News & Commentary
Content tagged with IT Strategy posted in February 2011
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SAP Plays Games With The Analysts
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The 'gamification' of the enterprise could make work more compelling, engaging and -- gasp -- fun.
Facebook Adds Share Capabilities To Like Button
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The functionality is expected to bolster page views and traffic for third-party advertisers and content creators.
Clickatell Intros Text Messaging Service For SMBs
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The company is pushing SMS as the best channel for small businesses to deliver urgent customer communications to a broad wireless audience.
World Economic Forum Drives Health Data Initiative
News  |  2/28/2011  | 
The Global Health Data Charter calls for the use of technology to overcome worldwide gaps in health information collection, availability, privacy, and analysis.
SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Mixes Expected Upgrades, Innovative Breakthroughs
Commentary  |  2/28/2011  | 
The list of business intelligence enhancements includes long-awaited fixes as well as in-memory and real-time advances.
Google Demotes Crummy Content
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
About 12% of Web sites have become significantly less visible in Google search results sought by U.S. users due to their low-quality content.
Practical Analysis: User Habits And Making Tablets Seem More Like Beer
Commentary  |  2/25/2011  | 
Our research shows IT pros prefer HP as the vendor of choice for tablets and other new wave computing devices, but how are they going to convince users to go along with them?
China Blocks LinkedIn
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
The business social media site is the latest to be barred by the government, although partial access seems to have been restored.
Feds Pick San Francisco CIO To Push Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Chris Vein is now deputy U.S. CTO for Innovation, reporting to U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.
21,000 Healthcare Providers Registered For EHR Incentives
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
More than $20 million has already been disbursed in the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program in its first two months, as the parallel Medicare program prepares for its May launch.
Facebook Tells FTC To Balance Privacy, Innovation
News  |  2/25/2011  | 
In commenting on the Federal Trade Commission's plan to protect online privacy, the social media site cautions the agency not to do anything that will hinder business development.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Laptops
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Intel's high-speed Thunderbolt technology and second-generation Core processors, along with faster graphics cards and high-def FaceTime Webcams, are among the upgrades.
Amazon's EC2 Adds Zeus Load Balancer For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud incorporates a low cost option for spreading a workload over servers from Zeus Technology.
Consumers Combine Search, Social Media For Purchasing Decisions
News  |  2/24/2011  | 
Nearly half of all consumers surveyed used a combination of search and social media sites before making a buying decision, GroupM Search and comScore report.
Developer Rights Now
Commentary  |  2/23/2011  | 
Platform owners shouldn't be allowed to treat developers like serfs.
Cisco Terminates Cloud Email Service
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Cisco Mail is being shut down, but the company assures customers that it remains committed to collaboration services.
Meaningful Use Big Business For Healthcare Consulting Firms
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
IT consulting firms are helping healthcare providers assess health IT systems for potential HIPAA violations and achieve the fine points of meaningful use compliance.
SMB Cloud Market Worth $8.6 Billion
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Hosted infrastructure and services for U.S. smaller companies have an additional $13 billion of room to grow, according to a Parallels report.
Microsoft Releases Windows 7 SP1
News  |  2/23/2011  | 
Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 bundles all bug fixes to date, but includes few new features.
Oracle Upgrades Health Information Exchange Suite
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The pre-integrated suite provides one-stop shopping for health information exchange organizations that are looking to minimize the need for hybrid product integration, claims Oracle.
CHIME Recommends Waiting On Meaningful Use Stage 2
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
While the government wants to implement Stage 2 Electronic Health Records and MU quickly, it shouldn't move forward until a third of eligible hospitals and providers have demonstrated progress under Stage 1, said the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Microsoft, Athenahealth Collaborate On Amalga, HealthVault
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The Microsoft and Athenahealth alliance will funnel cloud-based Athenahealth e-health record and practice management data to Microsoft Amalga and HealthVault platforms.
Health IT Execs To Boost Spending In 2011
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Qualifying for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive funds is driving most hospital CIOs to increase their budgets and staff, found HIMSS survey.
Openbravo Launches Open Source ERP For SMBs
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The Spanish company is entering the U.S. market with Web-based software to help smaller companies make use of an enterprise resource planning system that reduces implementation time and provides long-term flexibility.
VA, DoD To Finalize Joint EHR Standard
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Agreement on a common electronic health record should be in place within the next two months, the Veterans Affairs CIO told a Congressional committee.
