Commentary
Content posted in March 2010
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More Details Surface On iPhone 4.0 Multitasking
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
The next major iPhone operating system update -- to 4.0 -- purports to bring with it monumental shifts in the way the iPhone works and behaves. Chief among them will be multitasking, the ability to run two or more applications at once, with the non-active ones remaining open in the background.
Full Nelson: iPad Speaks on Verizon, Ship Date, Sandra Bullock
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Apple's iPad, due April 3 spoke with Full Nelson a couple weeks ago, and granted one last interview before it got set to ship.
Finding the Best Vendor Means Treating Bidders Right
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Some enterprises believe that technology suppliers are so hungry for business that they will line up for kilometers to respond to an RFP. This is increasingly not the case. We're actually seeing fewer responses to even "good RFPs." There are a couple reasons why...
Can Your Data Storage Avoid A Digital Doomsday?
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Your small business may stand the test of time, but what about your data? As existing storage technologies mature and new ones enter the picture, that question is just as hard to answer as it ever was.
Meru Networks Raises $65 million in IPO
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Wireless network equipment supplier Meru Networks has decided to wade into chilly waters and take the firm public. In order to improve its long term viability, the vendor opted to sell 4.4 million shares at a price of $15.
IBM And ShoreTel Introduce "UCC-In-A-Box"
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
The new ShoreTel for IBM Lotus Foundations is a unified communications and collaboration package intended for SMBs.
iPad Encouraging New Levels Of Tech Obsession
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
Techies, geeks and Apple fanboys alike are exhibiting alarming symptoms of obsession over the iPad. Apple is doing its own part, too, to fan the flames of excitement with its controlled mitigation of minutia.
Hackers: How To Manually Update Droid To 2.1
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
If you're the type to take risks and can't wait for Verizon's official over-the-air Android 2.1 update to reach your Motorola Droid, here are the instructions you need to update it manually.
iPad Apps May Cost More Than iPhone Apps
Commentary  |  3/31/2010  | 
If you already have an iPhone you probably have a suite of apps that you can't do without. Before you assume you'll buy them all for the iPad, you might want to check out the pricing. According to preliminary information, some developers are considering charging two, three or even as much as five times the price they charge for the iPhone.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Nightmare: 10 Ways SAP Can Beat Oracle
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Ellison bluntly predicted Oracle will blow past SAP in enterprise apps, but here are 10 steps SAP should take to reassert its preeminence.
Using Cloud Computing for Business Continuity
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Most enterprises are not buying public-cloud computing systems as their primary platform for business-critical applications... For now, perhaps they should not go in this direction. That is, not until business continuity, or disaster recovery, becomes the next killer app for cloud computing.
If You've Got Big Data, You May Want Big Memory
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Jas Dhillon, CTO of Taser, explained to me last December how his company has gone from delivering stunning shocks to unruly police suspects to shocking the competition via cloud computing. In continuing to follow Taser's innovative approach, I found a story behind the story of how Taser was able to do this.
Apple Updates iTunes Ahead Of iPad Launch
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Today Apple made iTunes version 9.1 available via its software update tools. The new version of iTunes offers just a handful of new features, mostly geared toward Saturday's launch of the iPad.
Guerra On Healthcare: Keys To Managing Your Medical IT Staff
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
With an acute health IT workforce shortage, make sure employees have the opportunity to do their best work.
BlackBerry 9630 Tour Receives OS 5.0 From Verizon
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
If you're using a BlackBerry 9630 Tour on the Verizon Network, head on over to the Verizon Wireless support pages. Verizon is offering a huge system upgrade to system software 5.0. New features and improvements abound.
Verizon Teases Motorola Droid Owners Yet Again
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
According to an internal memo, Verizon has resumed rolling out the Android 2.1 update to users of the Motorola Droid. Don't go scrambling for your device quite yet, however.
