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posted in May 2014
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Shinseki's Successor Should Use Technology To Rehabilitate VA
Commentary  |  5/31/2014  | 
The Veterans Administration let down the men and women of the Armed Forces. But technology can help the VA in its long road to rehabilitation.
Apple WWDC 2014: My Wish List
Commentary  |  5/31/2014  | 
Apple execs take the stage June 2 to show off the company's latest innovations. Here's what I'd like to hear.
Microsoft Smartwatch: Nadella's Next Strategy Step?
News  |  5/31/2014  | 
Microsoft smartwatch rumors heat up again, suggesting a cross-platform strategy that suits CEO Satya Nadella's goals.
DOJ Sues CA Technologies, Alleges $100 Million In Overcharges
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
The Justice Dept. joins whistleblower lawsuit against CA, claiming company failed to provide government customers with discounts being given to commercial customers.
Salesforce.com Gets FedRAMP Approval For Government Cloud
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Cloud computing is unleashing a "shotgun of innovation" in the public sector, says former federal CIO Vivek Kundra, now executive VP at Salesforce.com.
Surface Pro 3 Vs. World: Mobile Smackdown
Slideshows  |  5/30/2014  | 
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 hybrid tablet has ambitions that cross product categories. How does it compare to top mobile devices from Apple, Samsung, and others?
Energy-Sipping ARM Chips Made For Cloud
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Applied Micro and Canonical demonstrate the first OpenStack cloud on a rack of ARM servers at a show in Taiwan.
Pizza & Leadership: 4 Lessons
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
If you want to be a good leader, treat your team members in a way that makes them want to buy you a pizza. Allow us to explain.
Mobile Health App Design: 5 Tips
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Mobile apps for doctors and patients hold the promise of better health management. Here are five things app designers should keep in mind.
Does Cloud Really Hamper Server Sales?
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Common sense suggests that mainstream cloud adoption will gut server sales, but that's not really happening, analysts say. Here's why.
Government Cloud Use Hits Inflection Point
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
New standards, security, and architectures mean the CloudFirst stars are finally coming into alignment.
Arcadia Puts Marketing Muscle Into Healthcare Operations
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
LaunchPad platform combines health data with marketing-optimization strategies to bring continuous-improvement methodologies to medical practices.
GSA Promotes Green Button Use Across Government
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
A pilot shows that federal buildings can use data analytics tools to save taxpayers billions in energy costs.
Telemedicine's Appeal Grows For Employers, Individuals
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
The ability to virtually connect patients and physicians is shaking up healthcare and dialing up a host of new opportunities.
Microsoft, Salesforce.com Make Nice, Marry Apps
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Salesforce apps will work with Office 365, Windows, Windows Phone. Microsoft keeps using ExactTarget. But don't expect Salesforce apps on Azure.
Tablet Growth Slows, IDC Says
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
IDC expects Android tablets to snare 64.4% of shipments this year, followed by iPads with 30.3%, and Windows slates with 5.3%.
Agile Development: Ask The Customer
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
If we don't learn from our customers -- especially what unique value they expect -- how can we compete successfully in the market?
Healthcare's New Friend: Avatars
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Healthcare providers use avatars in videos, portals, and other educational and support materials for patients and their families.
Google Admits Its Workforce Lacks Diversity
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Google, by publishing data about employee race and gender, signals its willingness to move toward a more balanced workforce.
Samsung Eyes Health Wearables
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Samsung debuts software and open hardware platforms for wearables, aims to foster development of new products while helping people take charge of their health.
Open Data Coalition Criticizes SEC Backtracking
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Congress urged to direct SEC to require small public companies to file financial data in open data formats.
Salesforce.com Coming To Microsoft Azure Cloud?
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Salesforce on Azure may sound implausible, but in the wake of a similar deal with Oracle, rumor has it the two companies are talking.
Amazon, Microsoft Star In Gartner Cloud Magic Quadrant
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Gartner reshuffles the deck on its 2014 Magic Quadrant for IaaS. AWS still holds a leader card, but look who's falling.
Apple WWDC 2014: 9 Things To Expect
Slideshows  |  5/29/2014  | 
Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference promises to pack big software -- rather than hardware -- announcements. Think OS X, iOS 8, home automation, and more.
