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Content posted in June 2012
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Google's Risky Business
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google I/O, company's annual developer conference, confirms that Google is on a mission to organize the world's information. Big bets such as Project Glass could bring big rewards, or painful lessons.
RIM, Microsoft Marriage Makes Sense
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
There's a lot of logic behind the idea of Microsoft either buying RIM's network or buying access to it. The security and the reach of the network would be a huge asset to Microsoft and worth a lot of money. But giving that access would be an admission of defeat for BlackBerry 10.
Google Compute Engine Ignores VMware, Microsoft Users
Commentary  |  6/29/2012  | 
Google's new cloud infrastructure service is geared to Linux workloads running in KVM. What does that mean for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix users?
DR-As-A-Service Moves Closer To Reality
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
New cloud-aware disaster recovery automation software like that from VirtualSharp could free IT from complex runbooks and expensive recoverability exercises.
BlackBerry 10 Delay Could Spell RIM's Doom
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Research In Motion has postponed the release of its next-generation smartphone platform to 2013 and plans to lay off 5,000 employees. Is there any hope left?
Apple Obsolescence Debate: More Analysis Please, Fanboys
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The Apple-can-do-nothing-wrong crowd cranked up the hate machine when I questioned the vendor's upgrade treadmill. Some responses and clarifications are in order.
Google Drive iOS App: Essential Features Missing
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Google Drive for Apple's iOS platform hits the iPhone and iPad, but you're better off using the browser-based version.
Obamacare Victory Spells More Work For Healthcare CIOs
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
CIOs and CMIOs can expect many more sleepless nights now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act.
4 Steps To A Successful BYOC Program
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Many employees are ready and willing to use their own computers to get work done. Consider these steps to launch a bring-your-own-computer program.
Obama's Attack On Outsourcing Rings Hypocritical
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
Campaign jabs at Mitt Romney notwithstanding, the evidence suggests the President wants to use outsourcing to boost ties with India and level the global playing field.
Randy Mott's Journey To General Motors
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The CIO's road through Wal-Mart, Dell, and HP was marked by very different cultures and expectations.
Windows 8 Phones Easily Managed--Because It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/28/2012  | 
The fact that Windows Phone 8 is Windows, and not a radical variant, means it can be managed like Windows. While other phones must be managed through new and separate management tools such as MobileIron, Windows Phone 8 plugs right into Active Directory. IT can use standard tools and consoles and deploy apps in the usual way.
Google Nexus Q: Fight For Living Room On
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's Nexus Q home media device lets Android phone and tablet users push content from their handhelds to a TV or stereo system.
U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
But worries continue about offshoring of tech jobs and innovation, state of STEM education.
I'm A 'Tech Savvy' Pro, But Am I CIO Timber?
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Our Secret CIO, John McGreavy, answers questions from our readers.
Google Nexus 7 Tablet Aims For Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, announced at Google I/O, doesn't try to be an iPad killer. Instead, it aims to supplant Amazon's Kindle as a media consumption device.
MDM As Mobile Strategy, Career Necessity
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Mobile device management is about a lot more than managing and monitoring mobile devices. It's a crucial CIO strategy challenge.
Ford Chairman: Tech Needed To Combat Global Gridlock
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
Ford Motor chairman Bill Ford Jr. thinks traffic congestion could be so limiting to mobility that it becomes a human rights issue.
Big Data Analytics Power Revolution In Decision-Making
Commentary  |  6/27/2012  | 
InformationWeek virtual event explores enterprise steps toward deriving valuable insights amid unprecedented data volume, velocity, variety, and complexity.
Choose Your Social Business Strategy Before Your Tools
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
The concepts, not the technologies, of social business pave the road to success.
Tape Is Back And Ready For Backup
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
Could a combination of disk and tape backup be the best strategy for your data center?
When Data Is A Matter Of Life Or Death
Commentary  |  6/26/2012  | 
Healthcare analytics startup offers insights into how to develop the numbers when it counts for everything.
The Big Windows Phone 8 Difference: It's Windows
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
For years, we have put up with the fact that smart phones exist outside of established networks and management systems and need all new code. Windows Phone 8 plugs right into the existing management infrastructure and existing Windows software probably ports with ease. If you're a business of any size, Windows Phone 8 is going to be very tempting, and if you have to bribe your users to adopt it you might be making a wise investment.
Health IT Can Learn From Past Screw-Ups
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
U.S. healthcare system will remain broken unless we redesign our tools and rethink our mindset.
Next Valley View: Google I/O Deep Dive
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
Join us for the next episode of our live Web TV show on June 27, featuring news and analysis from the Google I/O show, special Google guests, and more.
