, usability, and more -- tend to argue against the platform in public Web site scenarios...
The Content Problems Waiting To Be Solved
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
There's nothing like time constraints to focus a message, in the instance I'm reporting today, ten minutes for Lubor Ptacek, VP for Product Marketing at enterprise content management vendor Open Text, to give a run-down of The [Content] Problems Waiting To Be Solved. Here's my report...
Technology To Promote A Healthier Workforce
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Virgin HealthMiles' web-based health incentive platform is helping some employers get workers moving.
Social Security's Productivity-Blocking Policy
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
The Social Security Administration isn't doing enough to follow its own policy preventing unauthorized software from being installed on agency computers, the agency's inspector general says in a new >report. But the agency's policy is unrealistic, and the lack of enforcement -- to a point -- isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Survey Says! SMB Retailers Expect Respectable Holiday Sales
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
I was on the phone the other day, on hold and deep in "MuzakLand," when a holiday song came on. That same night, I ran to the store for a few items and was surprised to see cardboard snowflakes and Santas festooned from the ceilings. Is it my imagination, or is the holiday season starting earlier every year?
RIM's PlayBook Tablet To Cost Under $500
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Research In Motion's enterprise tablet, the PlayBook, is set to go on sale in the early months of 2011 for less than $500.
Global CIO: Our S.O.S. For Application Consolidation
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Following our divestiture from Bristol-Myers Squibb, our company took a big and bold approach to reduce our software portfolio.
Sprint Relies On Apple To Sell Products
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Sprint's latest wireless accessory, the ZTE Peel, works only with Apple's iPod Touch. Though it doesn't offer the iPhone, Sprint is still banking on Apple for sales.
AppFirst Offers Free Server Monitoring Tool
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
As businesses extend the reach of their applications to customers and suppliers, pinpointing problems becomes more difficult. AppFirst is trying to make its mark in the application performance monitoring space with a free server monitoring tool.
Talend Acquires Open Source Service Bus
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Sopera deal moves data integration player into transactional environments.
Oracle-SAP Trial: Oracle Damage Expert Lands On $1.66 billion
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
A long day of math leads Oracle's damage expert to a final tally of damages. The tally comes after the judge limits the damage amount. On Friday, Oracle rests its case.
Pee On Your Phone To Check For STDs
Commentary  |  11/10/2010  | 
Cell phones have moved into just about every aspect of our lives, and it appears they are going where few devices have gone before. Sure, many people take their phone to the bathroom with them, and a few rude ones actually make calls from the inner sanctum. Now though some want you to take your phone there with a purpose, to check yourself for sexually transmitted diseases.
Go Green With Fewer Printers, Says Xerox Exec
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
Of course, they should be large, pricey workgroup printers. Or you can cut the cord and use electronic documents, but that never seems to happen.
Exclusive Data: iPad Indifference? Tablets Replacing Few PCs In Business
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
IT pros don't expect iPads or other tablets to win out over PCs, even for niche uses or mobile workers. That's a danger sign.
Microsoft Unveils Revitalized Partner Network
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
Your network has arrived! That's the message channel partners get when they visit Microsoft's partner website these days. After years spent refining and re-refining its partner initiatives, the software behemoth has finally unveiled the fruits of its labor.
Opera Steps Up Browser Battle On Android
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
As promised, Opera Software has made a beta version of its Opera Mobile 10.1 web browser available for Google's Android platform.
Global CIO: 'Net Neutrality' A Ballot Bomb: Supporters Shellacked At Polls
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
In last week's elections, all 95 Congressional candidates who had promised to support 'net neutrality' initiatives were defeated. Are we getting the picture here?
Microsoft Unveils Next Steps For SQL Server
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
'Denali' database preview released as the Parallel Data Warehouse appliance finally goes to market.
Google Takes Mobile Search Fight To Microsoft's Doorstep
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
Google introduced a mobile search application for Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform to compete with Bing.
Samsung's Continuum For Verizon Boasts 'Ticker Display'
Commentary  |  11/9/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless and Samsung on Monday debuted the Continuum, a new Galaxy S Android device that has a separate ticker screen at the bottom to display alerts and other content.
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