Wireless Access Proliferates, FUD Continues

Silva
I recently
came across an article from the Journal. It goes into
great detail talking about the various means of having your data compromised
when using a public Wi-Fi network. The article makes valid points discussing
the means of using evil twin and man-in-the-middle attacks to compromise data
and network resources access by an 802.11-enabled PC.

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Duck The Rhetoric And Catch Dell’s Latest Blade Salvo

James

The blade server makers are at it
again. One can’t seem to announce a new product without everyone firing their
competitive guns full blast. Dell is the latest with its new
M-Series blade servers.
This announcement has the usual foot soldiers: new
dense form factor, simpler setup and administration, new feeds and speeds,
aggressive pricing, comparison check lists and yet another “independent study” showing that Dell blades deliver 29% more
performance/watt than the competition.

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You Need New CRM Solutions To Keep Pace With The New Social Consumer

It’s the start of the new year and my phone is ringing off the hook as CRM professionals and technology solution providers call to debate the impact of that burgeoning new phenomenon: the social Web. Does it matter to the CRM community? Big time.

The social Web, a.k.a. Social Computing¹ among my colleagues here at Forrester, includes the fast-growing peer-to-peer (P2P) activities like blogging, RSS, file sharing, open source software, podcasting, search engines, and user-generated content. These technologies have seen a rapid adoption — 22% of adults now read blogs at least monthly, and 19% are members of a social networking site.² Even more amazingly, almost one-third of all youth publish a blog at least weekly, and 41% of youth visit a social networking site daily. Technology and social changes are creating a potent mix of forces that will transform the way all businesses operate, create products, and relate to customers.

CRM is being redefined, with a torrent of new acronyms and labels spilling forth from consultants and pundits: “Social CRM”, “Collaborative CRM,” and “CRM 2.0.” Traditional CRM solutions will continue to be important to enable organizations to aggregate customer data, analyze that data, and automate workflows to optimize customer-facing business processes. But, changing consumer/customer buying behaviors and new Social Computing technologies are spurring the idea that new generation CRM solutions will, and must, emerge.

My clients are looking farther afield in their search for solutions to help them manage their relationships in the new world of the social consumer. They are looking beyond the traditional solutions vendors like Oracle (Siebel), SAP, Microsoft, Consona (Onyx), and even the newer software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers like salesforce.com, and RightNow, in their quest to collaborate with customers in new ways.³

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Early Web Cam Experiences Can Detract From, Rather Than Add To, Videoconferences

Ericadriver_10By Erica Driver with Henry Dewing

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Millenials — Ignore Them At Your Peril

ConniemooreBy Connie Moore

I am a political news junkie. I came by it honestly because my family always discussed political events at suppertime, I was a student activist in high school and college, I majored in political science and history, and now I'm somewhat involved in local politics where I live. So I guess it's no surprise that my eyes and ears have been glued to CNN, The Washington Post, The Economist and just about every weekly news and business magazine I can get my hands on during this political primary season.

And how about that campaign???? For me, the democratic race has been amazing. At first, the debates were all about Iraq. But after the surprising Iowa caucuses, the discussion completely changed. Literally overnight — it's a totally different campaign season now. If you are a political junkie like me, you have to ask "Why? What happened?" Here's the short answer: The Millenials struck.

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Everything That Happens In The Enterprise Software Market Affects BI

Jameskobielus_10Borisevelson_2  By Jim Kobielus and Boris Evelson

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Does Your NAC Deployment Work In A Virtual World?

Rob
NAC seems
to cycle between red hot and long droughts of disinterest. I think it suffers
serious issues, but the one that piques my interest the most is virtualization.
NAC is in danger of being irrelevant in a virtual world.

Think about it:

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Laserfiche At The Aquarium

Craigleclair_7By Craig Le Clair

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VMware Tackles Application Virtualization

Natalie

Today VMware announced its acquisition of application virtualization vendor Thinstall. For those not familiar with Thinstall, it is one of the leading app virtualization (and streaming) solutions providing customers the ability to isolate applications, eliminate application incompatibility issues, and simplify patch management. This acquisition will further VMware’s leadership in the client virtualization market by adding yet another virtualization solution to its portfolio. Now, VMware will offer customers a slew of desktop and application virtualization technologies across both mobile and non-mobile users in the enterprise.

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Apple Retools Mac Pro Just Before Macworld

Ben
Last
week, Apple announced a new
Mac
Pro
just one week before Macworld. Why then? So Mr. Jobs can focus his
keynote on more press-worthy items. What those will be are anyone’s guess -- for
another day that is -- but rest assured there’s no shortage of speculation.
The new Mac Pro is loaded with an alphabet soup of technical specifications that
can make even seasoned analysts flinch but creative professionals and scientists
will desire the bleeding-edge 8-core workstation. With it, Apple is showcasing
Intel’s most powerful workstation platform (Harpertown) in a highly configurable
model. While the speeds and feeds are certainly impressive, its killer
application is the Leopard operating system.

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