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Content posted in April 2010
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Congrats to 8 Launch Pad Semifinalists
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Mac Quicken Gets New Features, Lower Price
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Intuit has added a couple of useful new features to Quicken Essentials for Mac -- and has lowered the price at the same time.
Bold 9650: A BlackBerry For Business
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
The other BlackBerry that Research In Motion announced today is the Bold 9650. Rather than think of it as a specced-up Bold, think of it as a re-skinned Tour. Despite its less-than-original design and features, it manages to score solid points as a daily task killer.
The Next Step: Free Storage By The Terabyte
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Think storage is cheap today? You ain't seen nothing yet.
CK Prahalad Remembered By Colleague And Friend
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
In his 14 years at the University of Michigan, Professor MS Krishnan worked as closely and extensively with management superstar CK Prahalad as anyone. In a moving tribute, Krishnan shares some candid and vivid memories of Prahalad, a frequent collaborator with InformationWeek, one of the world's great thinkers, and a passionate advocate for the billions of people at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
RIM: 6,500 Apps, 1M Downloads Per Day
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Today Research In Motion took to the stage at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium event to share information about the company. The company threw out a lot of numbers. Here's the most significant set.
Global CIO: Oracle President Phillips Says 22% Annual Fees Great For CIOs
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Oracle plows all of your support fees into new products and innovation and will offer Fusion "at our cost," vows Charles Phillips.
HD Voice Coming to Cellular Connections
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
HD offers higher quality presentations. While it has been adopted in areas, such as TV, it is not yet widely available with cellular connections. ABI Research thinks that scenario to change dramatically: the market research firm expects close to 500 million mobile subscribers to have HD connections in 2015.
Pearl 9100 3G Is The Porsche Of BlackBerries
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Research In Motion announced two new versions of the Pearl today, the 9100 and 9105. These devices bring 3G to the GSM side of the Pearl family for the first time, as well as a much-needed update to the display and processor. Here are my initial thoughts.
Are We Working on Third Cloud Layer?
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
As I do the cloud computing conference rounds, both big and small, I see a steady trend developing. I call it "Third-Layer" cloud computing technology, and I think the trend will continue.
The Hard Sell's Coming For SaaS E-Mail
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
Microsoft CIO Tony Scott fires the opening shot in our cover story this week: In five years, CIOs will be asking why anyone would run their own e-mail.
Verizon Decides To Skip The Google Nexus One
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
When Google first announced the Nexus One Android phone, it mentioned that the device would initially be available for T-Mobile, followed later this year for Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Well, Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible has ousted the Nexus One.
Crapware Banished On Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  4/26/2010  | 
In recent years Microsoft has let carriers and OEMs do just about anything they want with Windows Mobile phones they make and sell. In an effort to make sure the carrier logo is in your face as much as possible, lock you into their specific services or just make a dime by contracting with a third party, phones would often come with tons of unnecessary trial or full blown software, which users know as crapware. Microsoft is trying to put an end to it.
Global CIO: 10 Tech Acquisitions That Would Rock The Industry
Commentary  |  4/25/2010  | 
Whom should HP acquire? Or IBM, or Microsoft, or SAP, or Cisco, or five others? Here are our Top 10 matchmaking suggestions.
McAfee Shows Flaws of Status Quo
Commentary  |  4/25/2010  | 
Last week's McAfee meltdown showed that there is danger in automatic security signature updates. Yet as much as it would be easy to just blame McAfee, what this incident really shows is the insanity of the current security process.
IBM Hiring In Detroit: Several Hundred Jobs Over 5 Years?
Commentary  |  4/25/2010  | 
IBM is looking to add "multiple" positions at its 7-month-old applications-delivery center on the campus of Michigan State University and a local newspaper says the company might ultimately be looking to add "several hundred" new jobs at the center over the next five years.
Wanted: A Rational Approach To Cloud Adoption
Commentary  |  4/25/2010  | 
Is it just me, or does the cloud computing frenzy smack of the Internet start-up frenzy of the late 90s? I'm not saying that cloud services shouldn't be part of the portfolio of choices for organizations that are considering new IT systems - they should be. But are organizations are taking a rational approach to cloud service adoption?
