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What's Not BI? Don't Get Me Started...
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
Do you prefer the broad or the narrow definition of BI, and how should we differentiate BI and analytics? Read on for my "extended jam" on these and other FAQs about business intelligence.
HTC's Droid Incredible Flies Off Verizon Shelves
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
April 29 marked the first day the HTC Droid Incredible was available to Verizon Wireless customers. The device, which boasts great specs, is selling hotly, and Verizon retail shops are running out of stock -- if they haven't already.
The Cloud's Biggest Benefit? (That's a Question)
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
What is cloud computing's biggest benefit? Is it cost savings? Time to market? Flexibility? Write down your answer on a piece of paper (if that's an unfamiliar concept, just note it in your iPhone), then take it out and look at it six months from now and see if you would still come to the same conclusion.
Motorola A Two-Time Loser To Apple & RIM
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
Poor Motorola. This week, Apple officially ousted Motorola as the number one handset maker in the U.S., and Research In Motion pushed Motorola out of the top five handset makers in the world.
HP-Palm Can Leapfrog Apple In Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
If you look at the volume of mobile apps available for Apple (180,000), Android (40,000), and Palm (1,000), you just might scratch your head and wonder what in tarnation Mark Hurd was thinking when he agreed to spend $1 billion to acquire Palm. But an investment manager who's a massive Apple fan suggests one clear way for HP and Hurd to make the deal a big winner.
Adobe 'Moving Forward' Without Apple
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
All the back-and-forth on the Flash issue is getting a little ridiculous. Whichever side you happen to support in the issue, what really matters is giving customers what they want. That's what Adobe says it is going to do -- with or without Apple.
SMBs Adding Jobs At Fastest Pace In 3 Years
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
According to the latest Small Business Employment Index, the hiring rate for small businesses has reached a three-year high.
Sentiment Analysis Feels Its Way Forward
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
A bit of controversy regarding sentiment analysis is playing out. A techno-skeptic blogger clique asserts that automated sentiment analysis is so inaccurate as to render automated methods worthless. Others differ with them: we like automation. Newly joining us are some of the skeptics' own kind, critics such as "Measurement Queen" K.D. Paine...
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 10 Factors Behind Its Dramatic Turnaround
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
Here are 10 ways SAP's new leaders have reinvigorated the company, redefined its strategy, and reestablished the primacy of its customer.
Jobs Lashes Out At Adobe, Oh The Irony
Commentary  |  4/30/2010
By now you have heard about the recent open letter from Steve Jobs called "Thoughts on Flash." Mr. Jobs goes on for about 1,700 words to explain why Flash is bad in general, and for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specifically. Is he being reasonable, or just protecting his revenue stream and control over the mobile platforms Apple offers?
HP-Palm Deal Reinforces Microsoft-HTC Pact
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
This week has seen two big developments in the business of mobile technology. The first was Microsoft's intellectual property licensing agreement with HTC, the maker of Android devices including Google's Nexus One phone. Next came Hewlett-Packard's offer to buy Palm Computing for $1.2 billion. Turns out that is more good news for Microsoft too.
It Takes a Partnership
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
One of the best ways to ensure a successful cloud computing initiative is by partnering up: Get someone (or some-ones) on the business side to agree to invest as much in terms of risk and sweat equity in a SaaS implementation as you plan to invest from your IT budget and resources. Chances are, those potential partners are out there.
Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.
Product Cloud Or Service Cloud? Know The Difference
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
In the world of on-premise computing, product companies are as distinct from services companies as land is from water. Yet in the cloud, it's often hard to see the difference. Some people lump cloud companies together, as if they all do the same thing. But they don't; in fact, not recognizing the difference can be an expensive mistake for customers, investors, and even the cloud companies themselves.
Microsoft Adds BPMN to Visio (with Help from G360)
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
It's safe to say that despite the proliferation of real BPMN tools, the majority of BPMN-like process diagrams that exist in the world have been created in Microsoft Visio. For me, Visio, by itself, was always just a "drawing" tool, not a real modeling tool... In Visio 2010 Premium, Microsoft has put a real BPMN editor into the box.
AT&T Admits Its Network Can't Handle Tethering
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Smartphones that can tether to laptops have swelled in number lately, including those such as the HTC Droid Incredible, Palm Pre, and others. One smartphone that can't tether -- at least in the U.S. -- is the iPhone. Why not? Because AT&T's network can't handle it.
Dedupe And The Cloud: A Perfect Pairing
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Data deduplication and cloud-based storage are a match made in heaven, especially for smaller businesses. Here's why.
What Apple Owes Developers
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
When the little people make enough noise, Apple CEO Steve Jobs switches his mode of public interaction from terse e-mail replies to open letters. That's what happened on Thursday when Jobs finally articulated his disdain for Adobe's Flash technology in a rare public post.
Chronically Ill Need Telehealth But Face Hurdles
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Several recent studies highlight the importance--and challenges-- of utilizing IT to help manage chronic illnesses.
Analysis Of HP-Palm Acquisition
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
HP turned the smartphone space on its head Wednesday with its surprise purchase of Palm. At first blush, the deal would appear to help both companies, but it is far from a sure bet to save Palm's line of webOS devices.
Global CIO: Can HP, IBM, & Oracle Make Peace With Breakaway Banks?
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Three huge global banks plan to revolutionize the CIO-vendor relationship—will their audacious plan trigger major changes from major IT vendors?
What's Next For Palm Inside Of HP
Commentary  |  4/29/2010
Today HP announced it was buying Palm. The big question is, now what? Does HP absorb Palm into HP's operations and keep the brand around for a while or does HP let Palm run free and provide financial and marketing support, or is it somewhere in between?
HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
Today HP announced that it plans to buy ailing smartphone maker Palm for the price of $1.2 billion. "We're thrilled by HP's vote of confidence in Palm's technological leadership," said Palm CEO Jon Rubsinstein
Google, IBM, Apple Top List Of Most-Valuable Brands
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
In an annual ranking of the brand value of global technology companies, Google, IBM and Apple held their top three spots from last year while the brand value for each rose significantly. And between HP and Cisco, one saw its brand value soar 48% for the year while the other's tumbled by 7%. Click ahead to see the whole list.
The Elements of the Cloud
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
The cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Cloud computing is something of a catch-all term that refers to various styles of computing using distinct components and strategies and answering diverse needs. Understanding the styles and strategies, and where they may fit in your organization, is key to understanding the benefits of cloud computing.
Microsoft: Android Infringes On Our Patents
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
This afternoon Microsoft issued a statement regarding the recent intellectual property licensing agreement it struck with HTC. It appears as though Microsoft believes Android infringes on its smartphone patents. The agreement between HTC and Microsoft clearly shows how desperately the two companies need one another. Updated.
Global CIO: SAP's McDermott Slaps Back At Oracle And Refocuses On Customers
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
Just 10 weeks after becoming co-CEO, SAP's Bill McDermott has re-energized the company by focusing intensely on delivering great customer value.
New iPhone May Launch June 7
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
Today Apple announced the dates of its Worldwide Developer Conference, which will run June 7 to June 11. WWDC has served as the kick-off point for new iPhone models the last two years. Will this year follow suit?
iPhone Already #1 Opera Mini Device In U.S.
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
The Opera Mini browser has been available for the iPhone for mere weeks, and already it has surpassed every other handset in the U.S. in terms of installs. It is also the number three Opera Mini handset world wide.
SMBs Demand Fast ROI On IT Investments
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
According to a CompTIA survey, 80% of SMBs wants technology solutions that "deliver immediate payback in terms of minimum disruption of business continuity and seamless integration with existing solutions" and are most interested in virtualization, unified communications, and mobile.
Seven Questions for Teradata
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
I'm about to attend day two of Teradata's annual third-party industry influencers meeting. I'm grateful for the opportunity to listen, to voice my opinions, and, per the agenda distributed by analyst-relations manager extraordinaire Kim Dossey, to "Ask Any Question." I'll actually aim for seven. Here they are...
Can A Mobile Platform Survive A Reboot?
Commentary  |  4/28/2010
After a number of years of going through updates and upgrades, sometimes it appears best to just start fresh with an operating system, especially when it comes to mobile phones. Continued legacy support just holds the platform back. Leaving legacy code behind though means leaving legacy customers behind. Can mobile phone platforms afford to start from scratch?
BPM Helps Manage Aircraft at Heathrow Airport
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Before a recent event-driven architecture initiative took place, London's Heathrow Airport had a depressingly low on-time departure rate of 68%... Better air-to-air management now saves 90 liters of fuel per flight and has raised the on-time departure rate to 83%.
Mac Vendor Launches SMB Sweepstakes
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
MacMall, a leading Mac mail order company, is holding a sweepstakes in which creative studios and related businesses can pick up a complete Mac-based work station (except for the Mac).
VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Cloud Computing Climbs Adoption S-Curve
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
If Cloud Computing is of more than passing interest to you -- and you're still sitting on the sidelines -- here's a series of recent happenings (and my interpretation of the S-curve) that should inspire you to move forward.
BMW + BlackBerry + Bluetooth = Bodacious Business Bimmer!
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
If you could have email read aloud to you while driving a BMW, that wouldn't be such a bad thing, right? BMW and Research In Motion have teamed up to create a nifty application that syncs email to the dashboard of a BMW via Bluetooth.
Saying Farewell To A Floppy Old Friend
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
It's time for yet another high-tech funeral. This time, the guest of honor is the good ol' floppy disk.
Global CIO: Global Banks Form Consortium To Counter HP, IBM, & Oracle
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Three huge banks will work together to buy at lower prices and to build their own cloud-based global banking infrastructure and network.
Government IT Innovators: Apply Here
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Government offices may be prone to bureaucracy and inefficiency, but they're also places where technology is being used to drive new ways of working and to deliver better government services. InformationWeek is looking for examples of such tech innovation in local, state, and federal government.
T-Mo Drops Overage Charges On 5GB Data Plans
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
In its usual customer-friendly fashion, T-Mobile has made a small, but significant change to the way it is handling data hogs. Rather than charging an arm and a leg for each megabyte, it will just throttle web speeds down.
RIM Demos BlackBerry 6
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Today at its Wireless Enterprise Symposium event, Research In Motion gave a sneak peak at its new operating system. BlackBerry 6, as it is called, looks like a solid improvement on BlackBerry's existing strengths, bringing a better, more graphic experience to end users.
Guerra On Healthcare: Policy Makers Must Get Serious
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
A multibillion-dollar industry is hanging on the Health IT Policy Committee's every word -- it's time for less flexibility and more gravitas.
Compellent Adds to Storage Line
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Data here; data there; data, data everywhere, many small and medium businesses find themselves in that predicament. In response, Compellent enhanced its Network Attached Storage (NAS) line, so it now supports file level and block level storage.
TextFlow Comes To Desktop
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
Nordic River has released a desktop version of its document comparison software TextFlow, previously available only as an application within Box.net. TextFlow makes it easy for businesses to manage the process of collaborating on a document.
Information On What's Coming To WebOS
Commentary  |  4/27/2010
The only thing that seems to be making the news lately about Palm is that it is up for sale, it is losing retail shelf space, its stock price is headed back down, i.e. nothing good. Well, some good new did come out of Palm's Developer Day recently that gives us a peek at some of the new features of WebOS by this fall.
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