Commentary
Content posted in August 2007
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Online Pseudonyms Don't Block Merger
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
It seems that pretending to be someone else online to bash the competition isn't that big a deal after all. When it came out last month that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey used a pseudonym to post disparaging comments on financial forums about Wild Oats Markets -- even as he was trying to acquire the company - some folks in the blogosphere got pretty steamed. But it turns out that kind of thing doesn't even ruffle the robes of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
New App Lets You Navigate The iPhone With Voice
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
VoiceSignal has a new application that lets users navigate through their iPhone's menus with voice commands. Does it really work?
No Go On iPhone Deal, Says Orange France
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
Now that we know who Deep Throat is, the favored topic of speculation is: who will Apple pick as its carrier partner in Europe for the iPhone? Yesterday The Financial Times Deutscheland put its oar in the rumor stream, citing "people familiar with the matter" as saying that Apple will choose not one but three carrier partners -- T-Mobile in Germany, Orange France in that country, and O2 in the U.K. Alas, a person even more familiar with the matter, Orange executive director Louis-Pierre W
The Last CIO Standing: Joke #1
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
There's nothing funny about being a CIO -- right?
Desktop Virtualization Is Coming... But From Whom?
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
Virtualizing the desktop represents an even larger opportunity than virtualizing servers, but it may take someone other than a brainy, high-level virtualization company to capitalize on it.
It's IT's Job  Not Mine
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
The employees in your company are all over the place, on the road, working in coffee shops, from home, in the airport, at a client's site  you name it. But you, Mr. IT manager, don't have to worry. They know what they're doing, right? They listen to you when you tell them how to be careful and how to keep their machines and devices secure and virus-free, correct? Wrong! And guess what? It's all your fault.
Software Bargaining Tips
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
A Business Week guest columnist offers tips on negotiating for business software. One tip surprised me.
Should CIOs Take Google Seriously?
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
I haven't seen any evidence that tech execs have Google on their lists of top-tier enterprise application providers. Am I missing something?
Advertising Makes Mobile Search Better?
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
Nearly four out of five participants in a recent study conducted by Usable Products indicated that advertising-supported search produced more relevant results.
More People Using Mobile Google Services
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
Bucking typical summer technology trends, the number of savvy mobile users logging onto Google's services has jumped since May. The most popular mobile apps? Gmail, Google Maps, and good old Google search.
When Online Becomes Offline
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
It wasn't all that long ago that I was still declaring that online applications could never replace hard disk-based software. Just wouldn't happen. Yeah -- I was totally wrong.
Master Data Management: Minimizing the Complexity
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
There are many factors that pose a challenge for enterprisewide Master Data Management. Business ownership and ongoing participation, business process disruption, data integration and synchronization - these and other factors can make an MDM implementation painful, time-consuming and expensive. But there are also some factors that help reduce the pain and effort.
Making IT Decisions That Matter
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
An effective IT leader will work with a company's business managers to ensure that all IT decisions make an impact where they should
Its Time to Take a Close Look at Business Ethernet Services
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
Tired of the companys LAN and WAN acting like spoiled fraternal twins, who simply cant get along with each other? WAN Ethernet services offer medium and small companies a chance to streamline their management tasks by providing a consistent network transport from users desktop though the WAN. After a slow ramp up, these services are now taking root and offer companies a range of speeds from 10M bps to 1G and a variety of wiring options. As a
Does Apple Have A Moral Obligation To Serve The Enterprise Market?
Commentary  |  8/23/2007  | 
Blogger Anil Dash very nearly declares that Apple does. His essay is part of a blog conversation in which IT managers take a beating for deploying technology that's downright painful to use, as opposed the tools that delight the user, like the Mac and iPhone.

IBM Acquires Web Dialogs
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Calling Out The Storage Market's Innovators
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Are you an IT professional who needs to find more efficient, cost-effective ways to handle the storage of your burgeoning corporate data before your infrastructure costs spiral out of control?
