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Content posted in September 2011
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Open Source Virtualization: No Reason To Celebrate
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Six months after the Open Virtualization Alliance launched, Linux-based KVM hasn’t gained on VMware, Microsoft, or Citrix.
Allowing Personal Devices At Work: A Faustian Bargain?
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Progressive CIOs and their organizations can realize big benefits, but tread carefully.
Windows Phone 7's Marketing Problem
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
44% of U.S. smartphone owners who are looking to upgrade are considering Windows Phone 7, study says. But many others have never heard of it.
The Google Competition Quandary
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
The heat mounts on Google and AT&T. But for technology users, competition is often a better equalizer than a courtroom.
T-Mobile Exec: No iPhone 5 For Us
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
It could be a rough holiday quarter for T-Mobile if it's the only major U.S. network operator not offering the iPhone 5.
How To Build The Next Great Mobile Health App
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
Focus groups and smart designers aren't enough. Developers need to dig deeper into the patient's world and the clinician's workflow.
Microsoft: Could It Lose the Enterprise to Google?
Commentary  |  9/20/2011  | 
As Google Enterprise explodes along with personal tech in business, Gina Smith wonders if Microsoft has the gusto to hang on for the ride.
All Eyes On Google
Commentary  |  9/19/2011  | 
Mr. Schmidt prepares to go to Washington, while Microsoft fights to prove it can still be relevant in the tablet market.
Apple-Samsung Patent Battles Rage On
Commentary  |  9/19/2011  | 
Samsung plans to strike against the Apple iPhone 5, as the two tech titans bring new markets into their escalating lawsuit war.
States Line Up Against AT&T's T-Mobile Acquisition
Commentary  |  9/18/2011  | 
Seven attorneys general join Justice Department in opposing the acquisition.
Cloud Plays Disruptive Role in Financial Services
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
As some Wall Street firms prepare to license NYSE trading systems in the cloud to outsiders for short use periods, a privileged club opens.
On-Demand Market Maturity And The User Experience
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
Salesforce, Workday, and Microsoft show how to get it right.
Android + iOS = 1 Million Apps
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
AppGenome project reports that 52% of the apps were developed for the iPhone and 48% for Android.
IW500: Get Close To Customers Through Social Media
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
Best Buy and Kia Motors describe how they analyze sentiment and engage with consumers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
CIO Summary: Killer Insights From The IW 500 Conference
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
From HP Chairman Ray Lane challenging IT to the confessions of a hacked CIO, the InformationWeek 500 Conference had plenty to make IT leaders squirm.
How EHRs Feed The Clinical Research Pipeline
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
Natural language processing programs can now data mine e-records to help locate the best candidates for clinical trials. Several major healthcare organizations have taken notice.
Ballmer: Windows Phone Sales Still Disappointing
Commentary  |  9/16/2011  | 
Microsoft CEO works to convince financial analysts that the mobile platform has a bright future in spite of weak first year sales.
RIM Reports Falling Revenue, Profits
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
Research In Motion in its fiscal second quarter shipped 10.6 million BlackBerry smartphones, 200,000 PlayBook tablets, and saw its revenue drop 15%.
What Does AT&T's LTE Launch Mean For You?
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
AT&T's Long Term Evolution 4G network finally goes live in five markets on Sept. 18. Here is how to take advantage of the high-speed wireless technology.
RIM: We'd Shut Down BBM Under Government Order
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
Research In Motion has indicated to the U.K. government that it would comply with orders to shut down its BlackBerry Messenger service at a time of civil unrest. Is this acceptable?
Top CIO Worry: People Problems
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
IT leaders at the InformationWeek 500 conference talked talent, trust--and the new world where the CEO wants six new iPad 2 units on release day.
Social Wars: The Enterprise Strikes Back
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
In the transition to Enterprise 2.0 capitalism, the incumbent provider of the 1.0 IT infrastructure generally wins with its bolt-on, all-in-one 2.0 offering.
The Social Business And The Social Brand
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
They're different--and the same. For starters, there needs to be consistent alignment between the two to generate true business results.
Verizon Application Store Targets Enterprise
Commentary  |  9/15/2011  | 
Service lets enterprises publish private apps and control which apps its users can install.
IW500: Six Steps Satisfy Need For Speed
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
Whether you're a government or a corporation, six simple steps will help to make sure that your project or initiative keeps moving forward.
