Apple Users Talking Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Locking
You bought the iPhone, you paid for it, but now Apple is telling you how you have to use it, and if you don't do things the way they say, they're going to lock it. Turn it into a useless "brick." Is this any way to treat a customer? Apparently, it's the Steve Jobs way. But some iPhone users are mad as heck, and they're not going to take it anymore.
EU Dogs Microsoft, But To What End?
Europe's competition authorities have finally won their long-fought legal victory over Microsoft. Problem is, their constituents -- outside the continent's intellectual salons -- could hardly care less.
Halo 3 Record Launch Seen Through Gamers' Eyes
Unless you're living under a virtual rock, you know that Microsoft's new Halo 3 game for Xbox 360 is smashing all previous sales records, pulling in $170 million on its first day. But if you're like me -- older than 14 -- you're curious as to what all the fuss is about, but have no interest in buying the thing. OK, then let's go to the videotape... .
Using Google's Fix-It-As-We-Go Beta Approach-For ERP
Arizona State Unversity's technology officer, Adrian Sannier, is at it again. First, he embraced Google e-mail and applications for students and staff on a massive scale. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting he tried a variation of Google's fix-as-we-go public beta approach to software with the university's ERP system, with sometimes painful results.
The ROI Of SOA: Get It Right!
In which this reporter is taken to task for exaggerating (negatively) the claims in a research report about the return on investment for service-oriented architecture. Thirty-seven percent is not nothing!
In Debate Over Desktop Linux, It All Comes Down To Money
My article 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop jump-started anew the debate over why the open-source operating system hasn't made significant inroads on the client side into Windows' user base. The real reason, it seems, is something much more basic than confusion about Linux distros, annoying fanboys turning off potential adoptees, or
George Glass: Customer-Centric Services Lead To SOA Success
I had the chance recently to talk with George Glass, chief architect of the British telecommunications company BT, about its massive SOA conversion. I asked him how he kept the services being created aligned with a rapidly changing business. The question was simple ... but the answer wasn't.
Larry Ellison's Future View: Oracle's Strategy Versus SAP's
Attention all enterprise apps buyers!! Oracle execs last week discussed their 1Q results, and Larry Ellison took the opportunity to contrast his company's approach to enterprise apps versus SAP's approach. Ellison said the strategies are profoundly different -- and buyers should certainly take note.
Why Tech Jobs May Fare Better In A Recession This Time
Why sweat a recession? Because three-fourths of economists say there's a 30% chance or higher chance the U.S. economy will slip into recession, the Wall Street Journal reports , citing its poll of 52 economists. The economists overall peg the recession risk at 36%, up from 28% a month ago.
Google: A Virtual Video Headquarters Tour
Segways, exercise rooms, video arcade games, a gourmet cafeteria. Did you die, or perhaps move to some Western European welfare state? No, you're just an average "Googly" person, who's got the smarts -- and, apparently, the youth -- to work for the search-engine giant. See all this stuff and more on the quick video tour I've put together.
Selling Technology: What Appeals To Customers?
Software vendor Tibco has commissioned a video series (sans Tibco branding) called Greg The Architect, a hilarious spoof of business technology organizations that's aimed at the software architect.
5 Cool Google Tools You Should Know About
Google is so vast that it's hard to keep up. But it's not just search, or even the new Web-based apps, which is extending the tentacles of the search-engine giant into territory beyond the reach of Microsoft. Here are 5 lesser-known but nevertheless interesting Google tools, code snippets, and professional tech training materials.
In The Outsourcing Shuffle, Offshoring's Still Winning
Some of the more intriguing data points about the InformationWeek 500 concern how many companies are doing offshore outsourcing and using H-1B visas. It suggests the outsourcing shuffle-companies sending work out, others hauling it back in-continues. But while one in five companies have pulled outsourced work back in-house the past year, that hasn't dimmed interest in global IT.
Who's The Top Technology Dog: CIO Or CTO?
It was one of those heated hallway discussions: What's the role of the CTO, and how is it different from that of the CIO? And who's at the top of the technology pecking order?
Getting Advice From The Brazen Careerist
Journalists come from motley backgrounds. But I don't think we've ever had anyone writing for us before who played professional beach volleyball. Penelope Trunk has. She's also been a software executive, founded two companies, has been through an IPO, an acquisition, and bankruptcy, wrote a book, and been a professional columnist. Having had so many careers on her own, it makes sense that she specializes in giving career advice.
