Service Must Be Job #1 In The Data Center
In two separate events on two sides of the country, smart minds are discussing how to build a better data center. Savvy managers thankfully will be able to filter out the marketing noise and focus in on what makes customers happy: Service.
SF Muni Wireless: Not Dead But Expiring
In the past I have angered Bay Area politicians and activists by "making fun" (as one miffed commenter put it) of the ongoing fiasco that the San Francisco municipal wireless effort has become. I'm afraid I'm about to do so again.
It's Hard to Avoid BI Complexity
I've probably seen more than one hundred press releases promising products that will "put powerful yet intuitive reporting and analysis in the hands of business users." All too often, these types of products aren't all that easy or intuitive... Companies want to improve access to actionable information, but respondents to an AberdeenGroup study reported these five big obstacles...
Automated Search And The Advil Test
One of the trends identified by Nick Hoover in The Ultimate Search Engine is that search technologies are becoming increasingly automated, executing searches and delivering results without being asked. Startup Kosmix.com is about to formally launch three Web sites based on that concept. It's a big idea, but hard to pull off.
iPhone Hacked To Run Nintendo Games -- And More
The iPhone is officially a "closed" architecture, meaning only Apple, and people with Apple's blessing, can write applications for it. In reality, the platform is anything but closed, as industrious hackers have dug into its software guts and figured out how to run applications, , including Nintendo games, on it.
LBS: No Longer Just For The Enterprise
The enterprise benefits of location-based services are clear when you consider things like recovery of stolen vehicles. But enterprises aren't the only ones interested in knowing where things are. More and more parents are ready to turn on LBS in their kids' cell phones. And 20-somethings want LBS-enabled social networking apps.
If You Want To Go Green, You Gotta Show Them The Green
It's all fine and dandy for businesses today to yap about environmental consciousness and saving the planet and picking photosynthesis green as their new corporate color, but those plans will never get past the yap stage unless they're tied inextricably to rigorous, real-world business plans that demonstrate the financial benefit of such strategies.
Charge Fines For Computer User Foul-Ups
Recently, a hospital system based in Indianopolis called Clarian Health announced that it was going to start taking money from its employees' paychecks if they didn't meet certain physical standards. I don't think Clarian went far enough -- I think that employees should be penalized for violations involving their technical health as well.
Oracle Makes Strides in Business Process Management
Last week, I got a briefing from the business process management (BPM) folks at Oracle, as part of my BPMS Report series, and I came away surprised at both the completeness and, in many ways, coolness of the offering. Three things stand out: the depth of designer/IT model interchange, the degree of content management integration and the extent of ISV adoption...
SMB -- Security Means Bucks
How much is your business spending on information/computer/communications security? Odds are it's more than last year, maybe lots more, and not just because of inflation.
And The 45-nm Winner Isn't . . . Intel
If you've been following the quad-core wars, you know that Intel has repeatedly beaten AMD over the head with the news that it (Intel) will be first to market with 45-nm processors. What you didn't know is that both Intel and AMD have been beaten to the 45-nm punch by two companies, one of which you probably wouldn't suspect (the other one is an easy guess).
PDFs: Not Mighty
I hate PDFs. Always have. Probably always will.
Actually, I don't hate all PDFs. Printed-out PDFs are fine. Printing is what PDFs are for. But on the Web, PDFs are almost always a poor choice of format.
I thought I was pretty much alone in my "PDFobia", but apparently I've got company. Chris Nerney at Datamation has his own reasons for despising them.
Is the iPhone mighty for smaller companies?
Is the iPhone a legitimate business tool, or just the cool toy of the moment: the grown-up equivalent of Tickle-me-Elmo?
I've played around with one a bit, and I'm still not sure. It's not as good at handling email as the pathetically uncool Blackberry 8700 that bMighty.com has deigned to equip me with. And making a phone call is wayyyy too complicated.
But the thing is undeniably beautiful, and it's by far the best portable Web experience I've seen, at least when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
IBM Lost His Data... A Follow Up Story
George is an ID theft victim whose personal data was potentially exposed after an incident involving IBM. While IBM has graciously extended its hand to help fix the problem, George hasn't been completely happy with how things are turning out. His story may have lessons for the rest of us.
Can Fed Funds Encourage IT Training?
The business technology establishment generally prefers a hands-off government. But when it comes to cultivating their next-generation workforces, tech execs tend to fancy federal intervention on two broad fronts, one short-term, the other longer-term.
New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Tuesday
What's Apple got up its sleeve for its Tuesday announcement? Apple blogs say the company plans to unveil sleeker iMacs and possibly an upgrade to the .Mac service, and that Apple plans a new flash-based video iPod next month.
Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?
Is Your Home PC Better Than Your Work PC?
If so, you are likely a big headache to your IT department. But you're also not alone. According to Yankee Group, 50% of employees think their home technology outpaces their work technology and aren't afraid to bend rules. What's an enterprise to do?
Forget RFID. GPS Is The New Tech Bogeyman
So you're thinking of using GPS-enabled technology in some way, from optimizing sales calls to offering directions to route drivers. It's getting easier, with GPS built into more smartphones. But execs would be wise to remember the lessons of RFID, and the depths of tech paranoia it revealed.
Ensure Best-Possible Performance From SaaS
Those who leverage enterprise applications have two major complaints. First, the apps are too complex and too difficult to use. Second, they perform poorly, which is what I'm focusing on here... Most SaaS-vendors rely on the traditional HTTP/HTML pump-and-pull architecture. Thus, we're really using well-designed, well-delivered Web sites when using SaaS applications, not true, dynamic native interfaces. So, what's a SaaS advocate to do? Here are a few tips:
3 Tips For Getting More From Your Mac
Learn how to fix the mouse problem you didn't even know you had, find out which applications are hogging your processor cycles, and replace the Finder with an ultra-powerful alternative.
There's arguably no greater CIO contributor to his company's product development, and ultimately its growth opportunities, than Hewlett-Packard's Randy Mott.
Why AdMob Rocks The Mobile Ad Market And Google Doesn't
As I completed my daily roundup of the mobile blogosphere, I noticed a post on Russell Beattie's Weblog about AdMob. Beattie sent out mad props to AdMob for hitting a new record: over five billion mobile ad impressions served. How on earth did AdMob do it?
Mobile Phones As Artistic Tools?
Has the mobile phone come far enough to be its own artistic tool or medium? The Betty K Mix Studio thinks so, and recently conducted an artistic experiment with 25 painters to create a collective piece of artwork with mobile phones.
When Is A CIO Not A CIO?
In which I learn the real meaning of CIO in the financial community, and that there are limits to a PR person's patience.
Search Will Assimilate You
Give up your free will now. In the future, Google and other search engines will search you and dictate to you, not the other way around. Maybe.
Bridge To Security
How many bridges, overpasses, tunnels do you and your employees drive over, under, through every day?
That's been on my mind the last couple of days as the Minneapolis bridge collapse and its physical infrastructure implications for other bridges, overpasses, buildings and everything dominated the news.
Measuring Microsoft SharePoint Growth
Microsoft SharePoint continues to grow apace. In a presentation to financial analysts earlier this week, Microsoft stated that in the past year it has seen 35-percent year-over-year growth and revenues of a staggering $800 Million. The company claims is has shipped 85 million seat licenses to 17,000 customers since the beginning of SharePoint time (in 2001). If there was ever any lingering doubt that SharePoint was having an impact on the market, these numbers put that argument to rest.