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Sprint Enterprise Mobility: RIP?
Commentary  |  3/6/2007  | 
Daniel Taylor at the Mobile Enterprise Blog asks a great question: What happened to Sprint Enterprise Mobility?
The Faulty UFD: Sometimes A New Problem Requires An Old Solution
Commentary  |  3/6/2007  | 
"UFD" is the official TLA for the ubiquitous "USB flash drive" or thumb drive. I didn't know that until I looked it up. But I do know how to fix one when it dies, because my hair is grayer than yours. I remember how to use the DOS FORMAT command.
VoiceCon Time
Commentary  |  3/6/2007  | 
Journal Report Confirms Rumors That Palm Is Up For Sale
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Last week rumors broke that Palm is looking for a buyer. Today in the Wall Street Journal those rumors were confirmed by a report.
Straight Dope About Open-Source BI
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Six years after the launch of the widely-used open-source Mondrian OLAP server, there's no trace of open-source BI (OSBI) in Gartner's 2007 BI magic quadrant. Yet Mondrian is the core of at least four OSBI suites - JasperAnalysis, OpenI, Pentaho and SpagoBI - and the packagers claim to be "selling" software like hotcakes.
Hear More on the Oracle/Hyperion Deal
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Can't get enough insight on Oracle's planned acquisition of Hyperion? Ventata Research analysts Mark Smith, Robert Kugel and David Stodder - that's right, David Stodder - hold an analysts' roundtable discussion and Q&A session on the planned Oracle/Hyperion deal, Tuesday, March 6 at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET.
Many Mobile Gamers Are Young Professional Women
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
It looks like all those smartphone users out there are doing more than just sending e-mail. According to a new study by researcher Telephia, young professionals make up 40% of mobile phone game players. That means many of you know about Jamdat Bowling 2.
Exposing Second Life's Data Centers
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Today InformationWeek undresses Second Life and leaves it naked and trembling. We lift up its skirts and peer at its naughty bits. We open up its dresser drawers and paw through its unmentionables. In other words, we go inside the data centers and describe some of the server and software technology that keeps the virtual world running.

Is Best Buy Playing Web Games?
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Not long ago, I bought an inexpensive DVD recorder at Best Buy. Being a careful consumer, I first checked the price of the unit I wanted on Best Buy's Web site -- but neglected to print out the page with the price on it. When I got to the store, I found that the unit I wanted cost about $10 more than I remembered. I was in a hurry, the line was long, and the clerk at the register was hassled -- so I let the matter drop. Now I'm sorry I did, because I might have been treated to a view of Best B
WebEx Lets You Access Your PC Through Your Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Everyone probably knows how frustrating it is to be stuck out of the office without access to a vital file that's sitting on your home or work PC. It's even more frustrating when you're on the go and there's no way to dial into your company's VPN. Looking to keep you from pulling your hair out, a new partnership between WebEx and SoonR will allow you to
RIM To Restate Earnings
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
The BlackBerry email device maker said it will restate $250 million in earnings, lowering profits, after an internal investigation found irregular practices of backdating stock option<
Cisco In Social Networking? It (Sorta) Makes Sense
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Cisco Systems, the world's largest network equipment company, appears to be getting a bit into social networking by today bolstering last month's purchase of Five Across with some of the pieces of Utah Street Networks. Strange? Perhaps, but not necessarily frivolous.
Windows Vista Roundtable, Part 2
Commentary  |  3/5/2007  | 
Windows Vista Diary: Caught In A Vicious Update Cycle
Commentary  |  3/4/2007  | 
When we last left our hero, he was grappling with an annoying Vista activation problem (eventually solved by a Microsoft patch). This week, he's caught in Windows Update hell, and he's apparently not alone.
Should Sony Ericsson Make UIQ Open Source?
Commentary  |  3/4/2007  | 
Sony Ericsson last month at 3GSM in Barcelona said it was looking for partners for its UIQ platform, which it acquired several months earlier. The move was designed to help Sony Ericsson grow UIQ beyond just the confines of its own handset ecosystem and to challenge Nokia's S60 platform. So
Nokia Looks To Turn Smartphones Into Mobile Media Platforms
Commentary  |  3/3/2007  | 
Nokia this week said that it is changing its N-Gage mobile gaming platform from being just a device-centered gaming experience to include other Nokia handsets and devices, including Nokia S60 devices. Most S60 devices are smartphones of one stripe or another -- some are more consumer oriented in nature while others are clearly more targeted at professionals. The announcement
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Comments from the InformationWeek Weblog.
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Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Down To Business: Talent Shortage? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Many tech pros are demoralized, thanks to knee-jerk offshore outsourcing and the post-bubble malaise. Employers must move beyond the "you should be happy you have a job" mentality.
IT Confidential: The Secret: When It Comes To Technology, Less Is More
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
There's a subgenre of self-help books emerging that's concerned with IT. The message: Think positive. Relax. Lower your expectations.
The Upside of BI Market Consolidation
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Other analysts are preoccupied with the Oracle/Hyperion deal, but I'm not. There are so many important things to keep on top of that the financial doings of the industry are only secondary interests for me... Some worry about consolidation of the market. I don't. There are dozens of companies waiting in the wings to become the next Hyperion... These deals are usually about buying either a client list, a sales force or maintenance revenue stream.
