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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in February 2012
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Windows 8: 8 Things SMBs Should Know
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Microsoft released the beta version of its much-revamped operating system for PCs and tablets. Here are some key facts for smaller companies.
Top Considerations For Cloud EHR Buyers
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Cloud computing offers a speed ramp into the electronic health record highway. But don't overlook critical questions about security, performance, say legal experts at HIMSS.
Facebook Revamps Pages For Businesses
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
"Sponsored stories," along with premium ads, now eligible for distribution in the Facebook newsfeed. Check out this and five other key changes.
Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud Service
News  |  2/29/2012  | 
Large government contractor shutters cloud computing service and $200 million data center, less than a year after opening.
How To Become More Agile and Innovative
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
It's time to move beyond the latest agility and innovation fads and institute substantive approaches. Here's how IT can get involved.
Skills Shortage? Quit Whining
Commentary  |  2/29/2012  | 
If "people are our most important resource," why do most employers expect this precious asset to show up gift wrapped?
CIOs Must Beware Private Cloud Plan Hijackers
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Employees with something to lose will try to thwart your private cloud plans. The boss needs to take charge.
Look Beyond Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Physicians and institutions must accept new reimbursement models and greater patient control, says healthcare CEO at HIMSS.
IBM Layoffs Exceed 800, Workers Say
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
IBM cut employees in its outsourcing and server manufacturing units, among others.
Randy Mott Named General Motors CIO
News  |  2/28/2012  | 
Former CIO of HP, Dell, and Walmart is tapped for ability to 'transform global IT operations.' Will appointment mean less IT outsourcing for GM?
5 Keys To U.S. National Mobility Strategy
Commentary  |  2/28/2012  | 
Security, device support, and applications development are tough issues that agency CIOs must address as they hurry to put smartphones and tablets into more employees' hands.
DARPA, MIT Research A Self-Healing Cloud
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Researchers aim to develop a cloud computing environment that could immediately recognize and fend off a cyber attack, much like the human body fights a virus.
IBM Cuts More Than 250 U.S. Jobs
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Layoffs include senior project managers in Big Blue’s IT outsourcing unit.
SF Symphony CIO: Facebook Or Tweet From Your Seat
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
On the third episode of Valley View, hosts David Berlind and Fritz Nelson interview San Francisco Symphony CIO Michael Skaff about how he's keeping one of the City's leading non-profit organizations on the bleeding edge.
Feds Offer Agencies Guidance On Cloud Implementation
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
As agencies adopt cloud services, a new report helps set some guidelines around SLAs, security, and privacy.
Hadoop Behind Metamarkets' Data Science-as-a-Service
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Business Intelligence startup Metamarkets aims to take "BI in the cloud" one step further.
4 Ways SMBs Can Score With Gamification
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Small and midsize businesses are well-positioned to take advantage of gamification. Here's some expert advice on how to use the growing trend to get closer to your customers.
Does The Cloud Keep Pace With Moore's Law?
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
The cost "advantages" of infrastructure-as-a-service aren't always real or long term.
Chambers Reinventing Cisco, Or Recycling Tactics?
Commentary  |  2/27/2012  | 
CEO John Chambers says Cisco will transform, as upstart and established vendors attack its traditional strongholds. Take a close look at what's new and what's not in his strategy.
Meaningful Use Update: Submit Once, Get Double Credit
News  |  2/27/2012  | 
Stage 2 Meaningful Use electronic health records incentive program would let providers also get credit toward Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System.
TelyHD Brings Skype To Your TV
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Android-based TelyHD connects your TV to the Internet to enable Skype video calling, photo sharing, and other features.
Chart.io Seeks To Shake Up BI
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Startup's cloud-based business intelligence solution takes on entrenched on-premises BI providers.
Why Google Plus Is Better For Business
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Google social and mobile global marketing director Rikard Steiber comes to the set of InformationWeek's Valley View to explain why businesses should use Google Plus to engage their customers.
All The Tech News Fit To Parody
News  |  2/26/2012  | 
Fritz Nelson rounds up a month's worth of headlines and YouTube video worthy of ridicule.
Digital Migrants And A Stark Economic Future
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Why we'll see a very tough transient labor market for a couple of decades, with slowing or declining economic growth.
Security In The Borderless Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Mobile, cloud, and social technologies have blurred enterprise security borders. Look for a thorough examination of that reality at the RSA conference.
