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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in July 2012
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Vanguard Names New IT Chief In Exec Shuffle
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Vanguard, which often flips execs between business and IT, named a former IT exec the new top investment officer.
The Upside Of Conflict
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Don't shrug off conflict in your IT team as just a sign of poorly matched personalities. Instead, turn office struggles around to create a more productive IT shop.
Apple Vs. Samsung: Opening Day In $2.5 Billion Case
News  |  7/31/2012  | 
Samsung fears shadow of Steve Jobs will influence jurors in the heart of Apple country. Judge Koh says no and go; jury selection tries to move case forward.
IBM Cements $1 Billion Outsourcing Deal With Cemex
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Debt-laden concrete supplier says hand-off of tech and back office systems to Big Blue will slash operating costs by $100 million per year.
Apple-Samsung Case Hurts You, Me, The Economy
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Both companies deserve our wrath as their patent trial gets under way. Why? They're propagating an intellectual property war with immense collateral damage.
The Death Of 'Open'
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
Apple controls everything from your hands to your head. Google and Microsoft are moving in that direction, too. Here's what the end of tech populism means for the mobile ecosystem.
IW 500 Conference CIOs Take Different Paths
Commentary  |  7/30/2012  | 
There is no 'one size fits all' strategy when it comes to enterprise IT. Listen and learn as a powerhouse lineup of CIOs at the InformationWeek 500 conference describe the tactics they used to help their companies stay ahead.
Minnesota Taps IBM For Health Insurance Exchange
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
IBM's Curam Social Program Management platform will verify Minnesotans' eligibility for healthcare coverage through the state's HIX.
Xerox Promotes Cloud Services For SMBs
News  |  7/30/2012  | 
Xerox Cloud applies enterprise services know-how to give small and midsize businesses what they need, says Xerox's Rob Schilperoort.
4 Ways To Foster Greater Accountability On IT Teams
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
Convincing IT workers to step up to the plate takes more than cash incentives. Here's how to get them to take on more responsibility.
5 Black Hat Security Lessons For CIOs
Commentary  |  7/27/2012  | 
Beyond the bearded coders and men in black suits was a trove of security best practices for enterprise IT.
AMA: Fold IT Tools Into Physician Profiling
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
The American Medical Association wants health insurers to standardize their doctor profiles and include clinical data from electronic health records; many carriers still balk.
Apple's Authentec Buy Hints At Secure iPad
News  |  7/27/2012  | 
$356 million acquisition of biometrics specialist suggests Apple might be getting serious about the enterprise client market.
4 Ways Ford Is Exploring Next-Gen Car Tech
Commentary  |  7/26/2012  | 
InformationWeek 500 Conference preview: Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas will discuss how the automaker is making software an ever more important part of the vehicle.
4 Tips On Leaving Your IT Job Gracefully
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Take a page from new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's handbook and ensure a mess-free departure.
IT Chief Heals Growing Pains At Expanding SMB
News  |  7/26/2012  | 
Georgia-based Digital Insurance has IT pain points that might sound familiar. Consider these strategies if your SMB has a growing need for speed.
4 Steps For Secure Tape Backups
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Lock data behind walls of encryption and tapes behind layers of physical access protection.
Microsoft Exchange Servers Spoofed To Manipulate Mobile Devices
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Black Hat researcher demonstrates mobile man-in-the-middle proof-of-concept attack that allows for unauthorized remote wipes.
Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile
Commentary  |  7/25/2012  | 
I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well.
Android App IDs Smartphone, Tablet Vulnerabilities
News  |  7/25/2012  | 
Can Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and carriers be pressured to stop waiting months before patching known, exploitable vulnerabilities on their Android smartphones and tablets?
Spinoff Of Gehry Architecture Meshes 3-D, Social Collaboration
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Frank Gehry architecture practice spinoff creates Web-based office for sharing computer models for building design and construction, bridging multiple 3-D authoring tools.
Big Data Plus Police Work: Good Partners?
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Hadoop and other big data analysis apps promise to help cops catch more criminals, but balancing privacy concerns won't be easy.
How To Choose 'Advanced' Data Visualization Tools
Commentary  |  7/24/2012  | 
Big data and analytical capabilities are the latest coveted features in a fast-growing market for charts, maps, and other ways to visually sort through data for insight.
ONC Releases Guidelines For Direct Clinical Messaging
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Many health information service providers can't forward messages to providers that use other HISPs. ONC aims to ensure security and common standards across all direct communications.
