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Content posted in December 2009
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Headed To AT&T Or T-Mobile?
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
The last few days have been busy ones over at the Federal Communications Commission. It recently approved two versions of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android device -- one for AT&T and one for T-Mobile. Will either actually sell it?
2009's Budget Cuts Are 2010's Innovation Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
2009 was a perfect storm of IT nightmares. Budgets were slashed. Security issues got worse. And what with sea changes in how IT is expected to operate -- witness cloud computing and the
Intelligent Enterprise Top Blog Posts of 2009
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
News coverage gives you one version of the truth, but there's nothing like the instant expert analysis blogs can bring to breaking stories. Here are the top-15 posts of the year from the Intelligent Enterprise blogosphere:
Android 2.1 Hacked Onto Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
For all the code tinkerers out there, some good news. If you're not interested in waiting around for Verizon, Motorola and Google to offer Android 2.1 to the Droid, a stable and multitouch-enabled version of the Android 2.1 ROM is yours for the installing.
Mozilla Claims Browser Will Run All Future Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Mozilla is claiming that its new mobile web browser, currently dubbed Fennec, will spell the end of application stores for mobile phones because once developers start writing for it, apps will run on any platform and can bypass platform specific app stores. Yes, that's right, the old "write once, run anywhere" promise. It didn't work when Java gained popularity in the 90's, and I don't think it will work any better as the new decade dawns.
The Sad Decline of Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  12/20/2009  | 
Microsoft has been plugging away at the mobile computing market for almost as long as Windows has been around. I'm thinking of products like Windows for Pen Computing, or the original Windows CE for handheld devices. At best, you could say that the consumers were willing but the platforms were weak.
Virtualization For Small Businesses: When Does It Make Sense?
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
How big does your company have to be before you get real benefits from virtualization?
Look For The Off Switch
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
After watching the news about climate change from Copenhagen last night, I turned off the lights and realized that all those glowing little red dots on our entertainment system meant we were doing our part to help destroy the planet.
Survey Says Telework Plans May Need Rethinking
Commentary  |  12/19/2009  | 
It is one thing to believe that your company has a workable business continuity plan in place. It is quite another for that actually to be the case.
What A Google-Yelp Deal Might Mean For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
Google is reportedly working on a $500 million deal to buy local reviews site Yelp. On the plus side, the deal might make it easier to find small and local businesses on Google while also helping to clean up some of the controversy surrounding pay-for-play allegations on Yelp. Or it could make things worse on both fronts.
Full Nelson: Many Eyes, Dancing Data
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
With data taking center stage in every organization, the ability to make sense and take action on that data is vital. Technology like Many Eyes will make that process more inviting.
Mobile Round-Up: iPhone On Verizon Edition
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
Here's a smattering of Verizon Wireless stories that turned up Friday. Chief among them is the possibility that Verizon Wireless plans to offer the iPhone...at least in theory. Other Verizon stories include an intriguing Google goosing, and an official Verizon response to the FCC.
How Did Our 2009 Predictions Fare?
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
This week CMS Watch issued its twelve predictions for 2010. In this post, I look back at our 2009 predictions to see how we did. The 2009 predictions were...
Hail And Farewell, Part One
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
The only constant thing is change, and change has come my way. As of the end of 2009, I'll be leaving InformationWeek -- so over the next couple of days I thought I'd sum up a few points gleaned during my time here.

Palm: New Version Of webOS On The Way
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
Based on Palm's recent quarterly earnings, it's safe to say the company hasn't fully turned itself around yet. The Pre and Pixi are selling below expectations from Palm's single carrier partner Sprint. Will a new version of webOS spice up sales?
Google Earth Brings 3D Maps To Audi A8
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
The last thing drivers need is more distractions in the car, but that hasn't stopped Audi's engineers from adding Google Maps, Google Earth, and satellite imagery to the cockpit of its 2011 flagship A8 sedan.
