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Content posted in March 2010
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Deposit A Check With Your Phone's Camera
Commentary  |  3/19/2010  | 
You may be able to deposit checks to your bank account soon just by snapping a picture of the check and sending it to your bank. In fact, if you bank at USAA, a bank primarily for military personnel, you can do it already. This will be one less reason to have to go to an ATM or local branch.
HP-3Com Vs. Cisco: Who Will Be Your Network Provider?
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Fresh from an HP analyst summit, Steve Hilton of Analysys Mason takes a hard look at how the newly combined HP-3Com will fare against Cisco.
Let Stormy Session On Cloud Standards Be Your Guide
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
A panel Wednesday at the Cloud Connect show in Santa Clara, Calif. to talk about where cloud standards are going did not go as planned. Whatever the script, it was as if the audience had come prepared to present its point of view, and the panel members were forced to listen.
Ex-Googler Douglas Merrill Talks Organization
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Douglas Merrill dropped by InformationWeek's San Francisco office on Thursday to talk about his new book, "Getting Organized in the Google Era."
'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of iPads Ordered So Far
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Apple has yet to share official numbers for iPad pre-orders, but the Wall Street Journal says that in one week "hundreds of thousands" of them have been pre-ordered. Additionally, Apple hasn't finalized all the content deals it was hoping to by launch.
Down To Business: The Most Strategic Vendors, 11-20
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
One reader said my 1-10 list favored sales machines over true innovators. Point taken. This focuses less on size and more in impact.
Google Overhauls Maps For Android
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Google recently provided a significant refresh of Maps for the Android platform. Maps for Mobile 4.1 now has an updated results page, a trick swipe-to-see-more feature, live wallpapers and a new latitude widget. Oh, and Google is now serving ads in Maps.
Branding Brilliance Behind Cisco's Borderless Networks
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Our Server Den columnist says that Cisco is smartly encapsulating the deep technology of next-gen networks supporting mobile workers and streaming video, but Juniper and HP ProCurve won't stand idly by.
HTC: Hey Apple, You Are So Wrong
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Today HTC made its first official response to the lawsuit Apple filed against it earlier this month. In the response, the company throws down its gauntlet with a long list of "firsts" that it has brought to the industry. That includes mobile computing products that reach as far back as 1998.
Top 25 Highest-Value Tech Firms On Nasdaq
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
The Nasdaq's five biggest market caps belong to (listed alphabetically) Apple, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle. The market caps for the top five are, in descending order, $259.9 billion, $203.2 billion, $179.8 billion, $150.4 billion, and $127.6 billion. Try to match the each of those top five companies with its market cap--and you might well be in for a surprise.
Following Up On 'Claims and Conjecture'
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Last week I posted a blog about "Claims, Conjecture and Outright Lies." It generated a lot of comments as well as soul searching on the part of PR professionals, software marketing types and, I'll admit, myself.
Copy And Paste, And A New Green Charger
Commentary  |  3/18/2010  | 
Yesterday I wrote about Microsoft's decision to leave clipboard functionality out of Windows Phone 7. That isn't the end of the story though. AT&T also announced a new green charger that uses no electricity when your phone is not plugged into it. Let's hit the news about Microsoft first.
Global CIO: Will Cisco's Revolutionary Router Torpedo Tinseltown?
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Technology is roiling short-sighted Hollywood, and the business-model implications and opportunities for CIOs in every industry are enormous.
8 Steps For Leveraging Technology To Build A Business You Can Sell
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Want to sell your business one day? Follow these eight steps to build a business you can sell.
IBM's (Private-Focused) Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Yesterday, IBM announced its cloud strategy and roadmap; I was at the analyst update last week and had a chance to hear about it first-hand from IBM execs... To be clear, there is a predominant focus on private clouds, or what some would not consider cloud at all...
MacUpdate Offers Business-Friendly Bundle
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
The Macintosh software information site MacUpdate has bundled 10 Mac applications together -- some of them very useful for SMBs -- and is selling the lot for $50, a nearly 90% discount.
