Commentary
Content posted in August 2010
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RIM Looking To Join Mobile Ad Fray
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Feeling the heat from Apple and Google, Research In Motion is hoping to jump into the mobile advertising business via acquisition.
What's At Stake in the Big Data Revolution?
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
For database vendors and customers alike, success depends on affordability, manageability and speedy analysis.
ProtectPay Adds New Access Option
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Credit card processor ProPay has introduced a new way for merchants to work with its ProtectPay secure data repository.
More Of Verizon's Roadmap Laid Out
Commentary  |  8/19/2010  | 
Additional details for the top carrier in the United States were revealed today and no one will be shocked to see it is full of Android devices. WebOS and Blackberry also have some slots on the list, but no mention of the much rumored Verizon iPhone and Windows Phone is nowhere to be seen.
Global CIO: Oracle Execs Offer Deep Insights Into Company's Soul
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
Oracle's thinking on MySQL, hardware convergence, infrastructure consolidation, case studies from Home Depot, Toys R Us and RIM, and more.
What's At Stake in the Big Data Revolution?
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
For practitioners, big-data success could be the key to survival or opening up vast new markets. Among vendors, the incumbents have the most to lose -- an unstated subtext of my recent Big Data feature -- but fresh survey data suggests that MySQL may be a spoiler.
InformationWeek 500 Preview: The Growth Imperative
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
The annual InformationWeek 500 Conference will commence Sept. 12-15. As organizations explore new ways to grow, this year's gathering will provide the fodder and inspiration to propel IT into the center of that discussion. Come join us at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Calif.
Will IBM 'Steal More Sun' With New POWER7's?
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
IBM channel partners had something else to cheer about yesterday when the vendor unveiled the latest systems in its POWER7 series. Executives say the new technology is a culmination of IBM's year-long rollout of workload-optimized systems that will help customers reduce IT administration costs while deploying more powerful applications.
Teradata's Future Product Strategy
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
Teradata's future product strategy is coming into focus. I'll start by outlining some particular aspects, and then show how I think it all ties together. The immediate hook here is Teradata's acquisition of Kickfire's assets...
Network Solutions Small Biz Widget Woes Offers Security Lessons
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
A compromised widget accessible from Network Solutions, Inc.'s small business advice site turned out to be dealing in drive-by malware, and doing so for quite a while.
Is The Blackberry Torch Flaming Out?
Commentary  |  8/18/2010  | 
After being on the market for less than a week, the RIM's new flagship device, the Blackberry Torch with the new 6.0 OS is being discounted, heavily. It came out of the gates at $199 plus contract and is now available for half of that. The combination of less than stellar sales and mixed review are surely to blame.
Global CIO: IBM's Brilliant Trojan-Horse Strategy Transcends Technology
Commentary  |  8/17/2010  | 
IBM makes mainframes and microprocessors and middleware—can it also predict business conditions in totally unrelated industries? The answer seems to be yes.
Virtualization Can Ax PCs for SMBs
Commentary  |  8/17/2010  | 
An enterprise with a data center can skip having PCs, and cut power consumption, thanks to virtualized desktops, demonstrates Pano Logic.
Is Virtualization the Same as Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  8/17/2010  | 
A recent Reuters news item that equates virtualization and cloud computing is symptomatic of the ongoing confusion between the two terms. Without splitting hairs, are virtualization and cloud really the same?
IBM Takes $200M From HP And Oracle Customers
Commentary  |  8/17/2010  | 
Continuing to push its four-year-old "Migration Factory" campaign, IBM said it gained nearly 4 points of Unix market share in Q2 by convincing 239 enterprise customers to replace Unix solutions from Hewlett-Packard or Oracle with those from IBM. At an average of less than $1 million per migration, those quarterly wins might not be megadeals-but IBM says its Migration Factory now has 2,600 such conversions.
