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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in January 2014
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Amazon Posts 20% Revenue Growth, Stock Drops
News  |  1/31/2014  | 
Amazon.com and its Web Services unit grew in the fourth quarter of 2013 but not enough to please investors -- Amazon stock dropped 9.5%.
FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Federal agencies have until June 5 to certify their cloud systems. Here's what will happen if they miss the deadline.
Build Vs. Buy: A Dangerous Lie
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
IT's eternal debate sidesteps the complexities of a fragile talent ecosystem and creates a vicious cycle that ensures project failure.
Dell's Android Dongle Dare
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
$129 Cloud Connect, a wireless network card, turns any modern display into a computer; use with Android apps, virtualized PC desktops, and Dell cloud services.
CCHIT Exits EHR Certification Business
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
Top government-endorsed certifying body Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is losing money; will transition to advisory role to healthcare vendors and providers.
New Domain Names For Sale: 4 Facts
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
First seven new generic top-level domains rolled out for public purchase Wednesday; hundreds more coming. Get prepared.
Microsoft's Open Compute Move: Just Good PR?
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
The disruptive power of Microsoft's Open Compute Group move has spurred debate. Let's talk image versus cold hard revenues.
Oracle's Hurd: A 'Once-In-A-Career Opportunity'
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
President Mark Hurd explains Oracle's strategy on cloud, marketing, innovation, and those pesky startup rivals.
IBM Sells Its Business Machines: Takeaway Lessons
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
You've seen IT silver bullets come and go before? Make no mistake: IBM truly expects data centers to move to the cloud.
5 Apple Patents Hint At Surprises
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
What new Mac and iPad technologies might Apple have in the pipeline? Take a peek, innovation critics.
Microsoft Makes Azure Server Design Open-Source
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Open-source hardware movement wins a surprise supporter. Microsoft joins Open Compute project, shares its server design ideas.
Chrome Apps Come To Android, iOS
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Google software lets developers package Chrome Apps to run on Android and iOS devices as if they were native mobile apps. Move helps bridge the gap between web and native development.
3 IT Lessons From Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
Think startup culture exists in some alternate reality where normal business rules don't apply? Far from it. In fact, CIOs can learn a lot from entrepreneurs
Government Loosens Data Disclosure Gag
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo can now publish more of the details on user data that the government demands, but startups might suffer.
Apprenda 5.0 Eases Cloud Application Scaling
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
PaaS enables moving legacy Java and .Net applications to the cloud, brings slider interface to automatically scaling server instances as demand rises and falls.
Software Audits: Are You Ready?
News  |  1/28/2014  | 
Study reveals more than half of companies have faced software audits within the past two years. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM top list of auditors.
Google Glass Aims For Games
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Entertainment apps might be key to making Google's wearable Glass device socially acceptable.
Stop Harassing Google Employees
Commentary  |  1/25/2014  | 
The right to free speech isn't a license to threaten, harass, or intimidate.
Google's Competition Is Amazon, Not Apple
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
People tend to think of Amazon as an online store. But it's so much more.
IT Jobs: 3 Reasons To Reject A Counteroffer
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Accepting a counteroffer may be tempting, but it can pose big problems later. Here's why you should think twice before playing the game.
Homeland Security Makes Cybersecurity A Managed Service
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Einstein 3 intrusion prevention system analyzes traffic to and from executive-branch agencies to block threats at the ISP level.
Amazon Cuts Cloud Storage Prices, Adds Server Instances
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Amazon Web Services will cut Elastic Block Store prices by up to 50% and Simple Storage Service by an average of 14%, plus add two new M3 virtual servers.
Better Videoconferencing In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses why advanced HD desktop videoconferencing systems are a smart choice for enterprises, and offers 12 tips for using them effectively.
Motorola Lures iPhone Customers With Migrate
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
Motorola Mobility updates Android data migration app with ability to handle iPhone data.
Bill Gates Offers Microsoft 'Part-Time' Help
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Microsoft chairman negotiates CEO rumors while focusing on global poverty efforts.
