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Content posted in July 2012
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The Enterprise 2.0 Backlog: 100 Ideas
Commentary  |  7/31/2012  | 
Some of the ideas on this list are quirky, but they'll get your creative juices flowing as you dive into the execution phase of the E2.0 revolution.
Why Hasn't Hyper-V Achieved World Domination Yet?
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Microsoft is falling down on its patented copy/embed/propaganda formula. Where's Bill Gates when you need him?
Druva Marries Backup And Sharing
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
With inSync, the cloud provider mixes and matches capabilities. After all, who decided storage services have to be siloed?
Is Population Health Management Latest Health IT Fad?
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Several thought leaders are pushing the PHM approach to healthcare, but we need more sophisticated EHRs and clinical analytics systems to make it a reality.
Apple-Samsung Case Hurts You, Me, The Economy
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Both companies deserve our wrath as their patent trial gets under way. Why? They're propagating an intellectual property war with immense collateral damage.
The Death Of 'Open'
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple controls everything from your hands to your head. Google and Microsoft are moving in that direction, too. Here's what the end of tech populism means for the mobile ecosystem.
IW 500 Conference CIOs Take Different Paths
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
There is no 'one size fits all' strategy when it comes to enterprise IT. Listen and learn as a powerhouse lineup of CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 conference describe the tactics they used to help their companies stay ahead.
Why McKinsey Values Social Economy At Up To $1.3 Trillion
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Impact of public social media is important, but McKinsey study sees two-thirds of the value coming from social business collaboration within and between businesses.
SAP's Ugly (ByDesign) Baby Gets Prettier
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
In a sign of progress for SAP's fledgling cloud strategy, SAP improves its Business ByDesign suite, scores a big customer over Workday and Oracle, and prepares a cloud-based financials product.
Company Policy Be Damned: Employees Love Dropbox
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Thirty-one percent of IT pros say their users frequently use Dropbox, according to a new survey. Half the respondents think it's led to loss or theft of confidential documents. Forbidding employees from using such services isn't practical anymore. DCS--data-centric security--could be the answer.
5 Black Hat Security Lessons For CIOs
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Beyond the bearded coders and men in black suits was a trove of security best practices for enterprise IT.
Apple Mountain Lion And iOS: Living In Sync
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Now that Mountain Lion offers iMessage and iOS-like notifications, is keeping everything in sync really all it's cracked up to be?
4 Ways Ford Is Exploring Next-Gen Car Tech
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
InformationWeek 500 Conference preview: Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas will discuss how the automaker is making software an ever more important part of the vehicle.
Facebook Phone, Or Facebook Faceplant?
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Facebook is reportedly working with HTC to bring a Facebook-branded phone to market by the middle of 2013. Surely Facebook knows by now that this is a bad idea.
Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
Windows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.
Nicira Acquisition Is VMware's Smartest Move Yet
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
NVP technology will lead to sustained profitability and relevance--and throws down the gauntlet for Cisco.
Apple Vs. Samsung Trial: What's At Stake
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
The smartphone giants have been preparing for this IP battle, which kicks off July 30, for more than 14 months. Here's what they want.
Google Glasses: Does This Make Sense?
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
Yes, I want Google Glass glasses. But here's why you probably won't.
Enterprise Still Likes Apple over Android
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
A Good Technology report reveals that enterprise companies are choosing Apples over Androids. On the flip side, Android activation is doubling in the enterprise.
Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well.
Dell's Software Shift: 4 Big Questions
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
As Dell embarks on an ambitious software journey, it must map out a plan to overcome early obstacles. Here are some key issues Dell must address.
How To Choose 'Advanced' Data Visualization Tools
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
Big data and analytical capabilities are the latest coveted features in a fast-growing market for charts, maps, and other ways to visually sort through data for insight.
Dishonesty Flourishes Because We Enable It
Commentary  |  7/23/2012  | 
When IT holds the keys to our business-critical systems, employee dishonesty can have serious repercussions. Duke professor Dan Ariely says we're wrong about how to keep employees honest.
iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
Commentary  |  7/23/2012  | 
A smaller dock connector means the iPhone 5 will be incompatible with accessories made for Apple products going back nearly 10 years.
MicroStrategy Bets On Visualization, BI For Facebook
Commentary  |  7/23/2012  | 
MicroStrategy's latest release counts on warming interest in cloud-based business intelligence and hot demand for social data analysis.
