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Content posted in December 2012
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6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Commentary  |  12/31/2012  | 
This could be a make or break year as Microsoft looks to establish itself in mobile, cloud and other hot new markets while fending off challenges to its Windows franchise.
iPhone Prices Under Competitive Pressure
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
Phone prices are being aggressively lowered by Apple's competition and Apple appears to be responding with price cuts, something we haven't seen before. Never mind that excellent Android and Windows Phones can be had for a lot less than the iPhone's $199 with a 2 year plan; more and more users are opting for older and cheaper iPhone models. The bottom line of all this is that Apple's average selling price for an iPhone is going down.
5 Cloud App Trends To Expect In 2013
Commentary  |  12/27/2012  | 
We'll see more mobile options and embedded analytics, of course, but surprises will include growth in financial apps and big-data insights.
China Tries Again To Control Internet
Commentary  |  12/25/2012  | 
The Great Firewall of China is increasingly effective in stopping anonymous VPN-based access in and out of the country after a recent upgrade, and now the government is considering another attempt to strengthen authentication of users before obtaining Internet connections. The proposed law is being cynically framed as a privacy protection measure. As offended as I am at the ideas behind these proposals, I'm confident that they can't be implemented practically.
Google/Motorola 'X phone' Tries To Push Tech Limits
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
Google and Motorola are trying to make the hottest phone on the market and running into the problems that kept everyone else from making such a phone, such as poor battery life. The way they're going about it suggests that Google does not have the clearest vision of what they want to do or how to do it.
Mobile's Biggest Losers In 2012
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
The last twelve months have been turbulent for smartphone makers and wireless network providers. Here's who took it on the chin hardest.
Email Overload: Disease Or Symptom?
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
Email overload is a symptom of larger management dysfunctions. Why are your employees spending so much time covering themselves for every little thing?
10 Year-End To-Do Items For IT Leaders
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
It's time to reflect, give thanks, recharge and come out of the gate swinging in 2013.
Android Fails in Mobile Malware Research
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
There are many more malware-infected Android devices out there than you might think. It's all because the Android ecosystem and Google Play store are more friendly to malware and exploits than iOS and the Apple App Store or Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Windows Store. There's some, but not much reason, to think things will improve for Android in the near future.
Microsoft's Big Hits And Misses Of 2012
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
The past year saw some big wins, and big setbacks, for Microsoft. And then there's the special case of Windows 8.
Apple Must Settle With Samsung
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Apple Needs To Cut The Patent Nonsense. If Apple really thinks they need to sue the competition out of the market then they must think they're in worse shape than anyone else thinks. Recent legal setbacks, including the reexamination by the US Patent and Trademark Office of the 'pinch and zoom' and other patents, have the potential to embarrass Apple severely and embolden the competition. Now's the time to scale back in their settlement negotiations.
Social Enterprise 2013: Opportunities And Obstacles
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Big changes such as integrating social tools with business take time. Remember that in slow-moving revolutions, the persistent are as likely to be successful as the bold.
5 Ways To Stay Ahead Of Consumerization Of IT
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Here's how to seize on the user trend as an opportunity rather than a problem.
7 SMB Technology Predictions For 2013
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
What's in store for small and midsize business technology in the New Year?
Oracle Q2 Results: Ellison Spins On Sun
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
CEO Larry Ellison talks up Oracle's Sun acquisition even as hardware sales slide 23%. Software sales rise.
PR Gone Wild, 2012: 12 Hall Of Shamers
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
We get a lot of bad public relations pitches during a year, but these 12 speak for themselves. Enjoy, but please think carefully before paying for a FaceTime facelift.
Social Media: Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Before you get too deep into social business strategy, look at how comfortable your organization and its leaders are with the world of social media.
Internet Of Things: Coming To Pool Near You?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
IT pros need to start conversations about how networked devices might change their businesses, no matter how unlikely the application might be.
Smartphone Race's Third Horse: Microsoft Or RIM?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Apple and Google are the two strong leaders in the smartphone wars. Microsoft recently kicked off its comeback bid, and RIM follows next month. Which one has the best shot of being the third horse in this race?
Google Nexus 10: My First Month
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
After almost two years of iPad use, I've been living with a Google Nexus 10 tablet for the past month. Google's iPad rival does not disappoint.
Microsoft Surface RT Best Tablet Ever, 'Reviewers' Gush
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablet may not be posting big sales numbers, but everyone who bought one from Best Buy claims to love it unconditionally.
Google Escapes Antitrust Shackles
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
FTC's antitrust case against Google appears to be winding down without Google being slapped with any penalties or restrictions. Be glad.
Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Hear me out on this one, tablet shoppers: You should buy a 7-inch tablet and a 10-inch tablet.
Cloud Computing: Best And Worst News Of 2012
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
What were the key developments for enterprise cloud computing this year? Let's look at four big wins -- and three setbacks.
7 Ways Outsourcing Has Changed
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
The old role of outsourcers -- doing repetitive stuff overseas because it is a lot cheaper -- is history. See what's coming to take its place.
In Search Of Social Business Excellence
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Vala Afshar, chief customer officer of Enterasys Networks, celebrates his firm's social business success story, from Chatter to Twitter, in "The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence."
