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12
Oct

Is IBM mobile enough?

By Larry Walsh

This is a surprise? Cloud and mobile are the two hottest areas of IT – so an IBM survey has found. The 2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey, conducted online by IBM developerWorks, is based on answers from 2,000 IT developers and specialists in 87 countries. Indeed, the survey confirms what we already know — that IT pros see cloud and mobile as key strategies.

For the moment, let’s turn our attention away from cloud and focus on mobile.

The news: Microsoft has just made a major pitch with Windows Phone 7. As has traditionally been its approach, Microsoft has waited for innovators to create the market before diving in and attempting to claim a big piece of the market. With a reported $100 million to be spent on an advertising campaign, its bringing all its considerable market muscle to bear.

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8
Oct

Not to be mist: Cloud offerings from Lotus

By Larry Walsh

Worth checking out: IBM juiced-up its Lotus Notes collaboration platform with a cloud-based version at $10 per user per month. LotusLive collaboration suite brings together e-mail, calendar, instant messaging, Web conferencing, file sharing and social networking.

IBM also unveiled a Cloud service called LotusLive Notes, which includes e-mail, shared calendar, instant messaging and personal contact services, starting at $5 per user per month. Read more

5
Oct

Is it nostalgia for the Etch-a-Sketch? Or is the iPad really that good?

By Larry Walsh

The iPad is getting traction in corporations in a way that other novel devices have not.

When it comes to the iPad, something is different – very different. Apple devices have had a tough go in the enterprise for decades, at best carving out a niche as a necessary exception.

Upon its debut a few years ago when it was practically quarantined from entering most enterprises, the iPhone was no exception. But then something funny happened. People liked it so much, it was allowed in. Perhaps it’s on the wave of that acceptance that the iPad is riding.

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1
Oct

HP moves ahead with new CEO – and Gerstner’s vision is vindicated

By Larry Walsh

With the appointment of Leo Apotheker as CEO, Hewlett-Packard is making a statement that global markets and software are the most important strategies for the company right now. Apotheker comes from German ERP software giant SAP AG where he was CEO.

No longer merely a US maker of computing hardware, HP has evolved to become a complete supplier of IT equipment and services. The recently departed Mark Hurd gets most of the credit for that. It’s true that HP’s stock price doubled under his leadership. But many of the key building blocks underpinning the HP edifice were put in place by his predecessor, Carly Fiorina. A stagnant stock price proved her undoing, however.

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30
Sep

There’s a difference between having a cloud and using it

By Larry Walsh

What is that orchid purple pizza box doing in the data center? Turns out the overnight shift hasn’t left the debris from its dinner in a server rack. It’s actually the IBM WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance.

Here’s the idea: You’ve created a cloud computing environment for your business. Great, but what can you do with it? Can you quickly get an application up and running? Can you efficiently provision the virtual resources it needs? Many businesses are creating internal clouds, only to run into the obstacles of provisioning and managing the applications they want to run on them. In a corporate environment, it can take weeks to get an application up and running. And you know how it is with project delays. One delay causes other projects to be pushed back – and the wasted dollars multiply.

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28
Sep

IBM has just snapped up BLADE Network Technologies, Inc.

By Larry Walsh

IBM is not getting into the networking business. And yet — IBM has just snapped up BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. What gives?

Barry Rudolph, vice president of system network in the systems and technology group of IBM explains it this way: “This is not about IBM getting back into the networking business. It’s about integrating computing, management and storage together.” Put another way, IBM is not out to build the network itself, but to optimize the way that data center devices like servers – particularly virtual servers — handle data that is sent their way. Read more

24
Sep

Decisions, Decisions

By Larry Walsh

Making decisions on the fly has always been critical to business success — great executives are great at filtering out noise to focus only on the relevant issues and then decide quickly. Read more

22
Sep

Integration and Collaboration in the Cloud

By Larry Walsh

Some theorists say that the future of all IT lies in the cloud. If you accept that premise, then the logical conclusion is that it’s pointless to invest any further in on-premises IT. IT skeptic and provocateur Nicholas G. Carr sees cloud computing as a stage on the way to computing resources becoming a commodity like electricity.

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21
Sep

There they go again: IBM acquires Netezza

By Larry Walsh

Another week, another acquisition. Continuing to build up its business analytics portfolio, IBM acquired Netezza, a vendor of business analytics and data warehouse appliances.

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17
Sep

It’s not easy being a verb

By Larry Walsh

Try googling “Google and antitrust” and see how many results you get. (I got about 1,450,000 results in 0.25 seconds). And the number is increasing all the time, with Texas, Europe and the federal government all on Google’s case.

So it was with interest that I read the op-ed spread in today’s (9-17) Wall Street Journal. Read more