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iPad2: A Reflection Of Jobsian Philosophy
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
It's hard not to love a week in which we are graced with two holidays. On Tuesday we had National Pancake Day, an unabashed marketing creation by the likes of IHOP to rekindle America's love affair with flapjacks. On Wednesday we celebrated National iPod Day, an equally-scripted spectacle by those maestros of tech marketing at Apple to fan the flames of tablet lust. The iPad 2 has been covered like a blanket this week, so by now most technophiles already know the essential new
Microsoft Azure Named Fastest Cloud Service
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
CloudSleuth's comparison of 13 cloud services showed a tight race among Microsoft, Google App Engine, GoGrid, Amazon EC2, and Rackspace.
Salesforce Announces Social Savvy Service Upgrade
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
CEO Marc Benioff introduces a Facebook tool and social-network tracking capabilities as part of Service Cloud 3.
The Government CIO 50: Vision, Influence, And Results
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
The top IT execs in federal, state, and local government are using new technologies and hands-on project management to drive change in the public sector.
Community Managers: What They Do, Why You Need Them
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
With the emergence of social collaboration tools and the impact they have on employee and customer communities, community management has emerged in a critical role.
Social Software Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
Companies considering using social tools in their organizations must also come up to speed on community management.
Don't Forget Users When Deploying New Collaboration Technology
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
Yes, you can build it. But employees won't come unless you have an adoption strategy.
The Four Horsemen Of The Enterprisocalypse
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
Follow these four steps--in order--as you consider how or whether to modernize your business processes.
The End Is Nigh For T-Mobile's Sidekick
Commentary  |  3/3/2011  | 
Launched in 2002, the Sidekick has been a staple of T-Mobile's offerings and very popular, especially among the younger crowd. Its days are numbered though. If you still rock the Sidekick, start shopping.
Apple Delivers Steve Jobs And A Faster, Thinner iPad NOW
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
The iPad2 brings no hardware surprises, but it ships next week, costs the same as the original, and is drastically slimmer. What's not to like?
The iPad2 -- BYTE Mobile Radio Weighs In
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
In this beta launch of our podcast service, we dig into Apple's iPad2 announcement
iPad 2 Undercuts Tablet Competition
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
Apple unveiled its thinner, lighter, and faster tablet device less than a year after the first generation and will start shipping it nine days after the announcement while competitors struggle to get models to market.
iPad 2: 5 Things Apple Left Out
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
Apple's second-generation iPad mostly impresses, but Apple still managed to leave some key technologies out.
SAP Sales On-Demand Heads to Market
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
The secret sauce is tight integration to the entire Business ByDesign suite. That makes it possible to deliver the kind of deeply integrated CRM/ERP app that Salesforce has to partner to deliver.
SolarWinds Announces IPv6 Management Tool
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
After years of talk, the move from IPv4 to IPv6 has finally begun to gain some momentum. While the evolution promises to relieve the Internet of potential addressing problems, it may create some management challenges for businesses. In response, SolarWinds has developed a new management module.
Live Blog: Apple Announces iPad2
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
Apple's invitation to its announcement teased recipients with the number "2," causing many to anoint the next iPad the "iPad2." Nothing like a little cockiness to usher in a new product.
HP Exec Notes RIM PlayBook's 'Uncanny Similarities'
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
Is RIM's PlayBook operating system too much like HP's webOS platform? HP says Yes; RIM says No.
Global CIO: Why BMW Suddenly Loves Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
You, too, should probably be thinking about tying your products to the mobile Internet, even if you think $100 million is a bit rich to throw at this opportunity.
Best Buy's Buyback Program Not A Good Deal
Commentary  |  3/2/2011  | 
Best Buy recently launched a buyback program where you pay them a fee up front and they will buy your rapidly depreciating technology back from you at a set price in the future. Like extended warranties, you are better off passing on it. Companies don't sell products like this because it is such a good deal for the consumer.
Why Sun Microsystems Failed
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
Former CEO Scott McNealy's allegiance to Sun's hardware culture shortchanged its software initiatives, and ultimately doomed the company.
Top 10 Security Spring Cleanup Tips
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
The change of seasons offers a good time to take a look at your security posture -- and especially any vulnerabilities that may have cropped up.
Down To Business: Can The Healthcare Industry Handle All This IT?
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
The hope is that the platforms healthcare providers are being dragged into deploying today will serve as the foundation for future innovation.
SeaMicro Breaks New Ground With Atom Server
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
The startup's announcement shows what can be done with a lot of simple CPUs, but what they are doing still may be overkill.
Will iPad 2 Be Another Enterprise Afterthought?
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
Apple is expected to announce the next version of its fast-selling tablet, which has been a bigger enterprise success than many observers expected. With the competition paying closer attention to enterprise needs, it would be nice to see Apple do the same.
iOS 5.0 Preview: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
Apple will probably provide a sneak-peak of iOS 5.0 at its iPad event on Wednesday. Here are five features InformationWeek would like to see make their way to iOS.
Former Apple Exec: Only A Troika Could Replace Steve Jobs
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
The iPad maker's ex-HR chief thinks Jobs is irreplaceable as an individual but is confident the company has the bench strength to carry on if its co-founder can't return to work—but Apple also needs to consider external candidates.
Speed Trumps Scale In Two Oracle Exadata Deployments
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
LinkShare and WealthEngine are among the latest customers to embrace Oracle's appliance. Continuous loading and fast data aggregation are their critical requirements.
RHUB Strengthens Voice
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
The benefits of HD video are often obvious to see. RHUB Communications, Inc. hopes that is also the case with Hi-Definition voice capabilities, which have been added to its TurboMeeting Web conferencing solution.
Siemens Enterprise Communications Improves Office Suite
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
Mobile communications have become a prime option for executives. In response, Siemens Enterprise Communications expanded the mobile features of its OpenScape Office Unified Communications suite.
Hacked Android App Runs Up SMS Bills
Commentary  |  3/1/2011  | 
If you have an Android device and are running an app called Steamy Window, you might want to uninstall it and check your cell phone bill as soon as possible. It may have run up a tab with a premium texting service.
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