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Technicolor's Cloud Transition Enables Hollywood-As-A-Service
News  |  5/4/2016  | 
Technicolor provides services to content creators and distributors in Hollywood, but the company faced challenges scaling to storage requirements that were projected to grow 100 times over. Here's how the company's new CIO transitioned the organization to embrace elastic cloud-focused services.
Verizon Outages Hit Thousands Amid Strike
News  |  5/4/2016  | 
Thousands of businesses and consumers have lost wireline services over the past several weeks, as Verizon Communications contends with a spike in cases of vandalism and striking workers.
Cloud Provider Jobs: Pros And Cons
Slideshows  |  5/4/2016  | 
Working for a cloud provider instead of taking a traditional enterprise IT position has its advantages. But there are plenty of pitfalls to consider. Here's a look at some pros and the cons of making the leap to a job with a cloud service.
Inside The NBA's Tech Training Revamp
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
The NBA implemented a series of educational projects to broaden new software adoption and engage its global workforce. These efforts earned the company a 2016 Elite 100 Award in the category of Best Impact On Workforce Performance.
At Toyota Financial Services, Analytics Aid Distressed Customers
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
To find a better way to handle payment delinquencies in a period of global financial crisis, Toyota Financial Services established a multi-phase plan to use analytics to assess risk and microsegment consumers. The goals were to reduce delinquencies in order to keep drivers in their cars. The company's efforts earned it a 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Award for Best in Analytics.
InformationWeek Elite 100: Past Winners Talk Strategy, Best Practices
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
How are the top IT leaders at the top companies grappling with digital transformation, the third platform, the rise of analytics and big data, and other industry shifts? We asked them during the opening session of the InformationWeek Elite 100 conference. Here's what they said.
Capital One: Think Like A Designer, Work Like A Startup
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
The creation of Capital One Wallet is an example of how a large financial services IT organization can move like a startup and think like a design firm, transforming business expectations in the process. Their work earned them the No. 1 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
The Weather Company Brings Together Forecasting And IoT
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
The Weather Company estimates that weather is perhaps the single largest external factor affecting business performance, to the tune of nearly $1 trillion lost annually in the US alone. Combining weather data with business data can improve decision-making for a wide range of companies. The company's work earned it the No. 2 spot on the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
Horizon Prioritizes Data And Patient Experience
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey implemented a fee-for-value healthcare delivery model that uses new technologies to gather data and improve member experience. More than 80 business processes were created or modified, transforming systems for enrollment, claims processing, billing, customer service, provider portals, sales, and benefit monitoring. These efforts earned the company the No. 3 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
FedEx Services Eases The Pain Of Customs Clearance
News  |  5/2/2016  | 
Disparate internal systems and a complex customs environment were slowing down the import/export process for business customers. So FedEx Services launched the Clearance Customer Profile app to help businesses overcome customs clearance hurdles. The company's efforts earned it the No. 5 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
The Elite 100: Celebrating The People Who Make IT Happen
Commentary  |  5/2/2016  | 
To talk about technology transforming business only tells part of the story, though. At the end of the day, it's the people behind the technology who are the true agents of change. Join us as we celebrate their work in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.
Solar Impulse Flight Makes Silicon Valley Stopover
News  |  4/29/2016  | 
Bertrand Piccard, the pilot of the Solar Impulse 2 plane that recently flew from Hawaii to San Francisco, says more radical thinking is needed on energy.
Agile Not Just For IT Anymore
Commentary  |  4/29/2016  | 
Many organizations are taking the Agile development discipline beyond IT to every department. What are the key issues to make the transition successful?
Agile Analytics: 11 Ways To Get There
Slideshows  |  4/26/2016  | 
The accelerating pace of global business means that enterprises need more agile data-related systems and practices. Becoming more agile –- and succeeding at it -- isn't always easy given existing technology investments, constant technological evolution, and lingering cultural obstacles. No matter how agile your company is or isn't now, consider these important points.
Google's Area 120: An Incubator To Fight Brain Drain
News  |  4/25/2016  | 
Google expands its commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in its employees, allowing some to work on new projects full-time in its Area 120 startup incubator.
GE Oil & Gas Finds Amazon Use Lowers TCO 52%
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
At the Amazon Summit in Chicago, the CTO of GE Oil & Gas said his unit is exploring ways to better understand and save with the AWS platform.