In BC/DR, It's The Small Stuff That Can Get You
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Companies that prep for hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes need to make sure they're not sunk by a power strip.
Virtualization And The Apple Effect
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Banking on black hats not targeting hypervisors was always a questionable idea. Now, it's downright dangerous.
Virtualization Technology Improves Backup, Recovery
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
New VMware APIs are making snapshots and backups faster and easier for IT.
Shared Data Plans Complicate BYOD
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
The end of per-device billing by AT&T, Verizon, and soon others means that accounting for BYOD in a company will become trickier. The answer probably is to change the nature of employee reimbursement.
One Way To Avoid Cloud Outages
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Don't take chances with data availability. An onramping solution can help keep your customers--and your IT staff--happy.
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Vs. The Mommy Judges
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
The mommy judges couldn't wait to weigh in on Marissa Mayer. But in their quest for answers, the judges miss the truth.
Myth Of Systems Of Record Vs. Systems Of Engagement
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Enterprise software world doesn't divide in half that neatly. Weave the two together to accomplish more.
Microsoft's Fourth Quarter Shines, Despite Loss
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Strong performance across key product lines shouldn't be overshadowed by one-off accounting moves.
GM's IT Overhaul: 5 Critical Questions
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
InformationWeek reader reactions to GM's planned overhaul, including a huge shift away from outsourcing, point to the critical challenges facing CIO Randy Mott and his team.
Microsoft A Victim Of Its Own Success
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
For all its cash and market advantages, Microsoft is a company in decline.
Yahoo Heroine Mayer Boards Ship Lost In Space
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
As dramatic narrative, it doesn't get much better than this. Here's why we must root for Yahoo’s heroic young CEO to save the day.
Nexus 7 Arrival Incites 7-Inch Tablet Brawl
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Apple's 9.7-inch iPad set the gold standard on tablet size. Competitors have offered a variety of different screen sizes, but none have had as much impact as the Google Nexus 7.
Barack Obama Takes on Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
After years of courageously studying the matter, Congress has come up with a cybersecurity bill that's inoffensive enough that it may pass. If it does, don't expect it to make much of a difference. It's not like Washington really cares.
Microsoft Cracks The Code On Social Software (Finally)
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
What makes software social? A fluid experience, as much as a news feed.
Why Big Is Bad When It Comes To Data
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
Calling it "big data" doesn't do it justice. Gushing data would be far more accurate.
Maritz's VMware Legacy Defies Doubters
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
Maritz's competitive style led VMware to dominance in virtualization. You can bet that his new role as EMC chief strategy officer won't be a ceremonial one.
When Medical Informatics Clashes With Medical Culture
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
What's the sense of having IT systems in place that can help cut medical costs if physicians ignore the price tag of the care they provide?
Windows 8 In Enterprises: Seeking Killer Apps
Commentary  |  7/18/2012  | 
Microsoft must come up with killer apps that take advantage of the potential of Window 8, Dynamics, Azure, and the rest of its stack.
Desk Phones: Are Their Days Numbered?
Commentary  |  7/18/2012  | 
Desk phones appear to be a dying technology. But are they? Dino Londis explores various scenarios in which the BYOD movement might change small business communications.
AT&T's Shared Data Not For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  7/18/2012  | 
AT&T's new Mobile Share plans offer buckets of data that can be accessed by a number of devices on a single account. They might work for consumers and small businesses, but they're not for large enterprises.
VMware, EMC Shakeup Hints At Data Center's Future
Commentary  |  7/18/2012  | 
VMware CEO Maritz moves up to EMC chief strategist role and Gelsinger becomes VMware CEO, as virtualization changes how data centers are run. Take a look at EMC's larger vision.
Is The Corporate Brain Drain Inevitable?
Commentary  |  7/17/2012  | 
Right now, it may just be a whiff of fear that's keeping your best employees from becoming micropreneurs. What happens when the wind changes?
Why Google, Microsoft Got Into Tablet Business
Commentary  |  7/17/2012  | 
Google and Microsoft have watched the performance of their respective operating systems suffer on underpowered, hastily built hardware. If you want a job done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.
The Rise Of Shadow IT
Commentary  |  7/17/2012  | 
When the business wants change so much that it's willing to go rogue on IT, is it misinformed, or justified? Consider this advice, CIOs.
If BI Is Dead, What's Next?
Commentary  |  7/17/2012  | 
New studies from Constellation Research and IDC reveal that the business intelligence market is in transition, with analytics, visualization, and big data driving the fastest growth.
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