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Content posted in June 2010
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Performance Anxiety: What the Intuit Problem Tells Us About the Future of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
As with many things in life, like heart attacks or giant oil spills, certain problems aren't necessarily problems until they are. That seems to be the case with the issue of performance in cloud computing, to judge from the negative reactions to the Intuit outage last week. So what are the lessons to be learned from this snafu?
Five Pros And Cons Of iPhone OS 4
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
Apple offered iOS 4 to iPhone users today. Here are five things about the new software that rock, and five things that, well, don't.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
Human beings' 15-second limit: how the iconic iPhone will change the way enterprise apps are written and perform.
Google Intros Refreshed Email App For iPad
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
Google has rolled out a new version of its browser-based Gmail product for the Apple iPad.
Need Help Building Mobile Applications?
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
Mobile devices are becoming as popular and common as PCs and laptops. However, it can be difficult for users to work with information on cell phones because of their small form factors. In response, dotMobi has delivered a development environment designed to help small and medium businesses create mobile applications.
Desktops Won't Die
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
So this week a writer at Slate says that "Soon there will be no reason to have a big, boxy computer on your desk." I think what he really was trying to say was that the days of full-sized keyboards and monitors is over, since most desktop PCs have long since migrated under the desktop. Still, I think he's wrong.
Mathias On Mobility: Spectrum Shortage? Cognitive Radio Is The Answer
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
Imagine a phone which can work on both CDMA and GSM networks -- or receives TV broadcasts -- and does so by loading new software.
Motorola Droids, Samsung Galaxy Rival iPhone 4
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
Based on specs leaked to the the Internet, Apples's iPhone 4 may not have quite the hardware lead Apple hoped.
Video: SAP Demos StreamWork At Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
I'm just back from the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, where the big takeaway was that collaborative tools are moving out of the hype phase into the implementation mode. This means a raft of products, to be followed by a titanic market battle among Cisco, IBM, Google, Jive, and others. One offering on display was SAP's StreamWork, which adds a business-intelligence twist to the whole workplace social tool thing. Click ahead for the video demo.
The Value Of Multi-Core Processors On Phones
Commentary  |  6/21/2010  | 
We all know the value of symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) on our PC's. At any given time, a modern desktop can have 50-100 process running from the browser or RSS reader you are using to read this to dozens of background tasks indexing files, checking your email, looking for keywords on Twitter and more. Your phone can benefit from SMP as well, but for entirely different reasons.
E2 Boston is a Wrap!
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Five Friday Phone Features
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Here's a collection of five stories from the past week that you might have missed. Included: HTC EVO 4G in white, Verizon data hogs (or not), new Palm webOS in the works, and more.
Apple Revamps MobileMe Cloud Service
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
The webmail/sync/online storage/file sharing service gets some new features, including push webmail, and a new interface. And Find My iPhone gets an app version.
Superhighway To Hell
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Internet Evolution founder Stephen Saunders believes everything you think you know about the future of the Internet is wrong. Read why, and join our discussion by leaving a comment at the bottom of his open letter to readers.
Find Lost iPhones With New Apple App
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Apple's new Find My iPhone app lets users locate a lost or missing iPhone or iPad from another iOS device.
SaaS Industry Is Collapsing! And The Sky Is Falling.
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
In 1977, Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olsen said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Another prediction's not quite as atrociously bad but almost: 22 months ago, Lawson Software CEO Harry Debes said the SaaS industry will go "nowhere" and within two years "will collapse." But hey, he's not wrong just yet-he's still got two months to go.
How Many iPhones Will Apple Sell?
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
According to Morgan Stanley, 50% of current iPhone owners will upgrade to the new device, and Apple will expand to 100 million iPhone users.
The Unvarnished Truth About VDI? Not Hardly.
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
On June 14, InfoWorld published an article titled "The unvarnished truth about VDI desktop virtualization". In it, the author, Frank Ohlhorst, makes some claims about VDI and desktop virtualization that I believe need to be addressed.
The Continued Evolution Of Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  6/18/2010  | 
Even though consumers are supposed to be able to buy a Windows Phone 7 device by the end of this year, Microsoft is still tweaking the user interface. Some of the changes are subtle and others are more noticeable.
WordPress 3.0 Released
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
WordPress, the popular blogging platform, has released the 3.0 version to the public today. Here's a list of the new updates and additions to WordPress 3.0.
Down To Business: War On Business, Part II
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Readers weren't shy about weighing in on my column critical of the anti-business movement in this country. Take your best shot, but I'm not backing down.
Global CIO: Cisco's Chambers Calls Out Obama's Job-Killing Protectionism
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
CEO Chambers is telling all who will listen that high U.S. corporate tax rates are forcing businesses to do most of their investing and hiring elsewhere.
Cloud Computing Expands Mandate, Influence
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
At this point in its evolution, cloud computing remains mostly identified with software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (including storage) (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS). But the cost effectiveness of virtualized, dispersed, multi-tenant computing services is making the cloud appropriate and appealing in all manner of digital arenas.
Helping SMBs Juggle Work And Play
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Last week I posted a blog about InfusionSoft co-founders Clate Mask and Scott Martineau.
Get Acquainted With Storage Resource Management
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Storage resource management (SRM) sounds like one of those things that only an enterprise should worry about. But today, nothing could be further from the truth.
