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Content posted in February 2011
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SAP Plays Games With The Analysts
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The 'gamification' of the enterprise could make work more compelling, engaging and -- gasp -- fun.
Michael Bloomberg And The CIO Hall of Fame
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The success of this former Salomon trader and computer chief is a testament to why IT leaders should be rotated into other business roles
Porting Android Apps Won't Solve RIM's PlayBook Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Growing evidence suggests RIM is looking to permit applications written for Google's Android platform to run on its PlayBook tablet. Here's why this is a bad idea.
iPad 2: 5 Features Apple's Tablet Won't Have
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Apple is prepared to introduce its second-generation iPad on Wednesday. Here are five features this columnist doesn't expect to see.
Hard And Soft Power In Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Soldiers and diplomats recognize the power of the stick as well as the carrot. Time for E2.0 evangelists to toughen up.
Guerra On Healthcare: HIMSS Buzz Doesn't Square With Reality
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The top trends seen at the leading health IT conference -- accountable care organizations, payment reform, medical homes -- are far removed from the real issues confronting CIOs in the trenches.
Demo Show Still The Place To Be -- Or View
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
Keep an eye on JetStream HD, a hardware-software combo designed to let you stream movies and other heavy content to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Mixes Expected Upgrades, Innovative Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The list of business intelligence enhancements includes long-awaited fixes as well as in-memory and real-time advances.
RIM's Byzantine Process For Playbook Development
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
With the RIM Playbook release just around the corner, RIM is hoping to get some apps in the App World before its release. A developer of iOS and Android apps thought he'd give it a go, especially since he lives near the RIM Waterloo campus. To say the process is counterintuitive or not at all straightforward though is a bit of an understatement.
Global CIO: iPad Versus Motorola Xoom: Apps Give Apple Huge Advantage
Commentary  |  2/27/2011  | 
In considering new Android and Blackberry tablets, CIOs need to focus on the numbers that matter: how many apps, and price of device.
Marketing 101: Don't Forget To Follow Up!
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Nowadays, marketing your business is a different ball game than it was even six months or a year ago. Radio and print media are being eclipsed by social networking and e-mail messaging. But one thing hasn't changed, and it probably never will: how you follow up with prospective and existing customers.
Practical Analysis: User Habits And Making Tablets Seem More Like Beer
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Our research shows IT pros prefer HP as the vendor of choice for tablets and other new wave computing devices, but how are they going to convince users to go along with them?
Server Market Continues Triumphal Procession
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Gartner says the market defied the Great Recession last year by growing 17 percent, driven by refresh cycles. But next year could be different.
Motorola Xoom Teardown: What's Under The Covers
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Xoom is the first shipping tablet with dual-core processors, and the first to run Android 3.0. UBM TechInsights took the device apart and found similarities to Motorola's Atrix 4G smartphone.
The Growth Of Android - Visualized
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
The Android Developer's Youtube channel has a cool video that lets you watch the growth of Google's mobile platform over the last two and a half years.
Firm Gets 'ProActive' About Social Media Marketing
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
A Wall Street veteran, Jeff Ramson saw first-hand how difficult it can be for a small, fledgling company to get noticed. It occurred to him that he could merge his traditional investment expertise with social media to help these emerging operations gain some visibility and, ultimately, traction in the marketplace. That's why he started ProActive Capital Resources Group.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb First Impressions
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom arrives with the tablet-optimized version of Android and it feels like a more complete OS than earlier versions.
Spiceworks Adds iPhone App
Commentary  |  2/24/2011  | 
As they try to keep the company network functioning, IT technicians often move from place to place. Because many now carry smartphones, Spiceworks designed an iPhone application that helps them keep tabs on their networks and communicate with their coworkers.
Developer Rights Now
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Platform owners shouldn't be allowed to treat developers like serfs.
Watson's Jeopardy Win A Victory For Mankind
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The IBM supercomputer not only beat the quiz show's most successful human contestants, but also showed what skilled researchers will be able to do as they tackle big problems in the future.
Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Is Betting The Farm
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Leo Apotheker's silence has raised lots of uncertainty about HP, but he says a March 14 event will make everything clear. He'd better be right.
iPad 2: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
With Apple preparing to announced its second-generation tablet, here are the five features it can't leave out.
SAP Announces Blockbuster BusinessObjects Upgrade
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Business intelligence and information management suites are synchronized and enhanced in a feature-packed release highlighting real-time analysis.
OKI Switches To Green Printer Parts
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
By "green" they mean bioplastics, resulting in lower CO2 emissions. Also, things made from them are not immortal, and that's good for the environment.