ICD-10 Deadline Uncertainty Breeds Healthcare Procrastination
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
American Hospital Association says if the government issues a final rule and deadline on the new diagnostic code set, reticent healthcare groups will work hard to meet it.
New FDA Law Paves Way For mHealth Regulations
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
By letting FDA proceed with developing regulations for mobile health apps, Congress assures mHealth industry that clarity is on the horizon.
X-Ray Shows If Your Smartphone Needs Security Fixes
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
DARPA-funded startup Duo Security's X-Ray service alerts you when your smartphone has vulnerable system software.
Microsoft Tops H-1B Visa Employer List
News  |  7/24/2012  | 
Software and tech services companies dominate the 25 biggest corporate users of the labor-import program.
UpMo Takes Bottom-Up Approach To Enterprise Talent Management
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
UpMo hopes freemium plan for an "internal LinkedIn" will lead human resources departments to rethink the way they nurture talent and retain their best employees.
Dishonesty Flourishes Because We Enable It
Commentary  |  7/23/2012  | 
When IT holds the keys to our business-critical systems, employee dishonesty can have serious repercussions. Duke professor Dan Ariely says we're wrong about how to keep employees honest.
10 Big Predictions About Big Data
News  |  7/23/2012  | 
Will big data be a force for good or evil by the end of this decade? See if you agree with expert reactions to new Pew Internet Center research.
Virtualization And The Apple Effect
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Banking on black hats not targeting hypervisors was always a questionable idea. Now, it's downright dangerous.
California Gets Privacy Enforcement Unit
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Mounting concern about how businesses use personal information collected online prompts California Attorney General to launch dedicated privacy enforcement group.
Health IT Pros Face Salary Gap
Slideshows  |  7/20/2012  | 
Electronic medical records, compliance, and other initiatives are driving demand for health IT pros. But according to InformationWeek's 2012 Salary Survey, their compensation still trails that of IT professionals across all industries.
One Way To Avoid Cloud Outages
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
Don't take chances with data availability. An onramping solution can help keep your customers--and your IT staff--happy.
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Vs. The Mommy Judges
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
The mommy judges couldn't wait to weigh in on Marissa Mayer. But in their quest for answers, the judges miss the truth.
GM's IT Overhaul: 5 Critical Questions
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
InformationWeek reader reactions to GM's planned overhaul, including a huge shift away from outsourcing, point to the critical challenges facing CIO Randy Mott and his team.
Microsoft A Victim Of Its Own Success
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
For all its cash and market advantages, Microsoft is a company in decline.
Yahoo Heroine Mayer Boards Ship Lost In Space
Commentary  |  7/20/2012  | 
As dramatic narrative, it doesn't get much better than this. Here's why we must root for Yahoo’s heroic young CEO to save the day.
Police Make Wide Use Of Social Tools
News  |  7/20/2012  | 
Majority of law enforcement professionals turn to Facebook and YouTube to aid their investigations, research shows.
CISOs To Huddle In Wake Of LinkedIn Breach, Gmail Warnings
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
The EC-Council invites security chiefs to get together before Halloween and decide how to bedevil their adversaries.
FBI To Add Tattoos To Biometric ID Capabilities
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Agency solicits information on using tattoo databases as part of a broader effort to expand its biometric identification platform and services.
Google Chrome Apps Escape Browser
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Chrome packaged apps run outside the familiar boundaries of the Web browser, as if they were native apps.
Why Big Is Bad When It Comes To Data
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
Calling it "big data" doesn't do it justice. Gushing data would be far more accurate.
CIO Profiles: Tasos Tsolakis Of Iron Mountain
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
You can still be effective, even in times of reduced budgets, says this CIO.
Oracle Buys Skire Assets For Cloud Foothold
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Skire's cloud services will complement Oracle Primavera project portfolio management software for capital planning, construction, and maintenance.
Maritz's VMware Legacy Defies Doubters
Commentary  |  7/19/2012  | 
Maritz's competitive style led VMware to dominance in virtualization. You can bet that his new role as EMC chief strategy officer won't be a ceremonial one.
IBM Q2 Profits Increase, Sales Falter
News  |  7/19/2012  | 
Big Blue also wins lawsuit against Indiana welfare agency, will collect $52 million from state.
Internet Defenders Launch 'Cat Signal' To Protect Freedom
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Modeled after Batman's bat signal, the Internet Defense League's cat signal will soon light the sky and later light up screens in the name of Internet openness.
Android Hacker: Jelly Bean Tougher To Crack
News  |  7/18/2012  | 
Android 4.1, code-named Jelly Bean, is first OS from Google to correctly randomize memory, making it tougher for attackers to get a foothold.
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