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Content posted in September 2012
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How Middle-Aged Microsoft Can Save Itself
Commentary  |  9/14/2012  | 
Microsoft must reverse the five stages of decline before hubris descends into irrelevance, and it's too late.
What CIOs Should Know About 'Outside-In' Architecture
Commentary  |  9/14/2012  | 
Today's flexible, loosely coupled supply chains and business models require a whole new approach.
Google Project Glass Must Be More Than Fashion
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
Google should worry less how its augmented reality glasses look and more about what they can do.
Not Everyone Is Facebook: HTML5 Will Still Thrive
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
In retrospect, it was foolhardy for a company with the resources of Facebook not to make native apps for mobile platforms, but it had to learn the lesson. You and your one-man ISV or corporate app? HTML5 might be a great choice.
Apple's Remote-Kill Patent: New Cost Of Doing Business Abroad?
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
A new Apple patent, to remotely disable functions on wireless devices based on locations or events, rightly raises the hackles of those who fear digital encroachments on personal freedoms.
Intel's Search For Relevance On Display At IDF
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
Intel recognizes we're in a PC-plus era--and just in time. But can it corral device partners who have moved on to other mobile hardware platforms?
Has The iPhone Peaked?
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
Prediction: Apple will sell every iPhone 5 it makes just on good execution and the strength of the brand. But the new phone already lags the competition in many areas, and it will be a year before the next major refresh. The iPhone 5 is a good incremental update, but Apple has left a big opening for Android and Windows Phone.
iOS 6: Apple Headed For Design Rut?
Commentary  |  9/13/2012  | 
iPhone 5's evolutionary hardware update may disappoint some, but the real problem lies with Apple's failure to improve iOS 6.
Bing Vs. Google Taste Test: Reader Results
Commentary  |  9/12/2012  | 
Microsoft's search engine fared better in our readers' taste tests than in mine. But readers still didn't see the "nearly 2-to-1" advantage that Microsoft claims.
Apple iPhone 5: Opportunities And Threats
Commentary  |  9/12/2012  | 
iPhone 5 delights on a device level, but has plenty of rivals to worry about. Take a look at our competitive assessment.
Why MBAs Hate Google--And You Shouldn't
Commentary  |  9/12/2012  | 
Does Google really owe enterprises a five-year plan? Google's "big startup" attitude is a win for enterprises seeking agility.
Google Races Toward 1 Billion Android Activations
Commentary  |  9/12/2012  | 
Google has now activated 500 million Android devices and is expected to hit 1 billion activations by the end of 2013.
Beyond The iPhone, Why Apple Sues Samsung
Commentary  |  9/11/2012  | 
Apple wants more than to stop Samsung's smart phones from launching. Mindful that Android already controls half the market, it is setting its sights on making a royalty on every Android phone sold.
iPhone 5 Will Save The World: Analysts
Commentary  |  9/11/2012  | 
It's iPhone 5 eve, and analysts are rolling out their predictions for the new Jesus phone from Apple. According to these soothsayers, the iPhone 5 is going to have a big, big impact.
IT Free Agency: A Migraine For Managers
Commentary  |  9/11/2012  | 
Knowledge workers continue to stampede out the door and onto their own. It's a trend that will only intensify, and it could put you at a competitive disadvantage.
RIM Customers To Face BES Fragmentation
Commentary  |  9/10/2012  | 
RIM has clarified how current BlackBerry devices, BB10, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server will--and won't--work together, and it ain't pretty. The plan is not for a unified mobile device management console, but a two-headed solution that will require new servers and training.
Vail Takes Sharp Turn On Dev Outsourcing Strategy
Commentary  |  9/10/2012  | 
Vail CIO explains why he added expertise in-house and is using outsourcing only around the edges.
6 Uncomfortable Questions IT Teams Should Ask
Commentary  |  9/10/2012  | 
Our InformationWeek 500 ranking is about innovation, but it’s also about asking tough questions and making hard decisions.
InformationWeek 500 To-Do List
Commentary  |  9/10/2012  | 
It's all well and good to have an agenda when you go to a conference, but don't forget the bigger lessons that serendipity brings.
Windows Phone 8: What Microsoft Needs To Compete
Commentary  |  9/10/2012  | 
It's currently a two-horse race in the smartphone market: Android on Samsung and iOS on Apple. The nation's wireless carriers can help Microsoft gain ground on the market leaders.