Three Things Android Needs To Improve
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
Android has seen some solid success and growth since its debut in October 2008. The platform has progressed from 1.0 to 2.1, and high-end Android handsets have been all the rage in recent months. For all its successes, there are still some major failings of the platform. Here are three of them.
Interop: 50 Product Launches Planned
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
Storage, virtualization, cloud computing, security, and other hot sectors of the IT market will be showcased April 25-29 in Las Vegas.
HTC Bows Out Of Palm Buy-Out
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
After taking a look at Palm's books, HTC doesn't like what it sees. The company is no longer interested in purchasing Palm. Who is left to buy the ailing smartphone maker? Lenovo is still interested, though Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein still believes the company can go it alone.
Google Backtracks On Free iPhone Navigation
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
After what appeared to be a confirmation from Google employees that free navigation was headed to the iPhone, it now says that's not the case. Were Google to offer free navigation for the iPhone (and other platforms), Google could seriously threaten dedicated GPS and navigation providers.
Female Leaders Steered 50 Businesses To Billions
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
According to a recent ranking of women-led companies, the 50 fastest-growing businesses with women at the helm grossed $2.3 billion in 2009 and all but 4% plan to hire this year.
Global CIO: Oracle's Phillips Says Standardizing On Oracle Is The IT Cure
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
Phillips says the mix-and-match approach is killing IT organizations, and the only salvation is standardization (on Oracle, of course).
Cheaper Windows Phone 7 Devices Not Likely
Commentary  |  4/23/2010  | 
Rumors have been floating around this week that Microsoft would be offering cheaper Windows Phone 7 devices primarily targeted at developing nations. Microsoft has stepped up though and said that this is not correct. There is one spec for WinPho 7 right now and that isn't changing anytime soon. I think that is a good thing.
IBM Is Hiring In U.S.: 100 Vermont Manufacturing Jobs
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
IBM says it is hiring 100 full-time, long-term manufacturing jobs at its semiconductor plant in Essex Junction, Vermont. While most people will consider this to be good news, I'm betting the anti-IBM screecher groups will find some way to turn this into another chapter in their fictional class-warfare saga of IBM versus the little man.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Release 2 and BI for the Masses
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Microsoft announced yesterday that SQL Server 2008 Release 2 has been released to manufacturing. It's a big accomplishment for the company and big news for database customers. Is it big news for the BI industry?
Down To Business: Microsoft The Cloud Innovator
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Give it some credit: Early signs show a company committed to transforming the way it builds products and serves customers (and generates profits).
Allaying the Anxiety of the New
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Cloud computing is a new concept that has created a good deal of anxiety in organizations at almost every level, especially at the top. One way to overcome that anxiety is to recognize in cloud computing similarities with successful (note emphasis) past IT practices.
Trio Of Leaked Dell Android Phones Impress
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Dell has been holding back on us. It showed off its first Android smartphone -- the Mini 3 -- several months ago. It is meant for China, however, and not the U.S. Now, three more Android phones have made an appearance and they indicate that Dell is taking the smartphone game seriously.
Leaked iPhone Likely Final Version
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
When Gizmodo published a report on a leaked iPhone earlier this week, it was unclear just how far along in the design process the handset was. According to new information, the answer to that is "pretty far along." In fact, it is probably the next-gen iPhone in its final form.
Government Technologist: Can Cloud Computing Save San Jose?
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
The city runs seven-year-old software on aging PCs, and its CIO says the setup feels too risky. He's evaluating cloud services as a better, but not necessarily cheaper, alternative.
Mobile Apps For SAP Help Drive Sybase's Record Q1
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Riding strong demand for mobile deployment of enterprise apps and data, Sybase posted record first-quarter revenue and earnings and highlighted two of its new mobile apps for SAP as key drivers of that growth.
4 Tips For SMBs To Go Green
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
On Earth Day, environmental responsibility gets top billing, but the businesses can slash power costs with a few simple energy conservation tips and go green at the same time.
