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Content posted in April 2011
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AT&T Ships Windows Phone Updates
Commentary  |  4/17/2011  | 
The nation's second largest carrier and "Premier Partner" for Windows Phone is finally releasing the NoDo update.
Accenture: High Tech Firms Need Multiple Business Models
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
One-size-fits-all won't work any more. A tech company may need 4-5 business models to survive.
Microsoft Dynamics Lines Up Against SAP, Oracle, And Salesforce
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
The vendor has hit its stride on the technology front and now must worry about how to compete in the channel.
Bending The 80/20 Process Barrier
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Think you can offload complexity only by outsourcing? Not so. Tackle process improvements, then add IT automation to get all the goodness with less risk.
Global CIO: Business Execs, Not Technologists, Leading Tech Innovation
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
So says a top exec from Indian service provider Infosys, which is spending more time with CFOs and business unit leaders as those execs drive more IT projects.
Sizing Up The Unified Computing Stack Wars
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Server vendors are now armed with formidable network and storage offerings, and software vendors have acquired hardware companies. But should you tie your data center's future to an integrated vision?
Android Activations Top 10 Million Per Month
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Google reported that Android device users have downloaded and installed three billion applications from the Android Market at the rate of 500 million per month.
Government Technologist: Cloud Computing's Hard Realities Set In
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
It's becoming apparent that cloud computing isn't as easy as it sounds.
RIM CEO Stumbles Through PlayBook Damage Control
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research In Motion, went on the offensive after the first wave of reviews for the company's PlayBook had the audacity to point out the tablet's faults.
Weekend Wrap Up On RIM, IE9, Flash
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis got defensive with the media, Microsoft showed off IE9 for Windows Phone, and Adobe's Flash has found its way to Google's Android Honeycomb.
Researchers Aim To Stop Android Data Leaks
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Security capabilities shouldn't need to be bolted onto the mobile operating system, but unfortunately we're headed down the same painful path with smartphones and tablets that we took with desktops and notebooks.
Why Your Attitude Stinks, And What To Do About It
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Some IT pros are putting their profession on a path toward perpetual downsizing and outsourcing.
HP Shows People-To-People Is Only A Start
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
HP's webOS vision represents a multi-device mobile world that integrates personal and professional communications.
Does IT Enhance Patient Safety? Let's See Proof
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Is it true what they say: Tools don't create safety, people do?
Cisco's Flip Flop
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
By sacking its popular video camera, it's raising some IT lessons, and begging more questions.
BlackBerry PlayBook Panned By Critics
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Research In Motion's first tablet device gets raked over the coals for its lack of native email support, lack of applications, and buggy software.
Which Vendor Will Dominate The Smartphone Market?
Commentary  |  4/14/2011  | 
Google's Android platform has shown astonishing growth at the expense of RIM, HP, and Microsoft's mobile platforms, but is it game over?
Does Your Website Do These 4 Things?
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
When putting your site under a microscope, make sure you're giving people something they can use while entertaining them, interacting with them, and giving them something for free.
CIO Risk Takers, Rain Makers
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
When CIOs take calculated risks, choosing emerging technologies from less established companies, the payoff can be enticing. We take you inside the journey of two established organizations for a deeper look at this success.
10 Compliance Tips For SMBs
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
CT Corporation offers small and midsize businesses suggestions for staying aligned with government regulations and other legal guidelines.
Competition Cranks Up For Online Search Budgets
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
As Google, Microsoft's Bing, and Facebook place heavier emphasis on SMBs, advertisers stand to benefit with free and value-added services designed to attract and retain their online spending.
T-Mobile's Unlimited Smartphone Data Plan Has Catch
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
The Even More plan from T-Mobile costs $79.99 and provides unlimited voice, messaging, and data, but only up to 2 GB per month. And then you get throttled.
Accenture Sees High Tech Firms Moving To Multiple Business Models
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Big technology firms like the monolithic business model they're familiar with; Accenture says they'll need five.
Tibco Seen As Failed Target Of HP Acquisition
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Talks between the two companies fizzled, according to Reuters. But what might HP see in Tibco's software portfolio?
Will 4G Spur Motorola Xoom Sales?
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
The Motorola tablet appears to be headed to Sprint's 4G network with WiMax in tow, but can 4G help sagging Xoom sales?
AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Faces Pushback
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Congress should take a long and hard look at AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile, the publishers of Consumer Reports urged.
Microsoft Store Success Requires Bolder Moves
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Redmond has been copying Apple by opening glitzy stores, but the company will need to change its offerings to succeed in retail.
Everyone's An Expert, No One's An Expert
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Beware community and social media know-it-alls. Take the time to do your own research.
Microsoft Dynamics Makes Manufacturing A Game, Sort Of
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Betting on sell-through synergies between enterprise apps and the rest of the company, Microsoft shows that shop floors can benefit from consumer tech.
Can RIM Stay Relevant?
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Research In Motion was once the darling of Wall Street, but now the BlackBerry maker is struggling to maintain market share.
Social Business Requires Socialized Processes
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
By planning the social workflow, you'll reduce the risk of failure and become more efficient.
Is IBM's Pre-Engineered Platform Right For SMBs?
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
IBM's standardized IT services can reduce costs and project timelines for some companies, but that alone doesn't necessarily make Big Blue a match for small and midsize businesses.
Guarded Optimism For Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
An informed newcomer looks critically at EHRs, clinical decision support software, and proprietary databases and wonders: is health IT all it's cracked up to be?
Guerra On Healthcare: Clinicians Work In Flawed System
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
A recent hospital stay by family members generates equal parts admiration and frustration.
RIM Starts PlayBook Hype Machine
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
Research In Motion's PlayBook hits stores next week. Executives defended the company's strategy and said RIM has the tools to battle the iPad and Android-based tablets.
Make Peace In The BI-Versus-Excel Battle
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
Managers fear Microsoft Excel undermines business intelligence, but sometimes, it's the best solution in a fast-paced business environment. Here's how to support spreadsheets without sacrificing data integrity.
Exclusive: IBM Takes Half Step Toward BPM Integration
Commentary  |  4/10/2011  | 
It's announcing a new platform to unify separate business process management products. But the biggest integration step has yet to be taken.
Verizon Galaxy Tab Updated, But Not To Honeycomb
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
Verizon Wireless is pushing a large system update to the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but Google's Android 3.0 is nowhere to be found.
Who's To Blame For A Failed Community?
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
Resist the temptation to just point fingers at your software vendor. The hard work of community management falls on your organization.
Don't Let Your Community Become A Ghost Town
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
Knowing who is likely going to be part of your community will help ensure it's well attended.
Bing For iPad A Great Upgrade
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
The Apple iPad gets a revised version of Microsoft's Bing search engine, which includes new features and does a better job than Google iOS search tool.
The Right Way To Get Employees To Collaborate
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
With Microsoft SharePoint, Lotus Connections, or any other platform, your approach is more important than the technology.
Put Down Your Pom-Poms And Embrace ROI
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
Metrics, not cheerleading, reveal the benefits and ultimate success of Enterprise 2.0 efforts, as well as their costs and risks.
HP Says Holistic Approach Busts Information Glut
Commentary  |  4/8/2011  | 
Services and upgrades are aimed at managing, securing, retaining and retiring information. But is HP's approach too dependent on partner software?
Microsoft Could Lose More Than Consumer Market To Tablets
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
Businesses are starting to ditch Windows PCs and notebooks in favor of mobile devices from Apple and others, triggering little response from Redmond.
HTC Market Cap Surpasses Nokia
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
Android has helped HTC's market capitalization to climbed higher than the market cap of both RIM and Nokia.
Global CIO: The Toyota-Microsoft Cloud Partnership Is A Big Deal
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
It will offer a very public test of Microsoft's Azure cloud, and it will test Steve Ballmer's goal to "shoot ahead of what customers think they're interested in today."
Google Insists Android Is Open
Commentary  |  4/7/2011  | 
Andy Rubin, a Google executive, said Android is still as "open" as ever and there is no change in the company's strategy regarding the operating system.
Windows 8 Influenced By Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
Microsoft's next desktop platform, Windows 8, is expected to take some interface cues from Windows Phone 7. Will something that works well on a tiny screen scale up to a larger monitor?
Smartphones Disrupt Vacations, Sleep
Commentary  |  4/6/2011  | 
Motorola published the results of a study about how mobile professionals use their devices to manage -- or mismanage -- their work/life balance.
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