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Office 2013: Is Microsoft Out Of Touch?
Commentary  |  7/17/2012  | 
Newest version of Microsoft's venerable productivity suite is all about touch and cloud, but if users don't see the point they may touch and go--to Google.
Yahoo's Coup: Marissa Mayer Now CEO
Commentary  |  7/16/2012  | 
Google's first female engineer becomes Yahoo's second female CEO. Here's what she must do now.
Personalized Medicine Will Transform Healthcare
Commentary  |  7/16/2012  | 
As healthcare providers incorporate deep analytics and advanced clinical decision support into everyday practice, they'll turn standardized medicine into personalized medicine.
Office 2013: Half Of A Good Thing
Commentary  |  7/16/2012  | 
Office 2013 is another telltale sign that Microsoft is determined to gain ground in the touch-enabled computing world dominated by the iPad. It's not a bad long-term plan but we should worry about what is being sacrificed on the way there.
RIM Denies Developer Exodus
Commentary  |  7/13/2012  | 
Research In Motion's Alec Saunders Friday fired back at reports suggesting developers no longer care about BlackBerry OS.
Why These SMBs Say No To SEO
Commentary  |  7/13/2012  | 
Is search engine optimization a holy grail or fool's gold? These small businesses say it's the latter, and explain why they no longer bother with it.
Android Strengthens Lead Over U.S. Smartphone Rivals
Commentary  |  7/13/2012  | 
More than half of all smartphones in the U.S. run Google's Android, while BlackBerry and others fall further behind.
Why IT Outsourcing Often Fails
Commentary  |  7/13/2012  | 
IT doesn't compare to a security guard force or a legal staff. It's part of your core intellectual property.
When Protecting Mobile Devices, We Need More Zombies
Commentary  |  7/13/2012  | 
If you're backing up Android and iOS phones and tablets using the same paradigm as PCs, you're not using your brains.
Private Cloud's Top Deployment Threat: ITIL
Commentary  |  7/12/2012  | 
Strict approaches like ITIL can't cope well with a technical environment that upgrades every six months and can't cope with projects that take weeks or days.
iPads In Factories: Early Lessons From GE
Commentary  |  7/12/2012  | 
GE Energy Storage is piloting iPads in a New York battery factory. Check out big lessons from a small pilot.
RIM CEO Lobs Grenade At Nokia
Commentary  |  7/12/2012  | 
Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins insists RIM has larger and more active installed base of smartphone users than Nokia. He doesn't think much of Android, either.
Samsung Galaxy S III Sees Strong Initial Sales
Commentary  |  7/12/2012  | 
Analysts estimate about 6 million Galaxy S III units sold in first few weeks, putting it on track to reach 20 million by the end of Q3.
How To Break Into Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  7/11/2012  | 
University degrees and certificate training both are valuable, but you must think strategically when choosing between them.
How Not To Plan A Data Center
Commentary  |  7/11/2012  | 
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency built a bigger data center than it needed. Now the potential federal IT boondoggle is being turned into a storage center for data generated by remote sensors and cloud computing.
Why An iPad Mini Now Makes Sense
Commentary  |  7/10/2012  | 
Things have changed. Amazon's experience with the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 from Google provide market research for Apple. A smaller iPad would be good for for them now.
Google+ iPad App Impresses
Commentary  |  7/10/2012  | 
Google updated the official Google+ application for iOS devices and offered a dedicated version to Apple's iPad for the first time. Is it worth the year-long wait?
General Motors' Big Bet On U.S. Tech Talent
Commentary  |  7/10/2012  | 
In an IT overhaul, GM plans to create new U.S. software development centers. Manufacturers Ford and GE recently made the same move.
What Food Trucks Can Teach IT Pros
Commentary  |  7/10/2012  | 
From the growing caravan of rolling restaurants in cities like San Francisco, three trends emerge that even big companies and their IT pros should taste.
Apple Dares Green Advocates To Go Elsewhere
Commentary  |  7/9/2012  | 
Apple's abandonment of EPEAT green product certification proves what was obvious in any case: that design is paramount to Apple and all else in conflict with it loses. This includes recyclability and repairability of products. The question is will the environmentally-conscious among us take our business elsewhere?
Here Comes Corporate Brain Drain
Commentary  |  7/9/2012  | 
If IT organizations don't get their act together, there's going to be a massive brain drain, and we're all going to be in trouble.
6 Keys To A Flexible MDM Strategy
Commentary  |  7/9/2012  | 
IT pros in infrastructure and security roles must craft a mobile device management plan that can change quickly along with technology. Forrester Research shares its advice on working together effectively.
