Commentary
Content posted in February 2010
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Guerra On Healthcare: No Mercy on Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
Is the Workgroup on Meaningful Use aiming at flexibility, or just piling on additional requirements?
Microsoft To Buy Cell Phone Maker?
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
It has barely been a week since Microsoft formally announced Windows Phone 7 Series, the successor to current Windows Mobile devices. Even though the platform has garnered quite a bit of praise and buzz, an analyst is suggesting that it might not be enough to turn the tide and Microsoft may need to resort to buying another cell phone maker.
Ellison Wins America's Cup; High Tech To Stay On High Seas
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
It's a technology marvel, the BMW Oracle triple-hull entry that brought home the America's Cup. And that's the problem. The cat -- as in catamaran -- is out of the bag. As much as I love a good piece of technology, when it comes to sailing, I wish the classic test between single-hulled sloops could return to the America's Cup.
Global CIO: NBC's Olympics Web Strategy Pounds Another Nail In Coffin
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
In trying to force web viewers to watch the Olympics on NBC's terms, the network showed how pathetically out of touch it is with that vital audience.
February 2010 Data Warehouse News
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
February is usually a busy month for data warehouse DBMS product releases, product announcements, and other real or contrived data warehouse DBMS news, and it can get pretty confusing trying to keep those categories of "news" apart. This year is no exception...
Verizon Intros Hurricane Proof 'Super Switch'
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Mother Nature can dish out some cruel punishment. Almost nothing is more intense -- and destructive -- than a hurricane. Given the importance of communications during times of emergency, Verizon Wireless built a new switch in south Florida that can withstand a Category 5 hurricane.
Global CIO: Future Of Outsourcing: The Xerox-ACS Vision
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Can Xerox apply its R&D to ACS's everyday, paper-shuffling kind of problems?
Double-Take Puts Disaster Recovery In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Continuing the recent trend toward using cloud storage for backup and recovery, Double-Take has introduced Double-Take Cloud. The cloud option gives businesses a recovery alternative to a steep hardware investment in duplicate servers.
HP Responds To Cisco Alliance Cutoff
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard is taking the high road in response to the Cisco's impending cut off of its reseller relationship. Click ahead to read HP's statement.
Apple's Giant New $1B Data Center From The Air
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
While this 37-second YouTube video won't be confused with Citizen Kane, it does provide a striking perspective on the massive, remote, expensive, and indispensable digital powerhouses behind the cloud computing platform. And just think of the marketing opportunity: Apple could put a logo the size of New Jersey on the roof.
Feds Tackling Health IT Privacy, Security Issues
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
While the federal government is enticing healthcare providers with billions of dollars in stimulus funding to digitize patient health data, the feds also appear serious about the data privacy and security concerns these efforts raise.
Global CIO Quick Takes: AstraZeneca Saves Millions With BDNA
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Well-done global IT-asset management can turn beancounting into strategic insight—and generate big savings.
Listening to the Chatter
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Google Earth Hits Android 2.1 Devices Via Market
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Users of the Google Nexus One may notice that Google Earth recently became available in the Android Market. Google Earth supports devices running Android 2.1 and up, and offers some really nifty features.
Four New Cloud Computing Favorites
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Four startups have emerged as finalists in Cloud Connect's Launch Pad contest, in which the public voted for their favorite new or in-development cloud application or service. These finalists provide a good indication of what's next in the cloud.
Sprint Confirms 'Summer' Launch For WiMax Phone
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
A report that ran late last week suggested that Sprint is preparing to launch a WiMax-equipped phone by the end of June. Sprint confirmed for InformationWeek that it is on target to offer a WiMax device by "summer." That device could be the Android-powered HTC Supersonic.
Flash And Touch Screens Don't Mix?
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
There has been a lot of discussion about Adobe's Flash on mobile devices. It is deemed so critical to the web that Apple was forced to stop advertising that the iPhone could access "all of the web" when it didn't support Flash. One blogger doesn't think that Flash belongs on any touch-only device.