Windows Phone 7 Puts On Its Game Face
Commentary  |  8/17/2010  | 
Windows Phone 7 will be coming from way behind the iPhone and Android platforms when it launches and Microsoft is doing all it can to boost its acceptance. Right now it seems Windows Phone 7 will be second to none when it comes to the gaming experience, which is tied heavily to XBox Live. Today Microsoft shed some light on their mobile gaming plans.
Are We Rejecting or Just Delaying Public Clouds?
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
It's an interesting thing. Everyone loves public cloud computing, but the initial adoption seems to be around private clouds, or, better put, clouds you can hug... Many initially stated they would not sell their technology as on-site software, but they are now changing their tune.
Global CIO: IBM & Oracle Expose Hewlett-Packard's Achilles' Heel
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
While HP's systems strategy is on hold, Oracle and IBM are leading customers into the new age of highly integrated and optimized systems.
SherpaTools Simplifies Administering Google Apps
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
As companies migrate online from SharePoint, Lotus Notes, or legacy environments to Google Apps, many find they don't have the directory or other administrative tools.
SMB Business Challenges: Survival of the Fittest
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
The economic downturn has taken its toll on companies of all sizes, but there is no question that the nation's smaller businesses have been the hardest hit. At last count, there were about 30 million companies in the U.S. - and 99.9 percent of them are small to midsize businesses (SMBs), according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
A 7-Step Plan For HP To Succeed in Mobile
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
In a baffling move, HP spent $1.2 billion on Palm, the twice-revived also-ran in the race for mobile supremacy. The company must now execute flawlessly and with old-school HP innovation to succeed. Here’s what it must do.
Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
Viacom last week fulfilled its promise and appealed the summary judgment granted to YouTube in June. If Viacom wins, companies allowing users to submit content could be forced to take a more active role in watching out for copyright infringement.
Close Security Holes When Summer Workers Return To School
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
As your summer help heads back to class, take the time to make sure that they're not taking your business's security secrets with them
7 Things You Need To Know About Prospects
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
If you're a business owner, you probably know by now that selling your product or service requires more than giving prospective customers a laundry list of features. These folks want the nitty-gritty: They want to know how your product is going to make their lives easier, how it will make them more likable (i.e., more popular), how it will make them more productive and happier.
Global CIO: Bank Of VMware: Its Bold Plan To Fund Your New Applications
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
VMware says its new strategy can give you not only the technology platform for creating new applications but also the funding to pay for them.
The Failure Of The Digital Cafe
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
As human beings we are social creatures, most people find it enjoyable to be out in social situations with groups of friends. But are modern technologies destroying the "social" aspect of social situations?
Guerra On Healthcare: Report EMR Meaningful Use Honestly
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
For Stage 1 meaningful use, CIOs may be tempted to fudge compliance achievements, but the wise will refrain.
Oracle's Suit Against Google Over Java
Commentary  |  8/16/2010  | 
Oracle is suing Google over the latter's Java implementation in Android. The question is, did Google develop its version of Java, called Dalvik, from the ground up without borrowing any code from Sun's Java, or did they infringe on Sun's intellectual property, now owned by Oracle?
Big Tech Stifles Innovation
Commentary  |  8/15/2010  | 
As I read an article about small companies versus big ones, it occurred to me that large technology companies often don't get credit for one of their biggest services to the enterprise: stopping innovation.
InformationWeek's E-Health Record Buyer's Guide
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
Spurred by a more than $20 billion incentive from the federal government, under the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009, there's nothing hotter than electronic health records.
Green, Secure Electronic Disposal Possible For SMBs
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
You can clean your closet of electronic junk without adding to a landfill or abandoning all hope of data security, says an expert.
Nimbula Rains On Narrow, Proprietary Cloud Formats
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
In addition to Mark Shuttlesworth, CEO of Cannonical; Simon Crosby, CTO of the cloud division at Citrix Systems; and Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware, lets add another distinguished South African to the annals of virtualization and cloud computing: Chris Pinkham, founder and CEO of Nimbula.
How To Cut Compliance Costs While Remaining Compliant
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
With the next round of PCI standards nearing release, it's a good time to take a look at your company's compliance -- and how much compliance is costing you.
