Content posted in March 2012
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My Brush With Mike Daisey, Apple & Foxconn
Commentary  |  3/18/2012  | 
The world now knows that Mike Daisey lies about his subject matter, but I called him on it almost a year ago. I think many of us may owe Apple a silent, personal apology. Makes Friends With CIOs
Commentary  |  3/16/2012  | 
Parade of CIOs at CloudForce shows how social networking inroads are making a larger part of the IT infrastructure.
Apple Critic Accused Of 'Significant Fabrications'
Commentary  |  3/16/2012  | 
This American Life withdraws its report on working conditions at Apple's suppliers in China.
New iPad: Hands-On First Impressions
Commentary  |  3/16/2012  | 
After spending several hours using the new iPad, it's evident that Apple's latest tablet is both evolutionary and revolutionary--which makes the upgrade decision a tougher one.
IT's Consumerization Compliance Conundrum
Commentary  |  3/15/2012  | 
Users are already bringing their own devices onto the network, and IT can no longer control where corporate data resides. What should you do to cope?
New iPad: 6 Observations
Commentary  |  3/15/2012  | 
The early reviews are in and it's no surprise that Apple's new iPad is receiving heaps of praise. Here are some interesting discoveries made by the reviewers.
4 Common Mistakes Made By Startups
Commentary  |  3/15/2012  | 
If you want your product to be taken seriously at the next big conference, don't do any of these things.
Nokia Plans Windows 8 Tablet
Commentary  |  3/15/2012  | 
Finnish phone maker developing Windows 8 tablet to compete with iPad. But should the company keep its focus on smartphones?
SAP Steps Up Commitment To Predictive Analytics
Commentary  |  3/15/2012  | 
SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis will integrate with Hana, take on SAS and IBM SPSS modeling and analysis tools.
A CEO's View Of Analytics: Duluth Trading Company
Commentary  |  3/14/2012  | 
Steve Schlecht's company made its name with practical work clothes and clever ads. But it needs new analytical skills to thrive amid the retail disruption caused by mobile technology.
Healthcare CIOs Need To Understand Physicians' Pain
Commentary  |  3/14/2012  | 
Clinicians are frustrated by immature clinical information systems and questionable pay-for-performance rules. Understanding their angst can bring about cost-effective patient care.
iPad Mini Rumors Resurface
Commentary  |  3/14/2012  | 
An unnamed Samsung source in a Korean report claims that Apple will be releasing an iPad with a smaller screen by the end of this year. There's clearly a market for such a tablet, but does Apple want to enter that market?
The High Cost Of Cool
Commentary  |  3/14/2012  | 
New bells and whistles on your favorite technology are exciting, but sometimes they're just noise.
Google Refreshes Mobile Google+ Design
Commentary  |  3/13/2012  | 
Google recently redesigned the mobile version of Google+ to look and work better on mobile devices--especially tablets. But it still has a ways to go.
Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Siri
Commentary  |  3/13/2012  | 
New York City iPhone 4S customer sues Apple, claiming Siri advertisements are misleading and that the service doesn't work as depicted in commercials.
Unresponsive IT? CEO Must Share Blame
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Social CRM and multi-channel marketing are the latest trends fueling questions about IT priorities, but have top executives bought into these priorities?
SXSW: New Mobile Ideas Meet Old Battery Gripes
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Using the right interface to solve certain problems dramatically speeds up the way that we interface with machines. Think geolocation--if your mobile battery doesn't go dead.
Data Protection Officer Drought Predicted
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Google's global privacy counsel doubts there are enough data defenders to help companies comply with EU data rules.
When EHR Critics Jump To Bad Conclusions
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
If you think the recent Health Affairs report proves e-access to patient records increases healthcare costs, you need to take a closer look at the data.
Innovative Ideas Are A Dime A Dozen
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Ideas abound. The real challenge for CIOs is to pick the best ideas that can be implemented quickly and visibly.
When To Pick Up Cloud As A Tool
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
If you use infrastructure-as-a-service like Zynga and DreamWorks now do, it can be a good deal.
iTether Skirts App Store Ban With HTML5 App
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
After Apple removed iTether from the App Store in November, the developers took a new approach and recently released an HTML5-based tethering app to circumvent Apple's ban.
Writing Books in the Cloud: Part 1
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Wilson and three other guys write a book using this cloud thing called Dropbox.
SXSW: What Gaming Should Teach IT Leaders
Commentary  |  3/10/2012  | 
In World of Warcraft, the individual is 20% more productive when working in a cooperative group instead of playing alone. Wouldn't you love it if everyone on your work team felt the same way?
Want Your Personal Device Controlled By IT?