How FedRAMP Lifts All Cloud Ships
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
FedRAMP's role in making cloud services more secure also helps agencies offset some of the complexity of their IT operations, says NIST's Ron Ross.
A Tale Of Two Cyberheists
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Both Target and SnapChat recently fell victim to high-profile security breaches, but the long-term damage to SnapChat will be much greater. Here's why.
HP Windows 7 Campaign Sidesteps Windows 8.1
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
HP's Windows 7 push makes marketing sense but reflects a lack of confidence in Windows 8.1 PCs.
Social Security Administration To Build Private Cloud
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
SSA issues request for information seeking software that would help automate the agency's IT processes and create a self-service portal.
'Password' No Longer Worst Password
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
The security firm SplashData publishes its list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013.
Software Contracts 101: What To Look For
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Before signing on the dotted line, evaluate these contract provisions. First of a two-part series.
Why Most Companies Renovate Instead Of Innovate
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Low-risk, incremental improvements aren't innovation, but that's where most companies focus, Accenture finds.
Windows XP Last-Minute Upgrades: 3 Tips
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Under the gun with your XP upgrade? IT exec shares advice for a smoother, more successful OS migration.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Can Windows Tablets Break Out In 2014?
Commentary  |  1/18/2014  | 
One lesson to date: While Apple can still command top dollar, Windows tablets only become widely desirable when they drop to Android-level pricing.
Obama Outlines 5 Surveillance Reforms
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
NSA's controversial bulk collection of phone records will end, but businesses may be asked to retain data in case the government needs it.
Look Out, Nest: 5 Smart Home Startups
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Is every dream home a startup? Not yet, but Google's charge into the smart sensor market should spark more interest in this sector. Here are some names to watch.
IBM Bets Big On Global Datacenter Network
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
IBM will spend $1.2 billion and build out 40 SoftLayer-based datacenters to deliver enterprise cloud services. Locales range from China to Mexico.
When Analytics Meets Receivables
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
TermSync uses data analytics to help small and midsized businesses better understand how and when they're being paid.
Internet Of Things: 8 Cost-Cutting Ideas For Government
Slideshows  |  1/16/2014  | 
Cisco says tech's new trend darling could mean $4.6 trillion in savings and revenue to governments worldwide during the next 10 years. Examine the ideas.
Microsoft CEO Search: Ericsson's Vestberg A Contender
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
As Microsoft works to replace Steve Ballmer, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg reportedly lands on the short list.
IBM Stuffs Flash Into Next-Generation Servers
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
IBM moves flash storage inside the box -- 12.8 TB of it -- to work alongside RAM and cut data movement latencies.
Apple Settles FTC In-App Purchasing Complaint
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
Agreement calls for $32.5 million in refunds for in-app purchases made without parents' OK.
PaaS Is Dead. Long Live PaaS
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Platform-as-a-service is not dead -- Red Hat exec Krishnan Subramanian says it has evolved to a higher state.
Windows 9: What We Know
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
With Windows 8.1 floundering, Windows 9 rumors have picked up steam. What can you expect from the next version of Windows?
Top 10 Retail CIO Priorities For 2014
Slideshows  |  1/15/2014  | 
NRF Big Show 2014 serves up a wealth of advice for retail tech leaders looking to embrace digital commerce, adopt a mobile-first strategy, and take advantage of big data.
Is The Cloud Platform Battle Over?
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Iaas and PaaS platform distinctions will soon become irrelevant, as OpenStack's Solum project shows.
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Rejected
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
FCC must draft new rules or rely on the intervention of lawmakers if it's to regulate Internet broadband service providers.
D&B Adds Social Media To Corporate Data
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
Dun & Bradstreet partners with FirstRain to pull unstructured data from Twitter along with web newsfeeds and incorporate them into the corporate data it sells.
Why Does Nest Need Google? Analytics
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Before we have a truly smart home (or car), we need data analysis that we trust with our lives.
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