News & Commentary
Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in May 2011
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Lodsys Sues Developers For Patent Infringement
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
iOS, Mac OS X, and Android apps infringe on its intellectual property, according the patent holding firm.
WHO Classifies Cell Phones As 'Possible Carcinogens'
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Health agency finds that the electromagnetic fields received by mobile devices may increase odds for a type of brain cancer.
Bridgestor Launches Symantec Backup Exec Appliance
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The backup and storage device is aimed primarily at midsize businesses and combines Symantec's data deduplication and Bridgestor's hardware-based thin provisioning and data compression capabilities.
HHS Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy Rule
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
Physicians Get Meaningful Use Payment Checks
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
A family doctor with a six-physician center in Ohio recommends building spreadsheets to track progress and ease the attestation process.
Transportation Dept. Gets $100 Million For Wireless Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The White House wants DOT to develop wireless applications to deliver emergency services, Internet access in remote locations, and other innovative services.
DOD Tests Delivery Of Data To Mobile Devices
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Relevant ISR to the Edge is a program the military is testing to send intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to soldiers via technology-agnostic handhelds.
Schwartz On Security: Should Businesses Track Employee Smartphones?
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
It may be one way to protect business secrets, but many aspects of smartphone security remain out of the hands of IT administrators or security-conscious users.
Wyse, Kaviza Offer VDI At $99 Per Seat
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The virtual desktop infrastructure offering enables small and midsize businesses to repurpose existing PCs or upgrade to thin clients at higher price points.
Google Wallet Enables Mobile Payments
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint are working with Google to launch a mobile commerce platform.
iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked By Forensics Firm
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
The iPhone 4 is at risk, but the forensics tool will only be sold to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and forensics investigators.
iPad And Enterprise File Sharing
Commentary  |  5/26/2011  | 
MobilEcho, GroupLogic's new mobile file management platform, gives iPad users network access to network shares using a simple app, while granting administrators control over data access and usage.
Anxious To Get Google's New Mobile Payment System?
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
If payment systems that use your phone take off, having to carry cash or credit cards around may soon be a thing of the past. Consider the risks first though.
How To Develop Technical Leaders
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Few technicians have the expertise and personal influence to be considered a candidate, and those who do must master these four competencies.
The Law Of Social Media: Employers Beware
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
A harder line against employers by the National Labor Relations Board, as well as a lack of case law, leave a lot of room for business risk.
Google Preps Mobile Payment System
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
Mobile commerce could soon become much easier for users of Android phones.
Open Government Sites Fall Prey To Budget Cuts
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The White House cancels plans to build new transparency sites and will be unable to update some established ones, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said.
SMBs Aren't Sold On Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  5/25/2011  | 
Surveys released by In-Stat and Drobo show smaller companies are sticking with on-site storage, but they should consider online backup for an extra layer of protection.
DOD Blamed For Duplicative IT Systems
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The department is spending more than it needs to on health IT systems and could reduce overlap to save money, the U.S. comptroller said.
Google Patches Sidejacking Vulnerability
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The server-side patch fixes an authentication bug that affects 99.7% of Android users and their access to Calendar and Contacts.
SaaS Offering Keeps Contact Info Current
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
ZoomInfo touts its proprietary technology as it seeks to 'map the business landscape in near real-time.'
DHS To Gain Autonomy Under Obama Cybersecurity Plan
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
The agency will be tasked with protecting federal civilian networks in the same way the DOD protects military and other critical U.S. infrastructure.
Intel Launches Hybrid Cloud Service For SMBs
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Chipmaker's AppUp Small Business Service will deliver pay-per-use software while keeping data on-site with a leased, remotely managed server at no up-front cost.
Verizon To Bludgeon Data Hogs With Fees
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Wireless network operators have yet to settle on the best policy for managing bandwidth hogs, but Verizon Wireless plans to move to tiered data plans this summer.
Cisco Accused Of Helping Chinese Police Track Dissidents
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
A lawsuit claims internal marketing material shows that Cisco encouraged Chinese authorities to use its products for surveillance and control.
IT Success Is The Product Of Mental Toughness
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
Whether you're an IT leader or a coach, giving up is never an option.
