Commentary
Content posted in May 2011
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VMware Seeks Collaboration Dominance With Socialcast Buy
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
It already leads the virtualized data center, now it's taking on the Microsoft/Citrix alliance with more end-user computing and cloud software.
Military Finds Security In Virtualized Desktops
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The Defense Intelligence Agency and Air Force are working on a secure, mobile end user client, and they believe virtualization is the key to achieving it.
Guerra On Healthcare: Improve Your Feedback Loop
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
We need an accurate and fast data-feedback loop. IT data reports that take six months or more to come out don't make the grade.
Microsoft Hindered By Retailer Failures
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The company would be wise to take a page from Apple to overcome its reputation for poor customer service delivered by its point-of-sale partners.
SAP And Sybase: The Synergy Begins
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The two companies appear to be on track to become a cohesive strategic unit, now it's time to execute on that potential.
Apple iOS 5.0: 5 Must-Have Features
Commentary  |  5/31/2011  | 
The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system gets an upgrade at WWDC next week, and here are five features we would like to see make their way into iOS 5.0.
Microsoft's Android Revenue Exceeds Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/30/2011  | 
To avoid patent claims, HTC is paying Microsoft a $5 licensing fee for every Android phone it sells.
Will InboundWriter Make Me A Better Blogger?
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Why this tool for targeting keywords and social chatter didn't convert me.
RIM Has Lost The War For Consumers
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Analyst says Research In Motion has fumbled its smartphone strategy so badly that it no longer has a chance of competing in the consumer market.
Android App Market Stats Reveal Few Downloads
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Apple's iPhone App store generates many more downloads compared to Google's store, as the bulk of paid applications go almost completely ignored by the Android masses, says a Distimo study.
Enterprise 2.0 B.S. List: Term No. 1 Consumerization
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Consumerization may let Enterprise 2.0 folks wallow in the Apple glow, but it can lead to some really bad decisions.
Satisfaction Insurance For Your Social Business Platform
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
Writing and rewriting test scripts may be a tedious task, but it forces you to have a plan and constantly improve upon it.
Nokia Plans For Frequent Windows Phone Releases
Commentary  |  5/27/2011  | 
With Symbian put out to pasture, the Finnish phone maker plans to launch new phones for Microsoft's mobile platform every two to three months.
IT As A Service Is The Future
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
Software execs say software as a service has more domains to conquer, will gradually take over more of the IT infrastructure.
Schwartz On Security: Should Businesses Track Employee Smartphones?
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
It may be one way to protect business secrets, but many aspects of smartphone security remain out of the hands of IT administrators or security-conscious users.
iPad And Enterprise File Sharing
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
MobilEcho, GroupLogic's new mobile file management platform, gives iPad users network access to network shares using a simple app, while granting administrators control over data access and usage.
Anxious To Get Google's New Mobile Payment System?
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
If payment systems that use your phone take off, having to carry cash or credit cards around may soon be a thing of the past. Consider the risks first though.
How To Develop Technical Leaders
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Few technicians have the expertise and personal influence to be considered a candidate, and those who do must master these four competencies.
The Law Of Social Media: Employers Beware
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
A harder line against employers by the National Labor Relations Board, as well as a lack of case law, leave a lot of room for business risk.
SMBs Aren't Sold On Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Surveys released by In-Stat and Drobo show smaller companies are sticking with on-site storage, but they should consider online backup for an extra layer of protection.
Health IT Pros Are The New Cinderella
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Growing demand and a new appreciation for HIT professionals means these experts are no longer the "computer geeks" no one wants to hang out with.
Microsoft Hopes Mango Will Keep WP7 Momentum Alive
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Windows Phone 7 gets a major upgrade when Mango is released with 500 new features later this year, but Microsoft still has a long way to go.
IT Is Not The Doctor's Real Enemy
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Information technology is not medicine's enemy but an ally that can ultimately improve patient care and reduce costs.
Verizon To Bludgeon Data Hogs With Fees
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Wireless network operators have yet to settle on the best policy for managing bandwidth hogs, but Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans this summer.
IT Success Is The Product Of Mental Toughness
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Whether you're an IT leader or a coach, giving up is never an option.
