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Content posted in December 2010
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Flock Refresh Trumps RockMelt
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
The RockMelt social browser launch got tons of attention, but the Flock Web browser has been integrating with social networks for years and the latest version showcases several advantages over RockMelt.
Who's Green in IT? Greenpeace Has A List
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
Greenpeace has come out with its fourth biennial "Leaderboard" ranking 17 different IT firms according to their emissions reductions efforts. Cisco led, while Oracle trailed.
Innovation Mandate: American Students Score 'C' In Math And Science
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
In the first of a two-part series on STEM education, we look at the dim U.S. results on the latest PISA tests and ask: What's a country to do?
SAP Cloud Platform, App Store Set For 2011
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
On-demand portfolio will also gain line-of-business extension applications and Business ByDesign For Subsidiaries.
Plantronics' Smartphone App Simplifies Conference Calls
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
Bluetooth headset maker Plantronics today released a new Android and BlackBerry app that automatically dials complicated conference calls with a single push.
Entertainment Dominates iPhone/iPad Apps In 2010
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
Apple has released a series of Top Ten lists generated by downloads in the iPhone App Store. Few of the best-sellers are productivity related.
Zbytes And Tablets And BI, Oh My!
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
So, what exactly lies ahead in the new year for small and midsize businesses? One firm predicts that mobility, integration, and collaboration will be key.
Android Sales: It's Time For Nokia To Worry
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
The rate at which Android phones are being sold and activated has increased to 300,000 per day, says Google's Andy Rubin, matching Nokia's Symbian platform.
Mobile Ends Year With A Whine And A Whimper
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
At the All Things D mobile conference, the major players say mostly nothing at all, and innovation emerged from a few surprising places, namely Plantronics (with Voyager Pro UC), RealNetworks (Unifi) and Jawbone (Thoughts).
Best And Worst Smartphones Of 2010
Commentary  |  12/9/2010  | 
Now the year is about over, it is worth taking a look back over the year at the smartphones that were released this year. If you are about ready to make a purchase, you can use this to see what is worth looking at or what is worth running from when the sales rep pulls one out to show you.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Vows To 'Go After' HP; Is Alliance Dead?
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Calling HP's high-end computers vulnerable, slow, and expensive, Ellison promised to pound HP in the marketplace—this is an "alliance?"
Server Market Charges Ahead
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
The worldwide server market is up 13 or 14 percent, despite the recession, with x86 machines continuing to dominate.
Intelius Debuts Reputation Management Service
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
The personal information broker that supplies the data for several people search site is rolling out tools for discovering and managing your online reputation. The service is intended for consumers so far, but it would also be useful for small businesses named after their principals.
Google Resurrecting Offline Access To Docs
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Google promised that offline access to Docs will return in 2011. It also added useful new features to Gmail that are available today.
Android Users Gorge On Mobile Data
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Data from a new study indicates that users of Google's Android mobile operating system consume more mobile data than users of Apple's iPhone.
Supercomputer 'Virtual Cleanse' Aims To Ease Colonoscopy Preparation
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Image processing technologies being tested by Massachusetts General Hospital intend to take the yuck factor out of colorectal cancer screenings.
2011: What's In Store For SMBs?
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
It's that time of year again. Holiday songs on the radio, New Year's resolutions, and prognostications for the coming 12 months. The SMB Group, a market research firm based in Northborough, Mass., has taken out its crystal ball, and here's what the firm anticipates for small and midsize businesses in 2011.
Global CIO: Top 10 Tech Stories Of The Year: The Complete List
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
The cloud, mobile, IBM, Oracle-Sun, SAP, the death of the tactical CIO, HP's CEO shuffle, Apple's rise in the enterprise, and optimized systems were all among 2010's top tech stories. Here's the full list with links to more than 150 analytical and opinionated columns.
Windows 7 Slates Won't Be Home For Christmas
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Microsoft’s failure to get consumer-friendly tablets in stores for the holiday season could result in a frosty year-end quarter for the software maker.
What's Next And What's Missing From SAP
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Influencer Summit offers window on what's coming in mobility, analytics and in-memory functionality. But is the social networking strategy missing in action?
RIM CEO: PlayBook 'Is The Perfect Size'
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
Research In Motion's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis told Walter Mossberg that he thinks RIM's seven-inch tablet is the "perfect size," but RIM still plans to build tablets with different dimensions.
IP Traffic Growth Is Recession Proof
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
While it does not grab the headlines that it did at the turn of the millennium, demand for IP bandwidth and services continues to rise at lofty rates. Market research firm TeleGeography determined that carriers added 13.2T bps of new capacity to their networks in 2010, a 55% increase from the previous year's level.
Smartphones Killing Portable Gaming Systems
Commentary  |  12/8/2010  | 
The combination of high end hardware and more powerful operating systems in smartphones today is giving gamers a great platform to write games for. This is bad news if you make portable gaming systems like the Sony Playstation Portable or the Nintendo DS.
Global CIO #1 Story Of The Year: The Surge To Optimized Systems
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
IBM and Oracle are leading this new wave of highly integrated hardware-software combos that boost performance and cut busywork—and most other IT vendors are racing to catch up.
KP Follows Data To Better Hip, Knee Replacements
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
By developing registries and tapping e-medical record data, Kaiser Permanente is improving outcomes for hip and knee implant patients.
Social Media For Small Biz: A Girl Thang?
