Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sounds like a man who wants to be a little bit of everything to everyone. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Ballmer fielded questions from analysts and a few pretaped customers on video.
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Gartner unveiled its emerging technologies outlook for technologies we'll see in more than 10 years and it's a landscape filled with robots, human augmentation and collective intelligence. Jackie Fenn, an analyst at Gartner, walked through a bevy of technologies--some that are around today but just haven't hit prime time.
Notable headlines:Ed Bott: Where do you stand on digital media ethics?Ed Burnette: Interview with a Game Master.
Determining a move toward open source and open standards needs to become a lot less emotional. And to get there companies need to cook up a policy for evaluating a move to open standards and open source.
Google added Jaiku, a Twitter-like activity stream service, to its communications stack. Jaiku, Ltd.
There's just something about business alignment and information technology that makes CIOs deliver as many cliches as a football coach. Yes, a football coach.
This week the virtual world is opening up a new realm. Daniel Terdiman reports that Multiverse Network is partnering with Google to create a new online 3D environment for the masses, including simulations useful in a business context.
Gartner outlined its top 10 strategic technology areas for 2008 and many roads lead to service oriented architecture. The top 10 is off to the right and there aren't any huge surprises.
For mid-sized businesses the notion of ERP and budgets is an oxymoron, but it doesn't have to be that way if companies document all costs, consider SaaS and customize less. That was part of the message from Robert Anderson, an analyst at Gartner.
Amazon's S3 storage service is growing up and adopting a Service Level Agreement (SLA).In a blog post, Amazon Web Services (AWS) detailed its SLA, which defines a minimum level of performance and imposes penalties if S3 (all resources) doesn't deliver.