HHS Proposes More Security On Healthcare Mobile Devices
News  |  2/24/2012  | 
Encryption would have stopped many of the patient data breaches caused by lost smartphones, laptops, and tablets, said Stage 2 Meaningful Use proposal.
How To Escape Consumer IT Hell
Commentary  |  2/24/2012  | 
Those smartphones and tablets are wonderful, except when they're not. Instead of telling employees they're on their own, IT must bone up on consumer tech support.
What Salesforce.com Results Say About Oracle Battle
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Salesforce.com keeps furthering its reach into more corners of its customers' operations. The competition has noticed.
GAO: First Responders Broadband Network Lacks Crucial Features
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
GAO report says network, which just got $7 billion in funding, lacks many key voice capabilities, forcing use of current system for another 10 years.
U.S. Army Plots Bring Your Own Device Strategy
News  |  2/23/2012  | 
Army's aggressive mobile device plans include a BYOD policy, new authentication tools, and mobile virtualization technology.
Chronology Of An Outsourcing Disaster
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
Austin Energy's deal with IBM for a new billing system has gone painfully awry, internal emails reveal, resulting in lost revenue for the utility and outraged customers.
HP Earnings Down, Optimism Inexplicably Up
Commentary  |  2/23/2012  | 
CEO Meg Whitman says HP needs to own the cloud, security, and analytics, but gives no guidance on how the company will do that.
Air Force Unit Cancels iPad Procurement
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Special Operations Command had planned to acquire nearly 3,000 iPads to transfer paper-based flight information and technical manuals to an electronic format.
Feds Promise Flexibility In Meaningful Use, Stage 2
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules regarding electronic health records will be finalized by midyear and take effect in 2012.
Is Cloud Computing A Global Market Yet? Nyet
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Brazil, China, and some European countries have erected barriers to free flow of data, due to fears of U.S. domination of cloud market, says BSA.
Defense Dept. IT Reform Moves Forward
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
After announcing impending reforms in 2010, the military is beginning to shake up how it manages IT.
Wrike Adds Workload View To Project Management Software
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
Managers can view assignment distribution to make better use of employee resources, resolve scheduling conflicts.
iPad 3 Reports Suggest 8MP Camera
Commentary  |  2/22/2012  | 
Spy shots of the Apple iPad 3 are hitting the Web fast and furious. The latest batch show off the camera, rear casing, and display panel.
ICD-10 Delay Worries Health IT Leaders
News  |  2/22/2012  | 
The train's already left the station for organizations that have been prepping for an October 2013 ICD-10 deadline, say health IT organizations and CIOs.
Nursing Information Officers: Newest Health IT Leaders
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Onslaught of health IT initiatives brings a need for nursing Informatics expertise, and a new breed of chief nursing information officers.
IBM Criticized Over Austin Energy Contract
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Utility says billing system installed and maintained by IBM is overcharging some customers, while other residents aren't getting any bills at all.
Health IT Leaders Biggest Worry: Finding Qualified Staff
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Hospital CIOs say their biggest concern is lack of qualified health IT professionals, not a lack of funding, HIMSS survey reveals.
Changes Planned For Meaningful Use Rules
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
HIMSS12 attendees were disappointed when details of Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules weren't revealed on Tuesday, and they were surprised to hear that changes will be made to Stage 1 rules.
Fed CIOs Try To End Duplicate IT Investments
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
DoD, DHS, and DoE have instituted new internal reviews and practices to help consolidate and modernize IT infrastructure, software, and other systems.
What One-Time Passwords Could Do For Mobile
Commentary  |  2/21/2012  | 
Smartphones will soon be wallets. They're already corporate data repositories. And finally, Yubico lets us stop using static passwords to lock it all down.
3 Bring Your Own Device Risks For SMBs
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Small and midsize businesses can reap real rewards from letting employees bring their own devices to work, but must also manage the dangers.
5 Reasons You Blew Your IT Budget
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
CIOs constantly struggle to keep IT spending under control. Consider these common reasons for budget overruns, along with some potential solutions.
HIMSS Chief Predicts Dialed-Down Health IT Requirements
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
Government's Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements may get less stringent, based on lower than expected Stage 1 adoption, forecasts health IT group's CEO.
Veterans Affairs CIO Eyes Budget Increase
News  |  2/21/2012  | 
While spending for most federal IT groups will be flat in 2013, Department of Veterans Affairs seeks budget boost to improve access to electronic health records, telehealth, and mobile devices.
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