Commentary
Content posted in September 2010
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Using Virtualization for "Smart Multi-Tenancy"
Commentary  |  9/8/2010  | 
The old debate on single- vs. multi-tenancy for SaaS solutions has become really interesting, the game changer being virtualization... Who's right? Of course, there are two sides to every argument.
HP Rolls Out Bevy of New SMB Products
Commentary  |  9/8/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard Co. has emerged as one of the top IT suppliers to small and midsize businesses. To maintain that position, the company unveiled a suite of new networking, computer, and storage products - with many of the items focused on companies with 10 to 25 employees.
RIM Acquires Documents To Go Maker DataViz
Commentary  |  9/8/2010  | 
RIM has confirmed that they have acquired DataViz, the company that makes the popular Documents To Go app for mobile platforms that allows you to open and edit Microsoft Office documents on your phone. They currently support a lot of platforms, but now that RIM owns them, will they shut down all development save for the Blackberry OS?
Global CIO: In Hurd's Wake, An Ugly Ending For Oracle's Charles Phillips
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
Larry Ellison's farewell rationale for Phillips' awkward departure just doesn't add up. And I think Mark Hurd better watch his back.
Google Knows What You're Thinking, Sometimes
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible is so ambitious and fraught with social and political risks that the company's actions and services are easy targets for satire, ridicule, or criticism. Sometimes the complaints have some merit, as in the case of the company's unintentional collection of WiFi data. More often than not, fear of Google is overstated. And occasionally, Google does something that straddles the line between cool and creepy, like <
SAS Takes Predictive Analytics Mainstream
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
In another move reflecting the shift to "mainstream analytics" -- the predictive kind -- SAS just announced the release of SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler, which allows less-sophisticated users to create a basic model from within an Excel interface.
LG Makes 'Optimus' Windows Phone 7 Legit
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
LG has announced that it will brand its Windows Phone 7 devices "Optimus 7" and that they will ship during the fourth quarter of 2010.
Global CIO: Chevron CIO Wrings Value Out Of Existing IT
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
A conversation with Chevron CIO Louie Ehrlich on IT opportunity and reshaping the role of the CIO.
Games And Business Get Friendly
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
I always get a chuckle when someone is "surprised" that video games can offer value and lessons to business and tech. What a surprise! After all, video games have only been doing that since they first came into existence.
Samsung: We'll Sell 10 Million Galaxy Tabs
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
Speaking in an interview, a Samsung executive said the company believes it will sell 10 million Android-powered Galaxy Tabs by this time next year.
HD And Dual Core Processors Coming To Smartphones
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
What's next with smartphones? Market research firm Juniper Research expects that vendors will add 3D functionality and switch to high end hardware features, such as dual core processors, in order to continue to drive interest high end smartphones.
Samsung Fascinate Debuts This Week At Verizon Stores
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless and Samsung on Tuesday announced that the Fascinate variant of the Galaxy S Android line will hit Verizon stores on September 9.
Global CIO: Resurrecting Mark Hurd: Larry Ellison's War With IBM
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
One month after resigning in disgrace from HP, Hurd joins Ellison's pursuit of IBM. Here are Hurd's top 10 challenges.
Android Steals Share From Everyone In Web Browsing
Commentary  |  9/7/2010  | 
Sales numbers are a good sign of how well a device is doing, and Android has nothing to complain about there. Web browsing though is a better indication of how much usage the device is getting. Here too Android has nothing to complain about. In fact, it is the only smartphone platform showing growth.
Microsoft Chooses The A-Bomb
Commentary  |  9/6/2010  | 
The final Windows Phone 7 software has been released to the phone makers. Next month you can drop by your local carrier's mall kiosk and grab a new phone and a Starbucks. Although Microsoft would love to take on the iPhone, it's more likely to try and grab some of Android's surging market share.
