Commentary
Content posted in April 2011
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Can Consumer Tech And Security Co-Exist?
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
It's an incredibly exciting time to be in IT. And that's part of the problem.
Post Mortem: When Amazon's Cloud Turned On Itself
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
For the cloud to be a permanent platform for enterprise computing, it can't be an environment where both computing and errors just occur on a larger scale.
Guerra on Healthcare: MU Debate On Lab Reporting
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Some members of the Meaningful Use Workgroup question the need for office labs to keep public health agencies in the loop on diseases and lab data.
Motorola Ships 250,000 Xooms, Delays LTE Products
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Motorola Mobility reported a first quarter loss of $81 million on revenue of $3.0 billion, an improvement from a year ago when it lost $212 million.
Feds Seek IT Ideas From Private Sector
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has called a meeting with business CIOs to identify emerging tech trends, with a goal of helping federal agencies begin planning now for what comes next.
RIM's Reduced Forecast Darkens Outlook
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Research In Motion predicted it will sell fewer devices than previously thought because it has failed to update its aging line of high-end BlackBerry smartphones.
Phones Are Getting Thinner, Heavier, Larger
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
For a while, it seemed cellphone makers' goal was to build the smallest usable device, but smartphones with touchscreens have reversed that trend--though thin is still in.
VMware, Why Are You Buying SlideRocket?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Acquiring the presentation software company and pushing into end-user apps seems strange, but the virtualization firm's new VP of apps insists it's core to what they do.
Mobile Security, The Way Forward
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Our newest Tech Center is your one-stop shop for news, analysis, and commentary on the nexus of mobile computing and cyber threats.
SAP Product Promise Pushes Ahead Of Profit
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Software giant's first-quarter financial results fall short of expectations as its mobile, in-memory database, and on-demand products ramp up.
Five Things To Expect From RIM's BlackBerry World
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
New BlackBerrys, a revised BlackBerry OS, and info on the PlayBook's first two weeks of life will highlight Research In Motion's annual developer and partner event in Orlando next week.
Does Vermont Prescriber ID Law Violate Free Speech?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
The Supreme Court might not even be hearing the case if the state's ban on using a doctor's prescription records for marketing purposes were written as "opt-out" rather than "opt-in."
Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
State-of-the-art clinical decision-support systems can sharpen a veteran physician’s reasoning skills, but they're far from perfect.
Everyone Wants to Own Your Activity Stream
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Enterprise collaboration tools are adopting activity streams a la Twitter or Facebook, but how many streams do you really need?
Google Sees Smartphones As Advertising Goldmine
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Smartphones are used by consumers when they are shopping to help make buying decisions, according to a Google survey.
The Five Core Competencies For Developing IT Leaders
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
A 40-year IT veteran shares his framework for grooming high-potential directors for executive-level success.
Mobile Video Chatting Needs To Grow Up
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Apple, Google, Skype, and other tech vendors need to develop a standard or share their technology to ensure interoperability, which is the key to pushing video chatting into the mainstream.
Windows Phone, Blackberry App Development Lags
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
With Android and iOS leading the market in applications, Microsoft and RIM are seeing comparatively tepid interest in third party development for their mobile platforms.
Google's Waterloo: Release-And-Revise Fails Beyond The Web
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
The search giant needs to slow down, deliver on its promises and ensure that quality isn't trampled in the rush to market.
Sony Intros Two Android Tablets
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
The S1 and S2, which will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, are Sony's unconventional and underwhelming entries into the tablet market.
SMBs Need Real Plans For Social Media
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Without clearly defined goals for social media activities, small and midsize businesses risk chasing an elusive return on their investment in the technology.
Global CIO: Data Mining Faces The Supreme Court Test
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
A high court hearing raises a question critical to the number-crunching business world: How much should individuals be able to control the data companies have about them?
Motorola Xoom Sales Worse Than Thought
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet may have sold as few as 25,000 units, according to new estimates.
Customer-Centric Development: It's Now Or Never For IT Shops
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
IT leaders must focus on what customers want from mobile apps, or CMOs will just give up on internal IT.
Go Cloud Or Go Home
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Cloud computing can be diluted into uselessness when mixed with immature technologies and poor practices.
Databases Alone Can't Conquer Big Data Problems
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Data-integration and data-transformation steps taken before loading the database are sometimes the best antidote to high-volume storage and scaling challenges.