SMBs Continue Hiring Trend
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
U.S. Small businesses created approximately 50,000 new jobs in March and almost 175,000 since mid 2009, while wages and hours worked remained flat.
iPad Users Will Have To Pay To Upgrade Software
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Apple has certified the Gold Master of the iPhone OS 3.2 Software Developers Kit for the iPad. Under the terms of agreement in the final iPad SDK is an interesting piece of information. It says that iPad users will have to pay (just like iPod Touch users do) to upgrade their device's software.
HD2 Gets Windows Phone 7, Unofficially, Maybe
Commentary  |  3/30/2010  | 
Microsoft has confirmed that the popular HTC HD2 phone will not be getting the Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade later this year, even though the hardware appears to be perfectly capable of running the new OS. Sooner or later someone will obtain a ROM of WinPho 7 and load it onto the device. Reports are circulating that it has happened already.
Making Sense Of Verizon iPhone Reports
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Yet another iPhone-for-Verizon-Wireless report surfaced today, this one published by the Wall Street Journal. The report doesn't really offer anything surprisingly new -- and certainly nothing solid. So why is everyone already foaming at the mouth?
Global CIO: Oracle's Dazzling Profit Machine Threatened By Rimini Suit
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
The two-way litigation's nominally about intellectual property but is really about Oracle's phenomenally profitable support revenue.
Google Has A Plan To Stem Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
One problem facing Android is fragmentation of the base operating system. There are currently four different versions available to end users based on handset and carrier choice. That stinks for developers and end users both. Google has a plan that should help to solve the problem.
Red Hat KVM Virtualization Finds Early Adopters
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Red Hat launched Enterprise Virtualization Nov. 3 based on yet another hypervisor, KVM. Red Hat had arrived on the scene late, what with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft already partying like it was 1999 all over again. I wondered how long it would take for Red Hat to be able to demonstrate some uptake of KVM.
CIO's Front-Row Seat In Healthcare History Making
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
John Glaser, CIO at Partners HealthCare System--which operates several Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's, is finishing up his nearly year-long stint as an advisor to President Obama's health IT czar.
HP Boosts Server Performance
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
The IT industry is moving away from autonomous server, storage system, and network devices toward more integrated solutions. In response, HP, which has the necessary pieces for such devices, boosted the performance of its ProLiant server line, which has been a staple in many small and medium businesses.
From Vision to Reality at SAP's NetWeaver BI Conference
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Last week, I was at an SAP Insider conference focused on business intelligence... As I felt once before in attending one of these events, there is a big disconnect between SAP BusinessObjects' lofty vision and customer reality.
Cisco Lands Bank Of AmericaTelePresence Deal
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Bank of America is installing more than 200 Cisco TelePresence units across the globe in what Cisco said will be its largest TelePresence installation. The large-scale program will be used only for internal collaboration with no plans for customer-facing applications as yet.
Apple Shares iPad Launch Details, Pre-Orders Now Shipping
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Early this morning, people who were among the first to pre-order the iPad began receiving notifications that their devices have shipped. In addition, Apple sent an email today that announces a number of details about the iPad's launch weekend, including its availability at Best Buy stores.
RIM Confirms BIS 3.0 Is Live In N. America
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Over the weekend, Research In Motion upgraded its BlackBerry Internet Services to version 3.0. Most consumers who purchase BlackBerries use BIS-based services. BIS 3.0 doesn't offer and whiz-bang new features that are obvious right away, but there have been a lot of under-the-hood improvements -- especially for Gmail users.
IBM 'Internet of Things' Video Is Almost Too Cool
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Can a 5-minute animated video capture a technology company's global vision? IBM's "The Internet Of Things" YouTube clip is inspiring and compelling and the sort of fresh thinking more tech companies should try, although I did crack up during the final segment as some massively Deepak-Choprah-overdosed guy buzzes about what the planet is saying and the universe is hearing.
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Declares War On IBM And SAP
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
Ellison admits Oracle trails SAP in enterprise applications and IBM in high-end servers, but lays out plans for becoming #1 in each sector.
