Commentary
Content posted in June 2010
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Notify The Next Of Kin
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
There's a business strategy for new products that goes by the name of "fail fast, fail cheap". Perhaps that's the reason that Microsoft is pulling the plug on its Kin phones after just two months and one desperate price cut. But they didn't fail fast, and I doubt Kin's failure will be cheap.
Unidesk: A Companion To VDI
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Every now and then, a technology comes along that's intriguing enough that I sit up and take notice. Unidesk, a start-up based in Massachusetts, recently introduced the concept of "composite virtualization," a technology that addresses a missing component in VDI implementations: user personalization. Now, you may be saying, "That's not new, it's existed forever in profile management and other tools." In this blog, I will explain why the way Unidesk approaches personalization really is n
PDF News: Acrobat Security Update, New Foxit Reader
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Adobe has released "critical" updates for its Acrobat and Adobe Reader products, while Foxit has added new features in an upgrade to its own PDF Reader.
Five Predictions Concerning Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
It may be presumptuous to make predictions about cloud computing, since the cloud has such little history and is almost all about future potential. But here are a few prognostications, based on trends that have established the current cloud-computing paradigm.
Keeping Up With Smartphone Data-Storage Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
The more powerful your smartphone gets, the more likely you are to use it to store important business data. And that means paying closer attention to a couple of important storage security concerns.
Big Data is This Year's Hot Topic
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Hadoop is a fast-growing choice for handling large-scale-data (as in petabytes) as well as complex-data (as in XML, e-mail, images and more) and mixed-data (as in structured mashed with semi-structured data types).
Machines Are Driving The Big-Data Era
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Future big-data growth will be in the area of machine-generated data. In contrast to human-generated data, which can grow only as fast as human data-generating activities allow it to, machine-generated data is limited only by capital budgets and Moore's Law.
Android 3.0 'Gingerbread' Elements Leaked
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
The first details about Android 3.0 -- codenamed "Gingerbread" -- have been revealed. Android 3.0 will set the Android bar higher.
Summer Worker Security
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Temporary and summer workers offer the chance to increase production -- and increase your security risks. But taking on summer help also offers the opportunity to review, refresh and enhance your security policies and practices.
Rock Star CIO Scores A CEO Seat
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
A rare few CIOs make the jump to CEO of their companies. Even fewer jump to vendor CEO roles. John Glaser's doing just that.
Wikileaks: An Enemy Of Open Society?
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News site, on Monday dropped the hammer on Wikileaks, a Web site now infamous for exposing documents that countries and other powerful entities wish to keep secret. "WikiLeaks must be counted among the enemies of open society because it does not respect the rule of law nor does it honor the rights of individuals," declared Aftergood in a blog post.
Droid Incredible Or Droid X?
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
Deciding which Verizon Wireless Android phone to pick can be tough. Here's what sets them apart.
Glaser Talks About Healthcare's Challenges, Opportunities
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
When longtime Partners Healthcare CIO John Glaser leaves his position in mid-August to join Siemens Healthcare as CEO of its Health Services Business Unit, he'll be bringing along solid, on-the-ground experience and insightful perspective about the many challenges facing the healthcare industry.
AT&T Attempts To Head Off Android Market Criticism
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
AT&T has been bashed for banning its Android phones from installing non-Android Market apps. In an attempt at some damage control, AT&T tries to explain why.
Verizon iPhone Rumors Heating Up
Commentary  |  6/30/2010  | 
This isn't the first time we've heard Verizon would be getting the iPhone "soon." This rumor though has enough details to help its credibility. Think this one will come true?
Global CIO: 5 Ways Ford's CIO Is Driving Growth
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Nick Smither and his team have some ideas worth copying.
"Young World Rising" by Rob Salkowitz
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Small Business Employment Growing, Outpacing Overall Employment
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
The latest figures from Intuit's Small Business Employment Index show small businesses added roughly 18,000 new jobs in June. Hours worked and compensation likewise increased.
3TB Hard Drives (Sort Of) Hit The Street
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
The biggest hard disk on the market just got a lot bigger.
HP's Confusing UC Strategy
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
HP continued to widen the circle of UC options. The company signed a three year deal so it will now be offering Avaya's broad portfolio of products, but questions remain about the viability of such agreements in the highly volatile UC marketplace.
Virgin Mobile Intros Pre-Paid Wi-Fi Hotspot
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Hate contracts? Virgin Mobile is now offering the MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot device with no commitment. It costs $150 and data plans runs as little as $10.
The Effect of Cloud Computing On IT Staff
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
According to a new survey, there are significant discrepancies between what IT management thinks of cloud computing and the opinion of IT staffers. Is it because staffers view the cloud as a threat, and are they correct to do so?
HTC EVO 4G Update Halted After Complaints
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
HTC and Sprint have stopped pushing out the firmware update for the EVO 4G after a rash of users complained of bricked phones.
My Feelings About Sentiment Analysis
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Growth in visibility, acceptance, and adoption of automated sentiment-analysis solutions has been fueled by vendor innovations and by positive customer experiences, reports Elizabeth Glagowski in 1to1 magazine. Liz interviewed me for her article, and with her permission, I will share the full text of our exchange with readers...
Google Distributing Android 2.2 Froyo To Nexus One
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
Google today began officially pushing the Android 2.2 Froyo update out to owners of the Nexus One. Android 2.2 brings a number of new features to Google's mobile platform.
