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Content posted in September 2010
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Global CIO: HP CEO Apotheker Has Deep Expertise But Checkered History
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
HP is highlighting Leo Apotheker's experience but his ouster from SAP 8 months ago was marked by widespread customer unrest, product snafus, and awful morale among employees.
Practical Analysis: Wielding Process Like A Weapon
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
One sure way to get your team hated is to suggest that LOB peers change their processes because they don't fit IT's.
Global CIO: Has The Recession Changed Us?
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
New Pew research shows major differences in how much economic pain different groups suffered in this recession. Business leaders will have to sort out whether these experiences bring a lasting change in how people think about jobs and careers.
Trusted Outsiders Can Be Big Security Risks
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
Ever have a trusted salesperson, contractor or customer bring by a flash drive with a file by for you to view on one of your company's machines? Ever regret letting the outsider's drive inside your perimeter?
Giving The Web Its Voice
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
Recent announcements, such as Google's addition of voice calling in Gmail, along with the partnership between Facebook and Skype, could be heralding a new age of interactivity for the Web. And talking with your voice on the web could become almost as common as typing.
Oct. 11 Looks Legit For Windows Phone Launch
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft and AT&T will jointly announce the first three Windows Phone 7 devices -- made by HTC, LG and Samsung -- at an event in New York on October 11.
SMBs Set Sights On Collaboration Suites
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
The Age of the Suite is nigh. Up to now, point solutions for calendaring, document management, e-mail, and other collaborative tasks probably did the trick for most SMBs, but faced with an increasingly mobile work force and a geographically dispersed base of suppliers, partners, and customers, more and more small and midsize businesses are giving collaboration suites serious consideration.
Samsung To Adopt Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
Samsung has announced that it will debut several new smartphones this year with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform on board.
Nokia N8 U.S. Debut Pushed Back 4 Weeks
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
InformationWeek has learned that U.S. customers won't receive the Symbian^3-based N8 smartphone from Nokia until the end of October.
How The Avaya/Skype Partnership Will Impact SMBs
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
Two of the leading voice communications suppliers, Avaya and Skype, have teamed up to offer small and medium businesses more calling options. The partnership has potential but may not be a panacea for companies searching for more effective voice communications systems.
Striving For A Higher Quality Application Store
Commentary  |  9/30/2010  | 
Apple is the undisputed king of apps in its online store for the iPhone with the App Store, at least when it comes to the number of apps for sale. RIM isn't interested in competing at that level. Will shooting for a higher quality selection make an online market more popular than one with a bewildering selection?
Global CIO: Tibco Surges And CEO Flips Off IBM, Oracle, And SAP
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Tibco's revenue is surging toward $1 billion because "20th-century" competitors like IBM, Oracle, and SAP "just don't have the goods," says CEO Vivek Ranadive.
Welcome To The New Microsoft
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
This has been a week full of surprises from Microsoft. They're doing things that the company historically has never done. What the heck is going on up in Redmond?
Have You Voted for Launch Pad Yet?
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Unsolicited Advice For Adobe, Apple, Google, and Microsoft
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Adobe, you really need to get your act together. A person who knows you recently told me that you're shifting a number development jobs overseas and that some engineers are polishing their resumes in anticipation of the worst.
The Stealthy Rise of the Public Cloud
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Amazon is sneaking into larger enterprises, displacing some systems development technology, much like Google displaced Yahoo. The penetration has been so stealthy that many in the press and analyst communities have ignored the rise of the public clouds in the traditional big enterprises.
AT&T Scores BlackBerry Curve 3G And Pearl 3G
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
AT&T announced plans to add the BlackBerry Curve 3G and Pearl 3G to its lineup of smartphones.
Truly Off-The-Shelf Enterprise Applications
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
People like things that you can buy and immediately start using with no or very little upfront effort. Lots of things are on this from appliances to gadgets to even prefab homes. But one thing that definitely hasn't been on this list was enterprise applications, until now that is.
Dell Speeds Up SMB Workgroup Printers
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Dell has come out with two new low-end workgroup color laser printers for the SMB market with enhanced speeds, duplex options, and new technology.
Dell Unveils Compact SMB LED Color Printers
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
The new line of desktop color printers work like lasers, but their reliance on LEDs allows them to be smaller than lasers.
Are RIM's New Tools Enough To Spur Developers?
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
In addition to the PlayBook and BlackBerry Messenger Social network platform, Research In Motion also introduced a host of new developer tools in hopes of boosting developer enthusiasm.
Global CIO: HP's $130-Billion Gamble
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
While HP's steeply calculated risk to hold its annual analysts' day without a CEO shows guts, it also lets IBM, Oracle, SAP, and Cisco to continue setting the IT agenda.
Paessler Enhances Network Monitoring Tool
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
Traditionally, network management tools have been complex, expensive, and difficult to deploy. Paessler, a German based company, has been one of the suppliers trying to address those limitations and unveiled a new release of its PRTG Network Monitor.
Consumers First For Windows Phone 7, Businesses Later
Commentary  |  9/29/2010  | 
It doesn't take a genius to see that Microsoft designed Windows Phone 7 to initially appeal to consumers, from the finger friendly user interface to the hardware specs that resemble the form factor made popular by the iPhone over three years ago. It doesn't mean that business needs are off the radar though.
RIM Fuzzy On BlackBerry 6 And QNX Transition
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Research In Motion backed away from a statement made by one of its VPs that the new QNX operating system would replace BlackBerry OS.
