Commentary
Content posted in November 2011
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What Will Eat Your IT Job?
Commentary  |  11/14/2011  | 
HCL says virtualization and cloud technologies are automating the roles that it used to fill with lots of H-1B workers.
Generation Y Expected To Disrupt The IT Department
Commentary  |  11/14/2011  | 
The under-30 crowd--Generation Y--is pioneering the CoIT movement, and young workers are turning down jobs where they can't use their own devices. How far should IT go to accommodate the BYOD employee?
Why Ford Just Became A Software Company
Commentary  |  11/14/2011  | 
Ford is upgrading its in-vehicle software on a huge scale, embracing all the customer expectations and headaches that come with the development lifecycle.
Did Greed Kill Flash For Mobile Devices?
Commentary  |  11/13/2011  | 
Macromedia's fear of losing a revenue stream appears to be a key reason the development platform for phones and tablets died.
In Search Of Enterprise Social Media Integration
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
I went looking for enterprise application architects who are integrating with social feeds and frameworks for the "Designing Social Applications" session at Enterprise 2.0. I found something a little different.
Accountable Care Lives Or Dies On Performance Data
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
If your organization hopes to get a piece of the ACO pie, not only will your clinicians need to perform, but your IT team must crunch their performance numbers in ways that motivate them to improve.
iOS 5.0.1: The Battery Fix That Wasn't
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
Apple's iOS 5.0.1 update aimed to remedy complaints of poor iPhone battery life. For many, the fix made things worse.
Cloud Security: Better Than We Think?
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
Conventional wisdom says that cloud computing is inherently less secure. But many government experts are focused on cloud computing's security strengths.
RIM BBX Will Support BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Commentary  |  11/11/2011  | 
Reports say new QNX-based Blackberry devices will support BES along with Exchange ActiveSync, preserving investment many companies have made in RIM infrastructure.
Data Recovery Needs To Change
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
Current procedures for data recovery take too long, and enterprises should consider new approaches to restore their applications more quickly.
Awkward Social Situation? Smartphone To The Rescue
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
More than half of you use your trusty smartphones to look busy during a sticky social moment, says a Yahoo poll that reveals some other interesting stats.
Box.net Uses Collaboration For Cloud Storage Advantage
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
Vendor is at the forefront of capitalizing on social, analytics, and other capabilities that we only dream about--or don't even know to dream about.
Google Drops Blackberry Gmail App
Commentary  |  11/10/2011  | 
RIM's troubled platform suffers another blow as Google walks away from support for a key consumer app.
Foreigners Don't Take IT Jobs, They Create Them
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
Research shows that immigrant-founded companies generate billions in revenue and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans, so why do so many people want to seal our borders?
How To Speed Up Key IT Projects
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
Lessons learned from 54 intense, team-oriented hours at Startup Weekend in Charlotte, N.C.
Apple Bans Researcher For Disclosing iOS Bug
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
Dr. Charlie Miller, the best known and most prolific outside Apple security researcher, is no longer welcome to write iOS programs.
Cloud Myth 101: Cloud Is A Place
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
You don't get to simply load your old enterprise IT problems on a truck and arrive at a new abode. But you do get to decide what kind of IT shop to become.
IT's Next Hot Job: Hadoop Guru
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
JPMorgan Chase makes a case for the big data platform (and career track) of the future.
HP Announces Non-Decision On WebOS
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
HP gathered its employees for a big meeting about webOS to say it still isn't sure what to do with the platform.
Despite Successes, BI Adoption Is Flat
Commentary  |  11/9/2011  | 
More than a quarter of business intelligence projects are "very successful," but use of BI software is stuck at 25% of potential users.
Windows Phone: It's Make Or Break Time
Commentary  |  11/8/2011  | 
Microsoft put a six-story Windows phone in one of the world's busiest intersections and filled it with rock bands, dancers, and zombies to make a statement. But time grows short to convince phone users.
Extreme Consumerization: Nook And Fire are NSFW
Commentary  |  11/8/2011  | 
It's entirely appropriate for their markets that Amazon and Barnes and Noble are making their tablets less usable in a business environment, but it doesn't change the fact that they are inappropriate for one. Will IT will still have to deal with them? They shouldn't.
How To Get One Version Of The Truth
Commentary  |  11/7/2011  | 
Employees need one data source they can trust. There's a critical first step leaders can take that will show the data's worth having in the first place.
11 Ways To Explain Social Business Benefits
Commentary  |  11/7/2011  | 
Consider these strategies to explain social tools to people without drowning them in social speak or meaningless jargon.