Larry Ellison Says No To SaaS
Larry Ellison told financial analysts in a quarterly earnings call yesterday that Oracle hasn't participated in the software-as-a-service trend because there's no money to be made there. If Ellison's observation isn't a red flag to CIOs, than I don't know what is.
Living Life, Facing Death, And Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Randy Pausch is a world-renowned computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon and cofounder of the school's Entertainment Technology Center, and in a matter of months he will be dead from the ravages of pancreatic cancer. In his last lecture to the CMU community, the charismatic 46-year-old shared his thoughts on the unshakeable power of imagination, will, and childhood dreams.
Sparks Fly As Linux Kernel Guy Quits In A Huff
There's another item to add to my list of 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop. An Australian doctor who spent his spare time working on the kernel says desktop performance is suffering because Linus Torvalds and company are only concerned about enterprise users. He got so ticked off he quit Linux in a huff, and made some pointed comments about Linus.
The ROI of Acronyms
One of business's favorite acronyms is ROI; one of the technology industry's is SOA. Put them together and what do you get?
Intel, AMD Telegraph Increased Importance Of Graphics Processing Engines
Intel CEO Paul Otellini touched all the obvious buttons in his keynote at the chipmaker's Developer Forum in San Francisco, emphasizing the rush toward more cores and smaller (read: 45-nm and 32-nm) process technology. However, a deeper analysis of the news out of IDF indicates that there's one trend no one is talking about.
Wall Street Tech Elite Are Gonna Take Supercomputing To IT Main Street
What's in a supercomputer? Twenty years ago, the fastest machines in the world were specialty architectures designed by quirky geniuses like Seymour Cray. Today, the field's name has changed -- it's called HPC, for high-performance computing -- but it's still where the action is. That was definitely the deal Monday at the Hi
Workday Lands 26,000-Employee Deal For On-Demand ERP
Think ERP-by-subscription's only for little companies? Workday has signed the 26,000-employee Chiquita Brands to use its on-demand human resources apps, Workday president and co-founder Aneel Bhusri said at the InformationWeek 500 conference this week.
IT Still Grappling With Mobile Device Management
Welcome back to Take 5, our regular feature where we ask an industry insider five questions about their company and the mobile business market as a whole. This week we turn the spotlight back on mobile device management, a topic we've blogged about before on Over The Air
Should The Security Chief Report To Someone Outside IT?
McAfee CEO David DeWalt sees more companies are having the chief information security officer report to someone other than the CIO. The reasoning is security involves much more than data security-and that IT needs a watchdog over its attempts to secure information.
Three To-Do Lists For Building An Innovative IT Department
Big-business IT departments have their eyes on the ground, focused on day-to-day issues of keeping the business running. That leaves CIOs locked out of the room when CEOs are deciding the direction of the company. To get a seat at the table, CIOs and IT managers need to transform their organizations to focus on innovation. Management consultant Ram Charan described what IT managers need to do to make the change.
Redmond Is Blog City
Are CIOs on top of all the blogs and wikis in their organizations? Microsoft's CIO says he is.
Who's That Girl In The iPod Commercial?
The new iPods may look kind of squat and funny -- a site that's sprung up to cover them is called FattyNano -- but the music emanating from Apple's latest commercial was so captivating, I had to find out who the singer was.
My Big Fat Quad-Core Video And Podcast Show
Interested in the latest quad-core processor news from Intel and AMD, but too tired to read about it? Then kick back and listen to two podcasts with heavy hitters from the respective semiconductor powerhouses, and watch a short (non-blurry) video where I opine on whether you really need four cores on your desktop.
Just How Fair Is The Fair Use Campaign?
In a classic case of "my industry is bigger and more important than yours," the Computer and Communications Industry Association is campaigning to prop up the "fair use" exceptions to U.S. copyright laws, calling them "the cornerstones for creativity, innovation, and… an engine for growth for our country."
Cell Phones Are Ticket To Business Success In India
The next time someone asks you about the potential ROI on a cell phone, remember this post. According to a report in BusinessWeek, cell phones are becoming the ticket to success (and out of poverty) in developing markets like India.
World-Class IT Org, Or Outsourcing Fodder?
How does the world -- your internal customers, your company's paying customers, your various supplier customers -- view your IT organization? As a can-do partner and service provider? Or as a chronic naysayer and excuse maker? The answer to this simple question will tell you whether you have the stuff of a world-class organization or are outsourcing fodder.