Beware Of Cloud Transfer Costs
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
When data center managers are looking at cloud storage solutions the primary focus is on the monthly cloud storage capacity cost. One of the hidden charges is the transfer or bandwidth costs. This is the cost essentially for the amount of data you access over the cloud. We have seen cases where this cost can be as much or more than the cost of the capacity!
Oracle Says Market's Recovering But SAP's Unraveling
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
Oracle's conference call Thursday with financial analysts offered great insights on how its top three executives view their business and the overall IT market, their customers' spending habits, Oracle's products, and its competitors (see second half of headline). Here are 10 such comments you won't want to miss.
Mobile Device Sales Pick Up In 2010
Commentary  |  12/18/2009  | 
Gartner is expecting mobile device sales to pick up in 2010 after remaining virtually flat in 2009. I guess with many predicting the recession is over, even though it will be a jobless recovery, people will start replacing phones they've held onto, either out of necessity or to get the latest gadget they've had their eye on.
Microsoft Copy-Wrong Yet Again
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
It was just last month when Microsoft got into an embarrassing incident with a utility they offered in their store site -- it was filched from open-source code. This month we find that the design and code for the MSN Juku service offered in China was mostly copied from a small
Government Technologist: Holding The Fed CIO's Feet To The Fire
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs to rein in the government's ever-growing IT operations. He could learn a few things about cost management from private sector CIOs.
Oracle Sees Unconditional EU Approval For Sun
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
The European Commission will "unconditionally clear the acquisition of Sun in January," Oracle president Safra Catz has just predicted, while also thanking customers for their "overwhelming" support. Hmm--sounds like Catz knows more than she's saying.
AT&T: No Tiered Plans, But Network Remedies Forthcoming
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
AT&T recently indicated that it does not plan to introduce tiered or usage-based smartphone plans, but it knows it needs to do something to relieve the pressure on its network. It's tossing around a few ideas, none of which sound all that great.
Pig Latin, Anyone?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Pretty stunning. Militants in Iraq have been able to intercept live video feeds from Predator drones, according to a new report. What's worse is how they did it.
Hewlett-Packard Attacks Cloud-Computing Risks
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
"CIOs understand the potential business benefits of cloud computing but are challenged with how best to manage the risks associated with adoption," said HP executive VP Thomas E. Hogan. Amen to that-so three new HP products are designed to mitigate the risks associated with the security, performance, and availability of enterprise apps in the cloud.
'Beacon' Communities Need Track Record For Feds' IT Funds
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Communities will need a proven track record if they're looking to receive funding to become health IT "beacons" under a federal program to set up models of meaningful health information usage. Communities qualifying for inclusion in the program must demonstrate that they're already embracing e-health records an electronic health information sharing.
Major Palm Announcement At CES?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Palm has started sending out invitations to the media for an event they are hosing at the 2010 CES show in Las Vegas. In 2009 they launched WebOS to much fanfare and launched the Pre nearly six months later. What could they be announcing at the 2010 show?
Open Source Minus People Equals Zero
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Open source has a life of its own, to be sure. But without warm bodies in the driver's seat, there's no more going on than with any other program that has no human component.

More People Use The iPhone Than WinMo Devices
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
According to new numbers from comScore, the actual number of iPhone users has surpassed the number of all Windows Mobile users in the U.S. by a wide margin. RIM, however, still outnumbers both by a factor of two.
Practical Analysis: Enterprise IT Meets Survivor Syndrome
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
We can't co back to the staffing levels we knew, but how will your organization adjust as the economy slowly rights itself?
Data Architecture? What's That?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
Data architecture has always been a topic close to my heart. "Overloaded and overlooked" is how I define a data architect's role. Has anything changed over the past decade? Yes, but possibly for the worse. Consider the following...
Palm webOS Device Headed To Verizon Soon
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
According to a sneaky Verizon Wireless employee, the company is preparing to train its staff on Palm and webOS. Why is this significant? It means that Verizon Wireless will likely be offering a webOS-based Palm device in the very near future.
