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Content posted in June 2012
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Microsoft Takes Tablets Seriously With Surface
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
Microsoft's new tablet, which they refer to as Surface, looks at first glance to be a serious attempt at a competitive tablet -- bearing in mind that the pricing is as-yet undisclosed. OEMs will be competing not only with each other, but with Microsoft.
A Crowdsourced Definition of Collaboration
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
Socially speaking, are you most comfortable working in teams, tribes, or co-groups? Each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Oh, The Irreparable, Unrecyclable MacBook Pro
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
To make the new MacBook Pro as thin and light as possible, Apple made it almost impossible to repair and very hard to recycle.
When Smart Mobile Technology Meets Good Science
Commentary  |  6/18/2012  | 
Tablets, smartphones, and mobile apps have the potential to improve patient care--but without quality clinical research to back them up, you may be wasting your IT budget.
Beware Slippery Requirements For Social Tools
Commentary  |  6/17/2012  | 
When shopping for social media monitoring and response tools, a sloppy RFP could cost you. But do you know what you want? Do you know what you need?
Apple II - The Original BYOD
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
35 years ago this spring Apple released their first usable computer, the Apple II. It turned out to be a highly-significant device and a very popular one, launching into legitimacy the company that today holds the world's largest market cap. And it also became the first computer tech product that large numbers of people bought for their jobs.
How You Can Social Engineer Your Social Life
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
Highlight, Airtime, and a slew of other companies want to use your location on your phone and your connections online to suggest people you should know. Is this the future of meeting people?
Is Nokia-Microsoft Alliance In Trouble?
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
Nokia's smartphone business is in crisis, but that's more a sign of the past than the future. It's way too early to close the book on its Windows Phone alliance with Microsoft.
Virtualization Makes DR Automation Possible
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
All the pieces for a virtualized, cloud-based disaster recovery strategy are in place, but building them into a robust, repeatable, secure, and automated process is still a daunting task.
Enterprise Social Networks Need Open Standards
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
True interoperability is the key to unlocking the potential of collaboration to make work more efficient.
Microsoft's Win8 ARM Tablet Will Make Or Break Windows Tablets
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
Buyers could get a bad first impression of Windows 8 tablets if Microsoft screws up its branded Windows RT device. It will have to be way cheaper than an iPad, with impressive hardware and lots of apps on day one.
RIM Former Co-CEOs' Golden Parachutes Draw Jeers
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
What's the best way to reward executives for lighting a company on fire and burning it to the ground? Give them multi-million dollar golden parachutes, naturally.
Microsoft May Debut Home-Grown Tablet Monday
Commentary  |  6/15/2012  | 
Microsoft has scheduled a "major announcement" event Monday in Los Angeles. Industry watchers say it will reveal the first Windows 8 tablet made by Microsoft itself.
QlikTech Buys Expressor To Nix Scripting
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Deal gives QlikView business intelligence software a graphical user interface to ease and speed data loading.
SF Giants Matt Cain Threw A Perfect Game And We Were There To See It
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
We were at AT&T Park and saw how important it is for fans to stay connected while they are at the game.
Apple's War Against Google: Time For New Tactics
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Apple should spend more energy innovating and enabling its developers to innovate and less energy on policing. That's how it will stay ahead of Google.
The Windows 8/Metro Challenge
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Microsoft's game-changing new interface: Good for the enterprise, not so good for Apple and Google.
Samsung Leaves Facebook Alone, Averts Disaster
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Samsung denies reports that it is building a social network to compete with Facebook. Apple's Ping experiment shows why this would have been a bad move.
How To Innovate Like A Startup
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Lean Startup author Eric Ries discusses what CIOs and other IT leaders can learn from entrepreneurial companies.
Microsoft Rumored To Acquire Yammer
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
If the stories are true, Microsoft could pay more than $1 billion, recognizing the value of Yammer's cloud social network compared to more SharePoint-centric products like NewsGator Social Sites.
Nokia At Risk Of Joining RIM And Palm
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Watching Nokia slowly fall from the leadership role in the mobile industry is gut-wrenching. The company is at real risk of becoming a has-been like Palm.
Windows 8 Tablets: Will The Price Be Right?
Commentary  |  6/14/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS is right for our connected times, but the company's business model may make it tough for Win8 partners to compete with Android and even iOS tablets.
4 Elite CIOs Share Lessons
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
Four top CIOs recently explored IT trends at an event for academics, who must figure out how to educate the next generation of IT leaders.
Why Today's Notebook Soon Will Be Obsolete
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
Windows 8 could force a major shift in the industry. Notebooks as we know them could disappear, replaced by Windows 8 hybrid notebook-tablets.
What Can You Learn From IT Vendor M&As?
