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Sybase To Launch Secure Mobile IM And Presence For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
Spectrum, Here! Get Yer Spectrum, Heeeere!
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to an analyst over at Pyramid Research, 3G spectrum has been highly overpriced, while
T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Last night at the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati to an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset. The Teddybears and Twista were in da house. Oh, and so was the Nokia 5300.
Something Will Be Lost When Second Life Gets Voice
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
I have to admit I'm not 100% looking forward to the addition of voice into Second Life. I agree that it's inevitable and will make the service easier to use. But the text-based chat currently in use in Second Life adds to its charm, and, paradoxically, makes the service seem more real.

The Importance Of Presence: Taming The Wild And Woolly IM
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
"Presence" is one of the hottest ideas in software these days. Being able to see who's online and how they're connected is a necessary piece of functionality for enterprise networks as "real-time collaboration" (what we used to call "instant messaging" before it went corporate) has become the way to be productive. And for big companies, providing presence has been a security and compliance headache. The latest company to offer help is Sybase iAnywhere. Today it announced mobile instant messaging
Models Take the Danger Out of Prediction
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Predictive modeling isn't a crystal ball, and despite the efforts of Business Objects, Hyperion, Microstrategy and SAS to get predictive modeling into mainstream BI tools, there are many other reasons for its lack of success... Predictive modeling is different from using predictive models... Automating decisions with predictive models is a good idea, especially when those decisions are numerous and each one has a farily low risk of error.
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
IM 2.0
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Quick Look: Remember The Milk
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
It's not the organized people who need to keep task lists -- it's those of us who are so disorganized that we need some sort of written reminder to keep us on track (and to keep our bosses happy). As a past Outlook user, my inclination is to pair my task list with my calendar. As a current user of Google Calendar, I've been a bit peeved because, with all its advantages, it doesn't have a To Do feature. I'm a lot happier now -- because I found a site with the absurd name of
AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
Three Intriguing Web 2.0 Companies: Jellyfish, Ning, And Dandelife
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s fundamentally impossible to predict which Web 2.0 ideas will take over the Internet. That lifts an incredible burden from my shoulders — I used to think it was my job to predict those things. Now I know it’s not my job — and, moreover, it’s an impossible task. So I can just sit back and marvel at the creativity that goes into coming up with various business models. Here’s three we discovered recently, two
Web Analytics Vendor Adds Data Visualization
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
On-demand Web analytics service provider Omniture has launched Discover 2.0, a visual data exploration tool designed to uncover business opportunities, new customer acquisition strategies and ways to drive more revenue from online marketing campaigns. Complementing Omniture's SiteCatalyst Web analytics service, Discover 2.0 is said to support unlimited segmentation of online customers and site visitors.
Free At Last
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all t
Verizon Wireless to Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Some keen-eyed spies have found coverage maps and other information on Verizon Wireless's Web site that confirm a March 1 launch for its V CAST Mobile TV service. Too bad most major markets are left off first round of cities
Cingular and Motorola Offer Gold RAZR
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
While the new gold color sure is purty and would tempt Bond villain Auric Goldfinger himself (and probably Lindsay Lohan), Motorola and its carrier partners should be working on new, innovative handsets and stop with the endless parade of facelifts to a has-
dodd/methvin test
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
dodd methvin test
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Vista, Infrastructure and BPM Top IT Concerns
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
What are the three most important priorities for IT organizations in 2007? GCR (formerly Gartner Custom Research) put this question to more than 1,000 IT professionals and determined that Windows Vista, core infrastructure and business process management are among the top concerns, eclipsing interest in security and hardware upgrades.
Microsoft's Ballmer To India: Cut Piracy, Create 50,000 Jobs
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says software piracy in India is so bad that it's holding back the country's economy. But if India can reduce piracy by just 10% it would create 50,000 new jobs, says Ballmer. Question: Where will those jobs come from?
Join Us For Our Regular SL Kaffeeklatsch
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Jon us for our Second Life kaffeeklatsch Tuesday 7 am Second Life Time, at Notre Dame de Caffeine. The subject: Using Second Life for collaboration in SL and real life. For more on Web 2.0 collaboration tools, see this week's cover story, "Most Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business.".

Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
DoCoMo And McDonald's To Allow Mobile Payments For Big Macs
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Japan's leading wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, signed a deal with fast food company McDonald's that will let DoCoMo subscribers buy food at the restaurant chain by using their mobile phones. Do you want fries with that mobile payment?
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Quick Look: The Playaway
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
It may come as a shock to those technophiles who wouldn't be seen in public without their earbuds firmly attached, but there are folks out there who do not own an iPod (or alternate MP3 player). There are even people out there who don't know (or don't want to learn) how to download MP3 files. Most of us would simply leave those benighted souls to their AM radios and clunky CD players -- but at least one company sees them as a possible source of income.
Free At Last
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
I just bought my daughter a laptop. Well, to tell the truth, although I purchased it for her to use, it was actually for my benefit: I was tired of being kicked off my own computer because she had homework that required word processing or access to the Internet. Shuddering at the thought of shelling out hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office -- because though only in fifth grade, she needs PowerPoint as well as Word -- I downloaded the free office suite
Motion Computing Intros New Tablet For Health Care
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The new Microsoft Windows Vista-based C5 Tablet PC for health care workers from Motion Computing is the epitome of mobile computing. It even has a handle to help docs and nurses on the go carry it around. Its bevy of wireless features is missing one spicy ingredient, though.
When The Walls Came Tumblin' Down At Intel
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Intel has finally gotten rid of an eyesore that has been a major blight on its operation since 2001, and, no, it's not Itanium.
Rest In Peace, BenQ Mobile
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The former Siemens mobile phone division, once one of the top global makers of handsets, has completely and utterly imploded. All its remaining employees will need to look for other employment and its assets will be sold off in pieces to appease creditors, to which it owes $1.16 billion.
My FABULOUS Second Life
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
I've discovered that Ziggy Figaro, my alter ego in Second Life, is vain. In Second Life, I spend a good deal of time shopping, fussing over my appearance, and figuring out what to wear. In real life, I devote exactly as much effort on my appearance as I need to, and no more.

Fakeyourspace.com: The Web Gets More Like Real Life
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Fakeyourspace.com is a Web service with a truly brilliant business plan: for 99 cents each per month you can buy all the friends you can afford to leave comments on your MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook page - really hot-looking friends, too, judging from the examples on the sites home page. It's just another example of how a disruptive Web technology can affect economics
Don't Think SaaS Won't Require Support
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
One of the selling points to management on software as a service (SaaS) is the assertion that it will eliminate internal support costs. A few companies I'm working with are finding that support costs don't always go away, and that's especially true for larger companies. Effective SaaS programs require more internal support than many realize. Here are three areas to consider.
Vista Still Seems Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'
Commentary  |  2/25/2007  | 
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm apparently running a bogus copy of Windows Vista. At least that's what my computer told me earlier today after I booted up. Funny thing is, I got my copy of Vista directly from. . . Microsoft. Apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem. If you troll Microsoft's Windows Vista Activation Forum, you'll find numerous posts along the same lines.
Keeping Junk E-Mail Out Of Your Inbox
Commentary  |  2/24/2007  | 
Spam volume is at its highest peak ever, Marshal's Threat Research and Content Engineering Team notes in their latest report. Spam has increased 280% since just last October. If the surge continues apace, 90% of all e-mail will be junk. That's a whole lot of unwanted e-mail.
Ex-Apple Employee's Firing Makes For Great YouTube Video
Commentary  |  2/24/2007  | 
Some say that revenge is best when it is served cold, but for former Apple Inc. call center employee Erik Ott, revenge may be best served about a million times a day on YouTube.
Older Is Better, But Is It Legal?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
For reasons that are far too complex to go into here (and that make me look far too stupid) I needed a copy of Paint Shop Pro 8 today. I know I've got my install CD around here somewhere, but it's hiding. So naturally I went hunting in Google, and somehow (I'm not exactly sure how, exactly) ran across the trail of www.oldversion.com. It had it and I downloaded it. I was ecstatic. But I also was suspicious.
IT Confidential: What Web 2.0 Will Mean For Workforce 2.0
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
How will the way college students use Web 2.0 technologies affect corporate computing? Here's a hint: Jackass, The Presentation.
1983 Datsun Sports Car TV Commercial Features Apple's Steve Wozniak
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
This 1983 TV commercial features Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak plugging Datsun sports cars. The TV commercial hasn't aged well -- the music, announcer's voice, Woz's beard, and his clothes are all goofy. The car looks great, though.

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Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
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Down To Business: Engage With Customers, Don't Just Humor Them
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
If your culture insulates departments from creative destruction, discourages risk-taking, and thus resists bringing customers into company decision-making, then your organization faces huge problems.
With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward today with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
Does Web 2.0 Add To Information Overload?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
My efforts to adopt Web 2.0 collaboration tools within InformationWeek last year were thwarted by a very simple question. I suggested we move a lot of the administrative stuff for IW.com to the Basecamp project-management tool. But a colleague put up a roadblock by asking, "Mitch, wouldn't that be just another thing I have to remember to check?"

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