Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

May, 2007


May 31, 2007  10:53 PM

Lock-down madness

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
IT, mash-up

It does annoy me that IT departments insist on locking down desktops. The idea of preventing people from installing rogue software was a great way to reduce the cost of desktop support. But in this age of downloadable applets, IT must develop a better way to protect end users. Unless IT changes...

May 30, 2007  11:44 PM

Will the web bubble burst again?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
bomb, boom, community, dotcom

Today I met a group of CIOs and IT directors. All had different views of Web 2.0 and how it could benefit their organisations. There is no single answer. Unlike the field of dreams of the old days of the Web - building an attractive and useful site is no guarantee that it will foster a community....


May 29, 2007  2:57 PM

Dare we look into Microsoft’s colourful past?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Microsoft, Novell, NT, OS/2, VMs, Windows

Microsoft and its new best friend, Novell, are clearly looking to question the underlying principals of open source software. Funny how Novell was happy to indemnify users of its SuSE Linux distribution at the height of SCO's attack on Linux. Now MS sees software patents as the next front in its...


May 25, 2007  11:18 PM

Microsoft shows its true Linux strategy

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Linux, Microsoft, Novell

The cat's finally out of the bag,. Microsoft is claiming Linux has infringed 200 MS patents. What's more, we have now learned that Novell has stated in a company filing for the US Securities &...

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May 24, 2007  7:41 PM

The next generation IT conference

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Gartner, virtual communities, Web conferencing

I'm now back in the UK following a two day whiz over to Barcelona for Gartner's ITxpo. Even though the flight is short, at two hours, I find flying a totally dehumanising experience. First, we are required to arrive two hours before the departure time to check in - and that's pretty damn early when...


May 23, 2007  12:40 PM

Business on Web 2.0

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Open source, SpikeSource, Wikinomics, wikipedia

Today at the Gartner ITxpo conference in Barcelona, I was lucky enough to catch Don Tapscott's presentation about Wikinomics - the subject of his new book, which looks at how Web 2.0 changes business operations. Don spoke about why businesses should look at...


May 22, 2007  2:34 PM

Wi-Fi madness 2

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
3G, Bandwidth, Enterprise mobility, HSUPA, LAN, Mobile, Mobile applications

In spite of the views expressed in yesterday's Panorama on the risks, Wi-Fi UK is well on course. At the Gartner ITxpo conference in Barcelona today, it looks like enterprise mobility is going to be one of the


May 21, 2007  2:56 PM

Wi-Fi madness

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BBC, Panarama, Radiation, Wi-Fi

On BBC 1 tonight, Panarama, is going to reveal why Wi-Fi is bad. The program makers will aim to show that the radiation risk from Wi-Fi networks, used widely in schools, is unacceptable. Experts have told me the radiation...


May 18, 2007  2:01 PM

There’s more to green IT than energy efficiency

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Desktop, Gartner, Green IT, PC, printer

Replacing IT equipment with more energy efficient products is one of the ways we can do our bit to tackle global warming. However, this is not the whole story. I interviewed Gartner research director Simon Mingay last week. He is speaking next week at Gartner's ITxpo in Barcelona on the subject of...


May 17, 2007  9:38 AM

A bad phone day

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
O2, Orange, Orbit, smartphone, SPV, Windows Mobile, XDA

A few years ago I bought my first Windows Mobile phone - the Orange SPV. I soon realised this was the worst buying decision I had ever made. A mobile phone that cannot be used reliably to make and receive calls is not fit for purpose. Now the reason I am writing again about Windows Mobile phones...


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