Commentary
Content posted in December 2008
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Amazon Web Services Disses Traditional IT
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
Amazon Web Services VP Adam Selipsky calls IT a "lose/lose scenario" that amounts to no more than a "distraction" from your company's core business.
The Five Biggest Phone Stories Of 2008
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
Here's a list of the five phones that generated the most buzz in the world of mobility. See who makes the cut and who doesn't.
Proposed EPA Green Guidelines Lend Credibility
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
The U.S. EPA has proposed five changes to its Green Power Partnership program that will affect how Intel, Cisco, and other large purchasers of renewable energy credits (RECs) are credited. The five changes, proposed to take effect on Feb. 13, 2009, lend credibility and accountability to green efforts.
The Best Business Blogs Of 2008
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
Best of lists proliferate the last few weeks of the year. Everyone has their take on what ranks and rates for the past 12 months. In the case of the best business blogs, many are great resources for insights, analysis, and tips that you should add to your RSS feed for the coming year.
iPhone Nano: The Rumor That Just Won't Die
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
It's baaaaaaaaaaack! Yep, rumors of the iPhone Nano refuse to go away. Last week we saw some mock-ups of possible iPhone Nano cases. This week we get full-blown images of the iPhone Nano. It is real, or another Photoshop job?
BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
I've now been doing BPMN (business process modeling notation) training for two years, and only recently have I begun to appreciate the true nature of BPMN usage levels. This reconsidered view may help you better understand what is rapidly becoming the one significant standard in business process managment.
Global CIO: Remembering Bill Gates: A Faraway Look At The Larger-Than-Life Legend
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Poorly delivered jokes aside, Bob Evans remembers interviews with Bill Gates over the years and wishes him success in philanthropy and future endeavors.
New Web Utility Combines Time Reporting With Social Networking
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
TimeXchange, a just-launched, free Web-based platform, aims to be an alternative to timesheet reporting and approval. "We're trying to take a process no one likes to do and make it easy," said Joe Piekarz, president of Actus Technology.
bMighty Goes Mobile!
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Want to get your favorite bMighty info even when you're not at your desk? No problem, our new mobile service makes it easy to get all the latest bMighty stories and blog posts right from your mobile device.
Small Businesses Resist Pressure To Cut Technology
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
According to the latest CDW IT Monitor survey, increased numbers of small, medium and large companies expect to reduce tech spending and staffing in the next six months, but some cuts remain far less likely at small outfits.
Holly-Dazed: Google Gives Employees The G1 Android Phone Instead Of Bonuses
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Bonus? What bonus? Rather than handing out cash to employees, Google has given (only 85%) of its workers the HTC G1 Android phone for the holidays. Generous or Scrooge-y?
Toshiba Adds OpenSolaris To Its Notebook Lineup
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
OpenSolaris may not be unseating Linux any time soon, but file this one under the "small steps" category: Toshiba's apparently working with Sun to offer OpSol as a preload on '09 laptops.

Larry Ellison: Oracle DB Machine 'Most Successful Intro Ever'
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Oracle last week gave some dazzling performance details from two customers evaluating its new hardware/software Database Machine, and CEO Larry Ellison called it the most successful Oracle product intro ever in terms of "pipeline growth and pipeline size." Will Oracle be able to convince budget-strapped CIOs to convert that pipeline interest into actual purchases?
What We Can Learn From Werner Vogels
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
To be recognized as InformationWeek's chief of the year, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has obviously done a few things right. Following are five takeaways for other IT pros.
Garmin: Oh, You Mean THAT Android Phone?!?
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Updated: This morning, the Internet was rife with reports that Garmin, maker of GPS equipment, will be releasing phones based on Google's Android operating system in the latter half of 2009. Is it, or isn't it?
Crisis Survival Kit: 8 Ways To Strengthen Your Exit Plan Now
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Right now, maintaining cash flow and solvency dominates many business owners concerns. Yet amid juggling credit, tight budgets, and market uncertainty, business owners can't afford to ignore planning their exit strategy, whether that's through a sale, merger, liquidation, or succession plan.
Nehalem Shows Up In The SMB Server Market
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Just in time for Christmas, a small vendor in Colorado brings out a Core i7 server.
Report: 2008 Mobile Web Use Grew 463%
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Opera Software issued its last "State of the Mobile Web" report today for 2008. What do the numbers tell us? Social networking is popular, the mobile Web is growing by leaps and bounds, and smartphones are leading the way.
