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Content posted in May 2010
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iPhone Dictates Response Time For Enterprise Apps: Plattner
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Follow the logic: enterprise apps are surging onto smartphones, particularly Apple's iPhone. iPhone users will not wait more than 15 seconds to get a response from their device. Ergo, all enterprise apps-even down to lowly dunning reports-must be able to perform at or close to real time. For SAP founder Hasso Plattner, that 15-second maximum might as well be confirmed as a new law of physics.
New Management Fad Spotted
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Gartner touts hybrid thinking as the answer to the old-style in-bred thinking. For what it's worth, they have a point.
Official Twitter Apps For BlackBerry, iPhone Updated
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Twitter recently rolled out some major updates to its official applications for the BlackBerry and iPhone platforms. The BlackBerry Twitter app received a large number of upgrades, including new features requested by users. The new iPhone Twitter app is a rebadged version of Tweetie 2.0.
The HiPPO In The Room
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
I attended the MIT Sloan Symposium yesterday, which largely focused on the democratization and decentralization of IT. "You're no longer in control," says Frank Moss, former Tivoli CEO and now head of MIT's media lab. "Get over it."
Apple And AT&T's Network
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Either the service has gotten better for iPhone users on the AT&T network or people are tired of complaining about it. I tend to think it the former more so than the latter. The iPad 3G has been out now for nearly three weeks and predictions of doom and gloom for the carrier didn't come to pass.
10 Tips For Processing Payments
Commentary  |  5/20/2010  | 
Getting paid is crucial to success for any SMB and processing payments efficiently and effectively and offering customers appealing payment options can let any smaller business compete with bigger companies.
Hasso Plattner's Six Steps To Real-Time Database Nirvana
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
In an engaging look at the past and into the future, SAP's founder and chairman laid out the company's development strategy behind "The 'Real' Enterprise 2.0 (powered by in-memory computing)," which he says will give customers phenomenally higher levels of performance and value with absolutely zero risk. Here are his six steps for turning that vision into reality.
SMB Lending Affected By Relationships
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Good relationships between business owners and financial institutions affect loan approval and in a growing economy they can mean lower rates for small businesses.
Global CIO: Oracle Hammered By SAP For Stifling Customer Choice
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Oracle says the all-Oracle stack cures IT complexity and cost, but SAP says that strategy leads to dead-end lock-in and dramatically less innovation.
Google's Sergey Brin: We Screwed Up
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Following the keynote presentations on Wednesday at Google IO, the company's annual developer conference, Google hosted several press briefings to delve deeper into some of the announcements of the day.
Quick Takes on SAP's 'New DB'
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
How soon could the SAP Business Analytic Engine, or "New DB," as Hasso Plattner described it, replace data warehouse infrastructure and the databases underlying applications? Hold on there, dreamer. That's something for years down the road...
FonGenie Launches Cloud Call Management With A Guarantee
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Now out of private beta and open to all businesses, the FonGenie service lets SMBs establish their own telephone platform, complete with custom menus and caller information, without having to invest in their own infrastructure.
Google Refreshes Calendar, Docs, Wave
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Today at the Google I/O developer conference, Google unfurled a number of new initiatives and tweaks to existing products. Some of the existing products that saw updates include Calendar, Documents, and Wave.
The Cloud Does Not Mean Less Work
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
The word "abdicate" has cropped up in this blog in the last several days, as in "Since when does IT abdicate responsibility for [fill in the blank]…" There seems to be an impression that cloud computing means less work for IT, whether it's pushing security responsibility to end users or business managers, or ceding responsibility for performance to the service providers themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud computing means just as much work for IT (or somebody)
SAP and In-Memory: Take Three
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
It has taken multiple briefings, presentations, and well, time, for SAP to convince me that their just-announced in-memory solutions will be game changing. My 'ah ha' moment came only after seeing a prototype.
Jolicloud Aims To Boot Netbooks (Webbooks?) Directly To The Web
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
If HTML5 is the Web application platform of the future (as Google and Apple would very much like it to be), then Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim's vision that netbooks should essentially boot straight to the Web (as though the Web was their operating system) could signal a trend for where the operating systems of PCs and smartphones are heading.