How To Avoid A Wintel Mobility Disaster Of Your Own
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Microsoft and Intel have a compatibility mess on their hands. Make certain you don't, too.
Global CIO: Toyota's Friend Network Will Test Customer Ties
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
It's working with Salesforce.com to build a social network for Toyota owners, testing the boundaries of how much of a relationship you really want with a carmaker.
E-Books Hasten Demise Of Paper Books
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Advances in mobile and e-reader technologies and authors trying new publishing business models are bringing the end of traditional books closer than ever before.
Who's The Top Innovator: SAP Or Oracle?
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
A customer's query at SAP's Sapphire User Conference forces a closer look at the two companies.
Microsoft Should Pursue ARM Acquisition Next
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Tiffs with longtime partners HP and Intel show that Redmond must take control of its own destiny to make strides in mobile computing.
Guerra On Healthcare: Beware Cost Of MU, ACOs
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
The feds want your involvement in Accountable Care Organizations and Meaningful Use, but will you see a meaningful return on investment?
Microsoft Plans Major Windows Phone 7 Upgrade
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
The WP7 smartphone platform will get 500 new features, according to CEO Steve Ballmer. Here's what to expect.
LTE In Your Pocket
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Major U.S. wireless carriers are all committed to the Long Term Evolution standard, and it's time for enterprises to develop a migration plan.
SAP Expands List Of Oracle Database Alternatives
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
Sybase ASE joins IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server on the certified database list, but the ringer in this crowd is Hana.
The State Of Mobile OS Patching
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
We expect our PC operating systems to be regularly patched to counter the latest security hole, but we don't have that same assurance with our phones and tablets.
Dare To Question The Status Quo
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
It's not the job of doctors to know what they want--it's up to IT's innovators to develop something unique, even if their peers find it outlandish.
Global CIO: Modest Salaries Offer Tech Bubble Reality Check
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
Comparing 2011 IT pay raises to those during the dot-com boom, it's hard to conclude that the LinkedIn IPO means a return to irrational exuberance.
Guerra On Healthcare: Respect The Clinical Specialists
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
CIOs may believe that primary-care-centric EMRs are the way to go, but all too often, it's the best-paid specialists who call the shots.
Wake-Up Call For Cloud Vendors And Customers
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
Amazon and Sony's recent problems highlight the vulnerability of doing business in the cloud but may end up helping improve cloud services.
Apple's Retail Lesson
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
The company's strong performance isn't just about strong products; it's about a meticulously managed customer experience.
SAP Hana Overshadows BusinessObjects 4.0 At Sapphire
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
The in-memory appliance and the big BI release are both set for release next month, so why is it that only Hana got the limelight and customer testimonials at this week's event?
Down To Business: Cisco, Microsoft, And The Tiger Woods Effect
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
These still-dominant vendors aren't to be taken lightly, but competitors no longer show awe or fear.
Global CIO: A Framework For Developing Technical Leaders
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
The organizational challenges of getting the right people into these positions can be daunting. Part one of a two-part series.
Global CIO: The Dropbox Deception: Caveat Emptor
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
Anyone who entrusted sensitive data to Dropbox without code review, or at least skepticism regarding impressive security claims, wasn't behaving well, either.
Practical Analysis: Cisco Eats Its Own Dog Food, But Pragmatically
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
CIO Rebecca Jacoby is progressing from virtualization to private cloud to hybrid cloud--all guided by careful data analysis.
Big Impact: 5 Lines Of Code To The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
AccuWeather made a small change that has had a big impact on its computing needs.
4 Steps To Spark Innovation
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
Most corporate IT organizations aren't ready for a wave of capital spending after years of cost cutting, standardization, and simplification that came at the expense of innovation.
Mobile Security Gets The Spotlight At Interop
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
Organizations must decide how securing mobile devices and the data therein will be handled both strategically and tactically.
Physicians Say IT Is Still The Enemy
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
Understanding the difference between how academic and community physicians think can foster more productive relationships--and perhaps less tension.
Smartphones, Tablets Are Addictive
Commentary  |  5/18/2011  | 
Half of mobile professionals surveyed by RingCentral admit to using their smartphones before getting out of bed in the morning and would prefer to travel with just a tablet.
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