Unified Communications Market Growing and Wide Open
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Initially, companies installed IP PBXs to reduce their voice communications costs. Now that some of those benefits are being realized, corporations are searching for new business applications to run on top of those systems, and unified communications has emerged as a prime option.
How to Buy an Analytic DBMS
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
I went to London for a couple of days recently, at the behest of Kognitio. The main driver for the trip was a seminar at which I was the featured speaker... I delivered practical advice on the subject of how to buy an analytic DBMS, starting with this seven-part self assessment...
Add Value Or Get Out Of The Way
Commentary  |  12/21/2008  | 
Through Ed Bott's blog, I learned that Nvidia has finally released drivers for its notebook-based video chipsets. To be more specific, they are releasing drivers that can be downloaded directly from the Nvidia site, rather than making users find a driver at the web site of the notebook PC maker.
Bill Gates: Telling Him A Joke But Butchering The Punch Line
Commentary  |  12/21/2008  | 
The Comdex keynote crowd of 20,000 roared as Bill Gates, besieged by the Justice Department, called out brazenly, "Anybody out there know a good lawyer joke?" So the next morning at a private meeting with Gates, I said hello and then -- against my better judgment -- asked, "Still looking for a good lawyer joke?" Bill hesitated a second and then said sure, go ahead -- and moments later I went down in flames as I told the joke but butchered the punch line.
Two Predictions For 2009
Commentary  |  12/21/2008  | 
As 2008 comes to a close, I'd like to share predictions for the technology space in 2009. The predictions are: more utility-based Web applications will launch and mobile usage will grow but content won't be monetized.
Print Media Giants Evolve Into Online-Only Models
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
As more household names from print make the migration to the Web, it will be more critical than ever for them to focus on certain principles that lay the foundation for a successful site. From my point of view, there are three basic things they need to get right: the content itself, the design, and the content management tools.
What To Expect From Cloud Computing In 2009
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Looking ahead to 2009, there's no shortage of predictions about the technologies that will grab the spotlight. One technology poised to move from hype to heat 2009 is cloud computing.
Dell CIO: In Search Of Infrastructure Management Innovation
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
I spoke with Dell CIO Steve Schuckenbrock today, who said this about the $1.2 trillion a year companies spend on IT infrastructure. One-third is on hardware, where Moore's Law relentlessly drives improvement. The other two-thirds is spent managing infrastructure, and there's "no innovation to speak of" in that arena. Too harsh?
Oracle's Larry Ellison On 'Series Of Wins Vs. Salesforce'
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison yesterday told financial analysts that Oracle's latest quarter was "conspicuous" for a "series of competitive wins versus Salesforce.com," including "our largest deal ever of salesforce-on-demand, or cloud computing, or whatever you want to call it." Will that head-to-head competition lead to a buyers' market for CIOs?
6 Quick Marketing Tips To Adopt Now
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
The lull your business might be experiencing during the next two weeks is an excellent time to start planning for the New Year. Here is a year-end checklist of marketing tactics that could set the stage for a successful 2009.
Holdren Brings Reason, Science To Obama
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
John Holdren, professor of environmental policy at Harvard University and director of the Woods Hole Research Center, will bring a principled, reasoned approach to the White House as science adviser to President-elect Barack Obama. Holdren, who also serves as co-chair of the independent National Commission on Energy Policy, is expected to be named to the post tomorrow, according to a
Google Bakes A 'Cupcake' For Android
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
If you're wondering when Android is going to make the next leap in functionality, wonder no longer. A new update to the Android platform, called "cupcake," brings with it more than some simple bug fixes. New features galore will be baked into the OS, as well. Guess what, Apple? Android is getting cut-and-paste and video recording before the iPhone!
YouTube Goes High-Def
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
I recently uploaded a video to YouTube and noticed something different. Once my video was processed, the video player showed my 4:3 aspect ratio video set into a 16:9 frame. High-definition videos have finally arrived on YouTube.
Is Microsoft's IE Patch A Retroactive Brand Fix?
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Microsoft reacted to the latest IE flaw with an emergency patch earlier this week, but does fixing the software retroactively repair the damage to its brand?
200X: Year Of The Linux Argument
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
In no less than two days I've read a flurry of articles pooh-poohing the Linux desktop as a veritable delusion and a fairy story -- something to tell young GTK+ coders before you tuck them in at night. It isn't the year of the Linux desktop; it's the year of the Linux catfight.

Is The BlackBerry Storm A Success Or Not?
