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Content posted in August 2009
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Iomega Rolls Out 4-Drive Networked Attached Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Designed for small businesses and branch offices, Iomega StorCenter ix-4200d uses virtualization, RSA security, data protection, replication, and video surveillance technology from new corporate parent EMC.
Snow Leopard To Have Malware Protection?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
Sources with advance copies of Snow Leopard have discovered a built-in anti-malware feature. If Apple's taking threats to OS X seriously, maybe it's time for Mac-based businesses to do the same.
Open Source: One Sure Way To Keep Piracy At Bay
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
The software cops are just a phone call away from showing up at your small business. It's your job to figure out how to slam the door in their faces.
Global CIO: Salesforce.com Surge Pushes SaaS Into Mainstream
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
With sustained revenue growth and growing acceptance among larger customers, the SaaS community--led by Salesforce.com--has moved confidently out of the margins and into the mainstream.
Motorola To Show Off Android Phones
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
By now you're probably aware that Motorola will be introducing some Android handsets in early September. Moto has a lot riding on these devices, so let's take a look at what they could be showing off.
SMBs Investing Billions in Managed Services
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
A new TechAisle study reveals that small and midsize companies will spend $3.6 Billion on remote managed services in 2009, up more than 9% from last year. And SMBs will spend $14.3 billion on all managed services, up almost 9%.
Web Design Contracts 101: Don't Get Snookered
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
You know your company needs help with its Web site, but how do you sign a Web design contract that will ensure you get what you need at a fair price? These tips can help!
Accenture Out, IBM In At BP; Wipro Also Makes BP List
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
BP has picked IBM to replace Accenture in managing all of BP's global enterprise applications, marking the end of a decade-long deal during which Accenture managed BP's SAP applications worldwide. BP also said that Wipro has made its new and shorter short-list of vendors building and maintaining applications for the huge global energy company.
Infosys, Tata Sign Big Deals With BP; Advantage To Tata?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
Oil and gas giant BP has picked both Infosys and Tata to develop and maintain applications across BP's sprawling global operations on six continents in more than 100 countries. While carefully worded press releases from each company featured prominent and mostly consistent comments from BP CIO Dana Deasy, the fine print suggests that Tata won the larger opportunity.
Trend Micro Rips Lid Off Estonian Cybercrime Hub
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
An important Trend Micro paper, spotlighting a cybercriminal hub operating out of Estonia, has surfaced on Slashdot. The racket here is that a seemingly legitimate Internet Service Provider is in reality the headquarters for a rogue network, which extends into Europe and the United States. The breadth of the deception outlined in the paper is scary; doubly so because cybercrime is emerging as the single biggest security threat of the next decade.
Are Schools Preparing Kids To Hit The Facebooks?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
How are schools preparing our kids for the world of social networking? Not so well from my experience.
The SCO That Wouldn't Die!
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
After The Incredible Shrinking SCO, it's now time for The SCO That Wouldn't Die. Maybe SCO should sell its story rights to Hollywood for more fast cash and make a follow-up to Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Simple Internet Tools For Improving Healthcare
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
When we think about using IT for improving healthcare, we think about big, expensive projects like electronic medical records and physician order entry systems. But, in fact, e-healthcare doesn't have to be a massive undertaking. I had fascinating conversation with Dr. Danny Sands of Cisco Systems, who talked about some of the ways that doctors and other healthcare providers can stay in touch with patients.
You Say You Want A CIO Revolution?
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
Global CIO's Bob Evans recently said it's time for a CIO revolution. But the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service says different CIOs must pursue different objectives, and offers three role models for CIOs to evaluate.
Do SharePoint Right Before It Does You Wrong
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
I recently advised a global consumer goods firm about how to integrate its various Social Software implementations and where to place SharePoint in that mix... It occurred to me later that the same advice could be taken to heart by existing SharePoint customers. It might mean "undoing" some work, but here are six basic things you can do...
Great Moments In IT Analysis: Computerworld Blogger Called HP 'Fools' For Buying EDS
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Heck, we all say dumb things-even some really dumb things-from time to time. But imagine my surprise when, researching the hugely positive impact HP's acquisition of EDS has had, I came across this headline from Computerworld's "Cyber Cynic" in his I-hate-everybody analysis of the deal 15 months ago: "HP buys EDS: You fools! You fools!"
