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Content posted in April 2012
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Woz Digs Windows Phone, But LG Doesn't
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Apple's co-founder gives the Lumia 900 Windows Phone a public display of affection, while LG halts efforts to bring new Windows Phones to market.
Zynga Takes On Amazon In IaaS Game
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Zynga will sell cloud infrastructure-as-a-service to other game makers who want a hosting platform. With this innovative play, Zynga just became Amazon's competitor.
3 Examples: Visual Technologies Change The Rules
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Businesses of all shapes and sizes will soon be held to a higher standard of customer experience as they try to sell products, or convey content of any kind.
Busting Through The Federal IT Budget Ceiling
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Federal agencies in lean startup mode? It's one of the ideas being floated as government CIOs look for ways to deliver new technologies and services despite flat IT spending.
So What Was Wrong With ICD-9?
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
As your IT team makes the transition to the ICD-10 medical coding system, doctors will insist that the older system worked just fine. Here's your comeback.
Oracle, Google Trial: Who Wins Round One?
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
In the first phase of the case, concerning copyrights, Google's arguments have been more compelling than Oracle's, to date. Patent testimony is still to come.
BlackBerry World: 5 Changes RIM Users Must See
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion's developer and partner conference gets underway April 30. Here's what RIM needs to show everyone to silence the BlackBerry naysayers and doomspellers.
How To Protect The Big Data Archive
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Your big data disaster recovery strategy must consider size, cost, and the unpredictable, but inevitable, need to access old data.
After Flashback, Apple Walled Gardens Won't Help
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Apple and other vendors will use the Flashback botnet as reason to move forward with desktop walled garden restrictions. Here's why that approach won't cut malware.
VMware Breach: Time To Assume Hypervisor Code Open?
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
The VMware source code disclosure awakens a long sleeping fear for enterprise IT, that a compromised VM could become a listening post for snoopers, spies and malware makers.
Another Big Step Toward DRM-Free E-Books
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Amazon, ask yourself. What's worse: piracy, or indifference from the people who are supposed to be your customers?
Why Apple Will Never Equal Sony
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Is Apple destined to decline, as Forrester's CEO has predicted? If so, it won't be due to the absence of Steve Jobs.
6 Reasons iPad Hybrid Tablets Are Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Apple's chief executive says he won't consider an iPad that transforms into a laptop. Here's why he may not have any choice in the matter.
Skype Has A Future In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Skype is one of those consumer technologies that IT hates and tries to banish, but it's probably too late for that. There is a good consumerization-of-IT case to be made for Skype, even in use with professional unified communications products, such as Microsoft Lync.
IaaS A Bad Deal? Not So Fast
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
The calculation as to whether infrastructure services make sense involves more than just sunk data center costs.
Salesforce.com's Benioff And Infor's Phillips: A Fireside Chat
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Two maverick executives discuss their recent partnership, the direction of enterprise software, and war stories from two decades in the software industry.
Former Nokia Exec Slams Elop And Windows Phone
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Former Nokia senior executive says CEO has wrecked the company with his choice to adopt Windows Phone.
3 IT Tools Helping Patients Find Clinical Trials
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
We hear so much about the transformative power of medical informatics, and no doubt some of it is more hype than reality. These three examples are the real deal.
How Mobile, Cloud, Are Transforming Healthcare
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Spurred by a combination of government incentives and aging technology, healthcare is entering an IT renaissance with mobile and cloud technologies at the center.
How Embedded Tech Can Change IT's Role
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Consider some 75 examples of companies embedding technologies in products, from shoes to showers, in new ways. Embedded tech is finally allowing enterprise IT to generate revenue and growth.
Why Is The iPhone Made In China?
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Apple gets filthy rich selling devices made by oppressed workers in abusive environments. Does it have to be this way? Well, yeah, maybe it does.
An Open Internet: A Tale Of Two Approaches
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
The Obama administration takes a hard line, while the Aspen Institute sticks with softer platitudes, as some governments try to restrict Internet freedoms.
Facebook Phone: 4 Reasons Why It's Crazy
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Reports of the fabled "Facebook Phone" have resurfaced, this time linking HTC to the social network. Here's why you shouldn't believe them.
Google Drive Shows 'Bring Your Own Cloud' Has Arrived
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
I'm using two consumer cloud services, one enterprise cloud service, and two conventional software packages to get you this column. Am I insane, or is this just how everyone works?
Apple's Cook Won't Find Peace From Competitors
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't want Apple to be "the developer for the world." As the market leader, however, that's exactly the position in which Apple has put itself.