Google Nexus One 3G To Remain Unfixed
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
Despite persistant complaints by end users who are experiencing poor 3G performance with the Nexus One Android phone, Google has ceased to investigate the matter. No fix.
Global CIO: EMC Embraces Cloud And Says It Loud With Huge Q1
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
EMC says its biggest-ever first quarter proves "there is no doubt" that the private cloud is "exactly where customers are heading."
Dell Windows Phone 7 Device Spotted!
Commentary  |  4/22/2010  | 
This must be the week of smartphone leaks. We've had leaks about Blackberry OS 6.0, the next gen iPhone, and some deep details about Windows Phone 7. Now we have our first hardware leak for a Windows Phone 7 and it is from
Earth Day Data Center Makeover
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
There's no doubt that new investments in green technology are big business. But, this Earth Day, consider making some low tech investments in your data center to save energy as well as scarce budget dollars.
Apple Ban Hurts Microsoft, Or Does It?
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
This week, Adobe basically threw in the towel on the idea of developing for the iPhone/iPad platform, due to Apple's developer tool restrictions. Although Adobe is certainly the biggest and most direct loser in Apple's latest grab for complete platform control, they're not the only casualty.
Evidence Of Android 2.2 Froyo Spotted
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Not much is known about the next version of Android. Android 2.2 -- or Froyo -- is being worked on, but Google hasn't indicated much more than that. Recently, a number of web sites have spotted evidence that the next version of Android is being tested on the web.
My Take on BI Cost of Ownership
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
On reading Gartner's take on BI cost of ownership below, at first glance the numbers seemed "out of whack". But the pieces quickly fell into place... and the *real* cost began to emerge...
BPMN Interoperability Update: Your Voices Are Being Heard
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Thanks to all of you who contacted OMG in support of the BPMN 2.0 conformance classes proposal. This week I received a copy of the following note sent out to Finalization Task Force members...
BlackBerry 9670 Flip Phone Spied
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Research In Motion's first foray into the clamshell phone market didn't exactly impress. The Pearl Flip, as it was branded, was never a hot seller. It's curious that RIM would try again. Based on the spy images of the 9670, its second attempt at a flip phone is a step in the right direction when it comes to function, but two steps backward when it comes to form.
Global CIO: Microsoft BI Wins Raves From Giant Shipping Company
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
The world's second-largest container shipper is using PowerPivot for Excel to manage massive demand for data and overcome a "nightmare."
Cyberwar Threat At Code Red, Clarke Warns
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Former counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke has a new book out, and it's scary stuff for all of us concerned about the national security of the United States. Scarier still, the alarms sounded by the book -- "Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It" -- aren't news to anyone who has even a minimal clue about the state of cybersecurity.
BI Integration Fear Factors
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Don't fall prey to business intelligence fear mongering. For every vendor threat, there is a far less-threatening reality.
Adobe: No More iPhone For Us
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
Adobe appears to be throwing in the towel when it comes to developer tools for the iPhone. It will no longer invest in Adobe Flash CS5 for iPhone, and instead will focus all its mobile efforts on the Android platform.
Microsoft Apologetics On Why Copy/Paste Unnecessary
Commentary  |  4/21/2010  | 
As anyone knows that has been following the impending release of Windows Phone 7 knows, the OS will not support copy and paste operations. Rather than just say that copy and paste is something Microsoft wants to do, they have begun a campaign to try and convince you that copy and paste is unnecessary.
How To Get Paid Like Michael Dell
Commentary  |  4/20/2010  | 
Reversing the cash flow cycle so customers pay you up front can fuel growth and minimize your need for external funding.
Apple Makes iPhone OS Beta 2 Available
Commentary  |  4/20/2010  | 
Today Apple made a second beta of iPhone OS 4.0 available to iPhone developers. It also provided an updated software development kit.
Mathias On Mobility: Why Did Israel Ban The iPad?
Commentary  |  4/20/2010  | 
There's more than meets the eye here, even though frequency allocations and parameters such as transmit power are in fact a matter of national sovereignty.
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