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Content posted in March 2013
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Smartphone Battery Life: Back To The Future
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
Three innovations could help you squeeze a full day's work out of your smartphone battery. Many of us haven't seen that since 2007.
Gmail Users Cut Off in Windows 8
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
The new Calendar and Contacts apps in Windows 8 will not synchronize with Google at all, and Google email is limited to IMAP from now on. Google users will probably have to use the browser versions because Google has no plans to write Windows 8 apps.
Windows Blue's Got Me Down
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
Microsoft has allowed that something called "Windows Blue" exists. Too bad the company seems hell-bent on taking Windows in the wrong direction.
5 Underrated Healthcare Trends From A Top CIO
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CIO Dan Drawbaugh shares his thoughts about what the next health IT opportunities will be.
Tell Me Again: Why Rush Into Windows 8?
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Windows Blue might signal a bold new future for touch computing, but it doesn't exactly inspire a quick upgrade to Windows 8 for traditional users like me.
Oracle Sparc T5 Can't Make Sun Rise
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Oracle says new Sparc servers beat IBM's Power line, but gains in a shrinking market aren't likely to stanch hardware losses.
Netflix's Cloud Contest: More Companies Should Follow Suit
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
The economics of open innovation are too compelling to ignore.
Hope Battles Fear Over Student Data Integration
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Education data might accomplish more to improve learning if we can overcome concerns about its potential misuse.
8 Reasons Enterprise Architecture Programs Fail
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Successful enterprise architecture programs marshal the right people, support structures and approaches -- and dispense with the distractions.
How Netflix Is Ruining Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  3/25/2013  | 
A laser focus on Amazon Web Services and seeming disregard for next-gen best practices could spell lock-in, and derail real IaaS competition.
Windows Blue/9: No Desktop? No Way!
Commentary  |  3/25/2013  | 
A leak of an allegedly major revision of Windows 8 hit the web last week. Microsoft's focus seems to be on developing the Metro interface, but will they ever actually remove the desktop? Absurd!The desktop is a major strength of Windows!
Hardware-Defined Networking: Bridging The Gap For Enterprise SDN
Commentary  |  3/24/2013  | 
Midokura teams with Cumulus Networks to connect physical networks to a network overlay.
Google Backlash: For Real This Time?
Commentary  |  3/22/2013  | 
Unhappiness about Google Reader's impending closure and mistrust about Google's commitment to new products won't last.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Marconi And Tesla
Commentary  |  3/22/2013  | 
In this sixth installment in our series, Howard Anderson profiles the pioneers of radio.
Oracle's Bad Quarter Is Self-Inflicted
Commentary  |  3/22/2013  | 
Big egos and poor execution are behind Oracle's uneven financial performance.
Android, Chrome OS Marriage Denied
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
But Google's word on the matter may be subject to change.
CIOs Must Embrace Digital Business
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
The title 'chief digital officer' may yet go the way of the 'chief evangelist,' but the digital business movement is a force CIOs can't ignore.
4 Signs That Microsoft Finally Gets It
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
After making moves last year right out of a Greek tragedy, Microsoft is finally taking steps to fix its mobile mess and other blunders.
How To Market Collaboration To Employees
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
Creating a collaborative organization requires leadership, training and a little creative marketing.
Microsoft Gains Enterprise Clout With ERP, CRM
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
Spotlighting high-profile customers like Revlon and Dell, Microsoft talks up its prowess with ERP consolidation, CRM-integrated marketing.
AT&T’s New Data Plans Dissected
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
Accenture's 7 Tech Trends Driving Digital Business
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
From customer relationships to cloud, and why mobile isn't one of them.
The End Of BYOD As We Know It?
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Will IT need to limit which devices can connect to the corporate network? It feels like we're heading for separate Internets, aligned with mobile OSes and their respective clouds.
Virtual Machine Recovery Keeps Improving
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Thanks to technologies like changed block recovery, downtime is becoming a thing of the past.
How Should We Measure Clouds?
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Too often, IT pros start at the bottom and work up. In the cloud, we need to look at the business model and set metrics from there.
Unlocked Android Smartphones Will Free Consumers
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Look Out Below! Here Come Smartphone Prices! Locked iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones can only be successful in the market at their current prices when subsidized by carriers. Low-cost unlocked Android phones from Google and smaller companies like Blu Products will break that model.
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Peak Smartphone?
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
It’s not about this smartphone or that. Most of the really inventive things we do with our devices come from software added either by the phone markers, users or by the value provided through network-based services.