Open Letter To Jack Domme, CEO, Hitachi Data Systems
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
A few weeks ago, HDS put together its first-ever blogger day, hopefully the first of many. Titled "HDS Blogger Day 0.9," I and other bloggers had access to an impressive lineup of executives and technical leaders. The company's CEO, Jack Domme, attended the dinner after the event, a great show of support for the community in general. But I do have some remaining questions.
Nokia's Troubles
Commentary  |  6/29/2010  | 
While Nokia continues to have large sales figures, it is mostly because of the low end freebies that carriers give away with a contract. They get to count a lot of those phones as smartphones simply because they have some version of Symbian on them, even though not many of those owners ever install a third party app. The truth is, Nokia is in trouble in the smartphone world. They are making changes, but will they be enough?
Guerra On Healthcare: Siemens Summer CEO Coup
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
John Glaser taking the helm of Siemens Health Services Business Unit is a game changer proves there's more than just one kind of M&A.
The Planet Opts for Dell R710 Servers
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Houston-based hosting firm The Planet has announced a new service called the Server Cloud, which depends on standard Dell servers for fast provisioning.
Small-Biz Confidence Steadies, Entrepreneurship Thrives
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
The Discover Small Business Watch for June revealed that small-business owners' economic confidence leveled off this month after a two-month climb.
Looking for Free Voice Services?
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Free has become a watchword among consumers when it comes to Internet services. Could that term soon be used for business telephony systems? InVox, a four year old cloud based telephony services vendor, thinks so.
HTC Patches EVO 4G Holes For Sprint
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
HTC started rolling out an over-the-air update to the EVO 4G today, offering several fixes for the WiMax-powered handset.
FavRav Lets SMBs Leverage Facebook For Referrals
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
I almost lost the farm this weekend - at Facebook's Farmville, that is.
Customer Service Nightmare Bodes Ill for SMBs
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Phone support proves to be of negative value, paralyzing my work for an afternoon after rashly switching carriers.
If Growth Is Back, Is IT Ready?
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
As more CIOs get back into growth mode, what are they worried about? Speed and budgets, but so much about business-IT "alignment."
Samsung Goes For Broke With Galaxy S Variants
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Samsung has announced different versions of its Galaxy S series Android phone with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless
Microsoft's Slow Path To IE 9
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
The current round of the browser wars has been marked by near constant upgrades and innovations (typified by Google's five updates of Chrome in less than two years). All of which makes Microsoft's slow progress to IE 9 somewhat surprising.
HP ProBook 4720s Notebook Packs Full Keyboard, 17-Inch Display
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
You might not want to carry it around all day, but with its 17-inch display, full-sized keyboard, and six-hour battery life, HP's six-pound-and-up ProBook 4720s notebook provides affordable desktop-class power and productivity.
Apple Sells 1.7M iPhones In 3 Days
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Apple announced this morning that it sold more than 1.7 million iPhones between Thursday, June 24, and Saturday, June 26. CEO Steve Jobs called it the most successful product launch in Apple's history.
Knock-offs Impact Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but chances are the executives at Apple and Research in Motion are not enamored with the attention their smartphones are receiving. Chinese manufacturers have developed clones, which are proving to be quite popular.
Windows Phone 7 Missing A Number Of Features
Commentary  |  6/28/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7 is nearing "gold" status so they can release it to the carriers and manufacturers for final testing and device production. There are a number of features that simply won't be in the initial release. Will it matter or is the target market for the device less discerning than the smartphone enthusiast?
Is Silverlight A Dead End?
Commentary  |  6/27/2010  | 
When Microsoft released Silverlight in 2007, it was widely seen as an attack on Adobe's Flash player. Silverlight has come a long way since then, adding lots of features in version 4.0 that was just released in April. One thing that it hasn't done, though, is kill Flash. If anything, the predator is now suffering from friendly fire at the hands of its own company.
When Google Analytics Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  6/26/2010  | 
Google's free service has become the most widely deployed Web analytics solution in the world... but for some enterprises, it's not sufficient. How can you know for sure whether Google is the right choice for your organization?
Microsoft's Ad-Serving Machine
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Let's face it, Microsoft has an uphill battle in jump-starting their morbid mobile strategy. The early peeks at Windows Phone 7 show that it may be able to compete as a mobile platform. Assuming, of course, that Microsoft doesn't screw up some other aspect.
Cloud Computing: What's a Hybrid Cloud and Where Can I Get One?
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Hybrid clouds are the Big Foot of cloud computing: tantalizing but difficult to conceive of and frustratingly elusive to the point of arousing deep skepticism on the part of potentially interested parties.
iPhone 4 Launch: 1.5M Sold, 77% To Upgraders
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Apple has not yet released official iPhone 4 sales figures, but analysts guess that most of the approximate 1.5 million iPhones sold opening weekend are going to previous iPhone owners.
Windows Phone 7 An 'Ad Machine'? No Thanks
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Microsoft needs Windows Phone 7 to be a success when it launches later this year. Calling it an "ad-serving machine" is not going to help Microsoft sell many Windows Phone 7 devices.
Oracle Offering CTO In A Box
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Putting more muscle at the point of revenue, Oracle is supplying its largest customers with "client architects" to advise CIOs "on how to shape their architectures in concert with Oracle's investments," says company president Charles Phillips. He added that these technical advisors "essentially serve as dedicated CTOs for our large customers."
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