Stories by Scot Finnie

How Apple is playing hardball with Microsoft

Tucked in amongst Apple's several hardware debuts last month was word that the company will stop charging for OS X and iWork. Why is Apple willing to forgo this small revenue stream? How might it affect IT buyers? The move is interesting on several fronts.

Can Microsoft make a comeback after Ballmer?

Whoever becomes Microsoft's new CEO needs to create a culture that encourages employees to voice ideas.

Scot Finnie: Is Apple OK?

It has stumbled under Tim Cook, and 2013 has been mighty thin in terms of product launches. Can it still do amazing things?

Scot Finnie: A call for mobile innovation

A lot more innovation is desperately needed for mobile hardware design and platforms. Are Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft up to the task?

Scot Finnie: 5 tips for developing successful mobile apps

The world has endured the release of a whole lot of mediocre, or even useless, mobile apps. It's time to consider some best practices for app development.

Scot Finnie: Personal data syncing to the cloud is broken; let's fix it

The vendors behind sync services seem to be more interested in positioning their wares against competitors than in delivering solid services that integrate with a variety of platforms.

Scot Finnie: What needs to change in the mobile market

It's a dysfunctional industry reliant on a triad of supporting companies with their own priorities. Insider (registration required)

Scot Finnie: The real CoIT

The consumerization of IT is about much more than just BYOD.

Scot Finnie: Stuxnet was a wake-up call, but don't fall back asleep

It's clear that U.S. businesses and infrastructure operators haven't even begun to prepare to defend against cyber-espionage and sabotage.

Playing the Wrong Hand With Windows 8

The PC is definitely not dead for Microsoft (and it won't be for a long, long time), but Windows 8 might hasten its decline.

Opinion: Are tablets inevitable as PC replacements?

The tablet phenomenon is bigger than you probably realize. Before the "new iPad" debuted, Apple announced that it had sold 55 million of its tablets to date. Apple CEO Tim Cook helped put that figure in perspective at a conference in February: "It took us 22 years to sell 55 million Macs," he reportedly said. "It took us about five years to sell 22 million iPods, and it took us about three years to sell that many iPhones." The fact that the iPad sold 55 million units in less than two years tells us something: Tablets are a runaway success.

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I dumped my iPhone 4 for the Android Galaxy Nexus

I like a lot of things about my iPhone 4. For starters, the whole "antennagate" thing was overblown. Lots of phones drop bars if you grip them a certain way while in a weak signal area. (My new Galaxy Nexus does.) And although I live in a dead zone for both AT&T and Verizon, right out of the box my AT&T iPhone 4 got noticeably better reception than my original iPhone. A simple iPhone 4 case prevented any loss of signal reception due to hand shielding.

Premier 100 are calculated risk-takers

The annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference and the accompanying special issue of Computerworld are among this magazine's proudest achievements. This is the Premier 100 program's 13th consecutive year, and with the addition of 2012's class of honorees, the list of Premier 100 alumni now includes 1,300 of the sharpest, most successful senior leaders in IT.

Opinion: The lure of mobile is immediacy

Around the world, the rapidly expanding use of smartphones and tablets is turning into a transformational trend - for enterprises and consumers alike.

A running start to 2012

For IT, 2011 was a transitional year. A lot of big things were on the horizon ( data center as a service, for instance), but few of the profound concepts jelled.

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