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Scattered reports across the Internet claim that the BlackBerry Storm is being returned in droves. Verizon Wireless insists that the Storm is "its best-selling device." Which is the truth?
Get Your Gmail To Go -- Any Way You Want It!
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Need convenient offline access to your Gmail account? Mozilla's open-source Thunderbird email client offers the perfect solution.
SEC's Former CIO Sought Preemptive Safeguards
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Exactly four years ago tomorrow, the former CIO of the now-embattled agency told InformationWeek that one of his top priorities was to enable the SEC "to look over the hills and around the corners to spot problems before they become problems." That objective looks eerily prescient this week as we realize the scope of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google: Failing To Forget
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Computers can be great at remembering things. Sometimes too great. The major search engine providers are competing to remember your search terms for the shortest possible period. Or at least that's what they are saying publicly. There seem to be loopholes in this competition for the shortest data retention, and in some cases I'm actually glad for that.
New York Times Cites Digg, Del.icio.us In Shutdown Of Its Bookmarking Service
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Earlier this afternoon, The New York Times issued an e-mail to all users that it's shutting down its Times-branded bookmarking service (Times File). The e-mail (shown below) cites the proliferation of social bookmarking sites like Digg and Delicious in its decision to eliminate the offering. The e-mail goes on to say that a process has been established to help existing Times File users move all of their bookmarks into LookSmart's Furl bookmarking service (the technology on which Ti
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways IT Can Save Money
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
What are your employees doing online? And what happens to their computers when they leave for the day? Enforcing a few practices can help your company save some much-needed cash.
Crisis Survival Kit: How To Cut Costs Without Layoffs
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
As spooked companies around the world race to trim expenses as quickly as they can, layoffs are the most common device. They don't have to be.
One Way To Settle The TechCrunch-Fueled Dispute Over Embargoes
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Warning: This is an inside-baseball post about tech bloggo-journalism. In all likelihood, if you're not a tech journalist or blogger, you'll wonder where people get the time to contemplate things so trivial.
iPhone to Penetrate 10% of Small Businesses, Says Forrester
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
No surprise: In a report of IT predictions, Forrester Research says that the iPhone is going to do well over the next year. However, the shock is exactly how good Forrester analyst Michele Pelino thinks that the iPhone will fare in the next year  and how much impact its touch-screen competitors will have.
Feeling Inadequate Because You Haven't Embraced Virtualization? Don't.
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
It's grossly overrated for most SMB users, according to one analysis.
Is There Anything Twitter Can't Do?
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
As Twitter has grown in popularity, the number of ways this communication tool can be used are endless. No more is it just about telling your friends what you had for lunch or that your makeup won't stay in place for your video blog. No sir! Twitter has so many uses that I'm wondering, is there anything that it can't be used for?
Robbing Peter To Poison Paul
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Computer makers may be robbing Peter to poison Paul. Recent articles published by the American Chemical Society found that decabromodiphenyl ethane (deBDethane), an additive flame retardant marketed as a replacement for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), has been showing up worldwide in waterbirds, red pandas, and sewage sludge.
T-Mobile, Anxious To Retain Customers, Drops Upgrade Fee
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
There's nothing quite like getting a new cell phone. You may not mind the cost of the new phone or the service, but getting hit by that "upgrade fee" stinks. Beginning Dec. 17, that's something T-Mobile customers no longer have to worry about.
Security Threats Aren't Mitigated By Details
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Good security programs start with asking the right questions. All too often, security and network engineers sweat the details of some security technology or other and don't examine the most likely sources of attack. I recently overhead the question "How long should I set an IPSec VPN rekey time interval?" Answer the question by asking how worried you are about an attacker breaking into your VPN and how that might be accomplished.
Will IBM Add Analytics to its Toolbelt?
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
The gist of Ambuj Goyal's message in this week's Q&A interview is that predictive and statistical modeling - key offerings for the likes of SAS and SPSS - are overrated... I'm fine with challenging conventional wisdom and seeking simplest-possible solutions... but I won't be surprised if and when IBM acquires an analytics vendor.
Global CIO: Two Flavors Of CIO, Each Leaving An Aftertaste
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Meet Gomez and Fernandez--or maybe you've met these two execs already.
OpenOffice.org 3 Goes Portable At Last
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
After an extended period of debugging and testing, OpenOffice.org 3's finally been officially released in a PortableApps edition. For those who always wanted to give OpenOffice.org a spin without actually installing it, this is the way to go.

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