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Can SMBs Really Afford ERP?
Commentary  |  12/4/2010  | 
It's a question folks like Jeff Stiles get pretty often. Stiles is senior vice president of small and midsize enterprise marketing for SAP AG, so he comes across a lot of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) that feel they have outgrown their current, single-purpose bookkeeping application, or are tired of reading canned reports and trying to reconstruct some semblance of their day-to-day transactions and run rates using static spreadsheets. The burning question is: "Can we really afford an ERP s
Amazon Says Wikileaks Plug Pulled Over SLA Violation
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Amazon says it halted operations of WikiLeaks servers in its EC2 cloud data center due to Wikileaks' breach of its service level agreement, including violations of the provision that it hold all rights to posted content.
Casper Goes Mobile
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Version 8 of JAMF's Casper Suite extends the company's Mac management and provisioning tools to iOS mobile devices.
Parature Helps Businesses Support Facebook Fans
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Are you sick and tired of all the media hype around Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook? I hope not, because I'm now going to blog about the social networking behemoth once again. This time, I'll start by citing a stat that the controversial exec shared recently about his company.
Best Buy Offering Free Smartphones Through December 31
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Best Buy today launched a new promotion whereby at least four smartphones will be available for free each day for the rest of the year.
Navy CIO Torpedoes Public-Facing Blog
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
The first public blog post by the U.S. Navy's new CIO is also his last. Less than two weeks into the job, Terry Halvorsen has posted a blog to explain that he will no longer communicate via that platform.
Samsung Lays Claim To Android Title
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
According to research firm Gartner, Samsung was the number one selling Android smartphone brand in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2010, owning one-third of the market.
Global CIO: Insights From 3 Great CIOs: P&G, FedEx, HP
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Each an IW Chief of the Year, they share insight on legacy tech, slow IT, and opportunities ahead.
Get Rid Of Old Desktops And Do Some Good
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
If you've wanted to donate outdated end-user devices but were thwarted by security, software licensing, or other concerns, the new Serious Good program by IT asset recovery company Redemtech might be for you. The program's ambitious: Provide a refurbished computer for every Habitat for Humanity partner family in the U.S. who wants one, a target that will require about 80,000 donated computers. But since U.S. businesses replace about 40 million PCs per
Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales Pass 1 Million
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Samsung announced that it has sold more than one million Android-based Galaxy Tabs. The company believes it can sell another 500,000 by the end of 2010.
Four Steps To BlackBerry Success in 2011
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Research In Motion must succeed on multiple fronts in order to fend off a mighty pack of competitors. Here are four areas they should focus on swiftly, including capitalizing on its recent TAT acquisition.
Consume Your Verizon Quota In 32 Minutes
Commentary  |  12/3/2010  | 
Verizon's new LTE network is capable of transferring speeds at up to 21Mbps, and if you set your mind to it, you could use up your monthly 5GB data limit in 32 minutes.
Why Did Amazon Web Services Shut Down WikiLeaks?
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
If the real reason is the impact denial of service attacks had on other customers' EC2 service, what does that mean for less controversial cloud users hit by hackers?
Global CIO Top 10 Stories: Oracle Buys Sun For Systems Push
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
More than a simple linear takeover, Oracle-Sun has accelerated some widespread transformations in the IT business—can Larry Ellison take full advantage?
Ransomware Returns To Ask For More
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
How much is your data worth to you? That's the question behind ransomware, an aggressive bit of data extortion that's making some noise again.
Video Demo: Fiberlink's Encompassing Mobile Device Management
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
While mobile device deployment proliferates, IT challenges arise. Fiberlink walks us through how its mobile device management technology helps solve many of the problems.
Motorola CEO Talks Tablets, Hints At Verizon iPhone
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Speaking at the Credit Suisse 2010 Technology Conference, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said the company is working on 7-inch and 10-inch tablets.
Secret CIO: What Makes For A High-Performing IT Manager?
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Our intrepid CIO's views on the attributes that put IT pros on the fast track--and the qualities holding some of them back.
Wolfe's Den: Why Oracle's Sun Servers Are Sinking (And Why That's A Good Thing)
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Gartner reports scary Q3 sales news for the server business Oracle took control of when it acquired Sun Microsystems, but Larry Ellison's focus on optimized systems such as Exadata is the reason Oracle needn't worry.
