Commentary
Content posted in December 2011
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The Case For A Holistic View Of The Enterprise Software Market
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
It's getting increasingly difficult to cover a broad swath of each vendor's product portfolio in order to give customers all the insight they need.
NTSB Cellphone Ban Highlights Mishmash Of State Rules
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
While many states have laws covering driver texting and mobile phone use, it's a patchwork of rules, with different levels of enforcement.
Cellphone Driving Ban: Good Idea?
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
NTSB's controversial vote to ban drivers from using phones for any reason pits convenience against safety. Now it's up to individual states to pass and enforce any legal changes.
5 Moves Microsoft Must Make In 2012
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's to-do list for 2012 should include acquisitions, a strong tablet launch, and a move into services.
5 Worst Cloud Washers Of 2011
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
Want to be a cloud vendor? Just rename your existing product, after a few tweaks. Check out our list of 2011's top offenders.
What Virtualization Can Do For Your Smartphone
Commentary  |  12/13/2011  | 
We use smartphones like computers, it's time to start treating them like real handheld computers.
Microsoft Shakes Up Windows Phone Management
Commentary  |  12/12/2011  | 
Will Andy Lees' move from president of the Windows Phone division improve the mobile platform's fortunes?
Enterprise 2.0's New Debate: Dam the Streams?
Commentary  |  12/12/2011  | 
Social action has become part of a constantly flowing river of stimulation called the stream. Two schools of thought say leave it, or tame it.
Docs Have iPad Fever: Is There A Cure?
Commentary  |  12/12/2011  | 
Clinicians are excited about what iPads can do for practices. But if you're shopping for a medical tablet, dispassionate analysis is in order.
HP Blows Through Final TouchPad Stock On eBay
Commentary  |  12/12/2011  | 
HP sold the last of its TouchPad tablet stock through a firesale that nearly broke eBay. Was demand sparked by HP's open sourcing of webOS?
Microsoft Dynamics Has Become Microsoft's Locus Of Innovation
Commentary  |  12/11/2011  | 
The enterprise software portfolio is the lodestar for every important piece of technology the company produces.
Open Source WebOS: A Win For Windows Phone?
Commentary  |  12/11/2011  | 
Microsoft's mobile business will get a big boost from HP's decision to open source webOS, says one analyst. Is his logic sound?
Federal IT Needs A Cost-Savings Dashboard
Commentary  |  12/9/2011  | 
We need better measures of government IT reform's payback, including concrete numbers on savings and returns.
Google Currents: Another Half-Baked Google Launch
Commentary  |  12/9/2011  | 
Google debuted digital reader Google Currents Thursday. My verdict: It's no Flipboard.
IT Leader Survival Guide For 2012: 5 Must-Do's
Commentary  |  12/9/2011  | 
Try these best practices on for size in the new year. It wouldn't kill you to floss more, either.
BlackBerry, Android Users Still Want iPads
Commentary  |  12/8/2011  | 
Platform loyalty only goes so far: Android and BlackBerry phone owners prefer Apple's tablet product.
The Key To A Successful SuccessFactors Acquisition For SAP
Commentary  |  12/8/2011  | 
The enterprise software vendor must move fast to get this acquisition right and get it right the first time.
Carrier IQ: What Carriers, Device Makers Must Do Next
Commentary  |  12/8/2011  | 
Let smartphone users opt into how their devices and related data get tracked, preferably from handsets. Otherwise, carriers and manufacturers will continue to look like they have something to hide.
Nokia Lumia Coming To T-Mobile Dec. 14?
Commentary  |  12/7/2011  | 
Wireless companies will hold a joint event next week, but details remain sparse.
Search Software Indexes Social Feeds, Gmail
Commentary  |  12/7/2011  | 
X1's high-performance desktop search engine adds Facebook, Twitter, and leading webmail services.
How Avaya Is Embracing Social, Consumerization Trends
Commentary  |  12/7/2011  | 
Geek fun: getting the full Flare Experience of unified communications in a tour of Avaya's executive briefing center.
RIM's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month
Commentary  |  12/7/2011  | 
Research In Motion has taken a lot of lumps in recent weeks, including tablet losses, lowered sales guidance, drunken executives, and an embarrassing snafu over a product name.