Apple Car: Secret Berlin Lab Details Emerge
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
In an effort to ramp up its vision for an electric and/or self-driving car, Apple's Project Titan is operating a secret lab in the heart of Germany's auto mecca, according to reports.
Data Outliers: 10 Ways To Prevent Big Data Damage
Slideshows  |  4/18/2016  | 
Most business decision-makers aren't trained to understand data outliers, but they can learn the basics. Executives, managers, and employees without math degrees can ask smarter questions about analyses they're basing crucial judgments on. Here are some things to know.
Making Mainframes Cool Again
Commentary  |  4/15/2016  | 
Mainframe systems are still the backbone of much of today's IT infrastructure. Yet, finding IT talent to maintain these systems, and the COBOL and Fortran languages that support them, is becoming increasingly difficult. Knowledge transfer expert Steve Trautman, founder of The Steve Trautman Co., offers real-world advice on how IT leaders can cultivate the talent needed to run these crucial systems.
H-1B Visa Application Numbers Hit Record High
News  |  4/14/2016  | 
Demand for H-1B visas has reached a record high, with employers outstripping the available allotment of visas for the fourth consecutive year within five business days.
OpenText Tackles Digital Transformation, Extends EIM Platform To Cloud
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
OpenText Release 16 addresses EIM customer demand for digital transformation and hybrid deployments. CEO Mark Barrenechea told us about the forces driving these demands and how OpenText is pursuing its own transformation, including standardizing on a single ERP system.
10 Cloud Jobs In Highest Demand Now
Slideshows  |  4/13/2016  | 
Companies are increasingly turning toward the cloud and need to hire workers who can help them get there. Here are the top 10 cloud positions in demand, some of which may surprise you.
Microsoft, Facebook Say They Pay Women, Men Equally
Commentary  |  4/12/2016  | 
Microsoft, Facebook, Expedia, and Intel claim they pay men and women equally, but the tech industry has a long way to go.
12 Inspiring Women In Data Science, Big Data
Slideshows  |  4/11/2016  | 
Women make up half the population, yet it's been well documented that they don't come close to parity in STEM fields. Could the rise of big data and data science offer women a clearer path to success in technology? Here's a list of 12 inspiring women who work in big data and data science.
10 Top Tech Companies Poised For Massive Layoffs
Slideshows  |  4/7/2016  | 
Tech workers across the nation may witness a massive pink slip parade this year, should one Wall Street analyst's prediction of more than 260,000 tech layoffs in 2016 come true. Here's at a look at the top 10 companies on his list and why they are there.
IBM Layoffs Hit Canada, Europe, Australia; US Likely Next
News  |  4/4/2016  | 
IBM layoffs are hitting employees in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Another round of US layoffs is reportedly "imminent."
6 Ways To Become An IT Talent Magnet
Commentary  |  4/1/2016  | 
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. What's he's found is that those with a track record for creating high-performing cultures focus on one thing above all else: talent. Here, he shares his guidance on how you can become an IT talent magnet.
How To Make The Leap From IT Pro To CIO
Commentary  |  3/28/2016  | 
Executive recruiter Kathy Harris gives us an in-depth look at how to rise to the top levels of IT.
8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track
Slideshows  |  3/28/2016  | 
Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.
Amazon Says It Pays Women, Men Equally
News  |  3/24/2016  | 
Bending to pressure from an activist shareholder, Amazon reveals information about its pay equality for males, females, as well as minorities.
Gen Z Hits The Workforce: Are You Ready?
News  |  3/24/2016  | 
A new generation of talent is following Millennials into the workplace, bringing with it a fresh set of values and challenges to enterprise IT. Whether you're involved in hiring Gen Z employees for your own IT team or looking for ways to make sure your IT strategy accommodates their expectations across your enterprise, knowing more about this generation's needs and wants is the first step.
8 Biggest H-1B Employers In 2015
Slideshows  |  3/24/2016  | 
The impact of H-1B workers on American tech jobs has been a hot-button issue, and now the controversial topic is a talking point in the current presidential race. So, now is a good time learn more about last year's 8 largest H-1B employers.
CrescentCare CIO: How Analytics Improves Patient Outcomes
News  |  3/23/2016  | 
CrescentCare Health in New Orleans has expanded beyond its original charter as the NO/AIDS Task Force to serve the broader community. CIO Seema Gai is leading the charge to incorporate data analytics to improve patient outcomes.
