Commentary
Content posted in August 2010
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Mobile BI, Situational Intelligence, and a Call-Out to SAP-Sybase
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Mobile computing is a disruptor, a game-changer. Forward looking organizations, notably recently merged SAP and Sybase, have seen mobile's enterprise potential, including as a BI revolutionizer. Our vision should extend to situational intelligence, situational awareness coupled with interpretation of the users status, plans, and goals and enhanced with analysis of the user's social network...
7 Things To Know About Your Customers
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Last week, we checked in with Infusionsoft co-founder Clate Mask, who shared a list of things we should know about our prospects. Now he tells us what kind of intelligence we should be keeping on our bread and butter -- the clients we already have.
Dell Tries To Wedge Its Way Into the Smartphone Space
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Late to the party. That may be an appropriate way to characterize Dell's push into the smartphone market. However, the company has some strong traits that may make its products a viable option for small and medium businesses.
Keeping Facebook In Its Place(s)
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
I know what you did last summer! And last Tuesday afternoon. And last night. OK, I don't actually know this, but Facebook Places does
Google Testing Voice Calls From Gmail
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Gmail could be the next frontier of VoIP communications, as Google is testing the ability to place calls from within its online email service.
Has Android Peaked?
Commentary  |  8/25/2010  | 
Android has been the fastest growing smartphone platform over the past year, going from the original T-Mobile G-1 in the fall of 2008 to a plethora of devices on all of the major networks. One reporter though thinks the meteoric rise of Android is nearing an end and it faces five major opponents in the future.
MyFax Gets iPhone Client
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
The new MyFax iPhone app lets subscribers to the online fax service receive faxes on their smartphones directly rather than as e-mail attachments.
Google Earth Explores Oceans Via Android
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
Google has updated its Google Earth application for the Android platform to include the world's oceans.
Crunch Time at Torelli: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
"No pain, no gain." That's what the coach told us in high school, and it's as true today as it was then. If you're in the bicycle business, for instance, the height of summer is also the height of your sales season - and perhaps not the perfect time to switch your entire business operations over to a new platform.
Samsung Teases With Galaxy Tab Web Site
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
Samsung has offered a few details about is upcoming Android-based tablet, which will be launched September 2 in Berlin.
AT&T VPN Service Gains Its Voice
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
Increasingly, companies are building applications that mix data, voice, and video communications. In response, AT&T has enhanced its virtual private network (VPN) service, so it now works with the firm's voice services as well as data offerings.
Cybercrime Rates Rising For SMBs
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
U.S. SMB cybercrime rates rose 2% over last year, according to a new survey from Panda Security. Considering some of the other findings it's a wonder the rate didn't rise more.
Google Ogling Goggles For iPhone
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
Google has indicated that it plans to offer its Google Goggles search tool to the iPhone by the end of the year.
Windows Phone 7 Boasts 300,000 Developer Downloads
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
We are just a few months away from Windows Phone 7 launching. It is key the operating system and hardware perform well, but today, having only that doesn't mean much. Third party apps are at least as important, if not more so, than the core phone itself. If only 10 percent of those that have downloaded the developer kit write an app, Microsoft's mobile OS will have a decent application library in no time.
HP Looks To Deny Dell Access To The Data Center
Commentary  |  8/24/2010  | 
HP's trumping of Dell's bid for 3PAR is a masterful preemptive strike. HP is certainly not that interested in 3PAR and will most likely not counter offer should Dell choose to pursue the deal. What HP is interested in is making the buy as expensive as possible for Dell in order to throw a wrench into the PC giant's further acquisitions ambitions.
Global CIO: Has HP Found Its Next CEO?
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Interim CEO Lesjak scored some big points in last week's earnings call but also revealed equally big challenges at the world's biggest IT company.
3D TV Must Be Stopped
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Of all the bad ideas on the technology scene -- and there are plenty -- 3D television is one of the worst. Like the gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater that comedian Steve Martin extolled decades ago, it's an unnecessary invention.
Virtualization Is IT Journey That Begins With Consolidation
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
As IT shops look at their gains from consolidating servers, they realize this was just a first step brought about by implementing virtualization. Once you've consolidated, you realize how many more steps are both possible and necessary if virtualization is going to lead to more payback.
Advanced Visualization Is Top of Mind at TDWI
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
I'm back from last week's TDWI conference in sunny San Diego... I briefly visited the Executive Summit to hear about what trends CIOs and VPs of business intelligence think will have the biggest impact over the next three years.
Microsoft Readies Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Microsoft says that its Windows Phone 7 software developer tools have been downloaded more than 300,000 times. The Windows Phone Marketplace is preparing for an early October launch.
Turning The Page On Pension Plans
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
The pension and defined-benefit world didn't particularly want change, especially not the kind of change that Fiona Page was ushering in. She wanted to revolutionize this staid arena where actuaries and trustees had made do with pen and paper for quite some time. She wanted software and servers and algorithms to do some of the work now, because they could do it faster -- much faster.
Guerra On Healthcare: HITECH Demands Leadership, Then Checklists
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Guide instructs healthcare CIOs to move away from their task orientation and adopt a more strategic mindset to thrive in the era of meaningful use, but a blend of both is the better choice.
What Hewlett-Packard's Tablet Plans Mean To SMBs
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Taking note of the widespread success of Apple's iPad, Hewlett-Packard has become the latest vendor planning to deliver such a product line. The HP products may gain some traction among small and medium businesses, but their long term fate is unclear.