No Surprise In Bing's Coming Rise
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Microsoft has to be encouraged by the modest gains that their new Bing search engine has made over the past couple of months. I would not be surprised to see Bing make gains against Google during the fall. The key to those gains will be the Windows 7 launch and other search deals.
Could Amazon Give Apple App Store A Run For Its Money?
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
I read an interesting article today on how the recently launched Amazon Wireless store could be effective competition for Apple's App Store. Could Amazon enter the mobile app fray and succeed in similar ways Amazon has with other markets?
BlackBerry Bold Gets Software Update
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Good news everyone, AT&T is rolling out an over-the-air software update for the BlackBerry Bold today. The latest firmware will add a few nifty features to Ari Gold's favorite phone, including the much-needed visual voicemail.
Pidgin Brings Order To The IM Jungle
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Instant messaging is supposed to be quick and easy. One of my favorite open-source projects actually delivers on that promise.
ReviewCam: I Heart Math
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
I first wrote about emwave HeartMath earlier this year after trying it out at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now it's available on the Mac and I've had a chance to use it over the course of a few days. This is such a nifty little program: inexpensive, easy to use and good for the heart and soul. It may not be what you'd call enterprise-class
4 Keys To Starting An Online Business
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Robin Kohli -- lead developer of E-Junkie and an accidental entrepreneur -- offers up four helpful tips to jumpstart the creation of a new Web-based business.
IBM Adding 1,300 Iowa Jobs, But At What Cost?
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
IBM has hired hundreds of workers at its new IT services center in Dubuque, Iowa, to provide "advanced information processing" services to global corporations with IBM outsourcing contracts. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, IBM said it expects the facility to employ 600 workers by the end of this year and about 1,300 by the end of 2010.
Paging AIM: Why Does Software Always Get Worse?
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Two unpleasant bouts with updated software have led me to formulate Wolfe's First Law of Programming: An upgraded, enhanced, or otherwise supposedly improved software release will always perform more poorly than the rev which it replaces. My two cases in point are AIM 6.9.15.1 -- you gotta love their configuration control -- and Time Warner Cable's latest electronic programming guide.
Sell 'Good,' Not 'Open'
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
The folks at the 451 Group talked recently about "the right and best way" to make money from open source. The short version: don't sell "open source", sell good software.

Twitter's 'Inglorious' Summer
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Stonie, you're doing a heck of a job. Today is the anniversary of the first day of the 2008 Democratic Convention, which is arguably the first day of the rest of Twitter's life; Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey have to be shaking their heads in disbelief at the sensation that their creation has created over the past twelve months.
An Effective, If Odd, E-Health Tool
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
I admit to having a twisted sense of humor, so I got a lot of laughs out of the CDC's page of e-cards for all occasions--so long as the occasions are celebrated by hypochondriacs.
Will Nokia's Next Chapter Be Kitchen Blenders?
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Nokia Corp. announced yesterday that it plans to retail a netbook, claiming that it would be "satisfying a need" among wireless carriers. I think the only need it'll satisfy is its desire to sell more stuff.
GMIS 2009 Report
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
I'm here in Rhode Island at the GMIS International 2009 conference, and it's apparent that even though budgets are tight, local governments are still investing in training conferences that make sense and that ultimately benefit citizens. There's good attendance and sessions ranging from the coupling of 311 and local government metrics program to cloud computing (moderated tomorrow by yours truly).
What Snow Leopard Will Really Cost You
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
The latest upgrade to Mac OS X is widely touted as costing only $29, but that's only part of the story. Paradoxically, the people who end up paying more may actually get a better deal.
How Google Can Stop Being Beaten With Privacy
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
When it comes to privacy, Google can't seem to get a break. The Swiss data protection commissioner recently blindsided Google by calling for the suspension of the company's Street View service.
Nokia Joins the NetBook Fray
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
With employees bounding from place to place, small handheld devices have become all the rage. Nokia, the world's leading cell phone supplier, understands that its foes are no longer limited to Apple and Samsung. Consequently, the Finnish supplier has moved into the burgeoning netbook market, one where it faces significant competition.
RIM Acquires A Better Browser For Blackberry
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
RIM has just acquired Torch Mobile, which is the maker of the Iris browser. It is based on the WebKit rendering engine and RIM plans to integrate this into the Blackberry platform. It should substantially improve the browsing experience for the mobile handset maker.