UAE National ID Program: Model Worth Watching
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
United Arab Emirates officials are laying the foundation for a national identity verification system that could change how people are ID'd for everything from passports to employment documents.
Federal Records Managers Caught In Squeeze
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Facing 2016 deadline to go all electronic, agency record keepers struggle to plan amidst budget constraints.
Federal CIOs, Take Open Data To Next Level
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
My challenge to public sector CIOs: Don't see open data as yet another checkbox, reporting, or compliance task. Use data to improve lives.
Physicians, Hospitals Size Up Value-Based Healthcare
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Physicians are wary of new healthcare payment models emphasizing quality and efficiency metrics, but hospitals are likely to prove resilient.
Apple Buys Beats For Brand Power
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
The price of cool comes to $3 billion, as Apple seeks cred with a younger audience.
Welcome To Our E2 Community
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
We're delighted to welcome our beloved E2 community as we integrate with our colleagues and the community members at InformationWeek.
Google's Self-Driving Cars Have No Steering Wheel
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
The future of driving looks like a Disneyland ride, but less fun.
Microsoft's Nadella: We're In 'Post-Post' PC Era
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduces Skype Translator, says we've entered a "post-post" digital world in which personalized experiences instead of specific devices will rule the day.
Facebook News Feed Tweak Downplays Auto-Sharing
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Facebook will prioritize content that you deliberately share and limit updates posted on your behalf by third-party applications.
Smartphoning While Walking: App Says Look Up!
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Softbank's new app, Stop Aruki Sumaho, urges pedestrians to avoid collisions and injuries.
Gartner: Chinese Server Vendors Find Fortune
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Gartner finds server shipments fell in the first quarter, but conditions are leveling off and Chinese vendors are on the rise.
Health IT's True Mission: Baptist Health CIO Speaks
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Baptist Health CIO Roland Garcia reflects on his career and what he sees as the primary goal of healthcare IT: to improve care and minimize suffering.
Data Scientists: Stop Searching, Start Grooming
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Don't put your big-data project on hold -- members of your current staff may be the best fit for your data science team.
4 Reasons You Must Automate Your Cloud
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Think you can execute in the cloud without using software to orchestrate application life cycles? Wrong.
FedRAMP Cloud Standards Deadline: What Comes After
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
The June 5 deadline for federal agencies to certify operations to the cloud is just the beginning. Agencies must still stay on top of daily cloud security.
VMware 'Machine Learning' Helps Spot Trouble
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
VMware vCenter Log Insight update helps IT recognize potential trouble before it occurs, offers information about into third-party software operations.
FTC: Data Brokers Know You Better Than Mom Does
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Federal Trade Commission report calls for restrictions on data brokers, finds companies gather billions of consumer transactions daily, largely without public knowledge.
Apple Eyes Home Automation
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
An Apple home automation platform would turn iOS devices into controllers for networked appliances.
Toshiba Windows Tablets: Priced Right?
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Toshiba's new mobile devices range from a $199 Windows 8.1 tablet for budget shoppers to powerful hybrid two-in-one laptops aimed at pros.
Healthcare IT Security Worse Than Retail, Study Says
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Bad news for healthcare community: New study shows retailers like Target and eBay are more secure than many healthcare organizations.
LG G3 Packs Big Screen, Kill Switch
News  |  5/27/2014  | 
LG's latest flagship smartphone boasts quad HD display and laser-aided camera.
WW II Memorial Debuts Connection To The Past
News  |  5/27/2014  | 
New WiFi-enhanced service at WW II memorial in Washington lets visitors access historical records and other information from interactive kiosks.
PaaS, Docker, And The Future Of Orchestration
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Currently IT's best bet for orchestration hinges on management systems that remotely execute scripts on servers. But what's the answer for platform-as-a-service setups?
Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
The IoT vision still doesn't have a clear architecture from which to build meaningful business applications, an MIT professor says.
Meaningful Use Deadlines Clash With Software Best Practices
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Hospitals find themselves implementing new releases of EHR software, certified to 2014 standards, almost as soon as vendors release certified versions. That's almost like implementing Windows 8 immediately after release.
10 Medical Practice Management Systems For 2014
Slideshows  |  5/27/2014  | 
For a medical practice, EHR may be important -- but practice management is essential.
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