Commentary
Content posted in March 2010
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Global CIO: Oracle Smart Grid Study Reveals Deep Cost Concerns
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
While the smart grid industry's bubbling over with hype and hope, it lacks the insights on which broader business-technology strategies can be built.
Down To Business: FCC Broadband Plan All Over The Map
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
Why should we think that government mandates will bring broadband to the masses more efficiently and effectively than the private sector already has over the past decade?
Global CIO: UPS CIO Barnes Shatters Dangerous IT Stereotypes
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
One of the world's top CIOs says the technology strategy at UPS is very simple: "It's the business strategy. There's no difference."
TSA Wants To Track Your Phone's Movements
Commentary  |  3/25/2010  | 
The Transportation Security Administration is proposing to install devices in airports that would track your electronic devices as you move through the facility. They claim this would only be used as you wait in security lines to see how long the average wait times are and then use that information to make adjustments to better serve you. Uh huh.
Dell Builds Out Virtualized Server Management
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Dell has learned a lot over the last three and a half years, as it's quietly established its Data Center Solutions business, producing cloud-configured servers for Ask.com, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Now it's crafting management systems to manage those servers like a cloud, as well.
SMB IT Spending Will Grow, But Slowly, Say Analysts
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Industry analysts IDC have predicted that SMBs will spend more money on IT this year than last but will not reach 2008 spending levels until 2011.
First Impressions Of HTC EVO 4G WiMax Phone
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
We spent some quality time with the HTC EVO 4G smartphone at the CTIA trade show. This impressive WiMax-powered device offers a lot and could help Sprint's bottom line.
Verizon's Skype App Knee-Capped With No Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Skype Mobile is set to debut for Verizon smartphones starting March 25. In our hands-on tests, it works quite well. I find it deeply troubling, however, that Verizon has killed off the ability to make Skype calls via Wi-Fi. Calls will only be connected through Verizon's 1x voice network.
Down To Business: Cisco Talks Telepresence Direction
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Cisco coined the term and raised market awareness. Now it's looking to drive adoption into wholly new areas.
Is It Time For NoETL?
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
I've been bemused by NoSQL, the movement that propounds database-management diversity. Is it now similarly time for a NoETL movement, reflecting a new world of liberated, semantically enriched, analysis-ready, mashable data?
Cisco Launches Cloud Services
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Extending its involvement in one of the IT industry's hottest markets, Cisco has formed a cloud-computing joint venture with a large European telecom firm doing businesses in 20 countries across Europe and Asia. With the global market for cloud services quadrupling to $60 billion in 2012 from $15 billion in 2008, Cisco said, the time is now.
BPMN Training Is Taking Off
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Since my last virtual classroom training in January, I've done classes at Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, Raytheon in Tucson, Freddie Mac in Virginia, and I'm heading off soon to Sandia in Albuquerque. Last year it was about one a month; now it's 2.5 times that. What's different? A couple things that I see...
Spiceworks Adds Virtualization Features to Management Line
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Virtualization was once a way for large companies to reduce their data center costs. The technology has made its way into the small and medium business sector, a trend that network management supplier Spiceworks acknowledged in its latest product enhancement.
SMBs See The Future Is Mobile
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Despite the cost cutting prompted by the great recession, SMBs are holding the line on wireless spending and see mobile as crucial to remaining competitive and surviving.
Dell Doubles India Revenue
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Scouting out strategic opportunities in India, CEO Michael Dell said his company's annual revenues in that country are more than doubling and that he sees specific opportunities for continued growth in services, servers, and smartphones. "India is a great place to be in," said Dell, who's got 23,000 employees there.
Application Choices On Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  3/24/2010  | 
Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 Series application distribution model is very similar to what Apple does for the iPhone, much to the chagrin of developers and some users. You will only be able to install applications from the marketplace. You cannot keep copies of the installer on the device and there is no side-loading, which means if it isn't in the marketplace, it isn't on your phone. Microsoft, however, doesn't appear to be headed down the path of blocking apps that compete with built in app
Global CIO: Ford's Challenge: Social Networking At 70 MPH
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Automaker takes a different view of location-based apps.
Google's China Loss is Microsoft's Gain?
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
As the biggest name in web services pulls out of China, the players left behind are probably feeling pretty good. Those remaining include Microsoft, but the market isn't wide open for them by any means.