Fake Anti-Virus Launches Legit AV Uninstalls
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
A new variation on the Fake Anti-Virus scam actually launches legitimate uninstallers of anti-virus programs from Symantec, Microsoft, AVG and others.
Apple And Verizon Ironing Out iPhone Details
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Apple and Verizon Wireless are in the process of debating terms that would bring the iPhone to Verizon in 2011, says analyst.
Computing's Next Gesture
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Touch based interfaces have become all the rage, with the intuitive interfaces of the iPhone and iPad leading the way. But a new type of interface is starting to gain momentum, and it doesn't need a mouse, keyboard or touch screen, just the user's hands and face.
Global CIO: HP's Next Two Multibillion-Dollar Acquisition Targets
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
HP needs to create a unique and unmatched market position playing to its strengths, and these two companies can put HP over the top.
Motorola Sends C&D To Block Leaked Software
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Motorola has issued a cease and desist order against a Web site that was hosting leaked Droid X software.
Employee Lifetime Value
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Corporate leaders talk a lot about customer lifetime value-the notion that long-term customers create sustained revenue for an organization. And we've spent the last ten (or more) years in IT getting out of the technology-centric model and embracing a more customer-focused IT governance model. But I think that we may due for another retrenching, something that, for lack of a better term, I'm calling "employee lifetime value."
Sprint Does Femtocells Right - Free [Corrected]
Commentary  |  8/23/2010  | 
Sprint has begun offering femtocells for its customers that have reception problems in their homes. They aren't the first to offer such a device, but appear to be the first to offer it for free to qualified users, which is how it should be.
Intel Plus McAfee Equals ... Huh?
Commentary  |  8/22/2010  | 
We all know Intel for the processors that drove Windows to its world domination, but lately the company has been having problems in downsizing its hardware technology for the red-hot mobile market. With its bid to buy McAfee, Intel seems to be trying to expand outside its core competencies. I can't see how this will turn out well.
Online Storage Provider Wuala Adds Sync
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
Subscribers to paid accounts on the cloud storage service can now use it to sync files between computers, in addition to the sharing and collaboration features already offered.
Global CIO: Schwarzenegger Shocker: California Strangling Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
In his weekly video address, Governor Schwarzenegger explains why it takes 10 times longer to open a business in California than in Texas.
Google, Yahoo Update iPad Email User Interfaces
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
Both Gmail and Yahoo! Mail have introduced new, HTML5-powered email offerings for the Apple iPad.
IE6 Still Used By 20% Despite Flaws
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
According to Zscaler's latest State of the Web report, one in five business users continue to browse with IE6, despite its being nine years old and far less secure than newer browsers
App World 2.0 Being Pushed To BlackBerry Users
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
BlackBerry App World 2.0, which is now available to all BlackBerry users, brings some notable changes to Research In Motion's application store.
Developers Buy Entire Stock Of Google Nexus One
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
Google announced via the Android Developers Blog that device-hungry developers have snatched up its initial inventory of the Nexus One handset.
Email Marketing Service Adds In-Message Photo Editing
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
Campaigner, an SMB-oriented solution for creating and distributing emails, has added the ability to do basic image editing within the software. The service also now enables businesses to personalize their e-mail templates.
RIM Going After Mobile Advertising Market
Commentary  |  8/20/2010  | 
In a sign that RIM recognizes that it cannot live off of the enterprise market alone, it is making moves to get into the mobile advertising market. In doing so, RIM is pitting itself squarely against the same companies making its life rough in the smartphone world - Apple and Google.
Microsoft Breakup Won't Happen
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
An article at Forbes.com argues that Microsoft might be able to compete better if it broke into smaller companies. It's an interesting thought experiment, but it's not going to happen.
Global CIO: SAP Confronts The Real-Time Culture Wars
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
SAP hopes to help companies overcome the technology challenges of real-time business, but the cultural implications might be even more daunting.
Down To Business: Patent Acquirer RPX On A Roll Against The Trolls
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
The company now has sufficient revenue to buy $100 million in patents and patent rights a year as it shields members from "non-practicing entities."
Helping SMBs Get The Social Media 411
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
OK, you're a small business with a bricks-and-mortar shop. You've decided to embrace technology and see how far it takes you, so you've spent some cash on a sharp looking, user-friendly website and a hosting provider that'll manage it for you. You've even jumped on the social media bandwagon and started a Twitter account.
Intel's McAfee Deal Stirs Mixed Feelings
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
There's a lot that Intel can accomplish by acquiring McAfee, but it's hardly what we might categorize as a "Well, duh!" move... This merger falls into the "strange bedfellows" category.
Google, Motorola, Verizon Partnering On Android Tablet
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Google has picked Motorola to lead the charge against Apple's iPad with the first Android 3.0 tablet, says Digitimes Research.
RightScale Scales Up To 1.3 Million Servers In View
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
RightScale announced a little while ago that it was managing over one million servers in the cloud through its management platform. That would be a million virtual, not physical, machines, but the number is still impressive. Maybe the return on cloud computing lies in supplying front-end management as much as in infrastructure.
What BlackBerry 6's Consumer Focus Means For Business
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Research In Motion is clearly targeting the end user with its latest operating system and Torch smartphone, but its core enterprise market can still find things to like.
Apple iPad Production Closer To Matching Demand
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Analysts predict shorter wait times for the Apple iPad and Apple iPhone, as supply constraints are finally starting to ease.
Saying Yes To An iPad Mini
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
When I first had a chance to try out Apple's iPad, I liked almost everything about it except for its size. And that's why rumors of an iPad Mini are very interesting to me.
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