Global CIO: Larry Ellison And Mark Hurd: The Job Interview
Commentary  |  9/6/2010  | 
A fly on the wall overhears the final stages of Ellison's conversation with Hurd to have the former HP CEO join Oracle as President of Systems.
iPad Love Hits 1,000 At SAP
Commentary  |  9/4/2010  | 
Extending the iPad phenomenon from its high-profile executives to mainstream employees, SAP is equipping 1,000 of its workers with iPads running a range of enterprise applications, including SAP's own BusinessObjects BI tools, reports winshuttle.com.
Looking For A Password? Look Under A Keyboard
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
How many of your employees are keeping passwords, log-ins and other information on sticky notes under their keyboards? Easy enough to find out.
Verizon Offers No-Contract Services, Website Kits
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Businesses can now sign up for one of the Verizon Solutions for Business phone-plus-broadband service plans on a month-to-month basis. The carrier is also rolling out SMB-oriented website building tools.
Pricing Could Determine Samsung Galaxy Tab's Fate
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Samsung has not released official pricing for its new Android tablet, but its business partners are publishing prices that exceed $1,000 for the seven-inch Tab.
Squadhelp: Helping Small Businesses Tap The Crowd
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Have you recently launched a small company but can't come up with a catchy name? Or maybe you've been in business for quite some time and you're stuck on trying to find a good moniker for a new product or service. Or you need to test-drive your new-and-improved website to find out how user-friendly it is.
Motorola Takes Another Shot At Apple
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Motorola has published another full-page ad for one of its Android devices, and takes a poke at the iPhone's inability to access Flash.
A Bolder, Brassier VMware Emerges From The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Around the breakfast table at VMworld, attendees from places like Calgary, Little Rock and Charleston, S.C., remarked on how Ubuntu, Microsoft and Red Hat were barely visible at the show this year. Microsoft had a little booth I never succeeded in spotting; Red Hat had a 10-by-10 on the perimeter. It all suddenly seemed so obvious.
Is The Smartphone The OS Or The Hardware?
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Ask someone what kind of desktop or laptop they own and they will most likely respond with the operating system name. And it used to be that if you asked about their smartphone, they would probably respond with the hardware name. But that may be changing.
Reconsidering TPC Database Performance Benchmarks
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Some say they are abstract if not downright misleading. But TPC benchmarks remain the only available standardized test of total-system performance and cost. Use them with caution.
Global CIO: Danger, Danger, Larry Ellison: The T-Shirts Are Coming!
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Instead of campaigning to marshal support against Ellison's Java plans, Java creator Gosling has trivialized the issue with his insipid T-shirt "protest."
Sprint Says Samsung Epic 4G A Hit
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Sprint on Friday announced that the new Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G Android phone is one of its best sellers.
Samsung Picks Android, Windows Phone 7 Takes Hit
Commentary  |  9/3/2010  | 
Samsung announced on Thursday that they plan to focus their development efforts on Google's Android platform and their own Bada platform. Up until now, Samsung has been a solid partner of Microsoft's. They aren't leaving Windows Phone 7 behind, but they are only planning one device running Microsoft's new software. As for Symbian, don't count on it.
Equinux, JAMF Upgrade iPhone, iPad Provisioning Platforms
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Tarmac, the iOS provisioning solution from Equinux, has added a security feature, while the next version of JAMF's Casper Suite will take advantage of the new management features in iOS4.
Global CIO: IBM-Google Security Snafu Shows #1 Vulnerability Is Ignorance
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
IBM's ranking of software vendors by vulnerabilities is riddled with errors, so Google intervenes and goes from worst to first.
Let The Contractors In
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Contractors deserve a voice in the series of upcoming TechStat review sessions the Office of Management and Budget has launched to fix high-risk IT projects across the federal government.
One-Thrd Of Users Fear The Whole Wide Web And Everything On It
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
New figures from Avira indicate that a healthy fear of the Web is making users more security-conscious if not yet more careful. Now's a good time to reinforce the lesson.