Global CIO: Are Oracle, HP, Cisco & IBM Too Big To Innovate?
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
They're great at acquiring aggressively and generating huge cash positions—but do those translate into customer-focused innovation? We hand out report cards for each.
Are The CMS Wars About To Heat Up?
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
I had the chance to meet with Drupal CMS creator Dries Buytaert at the SXSW conference last week. After the chat with Buytaert, I started to wonder if a CMS war is on the horizon.
Mozilla Gives Up On Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Today Mozilla confirmed that it has halted all development of Firefox browsers for the Windows Mobile platform. That includes Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7. Does Mozilla have a good reason?
HTC EVO 4G Is The 'Super' Phone For Sprint
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Sprint and handset maker HTC have finally debuted the long-rumored WiMax-powered Android smartphone. It's called the EVO 4G. Think of it as an HD2 on steroids. Huge screen, fast processor, lots of sex appeal.
Technology Connects, Protects Seniors
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Products for an aging -- but plugged-in -- population address brain fitness, social networking, personal monitoring, and the concerns of caregivers.
HTC Opens Online Store To Sell Its Goods
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
In what looks to be direct competition with Google, HTC has opened up a new online store in the U.S. What's for sale? Why its phones, of course. Too bad they all come with a contract attached.
Skype For Verizon To Be Available March 25
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
If you've been waiting for Verizon's Skype Mobile application to become available, your wait is nearly over. It will be free to download starting tomorrow, and works with some of the best-selling smartphones from Verizon.
Galaxy S Newest Android Handset From Samsung
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... No, actually, today, right here on Earth, Samsung announced its latest Android handset, the Galaxy S. The Galaxy S packs a four-inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor.
How Many People Use Advanced Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Approximately one in three companies implementing traditional BI also uses advanced analytics. In other words, if, say, 3 percent of employees in BI-implementing firms use traditional BI, that would correspond to 1 percent of those firms' employees using advanced analytics...
Hewlett-Packard & Polycom: Enemy's Enemy Is My Friend
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
With businesses investing heavily in video and telepresence, Polycom's eager to compete with market leader Cisco and has the goods to do so but lacks 800-pound -gorilla mass. But Hewlett-Packard offers Polycom the means (ubiquitous market presence), the motive (Cisco's HP's most-abrasive competitor), and the muscle mass ($120 billion in revenue). Can an HP-Polycom partnership cut into Cisco's lead?
Opera Hopes For A Blessing From Apple
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Today Opera Software submitted its Opera Mini browser to Apple. Opera believes that Apple will approve the application, which delivers a robust mobile browsing experience on the iPhone. Will it happen? The ball is in Apple's court. In the mean time, be sure to check out some video we have of the new browser.
Mathias On Mobility: Palm's Cautionary Tale
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
The smartphone maker placed all its hopes on webOS, but no one cares about operating systems anymore, at least not directly -- we buy user interfaces and apps.
Forrester Sees 'Smart Computing' IT Growth
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
Findings at Forrester Research indicate that every 15-20 years, there is a resurgence in IT spending -- and that we are on the cusp of the next big spend cycle, focusing on optimizing the balance sheet. They're calling it "Smart Computing."
Virtual Lab Managers Pave Path To Cloud
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
I've tried to make this point before: The path to the cloud lies through the virtualization of your own data center infrastructure. The two things are intertwined. And just when I'm wondering how to get the point across again, along comes a "snapshot" from Voke Research to clinch the case.
LTE - AT&T's And Verizon's New Turf War
Commentary  |  3/23/2010  | 
AT&T and Verizon have been duking it out lately over 3G download speeds and coverage maps. I suspect the only losers in that fight have been Sprint and T-Mobile which aren't getting near as much memorable coverage on the air or in the news. AT&T is now getting a jump start on taking shots at Verizon in the race to bring LTE to market.
Healthcare Reform Already Underway
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
The House of Representatives passage Sunday night of the historic healthcare reform bill means 32 million Americans who don't have healthcare coverage will soon be able to get it. And while the Affordable Health Care for America Act is clearly the biggest change to the nation's healthcare system in 40 years, the wheels of healthcare reform really started spinning last year with the passage of the HITECH bill.