Physicians Slowly Embrace Patient Videoconferencing
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Seven percent of U.S. doctors now conduct video chats with patients, even if they still shun email interactions, according to a survey by Manhattan Research.
IT Downtime Costs $26.5 Billion In Lost Revenue
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
Still, 56% of enterprises in North America and 30% in Europe don't have a good disaster recovery plan, says a CA Technologies survey of 200 companies.
Global CIO: Toyota's Friend Network Will Test Customer Ties
Commentary  |  5/24/2011  | 
It's working with Salesforce.com to build a social network for Toyota owners, testing the boundaries of how much of a relationship you really want with a carmaker.
Oracle Sued Over Alleged ERP Project Cost Overruns
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
N.J.'s Montclair State claims the portal project intended to modernize business and academic processes is $20 million over the planned cost and lacked clear accounting.
Square Launches iPad Point-Of-Sale Service
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
The mobile payment startup hopes to become a local commerce powerhouse by eliminating the need for cash registers and credit card terminals.
CVS Caremark Pilots Prescription Electronic Prior Authorizations
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Giving clinicians the ability to electronically request prior authorizations for certain medications will simplify a time-consuming, sometimes frustrating process.
Health IT Tops Jobs List For College Grads
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Health IT jobs are expected to grow by 20%, or about 35,100 new jobs, for the decade 2008-2018, according to a UC San Diego study.
Guerra On Healthcare: Beware Cost Of MU, ACOs
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
The feds want your involvement in Accountable Care Organizations and Meaningful Use, but will you see a meaningful return on investment?
AT&T Sued For Overbilling Data Usage
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
A class action lawsuit accuses the carrier of billing users for consuming as much as 300% more than was actually used.
Survey Reveals Rise Of Social Media Marketing
News  |  5/22/2011  | 
The latest research from Constant Contact shows that the best marketing strategy is an integrated, well-rounded one.
The State Of Mobile OS Patching
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
We expect our PC operating systems to be regularly patched to counter the latest security hole, but we don't have that same assurance with our phones and tablets.
American Express Revamps OPEN Forum Community
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Website catering to small businesses adds social media links, picks up pace of development.
Google Hastens Secure Connections In Chrome
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
An experimental technique for making secure network connections more quickly delivers "stunning" results.
Global CIO: Modest Salaries Offer Tech Bubble Reality Check
Commentary  |  5/20/2011  | 
Comparing 2011 IT pay raises to those during the dot-com boom, it's hard to conclude that the LinkedIn IPO means a return to irrational exuberance.
Two Dead In iPad Factory Explosion
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
A Foxconn contract manufacturing facility in China experienced an explosion, the cause of which is unknown and under investigation.
Top DHS Cybersecurity Official Quits
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Phil Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the agency's National Protection and Programs Directorate, will leave his position June 3.
AHA Says ACO Costs Far Exceed CMS Estimates
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
The American Hospital Association says the feds used figures based on physician group practices that already have many ACO elements in place.
Lenovo Adds ThinkPad Laptop, Desktop PC
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
The ThinkPad X1 is Lenovo's thinnest laptop at 0.85-inches thick and can charge its battery to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes.
Why Are SMBs Wary Of SaaS?
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Lack of awareness and uncertainty about managing multiple apps are the culprits according to AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Sakes, whose firm provides an online marketplace for vertical apps.
Wake-Up Call For Cloud Vendors And Customers
Commentary  |  5/19/2011  | 
Amazon and Sony's recent problems highlight the vulnerability of doing business in the cloud but may end up helping improve cloud services.
Nimble Contact Integrates Connections Across Mail, Social Networks
Slideshows  |  5/19/2011  | 
LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks have supplanted business cards for keeping track of important contacts and Nimble Contact utilizes the information and communications in these networks to keep contact info current.
DOD Releases Open Source Development Guide
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
The military's 68-page guide provides best practices and other resources to to help developers create software using open technologies.
Medicare To Start Payments For Meaningful Use
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
CMS will soon be issuing the first bonuses to providers for meeting federal EHR standards.
LawPivot Extends Social Legal Advice Nationwide
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
Social networking will change the way attorneys generate new business and distribute low-cost advice if a legal industry startup has its way.
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