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Content posted in June 2010
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American Express OPEN Launches SEM Tool For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
American Express OPEN has taken the wraps off of SearchManager, its latest digital tool for SMBs.
iPhone 4's Reception Trouble Not Unique
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
A firestorm of reports have demonstrated that when held a certain way, the iPhone 4 loses bars of cell signal. The iPhone isn't the only phone to do this.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's IBM-Slayer Is Oracle Exadata Machine
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
Ellison says his billion-dollar baby, Exadata, is racking up huge customer wins at major IBM accounts due to superior speed and reliability.
iPhone 4 Reports
Commentary  |  6/25/2010  | 
The latest iPhone has officially launched and reports are coming in on how the device is performing. Overall, it is a welcome improvement over the 3GS version it replaces, though there are a few issues. Some should be fixable via firmware updates. Others though may have to wait until the next production batch has been made.
The Great EMR Certification Bottleneck
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has been moving at a pretty good clip since December when it released the "meaningful use" notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and certification interim final rule (IFR), right up until the announcement this week of its final temporary certification program, it's apparent just how jammed up its timeline is becoming.
Risk-Averse Verticals Embrace Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Two of the most risk-averse vertical industries recently announced big commitments to cloud computing. Does this mean the cloud's security challenges have been solved?
RIM Passes 100 Million BlackBerry Mark
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Research In Motion announced its latest quarterly earnings today. it sold 11.2 million BlackBerries, pushing it past 100 million total sold. Net income was up to $769 million.
Why Orszag's Resignation Matters (And Why Not)
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
When Obama administration budget director Peter Orszag steps down from his post sometime next month, he'll be leaving as one of the tech-savviest budget directors ever. Whether that matters for government IT is a different question.
Green Survey Is Also SMB Call To Action
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Most Americans say they are willing to use a meter or other smart device to save money and create a better world.
Oracle Woos And IBM Sues: Exec Who Knew Too Much
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Oracle has recruited a high-level exec from arch-rival IBM to become senior VP of on-demand services and report directly to CEO Larry Ellison, but IBM is suing to stop the move, claiming she "possesses valuable confidential information about IBM and our operations."
Zmanda Adds Features To Cloud-Based Backup For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Zmanda Cloud Backup 3.0 Gives SMBs More Features, Better Pricing For Backing Up Windows Desktop and Servers.
The Ultimate In Mobile Storage Security
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Mobile storage is a double-edged sword. Most small businesses can't work without the ability to take sensitive customer data outside the office from time to time.
Practical Analysis: Cloud Computing Is A Matter Of Perspective
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
It's becoming clear that, at least over the short run, cloud computing won't be a disruptive technology, at least by the classic definition.
Survey: Small Businesses Hiring Online Contractors
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
A new survey from online talent broker Elance indicates that small businesses are hiring more people online and expect to continue to do so.
Cisco Quad Exec Talks Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Part of the first crop of serious Enterprise 2.0 products, Cisco Quad is the networking powerhouse's ambitious attempt to surge to the head of the pack. (My more holistic market take is that Quad is yet another piece of the pie -- alongside Flip and Borderless Networks -- through which Cisco is expanding itself to ultimately become the world's most important technology company; an Intel of the 2010's if you will.) I sat down recently with Murali Sitaram, the Cisco vice president in charge of
Apple's FaceTime App Is Awesome
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
FaceTime -- Apple's video chatting software for the iPhone 4 -- is nearly flawless. To put it simply, it just works. First impressions here.
Structure 2010: Economics Of Cloud
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
I'm at the Structure 2010 conference, where panelists on the "Cloudonomics: Economics of the Cloud" session were focused on what they are seeing happening in the cloud, from their customers' perspectives.
Global CIO: Will Social Media Kill The CIO?
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
As more employees blatantly flaunt IT policies, CIOs are getting crushed between security mandates and social's unstoppable momentum.
Mobile Apps Are Watching You
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
The Police famously (and creepily) sang "every step you take, I'll be watching you". Now, many people are worried about just how much their mobile devices and applications are watching where they go and what they do.
iPhone 4 Launch: I Had It Easy
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
The Apple iPhone 4 went on sale starting at 7AM this morning. I woke up at the crack of dawn to get in line at my local Apple Store. Here's what happened.
App Store Isn't Big Profit Center
Commentary  |  6/24/2010  | 
Just about everyone knows what the App Store is for the Apple iPhone. The "There's an app for that" theme is widely recognized and even parodied in ads like Verizon's "There's a map for that" commercials. Apple isn't raking in the profits though from the store, and that's ok.
The Role of IT Management In a Cloud Computing Future
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Cloud computing won't displace the traditional IT organization, but it will change its mandate and function. IT managers must anticipate, and learn to accommodate, how their roles will evolve.
Printronix Supports Old-Fashion Printing
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
New P7000 Cartridge Line Matrix Printer promises longer ribbon life. And yes, ribbons still have a place, especially outside the office.
The New SAS Apps and Our In-Memory Future
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
As today's announcements from SAS suggest, the future will see analytic applications increasingly pre-integrated and pre-tuned to run on state-of-the-art hardware.
Droid X Puts iPhone 4 On Notice
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Motorola's new Droid X should give iPhone 4 shoppers pause. It has a bigger screen, better camera, and the Verizon Wireless network backing it up.
UK Budget Cuts and Public Sector IT
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
What the move to eGovernement in the UK has shown us is that though there are great benefits to be gained in providing access via the Web to government services to citizens, that empowerment comes at a high cost.
