Citrix Buying XenSource To Tap Red-Hot Virtualization Market
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BlackBerrys: So Easy A Caveman Could Do It
There's a reason why Research In Motion's BlackBerry devices posted strong results in an enterprise survey. They work. They're simple to use. And they don't throw their users into an existential identity crisis.
I don't know about anyone else, but I find those Geico.com commercials featuring cavemen to be humorous. Whoever thought them up must have been fans of the old Saturday Night Live Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer skits with Phil Hartman. Either way, RIM could almost adopt them as their own.
The first time I was assigned a BlackBerry was a couple of years ago. After the IT administrator walked me through the enterprise activation, everything else was a snap. RIM makes them so intuitive to use that anyone can figure them out in about 5 minutes. Including cavemen. Aside from delivering an unending stream of e-mails to your hip, they also run a host of third-party applications that let enterprise workers be productive when out in the field. So, it's no big surprise that enterprise professionals rank them highly.
I have to take exception with one aspect of the survey, though. The study mentions that BlackBerrys and smartphones made by other manufacturers haven't penetrated the rank and file employees too well. It goes on to say that BlackBerrys remain the working tools of C-level types, as well as IT workers and sales staff.
My question is, why would the rank and file need one? If they're not mobile workers, if they remain at their desks from 9-5 every Monday through Friday, there's no apparent financial or business incentive to be gained by providing them with 24/7 access to their e-mail.
RIM and its competitors man not have convinced every enterprise employee on earth to use smartphones yet, but I don't think they need to.
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Facebook Joins The iPhone Crowd
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Arctic Cooler Chills Down My Intel Quad-Core Processor
Processor cooling fans are normally as exciting as your average oil filter. So imagine my surprise when the most noteworthy item (after the processor itself) in the latest PC build project I've undertaken turned out to be. . . the cooling fan.
Research: Mobile Phones To Be Video Terminals
This year, people are going to spend $1 billion on video calling, video mail and video sharing services. That figure will swell to $17 billion in just five years. Is mobile video really going to be that popular?
Was Journalist A Jerk For Asking Apple About 'Intel Inside'?
You can tell it's August because people are finding the weirdest issues to get worked up about. For example, Apple fans are getting their knickers in a twist about whether a journalist was out of line in asking Steve Jobs about why Apple didn't participate in the "Intel Inside" marketing campaign.
Taking A Chance On Startups
In case you haven't noticed, startups are back. And not just the Web 2.0 kind that appeal to hyper-connected youth. Today, new companies aiming to solve complex enterprise problems are sprouting up as if the dot-com bust never happened.
Imagine John Lennon On iTunes
It's easy if you try... Now Lennon and Beatles fans can wake up from their Number 9 Dream and sing out in unison: "All we are saying... is do you take checks or cash?"
What Makes For A Good CIO?
Anyone wanting to be a CIO should have his or her head examined. To judge from a recent CIO appointment, it might help!
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.