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Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
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HP Completes Cisco Rip And Replace In 6 Data Centers
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
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.
Three Things RIM Needs To Do For Devs
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
RIM's developer conference kicks off in San Francisco this week. Here are three things RIM needs to target to win developer enthusiasm.
Nokia's Woes Mount
Commentary  |  9/27/2010  | 
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?
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Is Rewriting The Golden Rule Of IT Strategy
Commentary  |  9/26/2010  | 
Ellison defies conventional wisdom by promising that extreme dependence on a single IT vendor (that would be Oracle) doesn't kill you and in fact will make you stronger.
Reduce Risk On Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  9/26/2010  | 
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
Inkjet Versus Laser Debate Continues
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
Dell laser printer executive suggests getting inkjets for photo fidelity or personal use, but lasers for everything else.
JetBlue: Anatomy Of A Social Marketing Failure? Or Success?
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
To promote an All-You-Can-Fly-In-30-Days-For-$499 program, JetBlue attempted to disintermediate the traditional media and its own email marketing capability by relying solely on social media. But did it work?
Four Friday Phone Features
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
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.
HTC Targeting 2011 For LTE Smartphones
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
HTC CEO Peter Chou recently said that he expects the company to produce its first Long Term Evolution smartphone in 2011
Six Definitions of Smart Content
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
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.
Empowered: How CIOs Are Connecting Community With Customers
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
This excerpt from the new book Empowered, by Forrester's Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler, explores how CIOs are supporting "Highly Empowered and Resourceful Operatives," aka HEROes, with technology innovation.
Microsoft To Make Security Essentials Free To Smaller Businesses
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
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.
Nokia Eyeing Windows Phone For US Comeback
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
Reports suggest that Nokia's new CEO has been given the power to change the company's OS strategy, and is already considering Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.
Global CIO: Oracle's Success Breeds Fear And Loathing At New York Times
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
The Times does a hatchet job with strident but unproven claims about widespread fear and intimidation among Oracle customers.
Windows Phone To Take Third Spot By 2012
Commentary  |  9/24/2010  | 
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.
Intuit, Nokia Team Up For Mobile Marketing
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
The business software vendor and the mobile device manufacturer have joined forces to develop a mobile marketing service for small businesses.
Mobile Platforms: Who's On Third?
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
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.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Sparring With Marc Benioff? Priceless.
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
Trading potshots over differing cloud philosophies, Ellison and Benioff reveal some valuable questions to consider in devising a great cloud-computing strategy.
Sprint And Verizon CEOs Dish On Tiered Pricing
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg both recently spoke publicly of their respective firms' plans to introduce tiered pricing models.
AMD Apparently Absent From Oracle Blade Server Plans
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
Sans any official word from Oracle, the sun has seemingly set on the use of AMD Opteron processors in the company's Sun Servers. Even though Oracle won't comment on the issue, word has been circulating since spring, when I posted Oracle Seen Axing AMD Opteron On Sun Servers. Recently, I received an e-mail from an Oracle customer, which seems to provide corroboration that AMD is done on Sun.
AT&T Has Satellite Based Smartphone
Commentary  |  9/23/2010  | 
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.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison And IBM Lead Surge In Optimized Systems
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Promising greater performance plus less busywork and lower costs, Oracle and IBM lead an industrywide movement toward highly engineered and purpose-built systems.
Cisco Quad Mixes Social, Communication (Video)
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
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?
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
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.
Global CIO: How Wet Seal Drives Sales With Facebook, iPhone
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
With a customer base of teenage girls, this retailer is learning what works and doesn't work on social networks and smartphones.
Change Of Seasons Good Time To Change Passwords
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Whether you look at it as the end of summer or the beginning of fall, the season change offers a convenient point on the calendar to change passwords and review certain security basics.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison Swaps Cloud Rants For Cloud Love With Exalogic
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Theatrics aside, Ellison's conversion from cloud-ranter to cloud-computing arms merchant reveals a great deal about today's rapidly shifting IT landscape.
Enterprise 2.0 Watch: Salesforce.com Upgrades Chatter
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
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.
Adzookie.com Places Advertisements on Smartphones
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Increasingly, employees are relying on smartphones to complete their work during the day. While this movement has increased productivity, it has also made it more difficult for companies to reach their target customers. Start up Adzookie.com is trying to fill that void.
After Larry Ellison's Sucker Punch, Red Hat Swings Back
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
Stung by Larry Ellison's pointed public criticism of its unacceptably slow incorporation of bug fixes and enhancements, Red Hat has lashed back at the Oracle CEO by saying Red Hat's "commitment is deep and lasting, not fireworks and hyperbole followed by a huge invoice and vendor lock-in." Oh, can't we all just get along?!?
Thoughts on IBM Buying Netezza
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
As you've probably read, IBM and Netezza announced a deal Monday for IBM to buy Netezza. Naturally, I have some quick thoughts, which I've broken up into sections on "clearing underbrush," speculation about what IBM/Netezza will do, speculation about alternative acquirers, and speculation about what IBM/Netezza competitors will do.
Are The Stars Aligning For Verizon iPhone Launch?
Commentary  |  9/22/2010  | 
We've been hearing rumors of an iPhone on the Verizon network for some time, but the expected dates seem to come and go with no news. The latest rumor is early 2011 and we keep getting additional information that makes that seem more credible than any previous rumor.
The IE Hole Nobody Cares About
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Researchers recently found an interesting problem in the way Internet Explorer handles browser cookies. IE could essentially be confused into letting cookies through that it should have blocked. It's been that way for years, but nobody seemed to notice.
Video: What People Text
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Nicholas Carr estimates that it takes three days to ween yourself from your mobile phone and grow comfortable back in the scary confines of life. We may never really know, because as our smart phones take over more tasks (banking, reading, music, flight check in, television; I took meeting notes with Evernote on my BlackBerry at a Microsoft launch event last week!) our addiction grows. Still, we know that texting and taking photos are two of the biggest smart phone uses, and we set out to discov
Global CIO: Oracle's New Fusion Apps: An Inside Look
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Here's an advance look at some of the features and product strategy behind the Fusion Apps that Larry Ellison will introduce today at Oracle Open World.
Larry Ellison Hammers Salesforce.com On Security
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Introducing Oracle's new Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine, Larry Ellison opened his remarks by saying that cloud computing has many definitions, and he cited Amazon.com and Salesforce.com as examples of profoundly different cloud approaches. And then he unloaded on Salesforce.com for "commingling" customers' data and offering "a very weak security model."
Wanted: Business Outcomes For Enterprising Midmarket
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Just about 10 weeks into his stint as the new general manager of IBM's midmarket business, Andy Monshaw has a lot of data to compute. He's spent these past weeks working his way around the globe, talking to everybody from partners and clients to analysts and advisory boards. Now he's putting the pieces together.
Nokia N8 Shipping Forecast: Cloudy
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Nokia has issued conflicting statements over the possible ship date for its N8 smartphone. A record number of pre-orders may delay the N8's arrival in some markets.
SAP's New Analytic Apps
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Much of what SAP has historically delivered has focused only on data stored in the SAP systems and then using SAP front-end technologies, whether the BW warehouse or Visual Composer, for example. The solutions announced last week take advantage of the BusinessObjects tools, Explorer, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius.
Guerra On Healthcare: For Health IT Success, Look Inside
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Don't leave your career to luck -- leverage your strengths to get into the position that will increase your own chances to thrive.
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