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Content posted in July 2010
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Droid X A Hit, Orders Pushed To August
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless' latest Droid handset is in short supply. New orders placed on Verizon's Web site won't ship until August 3.
Global CIO: Venture Capital Kings Pump $30M Into Jive's Social Business
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
The last time Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia did a joint funding close to this size, the recipient was Google. Will lightning strike twice?
Building The Open Source Cloud
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
Despite the fact that most of the underlying technology of cloud computing is based on open source, much of the current wave of cloud computing platforms are closed. But a new open source initiative is hoping to fully open up cloud computing.
Secure Browsing Good If Done Well And Easily
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
Virtualization-based browser-securing solutions like Dell KACE's new Secure Browser can help companies and individuals browse the web more securely... but not securely enough to forget about vigilance.
Forrester Wave Findings: Customer Service Analytics Empower Predictive Process
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
The latest Forrester Wave on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Customer Service Solutions includes 19 vendors evaluated against 196 criteria. As you can well imagine, it took time to compile the research and double-check the facts before we scored these sophisticated product suites.
Work Following You Into The Bathroom?
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
Mobile communications have made it easy for individuals to stay in touch with the office, regardless of where they may be located. Egnyte found that now means that employees check in with the office even from the bathroom.
HP's 'PalmPad' Trademark Might Signal Possible WebOS Tablet
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard was recently granted a trademark for the name "PalmPad" by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Could it be a webOS tablet computer?
Meaningful Use Rules Make Sense To Patients
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
I'm not a doctor or nurse. Nor am I a hospital administrator, CIO or health IT worker. However, I am a patient. So while the government's long-awaited, meaningful use, stage 1 "core objectives" could very well entail a lot of process changes and costly technology to implement for healthcare providers, from a patient perspective--my perspective--many of the requirements sound reasonable, even commonsensible.
The Socialization of BI
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
As social computing matures, we see signs of a socialization of BI: Incorporation of social-media analysis into the BI toolkit, adaptation of social styles to BI processes, and development of BI tools that play nice on social platforms.
Android Juggernaut Marches On
Commentary  |  7/20/2010  | 
The new Verizon Droid X by Motorola has sold out in many places the first day it was for sale, including on Verizon's site. It is the latest phone with Google's platform that is driving over one million activations each week.
Global CIO: Oracle's Top 10 Retail Insights A Must-Read For All CIOs
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
The power of pervasive consumer technology is causing massive disruptions in not only retail but your business as well--are you clued in?
Gartner Outlines the Basic Rights of Cloud Users
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
In a typical Gartner move, the analyst firm has listed several rights and one responsibility that should lead us to a better cloud-enabled world. Here's the abridged version...
Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Use Regs Potentially Dangerous
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Despite modifications, the prescriptive directives of the final Meaningful Use regulations won't improve patient care.
Mixed Early Opinions On Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Microsoft provided select press outlets with early prototype Windows Phone 7 devices. According to the previews, Microsoft has done some good work, but still has a lot to do to make a comeback.
Down To Business: Oracle Suit Casts Shadow On Rimini Gains
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Alternative provider of software support services gaining enterprise customers, despite Oracle suit's chilling effect.
Windows Shortcut Threat Spreads Via USB Drives
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
A Microsoft advisory warns of a new threat aimed at its Windows Shell, particularly at the way Windows handles shortcuts. The likeliest exploit uses AutoRun to launch malware. All versions of Windows are believed to be vulnerable.
Google To Cease Nexus One Sales Soon
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Google is preparing to shut down the virtual storefront it used to sell the Nexus One Android phone direct to consumers. The store was widely seen as a failure.
HTC, Motorola, And Samsung Fire Back At Apple
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Apple earned the ire of its competitors in the wireless industry on Friday when it cast a number of smartphones in a negative light. More have responded to Apple's "Antennagate" claims.
Global CIO: BP Oil Spill Sets New Standard: Video Anywhere
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Now that we've watched real-time video from one mile deep on the ocean floor, there's officially nowhere left that people won't expect to get a video link.
IBM Failed Us Big Time, Says Texas
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Citing massive turnover among IBM employees, failure to back up data appropriately, and a high-profile server crash that is jeopardizing the state's ability to pursue several fraud investigations, the state of Texas has put IBM on 30-day notice of possible termination of their $863 million services contract. Texas claims 16 separate instances where IBM has defaulted on its obligations, says dallasnews.com.
Can Microsoft Turn It Around?
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
The past few months haven't seen much good news for Microsoft. Between the death of Kin phones, layoffs, and the European plans that could hurt their overseas sales, it can't be a happy time in Redmond. How long can this go on?
Windows Phone 7 Enters Tech Preview
Commentary  |  7/19/2010  | 
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is expected to hit the store shelves in time for the holiday season and they have just passed a major milestone in their development. Right now, everything appears to be on schedule. What I am not clear on at this stage though is how the average user is supposed to keep all of their important data on their phone and PC's in sync.
Global CIO: Remembering My Dad, The Greatest Guy I've Ever Known
Commentary  |  7/18/2010  | 
Before my dad died, we had a great supply-chain adventure. Here's a reprint of my column about that extraordinary man.
RIM And Nokia Respond To Apple
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
Research In Motion and Nokia both offered statements to provide some perspective on Apple's iPhone 4 antenna issue. RIM is ticked, Nokia actually supports Apple (at least in theory).
