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Content posted in November 2011
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Sprint Beefs Up Network For iPhone
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Carrier takes action to remedy users' reports of subpar smartphone speeds.
Security Tips Cyber Monday Madness Teaches Us
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
You're not as locked down as you think. It's utterly impossible to secure an organization without having the buy-in of the employees.
RIM BlackBerry Fusion: A Swing And A Miss?
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
RIM's new MDM platform will handle BlackBerry, Android, and Apple iOS devices--but it's arriving too late for some IT shops.
VMware's Best And Worst Moves Of 2011
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Virtualization market leader VMware launched several bold initiatives in 2011--and made several missteps.
Microsoft Apps Coming To Apple iOS
Commentary  |  11/30/2011  | 
Microsoft apps like Office, Azure, and SharePoint may soon show up on iOS and Android devices.
AT&T-T-Mobile Wrangling: What A Waste
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Imagine if all the time and money spent on the wheeling and dealing around this merger were channeled into actually creating something of value.
Cloud Computing's Unintended Consequences
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Wise CIOs will gravitate toward services, become more data-driven, and factor more frequent usage spikes into their capacity planning.
5 Resolutions For Better BI in 2012
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
Make business intelligence easy to use, deploy, afford, administer and embed.
Health Information Exchanges: Get Everyone Onboard
Commentary  |  11/29/2011  | 
The ultimate goal is a universally accepted national health information exchange. What's the holdup?
Windows Phone 7 Usage Shows Small Uptick
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
More Facebook users are making use of the integration feature in Windows Phone 7, suggesting a small spike in new users for Microsoft's mobile platform.
How Defense IT Will Cope With Billions In Cuts
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
The Pentagon is betting that spending on technology can save money and help it meet huge cuts in the defense budget that have been ordered and additional cuts that may be on the way.
Consumerization Is Forcing Techs To Improve Their Business Skills
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
Consumerization of IT is putting greater pressure on techs to broaden their skills beyond information technology, lest they find themselves marginalized by skilled power users.
Mobile's Big Cyber Monday: RIM's Not Merry
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
Cyber Monday means mobile Monday for many buyers this year. Are you finally ready to trade in your beloved BlackBerry?
AT&T Desperate To Save T-Mobile Bid
Commentary  |  11/28/2011  | 
AT&T appears to be willing to do anything to salvage its plan to acquire T-Mobile USA, despite the roadblocks being thrown in its way by the government.
VMware's Cloud Foundry Ranked Top Developer Platform
Commentary  |  11/23/2011  | 
New VMware kid on the PaaS block takes "best overall" honors, while Google App Engine is best public and IBM SmartCloud best private cloud platform in Evans Data survey.
T-Mobile Running Out Of Moves
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
The FCC handed a near-death sentence to AT&T's attempts to acquire T-Mobile USA. What options remain?
Coca-Cola, Best Buy Shareholder Votes Get Social Twist
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
When investors go to vote online on shareholder issues, they now can ask questions, almost as if attending the annual meeting in person, using a social app.
RIM Cuts PlayBook Price By $300
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
Research in Motion has dropped the price of the base model of its tablet temporarily to $199 in what appears to be a last ditch effort to generate some enthusiasm.
RIM BlackBerry and Nokia Windows Phone Sales Sputter
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
Sales of RIM's latest crop of BlackBerrys have slowed and Nokia's new Windows Phones aren't off to a good start, analysts say.
HP Earnings Fall Short, Whitman Looks To Future
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
Meg Whitman's HP is focused more on the next decade than the next quarter, she says. And her HP has plenty of use for the personal systems business.
Social Standards: Web 2.0 Vs. Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  11/22/2011  | 
The OpenSocial approach to defining social software standards has the backing of Jive, IBM, and others--and the scorn of upstarts like Yammer.
2011's Biggest Wireless Turkeys
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
As Thanksgiving approaches, who made the biggest wireless flops this past year?
Whose Job Is Virtualization Security?
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
The adage "When everyone's in charge, no one's in charge" applies all too well to private cloudified networks.
Why Doctors Won't Like ACOs
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
Accountable Care Organizations require hard data to support treatment decisions. IT's job is to build that evidence into your organization's systems.
More BI Packages Add Collaboration: Who Needs It?