News Sites, Searches May Be Riskier Than Porn
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Steer clear of gambling, porn and other known risky sites and related searches and you and your employees -- and your business -- are safer, right? Not according to a new Websense study which found that leading news and pop culture sites, and hot-trend search terms may be more dangerous than some of the ones you're steering clear of.
BlackBerry 6 Missing Something On Non-Touch Phones
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
At Research In Motion's DEVCON, InformationWeek had a chance to use BlackBerry 6 on the Bold 9700 and Pearl 3G. Does the OS translate well to non-touch devices?
Mozilla Says No Firefox For iPhone
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Mozilla has said that it is not working to bring a mobile version of Firefox for the iPhone. Mozilla is "investigating" the iPad.
SAS' Answer to Pervasive BI: Microsoft Outlook
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
I recently attended the SAS BI User Connect Conference to learn about new product capabilities. One of the improvements I was most excited about is a new version of the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office that offers tight integration with Outlook... SAS appears to be ahead of the market in leveraging Outlook as a way of making BI more pervasive...
Helping SMBs Gauge Social Media Marketing Reach
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Small businesses have yet another tool at their disposal to leverage social media. This one, called Social Stats, allows users to see at a glance where their e-mail marketing messages have been shared socially, with what frequency, and to what degree of success.
Best Buy Intros 'Free Phone Fridays' Promotion
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Best Buy has announced a new promotion that sees the retailer selling four different phones for free on each Friday for the month of October.
Five Ways iPad Kills RIM's PlayBook
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Research In Motion's new PlayBook tablet has some tough competition. Here are five ways the iPad bests the PlayBook.
Global CIO: HP Pressure-Cooker: The Top 5 Priorities For Tuesday's Call
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
While analysts have lots of probing questions for today's call with HP, here are the make-or-break topics: analytics, cloud, mobile, data centers, and who's the new CEO.
Five Ways PlayBook Kills iPad
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Research In Motion's new PlayBook tablet computer has a lot going for it. Here are five ways it bests the Apple iPad.
Virtualization Is The Future For Servers, Says Gartner
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
Users adopt virtualization to save money, but then find more and more uses for it.
Nefsis Offers Free Video Conferencing Service
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
The use of video conferencing services has been on the rise. In response, Nefsis, whose focus is on small and medium businesses, has developed a free service one-to-one video conferencing service.
Ariba Brings Procurement, Contract Management Solutions To Midmarket
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
The new StartSourcing and StartContracts offerings aim to make Ariba's "Commerce Cloud" suite of enterprise-oriented B2B solutions available to small and midsize businesses.
Blackberry Playbook Tablet Announced
Commentary  |  9/28/2010  | 
RIM announced their new tablet, the Blackberry Playbook, which ironically doesn't run the Blackberry operating system. Going up against the iPad is going to be tough enough. Can they do it with an entirely new operating system that will need developers to support it?
Global CIO: IBM Turns Guns On Cisco With Acquisition Of Blade Network
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
IBM adds Blade Network's innovative technologies and in-Cisco's-face competitiveness to IBM's expanding ambitions in networking and the data center.
First Impressions Of BlackBerry PlayBook
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Research In Motion kept its PlayBook tablet computer locked behind glass, but InformationWeek still gave it a good once-over to see what it is all about. Read our thoughts here.
My Wish List For Online Backup, Computing Solutions
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Current cloud and web backup and continuity could be even more useful, here's my shopping list for mashups, combos and other provisioning against IT mishaps.
RIM Intros 'PlayBook' Enterprise Tablet
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Research In Motion on Monday announced the PlayBook tablet device. RIM said the QNX-based tablet is fully ready for the enterprise.
RIM's WebWorks Promises Web Apps For BlackBerries
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Research In Motion on Monday announced WebWorks, a new set of developer tools to create HTML5 and other standards-based Web applications for BlackBerry devices.
Guerra On Healthcare: Stand Firm As 'Meaningful Use' Changes
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Ignore the advice to "think outside the box" and stick to your plan, even as federal agencies continue to alter the criteria they'll use to award health IT incentives.
RIM's BlackBerry Messenger Develops Social Powers
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Research In Motion on Monday announced the new BlackBerry Messenger social networking platform. With it, developers will be able to include BBM functions and features on their web sites and applications.
Google's Twelve Boring And Indispensable Years
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
So this month Google officially turns twelve years old. Looking back over that time, three concepts stick out when I think of the many Google services I've seen and used; utilitarian, unexciting, can't live without them.
T-Mobile's First HSPA+ Phone Won't Tether
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
According to T-Mobile, the G2 Android phone made by HTC won't be able to tether when it launches.
SMB Makeover Update: Countdown to 'Go Live' at Torelli
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Excitement is building inside Torelli Bicycle Co. headquarters in North Hollywood, Calif., as employees anxiously await another birth.
Phishing, P2P, Drive-Bys Top SMB Security Risk List
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
File sharing, drive-by downloads, social nets, phishing, malicious attachments -- according to a new report, these are the leading approaches for criminals targeting small and midsized businesses.
Sociable BI: Could 'Tableau' Become a Verb?
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
Tableau visual data-analysis software embodies sociable BI, business intelligence that prizes accessibility, ease-of-use, and power, with a strong measure of collaboration and sharing, per Tableau Software's "Business Analytics For All" tag line. Does that mean that "Soon we'll say that we 'tableau' data the way we now say we 'google' for information"?
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