Best, Worst States For Tech Jobs: CompTIA
Slideshows  |  3/21/2016  | 
In its 27th annual Cyberstates study, CompTIA tells us which states experienced the most growth in the number of tech jobs in 2015, and which ones saw declines. See where your state lands.
How To Make Your Workplace Culture Collaborative
Commentary  |  3/17/2016  | 
Open spaces, water cooler talk, and allowing employees to update Facebook are often more effective in creating a collaborative workplace than all the team-building exercises your consultants can dream up. Here's a look at what works in the real world.
Carhartt CIO: Business Experience Is Key To IT Success
Commentary  |  3/15/2016  | 
Recently appointed Carhartt CIO John Hill has taken a career path that spans the IT and business sides of the enterprise. Here's why he thinks it will become increasingly difficult for IT professionals to rise to the CIO level without getting significant business-side experience.
11 Tech Jobs That Pay The Most: Glassdoor
Slideshows  |  3/15/2016  | 
IT positions account for 11 of the 25 top-paying jobs in Glassdoor's annual ranking. See which positions made the grade, and how your salary stacks up.
CHIME, HeroX Patient ID Challenge Gains Momentum
News  |  3/14/2016  | 
CHIME launched a prize to fix a stubborn data problem in the healthcare industry. More than 300 companies and individuals have registered to receive more information about the contest, with judging set to begin in May.
5 Secrets For Becoming A Courageous CIO
Commentary  |  3/14/2016  | 
Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. Here, he shares his guidance on why courage matters in IT and offers five ways for CIOs and others to be brave in today's changing enterprise environment.
Top Programming Languages That Will Future-Proof Your Portfolio
Slideshows  |  3/13/2016  | 
The most popular programming languages are used to code most of the applications in the world. Here are the 10 most popular now -- and insight into a handful on a rocket up the charts.
HPE's Machine Learning APIs, MIT's Sports Analytics Trends: Big Data Roundup
News  |  3/13/2016  | 
We've got news from HP Enterprise, MapR, and IBM Watson in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending March 13. Plus, we bring you a summary of top trends in analytics for sports, and tell you why you may be headed to the most forgettable city in the country.
What Top IT Employees Really Want
Commentary  |  3/11/2016  | 
Be the kind of IT leader who gives the "gift of accomplishment" early and often, and you'll retain your best staff.
9 Books Every IT Leader Needs To Read 
Slideshows  |  3/9/2016  | 
Reading sharpens our reasoning, reduces stress, advances our careers and, when done deeply and broadly, is a key habit of successful leaders.
IBM Denies Layoff Size As Salesforce CEO Woos Talent
News  |  3/8/2016  | 
IBM called reports that it is laying off a third of its workforce "outlandish and untrue." That's not stopping Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff from publicly inviting IBM employees to apply for open posts at his firm.
SanDisk CIO: How To Determine Business Want Versus Need
Commentary  |  3/7/2016  | 
SanDisk CIO Ravi Naik spoke with InformationWeek about how he figures out the difference between the technology his business executives want, and the technology they really need. His experience holds lessons for any IT leader looking to make technology a true driver of business outcomes.
IBM Cuts Jobs In 'Workforce Rebalancing'
News  |  3/4/2016  | 
IBM has reportedly begun a wave of layoffs that are initially targeting the Global Technology Services and Global Business Services groups. Here's what we know so far.
7 Tech Jobs Hardest Hit By Layoffs In 2015
Slideshows  |  3/3/2016  | 
Despite a relatively low unemployment rate for the tech industry, some of its jobs were hit harder with layoffs than others in 2015. Take a look at the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics data to see how your job and those of your peers fared.
VMware Executives Departing Ahead Of Dell Merger
News  |  3/2/2016  | 
Over the last month, VMware has lost its CFO, its COO, and a networking expert. It's all part of the reality of adjusting to Dell finalizing its acquisition of EMC.
Healthcare.gov: Hard-Earned Lessons For CIOs
News  |  3/2/2016  | 
It's been just over two years since the controversial and troubled launch of Healthcare.gov, a marquee project for a new age of digital government, implementing a politically controversial policy of affordable healthcare insurance for everyone. As of today more than 6 million people have been enrolled through this system. InformationWeek caught up with Healthcare.gov's technology lead to talk about lessons learned.
Google's Hadoop Offerings, Rutgers Analytics Program: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/28/2016  | 
Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.
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