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
A lot. Consider the track records of some of the most acquisitive IT vendors over the past few years: Salesforce.com, Oracle, IBM, SAP, Dell, and HP.
HTC: No Low-End Phones For Us
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
CEO says HTC will not stoop to creating entry-level devices and will instead target wealthier consumers.
Social Enterprise Litmus Test: The Annual Report
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
If the company claims to be a social business, look for evidence of real corporate transformation in the CEO's letter to shareholders.
What iOS 6 Says About Mobile Fragmentation
Commentary  |  6/13/2012  | 
Some of the best features of iOS 6 won't work on older iOS hardware. The same issue is true for other mobile platforms and new software. Is fragmentation inevitable?
My Favorite Martian
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Bob Guccione Jr. writes in his third column BYTE ME about Ray Bradbury, the renowned author who passed away last week.
Cisco's Cloud Play: Three Strong Examples
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Cisco CEO John Chambers talks a lot about listening to customers, and this time it looks like the company really has.
Larry Ellison Is Needlessly Clouding Oracle's Cloud Message
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Oracle's CEO should just talk honestly about what his company is doing, instead of putting on a show. Ellison the reasoned market leader is whom we'd like to hear from.
PCs Tell Tablets: We're Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
The hoopla coming out of Apple this week notwithstanding, the PC is very much alive in a post-PC world. Here's why.
With Hadoop, Big Data Analytics Challenges Old-School Business Intelligence
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Datameer and Karmasphere say their Hadoop-based platforms are what's needed for the next era of data analysis. Are you buying it?
Mobile Health Revolution: Doctors And Patients Disagree
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Many doctors frown on consumers' interest in mobile health, says PwC report. But that's only half the story.
iOS 6: 5 Features We Didn't Get
Commentary  |  6/12/2012  | 
Apple revealed a preview of iOS 6 during its WWDC keynote. As great as the improvements are, Apple didn't deliver everything we wanted, such as a mobile wallet.
Apple iOS 6: Best New Features
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Apple showed off tons of new features in iOS 6 at WWDC, including some hoped-for improvements and several complete surprises.
Last Minute WWDC Rumor Roundup
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
The rumors are diverse, but none of them revolutionary: New MacBooks, maybe with retina displays; new Apple TV; new iOS 6, but no devices to run it on; Apple's own mapping program and API. Are the 17-inch MacBook Pros done?
HP-Oracle Itanium Trial: Why Oracle Can't Lose
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Oracle's larger plan behind its decision to cease porting its software to Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-base servers becomes clearer as the trial proceeds--and it's devastating for HP.
Android Reaches 900,000 Daily Activations
Commentary  |  6/11/2012  | 
Google's Android platform has reached a new adoption milestone, says chief architect Andy Rubin. How long before it reaches 1 million?
Lets Talk: Social Media Conversations At Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
BrainYard discussion track at Enterprise 2.0 will focus on important topics involving social networking and this website. Join us.
HP-Oracle Itanium Suit: Divorce, Silicon Valley Style
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
HP and Oracle were like Sonny & Cher, The Captain & Tennille, or any other duo that was inseparable--right up until the moment they separated.
Apple iOS Still Charming More Developers Than Android
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
More than twice as many new app projects target Apple's iOS over Android, new research says. Apple's iPhone is also winning over former Android users.
Should Your Next Smartphone Be A Phablet?
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
Phablets may very well find a niche in vertical and specialized markets, but there's a convenience problem for mainstream business and enterprise users.
Windows 8 Hybrids Will Surpass iPad Battery Life
Commentary  |  6/8/2012  | 
Forrester predicted that the iPad would become our primary computing device, but that was based on mistaken assumptions about the ability of Windows and Intel to catch up on hardware. In fact, Clover Trail notebooks and tablets will leapfrog iPad.
What's The ROI On Federal IT Spending?
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Uncle Sam should develop an IT savings dashboard that shows the returns on its multibillion-dollar IT investment.
Siri Fixes: What We Want From Apple WWDC
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference promises some exciting new Siri developments, but Apple must attend to its Siri-ous problems first.
Virgin Prepaid iPhones: Do The Math
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Apple iPhones soon will be available from at least two prepaid providers, so we crunch the numbers to find the least expensive option.
Your iPad At Work: Worth The Trouble?
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Here's everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about using your iPad for work. Hint: It can be done, but there are hurdles.
Oracle Cloud: Big Bravado, Huge Questions
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
As Oracle CEO Larry Ellison touts the cloud-readiness of Fusion, he needs to deal with some critical questions around pricing and features.
Nokia Scoffs At Google's Offline Maps
Commentary  |  6/7/2012  | 
Nokia says it's been doing offline maps for years, and that it offers much more than just locally cached maps.
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