Archive | January 2009

Mobile technologies to watch in 2009 and 2010

by: Jerry Liao

Business and personal lifestyles are changing and evolving faster than ever brought about by internet and mobile technology. Mobile technology in particular is already part of everyday life with penetration rates rising to unprecedented numbers, and will continue to grow, driven by the way consumers construct their own identity.

No economic turmoil can stop mobile innovation to move ahead and research firm Gartner Inc. has identified eight mobile technologies that will evolve significantly through 2010, impacting short-term mobile strategies and policies.

Gartner’s eight mobile technologies to watch in 2009 and 2010 are:
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NTC suggests digital content creators to register

Just recently, the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) released a memorandum requiring all content developers to secure a license from their office before such content can be made available to the public.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is a regulatory agency providing an environment that ensures reliable, affordable and viable infrastructure and services in information and communications technology (ICT) accessible to all.

NTC said that such registration is required so that it will encourage and facilitate the development of contents.
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Cost Management Is Top 2009 Priority For IT Decision Makers

Companies are making announcements left and right about their plans of downsizing their operations and cutting their labor force as well. All leading to one thing during an economical slowdown — cost cutting. Companies are cutting their budgets from all sides, in the hope that saving more money will keep their company afloat during this condition.

There’s nothing wrong in cutting cost, but I think it would be better if we can concentrate on cost management than cutting cost. What’s the difference you might ask? Cost cutting is simply lowering corporate operation expenses while cost management is determining the areas where we can save, and put that savings into a more productive use within the company. You can cut your expenditures in one area, and relocate the budget to a revenue producing projects.
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Google launches reseller program for Google Apps

by: Jerry Liao

What do you do if business is not doing so well? Some will just quit, some will stay afloat, and some will be more aggressive. I won’t dare tell you which one you should do or take. But just in case you want to hear what I would do if I were in your position, then read on. If I have a business (which surely will be in the computing world), I will be aggressive but it would be a calculated one.

I will weigh all the possible pros and cons, take some calculated risks and will extensively look for opportunities. Like the one announced by Google recently.
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2009 CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors

by: Jerry Liao

Everytime I attend press conferences of I.T. security providers, almost always the report is that threats are going up, and losses are rising in tremendous pace. Should we blame this unfortunate situation to security firms? Partly yes, partly no. Yes because they seem to be playing catch up to attackers, no because software companies are to blame as well.

More often than not, attackers take advantage of software product vulnerabilities and launch their attacks from there. That is why it’s a welcome change for me to hear companies like Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, RSA, CERT and other companies and organization coming together to determine the top 25 programming errors.
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Last Hurrah for Palm?

by: Jerry Liao

I remember a number of years ago when Palm officials was here in the Philippines to launch their new Palm Pilot product. At that time, the mobile phone market was just starting. So I asked one Palm official if the mobile phone will take over the Palm Pilot since some of the functionalities of the Palm are already included in the phone, or will be the Palm evolved and become more like a mobile phone.

NO was the bold answer of the Palm official. The official added that user will use mobile phones to call but when it comes to organizing their work, people will still use the Palm. I have not heard from the official again, and I almost never heard of Palm as well. The mobile phone became an all-around gadget killing organizers, pagers, and other devices.

Palm tried to catch up by releasing Pilot PDA, the Treo and Centro smartphones, and the shortlived Foleo but failed to gain their glory days. Companies like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Motorola, Apple, RIM, HTC, HP, and more became a household name.

Well Palm is back and will try to be part of the equation so to speak by unveiling its new Palm webOS mobile platform, built from the ground up to be constantly connected to the web, and the new Palm Pre, the first phone based on the new platform. Pre is scheduled to be available exclusively from Sprint in the first half of 2009.

Palm webOS is a brand-new kind of platform, invented exclusively for mobile use. webOS recognizes that you want your people, calendars and information to move with you, wherever you are, wirelessly, as opposed to being bound to a personal computer. Palm webOS is the first mobile platform to automatically bring your information from the many places it resides – on your phone, at your work or on the web – into one simple, integrated view.

The new Palm Pre and webOS are designed to be so in sync with your needs that it feels like Pre is thinking ahead for you.

At its core, webOS leverages several industry-standard technologies, including web technologies such as CSS, XHTML and JavaScript. On top of that, Palm has included creative and innovative advancements to enhance the overall user experience and provided a deep integration of all elements within the platform.

Palm says the user experience is developed around multitasking and the simplicity of a web browser. It features a web based application suite and supports touchscreen finger based input, background applications and is tightly interconnected with the Internet and various web services.

The Palm webOS developer environment is called Mojo. The Mojo Application framework is based on HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript web development standards. Palm says the Mojo SDK will include sample code, documentation, and development tools. An Eclipse-based IDE is included, and you will also be able to use your choice of tools to build WebOS applications. The Mojo SDK is currently in private prerelease, and will be available later this year as a free download from the Palm Developer Network.

Whether Palm will make it big again this time will highly depend on how the user will embrace their new product. As the old saying goes, it’s easier to gain new customers that to win back old customers.

Teens are at risk on MySpace

by: Jerry Liao

No doubt social networking sites are the “in-thing” nowadays. More and more people are joining this kind of sites to gain more friends or to stay in touch with friends and relatives. Some enterprises are even using these sites to communicate with co-workers and customers.

But while it is very popular, we cannot ignore the danger it poses to its users especially to teenagers.
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Philippines one of top 30 countries for offshore services in 2008

by: Jerry Liao

Businesses are continously evolving and so as the nature of competition. Competition between companies is seen as an inevitable part of doing business. Competition and challenges are not confined within one’s company or one’s territory, competition can come from a lot of angles / directions especially in the area of offshore services.

Just recently, research firm Gartner has assessed the suitability of 72 countries as offshore locations, and has announced its ‘Top 30’. The analysis showed that the dynamic nature of the market has seen a number of countries position themselves as credible alternatives to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

“Countries such as Mexico, Poland and Vietnam have continued to strengthen their position against leading alternatives, while others have forced their way into the ‘Top 30’. These countries will be seeking to take advantage of the opportunity created by the increased focus that many organisations now have on cost optimisation, as a result of the current economic crisis,” said Ian Marriott, research vice president at Gartner.
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