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Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in December 2010
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B&N Says Nook Top Selling Product Ever
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Responding to a recent similar claim for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble said its e-reader was its best-selling product in nearly 40 years.
CES 2011 Preview: Tablets, Smartphones, And More
Commentary  |  12/30/2010  | 
The electronics industry is gearing up for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 6. The leading vendors are expected to introduce a host of eye-catching new offerings. Here's what InformationWeek anticipates will be unveiled at the show.
California Agencies Favor Microsoft For Email
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About two out of three state mailboxes will be migrated to Microsoft-hosted email, rather than a competing state system.
Europeans Approve Universal Smartphone Charger Standards
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Fourteen phone manufacturers have committed to using the new MicroUSB-based design when developing phone charging devices beginning in 2011.
EHR Incentive Programs Ready For Monday Launch
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
Eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals can begin registering to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payment system.
Skype Pegs Outage On Buggy Windows App
News  |  12/30/2010  | 
About 40% of the computers in the peer-to-peer VoIP network went offline in the day-long service disruption due to a flaw in an older version of Skype's software.
Top 10 Mobile Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
Top 10 Healthcare Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/29/2010  | 
Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks
Medicare Details IT Modernization Plan
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Agency aims to transform into an information-centric organization to improve its delivery of healthcare services and manage new programs and requirements outlined in federal law.
DARPA Developing Mobile Networks For War Communications
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Defense Department's MAINGATE will allow forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to share joint military mission information and remotely control surveillance vehicles.
HP Wins $2.5 Billion NASA IT Services Contract
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
The firm beat out incumbent Lockheed Martin for a deal to manage PC hardware, software, mobile services, and infrastructure for the space agency.
Groupon Seeks $950 Million In Venture Funding
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
The filing to raise investor capital has caused analysts to increase the daily-deal site's value to nearly $7 billion.
Paul Allen Amends Suit Against Apple, Google, Facebook
News  |  12/29/2010  | 
Microsoft co-founder re-files complaint clarifying the basis for his patent infringement claims against a host of tech firms, in advance of a Dec. 28 court deadline.
Verizon To Preview Android Devices, Not iPhone
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
At CES next week, the carrier has scheduled a news conference to provide "sneak peek" of Android-based 4G LTE consumer devices, rather than the rumored announcement it will launch a version of the Apple iPhone.
Alcatel To Pay $137 Million In Bribery Settlement
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission found the telecom made illegal payments to foreign government officials in exchange for favorable business treatment.
Top 10 Government IT Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Federal agencies will deliver on current IT projects, like cloud computing and data center consolidation, while tackling open government, cybersecurity defense, and privacy in the post-WikiLeaks era.
Samsung Launching iPod Touch Rival
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
The Android 2.2-based Galaxy Player is modeled after the popular Galaxy S smartphone, will be revealed at CES, according to reports.
High School Settles Facebook First Amendment Case
News  |  12/28/2010  | 
Florida student said her free-speech rights were infringed when she was suspended for criticizing a teacher on the social network.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH Worth It?
Commentary  |  12/27/2010  | 
Before you jump into the Meaningful Use qualification game, remember that it's voluntary and it means you now have a new boss: the federal government.
Outsourcing Pioneer Patni Gets $915 Million Takeover Bid
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Private equity firms Apax Partners and iGate are leading an effort to acquire the offshore IT services firm, say reports.
Onsite Medical Imaging Equipment Concerns Researchers
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Beginning Jan. 1, doctors must disclose their financial interest when referring Medicare and Medicaid patients for certain advanced imaging services within their practices.
Synology Intros NAS Server Scalable To 15 Drives
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The DS1511+ network attached storage server for small and midsize businesses delivers 197 MB/sec reading speed under RAID 5.
Amazon Patents System For Returning Bad Gifts
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
Process cuts e-retailer's high cost of product returns by allowing recipients to exchange undesirable presents before they're even shipped.
Top 11 Mobile Predictions For 2011
News  |  12/27/2010  | 
The meteoric rise of wireless will further accelerate in the new year, with expanded adoption of 4G, tablets, smartphones, and other technology in the consumer and enterprise markets.
White House Deputy CTO Resigns
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will leave his government post, where he worked on Internet policy, to launch two startups.
Tablet Vendors Preview CES Launches
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Lesser known manufacturers, including ECS, MSI, Indamixx, and Asus, offer sneak peeks at the products they'll put up against HP, Motorola, and other well-known brands in January.
