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  • Opinion: Increase the Number of Visible Messages in Gmail

    The other day I told you how to show only unread messages in your Gmail inbox. Part of the reasoning behind that was that older unread mail would often get forced "off the page" by newer messages, thus increasing the chances of it getting overlooked.

  • Opinion: Day 25: Don't Lose Your Google Docs Data

    Now that I have spent the last 24 days prolifically cranking out 30 Days With...Google Docs blog posts and feature articles on various subjects, I have a fair amount of content built up in Google Docs. So, the question I inevitably ask myself is "hey, what happens if Google crashes and my data disappears?"

  • Opinion: Hold the half-baked hardware

    How much should you pay for a laptop? And how much do you want to fork out? The latter is probably a lot less than the figure you mentally answered in response to my first question, but the correlation between the two is important.

  • Opinion: eProductivity Stand-Alone Brings GTD to Lotus Notes

    It's been years since I was last forced to use Lotus Notes as my primary business e-mail system, and I don't miss it. But I still know more than a few professionals who depend on Notes for the bulk of their daily business communications, calendar tracking, and other essential work stuff. If you're a Notes user interested in bringing GTD to your inbox, eProductivity is definitely worth a look.

  • Opinion: Is Open Source Up to Par? Just Ask the DoD

    Last week provided a significant boost to open source software in the form of survey results suggesting that such technologies have now become a norm in the business world. Now, in what's perhaps an even bigger blow to proprietary vendors, none other than the Department of Defense has weighed in with its own support for open technology.

  • Opinion: Free Outlook Add-In PocketKnife Peek Reveals Hidden Info

    Worried that dangers may be lurking in an HTML e-mail you've received in Microsoft Outlook? The free PocketKnife Peek lets you see that e-mail in plain text, without any potential HTML dangers such as malicious scripts. And you can use the program to examine other parts of the e-mail as well.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain Segmentation in Retail

    Supply Chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades. What is perhaps new, is the interest on the part of Retail, driven in large part by the growth of private label.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform=Retail+Siebel+ATG

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Getting the nation online

    500,000 web newbies have logged on since August last year – giving hope to the national campaign fighting to get everyone online by 2012.

  • Opinion: Open Source Software Is Now a Norm in Businesses

    We've already seen mounting evidence that the numerous benefits of open source software are making a big impression on businesses far and wide, and this week saw the release of yet more data corroborating that fact.

  • Opinion: Smartphones, tablets and the search for technology's Holy Grail

    I just want a single, mobile device that can do everything, is that so much to ask?

  • Opinion: Dropbox Drops the Ball on Data Security

    Dropbox, a provider of cloud-based data storage services, is in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it lied and intentionally deceived customers into believing that their data is more private and secure than it really is. Whether Dropbox was deliberately misleading, or just failed to clearly communicate policy changes, the complaint filed with the FTC illustrates concerns over online data security.

  • Opinion: EMC - Box Alliance Provides Needed Cloud Safety Net

    EMC and Box.net announced a deeper partnership that gives customers a stepping stone to embrace the benefits of the cloud without risking it all. The hybrid approach of EMC Documentum combined with Box.net in the cloud delivers both peace of mind and flexibility at the same time.

  • Opinion: Day 14: Google Docs Discussions--Comments on Steroids

    One of the newer elements of Google Docs is Discussions. In March of this year, Google rolled out the Discussions feature to streamline collaboration, and improve the concept of commenting, and that is what I am going to check out next on my 30 Days With...Google Docs odyssey.

  • Opinion: Adobe Gives Users Privacy Control with Flash Player 10.3

    Adobe has released Adobe Flash Player 10.3 for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android. Flash Player 10.3 represents a pretty significant upgrade for the Adobe software--adding a variety of improvements and features, and giving users more control over their Web-surfing privacy.

  • Opinion: Let's Talk Social CRM Strategy

    The announcement early last week (May 2nd) of Salesforce.com's completion of the acquisition of social media analytics company, Radian6, stirred some thoughts I've had on the long term trajectory of socialytics and social CRM. I gave my overview of what I thought this acquisition meant when Salesforce.com announced its intent to purchase Radian6. (See it here) Since Salesforce.com hasn't been at liberty to divulge specific plans or to begin work with Radian6, details are still to come.

  • Opinion: Day 9: Taking a Closer Look at Google Docs Spreadsheets

    30 Days WIth...Google Docs: Day 9

  • Opinion: Asian Financial Firms and Information Security

    Technology is an indispensable component of the business process — perhaps even more so for the high-profile and technology-dependent financial services industry. This is evident from IT security remaining in the pole position in technology investment priority within banks, insurers, and financial markets. In fact, visibility and importance of IT security products in financial enterprises have all but increased dramatically within the past two years following the global economic malaise



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