Google Makes BYOD Harder
Commentary  |  12/16/2012  | 
Google is ending several services, including Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) for free users and Google Calendar Sync for all users. If you use an iPhone or iPad for free Google services like GMail you have some headaches ahead. Google is pushing you hard to abandon the Mail app and switch to the GMail app. If you use a Microsoft Surface for them then you have a big problem. This Google calls "Winter cleaning."
Can Microsoft Surface, Best Buy Save Each Other?
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
Microsoft needs to get its Windows 8 tablet in front of as many eyeballs as possible, and the retailer needs hot products to drive in-store sales.
5 Reasons Outsourcing Is Here To Stay
Commentary  |  12/14/2012  | 
The tech services industry is in the midst of a downturn, but outsourcing isn't going anywhere—it offers too many benefits.
Halamka Knows Perils And Promise Of Healthcare BYOD
Commentary  |  12/13/2012  | 
One of the nation's top healthcare CIOs discusses Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's $200K project to secure personal devices used for work.
6 Ways IT Still Fails The Business
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
IT leaders should prepare their teams to avoid these mistakes in 2013.
Health IT Bubble Is No Bubble At All
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
Unlike the disappointing tech startups of the late 1990s, healthcare IT will continue to grow because it addresses problems the medical industry has yet to solve.
Tell Me Again Why CEOs Should Tweet
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
Social media matters, but that doesn't mean it's every CEO's job to participate.
Big Data Revolution Will Be Led By Revolutionaries
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
Why "old-guard" vendors didn't make our list of big data vendors to watch in 2013.
Yahoo Gets Serious About Mobile
Commentary  |  12/12/2012  | 
New email and Flickr apps show that CEO Mayer is pushing to make Yahoo a contender in the mobile market.
Top Ten BYOD Developments of 2012
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
It's been another big year for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the consumerization of IT. Apple moved boldly forward and yet lost a step in both market share and esteem. Microsoft staked a claim in the tablet and phone markets. Android came to dominate the smartphone market and make tablet inroads. 4G and the cloud have become more common and big companies stepped in to take control of mobile security.
Office for iPad: Don't Expect Much
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
The evidence is pouring in that there will soon be a Microsoft Office of sorts on the iPad. Just remember, that Microsoft will never give Apple their cut through the app store, so look for Office for iPad to be a free gateway to some for-pay service.
QWERTY Keyboards Are Here To Stay
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
Alternative keyboards are voodoo ergonomics. If the keyboard is going to be killed by anything, it'll be by the one holy grail of user interfaces: A direct neural connection between the user and the computer, with all of the fascinating and scary possibilities offered through such a system. The things I'm confident it's not going to be killed by are touchscreens — or, for that matter, other kinds of keyboards.
All I Want For Christmas Is Less Email
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
When it comes to managing the email onslaught, we have met the enemy, and he is us. Needed now: Willpower.
Google's Motorola Acquisition: All About The Patents
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
Slew of facility closures and divestitures prove that Google was never interested in Motorola's hardware business.
How To Compose An Effective Social Media Team
Commentary  |  12/11/2012  | 
In the next phase of social business, internal and external social media teams will need to align more tightly.
Flawed Report Claims 24 of 25 Top App Companies Sell Games
Commentary  |  12/10/2012  | 
A report by research firm Canalys says that revenues in the app business are dominated by game developers. We think the analysis is flawed, but it's also true that revenue opportunities are potentially more plentiful for games than other apps.
What If Google Ignores BlackBerry 10?
Commentary  |  12/10/2012  | 
Google's long-time support for RIM's BlackBerry platform seems to be waning. Will BlackBerry 10 be able to win back Android and iPhone users without mobile apps from Google?
9 Inspiring Innings With SF Giants CIO Bill Schlough
Commentary  |  12/10/2012  | 
After getting to know Bill Schlough, InformationWeek's L.A. baseball diehard Fritz Nelson has just one question: Why isn't this guy with the Dodgers?
For Microsoft Surface, Modest Sales Are Good Enough
Commentary  |  12/8/2012  | 
The software giant is finding that modest sales are the sweet spot for Surface hardware, but is it a winning business model? It could be. Surface doesn't have to be as big a hit as the iPad for Windows 8, and therefore Microsoft, to win big. More than Surface itself, Microsoft needs to get Windows 8 and the app model working, and for that the success of Lenovo, Dell, HP and other OEMs is also good for Microsoft.
Windows 8 Sales Plagued By Tablet Delays
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel's Atom "Clover Trail" chip were supposed to hit the price-performance sweet spot -- but just try finding one.
5 Healthcare IT Resolutions For 2013
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
CPOE and clinical decision support won't help you get in shape or spend more time with the family, but they should be among your New Year's priorities.
10 Signs You're Not A Social Business
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
Confused about what makes a business social? Sometimes it's easier to see the reverse.
T-Mobile Ending Phone Subsidies: A Victory For Transparency
Commentary  |  12/7/2012  | 
The traditional subsidized phone contract that has made mobile phones seem more affordable is in fact a convoluted scheme to maximize carrier money and leverage on the customer. T-Mobile's plan to switch to unlocked phones and a "Value" package, in which you pay for the phone in installments clearly spelled out on the bill, lets customers make clearer decisions.
Why Amazon's Cloud Business Is Like Kindle Sales
Commentary  |  12/6/2012  | 
Amazon Web Services is cheap upfront, and Amazon only gets paid if people keep using it, CEO Bezos says.
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