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
Business intelligence vendors keep adding social features--but how many interfaces does it take to get everybody on the same page?
AMD Designed Bulldozer For Large Virtual Machine Loads
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
BlueLock, which provides infrastructure services from its data centers, likes AMD cores for computing in highly virtualized environments.
llinois Schools Develop Future Health IT Stars
Commentary  |  11/21/2011  | 
High school students take online classes and gain experience with a variety of tech tools to prepare for a career in a booming sector.
Amazon Kindle Phone: Android Me-Too Could Flop
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
Amazon's cooking up a phone for 2012, analysts say. But will it be more than just a customer loyalty tool?
Android Security: Threat Level None?
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
Security firms are fanning the flames of fear about mobile malware and viruses, while others accuse such firms of being scammers. Who's right, and who's wrong.
Mango Keeps Rolling Out To Stragglers
Commentary  |  11/18/2011  | 
Microsoft also has a fix for problems Mango causes with Exchange 2003, but many carriers don't seem eager to pass it along.
Use Metrics To Steer The IT Value Conversation
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
Discussions with business colleagues must move to a higher level. Here's how to build credibility and trust.
Android Hits 200 Million Activations
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
That's up from 100 million devices activated as of six months ago, Google says. Not bad for a platform that didn't exist three years ago.
Socialtext 360 Connects Similar Employees
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
Collaboration software feature used technology from IntroNetworks to connect employees to co-workers with similar interests, expertise, and other attributes.
Mobile Data Traffic To Increase Tenfold By 2016
Commentary  |  11/17/2011  | 
Mobile phone users keep downloading more data, and carriers respond by ending unlimited plans.
The Supply Chain Challenge Never Ends
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
The big ERP suites are still falling short on sales and operations planning, advanced analytics and supplier management.
CubeVibe Wins Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad Competition
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Tool for measuring and managing employee engagement snags the People's Choice award in the competition for innovative business apps.
It's A New Dell
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Michael Dell talks customer outcomes, not infrastructure, as he sits down with InformationWeek editors--but he's got plenty of PC fight left in him.
Mobility Is The New Wild West
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
It will be tough for our sales reps to keep up, and we're going to see have and have-nots. What's a CIO to do?
Don't Regulate EHRs Like Cars
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
In the interest of patient safety, the Institute of Medicine recommends that health IT be more tightly regulated, much like the auto industry. But are the two industries comparable?
RIM Announces Two More SnoozeBerrys
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Research In Motion took the wraps off the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380, incrementally updated BlackBerry smartphones that don't break much ground.
Android Dominates Smartphone Market, Says Gartner
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Third-quarter report shows Android holds 52.5% of the global smartphone OS market, more than all other platforms combined.
WANTED: Enterprise Social Networking Test Advice
Commentary  |  11/16/2011  | 
Byte is planning to test enterprise social networking systems. How should we go about it?
SAS CEO Jim Goodnight: Not The Retiring Type
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Cloud, shmoud! Hadoop, big whoop! SAS' top executive and co-founder throws cold water on hot trends. Behind the times, or a clear-headed realist?
AT&T Deal: Android Tablet, Plus Bonus Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
AT&T offers a free Samsung Android smartphone to those who purchase the new 8.9-inch LTE 4G-equipped Galaxy tablet.
How Secure Are Your Clinicians' Mobile Devices?
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Doctors and nurses have been swept away by smartphones and tablets, but they create one gigantic headache for IT managers. Here's some practical advice on how to cope.
Top 5 MDM Must-Do Items
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Whether mobility is a problem or an opportunity depends not on software but on your policies.
Dell Plays Switzerland Between Microsoft, VMware
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Dell will be an honest broker on behalf of customers using hypervisor technologies from warring parties--who have shown no appetite for appeasing tensions themselves.
Net Neutrality Saved, But Who Cares?
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Net neutrality is a distraction. If the FCC focused on creating real broadband competition, net neutrality would solve itself.
iPhone Battery Woes Rooted In Hardware Or Software?
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
There's evidence for both, which makes finding a fix tricky
Verizon Maintains Lead In U.S. Wireless Market
Commentary  |  11/15/2011  | 
Three of the big four U.S. carriers have shown growth in the last year, but Verizon remains on top.
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