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Microsoft Azure Outage Explanation Doesn't Soothe
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft leader's post mortem on Azure cloud outage cites a human error factor, but leaves other questions unanswered. Does this remind you of how Amazon played its earlier lightning strike incident?
How To Become More Agile and Innovative
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
It's time to move beyond the latest agility and innovation fads and institute substantive approaches. Here's how IT can get involved.
Skills Shortage? Quit Whining
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
If "people are our most important resource," why do most employers expect this precious asset to show up gift wrapped?
Turnaround Artist: Microsoft Earns Security Respect
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
Ten years ago Microsoft's reputation for security was, to put it mildly, bad. As RSA keynote shows, my, how things have changed.
AT&T, Verizon Android Tablets Have Big Negatives
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
New Android tablets from Sony and Samsung hit AT&T and Verizon store shelves this week. But they don't run the latest version of Android and come with expensive contracts.
CIOs Must Beware Private Cloud Plan Hijackers
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Employees with something to lose will try to thwart your private cloud plans. The boss needs to take charge.
Know Your Tribe, Be Your Tribe
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in initiating major company changes is to expect that everyone's reaction will be even remotely like yours.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: 8 Expectations
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Microsoft plans to make its new OS available to the public on Feb. 29 with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Here's what to watch.
4 Cloud Computing Pain Points That Still Hurt
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
In a cloud project, common sense gets you only so far: then the pain really kicks in. Consider these four issues still plaguing even the experts.
MWC Smartphones: Where's The Battery?
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
More hardware makers showed off smartphones at Mobile World Congress that don't have removable batteries. What's the deal?
HTC, Nokia: I'm Too Sexy For This Smartphone
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
At Mobile World Congress, HTC and Nokia try hard to cast smartphones as femme fatales--but leave us more bothered than hot.
Managing Virtual Machine Performance Problems
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Virtual infrastructure administrators have two options to fix performance problems: fine-tune the environment, or cover up the problem with hardware.
5 Keys To U.S. National Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Security, device support, and applications development are tough issues that agency CIOs must address as they hurry to put smartphones and tablets into more employees' hands.
The Rise Of The Hybrid Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
As on-premises ERP dies a slow death, the hybrid enterprise, not pure SaaS, will be the dominant model for some time to come.
Does The Cloud Keep Pace With Moore's Law?
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
The cost "advantages" of infrastructure-as-a-service aren't always real or long term.
Chambers Reinventing Cisco, Or Recycling Tactics?
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
CEO John Chambers says Cisco will transform, as upstart and established vendors attack its traditional strongholds. Take a close look at what's new and what's not in his strategy.
Samsung Android Tablet Strategy Puzzles
Commentary  |  2/26/2012  | 
Samsung took the wraps off not one, but two new Android tablets at Mobile World Congress. What is Samsung thinking?
Wanted: Secure Android App Whitelisting
Commentary  |  2/25/2012  | 
Android's security is broken. Here's how it could be strengthened.
Digital Migrants And A Stark Economic Future
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Why we'll see a very tough transient labor market for a couple of decades, with slowing or declining economic growth.
Yammer's Game Plan: CEO David Sacks Explains All
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Sacks discusses the virtues of enterprise social networking in the cloud, the viral virtues of freemium, and how to kill an unsanctioned Yammer network.
Security In The Borderless Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Mobile, cloud, and social technologies have blurred enterprise security borders. Look for a thorough examination of that reality at the RSA conference.
8 More Ways Windows 8 Could Be Great
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
From SkyDrive integration to picture passwords and Office apps, significant changes to Microsoft's new OS make it barely recognizable compared to predecessors.
I Hope We're Hacking China And Russia, Too
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
It's common knowledge that the Chinese groups attack our infrastructure. Surely we're doing the same to them... right?
How To Escape Consumer IT Hell
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Those smartphones and tablets are wonderful, except when they're not. Instead of telling employees they're on their own, IT must bone up on consumer tech support.
What Salesforce.com Results Say About Oracle Battle
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Salesforce.com keeps furthering its reach into more corners of its customers' operations. The competition has noticed.
Why 'Do Not Track' Still Doesn't Cut It
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
A consistent standard for opting out of advertiser tracking on the Web is a nice idea. Too bad that's all it might ever be.
