Google In Oregon: Mother Nature Meets The Data Center
I just got back from a week's vacation in Oregon, where the highlights included a hike up Mt. Hood, fishing in the Deschutes River canyon, and a county fair where goats competed in an obstacle course. There also was the magnificent Columbia River Gorge -- and, on the banks of the Columbia, Google's expansive new data center complex.
Blog Blasts Palm, Palm Responds
The other day three writers at Engadget posted an open letter to Palm. The letter essentially blasted Palm's inability to produce a truly innovative product in the last few years and laid out steps Palm could take to regain its one-time innovative status. Palm CEO Ed Colligan responded with a blog post of his own.
Mobile Technology Makes Beer Taste Better
There's something to be said for a pint of your favorite brew. Nothing comes as close to refreshing the soul sometimes as a beer. Heineken's distributors in Ireland work hard to make sure every sip of Heineken you take while on the Emerald Isle tastes as fresh as possible. Here's how mobile technology makes it happen.
Reports: Apple To Unveil New iPods In September, Including 'Fatboy Nano'
Apple plans in September to launch up to four new iPods, including a full-screen video model and one nicknamed the "Fatboy Nano," according to reports on Apple Web magazines and blogs. The new hardware will include upgrades to the video iPod. Most or all of the products will use NAND flash for storage, and be based on Mac OS X.
Online Pseudonyms Don't Block Merger
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 -ï¿¼ 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.
No Go On iPhone Deal, Says Orange France
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
It's IT's Job ï¿¼ Not Mine
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 ï¿¼ 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?
And guess what? It's all your fault.
Should CIOs Take Google Seriously?
I haven't seen any evidence that tech execs have Google on their lists of top-tier enterprise application providers. Am I missing something?
More People Using Mobile Google Services
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
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
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
An effective IT leader will work with a company's business managers to ensure that all IT decisions make an impact where they should
Itï¿¼s Time to Take a Close Look at Business Ethernet Services
Tired of the companyï¿¼s LAN and WAN acting like spoiled fraternal twins, who simply canï¿¼t 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 usersï¿¼ 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
Calling Out The Storage Market's Innovators
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?
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
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.
Who Is Responsible For Security, IT Or The Employee?
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?
Google Still Likely To Bid On Spectrum
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?
AMD Paves Path To Sept. 10 Quad-Core Barcelona Launch
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?
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.
Market Intelligence (without Search): TechNavio Debuts
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
"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:
Facebook 'em, Danno!
Did you hear the one about how Facebook is costing the Australian economy $5 billion a year? And that's just lost productivity -- not the security risks Facebook exposes companies to.
Hey Ma, Would You Stop IM'ing Me? I Have to Work
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
Ready to Lock Up Your Employeesï¿¼ iPods?
If you thought that you had your companyï¿¼s security concerns under control, you may have to think again. The widespread success of Apple's iPod is creating new security concerns for enterprises. Because it is equipped with 1G byte (or more) of memory and includes software to synch with a local PC, the handy little device has become a new entry way for hackers. Chances are that it has become just that at your company; securi
VoiceCon: Make Your RFP Future Proof
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?
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