Cisco Powers Into Smart Grid
Cisco has decided to take a vertical approach with its network equipment. The company has designed a new switch and a new router designed to work in utility companiesï¿¼ smart grids. The announcement underscores the vendorï¿¼s desire to diversify as it attempts to continue its rapid revenue growth.
AT&T Gifting Free Wi-Fi To Times Square
In what looks to be another move to salvage network performance in New York City, AT&T has announced a pilot program to offer free Wi-Fi to its subscribers in the Times Square area of Manhattan. It's the latest admission by AT&T that it doesn't know how to fix its cellular network in the Big Apple.
IBM Lands $31M In Subsidies For 600 Jobs
IBM is planning to hire 600 and possibly up to 800 employees at a proposed new services-delivery center in Columbia, Missouri, and in return will receive various financial incentives totaling about $50,000 per job. It's a great deal for IBM, but is it also a great deal for state and local taxpayers?
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's Top 10 Insights
HP released strong financial results last week and in a Q&A session afterward with financial analysts, CEO Mark Hurd offered a range of insights into the company's emerging grand strategy. Here's our take on the 10 most-significant strategic thoughts offered by Hurd.
Google's Andy Rubin Speaks Of Android's Fragmentation
Andy Rubin, chief architect of Google's Android platform, recently sat down and discussed the future of Android. The biggest topic of the conversation was fragmentation. Rubin's answer on the subject is spot on.
On Sybase IQ and the V15.2 Upgrade
Sybase IQ Version 15.2 was released today with three major upgrades: data federation that makes sense mainly in the context of rigorous security rules, an upgrade to Sybase IQ's built-in text indexing, and improved LOB (Large OBject) management.
Siemens Revamps UC Line
With an eye firmly fixed on the small and medium business market, Siemens Enterprise Communications overhauled its Unified Communications (UC) line. The companyï¿¼s OpenScape Office MX system, which is geared to companies with 150 employees, was enhanced, so it can be deployed more easily and includes integrated contact center functions.
Just How Fast Are 4G Phones?
4G networks are just beginning to roll out and hardware is hitting the shelves. Are these devices as fast as advertised, or will we be somewhat under whelmed at their speeds?
Guerra On Healthcare: Upset Customers Can Be Good
As a private company immune from the pressures of quarterly results, Meditech can focus on the long term and chart a course that ensures its customers will be as happy tomorrow as they might be today.
Are SMBs Doing Enough To Support Mobile Workers?
Membership in the mobile workforce is growing rapidly, but a new survey from a remote connectivity vendor suggests that businesses may not be doing enough to support their employees' mobility needs.
Search, Social, And Aggregation
Google all but admitted last week that the dominant forms of content discovery -- search and social networking -- aren't enough.
Is Uncle Sam a Role Model for Cloud Computing?
Perhaps more of an object lesson than a prime example. The fed's fits and starts around cloud computing seem typical of an organization trying to adopt (and adapt to) a disruptive new business process. What's the takeaway? Stick to the vision, and serve the customer.
Gov 2.0: Aspiring To Greatness In Open Government
Tim O'Reilly is raising the bar on what he envisions for the open government movement. At this week's Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C., O'Reilly won't be talking merely about government serving as "a platform" -- that was last year's idea -- but about government as "a platform for greatness."
Top 3 Pluses & Minuses Of Enterprise 2.0
Getting ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, June 14- 17, I've been thinking about the value of the online collaboration tools most of us are beginning to embrace. My early take is that the positives are engagement, empowerment, and the potential to spur innovation. The downsides are the dangers of groupthink gone wild and the security risks of exposing valuable company data. Click through for my "top three" lists of E2.0 pluses and minus
eBay's $2,000-Per-Second Data Center
eBay's new $287 million data center in Utah was built in just 14 months and is responsible for managing all transactions and revenue from eBay.com and PayPal.com, which in 2009 totaled $60 billion or about $2,000 per second. Maybe it's no surprise that two of the project's leaders are former tank commanders and West Point graduates. And don't miss the photos!
Leaks On Next Version Of Droid For Verizon
The Motorola Droid on Verizon's network has been a very popular device, so much so that in much of the public's eye, the Droid is the Android phone. It is about six months old though which is approaching middle-age for smartphones. Fortunately for us, there are leaks on the next generation Droid from Motorola and it too has Verizon branding.
Is Microsoft A Patent Troll?
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, says that Microsoft is a patent troll. Given that Microsoft has just sued the company for patent infringement just this month, that comment might not be a surprise. Looking a bit deeper though, I don't think Benioff's name-calling is justified.