Samsung? BlackBerry? Who Will Win the Containerization Wars?
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
Mobile Application Management vendors all perform containerization, wrapping apps in a security management layer of code. 3rd parties like Box that distribute lots of apps would want to be able to distribute a wrapped version in the app stores, but every MAM vendor uses a different wrapper. Will one win out? Is there a role for standards?
Is Apple Losing War Of Words?
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
Playing hard to get isn't helping Apple anymore. Here are 4 words it must embrace to fight off hard-talking rivals like Google and Samsung.
Chubb CIO Explains His No-Stress Social Rollout
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
Jim Knight, global CIO for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, says the company's move to Jive as a social business platform is all about innovation and collaboration. Not required: sleepless nights.
Monitoring Vs. Spying: Are Employers Going Too Far?
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
The email brouhaha that erupted at Harvard recently did not meet my definition of spying. If your company monitors, do it with reasonable cause.
The Rise And Stall Of Social Media Listening
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
These 5 research-oriented steps help you select the right social listening measures and design analyses that link data to desired outcomes.
Watching Workers: Where's The Line?
Commentary  |  3/15/2013  | 
Counting keystrokes might be called for in a data entry context. But tracing the location of a company-issued smartphone during a worker's off-hours isn't going to fly.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Thomas Edison
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
In this fifth installment in our series, Howard Anderson chats up the Wizard of Menlo Park.
Technology Alone Isn't Healthcare's Savior
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Anyone who deploys tech "solutions" without reconsidering workflows and policies -- and doing other heavy lifting -- is in for a rude awakening.
Education CIO Profile: Yale's Len Peters
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Yale University's CIO discusses his career path, disruptive forces in education technology and more.
Will VMware Challenge Amazon Head On?
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
VMware announces Hybrid Cloud Services unit. Does that mean VMware IaaS, competing directly with Amazon, or continued reliance on partners?
How BYOD Can Complicate Support
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
Often it seems that bringing in a consumer product to do business work will be straightforward and easy, but it doesn't always work out. BYTE's Dino Londis tells a tale of technical tribulation from the seemingly simple task of using an iPhone for dictation.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Alexander Graham Bell And Theodore Vail
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
In this fourth installment in our series, Howard Anderson tells how a masterful inventor and a business genius transformed communications.
ATF's Gun Tracing System Is A Dud
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is using 1960s era technology to manage a 21st century problem. When will this get fixed?
Can Colleges Tame The Bandwidth Monster?
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
Not likely. But OpenFlow and other new networking technologies provide some hope.
What Will Salesforce.com Buy With $1 Billion?
Commentary  |  3/12/2013  | 
Salesforce.com is raising money to fund acquisitions. We're thinking digital marketing and big data companies might be on the target list.
IT Age Discrimination: You're Not The Dinosaur
Commentary  |  3/12/2013  | 
In our discussion of IT ageism, many IT pros say they feel caught in a hiring trap. Don't wait for some big, slow and stupid organization to snap you up.
SAS Upgrades Visual Analytics App
Commentary  |  3/12/2013  | 
SAS strategy for big data, cloud and mobile includes one-click deployment of analytic apps in the cloud.
8 Tools Changing Business Technology Resiliency
Commentary  |  3/11/2013  | 
Cloud gateways, emergency communications tools and disaster recovery as a service are changing the way businesses run their continuity programs.
Samsung Knox Raises Android Security Game
Commentary  |  3/10/2013  | 
Following the BlackBerry announcement of BES 10 as a general-purpose mobile management solution, Samsung has expanded their SAFE program to include EMM features like MAM and business/personal partitioning. These companies are advancing the technology for customers. Where are Microsoft and Apple in this? Microsoft is doing a little, but Apple seems to think that management of their devices is not their problem.
New Technologies Require New Organizational Approaches
Commentary  |  3/8/2013  | 
The cloud, mobile and big data movements put a premium on speed and innovation, not just efficiency and security.
Is Storage Saving Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?
Commentary  |  3/8/2013  | 
We're seeing a significant climb in VDI implementation as old storage performance and cost roadblocks fall.
Facebook's New Look Pays Homage To Google+
Commentary  |  3/7/2013  | 
Facebook's redesigned News Feed reminds many of Google+. For users, the revamp provides more control -- and some changes on the ad front.
Wireless Capacity Crunch Answers At MWC 2013
Commentary  |  3/7/2013  | 
I traveled to Mobile World Congress to learn about possible solutions to the looming mobile data capacity crunch. Meet the small cell, for starters.
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