Commentary
Content posted in August 2010
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VMware Has More Of The Market Than IDC Figures Show
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
VMware isn't letting much moss accumulate under its feet as it continues expanding what it plans to do with its virtualization software portfolio. VMware executives have taken to expressing the expanding horizons of virtualization as a theme. They say they refer customers to "the journey," not one set of limited data center goals.
Global CIO: SAP Stunner: ERP Deal Boosts Customer Profit $100M Per Year
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Airgas says its extensive SAP project will raise annual operating profits by at least $75 million and possibly more than $125 million. Here's how.
Google Vs. Oracle: Microsoft Wins?
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Oracle, now the keeper of the Java flame through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, has decided that Google has sullied Java through its modifications for the Android platform. For that, Google must pay, and it must pay Oracle. At least that's the way Oracle sees things.
Watching The TV Wars
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Very soon, the Internet and the TV will merge and technology companies will force media companies to adopt a more reasonable pricing scheme for entertainment content.
AMD Servers Created Machete
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
The latest Robert Rodriguez movie was made on an AMD-equipped server farm on the grounds of the old municipal airport in Austin, Texas.
Palm Drops WebOS 2.0 Bombshell
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Palm on Tuesday announced version 2.0 of its webOS smartphone platform, with new features and a new SDK in tow.
For Dell, Green For SMBs Means Three Cs
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Dell has adopted an environmental strategy based on Cube, Content, and Curbside-plus bamboo-and, so far, the results look good, both for Dell and its SMB customers.
Motorola Issues Warning About Updating Droid X Unofficially
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Motorola has indicated via its support forums that Droid X users who update to Android 2.2 from a leaked ROM won't be able to install the official update.
Gmail Is Calling
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
With new features recently added to Google's Gmail, the application now has the ability to freely make calls to phones anywhere. And while, feature-wise, it is well behind competitors like Skype, its integration in Gmail makes it a serious option.
Why HP and Dell are Going Nuts Over 3PAR
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
Of the many reasons why HP and Dell are wooing 3PAR, only one actually has to do with 3PAR... Beyond all the qualitative and quantitative factors, HP and Dell are betting that virtualization and cloud computing are the storage of the future.
Samsung Galaxy Tablet Appears To Be Verizon Bound
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
More details about the Samsung Galaxy Tab -- an Android-based tablet device -- have surfaced, and it looks as though it will be sold by Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
Hotmail Supports Exchange ActiveSync Push Technology
Commentary  |  8/31/2010  | 
On August 30, Microsoft flipped a switch allowing Hotmail users to use Exchange ActiveSync to synchronize their smartphones with Hotmail's email, contacts, calendar and tasks. Hotmail now matches, and exceeds what Google Sync offers.
Global CIO: NetApp In Ascendancy: An Exclusive CEO Interview
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
The CIO surge toward virtualization and NetApp's "50% guarantee" are driving the company's powerful growth, says CEO Tom Georgens.
Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Use Certification Confounds CIOs
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
Uncertainty over the data certification requirements for Electronic Health Records has normally unflappable healthcare CIOs exasperated.
Netgear Debuts $899 Unified Threat Management Appliance
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
Netgear debuted its latest security appliance today, the ProSecure UTM50, an $899 Unified Threat Management device that addresses firewall, ant-virus, URL filtering , spam and other aspects of network security.
Verizon Wireless Scores Bing Android App First
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
Microsoft on Monday announced that Verizon Wireless customers will have first access to its new Bing application for the Android platform.
Skype Reaches Out To Corporate PBXs
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
Skype has been trying to branch out beyond its traditional consumer base and serve more small and medium businesses. As part of that strategy, the company rolled out Skype Connect, which enables companies to tie their Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or Unified Communications (UC) systems into Skype.
PowerPoint and Failure to Communicate
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
As a tool for communicating data-derived insights, PowerPoint comes up repeatedly, praised or under fire, reflecting the office software's ubiquity, adaptability, and unfortunate ease of misuse.
Future Of Work Same As The Past?
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
Gartner has issued its vision of how work will be done 10 years from now thanks to hyper-connectedness, but it may not be new, or entirely practical.
T-Mobile Launching BlackBerry Curve 3G September 8
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
T-Mobile on Monday announced that it will offer the BlackBerry Curve 9300 for just $80 starting on September 8.
Apple iPad Availability Improves To 24 Hours
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
The Apple iPad is finally available in large enough numbers that interested buyers will only need to wait 24 hours for it to ship if purchased online.
Windows Phone 7 Performance Promising
Commentary  |  8/30/2010  | 
For the early part of its life, Windows Mobile was one of the more powerful mobile platforms, yet it was never known as being the most spry. Microsoft set out to fix that with Windows Phone 7 and early indications are it has succeeded.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Acquisition List: Who's #1?
Commentary  |  8/29/2010  | 
Informatica and Teradata are the favorites of poll respondents, but my votes go to EMC and Netezza.
Samsung Ships 1 Million Galaxy S Android Phones
Commentary  |  8/29/2010  | 
Samsung on Sunday announced that it has shipped one million Android 2.1-powered Galaxy S phones in the U.S.
High-Spending SMB Marketers Embrace Online Media
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
A recent survey of SMBs and their advertising habits found that those that spent more than $25,000 per year on advertising were more likely to invest in online media, including measures as simple as having a website.
