SOA methodologies were put to work for a range of jobs in 2008, from speeding up mergers to mainframe/legacy integration with customer systems to helping prevent black holes.
I've had several discussions with my Twitter pals over the last year about how being forced to fit our thoughts into 140 characters or less has made us slightly more succinct elsewhere. For me, quite frankly, that is a miracle.
Over the weekend, I had a chance to spend some quality time with the leaked Windows 7 build that’s zipping around the Internet. No one at Microsoft will confirm whether this code is the same as the beta due to be officially released in early January, but it bears every earmark of being the real thing. One of the first things I did before installing the software was to read the end user license agreement (EULA), carefully. Most of it was boilerplate, but I found a few surprises hidden within the legalese, including an expiration date that suggests a summertime release.
Didn't get what you wanted for the holidays? Headed back to BestBuy to return that toaster you never wanted? It's a great time to shop for electronics right now--you can get deep discounts from retailers who overstocked for Christmas and are looking to unload. Check out these year-end deals on digital cameras and accessories:
A Microsoft patent application details a business model whereby the user gets a free or heavily subsidised PC but is charged for usage time, application and performance
Spending from shadow IT activities will actually grow, and that the amount of money devoted to shadow IT activities will come from outside traditional IT budgets, from a variety of different sources, maybe even petty cash, and we'll see a bit of growth in these rogue activities. Moving into these areas for business development purposes is going to be an overwhelming temptation. We will see a flattening, and in many cases a reduction, in officially sanctioned IT activities.
Companies that have implemented hybrid cloud strategies are seeing the benefits, from better ROI to faster digital transformation. But now they must look ahead to new stages of hybrid cloud execution.
Sessions/Visits per Person57Domains Visited per Person107Web Pages per Person2,345Duration of a Web Page Viewed0:00:55PC Time per Person66:58:56Active Digital Media Universe169,364,175Current Digital Media Universe Estimate225,273,090Source: Nielsen
RankParent CompanyAd Dollars Spent1Procter & Gamble Co$2,342,319,3972General Motors Corp$1,441,747,3993AT&T Inc$1,317,893,3774Verizon$1,125,700,5125Johnson & Johnson$1,059,109,1386Time Warner Inc$878,355,3327Toyota Motor Corp$819,377,0268General Electric Co$807,869,6889Ford Motor Co$742,708,52910Pepsico Inc$730,503,931Source: Nielsen
Virtualisation, green IT and cracking down on outsourcers
CIO success depends on connecting the chaotic, often crisis-driven, IT environment to high-level strategic and business priorities that matter to the broader organization. Here are ten qualities of IT groups that have achieved this goal.
After using the finalised Windows 7 beta build (build 7000) for a good few days as my primary operating system, I'm exceptionally happy with it. I've tried to find bugs, as it is pre-release software, but so far have found none, which bodes well for the software giant.
I've been hearing people mention 1TB drive mechanisms on NewEgg.com for around $99 on TWIP and the like, but haven't been in the market for new, internal drives.
When I compiled my crowdsourced 2009 predictions earlier this month, several people shared with me the same forethought: URL redirection leveraged by phishers could create a bottoming out of sorts for Twitter. The concern is that masked URLs could lead to stolen data or drive-by-malware, making it too late for the poor user who clicks the link once he or she figure out what happened.
Issues from damaged SMW4 cable system that took out Internet and phone communications last week still persist, with Singapore now apparently affected.
Microsoft is pouring cold water on public reports of a serious code execution vulnerability in the newest versions of its Windows Media Player software.Following the release of proof-of-concept code alongside a claim that the bug can be remotely exploitable to launch arbitrary code, a Microsoft spokesman insists this "is not a product vulnerability.
I'm taking a couple of days off pre-Macworld Expo and while chilling down in Florida with my family my wife suggested looking for an iPhone app that played Auld Lang Syne and/or had a New Year's Eve countdown timer. I find them all rolled into one – for free.
A Canadian PhD student from the University of Saskatchewan has a mission: saving beer from bacterial contamination. She's a member of 'one of only two labs in the world that studies beer spoilage.' And she jokes about what she's doing: 'It's a good conversation starter. I've gone through so many years of school and I've studied medical microbiology and all this and that -- and now I'm saving beer. (People) tease me about it, but they actually find it quite interesting.' But what she does is no joke, and her research has been sponsored by breweries such as Coors or Miller. ...
Online recipe sites are great (I keep a recipe box at AllRecipes and lurk at Epicurious) but what about the iPhone and iPod touch? One of my favorite new App Store discoveries is AllRecipes.