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Weekly roundup: shadow IT, Salesforce vs. Box, and iPhone 5 for CIOs
San Francisco tech types were busy this week, shuffling between TechCrunch Disrupt -- with high-profile speakers like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer -- and the iPhone 5 announcement on Wednesday. As the glare of the spotlights recedes, we take a look back at the most interesting consumerization stories of the week.
Eric Lai from SAP runs down the big picture for Forbes -- faster connectivity and the strength of the iOS app ecosystem seem particularly relevant. Here at CITEworld, Ryan Faas explored how the iPhone 5 could raise some costs for companies, while Jonny Evans explained why iOS is staying ahead of Android in the enterprise for now.
At InfoWorld, Bob Lewis says that "reverse consumerization" could be Microsoft's secret weapon for stopping the iPad in the enterprise.
VentureBeat found somebody at Facebook willing to praise HTML5 after CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it a mistake for the company. Zuck's comments aside, sometimes HTML5 still makes sense, as MobileIron's Ojas Rege explained to CITEworld.
The Harvard Business Review does a thoughtful piece on the changing role of IT as lines of business get their own budget for big non-standard software projects. CITEworld profiled a couple companies this week, DoubleDutch and GoodData, that are trying to take advantage of this trend.
Ron Miller covers the surprise on-stage announcement from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: next week at Dreamworld, the company will announce a Box competitor called -- wait for it -- ChatterBox. But Box CEO Aaron Levie doesn't seem too worried.
Benioff's bombshell came immediately after an on stage panel where Levie explained that startups have an unfair advantage because they don't have to deal with backward compatibility.
The open-source Arduino platform has helped tinkers make robots and controllers. At the Maker Faire last weekend, Arduino leader Massimo Banzi unveiled a new effort to help connect Arduino devices to the Internet.
Microsoft said its updated Kinect will be available for use with Windows some time next year.
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