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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in July 2013
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Hyper-Inflated Tech Stats Grow 217% Crazier
Commentary  |  7/31/2013  | 
The tech industry is rife with over-the-top, groundless predictions and estimates. Try these on for size.
7 Top Career Paths After IT
Commentary  |  7/31/2013  | 
IT professionals looking to transition to new careers have skills that particularly suit certain roles. Consider this expert advice.
Apple iOS Fingerprint Scanner Has Security Limits
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Thumb-scan authentication for your smartphone might sound sexy, but bypasses remain all too easy.
Gartner Tells Outsourcers: Embrace Cloud Or Die
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Service providers must adopt public cloud now or risk being left behind in a rapidly growing market, says study.
Education Dept. Praised For Data Collection Model
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Department of Education's approach to inventorying data is setting a standard for other agencies, according to federal watchdogs.
Data-Driven Results Influence Federal Budget Cuts
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
As agencies are forced to do more with less, they'll need a clear vision, the right tools and an eye toward innovating, says former GAO leader and Deloitte director.
NYC's Mouse Corps Gives Students Tech Design Boost
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
High school program introduces students to a prized combination of technology, engineering and design skills.
Can Microsoft Rebound From Surface Flop?
Commentary  |  7/31/2013  | 
Clearly, Microsoft's Surface tablets have bombed. Now what will the company do about it, and what does it mean for customers?
Michael J. Fox Foundation Points Big Data At Parkinson's
Commentary  |  7/31/2013  | 
Kaggle Challenge winner Lionsolver proves that passive data collection can improve patient care and medical research.
Google To Replace AT&T Wi-Fi At Starbucks
News  |  7/31/2013  | 
Starbucks kicks AT&T to the curb and chooses Google to provide free Wi-Fi at its 7,000 U.S. stores; Google promises speeds up to 10 times faster.
6 Ways To Build Trust In Big Data
Commentary  |  7/30/2013  | 
Many business leaders may not believe what big data says, even when it shows increased revenue or efficiency. Big data has to earn their trust.
NASA Cloud Contracts Slammed By Auditor
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Space agency's early moves into cloud were poorly managed, may have exposed the organization to risk, inspector general reports.
Banks Struggle To Get ATMs Off Windows XP
News  |  7/30/2013  | 
Most ATMS still run on Windows XP, according to one industry estimate. With less than nine months until Microsoft stops supporting the OS, a credit union exec explains why upgrading is so painful for financial institutions.
Apple iOS 7 Ready For Fingerprint Scanner
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Forthcoming iPhones may authenticate valid users via a fingerprint scanner in the Home button.
How To Spot A Facebook Scam
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Keep your Facebook account safe and secure by watching for these four common tactics used by scammers.
How To Master The Enterprise Mobile App Lifecycle
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
Enterprises are eager to develop mobile apps, but lack skills and cohesive deployment plans. It's time to take a full life-cycle approach.
Scam Android Apps Plague Google Play
News  |  7/29/2013  | 
Victims get hit with a bill of more than $3,000 -- and given just three days to pay -- for what's labeled as an annual subscription fee to an online adult video site.
Time For Plan B At Intel
Commentary  |  7/29/2013  | 
Windows 8's poor reception has opened a wider door for competitive platforms. Microsoft's partner in the Wintel hegemony should invest in an alternative.
Big Data Helps Guide Colorado's Public Schools
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
Colorado's RISE program draws on state assessments and other data to help officials judge how well various educational programs prepare students for college and career.
10 More Ways IT Pros Can Gain Business Credibility
Slideshows  |  7/26/2013  | 
If you're an IT professional with ambitions, show that you know how to make an impact on the business. Here's how.
Why You Need To Rethink Your IT Job
Commentary  |  7/26/2013  | 
As new technologies change behavior, IT pros must attain new skills or risk being ignored.
Hospitals Struggle With EHRs For Quality Reporting, AHA Says
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
AHA report details problems hospitals encountered with EHRs in MU stage 1, recommends policy changes to address them.
Feds Move To Open Source Databases Pressures Oracle
News  |  7/26/2013  | 
Cost-conscious federal agencies move to open source choices, pressuring Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and Sybase to refine products, licensing agreements.
IBM Mainframes Nipped, Tucked For Cloud Age
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
IBM revived the mainframe a decade ago by embracing Linux. Now it's promoting big data analytics and OpenStack cloud support on System Z.