Novell Fends Off Takeover Bid
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
Tough times have recently been the rule for many high tech suppliers. Novell, which has had six straight down quarters and saw revenue dip by more than 10% in 2009, now is trying to ward off an unsolicited takeover bid, a scenario that raises questions about the companys long term viability.
AT&T Scores Palm Pre Plus And Pixi Plus
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
Today Palm announced that AT&T has decided to sell both the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. This is good news for Palm, which has over 1 million Pres and Pixis gathering dust in warehouses somewhere. I can't quite say if it is good news for AT&T or not.
Does FedEx Profit Jump Signal Global Recovery?
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
With third-quarter profits up almost 150%, FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith said late last week that a global economic recovery "is well under way" and that his company plans to boost capital spending by 10% while also reinstating some employee-compensation programs suspended last year. Is it time for your company to invest for the upturn?
DeskCenter Comes After U.S. Market With New Partner Program
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
The U.S. Division of the German vendor has signed three channel partners and is targeting mid-market companies with an aggressively priced, SaaS IT management solution.
Global CIO: Will The Mobile Tipping Point Bury You?
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
Smartphones and mobile apps are radically changing how business is done. Is your mobile strategy a company-saver or career-killer?
Business Owners See Stockpiling Cash As Best Survival Strategy
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
Stress levels for business owners are at an all-time high and most believe that hording cash is a better strategy than investing in the business.
Palm Plans Pre And Pixi Production Halt
Commentary  |  3/22/2010  | 
Palm has plans to halt production of the Pre and Pixi models due to excess inventory. It is no secret that sales have not met expectations, and since they were probably producing at or near expected levels, their inventory has grown past levels necessary to service the customer.
Want A 4G iPhone? Sprint Has It
Commentary  |  3/21/2010  | 
Sprint is joining Verizon in taking advantage of the iPhone and iPad's wireless networking weaknesses. Sprint is advertising a "4G" iPhone. How does it work? Well, it doesn't involve new hardware from Apple, I can tell you that much.
Internet Explorer 9, The Next Generation
Commentary  |  3/20/2010  | 
After years of dormancy, Microsoft has kicked its Internet Explorer development into overdrive with IE8, and now with a test drive version of IE9. Since the MIX conference earlier this week Microsoft's IE blog has been abuzz with frequent updates about the status of IE9. But will this time be really different?
Oracle Revenue To Jump 15%, Analysts Predict
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
Oracle is expected to report a revenue increase of more than 15% for the quarter ended Feb. 28 as some analysts are forecasting a resurgence in new software license sales. One report referred back to related comments made three months ago by Oracle president Safra Catz who said, "We're definitely seeing customers back buying . . . . We are really seeing a recovery."
Apple Now Taking iPad App Submissions
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
Today Apple sent a letter to iPad developers letting them know that they are now free to send in applications they've written for the iPad. Hurry up, though. Only those who submit before March 27 will be considered for the launch of the iPad Apps Store.
Widget Actually Makes Buzz Usable On Android Handsets
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
If you're a user of Google's Buzz social networking service, creating posts from your Android smartphone just got a whole lot easier. Rather than accessing Buzz from the browser, Google has created a widget that lets users share directly from their home screen.
Social, Spatial, & Temporal: The Coordinates of Community in the Cloud
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
Social networks have their foundations in the space-time continuum -- you know, the funky coordinate system that Einstein was so keen about... Down deep, I consider social network analysis an important new branch of decision support systems as a discipline.
Psychoanalyzing Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, And Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
"The business world has always been a cauldron of personal animosity, and those animosities have been particularly intense in Silicon Valley. Few do grudges quite as well as geeks," writes a columnist in the Economist. He then attempts to peel back the id-driven layers of the psychological onions animating Jobs, Gates, Ellison, and others. It's actually a lot more interesting than it sounds.
Motorola Droid Users Burned Again
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
For a second time, Motorola Droid users were teased with the possibility that the Android 2.1 system update was on the way. And, for a second time, the update has apparently been put on hold, burning Droid users anxious to get the new software.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard CEO Hurd Shifts Strategy Toward Services
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
Six months ago, Hurd dubbed HP "the infrastructure company" but he now seems to be tilting toward services as HP's centerpiece.
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