Investing in IT Increases Revenue
The notion that IT systems are key to a companyï¿¼s bottom line was reinforced in a recent survey that Microsoft completed of 3,193 SMBs in a cross section of private industries in 15 countries. The survey found that businesses that view IT as business enabler and use hosted services performed better fiscally than those that do not.
Palm Ripe To Be Acquired
Palm shares surged over 7% yesterday after German Deutsche Bank raised their price target. Their analysts think Palm is at a good value to be absorbed by another company and there could be a bit of a premium for current shareholders. Would it make sense for someone else to get into the phone space this way?
Visualize Balance, Visualize Change
The best BI visualizations bring out essential information that might otherwise remain hidden in data. A Washington Post visualization of President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2011 does just that. There's much to be learned from a New York Times example as well, in particular about visualizing change.
Cloud Storage Under Attack
There is a case of piling on going on right now as it relates to cloud storage. While I agree that the term has been hijacked, stretched and bent by more than a few storage vendors, that does not mean that the whole concept is bad. While the name is as poorly chosen as "social media", the concept is dead on.
CMIS is Here: What Does it Mean for You?
The goal is to make content repositories interoperate by being independent of operating systems and architectures. Here's a rundown on some of the more compelling features.
Cisco Doubling India Headcount To 10,000
Cisco India plans to double its workforce in the next 23 months from 5,000 to 10,000, but a company official expressed concern that the rapidly growing demand for IT talent in India could be outstripping supply. Cisco's plan comes as IBM and EMC are also undertaking massive expansion plans in India.
Apparently 'Free' Agrees With Nokia Ovi Maps Users
Nokia is pleased to crow about the initial success of its newly-free Ovi Maps software, which was downloaded 1 million times in the first week of availability. The total number of downloads of the mapping software has already reached 1.4 million.
Are Netbooks The Future For The PC Market?
Chip designer ARM's chief executive says that netbooks are the future of computing -- and the future doesn't need Microsoft. Is he onto something here, or is he just blowing smoke?
Cybercrime As An Economic Threat
Speaking on Good Morning America this morning during a report on the terror threat, former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke pegged cyberthreats as just as, if not more, serious than the next iteration of the underwear bomber. "Every day major corporations in the country lose their intellectual property, their corporate secrets, without even knowing it, to successful Chinese hacks" says Clarke. "This is the real big threat, because it takes away our economic advantage."
Is Google Chrome A Corporate Option?
The news has been good lately for Google and its Chrome browser. The most important sign is that Chrome's market share has reached 5.2 percent according to NetApps. Despite that growth, I wonder if Chrome will ever be a viable option for corporate businesses.
Verizon Devours Another Motorola Android Phone
Today Motorola announced the latest Android handset for Verizon's network, the Devour. This new handset appears to be a step down from the Droid. It has less-thrilling specs, but it is the first handset for Verizon Wireless to run Motorola's MOTOBLUR.
Pepsi Picks Cisco For Huge TelePresence Deal
PepsiCo plans to install Cisco TelePresence systems in major offices around the world to help it work more closely with leading distributors and retailers. The huge deal will "reinvent the way we work," said PepsiCo Global CIO Robert Dixon.
Google Chrome OS Tablet Edition Previewed
Apple isn't the only company with a tablet computer in the works. Google's forthcoming Chrome OS may debut in tablet form, too. Chrome OS's lead designer Glen Murphy posted a video that demonstrates what a tablet version of Chrome OS might look like.
Security Scoreboard Lists Services By Specialty
A new service, Security Scorecard, aims to help simplify the search for qualified security specialists simpler by listing them, categorizing them, making them searchable. Service providers will have the option of buying premium display space.
Will Microsoft Answer Google App Store Challenge?
Google's considering an online store for business applications, the Wall Street Journal reports. If so, it would show Google getting more serious about business software, which is good. It would also lay down a challenge to Microsoft's new Office Online business.
Google Planning Apps Store For Businesses
Never mind apps for phones, Google is planning to launch a new online apps store for business customers. The software would integrate with its Web-based services. Google continues to increase the pressure on Microsoft.
Windows 7 Boosts Microsoft Customer Satisfaction
Has Windows 7 had a big impact on Microsoft's frustrated customers and on Microsoft's bruised reputation? According to one study, Microsoft posted a bigger boost in customer-satisfaction scores after the Win7 rollout than ultracool Apple did after its release of Snow Leopard. That news, plus its strong financial results this week, give Microsoft some much-needed momentum.
