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posted in August 2009
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IBM To Offer Desktop Virtualization
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Desktops will be virtualized via the products of either VMware or Citrix Systems to match a customer's current environment.
New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
Snow Leopard Draws Mixed Reviews
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Apple's newest OS praised by some for speed, knocked by others for lack of "killer features."
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: Does It Matter?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
As President Obama said, the media loves a ruckus. But should SMBs really care about the alleged Snow Leopard-Windows 7 throwdown? And is the OS where the real battle is anyway?
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
Tibco Adds Matching Engine To MDM Platform
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The addition of Netrics' technology to Collaboration Information Manager version 7.2.1 considerably improves the finding of duplicate records in very large data sets through advanced mathematical modeling of human similarity.
Ad Copy For The Faithful
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Last week's talk about FSF's "7 Sins" campaign made me think about the nature of such pro/con publicity efforts -- like Apple's PC/Mac ads, the "I'm a PC" ad. Are they designed to draw people into the fold, or keep people from leaving it?

Global CIO: In The Age Of Facebook, IT Problems Become CIO Nightmares
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
For unknown reasons, a vital software application isn't delivering mission-critical information, and the end-customers are screaming mad. And they're airing their complaints very publicly on Facebook.
Xen Hypervisor Goes For Full Virtualization
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
The Xen.org project will adopt much of the Citrix Systems virtual infrastructure and aims to supply a full virtualization environment.
Is Cell Phone Security A Virtual House Of Cards?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mobile service providers insist there is nothing wrong with their security standards. Are they whistling past the digital graveyard?
Apple Identifies Snow Leopard Incompatibilities
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
In the wake of widespread concern about software that might be incompatible with Snow Leopard, Apple has posted a support page describing known incompatibilities and how Snow Leopard handles them. A few items of interest to SMBs are on the list, and the smart businessperson will make sure to wait for updates or be prepared for workarounds.
The Free Software Foundation's Deadly Sins
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
After giving Vista a pummeling, the Free Software Foundation has turned to Windows 7's "sins" against computer users. And like their previous anti-Windows campaign, it misses the point. You can't improve your own lot by lowering everyone else's.

Shadow IT: A Plague on Good Governance
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
One of my favorite technology terms is "Shadow IT." The term is not employed often enough, and its role in undermining good information management should be more widely broadcast, because Shadow IT represents a plague on content management.
Apple Releases Snow Leopard
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac OS X 10.6 is now officially available for purchase.
Does Apple's Snow Leopard Really Matter To SMBs?
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
This is a big week for the Apple Macintosh. The company is rolling out its big Snow Leopard Mac OS X upgrade, and of special interest to SMBs, the server version of Snow Leopard debuts as well. But how big a deal is the Macintosh world to SMBs anyway?
Tibco Acquires DataSynapse For $28 Million
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The move is "an aggressive play," says one analyst, to move beyond its traditional middleware messaging role into cloud computing.
Snow Leopard Prices Slashed
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Amazon offering pre-sale discounts on Apple's new Mac OS.
Federal Health IT Coding Event Draws Developers
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Open software designed to link health IT systems to the developing national health IT network is attracting interest.
Android App Users Not Inclined To Pay
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users are more than twice as likely to regularly purchase mobile apps, according to an AdMob survey.
Nokia Intros Linux-Based N900 Phone
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
It is still committed to open-source Symbian, Nokia says, but Maemo could be a complementary platform.
A License War - Or At Least A Debate
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Amidst the laundry list of links I get sent every day to paw through, FOSS Licences Wars was a standout. Despite the word "wars" in the title, it's actually less vitriolic than such a name would suggest. It's one guy's take on the whats, whys and should-Is of the different open source licenses.

