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How To Meet An IT Exec's Need To Know
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
Shameless self-promotion can be a good thing when it also provides IT managers with useful resources. InformationWeek Healthcare's upcoming IT Leadership Forum does just that.
Software Licensing Sticks You With Legacy Of Crazy
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
In no other industry do manufacturers enjoy so much freedom to write one-sided rules and get low-level employees to agree to them. But there's hope.
RIM Employee Blasts Leadership In Letter, RIM Responds
Commentary  |  6/30/2011  | 
A well-placed manager at Research In Motion has published a letter to the company's executives, beseeching them to make the bold decisions needed to save the company. Late Thursday, RIM responded.
HP TouchPad Review: OS Beauty Vs. Design Bulk
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
HP's TouchPad won't make you put down your iPad 2, or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it will make you wish those tablets had the TouchPad's software innovations and user experience.
Facebook, The New Malware Vector
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Misplaced trust on the social networking site opens the door for phishers and scammers, and mobile devices could be their next malware distribution channel.
RIM's QNX Problem: Superphone Needed, Clock Ticking
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Research in Motion is said to have shelved plans for a 10-inch PlayBook, to ship a QNX-based BlackBerry sooner. This is exactly what RIM needs to do.
How To Interview For VP: Expert Advice
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
Increase your chances of landing a VP role using these interview tips and tactics, culled from years of vetting senior IT managers.
5 Reasons Why Google Health Failed
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
What doomed Google's online personal health record system? For starters, consumers haven't bought into the basic idea.
Verizon's LTE 4G Galaxy Tab Priced At $529
Commentary  |  6/29/2011  | 
You can now order the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will ship in four to six weeks and cost only a few dollars more than the Wi-Fi version.
Fring Tops Facetime On iPad
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Fring's free video chatting software lets iPad users to chat with up to four different people at once.
Office 365: 7 Missing Features For Enterprises
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
With its new cloud-based suite, Microsoft is striking back at Google Apps. But consider these shortcomings in key areas.
Cloud Revenue: The Question Vendors Keep Dodging
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google play coy when breaking down their cloud computing revenues. That reticence is no longer acceptable.
Enterprise Social Vendors Play Own Game Of Survivor
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
App stores and APIs are signs the social software ecosystem is evolving fast. Which companies will survive, and which will become extinct?
What EHRs And Marriage Have In Common
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
IT needs to understand the logistical hurdles and the emotional ones for clinicians--and realize an EHR rollout is just the beginning of a long-term partnership.
Android Reaches Half A Million Daily Activations
Commentary  |  6/28/2011  | 
Google's Andy Rubin says Android is growing at more than 4% per week, as Strategy Analytics reports that 42% of businesses now support Google's smartphone platform.
Domino Sugar Wins Big With SAP In Cloud
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
Apps running with greater reliability than they did in-house, CIO says--and IT's budget down 30%. Here's a look at Domino's sweet cloud arrangement.
Omnipotent Hacker Myth Lets Business Off The Hook
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
If the public believes hackers are almighty, companies have little incentive to take security seriously.
Which Wireless Networks Are Fastest? Verizon And AT&T
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
In a 21-city test of U.S. 3G and 4G networks, PC Magazine found that Verizon's 4G network performed the fastest overall in major metro areas, but AT&T won in the heartland.
Guerra On Healthcare: How Do You Engage Physicians?
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
When trying to win support for your hospital's EHR and CPOE from doctors, be sensitive to how training will impact their personal and professional lives.
Two iPhones Landing In September: Analyst
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
Apple will release a mid-range handset for prepaid users as well as a high-end superphone come the fall, forecasts Deutsche Bank analyst.
Social Networks: Many Friends Isn't Always More Valuable
Commentary  |  6/27/2011  | 
Fewer, more meaningful, relationships are better when building an online community.
Windows Phone Success Depends On Apps
Commentary  |  6/26/2011  | 
The platform has to compare well to Android and iOS on base features, but that alone won't cut it. Is Microsoft creating enough app momentum?
Welcome Back BYTE
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
5 Myths About Enterprise Social Networks, Busted
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
Many common assumptions about enterprise social technology have proven false or become outdated. It's time to reconsider these common myths.
Foursquare, American Express Deal: Template For Future?
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
The two companies streamline location-based discounts for customers, in what could be a model for mobile success.
