Stories by Ephraim Schwartz

Does Twitter really fit into business and IT?

There have probably been more words written about Twitter than there are Twitter users. While it is considered the newest, most popular form of social networking, fitting into the category of <a href="/d/developer-world/socialtext-collaboration-platform-gains-microblogging-848">microblogging</a>, it is in fact used by far fewer people than Facebook, for example.

Painful lessons from IT outsourcing gone bad

As companies look to economize in a weak economy worsened by rising energy costs, it may be more tempting than ever to consider outsourcing your IT -- whether to a cloud-based provider, to a shop in your town, or to a provider in some far-off land. Certainly, outsourcing has worked well for many companies, but it can also lead to business-damaging nightmares, says Larry Harding, founder and president of High Street Partners, a global consultancy that advises company on how to expand overseas. After all, if outsourcers fail, you're left holding the bag without the resources to fix the problem.

Sharp decline in IT employment in the US

Employment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor for the month of July, as well as its employment statistics comparing July 2007 versus July 2008, indicate a significant decline in information technology employment.

The dangers of cloud computing

The idea of cloud computing -- designed around an architecture whose natural state is a shared pool outside the enterprise -- has gained momentum in recent months as a way to reduce cost and improve IT flexibility. But the use of cloud computing also carries with it security risks, including perils related to compliance, availability, and data integrity.

SaaS continues to spur midmarket adoption of enterprise apps

<a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/06/02/Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-2009-now-available_1.html">Microsoft's launch of Dynamics AX 2009 last week</a> in an on-premise version only -- at announcement there was no indication of a future SaaS version -- has stirred the debate once again over what midmarket companies are demanding from CRM and ERP applications and how that demand will shape the future look of business software.

IBM, Acrobat offer response to Google Apps and Office

The official rollout on Tuesday of IBM's Lotus Symphony suite of productivity applications along with the launch yesterday of the official beta version of Acrobat.com from Adobe has all the experts asking the same well-worn questions: Now that Adobe, IBM, and Google all have skin in this game, is Microsoft Office under siege yet? And which online offering comes closest to being a viable alternative?

The real lowdown on XP licence deadlines

With the first end-date deadline for the general availability of Windows XP just six months away, June 30, 2008, there are a number of XP licensing questions that are still on the minds of internal licensing desk managers and enterprise IT departments.