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Content posted in September 2010
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Unlocking Intel's $50 CPU Upgrade Program
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Sometimes you can't win for losing. Intel is getting hammered by the Web-o-sphere for purportedly ripping off consumers by selling a $50 upgrade to unlock some hidden processor features, when the chip behemoth's main intent is to help its authorized system builders earn a little extra cash. Read on for a possibly deeper dive than you may be interested in.
The End of the HP Way
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
The HP Way died a miserable death on the altars of Oracle Open World Sunday night, in an auto-da-fe of medieval proportions... No need to say anything, just let HP be HP and make the company's growing irrelevance so stark and obvious that nothing else needed to be said, or done.
Android Growth Continues, Others Lose Share
Commentary  |  9/21/2010  | 
Android is showing no signs of slowing down. For the three months ended July 31, Android is the only smartphone platform to show growth. Palm remained flat, while Apple, Microsoft and RIM all saw declines.
Global CIO: Is Larry Ellison Going Soft On HP And IBM?
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Dropping his standard jabs and insults, Ellison's been downright sweet to HP and IBM lately. What the heck's going on here?
New Website To Help SMBs Compete For Contracts
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
A consortium of six corporations are trying to make it easier for small businesses to become suppliers to global big businesses by simplifying the application process.
HP Adds New SMB Laser Printers
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
HP's latest series of laser printers offer compact designs, power efficiency, and remote printing options.
HP Expands Remote Printing Function For SMBs
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
New ePrint facility, previously announced on an inkjet, is being added to a laser MFP.
Google Says Android, iPad To Get Docs Editing
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
A short blurb in a press release from Google today has Google Docs users very excited. Google says that soon users will be able to edit Google Docs from their iPad or Android phones.
Google Doubles Down On Security
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
While Google Apps has proven to be an attractive option for many small businesses and start-ups, many other businesses (especially those with higher security requirements) have shied away from the service. But a new security feature may address these issues, and in the end make Google's services more secure for all users.
Oracle's Mark Hurd Discloses His New Priorities
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Since his sudden ouster as Hewlett-Packard CEO and then his re-emergence one month later as president of Oracle, Mark Hurd has generally kept a low profile and not much has been said about his specific responsibilities. But in a low-key comment during last week's earnings call, Hurd revealed what he'll be focusing upon at Oracle.
Larry Ellison Rips Red Hat Linux, But Stays Committed
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Oracle has introduced its own alternative kernel to Red Hat Linux because, Larry Ellison says, Red Hat has continually dragged its feet on fixing bugs and making enhancements to its product-sometimes for as long as four years. But Ellison also reiterated Oracle's commitment to supporting Red Hat Linux "forever."
Is Zero Trust Any Way To Secure A Business?
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Everything and everyone is a potential vulnerability, if not an outright threat. That's the message Forrester Research is sending, and it's a message well worth listening to.
Global CIO: Will Larry Ellison Launch Bidding War With IBM For Netezza?
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Larry Ellison once said Netezza helped inspire Oracle's red-hot Exadata system, and I think he wants what Netezzza has.
Google Data, Statistics, and the Semanticized Web
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
I imagine that Google employs many hundreds of data scientists, folks whose job is to study and turn to good use the huge masses of data the search-advertising-application services giant, and its users, generate. Each document indexed, each search, each ad served, each service call creates data. This data is used to create a better Google: easier to use, faster, more accurate, effective, and functional, and yes, more profitable. Google Instant, out a couple of weeks ago, is a latest initiative
Is Or Isn't Facebook Building A Phone?
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Reports over the weekend suggested that Facebook was working on its own, branded mobile phone. Facebook later said the story wasn't true. So, which is it?
Nokia Puts Hardware First, Software Second
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Nokia's fortunes have been heading in the wrong direction in recent years. It seems that Nokia focuses on the hardware and the software gets the sort end of the stick. That may be at least one of the reasons they are struggling, and a big one at that.
HP Tries to Ease SMB Mobile Device Management
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Smartphones have been overrunning many small and medium businesses. Companies like the productivity functions that the devices offer but are not as content with their management functions. HP is working with cellular carriers to try and fill that void.
