Content posted in February 2011
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Global CIO: Oracle's Mark Hurd Calls Out Deadly IT Strategies
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
Hurd outlined several world-shaking trends while speaking with some of Oracle's largest financial-services customers and prospects.
Under the Radar Conference To Prove (Again) Why CIOs Must Work With Startups
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
If you think it's too risky to do business with startups, think again. Some of the biggest brands in the world are placing their IT bets with startups and the Under the Radar conference is where they get to find and vet them.
HP's iPad Competitor Faces Tough Odds
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
The TouchPad runs the latest version of Palm webOS, and seems to check off all the must-have features, but can HP's device compete with Apple's tablet?
HP Announces Two New Phones And Its TouchPad Tablet
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
In major mobility push, the company positions Palm WebOS across phone, tablet, and PC platforms.
Global CIO: How Gen Y Can Kill Collaboration Projects
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
Are you justifying new collaboration tools just because you think your young, emerging workforce expects it? Geoffrey Moore (of 'Crossing the Chasm' fame) calls that the 'worst possible reason'
HP Blew It With The Pre3 And Veer
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
HP announced two new smartphones -- the Pre3 and the Veer -- at its webOS event today in San Francisco. The Pre3 and Veer are two formidable devices, but they're not going to put a dent in Android and iOS's domination.
HP Eprint Trouble Continues
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
The services does work, except when it stubbornly refuses to do so. E-mail account configuration may have something to do with it.
Polycom Connects To Cisco
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
Since the turn of the millennium, open interfaces and support for industry standards have been the norm in all industries, except for video conferencing. But that is changing as Polycom has decided to support a Cisco Systems Inc. telepresence interface.
What If We'd Never Heard Of Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
Which of the cloud's many incarnations -- software as a service, platform as a service, and others -- should we care about?
Windows Phone 7 One Step Closer To Update
Commentary  |  2/9/2011  | 
Microsoft has pushed out an update to its Zune desktop player that is also the mechanism that will be used to update a Windows Phone 7 device. It doesn't mean the update is imminent, but does give assurance one is coming, and it will be sooner rather than later.
Global CIO: IBM On Oracle Exadata: It's A Hog To Install
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
IBM product chief Steve Mills delivers unique insights on analytics, acquisitions, and archrival Larry Ellison and Oracle.
Customer Intelligence Meets The Cultural Institution
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
Cincinnati Zoo taps analytics to improve attendance, increase guest spending, streamline operations and anticipate the impact of weather and seasonality.
HP Tablet Announcement Not Do Or Die
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
Its mobile plans are certainly worth watching, but they're not key to the company's long-term viability
Bill Gates Dumping Microsoft Shares By The Millions
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
Over the past 12 months, Chairman Bill has sold off 90 million shares in the company he co-founded. Does he think it's become that bad an investment?
Collaboration Strategist, At Your Service
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
Consider this an invitation to participate in an open dialog about the business value of collaboration and user adoption.
Networks To Nokia: Please, Dear God, No Android
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
As Nokia prepares to make a major shift in its mobile strategy, European network operators have hinted that they really, really, don't want Nokia to go with Android.
SMBs Shopping For Ink Cartridges Must Read The Specs
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
A dry inkjet cartridge triggers an adventure in comparison shopping, leading to various discoveries involving ink prices.
Manta Small Business Listings Gain Popularity
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
More and more small businesses are flocking to Manta to promote themselves and connect with peers. According to comScore, a marketing research company, the number of unique visitors to Manta's website increased 184% from October 2009 to October 2010.
BI Licensing And Lawsuits: A Sure Sign Of Failure
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
A plea to simplify complicated and out-of-sync business intelligence software purchasing terms.
Ready For 1G bps Wi-Fi?
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
The thirst for faster speeds in IT is never ending. Consequently, wireless LAN suppliers are trying to boost the top speed of their devices from a few hundred M bps to 1G bps, a quest that market research firm In-Stat expects will be quite successful.
Too Early For Android Tablets
Commentary  |  2/8/2011  | 
With the amazing success of the iPad, it is little wonder there are so many tablets hitting the streets. Android is the logical choice for most manufacturers, but the platform isn't ready for the tablet form factor just yet.
Live Blog: HP Tablet Announced
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
HP is expected to announce a new tablet based on its WebOS mobile platform. We'll be covering it live on February 9, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific.
Global CIO: FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Scam Is Dead On Arrival
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
The FCC's brazen power grab aimed at jamming bureaucracy down businesses's throats will be stifled by the new pro-growth Congress.
High Expectations For HP Tablet
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Hewlett-Packard's big announcement this week had better be really big—or the company could find it very difficult to recover.
Go Green By Ditching Paper Checks And Invoices?
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
An SMB is more likely to save time than the environment, judging by one accounting SaaS. But saving time is good, too.
Cox Business Adds To Its VoIP Services
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Cox Business has teamed with Cisco Systems Inc. to deliver managed IP PBX services to businesses with less than 100 employees.
Verizon Has Already Sold 500,000 iPhones
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Estimates place the number of iPhone 4s sold by Verizon Wireless during its short-lived pre-sale at more than half a million.