Microsoft Must Get The Windows 8 Commerce Model Right
Commentary  |  6/25/2012  | 
Microsoft has innovated well on the tech side of Win 8/Metro, but it has a huge problem on the commerce side.
State Street Private Cloud: $600 Million Savings Goal
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
If everyone writes software for the same cloud-based development platform, code sharing becomes easier, and State Street has to write dramatically less code, saving big on software development. Take a look at the plan.
10 Developments Show Government Cloud Maturing
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Emerging trends such as FedRAMP, community clouds, and single-source contracts point to the start of phase two for cloud computing in federal government.
Apple's Planned Obsolescence: Customer Revolt Brews
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Short term, Apple will make more money. Long term, it will annoy, and lose, even ardent device fans.
HP Without Itanium: A Three-Pronged Strategy
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Regardless of how its trial against Oracle goes, there will be no new versions of Oracle software on Itanium. Here's how HP might turn the page.
Microsoft May Build Own Windows Phone 8
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Microsoft might rile its hardware partners again by developing and bringing to market its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
Google Slips Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Details
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
Google accidentally spilled some beans about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ahead of its official Google I/O debut. Here's what Google's slip-up says about the next version of Android.
Why Microsoft Must Stop the Surface Madness
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
BYTE contributor George Ou got blowback when he predicted Microsoft's Surface tablets would fail. Well, he's standing his ground. Hanging with the cool Mac guy is just going to alienate all the PC customers who have made Microsoft great.
Great Open Source Cloud Debate Rages
Commentary  |  6/22/2012  | 
One, and only one, open source project usually gains the upper hand in a new software category, but cloud has three tough contenders in OpenStack, CloudStack, and Eucalyptus. Must one win?
Will Microsoft Buy Nokia?
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
Microsoft dropped a lot of clues at its Wednesday Windows Phone 8 announcement that it's getting close to buying Nokia. Here's what has BYTE contributor Todd Ogasawara convinced that an acquisition is in the works.
Smartphone Addiction Takes Hold Over Americans
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
Three-quarters of Americans would feel "panicked" about a lost smartphone, new study says.
Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 Beats Galaxy S III
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
iPhone 5 will "put Samsung's Galaxy S III to shame," according to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.
Windows Phone 8: Ready For Business?
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
Windows Phone 8 has five important new elements for enterprises. But simply compare Windows Phone 8 to iOS and Android and you'll miss Microsoft's larger goal.
Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
Commentary  |  6/21/2012  | 
The latest business management craze is called "The Lean Startup." Don't swallow this lite philosophy without asking some critical questions first.
Microsoft Surface: Enterprise Tablet Market Isn't Enough
Commentary  |  6/20/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablets will need to take off with consumers before CIOs will embrace them. Here's why.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Bad
Commentary  |  6/20/2012  | 
As exciting as the new features for Windows Phone 8 are, here are several reasons for Windows Phone 7 users to get angry.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 8: The Good
Commentary  |  6/20/2012  | 
Microsoft revealed many new details of Windows Phone 8, its smartphone platform due later this year. Here are the cool new features that will make developers and users happy.
Google, Microsoft Tablets Portend New Ecosystem Strategy
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Google is expected to follow Microsoft's lead and announce its own branded tablet hardware next week. Why the change in tactics? Google and Microsoft hope to replicate Apple's successful iPad strategy of controlling every aspect of the product.
HP, Intel: Time To Take Microservers Seriously
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
HP and Intel are betting on a big market for microservers using the new Centerton chip. Here's why you should pay attention.
After Yammer, Microsoft Needs HR Software Play
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
While rumors about a Yammer deal are getting all the attention, Microsoft really should focus on filling the human resources management system gap in its product line.
Microsoft Surface Tablet: 8 Big Questions Remain
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Microsoft's new Surface tablet could be a personal computing game changer, but so far the company has yet to fill in some important details.
Bromium Brings Hypervisor Security To Applications
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Startup aims to beef up performance and security in the data center by bringing virtualization to the next level--the application level.
Microsoft Tablet Surfaces A New Strategy
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Surface looks to be an intriguing tablet in the short term, but harmful to Microsoft's fragile partner ecosystem. Consider these five possible motivations driving Microsoft.
Why Microsoft's New Surface Tablets Will Fail
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
Microsoft's two new tablets, Surface for Windows RT and Surface for Windows 8 Pro, are doomed for different reasons. The RT tablet can't run Windows apps, and the Pro tablet is big and heavy with lousy battery life.
Controller Smackdown Hitting Private Cloud Near You
Commentary  |  6/19/2012  | 
At Cloud Expo, IT staffers dig into the enterprise cloud management tools melee and ongoing battle between CloudStack and OpenStack to find some interesting truths.
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