Two New Options For Document Sharing And Collaboration
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
KnowledgeTree and SeeFile have launched SaaS versions of their document management platforms intended for SMBs. Each offers its own set of features targeted for particular types of documents and processes.
Verizon, Motorola, Google, Adobe Intro Droid X
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
The flagship Android handset will launch with Android 2.1, rather than 2.2, and features an 8 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor, and 4.3-inch touch screen.
Wolfe's Den: Top 5 Enterprise 2.0 Roadblocks
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Our columnist identifies the challenges which could derail social enterprise tools, as Cisco and IBM battle to turn businesses into Facebook-like collaboration environments. With counterpoint from JP Rangaswami, Murali Sitaram, and Ted Schadler.
Infusionsoft Bolsters Next-Gen E-Mail Marketing
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
If you ask execs at Infusionsoft to name one reason why small-business owners sometimes don't rustle up as much new business as they'd like, you'll probably hear one phrase almost immediately: "There's no follow-through."
Making Sense of SMB Cloud Storage Options
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Looking for a cheap, easy to use Web-based storage provider? If the number of companies now offering such services is any indication, you're not alone.
Webcast: Army Talks Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
The U.S. Army will discuss plans for integrating cloud computing into its enterprise architecture and broader IT transformation, during an InformationWeek Government Webcast on Weds., June 23. It's a unique opportunity to hear one of the world's largest IT user organizations share its strategy for the emerging cloud model.
GroundWork Management Touches the Cloud
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
Cloud computing services have become very popular because of their simple deployment and potential cost savings. However, managing these connections has been a challenge, one that GroundWork Open Source is trying to tackle.
Beyond SQL, Knowledge-Seeking Queries
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
"Does anyone have a good example of a query that SQL can't do?" Fact is, 30+ years in, there are few queries that you can't implement with SQL. More-complex queries may rely on user-defined functions (UDFs), procedural extensions, or convoluted coding but may still fall short. So here's my beyond-SQL example -- "What are the 39 Steps?" -- by which I mean, knowledge-seeking queries.
Global CIO: IBM And Hewlett-Packard Battle Over Booming Mobile Market
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
While HP's got networking gear and Palm WebOS, IBM's porting its software for mobile use and its Sterling acquisition is critical.
iPhone Dev Team Releases iOS4 Hacking Tools
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
The iPhone Dev Team has delivered the latest iPhone hacking software. PwnageTool 4.0 gives you full access to previously jailbroken iPhones.
Developer's Thoughts On Future Of Mobile Platforms
Commentary  |  6/23/2010  | 
It is pretty easy to see what consumers think of each mobile platform based on the sales data; consumers vote with their wallets. Developers tend to go were the money is as well, but they also have well informed opinions on where things are going. Appcelerator has a survey that asked developers several questions on the future of mobile platforms. Some of the results are expected, others less so.
When Thinking Cloud, Think Reliable-ish
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
The recent Intuit outage provided the press with a good example of what happens when cloud computing fails. "Intuit's service outage this week affected Quickbase.com, Quicken, Quickbooks and TurboTax, leaving more than 300,000 largely SMB customers in a bind..."
Survey: SMBs Most Worried About Data Loss
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
According to a new survey by Symantec, small and midsize businesses worldwide are worried about data loss and cyberattacks more than other threats, and most plan to do something about it.
Five Reasons for the Cloud Computing Boom
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
New market numbers show that cloud computing is not a fad and it's not a pipe dream. It's a bonafide IT phenomenon that points to the future of organizational computing.
Google Launches Web Site Promoting HTML5
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Google has launched a new Web site called HTML5 Rocks to help educate developers and designers about HTML5. And it's not just HTML5 as a technology that rocks: The Web site rocks too.
How To Use Google Voice On iPhone 4
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Google opened up Google Voice to everyone today. While there's still no dedicated application for the iPhone, don't let that stop you. Here's how to use Google Voice with the iPhone 4.
Direct Deposit Means Green for SMBs
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Using direct deposit rather than writing paper payroll checks can save money, but most SMBs don't do it.
Salesforce.com Creates Some Industry Chatter
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Traditional boundaries among software companies are falling to the wayside with the movement to social networking systems. Salesforce.com has become the latest vendor trying to craft a business version of Facebook.
Verizon iPhone Reports Gain Credence
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Barclays Capital says Verizon will score the iPhone in early 2011 and sell 9 million by the end of the year.
Printers, Copiers And Other Unexpected Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
When's the last time you updated and patched your printer's firmware -- if you ever have. Yet networked printers, copiers and other common workplace devices, including UPS backups and security cameras, can contain vulnerabilities that can put your business at risk.
Exploring Netezza's Coming 6.0 DBMS
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Netezza is having its user conference, Enzee Universe, in Boston Monday-Wednesday, June 21-23, and naturally will be announcing new products there, and otherwise providing hooks and inducements to get itself written about.
IBM Adds 600 Jobs In Oregon For Mortgage Processing
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Expanding its presence in the mortgage-software business, IBM plans to add 600 jobs in Oregon, nearly doubling the size of its mortgage-industry workforce there. Oregon, struggling with an unemployment rate of 10.6%, appears to have edged out bids for the jobs from North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Apple To Share User Location Data
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Apple's updated privacy policy alerts users that the company will share their real-time location information with third-party companies
AT&T To Charge For Non-AT&T Bandwidth
Commentary  |  6/22/2010  | 
Unlimited data plans for mobile devices is quickly going away and AT&T is leading the pack. For those of you that have a femtocell because AT&T coverage in your house is sub-par, the bandwidth you use on that may also count against your monthly data allotment, even though you aren't using AT&T's wireless network.
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