Guerra On Healthcare: In Memory Of Veteran Leader
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
HIMSS Analytics' VP of market research Marc Holland left a deep legacy on health IT, family, and colleagues.
IT Versus User Devices
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Corporate IT managers often find themselves at odds with employees over allowing access to company data with personal devices. There are ways though to benefit both parties.
Get To Know The New HP
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Léo Apotheker has Hewlett-Packard positioned right where it needs to be.
Is Flood Of Medical Alerts Harming Patients?
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
Alarms from increasingly sensitive health IT could be desensitizing clinicians to signs of patient danger.
5 Tips For Effective Newsletters
Commentary  |  4/25/2011  | 
When it comes to written communication with customers, letting your personality shine through and soliciting feedback are among the important considerations.
Cloud Expertise Featured At Interop
Commentary  |  4/23/2011  | 
The conference will offer a wide variety of panel discussions, keynotes, and workshops from the likes of CloudScaling, Microsoft, Rackspace, and other leading vendors and analysts.
Global CIO: How The Cloud Changes What IT Pros Do
Commentary  |  4/23/2011  | 
As Brady Corp. has moved to cloud computing, its CIO sees a shift in the skills its IT organization needs.
When Oracle And Cisco Face Fire, Their Execs Breathe It Too
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
Oracle is battling the big players in Big Data with its integrated stack approach. Cisco is battling the commoditization of its core business. As those battles were heating up, Oracle President Safra Catz and Cisco CEO John Chambers came out with a little fire.
Cloud Takes A Hit: Amazon Must Fix EC2
Commentary  |  4/22/2011  | 
Amazon's "availability zones" were a key protective concept for the cloud, but they failed to protect access to data when EC2 went down.
RIM PlayBook All Hat And No Cowboy
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
BYTE Wireless Radio and teamBYTE dig into the good, bad, and the ugly of RIM's new tablet.
Down To Business: IT's Lords Of Discipline
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
Many business technology organizations still have a long way to go when it comes to project and portfolio management and functioning like a well-oiled machine.
Where Does Oracle's Itanium Dump Leave You?
Commentary  |  4/21/2011  | 
Companies running Oracle software on HP's big servers will have to make choices. Here are the well-known migrations paths, a few unheralded options, and possible unintended consequences.
Readers Urge Patience For RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Despite some harsh criticism for the new tablet, most notably its controversial e-mail scheme, many readers are willing to be patient while Research In Motion irons out the wrinkles.
T-Mobile Launches 4G Android Tablet, Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
The LG G-Slate tablet, LG G2x, and Samsung Sidekick 4G can take advantage of T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network.
IT Drives Patient Education
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
Computer-generated questionnaires, medication resolution programs, and sophisticated videos are making a difference in patient care.
iPhone 5 Expected In September
Commentary  |  4/20/2011  | 
An Apple event in September is the expected launchpad for a new version of the iPhone with a faster processor, which would be a change from its usual upgrade pattern.
RIM's BlackBerry Bridge To Nowhere
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
The PlayBook tablet, a few weeks late and a few key features short, isn't market-ready.
Microsoft Office 365 Signals Huge Cloud Shift
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
More than 100,000 organizations are signed up to test the vendor's new on-demand platform, suggesting email and collaboration could overtake CRM as the top services-based app.
Guerra On Healthcare: Health IT Committee Missing Focus
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
The latest Policy Committee meeting suggests that the debate on Stage 2 meaningful use could go on forever.
U.S. Cellular Adds Android To Prepaid Plan Offerings
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
Often those that elect to go with a prepaid cellular plan have to put up with second-class phones in order to keep costs down -- no longer.
PlayBook, Galaxy Tab, TouchPad To Test Tablet Market
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
Apple has sold more than 15 million iPads, so there must be a booming tablet market, right? Not so fast.
Global CIO: Analytics Will Take Over Your Company
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
Resistance is futile, as fact-based decision-making trumps gut feel.
The Hidden Internet Explorer Tax
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
It's easy to tally the costs of upgrading Internet Explorer, but the costs of not upgrading are harder to see.
Creating Functional Teams In A Cloudy, Virtualized World
Commentary  |  4/18/2011  | 
CIOs need to help their staff understand that they're no longer infrastructure managers. They're service managers. We'll explore that topic at the InformationWeek Analytics Live track at Interop.
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