Can Analytics Help Resolve The Jeter Contract Flap?
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Statistical analysis is now a standard tool in the sports technology portfolio. But how do you measure loyalty, leadership and other qualitative values?
Qualcomm CEO: Only 1 Million FLO TV Users
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Speaking candidly during an interview, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs estimated that during its 3.5-year run, only about one million people signed up for FLO TV.
Android 2.1+ On Majority Of Android Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Google's latest Android fragmentation report reveals that 83% of Android devices are now running either Android 2.1 Eclair or 2.2 Froyo.
Global CIO: IBM Details Raids On Customers From HP And Oracle
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
IBM gives customers names and says its "Migration Factory" wins over HP and Oracle/Sun have averaged almost $1 million in revenue.
Mobile Carriers Strain To Deliver Sufficient Network Capacity
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction," Sir Isaac Newton's observation is evident in the mobile communications marketplace. Data services have been quite popular, but carriers are under duress to deliver sufficient bandwidth to support such connections.
Are Windows Phone 7 Sales Slow?
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7 has been out nearly a month in the US and almost twice as long in much of Europe and we've not heard any official numbers on what the sales figures are. What little we have heard from unofficial sources doesn't sound too good.
Fuze Box Puts HD Video Into Meetings
Commentary  |  12/2/2010  | 
Fuze Box has added videoconferencing to its collaboration software. This capability will be extended to the company's iPad and Android applications in January.
Microsoft Doesn't Want To Spoon
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Developing web applications that run on a wide variety of browsers can be quite a challenge. There's an online tool that can make that job easier, but Microsoft doesn't want you to have it.
SMBs Ignoring Online Reviews At Their Peril
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
According to a survey from RatePoint, a customer review management service, small businesses may not be giving as much weight to online reviews as they should, considering what other research has shown about how much consumers pay attention to them.
Email, Social Media Level Playing Field For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Partnership between StrongMail and Net Atlantic spotlights continued integration of email with social media and other digital marketing channels, and increased technology access for small and midsize business.
Reading PDFs More Safely -- Sadly, A Good Idea
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Invincea's Document Protection, for safely opening, reading and printing PDFs, like its Web Protection, wraps the core program in a virtual machine to keep threats from touching the system.
SAP Delivers Promised Analytic Appliance
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
HANA is the application vendor's first step in a multi-year plan to reinvent enterprise IT with in-memory computing.
Verizon Targets Business Users With LTE Launch
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless plans to launch its Long Term Evolution network on December 5, and is initially taking aim at the enterprise.
Review: Opera 11 Beta Extends Innovation
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
With on-demand plugins and improved mouse gestures, Opera Software's eponymous web browser remains one of the most innovative and cutting edge.
Torelli's Big Takeaway: Get Help!
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
If you've been following this season's saga of a very special small to midsize business (SMB) getting its big break into the realm of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, you've probably already picked up on a recurring theme - one that continues to emerge in this collection of associated blogs, videos and "how to" articles. The lesson is: When it comes time to implement a new ERP solution for your SMB operations, seek professional help.
Eprint Offers Potential and Trouble
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
A hands-on review of the new HP ePrint facility shows the possibilities of remote printing-for those who can get it to work.
ChevronWP7 Yanks Windows Phone Unlocking Tool
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
After hearing directly from Microsoft, ChevronWP7 pulled its Windows Phone 7 unlocking tool from the web.
BlackBerry OS Surpassed iOS Internet Usage In U.S.
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
According to a new study by StatCounter, BlackBerry users made up the largest portion of mobile internet users in the U.S. during November.
Speakerphone Works With Skype Conferences
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Skype has been steadily making its way from a consumer to a small and medium business communications service. Consequently, add-ons, such as ClearOne's CHATAttach 160 speakerphone, have begun to sprout up.
Windows Phone 7 Update To Be "Massive" - Maybe
Commentary  |  12/1/2010  | 
Even before Windows Phone 7 was released, Microsoft was already working on its first update. According to one well known developer for Windows Phone and other Microsoft technologies, the update "is going to be MASSIVE!"
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