Commentary
Content posted in May 2009
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Why Is Wall Street Banking On Open Source?
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Many financial institutions today are surviving by the skin of their teeth. So what can their embrace of open-source software teach other companies forced to make the most of shrinking IT budgets?
HP's Networking Takeover Plan
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
It took them long enough, but HP is finally really gunning for Cisco as a networking vendor. That ambitious tack is on full display here at Interop, from copious keynotes to a huge exhibitor booth.
Touchy Feely IT Departments Use More Hardcore Automation Tools
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Yes, I'm still sifting through data for our upcoming InformationWeek Analytics Service Assurance report, and here's tonight's bit of data magic for your consideration: IT organizations that collect customer feedback on a regular basis are also more likely to use automation tools to ensure consistent quality deployments for their organizations. My question for the studio audience is, "why?"
More SMBs Embracing Social Media
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The results of a recent study from AMI-Partners indicate that more than half of small businesses now consider social media to be a significant factor in acquiring customers and retaining existing customers.
Smart Grid Opposed By AARP
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
If you could pay less for a something simply by timing your purchase, you'd want to know about it, wouldn't you?
Information Malpractice: Coming Soon To A Cloud Near You?
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Who says selling insurance is dull work? Riveting an Interop audience with his prediction of "information malpractice" and declaring that "data is the new oil" because it offers both tremendous value and tremendous liability, The Hartford's VP of cyber risk and new media markets said that cloud computing has the potential to increase enterprises' exposure on governance, security, and control.
Real Small Business Leaders Tell It Like It Is
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Amid the government power players and big business representatives at National Small Business Week, 9 small business leaders took the spot light to tell a congressional committee about their businesses and how they're coping with the recession.
Best Buy: No Mail-In Rebate For Palm Pre Here!
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Best Buy announced that it will be selling the Palm Pre on launch day June 6, too. It made sure to point out that the $100 mail-in rebate won't be required at Best Buy, where the Pre really will cost $200 out-of-pocket. Also, if you want the Pre sans contract, be prepared to shell out some big bucks.
White House Strives To Reduce Noise In Social Media Initiatives
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The White House is learning that asking for public comment on a social media site isn't enough. The people running the site also have to separate the useful comments from noise. The White House is demanding results, not just openness, from its transparency efforts, said Beth Noveck, deputy director for open government in the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy. Noveck is "point person" for Obama's open government initiative, says Feder
How Fast Will Google Index Twitter?
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
It seems that even Google has fallen sway to the Twitterocalypse that is shattering preconceptions about social activity on the Web. I mean, who knew that people would not only broadcast their every move, but that other people would want to read about it?
Interop: Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Riverbed Agree: Consolidate
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
I just finished a panel discussion on the future of the data center with leaders from all four companies, and while they disagree on some practices, there was unanimous agreement that now is a good time to be consolidating servers, networking, storage, and even data centers.
Moblin Moves Into The Public Eye
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The first truly significant public beta of Intel's Moblin distribution went public the other day. It's also the first peek we've had at Moblin's native interface, which straddles a curiously wavering line between netbook, notebook, and phone interface.

EMC World? More like VMware's World
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The user conference is labeled "EMC," but its VMware that has the potential for world domination.
BlackBerry Round Up: More Storm Firmware, Storm 2 Hitting Shelves Next Month?
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
For the BlackBerry Storm faithful who are updating their devices outside of Verizon's official channels, there's good news: Version 4.7.0.148 is now available. Also, reports suggest that the Storm 2 may be available as soon as next month.
Microsoft's Beginner's Guide To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Microsoft VP and its former CIO Ron Markezich is participating in a panel discussion on cloud computing today at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's CIO Symposium. Markezich will share five tips on how to get started in the cloud, based on the experiences of Microsoft's early cloud customers.
Google Outages Spark Cloud Questions
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
It's an accepted fact that computers and networks go down from time to time, either through hardware or software failures, or in the case of the Google outage, human error. We might as well get over that, and any expectations that cloud computing will make things worse, or better, should be tossed aside...
Interop CIO Boot Camp: CIO Jiu Jitsu And Centers Of Excellence
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Every organization's got at least one: the defiant, abrasive, contentious, and inflexible colleague who fights your every initiative loudly and publicly. At Interop's CIO Boot Camp this week, former health-care and public-sector CIO Louis Gutierrez offered advice on how to defang these obstinate outliers and turn them into centers of excellence that can benefit the entire enterprise.
Small Business Too Big For One Week A Year
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Containing small business to a single week is ridiculous. SMBs are the economic engine that will lead us out of this recession whether we celebrate them during National Small Business week or not.
Google Adds Automatic Translation Powers To Gmail
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
The newest addition to GMail Labs is a neat little feature that will automatically translate messages from the one it was written in to one you can understand. Now you can respond to all that spam you get from Russia and China.
Multiple Ways To Update Your Netflix Account From Your Phone
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
If you are like me and love movies, chances are you have a Netflix account. I am always seeing ads or posters for movies that I know I won't get around to seeing in the theater. I used to just create a task on my phone to update my queue from my PC when I got home, but now I just update my queue right from my phone. The Netflix Blog points out at least nine different ways to interact with your Netflix account, many right from
Performance Testing And Integration At Interop
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
If networking is cool at Interop, then testing, the red-headed stepchild of networking, is going to make itself known. Factors like data center consolidation and virtualization are changing the demands made of the network for more resilient, low latency and high speed capacity.
The Software Warranty War Opens A Second Front
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
The war over software contracts is going global. Judging from the industry's response, it could turn into an ugly -- and fascinating -- fight.
