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Content posted in May 2012
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IT As Profit Maker
Commentary  |  5/31/2012  | 
In defining your company's core operations, is IT one of them? Many non-IT companies have patented, trademarked, or copyrighted at least one tech innovation.
Watch Out: I've Become The Boss Of Me
Commentary  |  5/31/2012  | 
Cloud services are helping to create a new wave of super-powered, cell-sized businesses. Thanks to us, you may have to manage quite differently.
Keep UN Out Of Internet Regulation
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
A United Nations agency wants to insinuate itself into the governance of the Internet. Not even the Obama administration thinks enough of the UN to take this sitting down.
Middle Managers Must Play Game Of Risk
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
Line managers must now be required, and enabled via enterprise management 2.0 tools, to take on market risks.
Where Did Help Go? Today's Software Assistance Is Lame
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
Software companies used to put a lot of money and effort into help systems. Now it's been thrown in the trash. Need help? What we're left with is Google and Siri.
Slumping RIM Explores Strategic Options
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
RIM faces $1 billion inventory write-down, massive layoffs, and senior executive defections. Beleaguered smartphone maker hires bankers to analyze strategic options.
MongoDB NoSQL Database Poised For Takeoff
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
10Gen, the developer behind MongoDB, lands $42 million in venture money to fund development of enterprise-oriented features and upgrades.
Facebook Phone Faces Uphill Battle
Commentary  |  5/28/2012  | 
Facebook plans to bring its own smartphone to market, according to reports. If it does, it will probably fail.
How IT Can Reclaim Social Relevance
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
Social technologies are spreading through the business in a decentralized way, not via IT leadership. How can organizations and IT leaders make the most of this trend?
Facebook's Advertising Problem
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
GM says Facebook ads don't work. While search was made for advertising, social will be harder for marketers.
E-Prescribing Systems Still Finding Their Mojo
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
Latest stats suggest doctors are smitten with e-prescribing, but training and clinical decision support still needed.
Grow Your Own Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
While many healthcare organizations turn to private vendors to set up HIEs, others get good results by building their own.
How Much Risk Should CIOs Take?
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium debates whether CIOs should let a 1,000 innovation projects bloom and examines when to keep legacy systems operating.
Memo to Apple: Siri's Charms Fading Fast
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
If Apple doesn't improve its Siri iPhone 4S personal assistant, a breakup is coming. Performance issues, privacy worries may outweigh the magic.
How To Improve Communication Between Clinicians
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
Although mandated to communicate better with patients, some healthcare providers also are looking for tech tools that get info to staff faster.
Dell, HP Caught In Apple-Amazon Crossfire
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
While Apple grabs a bigger part of the laptop market, Amazon continues to build on its cloud track record.
Proposed New York Law Would Ban Anonymous Posts
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
A new bill would require anonymous posts to either be removed on demand or attributed. How is this remotely workable?
SAP Energizes Its Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
As the Lars Dalgaard era begins, SAP faces a major challenge in sorting out its cloud strategy.
Why IBM Turned Off Siri (and Dropbox and Lots Of Other Things)
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
IBM's growing pains with BYOD read like a checklist for any company's issues with consumerization of IT.
HP Cuts 27,000 Jobs, Doesn't Fix Identity Problem
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
A little more guidance on HP's long-term vision would go a long way right now, with customers and investors.
Microsoft Drops Aero From Windows 8
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
Why is Microsoft dropping the "glassy" Aero look from Windows 8, as announced last week? Battery life could be one reason.
CIOs: Know Thy Power Brokers
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
Our intrepid CIO, Stu Laura, reflects on where to find and cultivate the true power in an IT organization.
The Google/Motorola Deal is Done. What Now?
Commentary  |  5/22/2012  | 
Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility is complete, but there are still many unanswered questions. Will Moto's Droid phones have some home field advantage for Android? Or does the real special secret behind this deal revolve around Motorola's popular line of TV set top boxes?
Why I Don't Have a Facebook Page
Commentary  |  5/22/2012  | 
Bob Guccione Jr. is an iconic figure in modern journalism, who started SPIN and GEAR magazines and owned DISCOVER magazine. He helped define new journalism at a time when it was on the wane and appeared to be more concerned with mass appeal. This is his take on Facebook.
5 Things Motorola's New CEO Must Do
Commentary  |  5/22/2012  | 
Motorola Mobility, which now belongs to Google, has a new CEO. Here's what he needs to do right away to get the company moving in the right direction.
SAP Shares Five-Point BI Improvement Plan
Commentary  |  5/22/2012  | 
SAP is innovating on core business intelligence, visual analysis, mobile, social, and deep analytics.
VMware Claims It's Cheaper Than Microsoft
Commentary  |  5/21/2012  | 
VMware-commissioned study claims advanced management capabilities make VMware less expensive than Microsoft virtualization products when you factor in admin time. But beware the red flags.
