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Content posted in February 2012
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Cloud Computing Is Still In Its Adolescence
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
Compare the adoption rate for cloud services to that for virtualization, and it's evident we still have a ways to go.
Innovation Doesn't Happen By Chance
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
IT organizations need to make the time for innovation, either formally or informally.
Lifecycle Of An Enterprise Social Community (So Far)
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
Consider these lessons we've learned in the first four years of building an internal enterprise community.
4 Hot Topics At Cloud Connect
Commentary  |  2/15/2012  | 
From Amazon to Zynga, cloud leaders at the conference gave some interesting sneak peeks at the future of cloud computing. Take a look ahead.
Gartner BI And Data Warehouse Quadrants: More Science, Less 'Magic'
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
Gartner's 2012 business intelligence and data warehousing vendor analyses reveal more customer survey work, fewer dark arts.
Medical Search Engine Shootout: ClinicalKey Vs. UpToDate
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
We've done a side-by-side comparison of these medical search engine and database tools to help you decide which better meets the needs of your clinicians.
Healthcare Reform Is Here, Like It Or Not
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
Participation in new accountable care organizations isn't for the faint of heart. But healthcare providers that have their IT acts together have a good head start.
iPad Mini Under Development
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
Apple is preparing a smaller version of the iPad with an 8-inch display, according to component suppliers.
Big Data, Big Social, Big MDM
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
InformationWeek's Valley View will air live this Thursday. It will feature Rikard Steiber, Google's global marketing director for mobile and social, and startup Chart.io, which aims to put business intelligence into the hands of the everyday user.
Telcos Poised To Disrupt Amazon's Enterprise Cloud
Commentary  |  2/14/2012  | 
Telephone companies have the assets and track record in delivering secure and reliable services to grab a piece of the enterprise cloud services market popularized by Amazon and Rackspace.
Agile Government: Elusive, But Not Impossible (Really)
Commentary  |  2/13/2012  | 
A coming together of technologies and IT management philosophies at the federal level---including agile development and shared services--is cause for guarded optimism.
iPad's Success Demands IT Change Its Thinking
Commentary  |  2/13/2012  | 
Tablets won't just be a niche. They'll be the dominant knowledge worker platform, so IT will have to start thinking Web and tablet apps first.
RIM's Board Didn't Trust Outsiders To Run Company
Commentary  |  2/13/2012  | 
Research In Motion feared 'morons from the outside' would destroy the company, board member says.
Samsung's Latest Tablet Packs Last Year's Specs
Commentary  |  2/13/2012  | 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes with Android 4.0, the newest operating system from Google, but ho-hum specs make it a dubious purchase.
Will WOA Fragment The Windows 8 Ecosystem?
Commentary  |  2/10/2012  | 
Microsoft has committed to producing Windows 8 for ARM as well as Intel processors. But will this fragment both Windows and Office?
Windows 8 ARM Tablets: 8 Must-Know Facts
Commentary  |  2/10/2012  | 
Microsoft is building a version of Windows specifically for tablets and ultralight notebooks that will run ARM SoC chips, and it’s unlike any Windows version you’ve seen before.
Don't Squander Your EHR Investment
Commentary  |  2/10/2012  | 
Why spend all that money on an office-based electronic health record system and not take full advantage of its features?
iPhones Retain Higher Resale Value Than Androids
Commentary  |  2/10/2012  | 
Priceonomics argues that iPhones hold a higher value for longer than Android or BlackBerry smartphones on the used phone market. But is Priceonomics' logic sound?
Four Things I'd Like To See At Cloud Connect
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
There are many issues that need to be resolved as the new cloud glitterati gathers in Santa Clara. But don't hold your breath.
The Public Sector CRM Opportunity
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
Disconnected governments and disempowered citizens are why we need a full-blown, nationwide public sector CRM program.
Nokia And Windows Phone: No Fallback Plan
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
Nokia is all-in with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, says one exec. If Plan A fails, there is no Plan B.
Advanced Persistent Threats Get More Respect
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
When it comes to combating APTs, the odds are against your organization's security team, say security experts such as Bruce Schneier. This type of risk deserves special scrutiny.
