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Content posted in July 2011
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Virtualization Wars: Citrix Tops Microsoft As 'Primary Hypervisor'
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
More than nine in 10 companies use some form of virtualization, yet 60% of servers are still unvirtualized.
Nokia Loses To iPhone, Smartphone Sales Down 31%
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
After calling the iPhone a toy, Nokia falls behind Apple in smartphone sales and reports weak second quarter earnings.
To Engage Patients, Make IT Tools User Friendly
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Health IT tools can help patients take responsibility for their health, but technologists need to meet them halfway with imaginative, easy to use programs.
Cisco Leads The Way To Carrier Wi-Fi Adoption
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Networking vendor is leading the charge to enable transparency between the wireless LAN and wireless WAN domains with Hotspot 2.0.
EA's Battlefield 3: Simply Amazing
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Latest tech appears in games first always. Techpros take notice.
Can Microsoft Tame Lion's Biggest Threat?
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Windows 8 may not be enough. Tablets have quickly changed the rules of computing for Microsoft.
OS X Lion Makes Windows 8 Too Late
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Apple and Microsoft race to '"tablify" their desktop operating systems. Guess who's winning?
Ron White: Call Them. They Won't Call You.
Commentary  |  7/21/2011  | 
Find the most elusive contacts at the companies you need to reach. Even if they're hiding.
Block AT&T T-Mobile Merger Says Senate Antitrust Chief
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Members of Congress blast the proposed deal as anti-competitive, but Verizon COO thinks it'll go through anyway, with restrictions.
IT Leadership Forum: Listen To Your Clinicians
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
The dialogue between IT execs and doctors isn't what it should be.
With Force10 Buy, Michael Dell Keeps Thinking Small
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Why not Brocade? Dell has its problems, but its founder shuns the quick fix blockbuster acquisition.
Apple Records Fantasy Results, Releases Lion
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Apple's bubble does not look to burst anytime soon, although the tablet rivals just keep trying.
Healthcare CIOs Top Power Play: Friendship
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
By wielding power softly, it's easier to convert electronic medical record doubters into advocates.
Inside IBM's Coremetrics-Unica SaaS Marketing Mashup
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Blending of Web analytics and marketing management services is designed to ease multi-channel analysis and campaign management.
Mobile Web Performance Still Stinks, Users Say
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Consumers expect mobile browsers to display as quickly as PC browsers, says Compuware survey. That's simply not realistic.
Tools To Help Analyze Mountains Of Social Data
Commentary  |  7/19/2011  | 
Big data tools can help analyze and find value in large data sets generated by social media.
Apple Ranks Highest In Mobile OS Satisfaction
Commentary  |  7/19/2011  | 
Android drops, iOS rises, and BlackBerry barely appears on the radar in ChangeWave survey of mobile phone buyers.
Remember Voice Mail? It's Still Remotely Hackable
Commentary  |  7/18/2011  | 
As the News of the World scandal highlights, there's often plenty of sensitive information on our cloud-based answering machines. Now is a good time to review phone security 101.
How To Equip 5 Kinds Of Mobile Workers
Commentary  |  7/18/2011  | 
Companies can't have just one mobile strategy. Start by segmenting employees by their needs.
Time To Combine Backup And Archives?
Commentary  |  7/18/2011  | 
With advances in storage hardware and software, consider merging backup and archive into a single process.
Apple-HTC Ruling: Google Android's IP Assault
Commentary  |  7/18/2011  | 
Google (and its Android OS) has become the monkey in the middle of IP fights involving Apple, Microsoft and Oracle.
Verizon 4G Phones, AT&T LTE Network Don't Mix
Commentary  |  7/17/2011  | 
Long Term Evolution networks were supposed to help U.S. cellular phone users gain more freedom to swap between carriers.
The BYTE That COIT Built
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
How the consumerization of IT worked for BYTE.
Google Elevates Summer Heatwave
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Google's success with consumers should cause businesses to take note. Android, Chromebook, and Google+ all have potential to disrupt enterprise IT, and possibly in very good ways.