Google Street View Entering Israel, Despite Security Concerns
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
Some fear that terrorists could use information in the mapping service to carry out attacks, while others believe it could enhance the nation's tourism industry.
Lenovo Unveils Sandy Bridge ThinkPads
News  |  2/22/2011  | 
The six business PCs feature longer battery life, improved performance management, video and voice calling features, and Intel's second-generation Core processors.
Healthcare App Dev Platform Supports More Mobile Devices
News  |  2/21/2011  | 
Diversinet also has added new features to its MobiSecure application development platform.
Dell Intros Cloud Services For Healthcare Providers
News  |  2/21/2011  | 
Subscription-based services will help physicians and hospitals use private clouds to organize and access medical data.
Healthcare Heads Toward The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
Healthcare has been slower than most industries to embrace cloud computing, but that's starting to change.
Imprivata Rolls Out Desktop Virtualization For Healthcare
News  |  2/21/2011  | 
Vendor pairs its single sign-on technology with VMware to provide physicians with fast remote access to data.
Guerra On Healthcare: CHIME Says What It Thinks
Commentary  |  2/21/2011  | 
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' letter to the Health IT Policy Committee shows it won't be relegated to ineffectual political correctness.
Telework Tops 5% Among Federal Employees
News  |  2/18/2011  | 
Nearly 14,000 government workers are now teleworking, a trend that should be bolstered by the recent signing of the Telework Enhancement Act, reports an OMB study.
Software Patent Proponents Win Debate
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
The Churchill Club in Silicon Valley was the site of an event weighing the protective benefits of software patents versus their stifling influence on innovation; most attendees sided with the protectionists.
Promise Adds SMB Storage Devices
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
RAID manufacturer steps up to small business market with two NAS units targeted to companies dissatisfied with consumer or SOHO options.
Commerce Dept. Unveils National Broadband Map
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
The map shows the availability of high-speed Internet access services nationwide and lets people search for providers in their region.
CIA CIO To Head IT For Intelligence Community
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Career agent Al Tarasiuk is now CIO for 17 U.S. agencies responsible for intelligence operations.
Social Media Marketing Up 40% Among Local Businesses
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Facebook and Google are the top outlets for promoting products online, while most who've used group buying sites like Groupon say they won't repeat the experience, according to MerchantCircle.
Seven Breakthrough Sentiment Analysis Scenarios
Commentary  |  2/17/2011  | 
Voice of the voter, voice of the customer and brand reputation management are just a few of the top applications for text analytics and information classification technologies.
HHS Awards $241 Million For HIE IT Innovation
News  |  2/17/2011  | 
Seven states will receive funding to design, implement, and model the infrastructure to operate health insurance exchanges.
IBM, Nuance Envision Watson Helping Doctors
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Two companies plan to apply the advanced computing system's problem-solving capabilities to improve healthcare diagnosis and treatment.
Federal IT Budget Reflects Strategic Cuts, Innovation Investment
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says government will slash IT budgets where projects aren't working, while spending more on innovation.
Constant Contact Buys Social CRM Developer
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
Bantam Live was acquired by the SMB-focused online marketing firm to integrate customer data collection and management across email, social media, and other channels.
Open Government May Do More Harm Than Good
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
A Congressional Research Service report suggests that the expense, information security risks, and workflow disruption may not make the Obama administration's transparency directive worthwhile.
FDA Seeks To Speed Innovative Medical Device Reviews
News  |  2/16/2011  | 
The proposed Innovation Pathway would fast-track premarket evaluations for breakthrough healthcare technologies.
Obama Increases Budget For NIST's Tech Efforts
News  |  2/15/2011  | 
"It's a historic investment in IT-related technologies," said National Institute of Standards and Technology director Patrick Gallagher.
The $1 Trillion Federal IT Challenge
Commentary  |  2/15/2011  | 
The CEOs of IBM, Dell, and other tech companies say the U.S. government can reap huge savings from IT-driven initiatives, but their ambitious plan has virtually no chance of success.
Global CIO: Cisco Zapped By Destructive Power Of Innovation
Commentary  |  2/14/2011  | 
While John Chambers's company has branched far beyond its networking roots, that core business has stumbled—and competitors are pouncing.
Google Launches Chrome Site Blocking Extension
News  |  2/14/2011  | 
Following up on action taken in January to bolster faith in its search results, Google is allowing users to block spam-filled domains.
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