British Judge: Samsung Tab Design 'Not As Cool' As iPad
Commentary  |  7/9/2012  | 
Judge ruled that the Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn't infringe on Apple's design patents because it isn't as 'cool' as the iPad.
Why CMOs and CFOs Will Rule Above CIOs
Commentary  |  7/9/2012  | 
As disruptive forces reshape IT's role, some CEOs are already asking why the CIO position needs to be part of the executive team.
VM-Savvy Cloud DR: It's All About The Application
Commentary  |  7/6/2012  | 
Zerto's offering promises better, cheaper, faster hypervisor-based replication for all.
Social's Enterprise Value: Lessons From Random House
Commentary  |  7/6/2012  | 
In an essay from newly published The Collaborative Organization, Chris Hart of Random House talks about how companies can translate social technologies into value for their organizations.
Amazon Android Smart Phone Could Upend Industry
Commentary  |  7/6/2012  | 
Amazon is building its own Android phone, but what will it do with it? Will it be just another Android phone, or will Amazon seize the opportunity to throw the current business model--and AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint--overboard?
HTC Profit Sinks On Smartphone, Tablet Woes
Commentary  |  7/6/2012  | 
HTC reports 58% profit plunge, blames patent litigation and weak consumer demand. But its overall strategy may be the problem.
Amazon Plans Android Smartphone
Commentary  |  7/6/2012  | 
Amazon is working on its own Android-based smartphone to compete with Apple and Google in the digital content arena.
Guide To The Online World, Circa 1995
Commentary  |  7/5/2012  | 
A 1995 Apple-funded cartoon map to the Internet reflects services and technologies that no longer exist. Today, only 17 years later, things are so different it's hard to believe.
The Collaborative Organization: Control The Center
Commentary  |  7/5/2012  | 
In this excerpt from The Collaborative Organization, Jacob Morgan explains how to organize for Enterprise 2.0 collaboration.
World Domination Summit: A Personal Life Strategy?
Commentary  |  7/5/2012  | 
An innovation junkie attends a gathering of "amazing people" seeking a "remarkable life in a conventional world." But are they just bragging and promoting themselves?
SEO For SMBs: 7 Timely Tips
Commentary  |  7/5/2012  | 
Strong organic search rankings, especially on Google, are the lifeblood of many online SMBs. An expert discusses current best practices for appearing on page one.
iPad Mini Rumors Are Anti-Nexus 7 FUD
Commentary  |  7/5/2012  | 
Rumors of a 7-inch iPad resurface, mere days after Google announces its own 7-inch tablet. Anyone care for a helping of fear, uncertainty, and doubt?
When Standards And Innovation Don't Mix
Commentary  |  7/3/2012  | 
The problem with protocols is that when we need them most, they're least effective. Enter the age of the API.
How To Manage Big Data
Commentary  |  7/3/2012  | 
There's an argument for integrating master data management with big data, but much work needs to be done before that happens.
Microsoft Ad Business In Doubt After $6.2 Billion Write-Off
Commentary  |  7/3/2012  | 
Admission that its multi-billion aQuantive purchase has flopped prompts speculation Microsoft may exit digital ad market.
RIM CEO: We're Not In A Death Spiral
Commentary  |  7/3/2012  | 
RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins offered some damage control during a radio interview and vowed to turn the company around.
Nokia: Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Patents
Commentary  |  7/3/2012  | 
Nokia says the just-announced Nexus 7 tablet from Asus violates its Wi-Fi patents. Maybe this is a hint of Nokia's 'contingency plan?'
Why Dell Bought Quest Software
Commentary  |  7/2/2012  | 
Dell acquired Quest Software because no hardware vendor is surviving on the sales of hardware alone--the demand is for integrated systems.
Patient Engagement Requires Right IT Tools
Commentary  |  7/2/2012  | 
Federal and private policy makers are insisting that healthcare providers get patients more involved in their own care, but that's not going to happen without a careful analysis of your IT strategy.
Want Android 4.1 Jelly Bean? Be Prepared To Wait
Commentary  |  7/2/2012  | 
Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, is the best version of Google's smartphone operating system yet, but most users won't see it for at least six months.
Nokia Needs A Good Contingency Plan
Commentary  |  7/2/2012  | 
Nokia chairman suggests the struggling smartphone maker has a contingency plan in the works should its Windows Phone business fail.
Samsung Enjoined From Selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in US
Commentary  |  7/1/2012  | 
In a stunning move, a judge grants Apple a second injunction in less than a week against Samsung for patent violations, this time against its Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
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