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Content posted in April 2012
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4 Reasons Naysayers Win IT Battles, Not Wars
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Want to predict the best storage innovation coming down the pipe? Take a look at what traditional IT is saying won't work.
Don't Be Late For The Mobile Revolution
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Mobility has produced some of the most sweeping changes ever in how we work, live, and play.
RIM Blackberry OS, Anyone? Tech Vendors Won't Bite
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Research In Motion needs to explore strategic options, one of which could be licensing out BlackBerry OS 10. This won't save the company.
Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Editions
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will come in three flavors, two of which should be right for most.
Nokia's Lumia 'Not Good Enough' Say Carriers
Commentary  |  4/17/2012  | 
Nokia's carrier partners say the Finnish phone maker's Lumia line of smartphones can't compete against Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.
Phone Stolen? FCC PROTECTS Initiative Promises Some Relief
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
With the recently announced PROTECTS Initiative, the FCC hopes to put an end to smart phone thefts by removing the incentive to steal them. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile will create a blacklist of stolen device IDs, making it harder to reactivate them. Even so, some victims might be on their own.
IT, Marketing Have Tense Relationship: Deal With It
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Tension between IT and the marketing department is inevitable. CIOs must lead, not make excuses, in order to help the business deliver innovative products and services.
IT Should Prepare For Cloud Startup Downpour
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Venture capitalists are voting for cloud startups in staggering numbers. Start developing a rigorous process now for picking enterprise IT cloud tools and vendors.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Vs. HTC's Upstart
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Sprint begins selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus April 22, but here are 5 reasons you may want to wait for the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
Despite Flaws, Personal Health Records Are Smart Medicine
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Many consumers have concerns about data breaches; others complain about "Big Brother" watching. Here's my take on why the benefits of PHRs outweigh the risks.
4 Ways IT's Role Changing Faster Than Expected
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Analysts at the Corporate Executive Board say you'd better update your five-year plan, because a series of radical shifts around IT's value, ownership, and role are happening sooner than envisioned.
Samsung's Next Galaxy: 3 Possibilities
Commentary  |  4/16/2012  | 
Samsung will reveal the "next Galaxy" on May 3 in London. Several intriguing Samsung smartphone developments are on the runway.
Balsillie's Secret Plan to Save RIM: Crazy Or Smart?
Commentary  |  4/13/2012  | 
After RIM's board shot down former chief Jim Balsillie's big idea to turn the company around, he quit. Now RIM's survival depends on BlackBerry 10.
IT Spending: Innovation Talk Vs. Survival Walk
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Today's IT spending figures reveal much maintenance work. Has innovation stalled because IT is playing catch up after a long winter of spending freezes and cuts?
Will $699 Tablets Win Over Enterprises?
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Intel boasts that ultrabook prices will sink to $699 in the coming months, which puts them right in tablet territory. But they could get stuck in no-man's land between cheaper tablets and more powerful laptops.
U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Bureau of Labor statistics show IT unemployment still hovers above 4%, though, as more unemployed people relaunch their search for work.
Sony SmartWatch: Cool, But Limited Value
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Think of Sony's $150 SmartWatch as a sort of remote control for your Android smartphone. Here's what it can and can't do.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
VMware Cloud Foundry Plays Disruptive Role
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
On Cloud Foundry's first birthday, VMware CTO Steve Herrod likened it to the Linux of cloud computing. That's not quite right, but this open source platform for developers could slay worries about cloud vendor lock-in.
The Computer Of The Near Future
Commentary  |  4/11/2012  | 
The incompatibility of the hardware and software of the present (PCs) and the future (tablets) is stark. Nobody has really solved the problem, but there is a reasonable interim approach.
E-Book Pricing: Apple's Lawsuit Is Only Half The Picture
Commentary  |  4/11/2012  | 
The lawsuit against Apple is over high e-book pricing, but too-low pricing might be just as bad.
SAP Says Hana Tests Well On Performance, Scalability
Commentary  |  4/11/2012  | 
If SAP's new benchmarks are accurate, in-memory technology could take scalability concerns off the table and help SAP compete with Oracle on better terms.
Report: Apple Testing 1GB iPhone--New iPod, Too?
Commentary  |  4/11/2012  | 
iPhone rumors du jour: a new iPhone with 1GB of RAM and an iPad-like graphics processor, and a new iPod Touch probably on the way.
Google Debates Fate Of Motorola Smartphone Business
Commentary  |  4/11/2012  | 
Google is giving mixed signals about its plans for Motorola's hardware once acquisition is complete. The safest best: Stick with the patents and forget about making the phones.