Global CIO: SAS Takes On IBM, As IT Meets Marketing
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Analytics is changing marketing, as recent M&A activity shows.
Meraki Enhances Wireless Line
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Meraki has carved out a growing niche by offering businesses cloud based wireless network services. To maintain its momentum, the vendor added three items to its product line.
High Prices Dampen Appeal Of Motorola Xoom
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
The Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet comes with a hefty $799 retail price tag. Verizon's $200 subsidy does little to mute the Xoom's high cost.
Verizon iPhone Sales Disappoint
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Despite record online sales for the Verizon iPhone, overall sales have been disappointing to those at Apple. Before you read too much into that though, there are a few things to consider.
Cloud Connect To Tackle Challenges For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
The second-annual event will bring together strong advocates of cloud computing from Amazon, Cisco Systems, Rackspace, eBay, Cloudscaling, and others for a four-day conference.
SlideShare Unveils Online Meeting App
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
Are you a small-business owner or independent contractor on the lookout for an easy-to-use webconferencing tool? Well, your search may be over, now that a San Francisco-based company called SlideShare has unveiled Zipcast.
Global CIO: iPad Becoming Kingmaker For Enterprise Apps
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
iPad's success in business market underscores critical need for competitors to match soaring downloads of iPad-ready enterprise apps.
Microsoft's Drops The Curtain On AutoPlay
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
Born during The Age of Auto Everything, the Windows AutoPlay functionality was anything but a home run. So Microsoft finally lays it to rest.
Xerox Offers Mid-Range SMB Color Toner Printers
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
High-price is justified by high print quality, says Xerox. The jury remains out on that, but the refill toner price is, as usual, no bargain.
Virtual PBX Offers IP Solution
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
Movement from traditional to IP telephony services has been taking place for several years. A leader in traditional voice services, Virtual PBX has now broadened its offerings, so they work better with IP.
This Isn't The Update You Are Looking For
Commentary  |  2/22/2011  | 
Even as Windows Phone 7 was launching late in 2010, everyone knew there was an update on the horizon that at a minimum would bring copy and paste to the platform. On Monday Microsoft started rolling out the first update for its mobile platform, but this won't have copy and paste, or anything else you will really use either.
Healthcare Heads Toward The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
Healthcare has been slower than most industries to embrace cloud computing, but that's starting to change.
Motorola Xoom To Debut Without Flash
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
The Android tablet will reportedly launch without support for Adobe Flash despite marketing that has touted it as a differentiator from Apple's iPad.
Guerra On Healthcare: CHIME Says What It Thinks
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' letter to the Health IT Policy Committee shows it won't be relegated to ineffectual political correctness.
Dispatch From Barcelona: Mobile Chips Of Change
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
New chipsets are enabling mobile computing in every aspect of our lives. Here are a few of the latest developments from this week's Mobile World Congress.
Zipcast Refreshes Web Conferencing
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
Salespeople can pitch on the fly and internal groups can pow-wow in real time. The best part is that all that's required is a browser.
Penn Medicine's Tech-Enabled Culture
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
Six steps to making technology an integral part of a large healthcare organization.
Nokia And Microsoft: One Week Later
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
It's been a week since Nokia announced its plans to adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform. How has the industry reacted?
Tablet Wars Heating Up
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
Vendors from HP to Samsung, RIM to HTC and others served notice they are serious about competing with Apple and the iPad at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
Cloud Player Unveils Partner Program
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
There's been a fair amount of buzz about cloud computing being the enemy of the channel. But Leonard Chung isn't buying it. He says there's actually a lot of opportunity for solution providers in the cloud space. They just need to work with the right vendors.
Global CIO: Bill Clinton On Technology's Promise And Problems
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
Warning that he doesn't know much about technology, the former president said tech's true potential lies in the service of institutions.
AT&T: App Store Bad For Consumers
Commentary  |  2/18/2011  | 
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress that Apple's App Store was harmful to consumes in that what you purchased there was locked to the iPhone. If you switch devices, say to Android, the Android version of those same apps would have to be repurchased.
There's More To Patient Safety Than 'Meaningful Use'
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
One medical center's new hospital includes medication management and other systems that go beyond meaningful use.
Enterprise Architects' Role In Aligning IT With Business
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
The growing importance of the enterprise architect and the need to take ownership of the business planning process were highlighted at Forrester’s Enterprise Architecture Forum.
Dispatch From Barcelona: Mobile Video Is Here
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
From videoconferencing to video chat to mobile TV, mobile devices can now do it all
Refill Ink Tops Blood On Price List
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
But there are still some things out there that are higher than ink prices per ounce, such as silver, Chanel #5, and gold.
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