IBM Ruins Lives, Impoverishes America, Says eWeek
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
eWeek's hallucination appears to go like this: IBM has become "a model company for killing good U.S. jobs," it has "ruined" an untold number of lives, and it has made "the United States a poorer part of the planet." My oh my--and just what terrible acts did mean old IBM perpetrate to deserve such condemnation from eWeek?
Sprint's Android-Powered WiMax Smartphone Cometh
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Today the Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint plans to launch its first WiMax smartphone next week at the CTIA trade show. The device will be made by HTC and is called the Supersonic.
Global CIO: Why Oracle's Earnings Will Improve With Sun
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison promised Sun's profitability would start last month, and here's an analysis showing why CIOs should believe him.
RIM Gets Pushy With Push Services For Devs
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Developers looking for a better -- or at least a faster -- way to deliver content to end users just got a big boost from Research In Motion. Starting today, RIM is making its Push Services free to all developers.
Gesture Search Reaches Android 1.6 Phones Today
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Users of older Android devices were given access today to Google's recently enabled Gesture Search Lab. Gesture Search lets users search the contents of their phone by drawing letters on the touch screen with their finger.
Verizon Wireless Details Android 2.1 Update For Droid
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
Owners of the Motorola Droid have been waiting for Verizon to update the device to Android version 2.1 since January. The update must be near, because Verizon has posted a full changelog for the system update. Reports suggest Droid users will see over-the-air updates arriving as soon as March 18. Updated with statement from Verizon.
No Copy And Paste For Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  3/17/2010  | 
More info came out of Mix10 today and while some is good - a lot of it actually -- some is bad, and at least one thing is downright awful. Microsoft confirmed today in a Q&A session that Windows Phone 7 has no support for a clipboard. That's right, that means that Cut, Copy and Paste are missing in action in Microsoft's new platform. Huh?
Evaluating Vendors? Kill the Spreadsheets
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Over the years, I've learned a hard truth: more details and more complexity in a scoring methodology may not deliver you the right vendor. It can occasionally do the exact opposite. Ideally you should dispense with spreadsheet scoring entirely in favor of a more practical, facilitated decision-making process.
Global CIO: 10 Things SAP's Co-CEOs Should Focus On
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Annual maintenance fees, the 80/20 trap, rebuilding customer trust, raising employee morale, the truth about Oracle, the truth about SAP, and much more.
Yelp Reprising Small Business Webinar
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Because notice of last week's presentation on using Yelp for small business promotion came too late for many to participate, the company will be re-running it this Thursday.
Flop Or Not, Nexus One Headed To AT&T
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
In a move no one expected, today Google made the Nexus One available with support for AT&T's 3G network. The phone, which has been available directly from Google since January, is now available for AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon will offer it soon.
Federal CIO Seeks Out Apple, Facebook, Google
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Vivek Kundra was on the West Coast last week, where his schedule included meetings with Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, and other tech innovators. The federal CIO says that U.S. government employees are at a disadvantage when it comes to the technology they use, and he's looking for better ways of working.
Practical Analysis: How To Lead In Cloud Adoption
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Cloud Connect event shows companies taking very practical approaches to implementing cloud computing.
Global CIO Quick Take: IBM Joins UPMC To Fight Bioterrorism
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
The joint effort also includes Merck and Battelle and intends to set up a rapid-response vaccine-development and production facility.
Google App Store is Boon for Businesses
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
The newly opened Google App Store isn't going to shake any foundations (yet) -- and Apple's iPhone Store it's not -- but it looks like great news for small and midsize businesses, and a step forward for cloud computing.
Global CIO: Patni Latest Outsourcer To Buy U.S. Capacity
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
The recession offered a good chance to buy up capacity for business processing, software development, data centers.
Facebook Tops Google For First Time
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
The ubiquitous social networking platform continues to grow like wildfire and last week unseated Google as the Web traffic leader for the first time since 2007.
Why Microsoft Is The New Apple
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Microsoft's MIX conference was a goldmine of data regarding its new Windows Phone 7 platform. Some of the news was exciting, such as the story for developers. But there's a lot of bad news, too. In fact, Windows Phone 7 is so much like the iPhone, Microsoft is now the new Apple.