Rise Of Android Botnets
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
No, it's not the latest series on the Syfy network, much as affected companies may wish this trend were fiction.
Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab Hammering RIM PlayBook
Commentary  |  9/14/2011  | 
Competing tablets are outselling RIM's PlayBook by a huge margin, leading many analysts to further reduce RIM's chances of scoring a victory in the tablet market.
Facebook, Maps Rule Android Apps
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Gmail comes in third in Nielsen's study of the 20 most used Android applications.
How To Achieve 100% Virtualization
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Several implementers have moved far beyond initial goals and are now shooting for a completely virtualized data center; Westcon says it's there.
Windows 8: First Impressions
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Microsoft Senior VP Unveils Windows 8 at BUILD 2011
Is The Cloud Safe For Health Apps?
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Some healthcare providers are still hesitant to put patient data and clinical apps in the cloud. Here's how they cope with their angst.
The Power Of A Good Video
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Apple and Citrix approached corporate crisis points using video to rally the troops, set direction.
IW500: HP Answers Questions, But More Remain
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
Some CIOs were very worried about HP pulling a "Gateway" and selling the PC business to a less stable organization. This now seems far less likely--but other worries persist.
IW500: 5 Lessons From IT First Movers
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
What can you learn from CIOs who reaped rewards by taking early risks on virtualization and consumerization of IT? Consider these lessons shared at the InformationWeek 500 conference.
IW500: Ray Lane Says HP Strategy Sound, Messaging Stinks
Commentary  |  9/13/2011  | 
HP chairman says company will spin off its PC business, build a services business based on cloud models, and will stay away from low-margin businesses, while still promoting the webOS mobile operating system.
Microsoft Trains Windows Phones Salesforce
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
Will educating salespeople in mobile phone stores translate into increased Windows Phone sales? Microsoft thinks so.
HTC: iPhone Not 'Cool' Anymore
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
The acting president of HTC America said during a recent interview that Apple's iPhone is "a little less cool" than it used to be. HTC also had some comments about Windows Phone 7 Mango.
IW500: HP Chairman Defends Strategy Shifts
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
Ray Lane takes shots at Oracle, Microsoft, and Android while clarifying the company's mobile and information management plans.
AT&T Offers Lame Response To DOJ Lawsuit
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
Telecom service provider contends that small, regional network operators such as Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS are significant threats to its business. Please.
IT And Marketing: 3 Steps To Work Better Together
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
Companies need to become 'customer obsessed,' and that takes IT's data chops melded with marketing's focus on markets and speed.
Samsung May Ditch Windows Phone 7 Next Year
Commentary  |  9/12/2011  | 
Microsoft's smartphone platform will be dumped in favor of Samsung's own operating system, according to partner.
AT&T Calls T-Mobile Deal Good For Consumers
Commentary  |  9/11/2011  | 
Telecom company challenges DOJ lawsuit, says acquisition will produce better service and lower prices.
Apple iPhone 5: Will Sprint's Unlimited Data Plan Last?
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
News analysis: Sprint will emerge with the Apple iPhone 5 in October, but how long will it offer unlimited data?
DigiNotar Attack A Reminder To Focus On Basics
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
Sure, it's a big, scary world right now, but IT leaders need to stay focused on comprehensive security programs.
HP's New Strategy: IT Pros Get Their Say
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
InformationWeek surveyed IT professionals about HP's recent change in course. Bottom line: They want to believe in HP--but don't understand where it's headed.
Steve Jobs Was A Lawyer's Dream CEO
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
Apple's former chief taught all executives how to protect innovations, keep secrets, and enforce their companies' rights.
Do EHRs Improve Clinical Outcomes? An Objective View
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
The evidence to suggest that electronic health records really make a difference has not been overwhelming--until now.
Microsoft Strikes Deal With Acer, Viewsonic On Android
Commentary  |  9/9/2011  | 
Viewsonic's license agreement includes Chrome, suggests that operating system may be up for its own legal challenges.
RIM Tries New Tactics To Push PlayBooks
Commentary  |  9/8/2011  | 
Research In Motion entices people to buy its PlayBook tablet with lures including $100 gift cards and pledges to developers.
My First Eight Days With Jive's New Platform
Commentary  |  9/8/2011  | 
A community manager grapples with and adjusts to the ups and downs of new collaboration software.
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