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Who Will Win the 4G Race?

Many entities have used the term "4G" to refer to a next-generation technology that delivers much better performance than the current 3G standards. For example, Sprint is referring to its planned Mobile WiMax launch as a "4G" deployment. The truth is, unlike 3G, which is clearly defined in IMT-2000,...

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The Silver Screen, the Flat Screen and the Three Screens

Devin Gordon's article "Why TV is Better than the Movies," provides good fodder for discussion about the changing nature of the content business, particularly movies and television in the age of the Internet download. Both TV and film face similar threats -- highly fragmented audiences, the challeng...

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SAP, Agassi and the Future

SAP's abrupt announcement that golden boy Shai Agassi was leaving the company last week hit like a proverbial ton of bricks. The initial announcement said all the right things about Agassi wanting to pursue other options, and board chairman Hasso Plattner made the usual remarks about still being fr...

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Gaming Diversifies: Are You Ready to Cash In?

Gaming is no longer just for teenagers -- it's entertainment for everyone. The gaming industry is not an exclusive club for large game developers, publishers and console manufacturers. Not any more. You too are invited. The Internet has reinvented gaming, and now gaming is reinventing the Internet.

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SAP’s New First Step

I am still thinking about SAP's announcement last week that it would invest in a new business model to bring its new SOA mid-market products to the market place. I thought it was a significant enough announcement that I wanted to offer an opinion on it right away, which is why I did a piece last wee...

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Searching for the Soul of SOA

SOA is like an orchestra, a root system, a 30-mile wide fungus, an amoeba, a 1930s Hollywood movie studio and perhaps an independent film built from a loosely coupled team. It's an intellectually wild, yet illuminating, ride. Recently, I sat down with a panel of analysts -- independent industry anal...

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Is SAP Really Changing Its Business Model?

I always chafe at the saying, "The proof is in the pudding" in part because it is a truncation of a longer phrase, but mostly because it means nothing by itself. "The proof of the pudding is in the eating" is how the phrase really goes, and it is the one thing that came to mind when I heard about SA...

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DRM Needs to Work On Time, Every Time

Now that media companies are exploring Web distribution models and using new technologies, a great deal is being discussed about who controls what when it comes to content. Digital rights management has its advocates and detractors, but some type of gateway for the management and monetization of con...

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SOA and the Future of Business Applications

We are at a very important juncture in the evolution of service-oriented architecture. An incredibly important issue right now is whether we are going to win broad acceptance and deep penetration, or whether SOA remains somewhat marginal. There are a number of things going on in the market that dese...

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The Salesforce Train Keeps Rolling

Salesforce.com is having a good year this quarter. That's not a typo, the company seems to be announcing a year's worth of new products in a very short time, though delivery for some of the announcements might stretch out to this time next year. This week, Salesforce announced what I think of as t...

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Salesforce’s ApexConnect Sets a Course for the Business Process

Salesforce.com made another announcement this week. This time they have announced a new integration facility that is based in part on the announced, but as yet undelivered, Apex programming language. Not to quibble, Salesforce has had a good year but it is slowly beginning to get into a futures gam...

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Salesforce.com Looks to the Future

You have to take your hat off to Salesforce.com, I think. Last week's earnings call was a thing of beauty. It was the kind of thing that I bet every entrepreneur must dream of doing someday -- reporting to the investors on a great quarter for their newly public company. It wasn't so long ago that...

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When in Doubt, Ask the Customer

One of the benefits from the explosion of sales effectiveness solutions has been the effect on the marketing process. For too long, selling was regarded as a pseudo science while marketing was regarded as an art that needed to be tightly controlled to prevent waste. So it was no surprise to hear d...

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Linux Strategies on the Line

The last three weeks have provided the biggest news stories to hit Linux in a long time, raising many questions and stirring speculation. What does Oracle have in mind -- cutting into Red Hat's revenue for its own profit, or weakening the enterprise Linux leader for acquisition? What will its partne...

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As the IT Pendulum Swings

Digital dashboards for the corporate world usually employ the typical "green light, yellow light, red light" motif, giving you an at-a-glance view of the company's bottom line (except, of course, for the color-blind -- like myself). However, the Holy Grail for metric gazers is not where the busines...

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