Archives: May 2008

Microsoft, Home Depot pull a GM with its failed book-scanning effort

May 28, 2008
They say give a man a fish and he has food for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will have food for the rest of his life. Well I say, teach an American car company how to make an SUV and it will have lots of money for a day, a year, or even several years. But teach American car company executives economics and maybe a little geology and they will have an expanding business for generations. I hope it's not too la
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Is SaaS just throwaway software?

May 21, 2008
Is SaaS (software as a service) really destined to replace on-premises software in the enterprise? The smart money seems to say so. Industry analysts certainly say so, and if you've noticed all the on-premises vendors launching SaaS versions of their software these days, it too appears to indicate that SaaS is the wave of the future. According to the experts, SaaS is cheaper to deploy and maintain. It is also ab
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Dissecting the AT&T memo on the iPhone limit of one to a customer

May 15, 2008
By making a few assumptions here and there let’s see if we can figure out what’s going on behind the scenes at AT&T and Apple as it concerns their iPhone strategy. The internal memo, shown on the AppleInsider site, says that customers may only purchase one iPhone at AT&T stores. The prior limit of three iPhones is no longer in effect." In addition the memo states that effective immediately "customers may only us
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IT benefits from big vendors' slow on-demand plays

May 13, 2008
I won't exactly eat the words I wrote when I said the spate of BI acquisitions a several months back meant boutique vendors were on their way out, leaving IT with far fewer choices in the future. Instead, due to the fast maturing SaaS side of the software industry, I will amend those words, somewhat drastically. To refresh your memory, the accelerated pace of acquistions such as SAP's purchase of Business Object
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Laws to allow hands-free use of cell phones while driving will increase accidents

May 12, 2008
After watching a driver blithely drive down the wrong way on a one-way street while said driver was also talking on the phone, leads me to believe people aren’t as multifunctional as they would like to believe. So it is with grim terror that I report San Francisco just passed a law requiring hands-free use of mobile devices for drivers. Terror because this law will do nothing to curb the abuse of talking on the
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Outsourcing: Breaking up is hard to do

May 06, 2008
A few months back, I blogged about getting more value from your outsourcing strategy: Rather than sign a single $1 billion-plus deal, break your services up. Smaller deals, focused on smaller projects or services, may be the new way to go, I conjectured. After all, outsourcing everything to a single vendor and making a long-term commitment -- often as long as 10 years -- can lead to problems down the road, espec
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