Appistry Extends File Management In Private Cloud
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
Appistry is expanding its Cloud IQ platform, a basis for building a private cloud inside the enterprise, to include a file storage system. Cloud IQ Storage is aimed at extremely large storage loads-- up to a petabyte -- that would enable next generation, high scalable applications dealing with masses of data.
HTC HD2 Denied Windows Phone 7 Upgrade
Commentary  |  3/16/2010  | 
It was strongly rumored near the end of 2009 that the HTC HD2 would get an upgrade to Windows Phone 7 since it seemed to have all of the hardware required by the OS. Microsoft has now confirmed that the HD2 won't be getting the upgrade. Is Microsoft being too rigid just to say that all Windows Phone 7 Series phones have a single hardware spec?
Guerra On Healthcare: Will Future Clinical Systems Be Modules Or Monoliths?
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
With lives at stake, the choice between a one-stop shop and open source supermarket isn't so simple.
Global CIO Quick Take: Oracle & Iron Man 2 Seek Super CIO
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Oracle's "Go from IT Hero to Super Hero" contest will evaluate transformative IT efforts, with the winner going to a fancy premiere of the movie.
Full Nelson: The iPad Speaks
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Apple's maverick tablet device gives Full Nelson a rare interview. Its candor will surprise you.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
You said Microsoft's all-in cloud commitment puts more power in individuals' hands. But your heavy-handed iPhone ban severely undercuts the credibility you crave.
Windows Phone 7 Apps Must Be Microsoft Approved
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Today during its MIX developer conference, Microsoft shared more details about Windows Phone 7 and the tools developers can use to write applications for it. In a shocking revelation, Microsoft admitted to a decidedly Apple-like approach to how it will distribute Windows Phone 7 apps. All apps must be approved by Microsoft, and can only be distributed via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
Demand For Healthcare IT Talent Growing
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Over the last six months, there's been an across-the-board uptick in all IT jobs posted on Dice.com, and the demand for health IT positions is growing even faster than most, says a company executive.
FCC Wants 500MHz Of Spectrum And 100Mbps Downloads
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Today the Federal Communications Commission unveiled its broadband plan for the U.S. Some of its goals include reclaiming 500MHz of wireless spectrum for broadband use and making sure every American has access to 100Mbps downloads
Smartphones Shows Signs of Recovery
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
After struggling most of the year, smartphones ended 2009 with robust growth, according to market research firm ABI Research. While sales of the devices had shown minimal growth through the first nine months, they jumped by 25 in the fourth quarter, so small and medium businesses need to get ready to effectively manage these devices.
Data Center In Bomb Shelter Will Heat Helsinki Homes
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Even as data centers are placed in increasingly exotic locations and tied to peripheral issues ranging from tourist attractions to economic-growth strategies, this one's a real doozy: a new Helsinki data center built in a former bomb shelter under a historic cathedral will heat several hundred Helsinki homes while being cooled by frigid Baltic seawater.
iPad Orders Surge, Then Plummet Over Weekend
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Early estimates say that the number of people who ordered the iPad starting on Friday may have topped 120,000. The pace dropped off sharply over the weekend, though.
Smartphones To Usher In Online Paid Content?
Commentary  |  3/15/2010  | 
Most written content accessed on the web is free. You can read almost any newspaper in the US for no cost right from your screen. You only need to put up with a few ads to do it. Will online media companies use the popularity of mobile phones to try the paid content model again?
Rumble In The Educational Market
Commentary  |  3/14/2010  | 
Twenty-five years ago, Apple Computer established a home in the K-12 educational market and introduced an entire generation to the Apple brand. Today you'll find both PCs and Macs in schools at every level, but there's a new battle going on to offer a wide variety of technology services to students. This time the two major competitors are Google and Microsoft.
Global CIO: IBM And Microsoft Clash Over Unbundling Policy
Commentary  |  3/14/2010  | 
IBM attacks a study calling for mandatory unbundling of operating systems from hardware, especially for high-end servers and mainframes.
Cross-Hypervisor VKernel Offers Free Capacity Tool
Commentary  |  3/12/2010  | 
VKernel is offering a free, lightweight tool for evaluating the capacity management of your VMware virtual machines. It's an example of what you can do to get started in intelligent virtual machine management without committing to a big management framework and thousands of dollars of expense.
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