Google, Microsoft Jockey For Enterprise Dominance
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head next year over online apps for business.
Apple Snow Leopard Faces Windows 7 Fight
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The latest iteration of Mac OS X is looking like a solid upgrade, but Microsoft's follow up to Vista constitutes a major competitive threat.
Open Source: One Sure Way To Keep Piracy At Bay
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
The software cops are just a phone call away from showing up at your small business. It's your job to figure out how to slam the door in their faces.
Global CIO: Salesforce.com Surge Pushes SaaS Into Mainstream
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
With sustained revenue growth and growing acceptance among larger customers, the SaaS community--led by Salesforce.com--has moved confidently out of the margins and into the mainstream.
Snow Leopard Launch Parties On Tap
News  |  8/26/2009  | 
Apple dealers plan specials and other goodies to mark Friday's debut of Mac OS X 10.6.
The SCO That Wouldn't Die!
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
After The Incredible Shrinking SCO, it's now time for The SCO That Wouldn't Die. Maybe SCO should sell its story rights to Hollywood for more fast cash and make a follow-up to Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Do SharePoint Right Before It Does You Wrong
Commentary  |  8/26/2009  | 
I recently advised a global consumer goods firm about how to integrate its various Social Software implementations and where to place SharePoint in that mix... It occurred to me later that the same advice could be taken to heart by existing SharePoint customers. It might mean "undoing" some work, but here are six basic things you can do...
IBM Sharpens Rational Tools
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The new standard is a bid to make IBM's Rational change management tools more interoperable with other vendors'.
Amazon Launches Private Cloud Service
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
Customers will create a VPN to bridge Amazon to their existing IT infrastructures and use their existing security systems to protect data.
Pidgin Brings Order To The IM Jungle
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
Instant messaging is supposed to be quick and easy. One of my favorite open-source projects actually delivers on that promise.
Sell 'Good,' Not 'Open'
Commentary  |  8/25/2009  | 
The folks at the 451 Group talked recently about "the right and best way" to make money from open source. The short version: don't sell "open source", sell good software.

SCO Wins Unix Appeal
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The decision paves the way for SCO to continue its claim that IBM and others used SCO Unix code in Linux operating system software.
Snow Leopard Server Pounces Friday
News  |  8/25/2009  | 
The server version of Apple's new operating system will debut alongside its client-side cousin.
2 In 3 IT Managers Have Cloud Funding
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Survey finds cloud computing becoming deeply entrenched in enterprise IT organizations.
Microsoft Launches OneApp Platform
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
The application will bring lightweight versions of Twitter, Facebook, and other programs to feature phones.
Snow Leopard Pre-Sales Bite Microsoft
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Apple's new OS jumps Redmond offerings to top the charts at online retailer Amazon.
Nokia Joins the NetBook Fray
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
With employees bounding from place to place, small handheld devices have become all the rage. Nokia, the world's leading cell phone supplier, understands that its foes are no longer limited to Apple and Samsung. Consequently, the Finnish supplier has moved into the burgeoning netbook market, one where it faces significant competition.
Open Source You Can Use, August 2009
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
In this installment: three birds (one of them a singer), a tiger, and a scribe. Read on for details.

Snow Leopard To Hit Stores Friday
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Apple will release major OS X upgrade weeks ahead of Microsoft's Windows 7 launch party.
Windows 7 Upgrades Hit Europe
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
Microsoft's nixing of plan to deliver special version of OS means consumers on the Continent can also purchase Family Packs.
Teradata's Active Enterprise Data Warehouse Story
Commentary  |  8/24/2009  | 
Teradata used to tell a one-size-fits-all Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) story. That's no longer the case. Last year, Teradata introduced a range of products. I think Teradata is serious about selling its full product range, and by now has achieved buy-in from its sales force for that strategy. I base these beliefs on data points such as...
SPSS Unveils Predictive Analytics For Marketers
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
PASW-Direct Marketing is designed for business users and requires no knowledge of advanced statistics.
IDC Ranks Vendors In Growing Business Analytics Market
News  |  8/24/2009  | 
In 2008, Oracle led the overall market, followed in order by SAP, IBM, SAS and Microsoft, a recent IDC report says. Rounding out the top 10 were Teradata, Fair Isaac, Informatica, Infor and MicroStrategy, respectively.
Global CIO: LG Transforms Global Operations With New Oracle ERP
Commentary  |  8/23/2009  | 
After mapping and standardizing 440 critical business processes across 83 global subsidiaries, the CIO of $44 billion LG Electronics is making his company the first ever to implement Oracle's newest ERP platform.
SpringSource Launches Java Cloud Management
News  |  8/21/2009  | 
Cloud Foundry is based on SpringSource's acquisition in June of Cloud Foundry Inc.
Why Microsoft Still Wins -- Even If Microsoft Loses
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
According to so much recent news coverage, the world is still hurtling towards Life Without Office. I think it's worth raining, one last time, on this misguided parade.
Flat World: Freemium Made Workable
Commentary  |  8/21/2009  | 
After Thursday's column about open textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge, I got in touch with Flat World co-founder Eric Frank and talked about many of the things I'd worried about. How do you make things that are free and open, but also useful and profitable?

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