Google's Twelve Boring And Indispensable Years
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.
Stuxnet Pwned Iran. Are We Next?
For the past few weeks rumors had run rampant about the purported targets of the Stuxnet worm. One of those rumors was that the worm was targeting Iran's controversial nuclear sites. Now, according to news reports that hit yesterday, those rumors may very well be right. There's a warning in all of this for the United States.
Sociable BI: Could 'Tableau' Become a Verb?
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"?
HP Completes Cisco Rip And Replace In 6 Data Centers
Proclaiming its six data centers are now "Cisco-free," Hewlett-Packard said its six totally revamped data centers are running the $130-billion company's operations with networking technologies supplied exclusively by HP Networking.
IBM's Acquisition List: Four Potential Candidates
Noting that IBM has snapped up four Massachusetts companies in the past three months, the Boston Globe speculates on the identities of the next four takeover candidates. After all, an IBM exec says in the article that his company is always on the hunt.
Nokia's Woes Mount
Nokia has been in the news a lot this week and little of it is good. The company has a new CEO and is obviously trying to turn things around, but will it be successful?
Reduce Risk On Mobile Apps
If your company is developing mobile apps, it is hard to ignore the hard-charging iPhone and Android platforms. But who else deserves attention? Certainly BlackBerry is still a player, even if it's shrinking; maybe the analysts are right and Microsoft can't be ignored either. But why take a risk betting on the wr
Four Friday Phone Features
Wrapping up this week's adventures in the mobile industry includes lots of juicy tidbits. Here's some information about HTC, Sony Ericsson, Microsoft, and Clearwire.
Six Definitions of Smart Content
Smart Content is information, typically originating in "unstructured" formats, that is findable, reusable, more profitable for the producer, and more useful for the consumer. While technology facilitates smart content, it is business value -- not analytics, semantics, or XML storage -- that is central to industry experts' definitions, and to mine...
Does Your Website Need A Facelift?
If you're a small business with a website, you'll probably agree that having an online presence has taken your business to new heights. But when's the last time you took a look at that website to make sure it's still the efficient, powerful brand-management tool you envisioned it to be? A stagnant website could lead to stagnant sales.
Microsoft To Make Security Essentials Free To Smaller Businesses
Got 10 or fewer computers and users in your business and want to protect them for free? Next month Microsoft will make its Security Essentials anti-virus, anti-malware program available at no charge to businesses consisting of up to 10 users... as long as those users are running legit copies of Windows.
What Solid State Form Factor Is Best - Integration
Returning to our Solid State Form factor series; this entry we are going to begin the discussion about solid state integration. There are really two parts of the integration discussion; how will you integrate solid state disk into your storage infrastructure and the other is how will your vendor integrate solid state disk into their storage system? We'll tackle the vendor issue first since it may directl
Windows Phone To Take Third Spot By 2012
Right now the smartphone race has two key players for consumers, iOS and Android. Add the enterprise and business customer to the mix and Blackberry shows up as well. Windows Phone 7 hasn't even launched yet, but at lest one analyst thinks that within two years, it will be third in the field.
Mobile Platforms: Who's On Third?
If you made mobile development tools, which platform would be the third you supported? The first two choices are easy. The next one, not so much.
Down To Business: Enterprise IT's Most Disruptive Vendors
God bless the IT disrupters, those startups and established vendors that have caused enterprises to rethink and even redefine the way they evaluate, buy, deploy, manage, and use technology.God bless the IT disrupters, those startups and established vendors that have caused enterprises to rethink and even redefine the way they evaluate, buy, deploy, manage, and use technology.
HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 Specs Leak
A data sheet on the unannounced Windows Phone 7 device, the HD7, was recently discovered and shows that the new HTC smartphone is headed to T-Mobile with 3G in tow.
Carbonite Focuses On Restore
Version 4 of the online backup service introduces new features for managing the process of restoring files. The company plans other extensions to the basic backup function in future versions.
High Tide and Low Tide for Fusion Apps at Oracle Open World
I am happy to report that I found the signs of life for the apps side of the business at Oracle Open World, though on keynote night Larry Ellison spent so much time on selling hardware that by the time he got to talking about Fusion many in the audience were no longer paying attention.
Verizon CEO: No iPhone Yet
Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said he hopes Apple will allow Verizon to sell the iPhone once its LTE network is up and running.
AT&T Has Satellite Based Smartphone
Wow. It is like 1999 all over again. In 1999 satellite phones were all the rage because they were going to work when every other cell phone died as a result of Y2K. The only thing that died were satellite phones for consumers. Flash forward over a decade later and AT&T is ready to give it another go.
Cisco Quad Mixes Social, Communication (Video)
Cisco announced its Quad social networking platform back in June. It's got everything you'd imagine from the social side, and it integrates many enterprise-class communications tools as well. Our video walk through provides many of the details.
Pentagon Reopens Child Porn Investigation
We now learn that the Department of Defense, after seeming to come clean on an internal child-porn investigation, was withholding more than it was sharing. It's now time for the Pentagon to deal with this problem with openness and determination.
Is The IT Recession Over?
Recently, IT spending increases have been rare as black pearls in oysters. Well, that may soon be changing, according to a user survey conducted by Spiceworks.
Giving Patients Meaningful Health Data
Healthcare providers aren't the only ones trying to achieve meaningful use of health IT. Patients are also increasingly looking to use electronic tools meaningfully for managing and tracking their own healthcare.
NOAA Streamlines, Awards Small-Business Contracts
In these days of climate change, wacky weather patterns, and fast-diminishing natural resources, the work of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is more vital than ever. Today, the agency unveiled NOAALink, a new IT business model, and 10 small businesses are the immediate beneficiaries.
The Cookies You Can't Remove
They say that some things last forever, like diamonds or true love or Twinkies. But should browser cookies used for tracking be added to that list?
Enterprise 2.0 Watch: Salesforce.com Upgrades Chatter
Another salvo in the battle for social enterprise market- and mindshare is being fired on Wednesday, when Salesforce.com takes the stage at Oracle OpenWorld to unveil what it's calling a major upgrade to its Chatter collaboration tool.