Commentary  |  3/9/2012  | 
Your lips say "no" but your behavior says "yes". In the end, most employees will give up some privacy in return for convenience if their employers level with them.
Why Smartphone Subsidies Won't Die
Commentary  |  3/9/2012  | 
T-Mobile USA would love to kill phone and tablet subsidies, but it'll never happen. Here's why.
RIM's New Marketing Play: College Humor
Commentary  |  3/9/2012  | 
Research In Motion pins its future marketing hopes on low-brow comedy from College What could possibly go wrong?
The iPad 2 Gets More Attractive
Commentary  |  3/9/2012  | 
The new (not) iPad 3 with its great display and 4G got the big news, but the lower-key iPad 2 price drop may be of greater immediate interest.
New iPad: Your Next TV Set?
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
Apple's TV set is already here. Maybe you've heard of the iPad? The first model has a 9.7-inch diagonal screen, but think bigger.
Intel's New Xeon Powerhouse: 5 Key Facts
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
Intel's new E5-2600 chips set performance records. Here's how they do it.
Embrace Enterprise 2.0 Trifecta
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
Half measures won't work. Enterprises must adopt social/mobile, cloud, and big data technologies—all of them, not just one or two.
New iPad: Mobile Network Winners And Losers
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
Apple's new iPad plans shake up the mobile network picture. Plenty of players stand to lose out due to exclusive 4G deals Apple made with AT&T and Verizon.
The Myth Of Big Data
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
It's time to check in with our good buddy Stu Laura, CIO Supreme, about big data and what his company is doing about it.
Analytics Drives Next Generation Of Moneyball In Sports
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
Professional sports teams now use deep analytics to drive decisions about nearly every aspect of the game. A recent conference drew practitioners -- and job seekers in this new career path.
iPad Rivals Fire Back
Commentary  |  3/8/2012  | 
Samsung and Nvidia respond to harsh comparisons Apple made during launch of the new iPad with criticisms of their own.
New iPad: What Apple Left Out
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
Apple didn't overlook much in the new iPad, but Siri and a few other features are missing.
IT Vendors Inflate Job Creation Claims
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
Microsoft, Apple, and others have commissioned studies showing they're spawning thousands of jobs. But they don't tell the whole story.
IT-Enhanced Medical Homes Aren't A Quick Fix
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
Patient-centric medical homes are touted to fix the healthcare cost crisis, but the deep pockets and extensive IT resources they require aren't available to every healthcare provider.
iPad 3: What Does Apple Want Us To Touch?
Commentary  |  3/7/2012  | 
In the invitation for today's iPad event, Apple said that it has something we really need to touch. Could that be a new, haptic-feedback display?
Ford Navigates Rough Road Of Software Development
Commentary  |  3/6/2012  | 
Its MyFord Touch upgrade this week, addressing customer complaints, is only the beginning of Ford's transformation to a software company.
Android Phones: Ice Cream Sandwich Still MIA
Commentary  |  3/6/2012  | 
Google's data reveals that Android 4.0's presence in the market has grown less than one percent in the last month.
iPad 3 Rumor Roundup
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
What's the point in waiting till the Wednesday announcement? We evaluate the main rumors and speculation about Apple's iPad 3 for credibility.
Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Makes Metro Real
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
VS 11 is a live beta, meaning it just got a little less risky to build production Metro apps.
How To Achieve Better Patient Engagement
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposals raise the bar for online patient engagement, highlighting how important it is for healthcare providers to communicate with patients and give them access to their information.
The Chasm Between BYOD And Security
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
There's just no good intersection of sound device security and a bring-your-own-device policy.
IT Risks Irrelevance In Digital Marketing Revolution
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Chief marketing officers are overwhelmed with data and the rise of social media, IBM research shows, yet they aren't looking to CIOs for help.
Killer Windows Phone App: Nokia's ESPN Hub
Commentary  |  3/5/2012  | 
Nokia hopes to differentiate its Windows Phones through the ESPN Hub, a sports-lovers dream come true.
Windows 8 Tablets Could Be Risky Business
Commentary  |  3/2/2012  | 
Microsoft's admission that Windows on ARM tablets are best for "unmanaged environments" could lock them out of the enterprise computing market.
UPS Handhelds Learn Smartphone Tricks
Commentary  |  3/2/2012  | 
UPS' new device, which will go out to 100,000 brown-clad drivers, has some amazing features. But like any mobile device these days, it's already on the road to obsolescence.
Why Infrastructure As A Service Is A Bad Deal
Commentary  |  3/1/2012  | 
The numbers we cranked speak for themselves: IaaS services from Amazon and others most likely do a disservice to your bottom line.
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