Interop CIO Boot Camp: How CIOs Can Drive Innovation
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Interop Las Vegas this week featured a 2-day workshop for aspiring CIOs and one presenter described how CIOs can actively and effectively promote innovation within their organizations. Nationwide Financial Services CIO Emeritus Bruce Barnes says a big part of the formula is quite simple: people do what you pay them to do.
Wolfram|Alpha Claims Authorship Rights For Machines
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
While many observers have noted that Wolfram|Alpha is not like Google, the distinction between the two services is perhaps most apparent in their Terms of Service.
Interop: Vendors Still Confuse With Cloud Computing Definitions
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
The afternoon keynotes at Interop saw IBM, HP and SAP giving their visions of cloud computing. While the companies had a number of real deliverables to talk about, the keynotes also showed that vendors continue to confound and confuse with their various conflicting definitions.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To SAP CEO Leo Apotheker
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
SAP's plans to connect its operations and priorities more intimately with its customers are great signs, but they're also just the first steps in what's sure to be a long journey.
Sprint CEO: Expect The Pre To Be In Short Supply At Launch
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Speaking to investors today, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse let it slip that there may not be enough Palm Pres to go around come launch on June 6.
Is Twitter Breaking Under the Strain?
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
NSBW Panel: Social Media As A Business Transformer
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
How much have small and midsize businesses embraced social media? Judging from the show of hands during a morning panel at the National Small Business Week conference, a huge gap exists between the haves and the have nots.
Interop: HP Entering IP Desk Phone Market, Kind Of
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
This morning, HP announced that it would soon begin selling IP desk phones, a potentially lucrative way to inch up competition with Cisco in networking and communication. However, it's already uncertain just how much HP really cares about phones.
Big Fat Interop Photo Show: HP Mainstreams Unified Comm, Show Floor Shots
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
OK, so I only actually have four photos so far. But they're fresh from the morning keynotes, where HP announced its unified communications alliance with Microsoft, and VMware discussed how virtualization has become a serious enabling technology for cloud computer. I'll be tweeting (@awolfe58) and posting more photos throughout Interop. Click ahead to see the first batch.
Is Napster The Blade For Best Buy's Razors?
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Yesterday, online music provider Napster slashed its streaming service from $12.95 to $5 a month. Now is the time for owner Best Buy to do something to support it...and help itself.
Facebook Punks Google With OpenID Adoption
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Facebook's decision to adopt OpenID has been greeted with a lot of fanfare because of the notion that this is somehow a boon to users of social networks.
T-Mobile Delays Android 1.5 Update, Android 2.0 Spotted
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
On Monday, T-Mobile delivered the bad news that it is delaying the roll-out of Android 1.5 by about a week. While that stinks, a first look at Android 2.0 will make you want to skip 1.5 altogether.
Evaluating SharePoint for Larger Enterprises
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
I recently offered a session at the J. Boye Philadelphia conference. Speaking in the SharePoint track, I was able to interact with a number of the attendees, getting great insight into SharePoint plans and implementations at companies like Wyeth, WestJet, and Ikea. Here's what I heard from attendees...
Microsoft and Linux Foundation Agree To ... Agree!
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Is that flapping sound I hear the wings of pigs? Microsoft and the Linux Foundation both agree on something? Yes. In this case, it's proposed guidelines for software licensing that would make both open source and proprietary software authors that much more liable.

Palm Pre Goes On Sale June 6 For $200
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
This morning Sprint announced that the much-anticipated Palm Pre will go on sale on Saturday, June 6, and will cost $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Sprint will require a voice/data plan with the Pre.
NSBW Panel: Technology As A Competitive Edge
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
For any "dumb" question you might have about technology, the SBA's newly appointed general counsel, Sarah Lipscomb, says she has one that's even dumber.
Amazon Adds Cloud Monitoring Features
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Typically, management functions are the last items added to emerging technologies. Cloud services have become quite popular among small and medium businesses, but they have lacked the management features found with premise applications. So, one of the industrys leading suppliers is trying to change that.
Too Many Mobile OS's Limiting Development For Companies
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Yesterday Yahoo! terminated the beta program for its Yahoo! Mobile for smartphones product. It will instead turn its attentions to the iPhone platform. All other mobile operating systems will have to settle with a web based app rather than a native client for Yahoo! Mobile.
Landscape Takes Ubuntu Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
Canonical is pushing its Ubuntu system management tool into the cloud. But it also offers some very down-to-earth benefits for small-business Linux users.
How To Land A Loan Despite The Credit Crunch
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
Do you make it a practice of giving money to strangers? If you have a few bucks to spare, then chances are you'd give them to someone know. Now ask yourself before you head in for a small-business loan: How well does your banker know you?
Should Google's Outage Scare CIOs From Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
How much - or how little - should CIOs be concerned about whether Google's recent outage reveals fundamental weaknesses with the cloud computing model? Jeff Kaplan of ThinkStrategies offers a couple of sharp perspectives on why the sky's not falling (nor the clouds), and promises to keep the discussion going this week at Interop in Las Vegas.
HP Introduces More Printers, Support For SMBs
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
HP's latest offering for small businesses bolsters a broadening portfolio of SMB solutions that make cost containment a top priority.
Why Facebook Wants A Virtual Currency
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
Facebook is clearly going to test some form of virtual currency in the next few weeks, in the hopes of finding new ways to monetize its more than 200 million active users.
Cisco: Smart Grid's A $100 Billion Baby
Commentary  |  5/18/2009  | 
What's as big as 100 Internets -- maybe 1,000 Internets -- and so hungry for routers, switches, and secure IP-based backhaul communications that it could gobble up $100 billion worth of networking technology?
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