Trinity Health Cuts Mortality Rate With New App Platform
Commentary  |  11/7/2011  | 
Genesis integrates 28 applications to save lives of 2,600 patients annually.
How To Cultivate High-Potential IT Leaders
Commentary  |  11/7/2011  | 
Seeking a new IT job opportunity or trying to retain your organization's best talent? Consider this advice from a 40-year industry veteran.
Corning Promises Better Glass For Smartphones, Tablets
Commentary  |  11/7/2011  | 
Lotus Glass from Corning is expected to supplement Gorilla Glass and may make one of its first appearances in the iPhone 5.
A Video Chat I Actually Enjoyed
Commentary  |  11/7/2011  | 
I don't usually enjoy video chats and conferences, but I got a kick out of Rounds and can see a business case for it.
iPhone's Siri Threatens Google, Schmidt Says
Commentary  |  11/6/2011  | 
Google chairman tells U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee that Siri could gobble Google's bread and butter--search. But it rings a bit false.
Even At NASA, CIOs Get Practical On Cloud
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
Workday's SaaS lineup catches the eye of even conservative IT chiefs, while NASA builds an app store for scientists, and RIM moves MDM off premise. That's no hype.
iPhone Battery Got You Down? Use These Cases
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
While Apple tinkers with the code in iOS 5 to improve iPhone battery life, here's a selection of battery cases that will extend the usefulness of your device.
BYOD Strategy Should Start With Data-Centric Security
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
Is "your device is now our device" the approach that your IT team takes? It's time to get back to data security first principles.
IBM Gives First Glimpse Into Cloud Sales
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
With processes in place to track its cloud revenue, IBM puts its SaaS business at "hundreds of millions" of dollars. It's a start, but more details are needed.
Whitman Refines HP's Tech Leadership Team
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
Boeing exec John Hinshaw brings experience in IT, business development, and complex, global supply chains.
iCloud + Outlook Equals IT Headache
Commentary  |  11/4/2011  | 
Once Outlook is connected to iCloud, iCloud begins moving things around in Outlook. This is annoying for individuals, but could be a real enterprise support headache.
Apple Batterygate Mea Culpa Doesn't Soothe
Commentary  |  11/3/2011  | 
The iPhone 4S is one of the year's highest-profile tech products, from a company with a slavish devotion to getting every detail right. How does this happen?
SAP Readies Comprehensive Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  11/3/2011  | 
Co-CEO Bill McDermott says SAP is ready to "unleash the tiger" in the cloud computing market in 2012.
Occupy Wall Street A Threat To Outsourcing?
Commentary  |  11/3/2011  | 
At least one top industry exec says he thinks that, in light of the protests, fewer U.S. companies will be willing to shift work to vendors that don't provide services on American soil.
Android Returns Cost Carriers $2 Billion Annually
Commentary  |  11/3/2011  | 
High rates of Android hardware problems are costing carriers; platform fragmentation is considered the culprit.
Obsession With Meaningful Use Could Backfire
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
Don't let your push to obtain the government's EHR financial incentives blind you to the next big hurdle: accountable care.
Avnet CIO Talks Cloud, BYOD
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
Cost savings is a big consideration, says Avnet CIO Steve Phillips, but the global electronics distributor sees other advantages to giving employees choices.
Windows 8 Vs.The Post-PC Era
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
Windows 8 borrows ideas from the shiny new world of tablets, but bumps up against old-world IT concerns around upgrades.
Pentagon CIO's Tech Revamp: 4 Priorities
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
With a new enterprise IT plan in hand, Teri Takai outlines what's next as the Department of Defense looks to introduce new technologies while strengthening its cyber defenses.
3 Google Reader Changes Need Repair Now
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
Google stirred the ire of Google Reader users with its latest redesign, which ditches some of the RSS service's best features. Google must fix some missteps.
WebOS: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  11/2/2011  | 
HP has killed off all devices running Palm's former platform, but senior management claims there is still life in the platform.
Safari Dominates Mobile Browsers, But Android Gains Ground
Commentary  |  11/1/2011  | 
Apple's Safari browser far outranks the competition in mobile market share, but Google's Android browser recently took the number two spot from Opera Mini.
Apple iPhone 4S BatteryGate: Gripes Continue
Commentary  |  11/1/2011  | 
I'm trying everything from tweaks to battery packs to give my iPhone 4S more juice. Let's hope Apple doesn't tell me I'm holding it wrong.
Why Apple's Siri Will Change Everything
Commentary  |  11/1/2011  | 
Apple's iOS digital assistant, Siri, will be as big or bigger than the iPad. It's the beginning of actually useful natural language processing.
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