Cloud: Does ROI Matter?
Nobody asked about return on investment during the American Revolution. And, I highly doubt that Edward Jenner was thinking real hard about the total cost of ownership while he was inventing vaccination. Sure, modern democracy and immunology have value. But that value didn't become apparent until time had passed and until these concepts had proven successful. So it will be, I think, with cloud.
BP Oil Spill Lessons For SMBs
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has put BP in headlines, but not in a way that reflects well on the oil company. Business owners take note: you can learn from BP's mistakes.
What Are Nokia And Yahoo Planning For Monday?
Yahoo recently invited the press to gather at an announcement it is holding on Monday, May 24. The invite uses an interesting combination of words, which includes "global", "mobile" and "consumers." According to the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is involved. What gives?
The Cloud Calls for New Skills
Software-as-a-service ushered in the era of cloud computing. SaaS featured one-size-fits-all applications that customers could tap online to exploit the advantages of the cloud: availability, flexibility, scalability. But to really employ and deploy cloud computing to its fullest measure, enterprises need to learn to write their own cloud-oriented applications.
HP Helps Wal-Mart Transform From Photos To Publishing
Hewlett-Packard is helping Wal-Mart expand into the publishing business by sweeping aside the old photo-printing model and letting customers select and print everything from greeting cards to branded images from concerts, TV shows, and movies. With other huge retailers signing on as well, HP expects its new retail publishing business will grow 300% this year.
iPad Sold Out, Users 91% Satisfied
The iPad 3G appears to be sold out at most Apple Stores across the U.S. The Wi-Fi model is less scarce, but barely so. Did Apple underestimate supply badly? According to user surveys, 91% of people who own an iPad are satisfied with it. Perhaps word-of-mouth is selling the device for Apple.
Microsoft Is Patent Troll, Says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff
Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, never a particular fan of Microsoft's products, technology, vision, or prospects, can now add its legal strategy to his list of things he can't stand about Microsoft. Commenting on the patent-infringement suit filed against Salesforce.com by Microsoft, Benioff called the Redmond company a "patent troll."
Most HTC Phones To Get Android 2.2 Froyo
As soon as Google announced Android 2.2 Froyo at its I/O conference, the first question on everyone's mind was: Will My Phone Get It? Google didn't answer that question, but HTC sort of did.
IBM's Lombardi Integration Roadmap
Unencumbered by anything like facts or even barroom musings by those actually in the know, here is my "fantasy" roadmap for IBM integration of Lombardi BPM.
Updates On Windows Phone 7 Progress
Windows Phone 7 development is continuing and all indications are it is still on track for a Q4 launch this year as originally promised. We've now got one device, called the LG Panther, and at least one Twitter app is well on its way too.
Google To Sell Music Through Android Market
Google isn't merely taking aim at the iPhone. It has set its sights on iTunes, the technology that Apple relies on to control the flow of data on the iPhone and to limit the interoperability of competitors' devices.
Strange Bedfellows, Google And Adobe Gang Up On Apple
Mortal enemies one day. Bedfellows the next. That's how it felt at the Google I/O 2010 conference when, in the course of two days, Google drove two stakes (HTML5 and VP8) through the heart of Adobe's Flash, and then announced unflagging support for Adobe, particularly in its battle against Apple.
How Many Virtual Machines Can Run On A Single Server?
How many user desktops can run on a virtualized server? From a structural point of view, this question has a lot in common with, "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" Nevertheless, I did my best to answer it in the new McGraw-Hill book, Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution. As it turns out, I was wrong.
Privacy: The Cloud's Achilles' Heel?
Security and privacy are both important issues in relation to cloud computing. And while it's easy to lump them together, security and privacy are really two separate issues, related but different. They need to be treated that way.
Drobo FS Adds Time Machine Integration
Data Robotics has made its Drobo FS network storage unit, designed for small businesses, compatible with the Mac's built-in time Machine backup software, giving Mac-based companies a flexible option for workgroup backup.
First Impressions Of Android 2.2 Froyo
InformationWeek was able to spend some time using a Google Nexus One running the new Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. It lives up to Google's claims of being fast. But does that mean it is better?
First Impressions Of Adobe Flash Player 10.1
InformationWeek had the opportunity to spend a few moments playing with Adobe's new Flash Player 10.1 for the Android platform. In general, it works well, but the "beta" label is well deserved. There are bugs, but Adobe will probably overcome them.