Want IT Flexibility? Demand Jailbreaking Be Legal
Commentary  |  2/9/2012  | 
Why should CIOs care about the DMCA's jailbreaking rules? Despite Pollyanna assurances that locking down a box will make everybody more secure, that's just not true--and it decreases choice.
8 Features That Could Make Windows 8 Great
Commentary  |  2/8/2012  | 
Microsoft's next OS is loaded with features like eight-second boot times and better file management that could make it the best version of Windows since XP--if the company can pull it off.
E-publishing, Part 3: E-looters 101
Commentary  |  2/7/2012  | 
The moral simpletons who copy other people's intellectual property don't appreciate that anything they'd want to copy is the result of someone's hard work. Jerks.
Smartphone Owners Lament 4G Battery Woes
Commentary  |  2/7/2012  | 
As we transition to 4G mobile, many people are having problems with battery life. Come see what TeamBYTE has to say about it all.
Windows Phone 8 Bodes Well For Customers
Commentary  |  2/6/2012  | 
The next version of Windows Phone will be based on the same kernel as Windows 8. This is good news for everyone.
Steve Appleton, Survivor
Commentary  |  2/6/2012  | 
The man who led the improbable little startup called Micron Technology leaves a big legacy.
How Samsung Screwed Up Its Super Bowl Ad
Commentary  |  2/6/2012  | 
Call it the stylus snafu: Samsung's over-the-top Super Bowl commercial failed to resonate with viewers and earned widespread mocking on Twitter. Here's why.
The Next Big Social Network Is You
Commentary  |  2/6/2012  | 
Three trends just now emerging will alter the social network landscape.
ICD-10 Conversion: Do Or Die
Commentary  |  2/6/2012  | 
Failure to meet upcoming deadlines could mean major disruptions in claims payments for healthcare organizations.
Apple's Walled Garden: Sledgehammer Needed
Commentary  |  2/6/2012  | 
Friday's revelation of an iOS app with a "hidden" tethering capability shows that walled garden restrictions don't necessarily keep us safer. They do create a monopoly and planned obsolescence. It's time to break down those walls.
SAP's Success And Looming Challenges
Commentary  |  2/5/2012  | 
The vendor must get ready to grow its developer community, harness the sensor data revolution, and bring together the consumer and enterprise worlds.
Microsoft Windows 8 Unification Plan: Grand, But Risky
Commentary  |  2/3/2012  | 
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 appear to look very much alike. That's great news for users, but can Redmond pull off one OS across desktops, mobile and more?
When 'Nice' Bosses Fail
Commentary  |  2/3/2012  | 
IT is a service business, where nice guys often finish first. But you'd better be effective too, because scorched-earth leaders are just waiting to pounce.
It's Browser Version Madness!
Commentary  |  2/3/2012  | 
Major versions of a major program used to be a major event. Thanks to Google and Mozilla they are downright commonplace, but still as disruptive as ever.
Vblocks' Secret Sauce: Simplicity
Commentary  |  2/2/2012  | 
Take a peek at why CSC, just the latest fan of VBlocks, used the virtualization technology to build eight cloud data centers.
2 Ways To Ease Hadoop Growing Pains
Commentary  |  2/2/2012  | 
EMC Isilon and RainStor address enterprise gaps in the open source Apache Hadoop framework.
New CEO Won't Stop RIM's Bleeding: Exclusive Research
Commentary  |  2/2/2012  | 
IT pros are split on whether a bolder move might have helped the BlackBerry maker, but they almost universally agree that elevating Thorsten Heins to CEO won't help.
The Social Enterprise: Your Path To Job Security
Commentary  |  2/2/2012  | 
Make it easier for knowledge workers to do their jobs, and you're in for the long haul.
Do iPads Belong At Sporting Events?
Commentary  |  2/1/2012  | 
You can bring your iPad to the Super Bowl. Should you be allowed to?
The New IT Rulebook: Not For The Faint Of Heart
Commentary  |  2/1/2012  | 
Smaller, lighter, and more agile are more than just industry buzzwords. IT organizations that fail to lead those charges will get relegated to cost centers.
Amazon Grows Revenue, Keeps Cloud Numbers Hidden
Commentary  |  2/1/2012  | 
As Amazon reported a 35% jump in revenue, it dodged key questions about Kindle Fire and AWS cloud services--namely, whether AWS is helping Amazon's bottom line or still working toward a breakeven point.
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