Toshiba Overreaches With 13-Inch Tablet
Commentary  |  4/10/2012  | 
Toshiba announced a trio of Android 4.0 tablets today, including one with a whopping 13.3-inch display. That's a lot of girth for a tablet.
How I Eventually Unlocked My AT&T iPhone
Commentary  |  4/10/2012  | 
It wasn't as easy as it should have been, but my genuine AT&T iPhone is now genuinely on T-Mobile.
iPhone 5 Reports Suggest 4-Inch Screen
Commentary  |  4/10/2012  | 
Next iPhone will see a significant hardware revision, analyst predicts. Meanwhile, T-Mobile seeks to lure in owners of old, unlocked iPhones.
7 Ways IBM Will Make $7 Billion In Cloud
Commentary  |  4/9/2012  | 
Can IBM make people believe that it's committed to the cloud in the same manner as an Amazon or Rackspace? IBM's plans include much more than a place for Unix hardware.
HP, Dell Create Clouds For The Rest Of Us
Commentary  |  4/9/2012  | 
Dell's recent moves are about courting IT shops that need help moving legacy applications to a more modern model, while HP says it can build a better public IaaS cloud option.
RIM Moves Against Pirated Android Apps On PlayBook
Commentary  |  4/9/2012  | 
RIM wants to block PlayBook owners from 'sideloading' Android applications, in a move designed to protect developers.
Microsoft's Switch From Siebel CRM To Dynamics Speaks Volumes
Commentary  |  4/8/2012  | 
The "moat" around Oracle's CRM products that once kept customers from leaving is drying up as Fusion comes up short and more viable options emerge.
Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
Commentary  |  4/6/2012  | 
In a state where government plays nanny, mobile phones equal a danger as great as DUI. Let's apply critical thinking to the issue of regulating phone use in cars, instead of mob mentality.
If Bono Loves Dropbox, Shouldn't You?
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
'Bring your own cloud' is coming to an enterprise near you. It's time for CIOs to study their options.
Federal IT Savings, Or Old-Fashioned Spending Shuffle?
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
Fed CIO Steven VanRoekel is making fiscal headway, but we need to see those billions saved actually fall to the bottom line.
HTC EVO 4G LTE: Sprint Bets Future On it
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
Sprint hopes the 7 million customers who picked up its original EVO devices will stay loyal with the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
Apple Investigating New iPad Wi-Fi Problem
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
Apple has instructed AppleCare employees to replace iPads that have faulty Wi-Fi radios, according to leaked info.
Forget Alignment: How To Co-Create A Business Strategy
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
Creating an IT strategy "aligned" with business goals just makes things worse. Instead, use this framework to cooperatively create a business strategy with a technology component.
Is Your Clinical Decision Support Built On Quicksand?
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
If a CDS system isn't based on rock-solid data, don't expect to see better patient outcomes or long-term cost savings.
HP's Cloud Strategy Takes Aim At Amazon
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
HP finally clarifies its cloud plans, which include private cloud bundles and public cloud services that will directly compete with Amazon Web Services.
5 Social Media Metrics That Matter Now
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
As your business gets more social-savvy, strengthen your metrics strategy. Here's how.
Lumia 900: 5 Critical Questions Before You Buy
Commentary  |  4/4/2012  | 
Nokia's Lumia 900, based on Microsoft Windows Phone, goes on sale April 8 for $99. Business smartphone buyers should have some questions.
Android 4.0 Forces Samsung To Delay Galaxy Tablets
Commentary  |  4/3/2012  | 
Optimizing Ice Cream Sandwich for its second-generation tablets proves nettlesome to Samsung.
For Rent: NYSE Cloud Power From N.J. Fortress
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Mahwah, N.J., data center will offer infrastructure-as-a-service to traders outside licensed New York Stock Exchange membership, starting in the third quarter.
Telemedicine Dilemma: Savings Or Healing Hands More Important?
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Telemedicine has two sides, cutting costs and giving some patients access to previously unreachable expertise, but depriving others of the hands-on human contact they need.
Disaster Recovery Cloud Services Show Promise
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Cloud-based disaster recover offers enterprise IT managers a compelling alternative to the time and cost involved in legacy approaches.
Windows Phone's Big Problem: Google Ignores It
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
Google prefers Android and iOS when it comes to developing mobile apps and services. For Windows Phone, this is a big liability.
Big Data Initiative Or Big Government Boondoggle?
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
A White House plan to step up research on big data analytics sounds promising, but agencies could save big bucks through consolidation, collaboration, and cost sharing.
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