Business applications are finally able to make use of multi-touch screens thanks to Windows 7's emphasis on the technology and the release of touch-capable machines from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and IIyama, Stuart Andrews writes. While Microsoft Office is still best navigated with a keyboard and a mouse, he writes, other Microsoft applications use touch technology to offer new ways of arranging presentations or studying maps.
Economic realities are awakening technology professionals to the fact that paying for constant replacements of powerful but expensive desktop computers isn't an efficient strategy, Jonathan Feldman writes. Allowing employees to use their own laptops and mobile devices instead could save money and time, he notes. "Like nonvirtualized servers of old, fat PCs equal lots of idle resources," he writes.
French enterprise resource planning firm Nexedi has asked European regulators to encourage Sun Microsystems -- which is in the process of being acquired by Oracle -- to sell its MySQL database for 1 to protect the open-source application from Oracle's proprietary designs.
The true test of an IT professional's knowledge may be the ability to explain technical issues in a way that makes sense to prospective clients, end-users and shareholders, Toni Bowers writes. "You can't sell technology to end-users and executives unless you can effectively explain to them why it is needed," Bowers writes.