Interoperability: One Key To Saving U.S. Healthcare
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
It's not the entire solution, but without well-designed, interoperable systems, our healthcare industry can't climb out of its current hole.
ZTE Seeks To Overwhelm Competition With Sheer Volume
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Chinese handset maker seeks to make a play for the U.S. market, sees launching eight smartphones at Mobile World Congress as a good start.
Chronology Of An Outsourcing Disaster
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Austin Energy's deal with IBM for a new billing system has gone painfully awry, internal emails reveal, resulting in lost revenue for the utility and outraged customers.
Cyber collaboration: Then
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Wilson uses an exciting new technology called electronic mail to make the Faster Than Light Newsfeed on the nascent Sci-Fi Channel and several books and games happen.
HP Earnings Down, Optimism Inexplicably Up
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
CEO Meg Whitman says HP needs to own the cloud, security, and analytics, but gives no guidance on how the company will do that.
Amazon Brings Price-Cutter Mentality To AWS
Commentary  |  2/22/2012  | 
Having lowered prices for storage, Amazon hints that similar cuts could come to other areas of its cloud services.
iPad 3 Reports Suggest 8MP Camera
Commentary  |  2/22/2012  | 
Spy shots of the Apple iPad 3 are hitting the Web fast and furious. The latest batch show off the camera, rear casing, and display panel.
Qualcomm Touts Smartphone Battery Life, Not 4 Cores
Commentary  |  2/22/2012  | 
Mobile World Congress will showcase new advances in LTE 4G power efficiency, not smartphones with quad-core SnapDragon processors, says Qualcomm exec.
Time For HR To Step Up On Consumerization
Commentary  |  2/22/2012  | 
Clear and current company policies are essential if a company is going to handle the problems posed by consumerization of IT.
Is Microsoft Office For iPad For Real?
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
Microsoft denies it, but a report claims that a version of Office for the iPad is soon to be released. I have my doubts.
Social Media Week: Business Metrics Take Spotlight
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
At the global social event that expanded to 21 cities this year, business metrics dominated discussion. Hot topics included analytics and internal social business tools.
What One-Time Passwords Could Do For Mobile
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
Smartphones will soon be wallets. They're already corporate data repositories. And finally, Yubico lets us stop using static passwords to lock it all down.
An App Isn't A Mobile Strategy
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
You might only need part of an app, or just one piece of data, on a mobile device to make a process better.
Apple Gatekeeper Moves Mac Into iOS's Walled Garden
Commentary  |  2/17/2012  | 
Whitelisting is the future of desktop application security, and Apple is taking a particularly controlling approach to it in Mountain Lion.
18-Month Rollouts: Nothing To Brag About
Commentary  |  2/17/2012  | 
With technology evolving so rapidly, entering into lengthy enterprise IT contracts seems foolish.
Do Health IT Hires Need A Clinical Background?
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
The debate on which qualifications an IT job candidate needs to work in a hospital or medical practice rages.
Q&A: 10 Questions For IBM Hardware Chief Rod Adkins
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
The man behind IBM's hardware strategy talks about future of the mainframe, the Power7 roadmap, the Itanium flap, and more.
Why P&G CIO Is Quadrupling Analytics Expertise
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
Procter & Gamble's Filippo Passerini is investing in analytics talent, even as the company cuts in other areas, to speed up business decision making.
Motorola's Messy Ice Cream Sandwich Speaks Volumes On Android
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
Motorola says that many owners of its most popular devices will have to wait as long as six months for Android 4.0 updates. The Android update model is clearly broken.
HP's Whitman Warns On Android, Optimistic On WebOS
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
Google has said over and over that Android will remain an open platform. HP CEO Meg Whitman isn't so sure.
The Shadow IT Threat
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
Rogue IT groups outside the main IT organization pose both pros and cons--and won't disappear anytime soon.
Android 5.0 'Jelly Bean' May Arrive By Summer
Commentary  |  2/16/2012  | 
Next version of Android might target tablets and netbooks more than smartphones.
E-publishing, Part 4: E-looters And The Leech Mindset
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
Our entitlement-addicted society has spawned a horde raised to believe that the world owes them, including free copies of Wilson's books.
What To See At HIMSS12
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
Among the hundreds of health IT presentations, demos, and vendor offerings at HIMSS12 next week, don't miss these highlights.
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