Nokia's Lumia 920: Phony Images Damage Credibility
Commentary  |  9/10/2012  | 
Nokia got caught red-handed with faked video and photo samples purportedly taken with the Lumia 920. The company has issued apologies and launched an ethics investigation, but the damage has been done.
Kindle Fire HD: The Mobile Set-Top Box
Commentary  |  9/8/2012  | 
Remember how set-top boxes were once presumed to be a major content vehicle of the future? In fact, the Kindle Fire HD is the set-top box of the future and Amazon is the cable company -- all one channel, but one where you can order up just about anything, from digital books to seasons of TV. It makes the aspirations of movies-on-demand and the Home Shopping Network seem downright tame in comparison. It does away not only with the set-top box, but the set itself.
Phoney Fear Of Phones And Flying
Commentary  |  9/8/2012  | 
Alex Baldwin might finally be able to play Words With Friends without being hassled. For over 20 years, airline passengers in the U.S. have been required to turn off personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The evidence behind this ban was always thin and evidence against it is accumulating. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should end the policy.
Atrius Health Champions Interoperability
Commentary  |  9/7/2012  | 
This large Massachusetts group practice has made medical data exchange a top priority by establishing a centralized Web portal with area hospitals.
5 Ways IT Can Stall Social
Commentary  |  9/7/2012  | 
When it comes to social networking, IT departments can lead, follow, or get out of the way.
EMC Taps Alpine As SAS Alternative For Analytics
Commentary  |  9/7/2012  | 
EMC's Greenplum unit still has an important partnership with SAS, but a new deal with Alpine Data Labs brings big data practitioners a second option for advanced analytics.
Lumia 920: Nokia, Microsoft Finally Bring Their 'A' Game
Commentary  |  9/6/2012  | 
Poor Windows Phone. All this time, nobody has paid much attention to it. That's about to change with the just-announced Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8. It looks to be a top-notch phone that showcases the killer OS Microsoft has been planning all along.
Bing Flunked My Search Taste Test
Commentary  |  9/6/2012  | 
Microsoft claims Bing's results are preferred over Google's by 2 of every 3 searchers--but, for me at least, the numbers don't add up.
Firefighters See Problems, CIOs Must See Opportunities
Commentary  |  9/6/2012  | 
As the IW 500 Conference kicks off this week, IT leaders rank BYOD and cloud among their biggest challenges. But the smartest CIOs look beyond the negatives.
Medication Alert Fatigue Is Curable
Commentary  |  9/6/2012  | 
Medication alerts are supposed to ensure patient safety, but clinicians ignore them when bombarded with too many. This dilemma needs to be solved.
Bridging Hot And Cold Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  9/5/2012  | 
Pogoplug takes the chill off Glacier, turning it into a continuously replicated archive.
Collaboration Strategy: Avoid The Online Dating Syndrome
Commentary  |  9/5/2012  | 
No matter how you spice up your profile, you'll never be a collaborative organization if you're lying to yourself. Here's how to build a better workplace, starting with what you've got.
Nokia Lumia 820, 920: Windows Phone 8 Details Scarce
Commentary  |  9/5/2012  | 
Nokia's Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones have innovative features. But it's disconcerting that Microsoft isn't ready to show all that Windows Phone 8 has to offer.
Windows 8's Unpleasant Split Personality
Commentary  |  9/4/2012  | 
The OS suffers from a platform schism that can't be fixed with Win RT or virtualization.
Texts, Chat Slowly Killing Voicemail?
Commentary  |  9/4/2012  | 
According to USA Today, people don't leave as many voice mails as they used to. Does this mean voice mail is dying? In a word, yes.
Pabst Brews Up Alternatives To BI Software
Commentary  |  9/4/2012  | 
Beer maker hopes to avoid data warehousing and business intelligence suites and instead rely on a mix of ERP-based reporting and cloud-based performance management.
Motorola And Nokia Smartphones: What To Expect
Commentary  |  9/4/2012  | 
Motorola will stick with Android and Nokia will make a Windows Phone 8 splash as both announce new devices at separate events on September 5.
iPhone 5 Display Ratio Could Mess With Apps
Commentary  |  9/3/2012  | 
The bigger screen in the impending iPhone 5 will cause problems for some apps. Many apps will have to be updated for the new size or they will end up looking bad.
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