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December 12, 2011

Tablets in 2012: What to Expect #tablets #ipad #itw20

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 9:31 am

This CIO.com article looks at the evolution of tablet technology, apps and OS in 2012.

What will tablets look like in the coming year? Tablets are out of their infancy and moving into adolescence – which means that we can expect big changes ahead as tablets’ design and components improve.

CIO.com expects:

  • Lighter and Thinner Tablets
  • Faster devices through Quad-Core Chips
  • Higher-Resolution Displays
  • Improved Operating Systems: Android, iOS or Windows
  • Will there be Windows 8 Tablets ?
  • What to expect from Apple Tablets ?
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June 2, 2010

Open Data Project at The World Bank

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 3:38 pm

The Open Data project at The World Bank is a very interesting “Linked Data” project showing the power of Open Data, information visualization, and innovation in governance and development. It offers many data sources and country indicators (GNI, GDP, …).

Read more about this at data.worldbank.org.

Two influential thinkers Hans Rosling and Beth Noveck cover these open data initiatives in a presentation titled “The Changing World — A New Mindset for a Multipolar World”.

December 31, 2008

My operating system isn’t XP, Vista or MacOS, it is Firefox …

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 4:43 pm

Based on “Keep Your World Together With Firefox” (TheAppleBlog)

I too have to switch very often between multiple machines and I don’t want to duplicate nor carry around my own files, (email, calendar, …) applications, preferences, bookmarks, … The answer is SaaS (software-as-a-service), greatly enabled by Google, Gmail, G-Talk and many other Google Apps. Another part of the answer is Firefox, which has many useful add-ons that make life a lot simpler.

This article from TheAppleBlog describes some of these add-ons, of which I am now using Gmail Notifier, TwitterFox and FoxyTunes, but still have to try out Scribefire for blogging (now using Blogger’s BlogThis and Sage for RSS feeds) and Meebo for instant messaging (now using Google Talk).

You comments about very useful add-ons are greatly appreciated. The problem is that there are so many add-ons (as you can see on https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox) that trying out every blogging-related tool is a lot of work.

December 10, 2008

Microsoft responds to the open source threat … by announcing an open source content management solution itself

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 4:22 pm

In the article “Workers don’t itch to ditch Microsoft … yet” on the joint venture of IBM and Canonical to put Lotus office applications on an Ubuntu Linux desktop at very low prices, Network World writes “If Microsoft doesn’t quickly entice the young generation with open source products that work better than the competition while offering unique functions, instead of asking ‘Microhoo?’ one day those kids could be asking ‘Microsoft who?'”…

Well, Microsoft has responded this question by announcing its “open source, standards compliant, and highly extensible content management sample that can run anything from blogs to big web sites” (this is how Microsoft describes it), called Oxite. You can read more about it at http://visitmix.com/Lab/Oxite and download it from http://www.codeplex.com/oxite. It is version 1, so it will probably be more suited at this moment for blogs than for the “big Web sites”, but we all know the capabilities of Microsoft developers, now assisted by a large number of open source developers. It is built using ASP.Net and will probably run best on Windows, although it can also run on Linux and Mac using the Mono work by Novell and Microsoft.

Maybe Microsoft had read this: “While the large closed vendors struggle to steer their supertankers through increasingly unsettled waters, open source looks all the more attractive to budget constrained businesses looking to maximize their cost effectiveness.” in the article Open source thrives in downturn. It is indeed going to be interesting to see what kind of momentum open source vendors like Alfresco, Intalio and many others get during this recession.

Or this: “As the recession puts pressure on tech spending, many companies are turning to open-source software to handle more IT tasks” in the BusinessWeek article Cost-Conscious Companies Turn to Open-Source Software

December 1, 2008

No IT Jobs in the "List of Jobs you can’t Outsource"

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 4:19 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor has released a list of 9 jobs that are not likely to be outsourced, even though businesses will continue to look for outsourcing opportunities. Typical jobs on this list have to do with the health of you and your family, your animals and your plumbing and electricity. However, there are no IT jobs on this list, nor business management jobs…

That really means “back to basics”, back to the really important things in life 😉

See also: No Outsourcing Here: Jobs That Are Staying Put

November 27, 2008

Track Layoffs via the "TechCrunch Layoff Tracker"

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 6:45 pm

October 2008 will be remembered as the time in which the credit crunch hit the tech sector. Startups have begun preparing themselves for a bleak and uncertain economic future by cutting costs and focusing on efficiency. This has been achieved most obviously through layoffs, which can reduce burn rates quickly and dramatically for web companies that require little physical capital.

Of course, many companies see this moment as an opportunity to bring bad news and to lay off temporary or excess workers. But in the end nobody knows how deep the recession will strike, and more importantly for how long. Meanwhile, fear reigns, budgets are cut, projects are postponed, and training and education of employees are put on hold.

Who dares to break this negative trend ?

Recession-Proof Your Business by Recession-Proofing IT

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 6:06 pm

Business leaders can maintain their tech-reliant operations going and remain profitable by recession-proofing their IT operations. Here are some of the steps:

Adopt business intelligence smarts: Get a business intelligence system that allows for easier data collection and consolidation, and reports management.
Consolidate technologies: Maybe it’s time to let go of some of your clunky systems that take too much time and effort to maintain, update, and consolidate.
Go virtual: SaaS, cloud computing, and virtualization can trim IT budgets without necessarily trimming operations and lowering the quality of their services.
Standardize processes; adopt agile methodologies
– Outsource, and outsource intelligently: Look for long-term benefits from service provider(s), whether offshore or nearshore, from a combination of cost-savings, technology savvy, methodologies, consulting skills, and management culture of the vendor.

It is probably no surprise that I.T. Works offers seminars and workshops on all of the above topics ?

November 26, 2008

Windows 7: From Taskbar to Taskband

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 9:34 am

Based on: Windows 7 Taskbar: Most Interesting Part of New OS? – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership (article @ CIO.com)

– visually similar to the Mac OS X dock
– why wasn’t this in the pre-beta Windows 7 software released last month ?
– see also: More taskbar details from Microsoft itself

November 24, 2008

Five top spending priorities for hard times

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 9:34 am

Five top spending priorities for hard times: “InfoWorld consulted a range analysts and CIOs to arrive at a consensus: the five technologies IT shops must continue to invest in despite the recession. The common theme, says IDC chief analyst and senior vice president Frank Gens, is that ‘any technologies that can save companies money or reduce expenses will continue to thrive.'”

The answer:
– Storage: disks and storage management software
– Business intelligence: Niche analytics
– Virtualization: Optimizing resources
– Security: Data and end points
– Cloud computing: Business solutions

November 21, 2008

How to Prioritize IT Spending During an Economic Recession – CIO.com – Business Technology Leadership

Filed under: Uncategorized — itwatchdog @ 6:36 pm

How to Prioritize IT Spending During an Economic Recession –

This is an interesting summary of what to do in a tightening economy. By continuing to invest wisely in IT during a downturn, an organization strengthens its long-term future.

The article has various tips for IT cost-cutting–both big and small–including outsourcing, staffing, consolidation of data centers and storage and server virtualization.

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