Yahoo ResuMess: The Trouble With Entitlement Culture
Commentary  |  5/21/2012  | 
The resume drama for Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson had a quiet player: a corporate culture that seeks fairness but produces employees who feel entitled. Here's what his successor, and all managers, must know about that problem.
SAP Swallows Sybase, CEO John Chen's Role Uncertain
Commentary  |  5/21/2012  | 
Sybase will be an SAP brand, not a separate subsidiary, in an integration that eliminates the longtime Sybase CEO's current role.
Is iPatch Tuesday In Apple's Future?
Commentary  |  5/21/2012  | 
iOS devices are all over the enterprise. Security threats against them might or might not exist, but they are certainly possible. The only responsible course of action for Apple is to make its update process transparent and predictable.
Mobile App Development: How To Choose Your Partner
Commentary  |  5/18/2012  | 
From technology boutiques to consultancies, your choices for mobile development services partners keep multiplying. Consider this advice from Forrester Research.
Open Source: Why Are You Still Waiting?
Commentary  |  5/18/2012  | 
Open source technology has pervaded government IT. The private sector must follow, because of cloud, agility, mobility, and the wild card: teenagers.
Next Valley View: Cloud, Baseball IT, And More
Commentary  |  5/18/2012  | 
Tune in May 23 for the next episode of our live Web TV series, including chats with execs from Framehawk and Cloudability, plus Bill Schlough, CIO of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
Nokia Burning Cash, But AT&T Has Hope
Commentary  |  5/18/2012  | 
Nokia's investors have long had reason to worry, and new analysis points to trouble ahead. Can Windows Phone turn things around?
Social Collaboration: A Work In Progress
Commentary  |  5/18/2012  | 
Improving collaboration continues to top executive priority lists, so let's revisit whether they're "teasing out" the right tools and techniques.
HP Layoffs Signal Punishing Fall
Commentary  |  5/18/2012  | 
Unless HP can turn enterprise software, cloud services, or some other line into a high-volume, high-margin business, it's in for a world of hurt.
Keep Your Business Off Of Facebook
Commentary  |  5/17/2012  | 
Facebook is so outrageously popular that many are tempted to use it for business, just like other consumerization trends. Resist the urge. Facebook will always be a poor choice for business functions.
How To Build The Right IT Skills
Commentary  |  5/17/2012  | 
Every IT pro, no matter how senior, must always be in learning mode, but especially in a lackluster economy.
Why Google's Nexus Plan Makes Sense
Commentary  |  5/17/2012  | 
Google is preparing to revamp how "pure Android" smartphones are sold in a move that will surely appeal to diehard Android users.
Verizon To Sunset Unlimited Data Plan
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
Verizon customers who move to 4G LTE will lose their unlimited data plan. But let's not gripe about thieving carriers until we know the specifics. The new 4G LTE "data share" plan could easily turn out to be a better deal, especially for families.
This Is Why T-Mobile Won't Officially Carry iPhones
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
At the gdgt conference in Chicago, Chris Spera learned about T-Mobile's plan to make its network compatible with the iPhone.
HTC Smartphone Blockade Racks Up Victims
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
Certain HTC smartphones have been blocked at U.S. Customs, putting the hurt on AT&T and Sprint. Does Apple care that its patent war is damaging its own customers?
Mobile Medical Apps Gold Rush Needs Scrutiny
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
The problem with this kind of booming market? It attracts not only the best and brightest but also IT developers looking for quick profits with minimal investment of resources.
Storage WANs Present Optimization Challenges
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
Wide area networks are increasingly used for cost-effective remote replication and backup, but typical branch office WAN configurations may bottleneck the storage WAN.
In Defense Of Steve Ballmer
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
Is Steve Ballmer the "worst CEO" in America today, as a Forbes article claims? It's an utterly unfair analysis.
Ballmer Tops Forbes' List Of 5 Worst CEOs
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
After more than 12 years, it's clear that Steve Ballmer doesn't understand the organization or industry he's in. Can someone please tell me why this guy is still running Microsoft?
Can IT Be Trusted With Personal Devices?
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
Mobile device management as a path to security is a fundamentally flawed strategy. You must manage the data.
Apple iCloud Refresh Eyes Social Weak Spot
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
Apple is preparing to make it easier to share photos through its iCloud service. It can't let Google have all the photo-sharing fun.
Where On Earth Is Motorola?
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
Motorola's handset business has been MIA throughout 2012 as it waits for Google to clear regulatory hurdles for the acquisition. But has Motorola already lost too much market momentum?
SAP Faces Uphill Battle On Database, Mobile, Cloud
Commentary  |  5/15/2012  | 
SAPPHIRE conference spotlights a young, three-pronged strategy that remains a work in progress.
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