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Content posted in February 2011
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Seven Breakthrough Sentiment Analysis Scenarios
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
Voice of the voter, voice of the customer and brand reputation management are just a few of the top applications for text analytics and information classification technologies.
How To Reduce IT Service Costs In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
In the shift from on-premises software to cloud computing, IT teams are still paying consulting and support fees that may be unnecessary. That's about to change.
How Multi-core Processors For Smartphones Rock
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
Multi-core processors on desktops and laptops have been available for years. Even netbooks often have dual-core processors. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a single core computer today. Smartphones though are just now beginning to see the benefits of dual-core chips.
Global CIO: As HP Stomps, Software Industry Shakes
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
The $130 billion giant's moving aggressively into software and is proving it's not afraid to stomp on some toes -- even those of trusted partners.
Stanford Researchers Double Speed Of W-Fi Connections
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Sending and receiving information on wireless networks has been impossible to date because of their design. However, that could change because of the work of three graduate students at Stanford University.
Mathias On Mobility: Will Tablets Replace PCs?
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Tablets fit nicely into the brave new world of emerging cloud-based enterprise environments, shrinking IT budgets, and the general consumerization of information technology.
HP's Half Step Back Into Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Vertica acquisition fills a big gap, but it also raises questions about Hewlett Packard's alliances and broader ambitions.
Motorola Can't 'Envision' Using Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Reinforcing its commitment to Android, representatives of the handset maker shot down suggestions that it use Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Government Technologist: The $1 Trillion Question
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Six powerful CEOs have a big idea for improving government efficiency--but could it possibly work?
Investing In Social CRM
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Constant Contact just shelled out a cool $15 million to build out its social media platform. That's how confident company executives are that social networking is the key to success for small businesses.
Global CIO: Google CEO Schmidt Whines About Nokia Snub
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
Schmidt didn't help his company by criticizing Nokia's choice of Microsoft or by describing a creepy future in which we're never lonely.
Dispatches From Barcelona: Mobile Competition In All Its Glory
Commentary  |  2/16/2011  | 
HP and Microsoft chase RIM for third place, while Google pulls ahead of the field
More On The Microsoft And Nokia Partnership
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Nothing coming out of Mobile World Congress is getting near the attention that the Nokia/Microsoft partnership has received. Love it or hate it, the news is surprising and controversial. There have been quite a few events happen since the announcement was made.
Apple App Store Finally Gets Subscriptions
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Those of you who, like me, have been wondering when you'll finally be able to ditch dead tree magazine and newspaper subscriptions in favor of your iPhone, iPad or Touch; well our days in the wilderness are about over. Apple finally announced their new App Store subscription service today, opening to all publishers a feature introduced for News Corp's The Daily <
Down To Business: The New Reality Of Tech Industry Consolidation
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
New companies, including ones from outside IT, are getting into the tech M&A mix as the modest recovery accelerates deal-making.
IBM To VARs: Services Are Secret To Success
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
IBM has a message for its channel partners: Sell services! It's not exactly a new message, but it's an important one, and the vendor is putting more muscle behind it than ever before.
Intel Goes MeeGo, With or Without Nokia
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Intel planned to further entice developers with a MeeGo user experience reference platform and a handful of shipping MeeGo applications. Without Nokia's full support, the message fell a bit flat.
The $1 Trillion Federal IT Challenge
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
The CEOs of IBM, Dell, and other tech companies say the U.S. government can reap huge savings from IT-driven initiatives, but their ambitious plan has virtually no chance of success.
Go Green With Download Services
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Using courier services to deliver files by hand makes no sense, even if they are too big for e-mail delivery.
Innovation Transforms Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Technical differentiation continues to narrow among leading vendors. The next Forrester Wave will see a push into cloud-based data warehousing.
Guerra On Healthcare: When Clinician, IT Priorities Collide
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
In selecting doctor-friendly electronic medical record systems vs. more IT-friendly options, corporate philosophy should guide your decision.
LifeSize Enhances Video Conferencing Systems
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Corporate use of video conferencing systems is on the rise. To widen its market niche, LifeSize enhanced its solution, with the highlight being support for HD content on mobile devices, such as the Apple iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft Announces Future Windows Phone 7 Enhancements
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
Microsoft has yet to release the first big update for its smartphone platform but that didn't deter CEO Ballmer from letting us know about more features that are already in the pipeline for later this year.
Global CIO: Cisco Zapped By Destructive Power Of Innovation
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
While John Chambers's company has branched far beyond its networking roots, that core business has stumbled—and competitors are pouncing.
Microsoft Needs Apps To Win In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Beyond executive shakeups, Microsoft needs to acknowledge this truth: Apps drive infrastructure
Leading Developers Dismiss Charge That Cloud Is 'Vapor'
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Hadoop originator Doug Cutting, NASA CIO Chris Kemp, and other cloud pioneers defended cloud computing during a CTO Forum panel and pointed to an emerging generation of enterprise applications.
