Content posted in September 2012
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Social Business Nominations: Do I Hear A Second?
Commentary  |  9/30/2012  | 
Help us develop our list of 10 Top Social Business Leaders.
New Face Of IT: Line Of Business Execs
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
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.
EHR Savings Debate Grows
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
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.
EHRs: Waste Of Money Or Wise Investment?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Recent Wall Street Journal commentary ripped into health IT, but the critics offered very little in the way of viable solutions.
Nokia's Pricey Lumia Phones Hit Europe In November
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 go on sale in select European markets come November, with initial prices that are troublingly high.
What Collaboration Can And Can't Fix
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Your collaboration vision must be grounded in real problems your business needs to solve.
Is Windows 8 Too Risky For IT?
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
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.
Hypesters Put IT Credibility On The Line
Commentary  |  9/26/2012  | 
Business technology leaders and managers need to get into the habit of underpromising and overdelivering.
Google Enterprise, I'm Not Impressed
Commentary  |  9/26/2012  | 
You have great products and are a proven innovator, but it will take changes in thinking to conquer the enterprise.
Cisco Customers Discuss Its Future
Commentary  |  9/26/2012  | 
The shocker is that VMware is getting a look from 38% of Cisco customers who are in search of alternatives.
In Apple We Trust, Blindly
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
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.
RIM Hints BB10 Debuts In January: Too Late?
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
Research In Motion CEO gives away a clue that the earliest possible sale date for BlackBerry 10 devices is mid-January. Can RIM hold on that long?
Is IT Innovation Driving Physicians Out The Door?
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
Recent health IT initiatives are forcing many frustrated clinicians to take early retirement. IT leaders need to realize that our national treasure is becoming an endangered species.
Twitter Helps Build Social Data Ecosystem
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
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?
VCs To Startups: Get Thee To The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Vegas data center confab shows technology, economics, and a cutthroat business environment shaping infrastructure hosting and services.
Apple's Proprietary Lightning Beats Standard Micro-USB Mobile Connector
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
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.
Accountable Care: IT Gets Us Only Halfway There
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Accountable care organizations rely on software tools to deliver cost-effective care. But ACOs may be built on a shaky foundation.
6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Apple's iPhone 5 makes design advances, but here's how vendors could make smartphones even more useful.
Where Sentiment Analysis Heads Next
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Take a look at the state of sentiment analysis and explore future directions.
Next Valley View: NetSuite And More
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
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.'s Next Steps To Become The Next Oracle
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | is still tiny compared to giants like IBM, Oracle, and SAP, but there's plenty of room for fast growth in new markets. Here's what it needs to do next.
iPhone Scuffgate: Every Launch Must Have Scandal
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Remember Antennagate? Apple can't launch an iPhone without coming under fire for some reason. Now it's chipped paint on the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 is Hot - Too Hot to Hold
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/23/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/21/2012  | 
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.'s Benioff Preaches To New Flock: CMOs
Commentary  |  9/21/2012  | 
Marc Benioff wants marketing to be Salesforce's next $1 billion business. To get there, he's jumping right into the growing tension between IT and marketing execs.
Mobile Is Not A Sideshow
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
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.
5 Reasons Windows 8 Could Save Microsoft's Bacon
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
The mobility revolution and RIM's self-immolation couldn't come at a better time for Redmond.
Why Are We Still Buying Desktop OSes, Anyway?
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
Add up what that Windows 8 upgrade really costs before committing.
Why Software-As-A-Service Could Be A Dead End
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
If enterprise apps all become SaaS, your software investment will have a very precise lifespan and return.
How To Build A High-Performance IT Team
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
In a tight job market, CIOs and other tech employers need to rethink their recruiting, training, and retention practices.
Social Opens New IT Career Path In Marketing
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
Many companies are dedicating IT staff to marketing and communications departments; others are hiring marketing staffers who have focused tech skills.
Why No Ultrabook Pep Rally At IDF?
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
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 That Disappoint
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
Apple's new mobile operating system offers some much-needed improvements, but plenty of things still need polish.
iOS 6: 5 Things To Like
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
Apple's new mobile operating system is finally available. Here are five great things about iOS 6.
4 Attributes Of A Robust Innovation Culture
Commentary  |  9/19/2012  | 
We all like to think our enterprise has a creative, dynamic culture--but how many really do? Put yours to the test.
Is Apple Or NFC The Bigger Loser With iPhone 5?
Commentary  |  9/19/2012  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
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.
Zuora: $82 Million Bet On 2 Big Ideas
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
Zuora is the latest startup whose success hinges on customers' willingness to turn their business over to a cloud vendor.
Intel Win8 Tablet Competitive Price vs. ARM Confirmed
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
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.
Hortonworks' Hadoop Dilemma: Get Rich Giving Ideas Away
Commentary  |  9/18/2012  | 
Hortonworks shares its innovations with everybody, including rivals Cloudera and MapR. CEO Rob Bearden says the market will 'return to its rightful owner.'
How To Scale Social Business For The Real World
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
New channels = new challenges. Learn how smart organizations are adapting to the new ways customers connect.
Wireless Innovation Slows, And That's A Good Thing
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
Apple's incremental iPhone updates aren't slowing sales, and they're allowing us to plan more rationally. How can that be bad?
Samsung Goes On Offensive Against iPhone 5
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
Samsung releases attack ad pitting the Galaxy S III against the iPhone 5. Parodies of the ad are quickly conjured up by Apple and Nokia fans in response.
Tech Startups Reinvent Basic Business Models
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
Mobile, social, and local have been the hottest trends in tech. But TechCrunch Disrupt panel shows that the action today is in enterprise tech.
Can IT Cure Healthcare's Inertia?
Commentary  |  9/17/2012  | 
If the industry remains resistant to change, it will eventually render itself obsolete.
Is A Twitter Phone Coming?
Commentary  |  9/14/2012  | 
Twitter's hiring of Charlie Miller could be a sign that the company is getting ready to produce a phone or something like it.
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