Language Of Social Sounds Too Soft To Business
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
Why is Enterprise 2.0 still considered more of a "movement" than a business imperative? Its evangelists speak more like Dr. Phil than Jack Welch.
Is Ice Cream Sandwich Eating Honeycomb's App Lunch?
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
Honeycomb-based tablets have been in the market for more than four months now, and there's still a depressing lack of dedicated Android tablet apps. What gives?
Videoconferencing: What's The Right Use?
Commentary  |  6/24/2011  | 
Here's one approach that surprised me.
Apple Gets Serious About iOS Data Protection
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Its iCloud service will be a one-stop content, document, application, and configuration synchronization service for mobile devices and PCs.
Ditch Your Dominant Vendors? Time May Be Right
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Cloud, commodity hardware, and mobile have changed the rules. Blindly sticking with today's winners is like ignoring the wind change in a yacht race.
Can Video Game Firm Outplay Traditional VDI Options?
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Cloud video game company OnLive uses its high-speed network to jump into the market for virtual desktops. Here's why its technology looks compelling compared to traditional VDI.
Android Smartphones 4x More Likely To Break Than BlackBerrys
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
Devices that run Google's Android platform have the highest number of technical support calls for hardware problems. RIM's devices have the lowest.
ABCs Of EHRs: New Training Choices For Non-Techies
Commentary  |  6/23/2011  | 
A proliferation of health IT training courses means anyone from a hospital chief medical officer to a solo practitioner's nurse now has more ways to learn the basics.
4G Not Critical For Smartphone Buyers
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
But given the bulk discounts available to business buyers, the price difference between 3G and 4G smartphones is likely to be negligible.
The Ultimate 'Business' Pad Defined
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
The tablet I want might not be what my employer wants--and that might not matter all that much.
Will IBM Go 'All In' On Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
IBM has spent more than a decade and tens of billions of dollars buying software. Don't bet on it delivering its smartest technologies on demand any time soon.
Inside Windows Phone Mango
Commentary  |  6/22/2011  | 
Microsoft sent out devices loaded with the next version of Windows Phone and the reviews are starting to appear. But the company needs to do more to ensure the launch is successful.
Enterprise Software Failures Stem From Ignorance, Incompetence
Commentary  |  6/21/2011  | 
A veteran of Big Software implementations writes: These large implementations 'are hard work, but they are not rocket science.'
AT&T Vs. Verizon: Which Data Plan Is Better?
Commentary  |  6/20/2011  | 
With Verizon set to roll out tiered mobile data plans, comparisons with other carriers' pricing schemes are in order.
RIM PlayBook's Slow Start: U.S. Carriers to Blame?
Commentary  |  6/20/2011  | 
The tablet maker's best partners, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, have offered a distinct lack of support so far. That's holding RIM back from enjoying wider success.
Guerra On Healthcare: How CIOs Can Avoid Doctor Revolt
Commentary  |  6/20/2011  | 
Look at what you like--and dislike--about vendor customer service to build a hospital IT department that makes allies out of your doctors and nurses.
How Information Builders Battles BI Goliaths
Commentary  |  6/20/2011  | 
A hybrid mobile app, data-visualization upgrades, and unsung add ons bolster the vendor's business intelligence suite.
Nokia To Debut Windows Phone In Europe
Commentary  |  6/19/2011  | 
The Finnish phone maker is expected to unveil one of its only Meego-powered phones Tuesday, as it puts all its future eggs in the Microsoft basket.
Enterprise 2.0: It's Still About Improving Business Performance
Commentary  |  6/17/2011  | 
The momentum around Enterprise 2.0 must be harnessed to solve business problems and create new opportunities.
10 Lessons In IT Strategy From Ex-HP CIO Randy Mott
Commentary  |  6/17/2011  | 
Here are some key insights from our past interviews.
Analytics And The Move Toward An Information Democracy
Commentary  |  6/17/2011  | 
Consumerization and self service trends are driving fundamental changes in the way we think about and use information.
RIM Co-CEOs Say Outsiders Just Don't Get It
Commentary  |  6/17/2011  | 
Despite grim quarterly results, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie maintained that Research In Motion is approaching the final phase of a significant transition and defended their management structure.
How Should RIM Right Its Ship?
Commentary  |  6/17/2011  | 
After dismal quarterly results, can it reverse the perception by many that the BlackBerry is old school and manage to rekindle buzz about the platform and company?
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