Impostor And Investigator Exploit The Net
Commentary  |  2/21/2010  | 
The famous 1993 cartoon from the New Yorker magazine said that "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." The Internet certainly makes it easier to misrepresent yourself, if not your species, but it also makes unmasking an impostor much easier. A great example of that emerged last week.
Global CIO: Oracle Needs More Than Ellison's Talk To Beat IBM's Systems
Commentary  |  2/21/2010  | 
IBM's counterattacking on multiple fronts, emphasizing 50 years in optimized systems and questioning Oracle's abilities.
Oracle's Ellison Reaffirms Rapid Profitability For Sun
Commentary  |  2/21/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison reaffirmed Saturday that Sun's formerly unprofitable operations will become profitable "right away" as part of Oracle. That follows his promises late last month that Sun will be hiring more people than it lets go, and that Oracle's prize acquisition will turn a profit this month (February).
Photoshop 1.0 Arrives On The iPhone
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
To celebrate Photoshop's 20th Anniversary, Photoshop co-creator Russell Brown asked Ansca Mobile to re-create Photoshop 1.0 for the iPhone.
Small Business Social Media Usage Booms
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
A study finds that almost one of every five small business owners now actively uses social media for their business.
The Week Of Windows Phone 7 Series
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
Microsoft has had something it hasn't had for a few years - lots of buzz and enthusiasm for its latest incarnation of Windows Mobile, now dubbed Windows Phone 7 Series. They have taken some lessons learned from the Apple playbook and combined it with some of their own tricks.
Cisco Smacks Down HP Partnership
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
Cisco has made what can only be characterized as an aggressive move emphasizing its strategic surge from a networking-centric vendor into a unified computing powerhouse. As in, they sell servers now, too. In a blog post, Cisco unleashed the news it will terminate its system integrator contract with HP, and the latter will no longer be a Cisco Certified Channel or Global Service Alliance partner.
Virtualization And Blade Servers: A Competitive Edge
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
A recent case study offers some insights into a useful combination for many small businesses: virtualization and blade servers.
What's The Next Breakthrough In Government IT?
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
Government agencies aren't known as hotbeds of IT innovation, but there are definitely some bold, game-changing moves underway in government technology. Here are five such initiatives. We're looking for others.
First Impressions Of Windows Phone 7 Series
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
I had a few moments to spend with the freshly announced Windows Phone 7 Series operating system. One thing is clear: Microsoft is serious about taking back the smartphone crown. With OEMs and network operators on board, Windows Phone 7 is its biggest -- and riskiest -- step yet.
IBM's Palmisano Warns U.S. Not To Fall Behind On Broadband
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
With global IP traffic in 2013 expected to top 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (half a zettabyte, which is one trillion gigabytes), IBM CEO Sam Palmisano is warning that "our country will not be prepared for a new world that is increasingly built on the fusion of the physical and the digital" without a huge national broadband upgrade driven by private-sector funding and "enlightened" government policy.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard's Hurd Creates Growth Engine In R&D
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
HP's chopped $1B from annual R&D spending but is cranking out more dynamic new products than ever. What's Hurd's secret?
Salesforce Chatter Enters Private Beta
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
The social networking and messaging addition to the Salesforce.com CRM and cloud services is now in use by 100 companies, bringing it that much closer to availability to all companies using the Force.com platform.
Full Nelson: 10 Most Memorable Moments of Mobile World Congress
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Great phones, new apps, amazing technology demonstrations, photos, funny stories and more than you can cram into a single article.
Down To Business: The 10 Most Strategic IT Vendors
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
They're integral to the business, command a central place in the IT architecture, and are mighty hard to replace. How do these vendors compare to your list?
Global CIO: Do CIOs Still Matter?
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
CIOs need to redefine their roles and boundaries in today's age of lean IT and customer-centric business.
Piper Jaffray: 3 Firms To Grow Big In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
It's almost a manifesto. "Everything will move to the cloud," predicts Piper Jaffray & Co. analyst Mark Murphy and researcher Brian Schwartz. And as it does, three medium-sized companies will become star cloud suppliers. Do you think you know who they are? I, for one, didn't get them right.
