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Content posted in November 2012
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Celtics, Nets Score With Unified Communications
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
NBA teams' IT executives explain how and why they decided among on-premises, hybrid and hosted technology services.
Avoid Vague Social Media Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Recent National Labor Relations Board decision reminds employers that employee speech related to terms of employment is protected.
Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
Safety, Technology, Anger And Hope
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
America's patient safety record is a source of embarrassment that angers both clinicians and patients. The right IT tools can help mitigate the danger to life and limb.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Microsoft Scroogled Site Challenges Google Shopping Honesty
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Are you getting Scroogled? What does that even mean? Microsoft wants you to believe Google Shopping is a rip-off and has dedicated Scroogled.com to explaining it all. (Hint: Bing is a much safer place to holiday shop.)
GE Isn't Running An Industrial Internet Charity, Folks
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
GE CEO Jeff Immelt expects strong revenue growth from new software products and services that tie machines to the Internet to allow better data analysis.
Big Data And Analytics Expertise: Beg, Borrow Or Steal?
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Demand for big data and analytics experts is on the rise, but it will take years for the supply to catch up. Here's how to cope.
Microsoft's Windows 8 Numbers Meaningless
Commentary  |  11/29/2012  | 
Microsoft says it has sold more than 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the information is worthless in absence of key data the company won't divulge.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.
Windows 8: Let's Not Plan The Funeral Yet
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Even in tech time, it seems silly to sound the death knell so soon on such a significant overhaul. Did you really expect instant success?
Future Cities: IT Priorities For Urban Transformation
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
City planners and their IT teams are setting big goals -- and facing big challenges -- in the development of tech-enabled "Future Cities," our survey results show.
Salesforce.com Wants Developers To Think Big
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
With Identity and Canvas plans, Salesforce can begin to provide services to enterprise applications that were thought to have been totally separate from CRM.
Is There A Case For Ditching Dropbox?
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
Competing vendors who come at CIOs with a "more secure" file sync solution are missing the point.
What GE's $15 Trillion Industrial Internet Needs
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
GE makes the case that a more business-oriented 'Internet of things' will spur a productivity boom. Not so fast.
Salesforce.com Revenues Surge, But Should You Ignore Losses?
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
Why cloud application vendors are held to a different standard when it comes to profitability.
Windows 8 Fizzling, Time For Windows Classic?
Commentary  |  11/27/2012  | 
If Windows 8 sales don’t improve soon, Microsoft might have to pull a Coke and cut its losses on its radically reengineered OS.
4 Key Elements: Strategic IT Plans
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
Hope is not a strategy. Thousands of IT projects launch every day -- and more than one-third crash before they get off the ground.
Microsoft Surface: My First Month
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
During the first week, I wanted to throw Microsoft's Surface tablet out the window. Now, my opinion has changed.
Next Valley View: Tech's Feisty Upstarts
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
Watch November 28 at 11 PT as our live Web TV show brings you up to speed on how Dwolla, Exec, SugarSync and others are upsetting the status quo.
Are Windows 8 Sales Already Disappointing?
Commentary  |  11/23/2012  | 
It's way too early to declare Windows and Surface failures in the market, although it would be foolish to expect it to obviate Windows 7 any time soon, especially in business and double-especially on desktops. In the meantime, its job is to recover market share for Microsoft that has been lost to Apple iPads and Android tablets, and there's reason to believe it's doing that.
iPhone And iPad: My Top 5 Complaints
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
I've never liked my iPhone. Apple's restrictions on interface customization, storage expansion, hardware interfaces and the battery make the experience disappointing. Chalk most of these problems up to Apple's arrogant design philosophy and its desire to make as much money as possible.
HP's Identity Crisis Continues
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
HP's problems go much deeper than poor sales in core businesses and some alleged accounting mischief by Autonomy.
A Proposal For IT: Set Just One Goal For 2013
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
Be measurably more relevant to your customers.
8 Cool Windows 8 Apps: $8 Or Less
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
Change left over from holiday shopping? Treat yourself to a new app for your Windows 8 desktop or tablet.
Social Leaders Get Teams Past The Velvet Rope
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
Employees with good ideas for business should be encouraged, not held back by roles. Social collaboration can help.
Why Your 'Weak' Relationships Pack Strength
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
The tightest relationships are not the most powerful when we need to broaden our reach within the organization.
