Enterprise IT Watch Blog


October 16, 2012  8:39 AM

This week in tech history: Mobile goes live

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Cellphone image via Shutterstock

On October 13, 1983, the first commercial cell phone call was made as Ameritech Mobile Communications executive Bob Barnett called Alexander Graham Bell’s nephew from Chicago’s Soldier Field using the Motorola DynaTAC handset (also known as the ‘Brick’).

The phone, weighing in at 2.5 pounds and costing $3,995, became famous as it was used in several popular movies and TV shows. We’ll give out 100 Knowledge Points to the person who can name one TV show/movie that the phone was used in. (HINT: ‘Greed is good.’)

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.

October 11, 2012  10:03 AM

IT infographic: How big data is changing the college experience

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Whenever a college student picks courses or looks at grades, it leaves a trail of ‘big data’ that the school can analyze to improve a future student’s performance. This infographic from OnlineDegrees shows what different data-driven ideas and experiments are happening across college campuses that can revolutionize the college experience.

How Big Data is Changing the College Experience
Presented By: OnlineDegrees.org


October 10, 2012  11:37 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Disabling Windows 8 Metro UI

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Are you a Windows user who hates the new Windows 8 Metro UI start menu? You’re in luck, as this video from Tech Tube Central shows how to manually get back your old Windows 7 start menu and taskbar.

That video was posted over a year ago, and other solutions have popped up since then. If you’re looking for another method, ITKE expert Robin Miller tested out several free tools that improve the Windows 8 GUI in his recent post, ‘Making Windows 8 Useable on Laptop and Desktop Computers – For Free.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 9, 2012  10:23 AM

This week in tech history: Steve Jobs passes away

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Steve Jobs image via Shutterstock

On October 5, 2011, the technology world lost a legend as Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

Known as the ‘Father of the Digital Revolution’, Jobs created Apple in 1976 and turned it into one of the most valuable companies in the world. He developed the future of Apple’s operating systems, Mac OS X and iOS and changed the tech world forever with the creation of the iPhone and iPad. He also founded the computer company NeXT and bought the highly successful animated film studio Pixar.

What do you think was Jobs’s greatest contribution to the IT world? Tell us in the comments below.

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 5, 2012  2:58 PM

What is cloud computing? Here are a few ideas.

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Need a little humor to end the week? The ITKE team has you covered. We took a little look around the Internet and found some interesting perspectives on cloud computing. Here are the best. Know of others we should include? Let us know in the comments.

Image of Dr. Evil

Provided by Frabz.com

Image of raccoon discussing cloud computing
Provided by Memehumor.com

Image of dinosaur thinking about cloud computing

Provided by mememaker.net

Image of guy with cloudy head

Provided by cbeyond.net

Image of Willy Wonka talking about cloud computing

Provided by memecreator.net


October 4, 2012  12:25 PM

IT infographic: The consumerization of IT

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

As mobile technologies continue to evolve, companies will need to figure out how to handle the consumerization trend. This infographic from Wikibon shows why BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and other forms of self-service can’t be ignored by the IT industry.

Wikibon infographic: Consumerization of IT

How has your company handled BYOD? Share your thoughts in the discussion below.

 


October 3, 2012  1:06 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Samsung goes ‘Gangnam Style’

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

The YouTube sensation ‘Gangnam Style’ has finally hit the IT industry with Samsung’s hilarious parody titled, ‘Samsung Austin Style’.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 2, 2012  11:15 AM

This week in tech history: Microsoft Word

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Microsoft image via Shutterstock

On September 29, 1983, Microsoft released its first software application, famously known as Microsoft Word 1. 0. Over time, Word has become a cornerstone for Microsoft and is the prize product of the Microsoft Office Suite application.

Show off your Microsoft knowledge by telling us what magazine featured a demo version of Word, marking the first time a floppy disk was included in a magazine. We’ll dish out 300 Knowledge Points to the first person with the right answer.

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 1, 2012  2:14 PM

Worldwide IT events in October 2012

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Events image via Shutterstock

London? Tokyo? Madrid? There are conferences all across the world in October. See if your boss will send you to one of these amazing events!

1. Oracle OpenWorld 2012 (September 30-October 4, San Francisco, California)

2.  JavaOne 2012 (September 30-October 4, San Francisco, California)

3. AARHUS International Software Development Conference 2012 (October 1-5, Aarhus, Denmark)

4. M2M Evolution Conference (October 2-5, Austin, Texas)

5. Apps World 2012 (October 2-3, London, England)

6. Gartner Enterprise Architecture Foundation Seminar (October 2-3, London, England)

7. Gartner Symposium ITXPO 2012 (October 3-5, Tokyo, Japan)

8. 10th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (October 8-10, Los Angeles, California)

9. Spiceworld 2012 (October 9-10, Austin, Texas)

10. MobiCASE 4th International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (October 11-12, Seattle, Washington)

11. CollaborateCOM 8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing (October 14-17, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

12. JAX 2012 (October 15-17, London, England)

13. SAP TechEd 2012 (October 15-19, Las Vegas, Nevada)

14. AIIM Boot Camp (October 16, Washington DC)

15. IADIS International Conference WWW/Internet 2012 (October 18-21, Madrid, Spain)

16. IADIS Applied Computing Conference 2012 (October 19-21, Madrid, Spain)

17. IBM Software InformationOnDemand 2012 (October 21-25, Las Vegas, Nevada)

18. ZendCon 2012 (October 22-25, Santa Clara, California)

19. ICEGOV 2012 (October 22-25, Albany, New York)

20. Hacker Halted Conference (October 25-31, Miami, Florida)

21. BUILD 2012 (October 30-November 2, Redmond Washington)

We’ll be sharing IT events each month here on the Enterprise IT Watch blog. Got an event to add to our list? Let us know via Twitter (@ITKE) or email. Going to one of these events? Share your takeaways (and photos) with us!


September 28, 2012  12:59 PM

Data Centers and Apple Maps: This week in IT quotes

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Data Center image via Shutterstock

It was a wild week in the technology world, with Apple and RIM creating much of the buzz.  Relive the news with the week’s best IT quotes.

“It is absolutely a race between our ability to create data and our ability to store and manage data.”

– Storage expert Jeremy Burton explaining that while servers and chips continue to get faster each year, the data processing requirements increase at an even faster rate for data centers. This was one of the many quotes from the recent New York Times article ‘Power, Pollution and the Internet‘. The controversial piece sparked a flurry of reactions among the tech press; see what three things ITKE blogger Sharon Fisher says the article left out.

“We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

– Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizing to its users in an open letter on the company’s website following terrible reviews of the new ‘Apple Maps’ app. The company previously used Google Maps on its mobile devices but replaced it with its own navigational technology.

“I hope it’s not too late for them because this product is great.”

– Sean Green, developer at Mobtapp, expressing his excitement over the improvements RIM has made in the BlackBerry 10. Some experts say RIM is reinventing themselves with new strategies across the board, while others think the company has reached a new low (pointing to this music video as proof).

“Personally I think it’s going to happen faster than that. I think Gartner is maybe underestimating.”

– Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff expressing his belief that CMOs will outspend CIOs on IT sooner than Gartner’s 2017 prediction. However, many experts wonder if that shift will limit the overall effectiveness of IT. Who do you think will win the battle?

 


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