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Content tagged with Information Management posted in December 2013
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Supercomputers: New Software Needed
News  |  12/31/2013  | 
Next hurdle for high-performance computing is figuring out how to handle unstructured data.
Big Data Analytics: Descriptive Vs. Predictive Vs. Prescriptive
News  |  12/31/2013  | 
What distinguishes these three key types of analytics? A data scientist explains the differences.
Top 10 Big Data Stories Of 2013
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Big data equals big opportunity -- and a surplus of hype. Catch up on the big data articles that interested readers most in 2013.
Veterans Affairs Website Offers Open Data
News  |  12/30/2013  | 
Public now has access to APIs, tools, and resources to build apps that benefit veterans.
7 Mistakes Microsoft Made In 2013
Slideshows  |  12/30/2013  | 
This was a pretty good year for Microsoft with some big customer wins. But these seven missteps were just dumb.
Core-System Conversion: Dos And Don'ts
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Converting critical systems? A veteran project manager runs down the list of best practices to ensure a conversion doesn't fall on its face.
10 Biggest Tech Disappointments Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/27/2013  | 
From HealthCare.gov to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, here are some of the year's biggest letdowns.
Most Wasteful Government IT Projects Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/27/2013  | 
Federal agencies continue to pour millions into overlapping IT projects. Check out the worst offenders.
Microsoft In 2013: 7 Lessons Learned
Slideshows  |  12/26/2013  | 
If a key to success is learning from your mistakes, Microsoft should be well positioned for 2014.
Top 10 Database Stories Of 2013
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Microsoft SQL Server, NoSQL, and the in-memory database wars are the highlights among this year's headlines.
Patient Data On Filesharing Service Provokes Legal Trouble
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Medical file reportedly found on a peer-to-peer filesharing network leads to an FTC complaint, a federal lawsuit, and a book claiming regulatory overreach.
9 Digital Health Trends For 2014
News  |  12/23/2013  | 
Step back, EHRs. These healthcare IT innovations are poised to take center stage in 2014.
Most Customer Data Goes To Waste: IDC
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
A whopping 80% of consumer data is wasted, says IDC, and marketing and IT must work together to fix that.
Analytics: Where The Girls Are
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
Data science is a field where men and women enjoy near parity in terms of university students and jobs, according to one expert.
Real-Time Analytics Boosts Operations Staff Performance
News  |  12/20/2013  | 
A mortgage processor for Australia says Enlighten's operations automation software enabled him to achieve a 40% cost savings and hire more staff.
Hadoop Helps Pharma Firm Speed Up
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Cloud-based Hadoop solution helps pharmaceutical company Astellas compress pieces of its market research from weeks to hours.
Business Intelligence 2013: Tale Of Two Worlds
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
BI giants IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP grew little in 2013, but nimble, visual-data-discovery leaders Tableau, TIBCO Spotfire, and QlikTech soared. Here's why.
Oracle Bets On Consolidation, Low-Cost Hardware
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison predicts database consolidation, a promised in-memory option, and low-end engineered systems will accelerate growth in 2014.
10 Best Android Apps Of 2013
Slideshows  |  12/19/2013  | 
From a slick password manager to a top-notch image editor, these standout Android apps will improve your mobile life.
Cloudera Goes Cloud With Amazon
News  |  12/19/2013  | 
Cloudera says Amazon Web Services partnership will help customers move beyond Hadoop sandboxes to bring high-scale production platforms into the cloud.
HealthCare.gov Shows 4 Ways Software Delivery Must Change
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
Troubled project should encourage you to discard traditional manufacturing processes with their reliance on control, and prioritize information and flexibility.
Will Automated Care Plans Keep Patients Healthier?
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Vanderbilt, West Corp., and West Health Institute collaborate on research to streamline and improve chronic illness care through technology.
Microsoft Exec To Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  12/18/2013  | 
Former Microsoft Office division president Kurt DelBene will lead troubled healthcare insurance site through the first half of 2014.
Open Government Data: Companies Cash In
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
Start-ups and established firms harvest government data for consumer and business applications, creating an economic stimulus.
Windows Phone 8.1: Sneak Peek
News  |  12/17/2013  | 
As Microsoft preps a new version of its mobile OS, a few details have emerged, including improved notifications and a voice assistant.
