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Live Blog: Apotheker Speaks: Finally, HP's Vision
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
After a rocky start to his tenure as CEO, Leo Apotheker takes the stage in San Francisco to lay out his vision for HP.
The Benefits Of Consumerization For SMBs
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
The increasingly blurry line between consumer and business technology can be a boon for smaller companies, provided you watch out for the downside.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Krugman!
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
The well-known New York Times columnist warns that IT advances are destroying the knowledge economy. But he's missing a crucial point.
Zen-Like Customer Service And Support
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Have you started using social media to sell your products or services? If your answer is yes, you're moving in the right direction. Here's another question: Have you incorporated social media into your customer support strategy?
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Update Delayed
Commentary  |  3/14/2011  | 
Microsoft has delayed its so-called NoDo update a few weeks while it makes sure it meets internal standards. The delay should only be a week or two though.
Global CIO: My Farewell Column: 10 Big Things For CIOs To Think About
Commentary  |  3/13/2011  | 
Your humble columnist says goodbye and thanks, and poses 10 big questions today's CIOs need to answer.
Codebook, King of iOS Encrypted Note Apps
Commentary  |  3/13/2011  | 
There's nothing that makes an aging ex-security geek's heart go pitter-pat like the idea of a securely encrypted notepad. It's not just about passwords - sometimes, client information, config files, and so on, have information that you do not want on your mobile device without very strong protection. But amazingly, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod have very few options. Here's how they stack up.
Scoring An iPad 2
Commentary  |  3/13/2011  | 
I was able to purchase an iPad 2 with no trouble at all -- but apparently that's not how it went for most people looking for Apple's latest gadget.
Werner Vogels Sees A Thousand Platforms Blooming
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
Amazon's CTO envisions the EC2 infrastructure turning into a service platform, not just a source of compute cycles.
SMB Green Printing Tips
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
Printing green means printing less. As it turns out, there are ways to do that without simply turning off the printer.
Global CIO: Saving Lives And Changing The World Via NPower
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
About 30 world-class CIOs and some top IT companies are helping nonprofits unleash the power of technology in partnership with a marvelous organization called NPower.
Don't Get Run Over By The Drupal Bandwagon
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
Customers expecting a simple platform immediately discover that Drupal is friendly neither to developer nor novice contributor.
Shifting Visions And Agile Missions
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
In the 2.0 era, every business model has an expiration date of just a few years. Continuously hunting for the next business model needs to be the lifelong concern for every company.
Microsoft Exec Says Cloud Strategy Is Right On Track
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
Office Division president Kurt DelBene details customer wins, Office 2010 sales gains and software-as-a-service imperatives headed into 2012.
iPad Versus The World
Commentary  |  3/11/2011  | 
For all intents and purposes, the iPad created the consumer market. Every other tablet is measured by one standard - how does it compare to the iPad? Tablets with Google's Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, are now coming out and it is the first generation of non-Apple devices that have an OS designed to work on a tablet. RIM and HP are also throwing their hat into the ring. How will they fare?
Android 3.0 Honeycomb Is Doomed
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
Honeycomb is "by the geeks, for the geeks, and of the geeks," claims a Global Equities Research analyst, who says it will never have mass appeal.
New iOS, Fanbois And A Billion-dollar Bribe
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
BYTE Mobile Radio digs into this week's mobile news.
Canon Unveils New SMB Laser And Mystery Product
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
New products break no new ground, but one claims to not be a printer when it clearly is.
Correlsense Revamp Monitoring Line
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
With networks becoming more complex, small and medium businesses are finding it more difficult to understand how their applications are performing. In response, Correlsense, a supplier of monitoring solutions, enhanced its SharePath RUM line.
HP Fiddles While Microsoft Does (Really Slow) Burn
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
Steve Ballmer's lack of urgency toward the multiple threats facing his company is troubling.
CA Shows Prowess Of Visio-Like Cloud Deployment And Management Tool
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
CA Technologies was one of the many systems providers on hand at Cloud Connect in Silicon Valley that were showing off point-and-click cloud provisioning and management tools.
Apple Opening Online iPad 2 Sales At 4AM
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
Apple has indicated that it will allow people to order the iPad 2 from its online store beginning at 4 a.m. Eastern time starting Friday, March 11.
YaM Uses Virtual Tools To Improve Meetings
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
Say hello to yaM, yet another company that's putting in its two cents about how to improve business meetings. This week yaM (for "yet another meeting") unveiled the public beta of its self-named application, which provides tools for improving brainstorming, analyzing priorities, and enhancing collaboration.
SAP's Hana Appliance Gets Apped
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
CEOs and line-of-business buyers will be impressed by the list of supercharged applications and a BW upgrade. Now it's up to competitors like Oracle to respond.
Concerns Over Square's Credit Card Processing
Commentary  |  3/10/2011  | 
Square is a company that wants to bring the ability to process credit and debit cards to anyone with a smartphone. While that has the potential to make transactions more secure, Square's implementation is just as bad as handing your credit card to a stranger charges payment technology provider VeriFone.