HTC HD2 And Sprint Hero Receive Upgrade Treatment
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
At last. Sprint has made Android 2.1 available to the HTC Hero Android device. Additionally, T-Mobile has made a significant software update available to the HTC HD2. What do these updates offer?
Unified Communications Standard Emerges. . . Sort Of
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Unified communications (UC) applications are designed to enable users to work with data, video, and voice information stored in a variety of places. One challenge has been getting different products to work together in a seamless manner. In response, vendors, including Microsoft, Polycom and Hewlett-Packard, formed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF). However, two of the UC industrys largest providers, Avaya and Cisco, are not members.
Latest iPhone OS 4.0 Beta Brings Tethering Option
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Late Tuesday Apple made the fourth beta of iPhone OS 4.0 available to developers. The newest software for the iPhone includes mostly minor tweaks here and there, but there's one huge surprise: tethering.
Some Apps Won't Make It To Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/19/2010  | 
Microsoft isn't getting great publicity on Windows Phone 7 right now when it comes to developers jumping on board. No doubt there are hundreds, if not thousands, of developers getting their apps ready for the fall launch, but some key players have announced that initially, they won't be supporting the mobile platform.
Microsoft's Eating Caviar In The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
One of my favorite terms in Microsoft-speak is "dogfooding", the act of using a product or service internally so that its developers can experience it the same way that customers will. When it comes to cloud computing, though, Microsoft seems to have lost its way. Their cloud efforts reflect an internal diet that's more like caviar than dogfood.
Global CIO: How SAP Is Leading The Mobile-Enterprise Revolution
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
While all IT companies say mobile's strategically vital, SAP is bullishly positioning itself to reap the rewards of a leadership position. See the latest in our SAP Week coverage.
Is Every Application a Cloud Application?
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Software-as-a-service is at the forefront of the cloud computing trend. Successful implementations of applications in the SaaS model have blazed a trail to the cloud. But is every application potentially a cloud application? To flip it around, are there certain applications that inherently do not lend themselves to the cloud computing paradigm? If so, maybe we ought to figure those out now before someone gets burned.
Exchange Server SP1 Packs Data Storage Benefits
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
If your small business runs Microsoft Exchange, you know that it can serve up its fair share of data storage headaches. I can't offer a cure, but maybe I can hand you a couple of virtual aspirin.
iPad Roundup: No Cash, iPod Killer, Keyboard Upgrade
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Lots of interesting headlines today concerning the iPad. First, an Apple Store refused to accept cash for an iPad. Second, analysts think the iPad is starting to cut into iPod sales. And last, an interesting piece of software upgrades the iPad's on-screen keyboard.
Better Economy Could Spell Server Problems
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
As the recession fades people may start buying servers again, but they are already crushed under the ones they have now.
NTI Offers Bi-Directional, Cross-Platform Syncing
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
The latest version of the continuous backup and syncing software NTI Shadow, available for both PC and Mac, adds syncing in both directions, encryption, and other new features. And it's on sale through the end of this week.
How To Use Social Lending
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
If you are having trouble obtaining a loan from your local bank, social lending could provide an alternative way to obtain the funds you seek.
Server Den: CA Seeks IT Automation Sweet Spot
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Don Ferguson, chief technology officer of CA Technologies, talks about work to build IT management tools that'll bring transparency to highly virtual and dynamic enterprise architectures.
IBM Is Hiring In Missouri: 800 Jobs Over 30 Months
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
IBM said it is opening a third services-delivery center in North America, with plans to begin hiring for the Missouri facility this summer. IBM projects that by the end of 2012, it will have up to 800 employees at the center.
Global CIO: How Will Larry Ellison Counter SAP's Mobile Offensive?
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
SAP sees mobility as indispensable for customers and for SAP's new strategy. Will that effort give SAP a unique advantage over Oracle? Our SAP Week coverage takes a close look.
Sprint Says Pre Didn't Work Out, Wants iPhone
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently assured investors that the nations' third-largest provider of wireless services has seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up. Brust also accidentally ate his foot when he bad-mouthed the Palm Pre and said the company would love to have Apple's iPhone.