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus, right? On Venus, there's allegedly a lot more touchy-feely, emotional stuff going on…you know, talking, crying, connecting. Well, according to a study by The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute, there's a lot more of something else going on too: social networking.
Wolfe's Den: Cisco Seeks To Rule The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The networking behemoth intends to automate cloud deployment, as spotlighted via its just-announced partnership with BMC. We chat with Lew Tucker, Cisco's chief technology officer of cloud computing, who talks about cloud-o-nomics, interoperability standards and how Cisco aims to be the go-to supplier of equipment to cloud providers.
iPhone Number 1 Smartphone In Australia, Beats Nokia
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
According to data from IDC Australia, Apple's iPhone reached a 36.5% share of the Australian smartphone market, ousting Nokia from the top spot for the first time.
RIM Now Accepting PlayBook Tablet Apps
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
Research In Motion says that developers are welcome to start submitting applications for its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.
Google's Rubin Demos Motorola Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
Speaking at the Dive Into Mobile conference, Android chief Andy Rubin showed off a tablet computer made by Motorola running a new version of Android.
Siemens Enterprise Communications Adds Conferencing Technology
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The latest step in the Unified Communications (UC) market is to empower users, so they can hold Web and video conferences. Siemens Enterprise Communications added that component to its product line by acquiring FastViewer GmbH & Co., a Neumarkt, Germany collaboration software supplier.
What Is A Cloud Data Center Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
The IT industry is using the term cloud pretty liberally these days. I'm sure you have seen the latest Microsoft "To The Cloud" commercials. I am not sure they are really helping people get this whole cloud thing. To that add the various cloud storage services as well as the cloud compute services and there is a lot of confusion when you let a CIO know that they can have a cloud right in their own data center.
Consumer Reports Ranks AT&T Worst Wireless Carrier
Commentary  |  12/7/2010  | 
Consumer Reports' latest issue looks at carriers in the US as well as the phones they carry. AT&T didn't fare so well.
VMware To Virtualize Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
LG will soon offer an Android handset with the ability to run a VMware client hypervisor and take on a business profile managed by IT.
Torelli's Triumph: Getting 'Hands On' with Customers Means Going 'Hands Off' with Inventory
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
The success of a small business often comes down to trust: Can your customers really trust you to deliver? No one knows that better than CEO Todd Linscott of Torelli Bicycle Co., the subject of this season's InformationWeek SMB On Location Technology Makeover Series.
Salesforce.com Branches Into Database As A Service
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Database.com will offer the same software that serves Salesforce's customer relationship management applications, but will companies buy into a multi-tenant database?
Global CIO: Steve Jobs Calls Out Google And iPad Rocks The Enterprise
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Top 10 Stories Of The Year #2: As Apple's revenue scales to $100 billion, Google emerges as primary competitor and IT emerges as massive opportunity.
'Long, Rambling Messages' Most Hated Voicemail Vexation
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
A new study out today from Yap Inc. says that Americans receive 70 billion voicemail messages annually and one billion hours recording, managing and listening to them.
5 Tips For Encouraging Excellence
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Are you a small-business owner who finds yourself micromanaging things lest everything isn't done perfectly? Do you want more from your employees? Here are some tips for encouraging excellence from your team.
5 Reasons The Nexus S Isn't Revolutionary
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Google and Samsung announced the Nexus S today. Google's first Android 2.3 Gingerbread device is impressive, but not an exciting stunner. Here's why.
Don't Let BI Standardization Lead To Stagnation
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Consolidation among business intelligence vendors has made product selection harder than ever. Nonetheless, successful companies periodically review their choice of BI tools.
Guerra On Healthcare: Frustration With Meaningful Use Widespread
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Healthcare IT executives would be wise to keep key players in the loop about industry-wide roadblocks to achieving Meaningful Use.
Consumer Reports: AT&T Is The Worst
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
Consumer Reports' latest member survey ranks AT&T's wireless services as the worst in the U.S.
Powerful Databases Change BI's Footprint
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
In-database analytics and in-memory computing should slim down business intelligence suites.
Grim Reaper Ready To Pounce In 2011
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
The new year is not going to be kind to many high tech suppliers. Slow growth and intense competition will force many vendors to either be acquired or close up shop, according to market research firm In-Stat.
All Megabytes Are Not Priced Equal
Commentary  |  12/6/2010  | 
The days of unlimited data plans for wireless data are winding down. As you begin to explore the various data plans for your device or devices, be forewarned. Often the amount charged for a megabyte or gigabyte of data can differ, even though the plans are from the same carrier.
Book Review: 'Empowered' Illustrates IT Power Shift
Commentary  |  12/5/2010  | 
Forrester analysts Bernoff and Schadler argue that IT will play an essential role in enabling companies to thrive in the era of social media-driven communication with consumers.
What Microsoft Should Have Said
Commentary  |  12/5/2010  | 
It's clear that Microsoft is awfully twitchy about the impact of Google Apps on their Office market share, so they've been trash talking it every chance they get. If you ask me, though, Microsoft is saying all the wrong things.
Global CIO: HP Ousts Hurd And Seeks Software Strategy: Top 10 Story #3
Commentary  |  12/5/2010  | 
HP's CEO-suite melodrama resulted in the company now being run by a software executive. Meanwhile, HP's numbers stayed strong.
RadioShack Selling iPhone 4 For $24
Commentary  |  12/5/2010  | 
RadioShack is offering a range of deals on Apple's iPhone 4, including a trade-in program that drops the net price of Apple's smartphone to just $24.
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