Carriers Sending Mixed Signals On Mobile Bandwidth
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
The hype over incredible 4G network speeds is undermined by the elimination of "unlimited" data plans and bandwidth limits on heavy users.
Google's Copy-Catfight With Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Copying is not always a crime; mostly, it's the halfway point on the road to innovation.
SAP Business ByDesign Graduates From App To Platform
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Software development kit and extension-app vision mature a software-as-service suite into a customizable platform as a service.
Global CIO: Rides Chatter Momentum Toward $2 Billion
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Salesforce's expanding product set and soaring enterprise sales make it the most influential cloud-software company in the world.
Motorola Xoom $800 Price May Spell Failure
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
If the Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet debuts $300 above the iPad base price, it may not be able to compete with Apple or the Samsung Galaxy tab.
AT&T And Verizon Trade Barbs In New Ads
Commentary  |  2/7/2011  | 
Being the big kids on the block, AT&T and Verizon often cross swords in their commercials. Verizon's usual position is to claim it has the best network overall when it comes to connectivity and reliability while AT&T clings to their superior speeds in most of their markets. Now that Verizon has the iPhone, it gives them one more thing to get digs in on each other.
Global CIO: IBM's Most Disruptive Acquisition Of 2010 Is Netezza
Commentary  |  2/6/2011  | 
The Top 10 reasons why Netezza's shaking things up inside and outside of IBM—including some tough talk for Larry Ellison and Exadata.
Global CIO: Apple Faces Mounting Pressure On Steve Jobs Succession Plan
Commentary  |  2/5/2011  | 
While Jobs's request for privacy during medical leave is logical, Apple investors have a right to want more transparency than Apple's offering.
What A Long Strange Week It's Been
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
Verizon sell-out and throttle, Google Honeycomb non-announcement and the Internet drain made this week's news more bizarre than usual.
Top 3 Technology Trends For SMBs In 2011
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
Mobile, cloud, and the channel are where SMBs will see growth and a return to familiarity according to Steve Hilton of Analysys Mason.
Can BlackBerry Survive?
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
The recent euphoria over Verizon finally prying the iPhone from AT&T's exclusive grasp, along with the almost weekly announcement of new Android products, has probably left smartphone pioneer RIM feeling awfully neglected. While the BlackBerry is merely the latest in a long line of technology products that can lay claim to the honorary Mark Twain "Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated" award, if not outright dying, the BlackBerry may be slowly creeping to irrelevance.
SMB VARs Seek Out Margins And Support
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
Last week I wrote about what SMB VARs look for in vendor partners. Now I want to talk about what solution providers look for in their vendor's partner programs.
Review: Android Market Web Store
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
InformationWeek takes Google's new web-based Android Market for a whirl. How does it measure up?
Yahoo! And Microsoft Pointing Fingers Over Data Consumption
Commentary  |  2/4/2011  | 
Some Windows Phone users have been complaining about excess data usage. Microsoft has found the main issue and it turns out it is with Yahoo!'s IMAP email. Yahoo! fired back saying that no other devices have a problem with their email service, so it must be Windows Phone. Turns out that isn't true, so Yahoo! has a bit of egg on its face.
Microsoft Windows Azure Turns One, Still Growing Up
Commentary  |  2/3/2011  | 
The future of cloud computing lies with those services best able to invoke the hybrid model, where Microsoft still lags.
Global CIO: Dell Preps iPad Killers As Cloud Business Booms
Commentary  |  2/3/2011  | 
Dell says its enterprise solutions span from modularized data centers to a upcoming tablets that'll displace Apple's wildly popular iPad.
Why Nokia Needs To Go It Alone
Commentary  |  2/3/2011  | 
Nokia's smartphone troubles have prompted calls for it to use Google's Android or Microsoft's Windows Phone platform instead of its own Symbian platform. That's a bad idea. Here's why.
Global CIO: In Google-Microsoft Catfight, Insults Are For Losers
Commentary  |  2/3/2011  | 
The hissy-fit about copying search results means absolutely nothing in the real world of customers who couldn't possibly care less.
Application Vendors Still Not Securing Your Data
Commentary  |  2/3/2011  | 
You don't expect top notch security from an app who's sole purpose is to mimic dozens of variations of human flatulence, but when it comes to banking, email, personal finance and ecommerce, your expectations are a bit higher. Some vendors are taking this seriously and making progress. Others, not so much.
Marketing Advice For MSPs
Commentary  |  2/3/2011  | 
In a recent presentation, marketing coach and guru Robin Robins told an interesting story. It's about a social experiment conducted by the Washington Post a few years ago.
Google Shows More Honeycomb, But Not Enough
Commentary  |  2/2/2011  | 
Google shined the light on some new developments in its next mobile operating system, which is designed for a better tablet experience; but it still failed to answer crucial questions about ship dates and fragmentation.
Schwartz On Security: The Right To Social Networks
Commentary  |  2/2/2011  | 
Blocking Internet access, cellular networks, or Web sites is never a good idea -- whether in Egypt or at home.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb's Weakness: No Media Support
Commentary  |  2/2/2011  | 
Google today detailed Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablet devices. While the platform has some nice feature, it is what Google didn't announce that's more important.
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