SAS Talks Up BI Improvements
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
It's a vendor is known for its high-end analytics, but it's also planning improvements to its business intelligence tools and interfaces. Here's where SAS falls short and where it deserves more credit.
When It Comes To Enterprise Software, It's The Contract, Stupid
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
Customers crying foul over big deployments gone awry often ignore the very language that defines the scope of the software offering or implementation. Here's how to smarten up.
Taking iPhone's Personal Hotspot For A Spin
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
Personal Hotspot allows other devices to access the Internet via the Apple iPhone's connection to AT&T's network. Here are the results of a test drive.
Adobe Joins Social Network Analysis Bandwagon
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
Planned service offers Facebook, Twitter, mobile app and viral video measurement tools. Web analytics upgrade delivers performance and segmentation enhancements.
Samsung Hints At 8.9-Inch Galaxy Tab
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
A post on the company's Facebook page may indicate that it is preparing to unveil a third tablet device at the CTIA Wireless trade show.
Global CIO: IT Execs Worry Too Much About Data Quality
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
How's that for a bit of heresy?
Google Activates The Kill Switch
Commentary  |  3/9/2011  | 
Google's comparatively lax controls on what apps make it into the Android Market have allowed dozens of malicious apps to be distributed to its users. Google is starting to fight back, but how bad is the problem?
Guerra On Healthcare: Fast EMR Decisions, Poor Choices
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
The Meaningful Use program has forgotten how much must go into system selection and implementation; selecting the right system is the foundation upon which everything else is built.
5 Reasons Not To Buy A Subsidized Tablet
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
RIM, HP, Samsung, HTC, and others are rolling out their iPad competitors -- skip the subsidized models and pay full retail price for a tablet. Here's why.
8x8 Adds Android App
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
Smartphones have become key extensions to business communications systems. In response, 8x8 Inc., a hosted communications provider, added an Android application to its repertoire.
Breaking The Open Source Licenses
Commentary  |  3/8/2011  | 
An increasing number of apps found in smartphone app repositories are based on open source. For that matter, the number one platform, Android, is itself open source. Even though open source licensing requirements are meager, a lot of apps violate the terms of the license.
Profound Disconnects At The Apple iPad2 Announcement
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Steve Jobs and team made some serious mistakes and took some serious liberties
AdGrok Helps SMBs With Website Marketing
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Search engine marketing is hot right now, but doing it effectively can be a challenge for small businesses that don't have the time or resources to learn its ins and outs. That's why a number of companies are coming out with products that simplify SEM/SEO for SMBs.
Microsoft: Make IE9 The Last Release
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
The big-bang theory of software releases doesn't work well in the age of the Internet, a lesson Microsoft hasn't learned yet.
Will Sprint Dump WiMax For LTE?
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
If Sprint doesn't announce new WiMax gear at CTIA Wireless, you can count WiMax out of the 4G game -- at least from Sprint.
Global CIO: How Lands' End's CIO Made The Case For Cloud
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Steve Cretney plugged into a company goal--global expansion--to overcome doubts.
Keynote Focuses On Cloud Application Performance
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Monitoring tools typically arrive after a technology has begun to take root. With cloud computing gaining so much buzz recently, Keynote Systems threw its hat into the cloud application performance monitoring arena.
Is Mobile BI Worth the Hype?
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Separate "must have" from "nice to have" mobile business intelligence functionality. And watch out for licensing implications.
Motorola To Plug Android Security Gaps
Commentary  |  3/7/2011  | 
Android has taken over as the number one smartphone platform but it still isn't being welcomed with open arms by the enterprise. Motorola is hoping to change that with a new set of APIs.
What Makes A Successful Community Manager?
Commentary  |  3/4/2011  | 
Community managers' greatest weapons are the relationships they build, the connections they make, and the advocates they empower through engagement with and collaboration in the very communities they manage.
Three Mobility Trends That Will Change Your Business
Commentary  |  3/4/2011  | 
IT organizations need to evaluate and adopt enterprise mobility management tools to take advantage of the consumerization of IT, while maintaining the security and reliability that businesses demand.
Aster Data Deal Drives MapReduce Into Teradata's Strategy
Commentary  |  3/4/2011  | 
The acquisition will advance graph analysis against clickstreams and social media messages. Competitors will respond on the "No SQL" and social network analytics fronts.
Don't Be Quick To Pull Trigger on Xoom
Commentary  |  3/4/2011  | 
One of the features of Motorola's new 3G Xoom tablet is the ability to upgrade to 4G support. As you might have guessed, this isn't an over the air update but one where you send it back via truck. Motorola may keep it for up to six business days to perform the delicate surgery. Six days is forever.
iPad 2 Debate: Specs Vs. Experience?
Commentary  |  3/4/2011  | 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' "post-PC" remarks have struck a chord with the non-spec-obsessed -- is the experience of using a device more important than the speeds and feeds?
Getting Granular About Social Media For SMBs
Commentary  |  3/4/2011  | 
We know the use of social media is exploding in the business world, but what can vendors of these solutions do to earn more mind--and market--share from small and midsize businesses? The SMB Group will have some concrete answers soon.
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