Sony Ericsson's Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Device
Sony Ericsson is announcing a new phone based on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 that will initially be on sale in the UK. The phone is called the Aspen and seems to be geared more towards business users. While this is a .dot.dot release for Windows Mobile, it shows that Microsoft is serious about turning Windows Mobile's perception around. This update to 6.5 provides a lot more features than you'd think of for a .0.3 release.
Barracuda Networks Enters the Enterprise Firewall Market
Through its acquisition of Phion, Barracuda Networks has launched a line of seven enterprise firewalls meant to consolidate network security devices and reduce management overhead when dealing with numerous distributed firewalls.
Mac vs. PC Security Not The Real Question
The argument over whether Macs are more secure than Windows PCs may never be resolved, but it's no longer the relevant issue, according to a survey of security experts.
Zune Phone Rumors Need To Die
Windows Mobile rumors are kicking up into high gear with the approach of Mobile World Congress. Buzz suggests that Microsoft will unveil Windows Mobile 7 at the show. Today, reports of the fabled "Zune Phone" making an appearance also reached fever pitch. Here's why it's not gonna happen.
Oracle's Ellison: We'll Grab Share By Going Direct
Promising to improve installation and support for Oracle-Sun products at Sun's 4,000 top customers, Oracle's Larry Ellison said the new company must "do a better job" of "working with those customers to make sure they get [Sun technology] installed successfully and running successfully." He didn't say so explicitly, but Ellison's implied message to Sun resellers and integrators: better give HP a call.
Verizon Mashes Up Mapping And Social Networking
What happens when you take Facebook and combine it with a location-aware mapping service? VZ Navigator 5.0 is born, naturally. The newest version of this mapping service from Verizon Wireless adds some social networking pizzazz for the over-sharer in you.
Apple Isn't Only Vendor With New Tablet
While the world awaited Apple's debut of iPad last week, another tablet vendor--that especially focuses on healthcare-- was busy behind the scenes readying its own new product announcement.
WiMAX: a Better Option than 4G Networks?
Speed, no matter how much a company provides to its users, they often desire more. As mobile applications become more pervasive and more sophisticated, small and medium businesses need ways to boost wireless bandwidth. In the short term, WiMAX is in a better position to provide extra bandwidth than cellular networks, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Server Den: Inside HP's Converged Infrastructure
Gary Thome, chief architect of HP's Infrastructure Software and Blades group, talks power and cooling like you've never heard it before. Plus, why he thinks Hewlett-Packard's data-center play tops Cisco.
Oracle-Sun High-Performance Computing: Still Committed?
"Unfortunately for high-performance computing lovers everywhere, there was nary a mention of HPC in Oracle's merger party on Wednesday," says HPCwire. "And while nothing was explicitly said to indicate Sun's HPC customers would be ditched, Oracle's focus right now is obviously on business computing, not scientific computing." What's the future for HPC at Oracle/Sun?
SSD Is Not Disruptive
One of the concerns about adopting Solid State Disk (SSD) is that it can be disruptive to the overall data management process that you may have in your data center. SSD is obviously a new and fast but somewhat more expensive alternative to your good old mechanical drives. However, when implemented correctly the addition of SSD can be relatively non-disruptive.
Linux's Hypervisor Complex
Why doesn't the Linux community brag more? When I was asked to moderate an upcoming InformationWeek Government webinar with Fred Osborne from Red Hat, I immediately thought about discussing the differences between Linux hypervisors versus Microsoft's Hyper-V. When you look at the market as a whole, Linux owns the space.
VMware is built on a Linux kernel, so is Xen. Red Hat is naturally all about Linux and builds upon the open source KVM. I realize they're all competitors, but they have a commo
Adobe Lashes Back At Apple And The Web
In response to the heated discussion occurring all over the Internet, Adobe is striking back. It posted a new blog that claims "a lot of the speculation [Adobe is] hearing for why Flash Player isn't on the iPad doesn't make sense."
Informatica Starts 2010 with a Bang
In a move that will send (pleasant) tremors in the world of data management, Informatica snapped up leading MDM vendor Siperian. I'm excited by this event, and here's why.
Android To Reign Supreme By 2013
Android is predicted to surpass the iPhone and Blackberry platforms by 2013 becoming the second largest smartphone platform. Only Nokia's Symbian will be on more phones sold that year.