New Face Of IT: Line Of Business Execs
Without a CIO or a corporate IT staff, Jennifer Trzepacz deployed cloud-based tools to help LivingSocial grow by 4,100 full-time employees in one year.
How To Share Local Storage
Local storage can now provide capabilities like virtual machine migration and distributed resource management.
EHR Savings Debate Grows
Credible sources are raising serious concerns about the value of health IT. Some, but not all, of their criticism is warranted.
iPhone 5: My First Week
After spending a week with the Apple iPhone 5, I have a clear picture of what has improved, evolved, and gone sideways.
Facebook Seeks Next-Generation Big Data Tools
Social network giant Facebook and venture capital blue chip Accel Partners think emerging platforms like Hadoop deserve new business intelligence, data visualization, and analytics tools.
Is Windows 8 Too Risky For IT?
Microsoft's new OS may be just too different for conservative IT departments, Gartner says. But here's why I'm not counting Windows 8 out--even in the near term.
In Apple We Trust, Blindly
How secure are Apple products like iMessage and FaceTime? We have no idea. The protocols in those products have never been documented or scrutinized by outside experts.
Twitter Helps Build Social Data Ecosystem
Twitter's Certified Products Program is a step in the right direction toward improving data quality, analysis, and social business decision making. Let's hope Facebook and LinkedIn follow suit.
N.Y. Times Data Center Indictment Misses Big Picture
A New York Times examination of increasing data center use and its environmental impact focuses on aging enterprise data centers. A more important issue: How much environmental benefit can we reap from today's modern cloud data centers?
Apple's Proprietary Lightning Beats Standard Micro-USB Mobile Connector
Giving the iPhone 5 a micro-USB port instead of the incompatible Lightning connection would have been the logical and considerate way to go, but that's not the Apple Way. Luckily for Apple, we iPhone, iPod, and iPad users are used to this kind of abuse and we'll put up with it. Even with the inconvenience and extra expense of Lightning--which offers little in return--most true believers won't ditch Apple for Android or Windows phones.
Next Valley View: NetSuite And More
Tune in Sept. 26 for the next episode of our live Web TV series, including chats with NetSuite's CEO, a banking IT innovator, and some ambitious startups.
iPhone 5 is Hot - Too Hot to Hold
The hot new phone on the market is living up to its billing. Normal use got my iPhone 5 up to 111 degrees F. At this temperature it's too hot to hold.
Don't Like AT&T's FaceTime Policy? Go Elsewhere
So now access to FaceTime on one's current cellular data plan is a human right. Net neutrality proponents always played a weak hand, both legally and logically, and the controversy over AT&T and FaceTime on the iPhone and iPad just exposes further the vacuousness and arbitrariness of their positions.
One Lousy Day So Far With iOS 6
iOS 6 might turn out to be a great product, but Apple has released it half-baked. The screwed-up Maps is only the most obvious, sometimes funny, example.
Mobile Is Not A Sideshow
Some businesses at GigaOm Mobilize conference report that mobile is 25% of their Web traffic, yet many enterprises still don't have mobile-optimized websites.
Why No Ultrabook Pep Rally At IDF?
PC vendors expect Windows 8 Ultrabooks to reverse PC sales that are eroding to tablets. So why didn't Intel rally the developer troops to start placing component orders at IDF?
iOS 6: 5 Things To Like
Apple's new mobile operating system is finally available. Here are five great things about iOS 6.
Is Apple Or NFC The Bigger Loser With iPhone 5?
The potential applications for near field communications (NFC) are numerous and appealing. But now that Apple has decided not to put NFC in the iPhone 5, the rest of the world might hesitate. If it doesn't, and NFC becomes popular anyway, Apple could have a problem.
It's A Miracle Software Works This Well
It's easy to find bugs in software, especially considering today's exceedingly complex systems and their frequent interactions with each other. Still, I think computers work rather well, much better than in the Windows XP era. Now, if someone would just tell me what that "Other" space is on my iPhone.
Tech Alone Not Enough To Manage Big Data
Studies show that big corporations worry about hiring enough skilled humans to manage big data--a surprising need considering all the advanced automation tools at our disposal.
Intel Win8 Tablet Competitive Price vs. ARM Confirmed
Widespread reports still claim that Intel Windows 8 tablets based on the Clover Trail Atom SOC (system-on-chip) will be priced very high. I have been maintaining the opposite for months. But we don't need to guess anymore because I've confirmed with a real source. Looks like ARM-based Windows RT is a loser.