IT Careers: 8 Steps Toward New Business Roles
Slideshows  |  7/25/2013  | 
Moving from a traditional IT role to a more business-focused role has challenges. Consider this advice for a successful transition.
Lawmakers Grill Federal CIO On Data Center Figures
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
House subcommittee hammers Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel on how federal data center tally suddenly doubled.
Brave Tales From The SysAdmin Trenches
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Comedy. Tragedy. PEBCAK. Systems administrators know them all -- as evidenced by these tales from IT pros recognized on National SysAdmin Day.
Take An Email Sabbatical: 5 Steps
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Most of us can't simply turn off email during a vacation, but there's a practical way to get away from it while trying to unwind.
Mobile Strategy In Emerging Markets: 10 Tips
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Building and establishing a mobile strategy in a developing economy presents unique challenges. Here's how to tackle them.
Docs Unlikely To Track Gifts With CMS App
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Busy doctors not expected to track freebies using Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' new mobile app, even though it could help them check government's accounting of gifts later.
Rosetta Stone Moves Deeper Into Education Tech
News  |  7/25/2013  | 
Rosetta Stone acquires Lexia Learning, which markets online reading instruction and adaptive learning software to schools.
The Death And Life Of Companies
Commentary  |  7/25/2013  | 
Why the aging effects of Big should compel companies to have kids.
Windows XP's End Of Life: Readers Respond
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Windows XP loyalists have a bone (or three) to pick with Microsoft.
Senate Committee Gets Earful On Health IT Woes
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Experts share concerns about Meaningful Use timeline, obstacles faced by rural hospitals, challenge of sharing electronic health records.
5 Helpful Online Services From Uncle Sam
Slideshows  |  7/24/2013  | 
These examples illustrate the White House's push to make government data and services more accessible.
Some Higher Ed CIOs Remain Big Data Skeptics
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Readers had plenty to say when we called for university CIOs to bear down on using and teaching big data. Can you learn from the example of Bill Gates' high school teacher?
Cloudera Brings Role-Based Security To Hadoop
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Cloudera Sentry brings Hadoop fine-grained data-access controls that financial services, healthcare firms and government agencies have sought.
3 Disruptive Technologies Gaining Speed
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Former chief strategist of Netscape says IT leaders should brace themselves now for three big movements: smart cities, car tech and big data analysis.
Healthcare Reform Spurs Health IT Mergers
News  |  7/24/2013  | 
Deal-making declined in the first half of 2013 due to tax-law changes, but interest in buying healthcare firms remains high.
5 Ways To Tick Off Your IT Recruiter
Commentary  |  7/24/2013  | 
Executive recruiters can help you land your dream IT job -- but are you a dream candidate? These five common mistakes can tarnish your relationship with your recruiter.
Auburn University Program Trains Future National Security Analysts
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Auburn University and Intelligent Software Solutions partnership enables students to learn by providing data analysis services to the U.S. government.
MGMA Protests Decision Not To Test ICD-10 With Medicare
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Government's decision against end-to-end testing would be "catastrophic" for practices, Medical Group Management Association says in letter to Health and Human Services' Sebelius.
CIO Profile: William H. Miller, Jr., Of Broadcom
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Bill Miller loves being the one to "tool people up" to make sure the big semiconductor supplier's chips are used in as many devices as possible.
5 Things CFOs Hate About IT
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Technologists love to grouse about how "the bean counters" stand in the way of awesomeness. But guess what? That street goes both ways.
Creative Tests For Your Business Continuity Plan
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Shake up your continuity training with these challenging exercises that force employees out of their comfort zone.
FBI To Overhaul Printer Network
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Bureau picks Lexmark for $30 million contract as part of broader effort projected to save government billions in projected printing costs.
Data Science Certification Program Emerges
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
What skills should a big data expert possess? International group of analytics experts says its Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) program provides rigorous standard.
Formula One Racing Learns From Sensors
News  |  7/23/2013  | 
Big data, meet fast data. Lotus Formula One team uses more than 200 sensors on the car to measure tires, brakes and more for real-time alarms and post-race analysis.
Social Tools Shouldn't Threaten Corporate Training
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Social technologies capture value and allow learning to occur in real time and at scale, in ways traditional training tools can't. Social tools pose an opportunity for corporate learning leaders.
Social Business Needs Culture Of Open Leadership
Commentary  |  7/23/2013  | 
Social is less about the technology and more about people making the right connections with one another. Are you making this happen for your company?
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