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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation posted in October 2008
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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Steers Firm To A Lower Loss
News  |  10/31/2008
New chief Ben Verwaayen's firm reported a loss of $51.8 million for its third quarter on a 6.6% drop in sales of $5.15 billion.
Phoenix Mars Lander Losing Power, Communications
News  |  10/31/2008
Dust storms on the red planet are limiting the craft's supply of solar energy.
Hubble Working But Service Mission Postponed
News  |  10/31/2008
The space telescope is back online, but follow-up maintenance is on hold.
CompTIA Poll Puts Obama On Top
News  |  10/30/2008
In terms of technology policy, 79% of respondents said the government should not regulate the Internet the way it regulates telephone service providers and television broadcasts.
Going Laptopless: MicroPersuasion On iPhone As Notebook Replacement
Commentary  |  10/30/2008
Ever since my InformationWeek cover story, "Is The Smartphone Your Next Computer?," I've been getting pinged by people telling me their tales of going "laptopless." (Can I use that word in a family blog?) Steve Rubel, the popular MicroPersuasion blogger and public-relations executive at Edelman Digital, spoke with me for the
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Consumer Electronics' Supply Chain Is Weakening
News  |  10/29/2008
Lower-than-expected production for equipment manufacturers that sell mobile PCs, digital TVs, DVD players and other electronics to stores, research firm Gartner warns.
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
Commentary  |  10/29/2008
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
$5.5 Million BlackBerry Fund Invests In Future Mobile Harvest
News  |  10/29/2008
Recipients Digby, Buzzd, and WorldMate are expected to build applications that will show up on RIM's application store next March.
SAP Global Operations CEO Cites Steep Drop In Customer Buying
News  |  10/29/2008
SAP will boost sales with new software packages to help businesses weather the tough economy, McDermott said, while predicting Oracle's "Frankenstein operation" will scare off software buyers.
Motorola Is Going To Bet The Farm On Android
Commentary  |  10/29/2008
Motorola is planning a massive overhaul of its mobile phone business. Among the changes? Layoffs and a complete re-focusing of its midrange handsets, where most of its sales are. Moving forward, Motorola is going to bank on Android to be its go-to mobile phone platform.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008
There's a lot of uncertainty out there in general when it comes to the economy, next week's elections, and other unknowns, but when it comes to the health care sector, the uncertainty runs a bit deeper, especially when it comes to investments in IT.
Commercial Zeppelin Rides Launch In San Francisco
News  |  10/28/2008
The world's largest airship will ferry passengers around the Bay Area's most scenic spots.
Windows Azure: The End Of Software?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008
Forget the marketing hype, Windows Azure isn't the latest Microsoft operating system. It's a business strategy. One that shows Redmond believes the days in which it can make fat profits from software alone are numbered.
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Commentary  |  10/28/2008
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an analysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and,
Which Google Android Apps Are G1 Users Downloading?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008
Want to know who's downloading what for their HTC G1 Android phones? Medialets, a company which hooks iPhone and Android apps into mobile advertising, has an early look at the most popular Google phone applications. Here's the data.
Why Windows 7 Doesn't Compute
Commentary  |  10/27/2008
I know this is nit-picky, especially when there are so many other important things to focus on -- like faster boot times and files searches that take less than a leap year. But here's what I want to know: Isn't "Windows 7" a gross misnomer as the name of Vista's successor? If we're not gonna use a year as the numerical designation in the new operating system's name, then aren't we at least up to nine or 10? (Or maybe 12?)
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
Game Developer Richard Garriott Returns From Space
News  |  10/24/2008
The Ultima creator touched down Friday in Kazakhstan following a 12-day mission to the International Space Station.
Pulse Of Silicon Valley: High Hopes For Tech Amid Sagging Economy
Commentary  |  10/24/2008
You could call it denial, you could say some people are irrationally trying to wish the bad stock market away. But here's another side I saw this week, during a swing through Silicon Valley where I met with 10 pretty together tech companies: There's some serious -- albeit cautious -- optimism out there that now is precisely the time customers will realize they should invest in technologies which will make their businesses more efficient.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
News  |  10/23/2008
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
Down To Business: Tell IT Like It Is, Not How You Would Like IT To Be
Commentary  |  10/23/2008
The industry is going to have to learn how to let its guard down, an especially tall order when communications are sanitized by lawyers, compliance officers, and PR handlers.
Symbian Foundation Taps Nokia S60 Head To Open Its Platform
News  |  10/22/2008
Lee Williams will lead an eclectic group of hardware and software vendors as it prepares to make its development platform available in open source by June 2010.
IBM's New OpusUna Web-Conferencing Platform
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
At IBM's Market Street offices in San Francisco this week, I saw a first-hand demo of OpusUna, a unique Web-conferencing platform that incorporates widgets, audio, and video cameras so that multiple users can collaborate and communicate from within the same browser.
Top 10 Things IT Pros Should Be Afraid Of
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
Boo! These days, Halloween doesn't hold a candle to the frights technology professionals have to deal with in the so-called real world. To illustrate, bMighty has put together a unique Top 10 List of Horrors that may actually be threatening your company right now.
Will Slow-But-Steady Stay In The Race?
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
Even though it's been pushed and cajoled for the last several years, the health care industry pretty much remains a turtle when it comes to adopting IT, right? Well, maybe not.
Mr. Schmidt Goes To Florida With Obama
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
A few weeks ago, I was at a news event with Mike McCurry and I asked the former Clinton press secretary for some perspective on the technology lobby. I wondered whether he thought tech companies were any faster than others in terms of advocating for themselves in Washington.
