News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in October 2013
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Tableau Helps Johns Hopkins Cut Emergency Stays
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Business intelligence dashboard software from Tableau helps Johns Hopkins Hospital reduce patients' emergency department stays from 11 hours to four.
FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.
Salesforce.com Enables Private App Stores
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Salesforce Private AppExchange lets you put IT-approved applications in a customizable corporate app store. There's one catch, though.
Amazon Plans 4th California Retail Distribution Facility
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Online retail giant seeks to foster faster deliveries, including same-day fresh groceries, through modern fulfillment centers.
GSA Streamlines IT Operations, Closes Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Agency CIO says closure of 37 data centers and centralization of IT operations will improve efficiency within GSA and in serving other federal agencies.
How Will You Manage Your Digital Self?
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
You can't keep track of all the digital content you generate. In the next five years, expect vendors to come to the rescue with digital-self services.
Google+ Enhances Hangouts, Photo Tools
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Google+ Hangouts adds location sharing, and photos and videos get slick new editing tools.
Facebook Exec: Databases, Hadoop Belong Together
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Facebook's Ken Rudin says relational databases and Hadoop are complementary. Hortonworks and Teradata execs add guidelines on when to choose which.
Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
WinXP is already an easy target for hackers, and it will get even simpler once Microsoft ends support for the 12-year-old OS in April.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Federal Agencies Advised To Brace For Big Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Big data challenge isn't now to handle current volume but what's to come, warn federal CIOs.
Motorola's Project Ara Promotes Modular Smartphones
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Google's Motorola Project Ara envisions mobile phones as customizable components that can be snapped together like Lego blocks. But can flexibility beat slick smartphone design?
Dell Seals Deal To Go Private
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Michael Dell's bid to take his company private is finally complete. But now that the deal's done, what will Dell do to compete?
Cisco Launches Business Unit For Internet Of Things
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
In show of commitment to Internet of Things, Cisco forms group focused on advancing technologies ranging from more secure power plants to driverless cars.
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
Facebook Ads Fail Marketers: Report
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Facebook's emphasis on static instead of social ads is not working for marketers, who rank Facebook last in business value, says Forrester Research.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Cloudera Plans Data Hub Role For Hadoop
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Cloudera prepares to make Hadoop a central hub and first destination for companies' data. SAS and Apache Spark add data-analysis options.
Twitter Two-Factor Lockout: One User's Horror Story
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Is the security payoff from using Twitter's two-factor authentication system worth the risk of losing account access?
How To Manage LinkedIn Endorsements
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Ensure you're portrayed accurately on LinkedIn by fine-tuning your endorsements -- and cut down on unnecessary email notifications in the bargain.
Bromium, 'Microvisor' Champion, Raises $40 Million More
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
Bromium's third round of financing brings total to $75.7 million as company positions itself for rapid growth.
Google's Mystery Project Won't Float
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
A San Francisco regulator casts doubt on the viability of a waterborne Google store.
Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
After an FBI security rule prevented the LAPD from using Google Apps, the city was forced to backpedal from its move to the cloud. Now Los Angeles is trying again.
Datalink Lets Feds Test Drive Cloud
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
New service offers federal agencies a way to evaluate different cloud systems that align with their own configurations before they commit to a provider.
Why Do Big IT Projects Fail So Often?
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Obamacare's website problems can teach us a lot about large-scale project management and execution.
DevOps And The Perpetual Motion Machine
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
New data shows cooperation between developers and operations pays off for companies moving at the speed of today's business. Oh, and practice does makes perfect.
Microsoft Surface Pro Docking Station Arrives Early
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
With Microsoft's docking station -- which hadn't been expected until 2014 -- the Surface Pro can be a three-in-one device: tablet, laptop, desktop.
How Google Flu Trends Blew It
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Last year, Google Flu Trends made a mountain out of a molehill by overestimating the incidence of influenza. Blame the media.
Microsoft's Earnings: 6 Takeaways
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Shareholders have questioned Microsoft's strategy. Will this week's strong earnings report persuade skeptics that the company is on the right track?
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
Apple Vs. Microsoft: Tablet Empire Strikes Back
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Following iPad and Surface tablet launches, Apple and Microsoft trade new barbs in quest for tablet supremacy.
LPTA Contracts Stifle Government Innovation
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
"Lowest price technically acceptable" contracts drive down prices but sacrifice long-term value to meet short-term government savings goals, says study.
Suspicious BBM For Android Reviews Cloud Launch
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
BBM for Android received a large number of positive reviews that contained the exact same text, but BlackBerry denies any involvement.
Native App Vs. Mobile Web: Not A Simple Choice
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
Unless your app truly is a special snowflake, think long and hard about adding it to the pile -- lest it get buried.
Hadoop In Production: 5 Steps To Success
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
So you've done your homework, launched a prototype with Hadoop and found it good. Now the real fun starts.
Jive Customers Say Yes To Cloud
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Jive customers like Nuance Communications have gone from traditional to cloud hosting, while Thomson Reuters plans to switch over its 60,000 employee social portal in 2014.
Apple OS X Mavericks Sees Fast Adoption
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Apple declares end to expensive operating system upgrades; OS X users appear to appreciate the free software.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Microsoft Surface Pro Vs. Competitors
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Microsoft quietly slashed another $100 off the price of the original Surface Pro. Here's how it stacks up to the competition.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
Portfolio Management Tools: Lessons From King County, Washington
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
County IT portfolio manager shares what his team learned when they moved from spreadsheets to a real management tool.
Verizon Unveils Remote Patient Monitoring Platform
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Verizon's Converged Health Management wirelessly transmits data from patients' health monitoring devices to doctors using a HIPAA-secure cloud.
What's The Best Path To Big Data Insight?
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
We sort through this week's clashing din of news from Teradata, SAS, Pivotal, Platfora and Hortonworks in search of the inside edge to big data breakthroughs.
Microsoft Exec Trashes Apple's Free iWork Software
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Microsoft VP Frank Shaw made several valid points when he criticized Apple's new products and strategy. But he missed the boat on others.
Jive Pushes More Functionality Into Cloud
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Jive previews new metrics, task system and other features to debut in cloud first, then Jive 7. Its new JiveX cloud product is for external communities.
Woz Doesn't Like New iPads
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Apple's co-founder wasn't wowed by the new tablets, and Microsoft doesn't think they're good enough for mobile professionals.
Apple Embraces Free: 5 Reasons Why
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
Apple challenges Google and Microsoft with free software.
Google Or Microsoft? Army Users Get Choice
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Army blanket purchase agreements to buy Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 licenses offer non-Defense Enterprise Email users a choice of cloud software.
Medicare Drags Feet On Secure Patient IDs
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Medicare increases identity theft risk because it uses social security numbers as patient identifiers, says GAO report.
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