What CIOs Want In Their Successors
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
Are you an aspiring CIO? Listen to what these leading CIOs say it will take for you to reach that coveted position.
Otellini Exits Intel, With Windows 8 Fate Uncertain
Commentary  |  11/20/2012  | 
During Otellini's tenure, Intel was caught flatfooted on the shift to mobile computing. Early Windows 8 launch results don't show a Wintel win, either.
Apocalypse Now (Here Comes the Sun)
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
One major belch from the sun can destroy our ability to connect to the grid and leave us in the dark for months. So says science journalist Lawrence Joseph in his new book, Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future, reviewed by BYTE columnist Bob Guccione Jr.
5 Innovative Ideas For Enterprise CIOs
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
The role of the CIO is changing rapidly. These innovations could help you keep pace and increase the value of your business.
Is Technology Innovation Too Incremental?
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Two prominent big thinkers think it is. But I’m not buying their unsupported arguments.
BYOD: Is Mobile Device Management The Answer?
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
With so many doctors bringing their smartphones and tablets to work and patient data breaches reported all the time, IT managers need to make the right choices.
Online Backup Vs. Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Online backup services such as Carbonite, Acronis, IDrive and Mozy might be a bad deal for some users when compared to cloud storage services Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive. The former usually just backs up files; the latter does backs up files and also gives you working access to them.
Why Apple Can't Deny Google Maps On iPhone
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
When Google submits its rewritten Google Maps app for iOS, Apple can't block it.
Good Claims Sovereignty Over Mobile Security
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
The Mobile Device Management (MDM) industry is surely worried about the implications of Good Technology asserting their foundational mobile security patents. MobileIron and AirWatch may be big deals in MDM, but there are some much bigger companies -- Apple and Samsung are two -- who could get tied up in this in a really nasty way.
Oracle Spotlights Its Database Memory Gap
Commentary  |  11/16/2012  | 
Oracle takes Microsoft to task for its SQL Server Project Hekaton announcement, but in doing so it underscores what's missing from Oracle DB and Exadata.
Social Analytics Isn't Just For Social Networks
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
Broadly applied across all company functions, social analytics can focus attention on the most pressing internal performance issues.
Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Plans In Disarray
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
Surface Pro, as well as systems that run Win8 on Intel's Clover Trail platform, are missing in action at a key time -- creating a nasty enterprise tablet problem for Microsoft.
Why Android's Dominance Is Bad
Commentary  |  11/15/2012  | 
Google's Android platform grabbed a commanding 72% share of the smartphone market during the third quarter. That needs to change.
As AMD Explores Options, Intel Pain Looms
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Moore's Law is changing the rules of the game again. This time AMD and Intel could both be on the losing team.
Big Data Education: 3 Steps Universities Must Take
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
How can universities help meet the growing demand for data scientists? Consider this advice from a professor working in the trenches with tomorrow's analytics pros.
SMBs Spending on IT, Not New IT Hires
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Small and midsize business IT budgets continue to grow but hiring remains stagnant. Here's why IT folk should embrace the trend.
Sears Hadoop Plans: Check Out Data Warehousing's Future
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Will Hadoop become the new enterprise data warehouse? Sears' CTO is not alone in seeing a shift in how we'll use relational databases.
Sinofsky's Exit Points To Major Microsoft Shakeup
Commentary  |  11/14/2012  | 
Windows chief's sudden departure comes amid questions about Windows 8 sales and Microsoft's hardware plans.
Whither Windows After Sinofsky?
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
The resignation of Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky raises many questions about a platform that is going through perhaps its most radical changes ever. Is Microsoft unhappy with his work on Windows 8 and Surface? Or is this just a personal career move for Sinofsky?
Time To Deliver On Federal IT Reform
Commentary  |  11/13/2012  | 
First four years of the Obama Administration were marked by the beginnings of significant changes in federal IT. Execution will be the name of the game during the next four.
Hurricane Sandy: Big Data Predicted Big Power Outages
Commentary  |  11/12/2012  | 
What can be learned for future weather events? For starters, simulations must happen quickly and no single forecasting model will do.
Understanding Social Business Integration
Commentary  |  11/11/2012  | 
In order to build the right social strategy, IT leaders must understand the technical options for social software integration. Here's what you need to know.
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