True Field Mobility: The Wait is Over
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
The promise of a dream undeterred, yet constantly deferred, is finally being realized. Wow, that sure sounds dramatic, doesn't it? But, for all the CIOs concerned with business-to-business mobile business applications -- never mind the numerous employees of itty-bitty mobile software companies that struggled for years -- true enterprise mobility as a reality is truly dramatic! The mobile marketplace has been waiting on baited breath for outside-the-four-walls mobile business applications to beco
Verizon Wireless And Cingular Hope You Get The Message With New Rates
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
The nation's two largest mobile network operators upped the competitive ante and go toe-to-toe with revamped SMS/MMS bundling options this week. Both carriers are offering new rates and message allotments.
Just How Far Does BlackBerry Addiction Go?
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
A Forbes magazine editor attempted to give up his BlackBerry for one week. He didn't last 48 hours. A spate of articles have called the wireless email device as addictive as hard drugs, going so far as to blame it for wrecked marriages and worse. When I switched jobs last summer I was without a BlackBerry for a month. I can tell you it
Web 2.0 = More Government Spying
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Does The Mobile Browser Have A Future?
Commentary  |  3/2/2007  | 
Many wireless industry insiders question the future of the mobile Web browser. While mobile browsers have been around since the first iteration of WAP in the late 1990s, there still aren't that many people surfing the Web on their cell phones. Personally, I don't think cell phones are the best medium for browsing. And for applications, I think the future of the mobile Web lies in clients, not browsers.
Microsoft Declines Ad-Supported Enterprise Software
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
Microsoft's slowly getting into the ad-supported software game for consumers and small businesses with its Live services. That might be a necessary strategy in the Google era, but chief software architect Ray Ozzie says software for big business is a whole different ballgame.
Score One for Oracle: Can SAP Stay in the Game?
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
It has been clear for a while that Oracle needed to make a strategic acquisition to elevate its standing with corporate finance organizations, so few were surprised when Oracle announced today its intention to acquire Hyperion. When it comes to Finance, Hyperion is, after all, the biggest kid on the block from customer, revenue and product-line perspectives... The most interesting question out of today's announcement, though, concerns not Oracle but its rival SAP.
Hyperion Deal Puts Pressure on SAP and IBM
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
Every BI and performance management vendor has come out of the woodwork to offer an opinion on the Oracle/Hyperion deal. I'm gathering those comments and will share a few soon enough, but the companies I'm really anxious to hear from are SAP and IBM (and maybe HP belongs on that list as well). Consolidation happens in every technology market. It only goes one way, and every big, stand-alone vendor ultimately has a price.
Will Dell Make Smartphones?
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
Apparently it is smartphone rumor week. Earlier today we brought you news that Nokia may buy Palm. Now rumors are flying that Dell may enter the smartphone market.
Will Mobile TV, Such as Verizon Wireless's New V CAST Mobile TV Service, Succeed?
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
The results of a European study released last month at 3GSM showed that many mobile TV subscribers switched off the service. Users complained of the high cost and spotty quality. Granted, the technology over there is different. Many providers use the DVB-H standa
Apparently, It Isn't About the Network for Sprint and T-Mobile
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
According to quarterly results posted from Sprint, it is losing its valuable postpay customers even though it has a high-speed 3G EV-DO Rev. A (i.e., fast) wireless network up and running across wide swaths of the US. During the same quarter, T-Mobile, which currently operates a GPRS/E
Are You A Do-It-Yourselfer?
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
I've always admired people who could create complicated electronic products out of second-hand parts. For example, my brother thinks there's nothing quite as much fun as picking up some abandoned computer parts at the local electronics junk store and turning them into a system that works as well -- or better -- than your typical top-of-the-line server. That's why an otherwise run-of-the-mill news item about a guy who
Will Nokia Buy Palm In A Play For The U.S. Enterprise Market?
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
Dan Jones over at Unstrung is reporting that Nokia may make a play to acquire smartphone maker Palm Inc. If Nokia can acquire Palm, the company would finally gain some real share in the U.S. mobile enterprise market. Is this deal for real?
Oracle to Buy Hyperion: A Look Behind the Scenes
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
So much for rumors! This morning, Oracle announced its intent to acquire Hyperion Solutions … not Business Objects as the rumor mill previously suggested. With performance management and BI slowly converging and arch competitor Microsoft about to release a complete product set, it's a smart but aggressive move on Oracle's part. For Hyperion, I only hope that the best people and products don't get lost in the shuffle.
Time's A-Wastin'
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
Are you ready for daylight-saving time? Unless you're living in a cave, you know that the new, improved schedule for daylight-saving time begins on March 11. So, you and your business will spring ahead two weeks earlier than last year, which will result in an extra hour of light at the end of the day. Maybe we'll save some energy in the process.
Join The Windows Vista Roundtable
Commentary  |  3/1/2007  | 
Have you heard enough about Windows Vista yet? Unless you still use an Underwood typewriter to produce your daily reports, you've no doubt been bombarded with analysts, journalists, bloggers, and other pundits who have offered their opinion and advice about Microsoft's new operating system. But what about the people out there in the trenches -- the ones who will actually have to install, implement, and support Vist
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