Global CIO: Oracle Launches 'Cloud In A Box' And New Cloud Business
Commentary  |  9/20/2010  | 
Larry Ellison debuts the Exalogic Elastic Cloud middleware machine and says it runs everything from legacy apps to modern Java releases.
Desktops Are Not A "Walled Garden"
Commentary  |  9/19/2010  | 
A recent Ars Technica article talks about Intel's acquisition of McAfee and its vision to migrate "from a known-bad model to a known-good model." It makes me wonder whether Intel really understands the strength of the Wintel software market.
Global CIO: At Oracle Open World, Oracle Commits To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  9/19/2010  | 
Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian's keynote was initially focused on forthcoming Fusion apps but is now called "Oracle and Cloud Computing."
Liaise Launches E-Mail Collaboration Tool
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
The Outlook add-in automatically captures dates, action items, and more from e-mail messages and creates to-do lists and calendar items, making it easier to work with the information that's often lost in an Inbox.
Big Payday For CIO: $4.2 Million
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
Hey, who wouldn't like a 52% pay hike in this economy? That increase for Commonwealth Bank of Australia CIO Michael Harte is even more sweet because it builds on his old pay package of $2.8 million and brings his current comp plan to $4.2 million. CBA's CEO said Harte's technology leadership was "a very significant catalyst" in the bank posting record annual profit of $5.66 billion.
Plustek Announces Business Card Scanner
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
Tiny USB device handles the other end of the paper spectrum, where going paperless means inputting contact information.
TBG Targets Facebook Advertising In U.S.
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
Now that it's made its mark in Europe, TBG Digital is hoping to duplicate its successful social media advertising strategy here in the United States.
Rhomobile Adds More Features To Smartphone Development Platform
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
Rhodes 2.1 adds bar codes, signatures, jQTouch to Rhomobile platform for creating native apps that will run on iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile devices.
Enterprise Wi-Fi Survey
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
I'm working on a followup to my last State of Wi-Fi report, which garnered huge response. A lot has happened: This time last year, the IEEE promoted 802.11n to an official standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance quickly followed by declaring any 802.11n DRAFT 2.0 devices as "n CERTIFIED." But has any of that changed your plans for displacing copper to the desktop with a WLAN?
Five Vital Samsung Tab Facts
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
Samsung's Galaxy Tab hits all four major U.S. carriers later this fall. Here are the must-know details that interested buyers need to consider.
Oracle's Blowout Quarter Shuts Up Critics
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
Underscoring the old adage that it's better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you're a fool rather than opening it and removing all doubt, Oracle posted a blowout quarter yesterday with stronger than expected gains across the board, including several Sun hardware categories that critics said would languish under the Oracle brand.
Windows Phone 7 For GSM Only In 2010
Commentary  |  9/17/2010  | 
If you are on a CDMA based network like Sprint or Verizon, you won't be able to pick up a Windows Phone 7 device this year. Microsoft's mobile platform will only work with GSM networks for the first few months after its release at least.
Global CIO: Is IBM Or Apple The World's #1 Tech Brand?
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
A list of Top 100 global brands includes six tech firms in the top 10, but I think some glue-sniffers must have been behind the ranking given to Apple.
If Novell Is For Sale, VMware May Buy Its Expertise
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
The New York Post reported Sept. 15 that Novell was for sale and a deal in two parts was about to be consummated. The Wall Street Journal's Digital Network reported the next day that two of the companies involved in the talks are Attachmate and VMware. Might IBM be involved as well?
Google Me? Meh.
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
Details are starting to emerge about Google Me, the company's rumored Facebook-killing initiative that is beginning to sound like Google Buzz Harder. Google is apparently planning to enhance its existing services with social features rather than building a version of Orkut that appeals to people in the
Review: IE9 May Be Best Version Yet
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, now in public beta, improves on previous versions of the browser, but most of the new features simply catch up to Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.
Practical Analysis: Secrets To IT Leadership Success
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
Embrace new technologies, keep things simple, and don't get bogged down in the daily drudge of existing systems.