End User Devices: The M&O Balance
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
I finished up a few months of research last week on an InformationWeek Analytics report about new paradigms that organizations can use for end user devices. Some of that research made its way into an article for InformationWeek, where one reader comme
Psystar Down For The Count?
Commentary  |  12/17/2009  | 
A California court has granted Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Mac clonemaker Psystar. The injunction bars Psystar from selling computers with any version of OS X installed, suggesting that reselling someone else's product is not the best SMB business plan.
Last Chance - CFP Closes Friday
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Remote Assistance Thriller: Dial "S" For "Scam"
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
A new scam involving remote support software recently surfaced in the United Kingdom. Before you snicker at just how gullible the victims appear to be, ask yourself whether your company's PCs are vulnerable to precisely this sort of attack.
Tape-Based Storage: Not Dead Yet!
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Is tape dying as a long-term storage medium? It depends upon whom you ask -- although it is significant that this is even an open question.
Project Honey Pot: Over One Billion Spammers Served
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
This week, Project Honey Pot identified its one billionth spam message. Find out what it has learned from that torrent of junk email -- and what you can do to make its efforts to stop spam even more successful.
Compliance in the Age of Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Fake Steve Versus AT&T, Oh My!
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
A blogger who calls himself "Fake Steve Jobs" wants disgruntled iPhone users to organize into a flash mob to cripple AT&T's 3G network at noon on Friday. AT&T has responded. It's all much ado about nothing.
White House Asks For Transparency Help
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Last week, the Obama administration announced the Open Government Directive, a tangible step toward the transparency the President has touted. Now, White House officials are asking citizens to keep the government accountable.
Google Corrects Android Market Numbers Down To 16,000
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Yesterday, AndroLib noted that the Android Market had recently surpassed 20,000 applications. Not so, says Google. What's behind the 4,000 missing Android apps?
Race To The Finish Line For Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Unless you're in an industry like retail, the weeks leading up to the holidays are a time when a lot of people use up vacation days and catch up on end-of-year chores. But I suspect that for many folks in healthcare, the holidays this year will be more hectic than usual.
9 Reasons Enterprises Shouldn't Switch To Hyper-V
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
In my job I'm privileged to help companies navigate virtualization challenges. Lately, more and more enterprise IT groups are asking about migrating to Hyper-V because of perceived significant cost savings, from a licensing perspective. I always expected that at some point I would have to address this question, but I thought that time would be two or three years from now.
HP Software To Boost Cloud Computing For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
HP Operations Orchestration and HP Cloud Assure for cost control are designed to help companies take better advantage of cloud computing's inherent flexibility and elasticity, while mitigating potential risks.
Microsoft Offers Bing iPhone App
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Microsoft is pushing its Bing search engine pretty hard into the mobile space. It already has distribution deals with the likes of Verizon Wireless, but now it is stepping into an interesting new realm. Microsoft has made a free Bing application for the iPhone.
IBM Buying Lombardi: A Bauble on Big Blue's Christmas Tree?
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
I was on the analyst call this morning to hear about IBM's acquisition of Lombardi -- a pretty significant acquisition in the BPM space. Lombardi is the best known of the mid-range BPMS vendors, and if the economic climate weren't quite so dreary, I imagine that they'd be doing an IPO rather than being acquired...
Bruce Perens's GPL Beef
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
Those who egregiously violate open source software licensing agreements, like the GPL, are targets for legal action that's just as vigilant as those that defend proprietary software. But the most recent round of GPL legal action comes with a curious twist.

Oracle Outlook, Stock Price On Upswing?
Commentary  |  12/16/2009  | 
As it prepares to release second-quarter results tomorrow, Oracle could be showing signs of improvement: EU approval for the Sun deal seems to be close, it's digesting $300 million in restructuring costs, and one influential analyst sees potential pipeline optimism due to "thawing in both database and middleware spending."
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