Snow Leopard To Have Malware Protection?
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.
Motorola To Show Off Android Phones
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
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%.
Accenture Out, IBM In At BP; Wipro Also Makes BP List
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?
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
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.
Simple Internet Tools For Improving Healthcare
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?
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
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
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
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.
BlackBerry Bold Gets Software Update
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.
ReviewCam: I Heart Math
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
Robin Kohli -- lead developer of E-Junkie and an ï¿¼accidentalï¿¼ 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?
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?
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 126.96.36.199 -- you gotta love their configuration control -- and Time Warner Cable's latest electronic programming guide.
An Effective, If Odd, E-Health Tool
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?
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
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
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.
Nokia Joins the NetBook Fray
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
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
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?
Blogger Clashes Make Us Better
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!
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
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
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...
Oracle CEO Ellison Cuts Salary To $1 Per Year
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
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
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.
Apple Responds To FCC
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
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
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
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.