Windows 7 Performance Questions Don't Add Up
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
A new study claims that Windows 7 creates serious performance issues for PC users. I'm not sure the authors are even asking the right questions here -- never mind their answers.
The GATE Way to Open Source Text Analytics
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Hamish Cunningham is benevolent dictator of the GATE team, "researching human language computation." Their work is realized in a highly capable, open-source, text-analysis platform, the General Architecture for Text Engineering. Hamish's replies to my questions regarding Text Analytics Opportunities and Challenges for 2010 hold many insights about text analytics and open source...
Server Den: AMD Emphasizes Energy Efficient Opterons
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Our columnist interviews AMD chief marketing officer Nigel Dessau, who talks about the scrappy chip vendor's upcoming processors, the four stages of virtualization, and why scale-out servers could be the platform of the future.
Could Sharing Your Location Impact Your Employment?
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Lately we've read reports about people losing their job or not receiving a job offer because of what they write about on their blog or post on one of the social networks. But what about the new location tools like Foursquare and Gowalla? Could using one of these services be the quickest ticket to a pink slip or a non-offer?
iPhone Owners Intentionally Break Old iPhones For Upgrades
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
According to SuperCover Insurance, iPhone owners smash their old iPhone on purpose when a new model is announced in order to get a free upgrade. SuperCover also says that 40% of all claims are suspicious. Is the iPhone that addicting?
Motorola's Backflip Landing March 7 On AT&T
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
AT&T is the last major wireless network operator in the U.S. to launch an Android handset. Though one in is on the way -- Motorola's Backflip -- the company said today that it plans to have a total of five Android handsets available by the end of June this year.
Google Intros Cloud-Based Clipboard For Docs
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
This week Google quietly rolled out a new feature within Google Docs. It is offering a Web-based clipboard that will let users copy-and-paste content between Google Docs. It also manages to keep Web formatting intact.
Google Buys Then Deletes reMail App For iPhone
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Google recently purchased a small company that offered an iPhone email search application. The app, called reMail, was superior to the iPhone's native email search tool. As soon as Google purchased the company behind reMail, the app was pulled from the iPhone Apps Store.
Windows Marketplace For Mobile Refreshed
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is Microsoft's application store for Windows Mobile, was launched in October 2009 when WinMo 6.5 came out. It has since been made available for all 6.x devices. Very soon, Microsoft should push out an update that will add a few new features. In addition to that there are some welcome changes for developers.
Two Big Challenges For Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Microsoft seems to have won some positive comments from the people who have gotten an initial peek at Windows Mobile 7. It really does seem like the company has learned its lessons and made some long-needed improvements to their mobile platform. But there are still plenty of challenges ahead for Microsoft.
Global CIO: Open Letters To Ellison, Hurd, Chambers, & Plattner
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
In the past year we've made candid suggestions to each of those executives via open letters -- were our ideas on target?
Mobile World Congress Best Of Show: HTC Desire
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Of all the hardware and software announcements made during this week's Mobile World Congress, I was most impressed by HTC's latest flagship Android device. The HTC Desire wins "Best Of Show" for 2010.
Why Cloud Computing Won't Kill IT Jobs
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
At a recent IT End User Group focused on cloud computing, I detected turbulence. Roughly three quarters of the networking professionals and systems administrators I spoke with are afraid of losing their jobs once cloud computing evolves within their organizations.
Virtualization Security: Focus On The Fundamentals
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Virtualization security remains a major concern for many companies. While new tools play an important part in solving this problem, so does a straightforward, back-to-basics approach to server security.
Eric Schmidt Speaks, Mobile World Listens
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Eric Schmidt took the stage Tuesday evening in Barcelona to address a sometimes-hostile crowd. His message? Mobile comes first, and Google "comes in peace."
ROI Calculations Are a Joke
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
Let me state my take on ROI calculations as clearly as I can. ROI calculations for information technology are junk calculations -- a fraud, a nonsense, and a complete waste of time. Clear enough for you? Oh, and by the way, ROI calculations from software vendors are even worse.
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