Android Versions Now Evenly Fragmented
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Google recently published updated data that highlights the fragmentation of the Android platform. Surprisingly, Android 2.1 now makes up for more than one-third of all Android handsets. That's a solid improvement, but shows that two-thirds of users are still being left behind.
EMC Enhances Mozy Business
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Cloud computing has quickly gained momentum in the storage space because many small and medium businesses do not want to deal with the hassle of backing up company data. EMC's Mozy has emerged as a popular service, and the company made some enhancements to maintain its market momentum.
iPhone Loss 'Huge' -- Thanks, Gizmodo
Commentary  |  5/18/2010  | 
Apple has been very aggressive with its prosecution of its case against Gizmodo since the tech site outed the next generation iPhone on its site a few weeks ago. New court documents reveal that according to Apple, it is suffering huge losses in sales as people sit on the sidelines waiting for the next round of hardware.
Guerra On Healthcare: Weighing In On Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
The success or failure of healthcare IT will be determined by how the government evaluates comments on proposed "Meaningful Use" and "Certification" regulations.
App Consolidation: Always the Right Time
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
How many applications are in your company? Too many? Our cover story this week explores application consolidation strategy, and why it's important to keep the app-cutting pressure on, even as companies start putting more emphasis on growth rather than cost cutting.
Congrats to Launch Pad Final Four!
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Mobile Roundup: Palm, RIM, Samsung, HTC
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
The Palm Pre Plus is now available via AT&T, and Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the Pixi to $0.00. A new BlackBerry was sighted over the weekend. Samsung has some plans for the enterprise. And HTC dropped yet another Android handset.
Don't Forget To Evaluate Your Cloud Provider's Security Strategy
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Security is one of the most fundamental and important functions in IT today. That's why it's surprising (shocking, even) that a significant, in some cases majority, of cloud users don't evaluate their service providers' security strategy before entering into a relationship.
Microsoft Takes Supercomputing To The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Buried beneath the bland verbiage announcing Microsoft's Technical Computing Initiative on Monday is some really exciting stuff. As Bill Hilf, Redmond's general manager of technical computing, explained it to me, Microsoft is bringing burst- and cluster-computing capability to its Windows Azure platform. The upshot is that anyone will be able to access HPC in the cloud.
E-Health Laggards Need To Start Moving Now
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Healthcare providers starting from scratch with projects to implement e-health record systems in hopes of cashing in on the government's $20 billion-plus meaningful use incentive programs had better get going.
SQL Server 2008 R2 Arrives
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
If you use it, you'll appreciate R2's new features, but you should consider Microsoft's advertisements as science fiction.
Prediction: Apple To Sell 24M Next-Gen iPhones
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
According to DigiTimes Research out of Taiwan, iPhone-maker Foxconn is prepared to ship 24 million next-generation iPhones by the end of the year. The company expects to ship 4.5 million by June 30. Crazy, or calculated?
Netbooks Hot Now But Future Unclear
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Last year was one that most vendors would like to forget. Sales in many markets plummeted as small and medium businesses tightened up their purse strings. One notable exception was netbooks, which saw unprecedented growth and are now a staple in many companies. So how bright is their future?
Coworkers Notice When You Send Texts During Meetings
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Colleagues -- and managers if they are in the room -- definitely notice when meeting attendees break out their smartphone to check/send messages. Guess what? They think it's rude. Don't do it.
Do We Expect Too Much from Data?
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
We all like to believe in "fact-based decision making," but noted author John Allen Paulos makes the case that our increasingly data-driven culture can be easily mislead by numbers.
Dell Invests In iSCSI Servers; Will Anyone Else?
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, told the Citrix Systems Synergy user group last week that virtualization "will sweep through all IT -- servers, storage and networking." As it does so, he touched on how iSCSI will helping establish efficient virtualized servers. That's a Dell specialty and perhaps Dell's contribution to the low end of converged networking and unified computing.
Changes In Google's Mobile Division
Commentary  |  5/17/2010  | 
There is no doubt Google's Android had great success in 2009 as it rolled out to a number of devices and carriers and that trend is expected to continue, but news this past week has presented some speed bumps for the mobile platform.
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