IBM Predicts Next 5 Life-Changing Tech Innovations
Slideshows  |  12/17/2013  | 
IBM unveils its annual "5 in 5" list of technology breakthroughs that promise to change how we work and live within five years. Real promise or PR fantasy?
Real-Time Prediction, Big Data Scale: Impossible Dream?
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
WibiData challenges IBM, Oracle, and SAS by combining vast customer history as well as real-time behavioral data to generate personalized recommendations.
Inside Avon's Failed Order-Management Project
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Avon representative details how sales force reacted to a failed system using SAP on the back end and IBM WebSphere for e-commerce on the front end.
6 More Enduring Truths About Selecting Enterprise Software
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Buying business software can be a tricky business. Pay attention to these truths and warnings.
Meet NOAA's Unique 3D Weather Tool
Slideshows  |  12/16/2013  | 
Science on a Sphere, a carbon-fiber globe created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, displays weather conditions and environmental data in a compelling way.
Former Homeland Security CIO Tapped As Startup CEO
News  |  12/13/2013  | 
Richard Spires, former IRS and DHS IT chief, takes the helm as CEO of Resilient Network Systems.
Avon Pulls Plug On $125 Million SAP Project
News  |  12/12/2013  | 
Avon halts its global rollout of an SAP order management system after a Canadian pilot project prompts reps to quit in frustration.
10 Nerdy Gifts For Techies
News  |  12/12/2013  | 
When you've run out of Dr. Who and Star Trek gifts, check out these novel ideas for the techie in your life.
A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management, Part 3
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
How do you decide whose projects get back burnered? Don't make it a popularity contest. Run the numbers.
Obama's Open Data Plan: Much Work Ahead
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Open government advocates found plenty to praise in Obama administration's latest National Action Plan (NAP). But agencies must now make good on those plans.
Splunk Brings Big Data Into Security Monitoring
News  |  12/11/2013  | 
Telco IDT taps Splunk to optimize IT and isolate security threats. The next step is spotting marketing opportunities hidden in big data.
2014 BI Outlook: Who's Hot, Who's Not
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
InformationWeek 2014 Analytics and Business Intelligence Survey finds Tableau rising, Actuate, IBM Cognos, and MicroStrategy sliding.
A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management, Part 2
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Realizing that you can't afford not to have a PMO is half the battle. Now it's time to take inventory.
The War On Military Records
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.
A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management, Part 1
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
PPM is a necessity, not a luxury. Here's how to set up a good, fast, and inexpensive program that will make the best use of pricey IT resources, without costly specialized software.
SAP: Advanced Analytics Not Just For PhDs Anymore
News  |  12/9/2013  | 
New SAP offering exploits recently acquired KXEN software, which helps business users build and tweak predictive models in automated ways.
The Upside Of Hostility
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
The defining quality of the DevOps movement can challenge the default division of labor.
Variety's The Spice Of Life – And Bane Of Big Data
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
Advances in hardware, especially memory technology, make volume and velocity easier to deal with all the time. But that doesn't help with variety. For that, you need RDF and optional schemas.
Finding The Breadcrumbs In Customer Data
News  |  12/6/2013  | 
Many businesses still miss the valuable insights hiding in data on consumer behavior, Teradata exec says.
Creating The 'Solution Economy': Government's Role
Commentary  |  12/6/2013  | 
Government alone can't solve society's big challenges. But technology that enables the public can foster an environment of innovation and problem-solving.
HIMSS Rates Hospitals' IT Maturity
News  |  12/5/2013  | 
In Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's test to score hospitals' adoption and use of IT tools, only about 2% of US hospitals have achieved a top rating.
Microsoft Is Not Killing Windows RT
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
Despite rumors to the contrary, Microsoft will unify its operating systems, not eliminate product lines.
Making The Case For Hadoop: Variety, Not Volume
Commentary  |  12/4/2013  | 
Paytronix manages only tens of terabytes, but it offers the perfect example of why we need more than relational databases.
PC Slump: No Recovery in Sight
News  |  12/3/2013  | 
Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks are compelling upgrades, but they aren't driving sales of new devices.
5 Pillars Of Enterprise PaaS Strategy
Commentary  |  12/3/2013  | 
Platform-as-a-service is becoming a standard way to build out an agile, Web-oriented business, but beware of risks.
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