PoE Simplifies Powering, Placing Access Points
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
Providing AC power to some locations can be expensive, difficult, even unsafe, but new Power Over Ethernet products make this alternative even more capable.
T-Mobile Prepping First HSPA+ Android Phone From HTC
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
T-Mobile has been dropping hints that its first HSPA+ handset is on the way. New evidence suggest that it will be the HTC G2.
First Impressions Of Motorola Droid 2
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
The Motorola Droid 2 is now available from Verizon Wireless for $199. How does it compare to the original? Is it worth the upgrade?
Blackberry's Threat From Windows Phone 7?
Commentary  |  8/13/2010  | 
Blackberry has long been the king of the Enterprise, aided in no small part to Windows Mobile's decline in recent years. Yes, the iPhone and Android are all the rage in smartphones right now, but do either have what it takes to topple RIM in the enterprise space?
'Voice Actions' Power Faster Android Searches
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
Google on Thursday announced the addition of "Voice Actions" to its Android 2.2 Froyo search capabilities. The tool makes use of voice commands to initiate a wide range of actions on the phone.
Is Your Copier A Security Threat?
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
Any device attached to your network poses potential risks according to ICSA Labs' Kevin Brown, who suggests 6 questions IT managers should ask to assess security of networked peripherals.
SMB Surveys Reveal Mixed Results
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
There's certainly no shortage of polls and surveys aimed at gauging how SMBs are feeling about the economy, and about how it might affect their businesses. Here are some results from two of the latest reports.
Practical Analysis: VDI Is An Enabler, But Not A Big Cost Saver
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
Desktop virtualization may not save a dime over the long haul, but it will let IT use information and serve the business better.
Google's Gesture Search Flips Out
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
Google has updated the Gesture Search application for Android, which can now be launched at the flick of a wrist.
Droid 2, Torch 9800, Epic 4G For Sale
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
A number of new smartphones went on sale today, and Sprint announced launch details regarding the Epic 4G.
Who Is Left At Palm?
Commentary  |  8/12/2010  | 
Since the announcement in April that HP would be buying Palm, there has been significant brain drain of the mobile tech company. When you buy a company primarily for the intellectual property, it sometimes helps to retain the intellect that created it in the first place.
Will Intel Kill Wintel?
Commentary  |  8/11/2010  | 
Although IBM may have committed the original sin that allowed Microsoft to dominate the desktop, it couldn't have stayed on top for so long without Intel. Windows is so tied to Intel's CPU that the industry came up with "Wintel" to describe the symbiotic pairing. But now, Intel is becoming a player in Microsoft's undoing.
Living the Dream: Torelli Bicycles Braces for a Makeover
Commentary  |  8/11/2010  | 
Which of us doesn't harbor the dream of eventually chucking it all, dropping out of the corporate rat race and following our passion? But it's a rare individual who actually has the guts, the grit and the determination to pull it off.
Laptop Batteries Can Run For Three Years
Commentary  |  8/11/2010  | 
The degrading run-time of notebook/mobile batteries may be a thing of the past, without waiting for fuel cells, if Boston Power's Sonata cells live up to their claims.
HP: My Day In The CEO Interview Hot Seat
Commentary  |  8/11/2010  | 
Ever wonder what it would be like to interview for the top spot at the world's largest IT company? Here's one possibility for how it might go.
Big Data is Watching You!
Commentary  |  8/11/2010  | 
The subjects of large-scale analytics may be categorized as: people, financial trades, electronic networks, and everything else... Some of the most interesting -- and potentially privacy-invading -- use cases are concentrated in the areas of identifying individuals, groups of people, or behaviors of (groups of) people. For example
iOS 4.0.2 Promises To Fix iPhone Hack
Commentary  |  8/11/2010  | 
Apple began pushing iOS version 4.0.2 to the iPhone and iPod Wednesday in order to fix a security problem that allowed hackers to gain access to those devices.
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