Four Friday Apple Anecdotes
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Today's Apple happenings include: defensive statements from HTC; Apple and SurfaceInk call it quits; the Verizon iPhone rears up again; and some numbers about how many Facebookers use iOS.
Keep An Eye On Third-Party Apps On Your Site
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Third-party apps and other content can enhance your business Web site. But they can also expose your business to unacceptable risks.
The Secret Sauce of Cybersecurity
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
More than half the cyber forensics analysts with government security clearances in the United States work for General Dynamics, which does about $2 billion in annual cybersecurity-related business. Too often, though, what's behind work like that done by General Dynamics is obscured.
Paper Is Not Evil
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Yes, computers will let you do things that are impossible with paper. But just what is it that you're trying to do?
Mozilla's Fennec Mobile Browser Reaches Alpha For Android
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
On Friday, Mozilla announced the availability of Fennec -- a.k.a mobile Firefox -- for the Android platform.
Multi-tenancy Is Not a Customer Issue
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
The benefits that multi-tenancy can provide are manifold for the vendor, but these rationales don't hold water on the user side... That's not to say that customers can't benefit from multi-tenancy, but they are side-benefits, subordinate to the vendors' benefits.
Finding Your Company's Social Data
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
So you've decided that some form of enterprise social networking application would be a good fit in your business and help keep employees connected and improve collaboration? Great, but once you've done this, you should make sure that you have some view into how well your employees are embracing social networking.
Four Friday Android Anecdotes
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Today's Android anecdotes include details about Android 2.2 Froyo for the Droid Incredible, a root for the EVO 4G, an Android battery battle, and pre-orders for the Samsung Fascinate.
Global CIO: Dell Trumps HP For 3Par, Saves Know-Nothing Columnist
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
Give up, Dell: HP will never let you win the fight for 3Par, I was about to write. Then, proving I'm a fool, Dell won the jackpot. Or did it?
Windows Phone 7 Gets $500 Million In Support
Commentary  |  8/27/2010  | 
After Windows Vista, Microsoft had a bit of a rebirth with Windows 7. That momentum is carrying forward into Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has committed over half a billion dollars to help launch the platform this fall. The funds are spread across marketing, developers, handset makers and likely carriers to ensure the platform gets the largest smartphone platform launch in history. Will that translate into sales for the platform?
Good Ideas Make Good Products
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
In a recent blog entry, Om Malik argues that Apple's success comes from the fact that it doesn't target markets, but instead makes products with people in mind. I don't think it's the targeting that makes the products successful, but the ideas they embody and the insight of the people who built them.
Verizon Wireless Distributing Flash Update For Moto Droid
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless on Thursday said it is sending a new update to the Motorola Droid that will enable it to download and install Adobe Flash Player Mobile 10.1.
Server Field Becoming An SMB Market
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
The latest figures indicate that the server market is rapidly turning into an SMB market. Long-term, that's good news for SMB users.
First Impressions: Making Phone Calls From Gmail
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
InformationWeek takes Gmail's new calling feature for a spin. Is it worth skipping Skype, or does it still need more time to bake?
Kyocera Zio Launches As Cricket's First Android Phone
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Kyocera and Cricket today announced that their first Android phone is on store shelves waiting for buyers. The Zio, which runs Android 1.6, costs $250 and doesn't require a contract.
Global CIO: The HP CEO Dream Team: Andreessen & IBM's Rometty
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Board member Adreessen's tech vision and Rometty's strategic insight and high-level sales savvy could unlock HP's vast potential.
Tablets Are Popular But Won't Replace Laptops
Commentary  |  8/26/2010  | 
Apple didn't make the first tablet, not by a long shot, but they did make the first tablet that took the consumer market by storm with the iPad. Not even a year out of the gate though and companies are already looking beyond that first model. AT&T, the only seller of the 3G iPad in the US, has laid out plans to add more tablets to its wireless offerings.
Box.net Gets Facebook-y With Content Management
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
The online collaboration service has added the social-networking concept of a newsfeed of activity updates to its management tools.
Prepaid Wireless Broadband: Sprint $40, Verizon $80
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Sprint and Verizon Wireless have both recently rolled out new prepaid wireless broadband options. Sprint's plan costs half as much as Verizon's. Why?
Spammers Love Facebook Because Facebook Users Love Spam
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Wonder what your employees are doing on Facebook? Odds are they're clicking on spam links.
BPMN Model Interchange: Clearing the Hurdles
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
We usually think of BPMN as a diagramming standard, but it is also -- in principle -- a model interchange standard, an XML format than can be exported from tool A and imported into tool B. In reality, however, BPMN model interchange faces serious -- some would say insurmountable -- hurdles...
Cloud: Professional Data Center Group Says Get On With It
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Two years ago it would have been impossible for a professional manager's association to produce a position paper, Guiding Data Centers to Cloud Computing. The "cloud" was still being disparaged in too many quarters. Now it's become respectable. I miss the days when the topic was more disputable and, in some quarters, disreputable.
Man Watches His Home Get Robbed Via iPhone
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
A man from Dallas was alerted by an iPhone application that his house was being robbed. He watched it happen live while away on vacation.
Global CIO: IBM Top Product Exec Discusses Strategy, Systems, & Oracle
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
IBM's head of Software and Systems Steve Mills describes customer priorities, optimized systems, and Oracle's "bait-and-switch" philosophy.
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