DDoS Attacks Strike Human Rights Groups
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Harvard researchers find that most such organizations and independent media sites have been knocked offline by a distributed denial of service attack.
VA Employees Using Unauthorized Cloud Services
News  |  12/23/2010  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs staff have been using Google and Yahoo tools without the agency's knowledge, raising privacy, security concerns.
Top 10 SMB Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/22/2010  | 
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
Share Your Thoughts On IT Risk Management
Commentary  |  12/22/2010  | 
"In today's interconnected world, filled with increasingly sophisticated yet generally anonymous malefactors, IT must have a risk management program." Most of us have heard this so many times it goes in one ear and out the other, making about as much impression as your grandmother's homespun advice to always brush after meals and never run with scissors. But we all know grandma was right.
Motorola Mobility Buys Cloud Service Provider Zecter
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Technology that lets users share media among mobile devices, PCs and tablets will be incorporated into Motoblur, said the phone maker.
HP To Unveil Palm Tablets at CES
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The three versions are expected to be updated editions of the less than successful Slate tablet.
Microsoft Developing Windows For ARM Devices
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The operating system would offer multitasking capabilities to the low-power processor that dominates tablets and handheld devices, say reports.
Twitter Acquires Fluther Engineering Talent
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
Announcement made that four engineers and a designer -- including the startup's founders -- will move to Twitter, just as a study details the microblogging site's changing usage patterns.
FCC Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Challenges
News  |  12/22/2010  | 
The 3-2 Federal Communications Commission decision in support of an open Internet won't be the end of the story, as Congress and the courts will likely be called in to address the matter.
Top 5 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
In the coming year, the cloud will reach milestones that critics said it never would: it will be certifiably secure for credit card transactions; able to host multiple virtual machine types in the same infrastructure; and easier to manage.
Verizon Wireless Prepping LTE Tablets, Smartphones For CES
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
An official tweet and a component supplier confirm that Verizon Wireless will debut smartphones and tablets with Long Term Evolution 4G included at CES 2011.
Microsoft Retires Office Software Validation Program
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Office Genuine Advantage is going out to pasture, but it's unclear what will replace the mechanism for proving the legitimacy of the productivity suite running on a computer.
To Change CRM, Embrace The Social Cloud
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Deep customer engagement through social media is the hallmark of a leading-edge customer service operation.
National Archives Accelerates Declassification Project
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Cross-agency collaboration, public engagement, and improved technology key to processing a backlog of 400 million pages by December 2013.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers Forecasts Top Health IT Trends
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Analyst firm predicts that the industry will undergo an extreme strategy makeover in 2011, due to federal mandates, continuing cost pressures, and consumer demands.
Acquisitions Cap Hot Year for HR Apps
Commentary  |  12/21/2010  | 
Lawson and Epicor buy human resource applications vendors -- just two more signs of a growing market.
Social Media Critic Moving To Facebook
News  |  12/21/2010  | 
Google user experience researcher Paul Adams has been vocal on the shortcomings of social networks.
Guerra On Healthcare: EHR Certification Boosts Competition
Commentary  |  12/20/2010  | 
Electronic health record vendors are applying for -- and receiving -- a government-backed stamp of approval, expanding options for vendors and buyers.
Defense Department To Update Disaster Aid Site
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
The All Partners Access Network Web site will get improved navigation, registration, and search when it's upgraded on Dec. 30.
Facebook CEO Visits Baidu China Office
News  |  12/20/2010  | 
Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with the CEO of China's largest search engine prompts speculation about Facebook's prospects in the country.
Words Lens For iPhone Translates Spanish To English
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Quest Visual augmented reality Apple iPhone app provides real-time Spanish to English translation and vice versa.
Top 10 Software Stories Of 2010
Slideshows  |  12/17/2010  | 
In any year, there are winners and losers, those that successfully rode--or shaped--the tide, and those smashed by the waves of change. As virtual battles raged on Xboxes, Kinects, and other platforms, software developers waged war over market share and steadily loosening budget dollars. Eagerly awaited new products and beta versions made their debuts, jockeying for position and sales. The past year was, of course, no exception. In the rapid-paced world of social media, granddaddy MySpace all-bu
Medicare Expands Analytic Tools To Fight Fraud
News  |  12/17/2010  | 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use predictive modeling to identify fraudulent billings before they are paid.
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