October 23, 2012

HP offers new low-cost SaaS service desk
HP officials say its SaaS product includes new approaches to service desk management, including social media collaboration tools that are integrated into the problem solving processes. It is promising to shorten, overall, time to resolution of a problem.


Google for Entrepreneurs: Bringing ideas together
The Google for Entrepreneurs site features a strong focus on helping businesses get off the ground in parts of the world which are still developing or are women/minority led. For instance, Women 2.0 focuses on female entrepreneurs, Eleven is oriented for Eastern Europe and the Arab Developer Network Initiative is geared towards Palestinians


Intel strives to develop tiny chips to run wearable computers
"Potentially, it could have graphics built in," he said. "Right now, it's early in the game so we're looking at what makes sense to put in there. You'd want to have some memory built in and maybe some graphics, because you'd want to have one chip ... maybe two chips, but size-wise you want to keep it small."


Online clues suggest a Skype surprise for Windows 8 and Surface
In all of this week's news about Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT, one app has gone practically unmentioned. Will a "modern UI" version of Skype play a starring role at next week's Windows 8 launch event?


Big data to create 1.9M IT jobs in U.S. by 2015, says Gartner
Big data, which refers to data collected and analyzed from every imaginable source, is becoming an engine of job creation as businesses discover ways to turn data into revenue, says Gartner. By 2015, it is expected to create 4.4 million IT jobs globally, of which 1.9 million will be in the U.S.


Facebook could become an enterprise ID system
Gartner analyst Earl Perkins noted that identities on the Web may be managed by Facebook. In retail, Facebook may be the ID gatekeeper. Perkins said that there's a socialization of identities and by the end of 2015, 30 percent of all new retail customer IDs will be based on social media.


Near Field Communication slips, slowly, into the mainstream
“Because Apple did not use NFC in the iPhone 5, phone makers such as Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and others are all doing a harder push for NFC,” he says. Indeed, a raft of new NFC phones are hitting the U.S. market, in phones that run on the Android and Microsoft operating systems.


How Enterprise Architecture helps SAP turn strategy into action
In 2009, SAP established the Enterprise Architecture (EA) function as part of the internal IT organization, bringing senior architects under a single leadership. At that time, IT investments were very tactical, and the IT organization was seen more as an order taker rather than a strategic value enabler.


How Strategic Planning relates to Enterprise Architecture
Strategic Planning means different things to different people. The one constant is its reference to Business Planning which usually occurs annually in most companies. One of the activities of this exercise is the consideration of the portfolio of projects for the following financial year, also referred to as Project Portfolio Management (PPM).



How to Rationalize Your Application Portfolio
A majority of enterprises have hundreds of applications deployed on their network, but most tend to actively use far fewer than that. This application bloat is a significant and growing problem that costs many organizations millions of dollars a year. Here's how to combat the application sprawl.


Brother’s All-in-One Printer Is a Small Idea
It claims to be the world’s smallest-depth all-in-one printer, copier and fax machine. The machine is 7.3 inches tall, 11.4 inches deep and 18.9 inches wide, weighing in at 20.5 pounds.



Quote for the day:

"As a leader, you're probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you're not around." -- Lencioni