Profile of Fritz NelsonVice President, Editorial Director InformationWeek Business Technology Network
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Fritz Nelson is a former senior VP and editorial director of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network.
Articles by Fritz Nelson
posted in September 2009
CIOs are an interesting lot, cast as both business and technology leaders. Get them talking about agile development, and the inner geek appears. Talk about net present value, and they grab their lapels and straighten their pocket squares. But today's CIO talks increasingly about the customer, and if our nation's CIO, Vivek Kundra is paid every time does, he might be able to help bail out both the banks and the car companies.
The 802.11n task group formed in January 2004. Two weeks ago, it ratified the wireless standard. Two years ago, we started seeing implementations. The world works this way. If it was just a faster WiFi that would be unfathomable, but many predict this could be the true replacement of the wired edge network.
A common theme heard these days among enterprise architects is the increasing need to bring together network designers, application architects and information security teams for any sizable project, and that includes unified communications, especially because those communications often involve customers, not to mention many more parts and pieces.
I don't know what term was in vogue when, I just know my generation has never stopped hearing about the concepts behind unified communications. Unified messaging. Convergence. VoIP. IP Conferencing. IP Video. Much of it is a reality today, but one thing it's not (yet) is unified. Our video whiteboard tutorial series attempts to get under the surface.
Project Management, which is, by its nature, a collaborative activity, is perfect for the cloud. To be sure, there are plenty of offerings now. We took a more in depth, hands-on look at TrackerSuite, a pure-play, hardcore project management suite from Automation Center.
Sychron is a compelling platform for provisioning and managing virtual desktops, and while it can make managing VMWare's ESX and Microsoft's Hyper-V much easier, it is also going up against capabilities both companies offer. In our latest ReviewCam, we took a hands-on look at some of the product's capabilities and they seem pretty impressive.
Every time I'm around information security people I get scared. Their understanding of the potential for vulnerability is daunting enough, even when they aren't consistently flaunting the dangers. Lieberman Software's president, Phil Lieberman, must have started at least 30 sentences with "But what's really scary . . . " We were just missing the marshmallows and hooting owls, and all we were talking about was managing passwords.
It's time for another episode of TechWeb's Valley View, our live web TV show. We're taking a decidedly hard core turn toward a more demonstrable and hands-on version in deference to the re-launch of Network Computing, complete with Whiteboard Tutorials and ReviewCam demos, covering topics such as storage infrastructure, virtualization, cloud computing, WAN acceleration, and disk storage security.
When we look back, years from now, this decade's Internet Search may seem prehistoric. Perhaps that's why so many companies (including the usual suspects) have begun working toward an enlightened future. Thomson Reuters is one such company, and its OpenCalais project provides what the company likes to call semantic plumbing; you can see what that means in our ReviewCam.
Document management. Boring, but necessary, right? Just to spice it up, put it in the cloud on Salesforce.com's App Exchange platform or Oracle's OnDemand Suite, and what you get is document management that starts to mean something from a customer-centric point of view. What you've got is Sharemethods.