IT Valentines 2008
IT Valentines 2008
By Debra Donston
IT Valentines 2008 - Software as a Service
The software as a service model-
IT Valentines 2008 - Google Docs and Spreadsheets
Speaking of SAAS, there's hardly a day that goes by around here when someone doesn't say, "I'll build a Google spreadsheet/document/calendar for that." Many a project management app has come and gone, but the free Google productivity suite provides a simple, effective place for colleagues to keep updated and share ideas.
IT Valentines 2008 - One Laptop Per Child Project
No, the XO didn't come in at $100, and, yes, there have been-
IT Valentines 2008 - Virtualization
Companies that have implemented server virtualization are starting to run up against some challenges, in terms of managing and securing virtual instances, but there's still a lot to love about the technology. With the ability to divide one x86 server into many, companies have been able to dramatically cut costs. And, with the forthcoming Windows Server 2008 offering built-in virtualization capabilities, it may be easier for companies who haven't hopped on board the V-train to do so.
IT Valentines 2008 - Social Networking
Joining a social networking site can be a bit overwhelming. It's amazing how quickly connections are made and shared, and the opportunities for collaboration seem almost endless. But that's the beauty of it, too, and an increasing number of companies are discovering how much potential the technology has as a way to connect with customers and effect better communications and relationships.
IT Valentines 2008 - Smart Phones
We were going to single out the iPhone here, but, really, it's smart phones as a category that have evolved to the point that we now have almost seamless always-on access to our e-mail, the Web, contacts and so on. The iPhone is just the coolest one of all-
IT Valentines 2008 - WiMax
Wireless access anywhere? WiMax is still a ways from being mainstream, but the possibilities are pretty compelling.
IT Valentines 2008 - GPS
We've been lost more times than we like to admit, so, now that GPS is available in a relatively affordable form for the masses, there are lots of long road trips in our future. And location-based services in general are poised to provide new ways for sellers to connect with buyers, among other things. Of course, we are a little creeped out by the thought of a latte coupon being sent to our smart phone as we pass the nearest Starbucks.
IT Valentines 2008 - Web Video
Video has been available on the Web pretty much since the Web's inception, but the technology planets are in alignment such that Web video is effectively accessed by pretty much anyone. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video can be worth a million. Companies are increasingly seeing the value of video on their Web sites-
IT Valentines 2008 - VOIP
When a call to China costs as much as a call next door-
IT Valentines 2008 - Open Source
For too long, it was the norm for applications to be developed in a closed environment. The result was often platforms that didn't play nicely with others, and were more difficult than they had to be to implement and maintain. The open-source model allows applications to be developed and updated by a community of stakeholders, and everything from IM to CRM is being offered by some provider or another as open source. Indeed, you know open source is closing in on mainstream status when Microsoft opens up some of its code.
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