AT&T Sees Boosted Sales Thanks To iPhone
News  |  10/22/2008
The telecom paid a high price to get the iPhone 3G to its $199 price point, as subsidies cost the company nearly $900 million.
Now How Much Would You Pay (For Linux)?
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
How much would it cost to create a Linux distribution from scratch -- assuming, that is, Linux didn't exist yet? The Linux Foundation crunched some numbers and came up with an answer: around $10.8 billion.
Android Market Details Emerge
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
Maybe you've already picked up your G1 and are now tearing through the Android Market. Once you're done rocking to TuneWiki, and playing Pac-Man, you may wonder what's going to happen next.
Who Has The Most Energy-Efficient Data Centers, Google Or Microsoft?
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
Both Google and Microsoft in the past month have disclosed details of their data center energy usage, confirming that the two software giants operate some of the most efficient facilities in the world.
Linux Creator Linus Torvalds, Others Honored In Silicon Valley
News  |  10/22/2008
The Computer History Museum also recognized Jean Bartik, one of the first programmers of ENIAC, and Bob Metcalfe, the father of Ethernet networking, at its annual Fellow Awards ceremony.
MEF: The Standards Group To Watch
Commentary  |  10/22/2008
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) really is a good model for standardization bodies. The MEF brings service providers and equipment makers together to create standards for all facets of Carrier Ethernet as well as providing conformance testing and certification. Kevin Vachon, COO of the MEF, provided some interesting insights into the direction of the MEF and, therefore, the direction of Carrier Ethernet.
Google Keeps Its Word, Gives Android Away To Anyone For Free
Commentary  |  10/21/2008
Just one day ahead of the launch of the world's first Android phone, Google has opened up the mobile phone platform to anyone who wants it. You can now download the entire Android Open Source Project for free.
Legal Hold Software Getting Smarter
Commentary  |  10/21/2008
Recommind and Guidance have launched products to help companies preserve electronically stored information for legal and audit investigations.
Ericsson Reports Strong Third Quarter
News  |  10/20/2008
The company saw sales increase in every region but Western Europe, and its stock soared as the third-quarter results beat analysts' expectations.
New SharePoint Sheriff In Town
Commentary  |  10/20/2008
Autonomy ControlPoint aims to bring governance to the wild west of SharePoint content. But does SharePoint need it?
Venture Capital Outlook Good Despite Downturn
News  |  10/20/2008
However, investments in Internet startups dropped 36%, receiving $1.1 billion for 194 deals versus $1.6 billion for 251 deals in the second quarter.
Video: iRise Rising With 'Look Before You Code' Visualization Tool
Commentary  |  10/19/2008
Does writing software have to be an uncomfortable duel between the people driving the spec, who never seem to get what they want when the code comes back, and developers who lament the ambiguous instructions they've been given? Not if you can see what your app is going to look like first. That's the idea behind iRise and its business visualization software. Check out my video chat with Emmet Keeffe, CEO of iRise, who explains it all.
TC3 Processes Millions Of Health-Care Claims In The Cloud
News  |  10/17/2008
The company explains how it uses Amazon's EC2 cloud product to help insurance companies detect fraud.
Yahoo Stock Bolstered By Microsoft CEO's Comments
News  |  10/16/2008
Microsoft disavows interest in its previous financial offers but comments about "continuing opportunities" by Steve Ballmer suggest otherwise.
GM Extends Model Car Concept To Software Development
News  |  10/16/2008
IT outsourcing providers develop faster using visualization software, says GM CTO Fred Killeen.
Cloud Summit: SAP Sees Bright Future In Cloud Computing
News  |  10/15/2008
Cloud computing is coming more quickly to smaller organizations, largely because it is financially compelling, a panel of industry CTOs and insiders agreed.
451 Group: 'Open Source Not A Business Model'
Commentary  |  10/15/2008
It sounds like the title for an inflammatory puff piece, but it really isn't. It's the title of a new report issued by the 451 Group's Commercial Adoption of Open Source subdivision. And in it, the research firm makes a good case for its premise. Open source is a development model, but there's a whole slew of business models
Why eBay Won't Win Its War Against Amazon
Commentary  |  10/15/2008
What happens when an online auction site tries to get all store-like, and a non-bricks-and-mortar buying destination starts buying into bidding? Apparently, you get Amazon pumped up into a one-stop shop for everything you need, while eBay ends up tilting toward irrelevance. Let me explain.
Report: Cell Phones Next Target For Hackers
Commentary  |  10/15/2008
The first Trojans and viruses for mobile phones appeared several years ago. They were aimed at smartphones, which, at the time, meant Palm OS and Symbian OS. Now that smartphones are more prevalent -- and are capable of doing more damage -- they are juicier targets for ne'er-do-wells.
Citrix Tries BYOC
Commentary  |  10/15/2008
Last month I suggested future computing models would let employees pick their own machine with company funds, fetching a corporate desktop via some mix of VM tech. At Citrix, the future is now.
Cloud Computing: Like The iPod For Infrastructure
Commentary  |  10/14/2008
It's perhaps a foregone conclusion that the speakers at the Cloud Summit Executive conference, being held Tuesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., would insist that cloud computing isn't just marketing hype.
Groups Weigh In On Intellectual Property Protection Act
News  |  10/14/2008
The PRO-IP Act, signed this week by President Bush, increases enforcement and raises penalties for copyright infringement.
What Technology Can Teach Schools About Kids
Commentary  |  10/14/2008
Is your kid's school using technology in innovative, exceptional, or surprising ways? I'm not talking only about in-the-classroom use of computers; I'm also referring to technology that's being deployed behind the scenes.
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