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Content posted in May 2010
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Cisco Powers Into Smart Grid
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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 companies smart grids. The announcement underscores the vendors desire to diversify as it attempts to continue its rapid revenue growth.
AT&T Gifting Free Wi-Fi To Times Square
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
With an eye firmly fixed on the small and medium business market, Siemens Enterprise Communications overhauled its Unified Communications (UC) line. The companys 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?
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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.
AT&T's iPhone Unlocking Policy Is Absolutely Unacceptable
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Today AT&T announced the settlement details of a lawsuit regarding locked phones. Long story short, AT&T has agreed to unlock every phone it sells -- except for Apple's iPhone. I smell a new lawsuit in three, two, one...
Are SMBs Doing Enough To Support Mobile Workers?
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Google all but admitted last week that the dominant forms of content discovery -- search and social networking -- aren't enough.
Global CIO: The Myth Of The Social-Misfit, Business-Bozo CIO
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
Piling on to the popular myth that CIOs know tech but nothing else, a new study's flawed conclusions show that the real know-nothings are the researchers.
Is Uncle Sam a Role Model for Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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!
Global CIO: The Golden Age Of IT Has Begun: 6 Reasons Why
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
The simultaneous transcendence of predictive analytics, real-time computing, and mobile power is creating tremendous new opportunities for CIOs.
VM6 VMex Reduces Virtualization Cost, Complexity For SMBs
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
For SMBs looking at server and possibly desktop virtualization but wanting to avoid the cost, complexity and additional IT skills of a VMware-based solution, VM6 VMex offers its Windows Server based software.
Leaks On Next Version Of Droid For Verizon
Commentary  |  5/24/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  5/23/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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.
Global CIO: 'The New Polymath': 12 Reasons CIOs Must Drive Innovation
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
Industry pundit Vinnie Mirchandani offers a dozen insightful examples from his new book on why today's CIOs must excel at many things.
Global CIO: Cloud Computing 2.0: Are You Ready?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
With cloud computing nearing the end of the hype/confusion/hype stage, CIOs must focus on quantifiable business benefits and long-term viability.
What Are Nokia And Yahoo Planning For Monday?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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?
Konica Minolta Offers Eco-Friendly Printer
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
MFP for emerging markets focuses on low power consumption and smaller size, although developed markets would probably appreciate it as well.
The Cloud Calls for New Skills
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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.
Janeiro Digital Speedramps Software Development For SMBs
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
For companies too small or new to have a software development team in place, Janeiro Digital supercharges the process and shortens the cycle with project management and teams already used to working together
iPad Sold Out, Users 91% Satisfied
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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.
Down To Business: Analytics For Every Action
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
The challenge for companies now is less about the maturity of the software tools and more about instilling an analytics culture.
Microsoft Is Patent Troll, Says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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.
Can Government Come Together Around Cloud?
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
The Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop works to bring the government closer to adopting common standards
Global CIO: Inside HP's Numbers: Mark Hurd's Top 10 Strategic Insights
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
As HP posts strong growth, CEO Hurd nears the end of his sweeping transformation of the world's biggest IT supplier.
IBM's Lombardi Integration Roadmap
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/21/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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.
When Should SMBs Use Cloud Storage?
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
When should your SMB use cloud storage? When there's a compelling business reason to make use of the technology.
Privacy: The Cloud's Achilles' Heel?
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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.
Large Dairy Farms Could Power Data Centers
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
HP researchers say that the future of green power for data centers could involve following the herd very closely.
Drobo FS Adds Time Machine Integration
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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.
Practical Analysis: The Slog Toward Private Clouds
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
When SaaS is removed from the picture, IT pros aren't so enthusiastic about cloud computing
First Impressions Of Android 2.2 Froyo
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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?
ScaleMP vSMP Foundation Offers Virtualization That Aggregates
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Where most virtualizers are carving systems into smaller VMs, vSMP Foundation lets SMB IT combine commodity x86 boxes into one large virtualized environment.
First Impressions Of Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
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.
Two Services Creating Interactive Weddings
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Two new companies are aiming to help couples create interactive weddings and involve guests like never before.
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