Fresh Data On Whom The CIO Reports To--CEO Or CFO?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
If the CIO reports to the CFO, is that a red flag for IT's role at the company? Does it suggest IT's considered a cost center, not an innovation engine? I've listened to surprisingly passionate discussions about this topic, and we've got some fresh data about how common it is.
CIOs: Use It, Or Lose It
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Do you rush to spend up your IT budget before the fiscal year runs out? That's certainly an interesting way to look at the budgeting process.
Microsoft Has Itself To Blame For MTV's 'Urge' Dump
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
It's hardly surprising that MTV has dumped its 'Urge' music partnership with Microsoft and hooked up with RealNetworks and Verizon. What would you do if you got stabbed in the back?
Who Is Responsible For Security, IT Or The Employee?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
The answer should be obvious. Both IT and the employee bear their own roles for maintaining security. So why is it that 73% of mobile workers admitted that they aren't always aware of security risks and best practices?
What Makes A CIO Shudder?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
It's mobile workers saying, "Security is not my job."
Quick Take: New Headset Targets Notebook-Toting Web Workers
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
With VoIP becoming more popular (despite occasional blackouts from Skype), there is more of a demand for wearable and efficient headsets. Logitech's Premium Notebook Headset is an efficient and, for the most part, comfortable choice, especially for those constantly on the go and on the phone.
Are Dual Mode Smartphones Really Overhyped?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Some analysts and industry insiders have claimed that dual mode devices are overhyped. I share their skepticism about new technologies and I agree that we need to caution against hype. But, I have to ask a question: Doesn't the iPhone prove that dual mode access is ready for primetime?
Are You Ready To Text Message For A Pizza?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Domino's Pizza has launched a new program in the U.K. called Pizza by TXT. All users have to do is register on their Website, and then they can order a pizza with a simple text message.
Google Still Likely To Bid On Spectrum
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday said his company is still likely to bid in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. OK, why does Google want to buy spectrum?
Wait. Mobile Content Use Declining? What's Going On Here?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
That's what Continental Research says in its latest report. In fact, 68% of survey respondents agreed with the statement: "I would prefer a more basic mobile phone that was simple to use and affordable." This gels with American phone-buying habits.
AMD Paves Path To Sept. 10 Quad-Core Barcelona Launch
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
By now, the worst-kept secret in the industry is that AMD is hosting the formal launch of its quad-core Opteron processor, code-named "Barcelona," on Sept. 10. The scrappy semiconductor maker has sent out invites to "The Most Anticipated Premiere Of 2007." Though they won't say just what that might be, their previously announced shipping plans lead one to the only obvious conclusion.
Can Microsoft Performance Point Perform for You?
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Microsoft is on the final leg of their journey to release its dedicated BI technology to support performance management... Microsoft PerformancePoint is a platform and set of tools that includes the long-awaited version of Microsoft Excel Server... The group of products is a critical first step toward becoming an enterprise-class vendor, but is it a large enough first step? I'm not sure yet, but let's look at a couple of examples and see what you think.
MTV Deal With Rhapsody Crushes URGE Users
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Pity the poor users who've stuck with the iTunes alternative from Microsoft and MTV--the URGE online music store--only to have the rug pulled out from under their collective singin' feet, when RealNetworks and Verizon came calling at MTV's door.
Market Intelligence (without Search): TechNavio Debuts
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
Search has many limits but the price is right and the alternative, reliance on traditional interfaces and human-structured information, is increasingly perceived as unacceptable. Yet there's still much to be said for old-school information-retrieval methods. Witness a new, search-free IT-market research tool, TechNavio, just launched by Infiniti Research.
Got Bacn? More E-mail Buzzwords We'd Like To See
Commentary  |  8/22/2007  | 
"Bacn" is a new buzzword for e-mail you want, but don't want to see right away. Examples: newsletters, Google Alerts, and notifications from social networking services. Bacn is a great buzzword, but it's only the beginning. We applied our sophisticated analytical tools and came up with additional needed jargon:

If iPhones are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have iPhones
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
In Vermont and other states where AT&T coverage is spotty or nonexistent, owning and using an iPhone is an act of defiance. Winooski badass John Canning is a case in point.