Intel Ivy Bridge: What Enterprise IT Gains
Commentary  |  4/24/2012  | 
ARM will own the smartphone market, Intel will own the desktop and high-end laptop market, and the space in between the two will likely become more confused.
Can Software Help Infosys Out Of Financial Rut?
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
A digital marketing platform called BrandEdge is the Indian company's newest attempt to sell software, not just IT and BPO services. It's got its work cut out for it.
How The Enterprise 2.0 Managerial Model Was Born
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
In this first of a three-part series, we explore the evolution of Management For Opportunity. How did "manager" become a dirty word?
As More Docs Use Digital Records, So Will Consumers
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
HITECH Act is prompting widespread adoption of e-health records, but there's more to "Meaningful Use" than what's in the government's programs.
4 Reasons Apple Doesn't Need An iPhone Nano
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
Bringing an iPhone Nano to market now would be a mistake for Apple. Here's why.
Google Docs Parts Hidden In iOS GMail App
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
It looks like it was left in by accident, but the iOS GMail app has very limited support for Google Docs. We could create and edit word processing and spreadsheet documents on an iPad and iPhone, but only the text of the documents was editable.
A BrainYard Experiment: Let's Have A Social Conversation
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
As editor of the BrainYard, a news site about social collaboration in the enterprise, I know I'm supposed to be an expert on this--but how do I get you, the reader, to talk more on and about this website?
Mobile Health Presents Life-Changing Opportunities
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
From medication reminders to wearable body sensors, mobile health solutions will become a vital part of our lives and many organizations' services.
Green Tech: A Work In Progress
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Ecologically conscious technology is all the rage, but it walks a line between truly useful and merely for show.
Microsoft Earnings Show Enterprise Strength, Consumer Weakness
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Microsoft Q3 earnings report reveals strong growth in business market but anemic gadget sales. Is it time for Redmond to jettison its consumer offerings?
Why Intel Cove Point Ultrabook Is No iPad Killer
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Intel's latest showcase hybrid tablet-notebook is impressive as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. It's too heavy, too expensive, and too short on battery life to make a serious dent in the iPad/MacBook juggernaut.
iPhone 5 May Get New Display, 'Liquidmetal'
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Reports that surfaced this week suggest the next iPhone will use brand-new touch screen technology and will be encased in something called "liquidmetal."
How To Lose Your Best IT Employees
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Ignore what motivates people in their jobs and they'll eventually leave. Our IT Salary Survey provides data you can use to cultivate your top performers.
6 Kickstarter Projects That Grabbed Our Attention
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where people show off their ideas and ask for funding. There are plenty of good and bad ideas, but we're going to focus on six that caught our eye.
Clinicians Need Unconventional IT Tools For Toughest Cases
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Providing quality care for difficult-to-treat patients requires some truly disruptive approaches.
For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Verizon Wireless sold more iPhones in its most recent quarter than all its LTE 4G smartphones combined.
Do IT Execs Make Too Much Money?
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
A Citigroup shareholder vote puts compensation back into the spotlight. Don't run with the "inequality" crowd.
HTC One S: T-Mobile's First Android 4.0 Phone
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Fast, sleek HTC One S zooms along on 42Mbps HSPA+ and takes pictures incredibly fast. It's the best phone available from the nation's fourth-largest carrier.
Next Valley View: SuccessFactors, Zynga, And More
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Tune into the April 24 episode of our live Web TV show to hear about SuccessFactors' answer to Salesforce.com's Chatter, Zynga's private cloud, and much more.
Marketo's Crowd Factory Deal Underscores Rise Of Social Marketing
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
By helping companies reach customers through Facebook and Twitter as well as e-mail, banners, and keywords, Marketo plans to socialize marketing automation.
What You Won't Learn From 12 Greatest Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Our billionaire-obessed society loves to ballyhoo the (rarely) successful mega-startup and its leader. But most of us can't start with a blank slate at our companies.
IBM's First Quarter: Where's The Growth?
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Big Blue might need to further cut costs to meet earnings goals as its top line sputters, but customers could suffer if it's too aggressive.
CloudStack Vs. OpenStack Debate Rages On
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Cloudscaling CTO Randy Bias jumps into fray, but does it really matter which private cloud open source code is the most "Amazon like"?
Asian Call Center Workers Trained With U.S. Tax Dollars
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Multimillion dollar USAID program trains college students in the Philippines to work in offshore call centers, but one Congressman tells InformationWeek he's going to put a stop to it.
Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Will Windows Phone 7 smartphones be upgraded to Windows Phone 8? Microsoft declines comment on conflicting reports, and its silence isn't helping its cause.
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