Get An iPhone Without A Contract
Commentary  |  3/29/2010  | 
If having a contract is what has been holding you back from getting an iPhone, that soon won't be a problem. Apple is getting ready to sell the device without a contract as long as you pay full price, which is $499 for the base model. Is it worth it?
Are 'Pads' A Useful IT Tool?
Commentary  |  3/28/2010  | 
It looks like the iPad has enjoyed robust early demand; Apple has responded by delaying its new pre-orders until April 12 so that there will be enough inventory available for in-store sales beginning on April 3. So much for being the first to own the iPad by ordering in advance!
Hewlett-Packard And UPS Collaborate On Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard's close relationship with UPS has led to two recent innovative breakthroughs that are very different in scale-data-center cooling versus handheld devices-but very similar in reducing waste and energy use while improving business results.
Does iPhone Get OS 3.2 On April 3, Too?
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
The iPhone has not seen a significant operating system update in six months. Does Apple intend to offer iPhone OS 3.2 -- which is shipping on the iPad starting April 3 -- to the iPhone at the same time?
4 Thoughts From Cloud Connect 2010
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
Last week I attended Cloud Connect 2010, which covered a great number of topics around cloud computing. I walked away with lots to think about surrounding four major concepts: private clouds, specialized clouds, (lack of) standards, and the unresolved legal implications of cloud computing.
Business Trends Reported in Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
In recent conversations with various analytic DBMS vendors, a fairly consistent picture has emerged...
Steve Jobs Revealing iPad Secrets Via Email
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
More than ever, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is responding to customer emails. Perhaps the most exciting revelation is that the iPad -- and iPhone -- will gain a universal inbox. That will be a welcome upgrade. What other secrets has Jobs revealed?
HTC: Nexus One A Success, WinPho 7 By 4Q10
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
This week at the CTIA trade show, HTC CEO Peter Chou offered a few sound bites worth passing on. Among them, he calls the Nexus One a success, and says that his company will bring a Windows Phone 7 device to market by the end of the year.
Full Nelson: CTIA: HTC EVO 4G And All The Toys
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
This year's annual mobile industry gathering saw more 4G phones, more handsets, and a little bit more focus on the enterprise. Our Full Nelson columnist dials in his take on the new gear and services.
AT&T Rolls Out Nationwide Femtocell Plan
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
If AT&T is your network of choice but your reception at home isn't the greatest, you should be able to sign up soon to get your very own femtocell, or Microcell as AT&T likes to call it. By using your broadband internet connection, you'll be able to have fast data transfer speeds and solid voice quality in and around your house. It isn't free though. Far from it.
Cellphone Owners: We'll Use The iPad For Work
Commentary  |  3/26/2010  | 
In a survey of mobile phone and smartphone owners, the most popular anticipated use for the iPad and other tablets was for work, followed closely by entertainment.
Guerra On Healthcare: Breaking Into Health IT Isn't Easy
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
You need to learn the language and gain people's trust to become an insider in this industry.
Global CIO: Would You Move To China? This CIO Did
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
Why a U.S. CIO moved his family to Shanghai.
Google Payola Scheme Sullies Android's Success
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
According to sources at two different wireless network operators, Google has been paying the carriers to deploy the Android platform. Perhaps that's why Android headlines have dominated trade shows this year, such as CES, Mobile World Congress and CTIA. With this knowledge, I believe it's fair to say Google has fully turned to the Dark Side.
Practical Analysis: InformationWeek Analytics' Subscription Model
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
In-depth research and peer-based analysis that's more accessible, valuable, and useful than ever to IT pros.
Google Gives BlackBerry Storm New Search App
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
Today Google finally made a version of its Mobile Search application available to the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2 handsets. The app includes useful features such as Voice Search and stored search history. It's a free download.
Shoot Yourself In The Foot Much, Clearwire?
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow didn't do the company any favors in a recent discussion with the press. He believes that the world should agree on one next-generation wireless networking technology. In theory, that's a great idea. Rather than say, "It should be WiMax," he said, "We can switch to LTE if we have to."
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