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.
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.
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.
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.
Adzookie.com Places Advertisements on Smartphones
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Larry Ellison Hammers Salesforce.com On Security
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
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
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
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.