Regulating Google Search
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
The New York Times on Wednesday proposed that the government should regulate Google's search algorithm. It's such a baffling bad idea that it's hard to know where to start criticizing it.
The Social Wall Springs a Leak
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
SmartDraw Simplifies Diagramming
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
The so-called "visual processor" aims to make it easy to describe processes, document brainstorming sessions, create project timelines, and perform many other business-oriented graphics tasks..
Police Return Gizmodo Editor's Computers
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
The San Mateo District Attorney has withdrawn the warrant it used to seize Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's property over the lost iPhone 4 prototype.
5 Social-Media Marketing Insights
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
A newly released white paper from Advertising Age delves into the do's and don'ts of marketing for SMBs.
Global CIO: Who Is The Tech Sector's #1 Acquisition Target?
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
This little-known BI company had 2009 revenue of $157M plus blue-chip corporate customers and proven success on the iPhone and other mobile devices.
LapLink, PCmover, MoveNow, The Rest Of The Story
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
One challenge of news stories is that they are supposed to convey the news... which means the really interesting aspects get short shrift, e.g., my recent LapLink PCmover news article.
Mozilla Sniffer Firefox Add-On Steals Passwords
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
Mozilla Sniffer, a little-used and now disabled Firefox add-on, turns out be a log-in thief and has been disabled by Mozilla. Additionally the Firefox-maker disabled earlier versions of CoolPreviews, another, more popular add-on which carried vulnerabilities that could enable remote takeovers. Time to take a long look at your company's browser add-ons policy.
Emerson Issues Infrastructure Pointers For SMBs
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
Emerson Network Power has issued two ebooks that cover basic facts about datacenter cooling and uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes).
Death Knell For Software Patents
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
Could it be that software patents, which in my opinion have mainly been a drain on innovation, are finally on death's door? A recent decision could point to the answer being yes.
Samsung Vibrant And Captivate Suffer 'Death Grip' Too
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
The Samsung Vibrant recently launched on T-Mobile's network. Guess what, it (and its Captivate cousin) suffer from the same "death grip" issue the iPhone 4 does.
Motorola's Droid X Sells Out On Day One?
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless may have underestimated demand for its newest flagship Android device, the Droid X by Motorola.
Government Apps For Your Phone
Commentary  |  7/16/2010  | 
The US government has written a number of apps for some of the smartphone platforms. You can get information on recalls, locations of alternative fuel stations or find the closest US embassy no matter where you are.
Global CIO: Apple CEO Steve Jobs Should Tell Sen. Schumer To Shut Up
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
Schumer's publicity-grubbing letter is a joke, but the ugly threat it represents of a horribly regulated and bureaucratic IT industry is frightening.
New Workforce Management Tools From Taleo, HumanConcepts
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
Insight and OrgPlus address different HR needs, from recruiting and screening to visualizing your organization and creating project teams.
NASA Chooses Dell Servers For Climate Modeling
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
Dell PowerEdge C6100 rack servers, popular with research organizations, will provide 300 trillion calculations per second for NASA's Center for Climate Simulation.
Android Market: 70,000 Apps, 1 Billion Downloads
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
The Android Market has reached some notable milestones recently. It now offers more than 70,000 applications, and has also surpassed more than one billion app downloads.
NASA's Muslim Outreach Is Real
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
The White House on Monday was forced to walk back NASA administrator Charles Bolden's recent remarks to Al Jazeera that one of his top priorities was outreach to Muslim countries, but in fact, the Obama administration has been doing a lot of science and technology outreach to the Islamic world in recent months.
Apple Pushes iOS 4.1 To Developers, Antenna Fixed?
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
Apple on Wednesday made iOS 4.1 beta available to iPhone developers. Apple also provided the accompanying iOS 4.1 SDK. Here's what's new in iOS 4.1.
Will We Still Be Building Data Centers In 10 Years?
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
As I look back at the timeline of technology, I can clearly distinguish a turning point in IT's evolution. I see the technology landscape in terms of "Before Virtualization" (BV) and "After Virtualization" (AV).
Tech Industry's Pain Is Federal IT's Gain
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
In his Government Technologist column, John Foley argues in favor of the federal freeze on financial system projects, despite an industry backlash.
How Does T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant Measure Up?
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
The Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant is on sale at T-Mobile stores starting Thursday, July 15. What sets the Vibrant apart from other Android handsets?
Global CIO: In Database Wars, Oracle Blasts Microsoft And IBM
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
As real-time and Big Data pressures mount and CIOs need advanced databases to keep up, Oracle claims 11g is 5-10 years ahead of IBM and Microsoft. First in a series.
Three Mobile OSes To Usurp Android or iOS
Commentary  |  7/15/2010  | 
This fall, three mobile operating systems will be released (if you don't count what Android does, since they tend to release every few months). Windows Phone 7, Blackberry 6 and MeeGo are all due this holiday season. Will any of them make a dent in either iOSes or Android's share?
SAP Makes BI Easy(er)
Commentary  |  7/14/2010  | 
Business intelligence tools are probably high on most people's list of complex applications. But a SaaS product from SAP tries to make BI a bit more usable.
Droid X To Be Plentiful During Thursday's Launch
Commentary  |  7/14/2010  | 
In order to boost consumer confidence, Verizon Wireless has made it very clear that there will be enough Droid X Android handsets on hand for the July 15 launch.
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