Kindle Fire: Too Small, Too Large?
Commentary  |  12/7/2011  | 
Usability guru Jakob Nielsen says Amazon's 7-inch tablet is too small for full-size websites, but mobile sites offer poor user experience.
Galaxy Nexus Smartphone To Launch Dec. 9?
Commentary  |  12/6/2011  | 
Signs point to a Friday release and $299.99 price for Verizon's Samsung Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone.
Carrier IQ: Just A Little Evil?
Commentary  |  12/6/2011  | 
Carrier IQ software may collect far less data than first reported, but Pandora's out of the box, and it's time for carriers to disclose all information collection to enterprises and other end users.
Will RIM Make It To 2013?
Commentary  |  12/6/2011  | 
There is little doubt BlackBerry devices will be in use, but the company is ripe for a buyout.
SAP Builds Out Services Menu With SuccessFactors
Commentary  |  12/5/2011  | 
Purchase is latest move as enterprise software vendors race to develop a cloud presence and offer business resources to customers eager to use cloud-based services.
Valley View: Tune In For Hot Trends, Cool Toys
Commentary  |  12/5/2011  | 
Valley View, InformationWeek's live web TV show, will feature HP's Ray Lane, Box.net's Aaron Levie, holiday tech gift ideas, and more. Tune in December 7 at 4 pm PT.
Should SAP + SuccessFactors Worry Salesforce.com?
Commentary  |  12/5/2011  | 
Co-CEO Bill McDermott tells InformationWeek deal will vault SAP to No. 1 in software-as-a-service subscribers and No. 2 in SaaS revenue.
Android, Samsung Maintain Top Mobile Market Spots
Commentary  |  12/4/2011  | 
Google's operating system, Apple's iPhone gain from RIM's continual slide in mobile market share, reports ComScore.
Don't Bring Old Thinking To A New Disaster Recovery Model
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
Private and public clouds can make high-quality DR/COOP more affordable -- if you don't undermine yourself with outmoded assumptions.
IBM, Micron Go 3-D To Boost Memory Performance
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
A new manufacturing technique results in faster I/O, less power consumption, and decreased footprint.
4 Steps To Assess Mobile Security Risk
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
Analyzing how mobility could lead to data loss feels like taking a shot in the dark. At a moving target, with a blindfold on. But there are ways to quantify the threat.
Carrier IQ Gets Scrooged For The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
A tale of data collection, cease and desist, wiretap allegations, privacy questions, and potential redemption.
Microsoft Office, Enjoy Your Retirement
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
This nearly 30-year-old product should be headed for the sunset villa in this age of smartphones, cloud computing, and Facebook.
Gingerbread Finally Reaches 50% Of Android Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
That it's taken a full year to push Gingerbread to half of Androids doesn't bode well for people clamoring for Google's upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
7 Ways IT Can Improve Customer Service
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
Take these concrete steps to get closer to customers and help your company's marketing and customer service teams do a better job.
Health Information Exchanges: Patients Must Be Convinced
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
HIEs need more than consistent standards and cooperative healthcare providers. Patients must get on board--and the right kind of PR can win them over.
Benioff's Dream: Toppling Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
Salesforce.com's CEO expounds on the social revolution, cloud computing and his goal of creating a $10-billion-a-year company.
Carrier IQ: Senate Demands Answers
Commentary  |  12/2/2011  | 
U.S. Senate weighs in on the Carrier IQ phone-snooping issue.
IT's 2012 Resolution: Stop The Hand-Wringing
Commentary  |  12/1/2011  | 
How can the myth of IT's shrinking relevance persist, with so many companies making huge bets based on their faith in technology?
10 Social Networking Tips For CIOs
Commentary  |  12/1/2011  | 
Adding a robust enterprise social network to your priority agenda is a must. Here's how to get going.
Collaboration Simulations: Think Big
Commentary  |  12/1/2011  | 
Stop messing around with "the pains of collaborating on a meeting agenda" and other trivial stuff. Take a lesson from those planning for mining disasters.
Carrier IQ: Mobile App Crap Must Stop
Commentary  |  12/1/2011  | 
The Carrier IQ situation is an insane breach of trust for enterprises. And unless phone makers copy the Apple model, where carriers can't pre-install app crap, it will happen again.
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