Down To Business: Why Some People 'Dread' Collaboration
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
If workers use certain collaboration tools just because they're compelled to do so, they'll get lost in the white noise of misplaced communications.
Use A BlackBerry To Order A Starbucks Latte
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Starbucks and Research In Motion on Thursday announced a new Starbucks application for BlackBerries. The app lets BlackBerry users manage their Starbucks account and make purchases at select stores.
SMB On Location Progress Report: Torelli in the 'Sandbox'
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
If you drop in on Torelli Bicycle Co. headquarters in North Hollywood, Calif., these days, you'll find CEO Todd Linscott and the rest of Team Torelli spending every spare moment reveling in their new "sandbox."
Green IT Pointers from Fujitsu
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Fujitsu America has begun offering consulting services to help its customers promote green IT and cut their IT energy costs. While aimed at F500 types, the same tips apply to SMBs.
Jobs Jabs At Google, Google Jabs Back
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
During Wednesday's Apple press conference, CEO Steve Jobs took a not-too-subtle shot at Google and its Android platform. Google responded.
Samsung Intros 7-Inch Galaxy Tab With Froyo
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Samsung today officially unveiled its iPad competitor, the Galaxy Tab. The new tablet from Samsung runs Android 2.2. Froyo and features a seven-inch display.
HP Announces New Notebooks, Netbooks
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Starting today and continuing over the next few months, HP will be introducing new Pavilion and Envy notebooks and new Mini don't-call-them-netbooks. The Pavilion and Minis could appeal to many business travelers.
Global CIO: IBM's Blazing New Mainframe Wins Raves From Citigroup
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
Citigroup says the z196's record-setting chips help deliver massive performance increase and flexibility that will result in greater innovation and value for customers.
Microsoft Goes Gold, Apple and Palm Announce Updates
Commentary  |  9/2/2010  | 
This has been a pretty big week for upcoming smartphone platforms. Microsoft announced today that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing on schedule. Palm has released the SDK for WebOS 2 and revealed quite a bit of info on the new platform. Finally, Apple today gave details on the 4.1 and 4.2 updates for iOS.
Wound Care Goes ToThe Cloud
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
GWR Medical decided more than a year ago that instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade and maintain its own IT infrastructure supporting its wound care therapy business, it would instead pass the baton to Verizon. That's when GWR Medical made the move to the cloud.
Compatibility and SaaS Multi-tenancy
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
Fellow Enterprise Irregular Phil Wainright has commented on my recent post regarding multi-tenancy with a well-considered rebuttal that I believe deserves its own rebuttal in turn. Here it is:
Data Analytics: Key to Process Optimization
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
Rome was not reinvented in a day. Your enterprise business processes won't turn around overnight either. You'll need to re-engineer processes while you continue to run a business -- albeit one with many buried layers, some splendid ruins, and many construction projects that cause never-ending traffic snarls.
Apple Previews iOS 4.1 And 4.2 For iPad
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
During Apple's event on Wednesday, it said iPhone users can expect iOS 4.1 to arrive next week with new features. iPad owners will need to wait a bit longer for iOS 4.2 to arrive.
USB And SMB Is A Risky Mix
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
Drive-based threats may pose a larger risk to your business than drive-by attacks -- and USB drives may pose the largest threat of all.
Skyfire Submits Browser App To Apple For Approval
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
Braving the murky waters of Apple's iPhone app approval process, mobile browser maker Skyfire has submitted its software to Apple.
IBM Exec Slams Oracle Over Customer Philosophy
Commentary  |  9/1/2010  | 
Oracle's begun promoting the idea that the IT stack can become much more manageable, much less expensive, and much less complex if CIOs will simply go with all-Oracle stacks. While Oracle says this novel approach is starting to gain traction among customers, IBM senior VP Steve Mills says it's all a bunch of typical Oracle testosterone-driven blather.
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