Safely Shaving SMB Security Costs
Cutting security expenditures is tough -- short-term savings can all too easily introduce long-term (or short-term) risks. Here are three solid, safe ways to save on security.
AT&T, A Leading Wi-Fi Network Supplier?
AT&T has decided to expand a pilot program where the company supplements its cellular services with Wi-Fi connections. The carrier green lighted such a deployment in Charlotte, NC and has plans to roll out similar services in Chicago, moves that could be precursors to changes in cellular coverage.
How Hospitals Are Helping Doctors Achieve Meaningful Use
Hospital executives aren't just worried about having their own organizations meet the federal government's meaningful use requirements; they're also concerned about their affiliated and owned doctor practices achieving the goals. In fact, many hospitals are assisting (or plan to help) doctors to get on board with e-health records even as those hospitals struggle with their own projects.
Motorola CEO: Android To Rule
Speaking at a recent conference, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said he believes the mobile ecosystem will follow the path seen in the PC ecosystem and standardize on one dominant operating system.
Windows Phone 7 As Web 2.0 Pacesetter?
Possibly my perspective is collaboratively twisted, because I've been spending so much time looking into Enterprise 2.0 technologies. Probably that's why I think all the chatter about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is missing the point in comparing the new mobile platform to iPhone and Android. What Microsoft is doing is brilliant: they're bringing Web 2.0-ness to mobile more forcefully than any of their co
Microsoft Wants Free Testers
Writing software is hard, but testing software and finding bugs can be harder. That's why companies like Google and Mozilla pay upwards of a $3,000 bounty to anyone who reports a serious security bug in their browsers. Don't expect anything more than an attaboy if you find a hole in Internet Explorer, though.
Big Data: The Early Days Are Over
At least five [update: make that six as of late Friday] innovative data warehousing practitioners have stepped up to share their stories for my upcoming "Mastering Big Data" feature article planned for August 9 in InformationWeek. I'll get to the list of my latest customer interviews in a moment, but first a refresher...
Apple Extending Small Business Outreach
According to newspaper reports this week, Apple is gearing up to provide systems inegration, networking and server assistance, and other technical support to small businesses through its retail stores.
Rackspace's OpenStack: Where Do We Go From Here
There's a new kid in town when it comes to open source code in the cloud. It's Rackspace's OpenStack, based on both Rackspace's and NASA Nebula's existing cloud engines. Wasn't there already sufficient open source code in play? Why do we need this initiative on top of those already afoot? Actually, we need 3-4 such initiatives.
Microsoft's Matrix For The Web
Despite the fact that the Web has been around for just about twenty years, getting started with a web site still isn't anywhere near as easy as one would expect. Over that time many tools have been released to make getting a website started much easier, and now you can add WebMatrix, a new tool from Microsoft, to that list.
Sun World Uses Analytics To Shine
With the help of a dedicated VAR and a sophisticated analytics solution, fruit farmer Sun World International has implemented smarter farming practices and transformed its business. It's just one more example of how solution providers everywhere are using technology to make ours a smarter planet.
IBM Servers Created Despicable Me
A hurriedly assembled data center, based on the IBM iDataPlex rack server, rendered 142 terabytes of data in 12 months to create a CGI movie that's currently showing in US theaters.
Droid X Users Sucking Down Data Like Mad
A Verizon Wireless representative recently said that users of the Motorola Droid X are already consuming five times the amount of mobile data of other Verizon Wireless phones. But for how long?
Blackberry 6 Eye Candy Available
Even though Windows Phone 7 is heavily anticipated this fall, mainly as Microsoft's last chance to turn its mobile device effort around, it isn't the only major release in the pipeline. Research in Motion's Blackberry platform is getting a pretty big update with version 6 and now there are a number of screenshots available as well as information about the Blackberry 6 Desktop software.
4 Steps To Accelerating EHR Adoption
Payment reform, provider support, better products, and enhanced privacy and security will give adoption of electronic health records a needed boost.
Report: SMBs Hopeful, But Perplexed
Despite the economy, SMBs are optimistic about their businesses, according to a report released by the SMB Group this week. More than 50% of those surveyed forecast 10% more growth now than they did last year.
Google Gets Semantic
While most emerging technologies tend to happen quickly, one that has been "emerging" for a really long time is the Semantic Web. However, Google's recent acquisition of Metaweb may be the signal that the Semantic Web has finally arrived.
Vint Cerf Eyes Interplanetary Internet
I've never much considered the potential latency of packets routed between Earth and Mars. Me, I'm more worried about my cable-modem going down or dropped 3G calls. Fortunately, Vint Cerf, co-developer of TCP/IP and currently a Google evangelist, is among a group of more forward-thinking folks envisioning an interplanetary backbone where network traffic hubs could be hundreds of millions of miles apart.
GPS Snags Would-Be iPhone Thief
Crook attempts to make off with iPhone in San Francisco. Too bad for him it was being used to test a real-time GPS tracking app at the time.
Skype For iPhone Now Multitasks
Skype has updated its application for devices running iOS4. Users can now leave Skype running in the background and take calls when doing other tasks.
Free Windows Phone 7 Devices For Everyone
Everyone at Microsoft that is. It looks like all 90,000 employees of Microsoft will be getting a new phone with Windows Phone 7 on it. If nothing else, it makes it instantly more successful than the Kin, perhaps ten times as successful.
Agile Data Warehousing: Do You Scrum?
When IT professionals speak of "agile development," they could be referring to any of countless overlapping schools of thought. It's best to tread lightly and keep an agile mind to find some hybrid or innovative approach that specifically meets your needs.
MicroStrategy Launches Mobile Platform
What's different about this platform is that it's the first from a major BI platform vendor with native support for both iPhone and iPads and broad, interactive BI content...
Fifty: The Magic Email Number
How many emails can flood your In Box before they overwhelm you? A survey by Intermedia determined that the number is 50.
Now 55% Of Androids Eating Eclair
According to Google, the distribution of smartphones running Android 2.1 Eclair has reached 55%. Is anyone out there using Android 2.2 Froyo yet?
With VDI, Local Disk Is A Thing Of The Past
Last week I read a few interesting articles about storage in desktop virtualization, VDI in particular. The consensus is that this storage belongs on local disk, not the SAN. One industry expert even says you can use SSDs locally and still get away for less money. I beg to differ.
VenueGen Enhances 3D Conferencing Tools
Online conferencing has been gradually moving from presenting two to three dimensional materials. VenueGen, a start up in that space, embellished its 3D service, so collaborators can now work with more data sources during their conferences.
AT&T And The iPhone, Or Oil And Water
It obviously sounded like a good idea in 2007 when Apple and AT&T signed a multi-year exclusivity agreement but a few short years later, it became evident the agreement between Apple and AT&T wasn't turning out as planned.
Database Comes To iPad, iPhone
FileMaker has released FileMaker Go in both iPhone and iPad versions, enabling mobile access to and manipulation of FileMaker databases.
ABC News Latest Channel Added To Slacker Radio
Slack Personal Radio doesn't want to lose your attention if its the latest headlines you're after. It recently inked a deal to offer ABC News content, though only to paying customers.
Is Facebook Headed For Trouble?
Facebook's ranks continue to grow, while the business world looks to cash in on the social media frenzy. But everything isn't peaches and cream for the social networking titan.
Stuxnet Worm Shows Persistence Of Default Password Vulnerability
The fast-moving Stuxnet worm targets Siemens industrial automation controls via default passwords, yet Siemens recommends that customers not change those passwords. Not a Siemens customer? You're not off the hook. Default passwords may well be more of an issue at your company than you know.