Hey Ma, Would You Stop IM'ing Me? I Have to Work
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
It's finally happened. Email has overtaken the telephone as the most common workplace tool. At least that's according to research done by Dimension Data which noted that a full 100 percent of the survey's respondents said they used email followed by 80 percent that use fixed-line telephones, 76 percent that use cell phones, and 66 percent that use instant messaging. Of course they use all those technologies. How else can
VoiceCon: Make Your RFP Future Proof
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
The world of VoIP, video, and instant messaging is traveling at such a speed that your request to evaluate competing products may be obsolete by the time you finish reading this sentence.
MTV-RealNetworks-Verizon Music Service: The New Cream?
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
Long on superlatives and short on specifics, today's announcement that power trio MTV, RealNetworks, and Verizon Wireless are joining forces to take on Apple in digital music had a certain hastily assembled quality, as if the three companies had hooked up last night in a crowded bar. Anyone who uses iTunes, a Mac, and an iPod for their digital music library knows that the most powerful advantage of the Apple
Are Offshore Outsourcers Invading the USA?
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
One company's strategic initiative does not equate to an invasion.
Facebook: The New Business Bugaboo
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
A new hot online Web site/social movement is costing companies billions in lost productivity. Haven't we heard this tune before?
Microsoft and Linux - Strange Bedfellows or A Match Made in Heaven?
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
If you have been gun shy about deploying Linux in your Windows environment, it is getting easier.
Future Of 4G Finally Firming Up?
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
Three different flavors of wireless, 802.16m WiMax, LTE, and UMB, are the top three contenders for the fourth generation of wireless technology. Each has pluses and minuses, as well as corporate backing, says In-Stat.
Microsoft by the Numbers
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
You need to keep your systems current and compatible, but the volume of Microsoft upgrades makes it tough. What's an IT manager to do?
The Future Of Virtualization And What That Means For CIOs
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
Citrix buys XenSource, VMware raises $1 billion, Microsoft plays footsie, and VMware says it'll make operating systems obsolete. That's all very exciting, but why should CIOs care?
Are You Ready to Switch to Linux and Open Source Software?
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
Don't ask if Linux and open source are ready for your business -- ask yourself if your business is ready for them.
New iMacs: Pretty, But Not Worth The Upgrade
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
No other all-in-one computer looks as cool and modern as the "mid-2007" iMacs, but unless there are problems with your existing hardware, you might as well as save your money.
Cell Phone Customer Fakes Death To Avoid Cancellation Fees
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
That's right. A Verizon Wireless subscriber was so desperate to avoid paying the $175 contract cancellation fee that he had a friend fax a faked death certificate to Verizon. Too bad being dead didn't work.
Gartner Sees $19.3 Billion SaaS Market by 2011
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
As CIO Today reported last week, "The worldwide software-as-a-service (SaaS) market reached $6.3 billion in 2006 and is forecast to grow to $19.3 billion by year-end 2011, according to Gartner." However, all of the news is not good. As I've discussed many times here, the movement toward SaaS is problematic for many conventional enterprise software vendors.
Back At Louderback: Why I'm Sticking With Windows Vista
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
Outgoing PC Magazine editor Jim Louderback has caused quite a stir with his column slamming Vista. Me, I'm sticking with Microsoft's glitzy, though resource-hogging, operating system.
Readers Respond: What Does Your E-Mail Signature Say About You?
Commentary  |  8/21/2007  | 
Who would have thought signing e-mail was such an interesting subject? We heard from quite a few people with their own observations, following our recent blog about what people's e-mail signatures say about them.

SaaS Startup Offers ERP via the Web
Commentary  |  8/20/2007  | 
SaaS vendor Workday has announced a beta version of Workday Financials, an ERP solution.
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