GM eBay Site Spurs 960,000 Searches But Only 45 Sales
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Innovative sales channels don't always pan out as planned: through the first nine days of the much-ballyhooed initiative to peddle GM cars on eBay, only 45 cars were sold. On the bright side, the GM eBay Web site wracked up 960,000 searches of GM vehicles-does it have a future as a lead-machine?
Open Source You Can Use, August 2009
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
In this installment: three birds (one of them a singer), a tiger, and a scribe. Read on for details.

Blogger Clashes Make Us Better
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Blog fights are fan favorites that tend to be treated like fluff, but they actually serve an important purpose, and the angrier the fights, the better.
Businesses Banning Social Networks? Not So Fast!
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Social networks such Facebook and Twitter are the new porn, at least according to one security firm that finds three quarters of businesses blocking social nets. But social nets' business potential is so large that by banning them businesses are essentially cutting off their noses to spite their Facebook.
SAP Exec Sees Banks, Energy Leading 2010 Recovery
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Companies in banking, energy, and manufacturing are starting to open up spending a bit as they begin to prepare for an economic turnaround, SAP executive John Schwarz said in a recent interview. As for acquisitions, many software companies are looking to be bought but have inflated views of their value.
Teradata's Active Enterprise Data Warehouse Story
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Teradata used to tell a one-size-fits-all Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) story. That's no longer the case. Last year, Teradata introduced a range of products. I think Teradata is serious about selling its full product range, and by now has achieved buy-in from its sales force for that strategy. I base these beliefs on data points such as...
Global CIO: LG Transforms Global Operations With New Oracle ERP
Commentary  |  8/23/2009  | 
After mapping and standardizing 440 critical business processes across 83 global subsidiaries, the CIO of $44 billion LG Electronics is making his company the first ever to implement Oracle's newest ERP platform.
DIY Usability For Startups
Commentary  |  8/22/2009  | 
Earlier this week I attended a meetup about customer development for startups. A presentation was provided about upgrading customer usability without breaking the bank. I'd like to provide a recap and share my thoughts on the event
Oracle CEO Ellison Cuts Salary To $1 Per Year
Commentary  |  8/22/2009  | 
In a move that's wise as well as partly symbolic, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is cutting his annual salary from $1,000,000 to $1. It's wise because while the company certainly had a good year, the global economic downturn has been very difficult for many Oracle customers and shareholders. And it's partly symbolic because Ellison's total 2008 Oracle compensation was $557 million.
Apple Clock-Blocks Google Voice
Commentary  |  8/22/2009  | 
Politicians learned long ago to release unfavorable information on Friday afternoon. Apple decided to do the same with its response to the FCC regarding the company's policies on the App Store approval process. It's a self-promotional tldr of a document, but it provide an interesting perspective about Apple's treatment of Google Voice.
Small Business Is Different In China
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
When I went to China for a couple weeks earlier this month, I wasn't thinking about business. But even though it was primarly an educational and pleasure trip, I couldn't help be struck by some of the dramatic differences in how small and midsize businesses operate on the other side of the world.
More SMBs Advertising Online Than In Traditional Media
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
According to an ongiong study by the Kelsey Group, online media penetration has finally surpassed traditional media usage among small businesses.
Why Microsoft Still Wins -- Even If Microsoft Loses
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
According to so much recent news coverage, the world is still hurtling towards Life Without Office. I think it's worth raining, one last time, on this misguided parade.
Apple Responds To FCC
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
Apple has also now filed its response to the FCC questions over the Google Voice application. In essence, it says that it acted alone, and AT&T played no role. It also says that it didn't "remove" the application. Instead, it reverted it to "pre-approved" status so it con undergo further evaluation.
Android Coming To Desktop Phones
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
Google said its Android operating system wasn't just going to be for mobile phones, and Cloud Telecomputers is bringing it to a desktop phone near you. The enterprise-focused device has some very interesting features that show the vast potential of the Linux-based OS.
AT&T Responds To The FCC: We're Innocent
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
AT&T filed its answers with the FCC over the Google Voice Debacle earlier this afternoon. In essence, AT&T reaffirms what it already said: Apple is in charge of apps, and AT&T had nothing to do with it.
A Bureaucracy Of The Clouds
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
The CIO for the City of Los Angeles wants to migrate city workers to Google Apps, thereby sending many of the government's day-to-day functions into the cloud.
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