4 Things IT Can Do To Embrace Social Networking
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Even if your organization has a social media policy and you're an engaged IT leader, it will take several iterations to get this right.
HIT Leaders Tackle Tough Issue: 'Meaningful' Data Sharing
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Health IT experts at this week's InformationWeek Healthcare IT Forum tried to figure out the best data sharing strategies as Meaningful Use requirements evolve.
Meaningful Use Paves Way For Health IT Megatrends
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
The next stages of the HITECH Act's Meaningful Use regs are coming, as are painful transformative challenges for healthcare providers.
Should Enterprise Software Be Just Like Facebook?
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Enterprise social networks are often adopted to be "like Facebook for our company." But there are a few Facebook characteristics you shouldn't be so quick to imitate.
Government Regulation Hinders Public Health Information Exchanges
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Funding uncertainty and healthcare providers' concerns about security and efficiency also contributing to slow growth of public exchanges, finds KLAS study.
Jerry Pournelle: Computing at Chaos Manor
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Getting broadband for the beach house.
Apple, Samsung, HTC To Dominate Cellphone Sales
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
Second-quarter earnings reports are expected to reflect big changes in the handset market, with Nokia and LG declining and Android phone makers on the rise, say analysts.
Todd Townsend: To the Future and Beyond.
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
To the future -- and beyond.
First Look: Spotify
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
Spotify is gunning for Apple iTunes in its new US release.
Healthcare Needs Help On Transparency
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
The industry will need to get over its skittishness about sharing electronic health records with patients. Because patients will demand full access to their digital records, plain and simple.
iOS 50% Bigger Than Android, For Now
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
At the current growth rate, Google will activate 65 million Android smartphones in the next 8.5 weeks.
Get Access to Spotify in the U.S.
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
Here's a workaround to access Spotify in the U.S.
Amazon Tablet Expected By October
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
Amazon will have to price its tablet lower than the iPad and integrate its digital goods services in a way that's natural, easy, and inexpensive for customers.
Cloud Computing For SMBs: 3 Questions, 3 Requirements
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
Don't move to the cloud just because everyone else is doing it. Explore whether it's right for you by asking yourself some questions first and then demanding answers from potential vendors.
Apple Lion, App Store Moves Business User Friendly
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
The updated Lion operating system and new business app store represent significant advances in Apple's enterprise strategy.
Johns Hopkins Execs: How To Make Medicine Smarter
Commentary  |  7/14/2011  | 
CIO and chief medical information officer share lessons learned on electronic health records, embedded intelligence, risk reduction, and personalized medicine.
IT Hiring And Promoting Not An Exact Science
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
Some readers took issue with my last column, but I'm sticking by my proven interviewing practices and processes.
VMWare, RIM Risk Blowing Leads?
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
One announcement and one hint of an announcement show two once-dominant vendors scrambling.
Users Outraged Over New VMware Pricing Policy
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
Licensing costs will skyrocket to indefensible levels under new method of charging for memory usage.
RIM's BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Will Likely Fail
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
RIM should have focused on building a new, QNX-powered superphone, rather than devoting resources to a non-core product such as the tablet.
E-Prescribing: Not Quite Ready For Prime Time?
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
A recent study suggests that electronic systems cause just as many errors as paper-based ones, but deeper analysis doesn't support that conclusion.
Sony Android 4G Tablet Coming To AT&T
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
The Sony S2 will become available later this year and make use of AT&T's HSPA+ wireless network, not its forthcoming Long Term Evolution network.
Realizing Collaboration's Value: Big And Small
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
From internal process tweaks to cross-organization alliances, there's gold to be extracted.
Guerra On Healthcare: Policy Trumping Health IT Experience
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
There's no substitution for working your way up through the ranks. Unfortunately, many of the federal policymakers have never been in the trenches--and it shows.
Why Process People Are Second-Class Citizens
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
Too many Enterprise 2.0 evangelists don't understand what really makes companies special, what gives them their heart.
RIM Faces Developer Exodus
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
Research in Motion is being challenged by more modern smartphone platforms, and now the embattled company faces a new threat: developers are moving on to greener pastures
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