John Chambers On Speed: How To Accelerate Decisions
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
If you think Cisco's been aggressive with acquisitions and product launches in the past, you'd better tighten your shoelaces because John Chambers says the company's new management structure has slashed decision-making times by more than 90%.
Clearwire Intros New WiMax 4G Modems
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Clearwire today introduced three new WiMax-based 4G modems, including its first laptop dongle that's compatible with Apple computers.
Enterprise 2.0 Gets Down To Business
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
I had the chance to attend the Enterprise 2.0 conference this week in Boston and I was pleasantly surprised to see some very welcome developments and improvements in the companies and products that were at the conference.
Half Of All Android Phones Now Running 2.1
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
According to Google, 50% of all the Android phones being used have now shipped with or been updated to Android 2.1. That still leaves 50% using older versions.
YouTube Gains Online Editing Features
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
Google has added a new online video editing tool to YouTube that lets users edit directly from their browser.
Does RIM's Tablet Make Sense?
Commentary  |  6/17/2010  | 
It seems everyone is jumping on the tablet bandwagon and Apple's iPad success is just increasing the excitement surrounding the form factor. Unlike the iPad though, RIM's tablet is rumored to be a companion device to the Blackberry, not a stand-alone tablet.
Global CIO: 10 Indispensable Insights On Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Analyzing the cloud's impact on everything from security to the CIO to corporate culture, a new book on the cloud revolution by my outstanding colleague Charles Babcock is an absolute must-read.
The Worth of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
How do you measure the business value of cloud computing? Do traditional IT metrics like ROI and TCO apply? How can the benefits of business agility be applied to the bottom line?
Channel Tips For Tapping The Cloud
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Part 2 of a two-part blog: Yesterday we left off by taking inventory of some of the channel opportunities posed by cloud computing.
When Infrastructure Vendors Use Niche Products for Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
What does it tell us when major infrastructure and enterprise content management vendors employ niche social computing products for some of their own projects? Oracle, Microsoft, Open Text and EMC are cases in point...
Startups Shake Up The SSD Storage Market
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Two startups are both looking to make a big splash in the storage market. And if they succeed, the ripples are bound to reach into the SMB space before very long.
All Phones Free At T-Mobile June 19
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
If you are looking for that special Father's Day gift for that technical dad, T-Mobile may have just what you are looking for. This Saturday, June 19, all T-Mobile phones are free.
AT&T Cripples Another Android Device
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
AT&T's second Android device, the HTC Aria, bears the same crippling feature that AT&T's first Android device had: No non-market apps.
AT&T And Apple Register 600,000 iPhone 4 Orders
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Both Apple and AT&T issued statements today after their systems were overwhelmed by people attempting to pre-order the iPhone 4. Apple said 600,000 people tried to snag the hot new device.
SMBs: 8 Tips For Building A Website
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
During my frequent trips along the info superhighway, I've noticed that some small businesses still don't have a "pit stop" (i.e., website).
Rackspace Enhances Hybrid Email System
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Many small and medium businesses are moving information off of their premises and into the cloud. Email has been one of the early applications to make this switch, and cloud service supplier Rackspace made a number of improvements to its email service.
Verizon To Introduce Next Motorola Droid June 23
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless has announced a press event scheduled for June 23, where it will announce details of the "next generation of Droid."
Does The Enterprise 2.0 Emperor Have No Clothes?
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
There's only so much rah-rah about enterprise collaboration I can take before I fall back on three thoughts: 1. Collaboration is already going on in enterprises... 2. Collaboration is just not that interesting if it doesn't impact the core business processes 3. The millennials are not going to save us...
Hewlett-Packard Picks Five Winners Among Global Clients
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
At HP's Software Universe event this week, five global customers received Awards of Excellence in the categories of Transformation, Business Agility, Cost Optimization, Business Impact, and Outstanding Achievement. One winner rolled out "an IT operational model that can be supported by less than one quarter of the merged staff."
AT&T Exposes iPhone Customer Information
Commentary  |  6/16/2010  | 
Not content to let 3G iPad users have all of the fun, AT&T decided to let iPhone users in on the data exposure game. Those jumping on the iPhone 4.0 bandwagon early today may have been shown your iPhone account information during the upgrade process rather than their own.
Google-Disclosed Hole Being Exploited
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
Less than a week after Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy disclosed a security problem with the Windows Help application, attackers are exploiting the hole on Windows XP. Their work was simple since he provided proof-of-concept code.
Global CIO: Delta Air Lines CIO Describes IT's Dazzling Future
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
As Delta's CIO completes the massive IT integration with Northwest, she turns her passionate leadership to creating EXCEPTIONAL customer experiences.
Government IT: Too Much Cloud, Too Soon?
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
A government oversight committee is asking questions about the fed CIO's rush to cloud computing. Could this put the brakes on government innovation in IT?
Cloud Computing's Silver Lining For The Channel
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
Part 1 of a two-part blog: Hey, VARsafraid that cloud computing might leave you in the dust? It's not likely -- as long as you're open to the possibility of tweaking your mindset, and possibly your business model.
Microsoft Is Hiring 500 Cloud Specialists To Battle Google
Commentary  |  6/15/2010  | 
Microsoft is hiring up to 500 sales reps for its public-sector cloud-computing solutions to add more firepower to its intensifying competition with Google for the hundreds of millions-and potentially billions-of government dollars being pushed into the cloud.
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