Nokia Makes Last Stand With Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Former Redmond exec Stephen Elop has firmly hitched Nokia's fortunes to Windows Phone 7 in a do-or-die move to ensure the handset maker's survival in the smartphone market.
Telcos Take On Apple
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Application stores have become all the rage in the mobile handset market. Rather than acquiesce all of the power to Apple, a group of telecommunications services providers have forged a different approach, the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).
Can The Jeopardy Challenge Help IBM Compete With Apple And Google?
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Noted author Stephen Baker says this week's man vs. machine TV contest will help Big Blue attract the best and brightest. Early uses of the technology will show up on cell phones, he predicts.
Mobile 3D: Not Ready For Prime Time
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
One of the whiz-bang features being proffered by smartphone and tablet makers is 3D video capture and 3D playback. Trust us, it doesn't live up to the hype.
Microsoft Gives Sneak Peek Of Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
Internet Explorer 9 optimization, true application multitasking readied for second half
Global CIO: Is Apple Or IBM The #1 Most-Respected Large Corporation?
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
IBM and Apple held their high ground but HP and Cisco lost respect among money managers ranking the world's 100 largest corporations for Barron's.
Smartphone Platform Consolidation Begins
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
With Nokia's announcement that Windows Phone 7 would be the primary platform for their phones, consolidation in the mobile space begins. It is now down from seven platforms to effectively five going forward. This isn't the end though.
Nokia’s Elop Proclaims 3-Way Mobile Race
Commentary  |  2/13/2011  | 
In a boastful address at Mobile World Congress, Nokia’s new chief dismisses Blackberry and casts his company as an industry savior.
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Swings At iPad With Android Tab
Commentary  |  2/13/2011  | 
Samsung's second Galaxy Tab boasts a 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and an 8 megapixel camera.
Global CIO: HP Mobile Dump Of Microsoft Is Brilliant
Commentary  |  2/13/2011  | 
HP and Microsoft must forge a partnership whose future transcends the PC business—will their egos let them?
Enterprise Collaboration Meets The Super Bowl
Commentary  |  2/11/2011  | 
Salesforce.com's creative halftime promotion for its Chatter app was a major moment for social software on multiple levels
Startups Should Not Buy Servers, Says FaceBook CTO
Commentary  |  2/11/2011  | 
In a BBC interview, the executive says most Silicon Valley startups are now using the cloud rather than buying their own hardware.
Did The Verizon iPhone Fizzle?
Commentary  |  2/11/2011  | 
The iPhone 4 became available from Verizon Wireless nearly four years after the device launched on AT&T. Did anyone buy it?
Do Devices Do Enough To Protect Sensitive Information?
Commentary  |  2/11/2011  | 
Security has always been a concern with mobile devices, be they laptops or smartphones or something in between. They are easy to leave behind or get stolen depending on where you are. With more and more commerce happening on smartphones, securing the data on your phone is even more critical. Are simple passwords good enough?
Will Apple Rock The Phone World Again?
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Apple, which long ago ditched the 'computer' in their name, is known more as a phone cum mobile device maker and digital content distributor; and rightly so, their last earnings report showed these non-computer segments accounting for three-fourths of their revenue, with most of that coming from the iPhone. Having defined the smartphone feature set with a high bar all others must match, and with the Verizon model flying off the shelve
Samsung Unveils 6 SMB Mono Lasers
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Three are MFPs, three are printers, and four can use a high-capacity toner cartridge that brings the ink price down to 2 cents per page.
Global CIO: Sam Palmisano Reveals Secret Behind IBM's Century Of Success
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
IBM's chairman describes the power of culture and long-term thinking in his inaugural speech commemorating IBM's 100th birthday.
Practical Analysis: What Matters Most To IT Pros
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Job priorities are changing, but there's more going on here than just the economic hangover
WebOS Plans Put HP On Collision Course With Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Hewlett-Packard is taking aim at its longtime partner as it extends its Palm operating system beyond smartphones and tablets to PCs. And yes, you can blame Vista.
HP Goes All-In With WebOS
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
It's putting all of its mobile development into the Palm operating system, even beyond the smartphone and its just announced tablet. Our analysis and video demo size up what HP is up to.
Opera Bringing Browser To iPad
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Opera Software said that it is working to bring a version of its browser to Apple's iPad.
A Web App For Very Small Businesses
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Freelancers and very small businesses, I'd like you to meet Milton. He could be your next hire, and he won't demand nearly the salary of his less…uh, human…cohorts. Think Milton's a robot? Guess again.
Verizon iPhone On Sale At Last
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
Apple and Verizon Wireless Stores now have the iPhone 4, but is switching from AT&T worth the cost?
HP Keeps WebOS Smartphones Alive
Commentary  |  2/10/2011  | 
HP had their big news event today surrounding webOS and fans of the Pre can breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, the tablet was the most anticipated news from HP, but they haven't turned their backs on smartphones. Will it appeal to iPhone or Android users?
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