Dell, CommVault Add Cloud Power To Backup Appliance
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
The new Dell PowerVault DL Backup to Disk Appliance sets up in thirty minutes, can replace old disk-to-tape backups with disk-to-disk, as well as disk-to-cloud for archiving and disaster recovery.
SAP Sales Surge 300% In Latin America
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
SAP is experiencing soaring demand for its products and services among large businesses and government agencies in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Argentina, according to an article quoting an SAP executive. One of his comments: "We are going from a focus on cutting costs to a focus on growth."
My1voice Adds Voicemail Transcription
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
The SMB-oriented "phone service as a service" provider can now send transcribed voicemails via text message or e-mail.
Microsoft Tells Devs To Rev Windows Phone Engines
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
Microsoft on Thursday published the final set of Windows Phone 7 tools for developers. With the Marketplace for Mobile opening for submissions in early October, Microsoft wants to kick-start the app certification process.
Jive Enhances Facebook And Mobile Device Integration
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
Increasingly, small and medium businesses are examining using social media tools to enhance their marketing efforts. Jive Software has enhanced its solution so it offers more robust integration with Facebook and smartphones.
Only One Third Of Adults Have Apps
Commentary  |  9/16/2010  | 
A recent study of nearly 2,000 adults with cell phones were asked a number of questions about their usage of applications on the phone. Only 35 percent of adults have applications on their phone.
Piracy Isn't The Worst That Can Happen
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
This week we got to see two different aspects of software piracy. Today the Business Software Alliance released a study claiming that $51 billion worth of software was stolen last year. Earlier in the week, the New York Times did a story on how Russia is using the premise of software piracy to punish political adversaries. Microsoft is enta
Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Top 10 Priorities At Oracle Open World
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
New Exadata machines, Mark Hurd's new role, the status of MySQL and Java, and more will be on Larry Ellison's mind at Oracle Open World this coming week.
Why Eli Lilly Might Talk To More Than One Cloud Vendor
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
In a discussion on cloud computing at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, Eli Lilly CIO Michael Heim disclosed that his firm has explored options with BlueLock and Savvis. Eli Lilly thus far has been strongly identified as a marquis user of Amazon's EC2. Could it be about to switch? Probably not but there's reason to shop around.
Torelli Contemplates the Possibilities with ERP: 'Oh! The Places You'll Go!'
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
"Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" Of course, those are the words of the incomparable Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technology was probably the last thing on the good doctor's mind when he penned those lines, but they perfectly describe the prevailing attitude at Torelli Bicycle Co. these days, as employees contemplate life in the future, aided by an ERP business information syste
Is Enterprise Relationship Planning the New ERP?
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
More and more I'm seeing that the most critical business problems to be tackled today in the enterprise center around enabling and improving the myriad relationships -- inside the firewall, outside the firewall, and all points in between -- that make key business processes come to life.
Android Owns Wirefly's Top 10 Summer Phone List
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
Online retailer Wirefly.com published a list of its top-selling handsets for the 2010 summer months. Android phones made up 6 of the top 10.
HTML 5: Believe The Hype
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
HTML 5 is one of the most important new technologies, both an engine for a revitalized "web operating system" and a key means to a single platform for mobile applications. Many of you have probably heard tons of hype about it. Or you're thinking, "what's HTML 5?"
Tips For Effective SEM
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
If you're a small company looking to increase your exposure and win new business, you might want to consider launching an e-mail marketing and/or SEM campaign -- if you haven't already, that is.
Social Networking Functions Come To Network Management
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
Social networking tools, such Facebook, Twitter, et, al., have made a significant mark on how many software application are built. Consequently, Spiceworks has incorporated some of these products' design concepts in its network management and help desk system.
International Windows Phone 7 Devices Missing Features?
Commentary  |  9/15/2010  | 
Here is an interesting rumor that has a ring of truth to it. Some of the more hyped features of Windows Phone 7 may not make it to countries that don't speak English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, at least not initially. If true, how much will this hurt the platform's launch?
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