News & Commentary
posted in September 2013
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Amazon CloudFront CDN: Goodbye 404 Messages
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Amazon's content delivery network CloudFront lets subscribers redirect visitors to desired content while avoiding dreaded 404 error messages.
Obamacare: The Rise Of Private Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Tuesday’s launch of state and federal health insurance marketplaces is also prompting new interest in private exchanges as legal landscape changes.
Do Cities Need Texting Zones?
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
New York state is planning pull-over texting "zones" on some of its highways to reduce driving accidents. Should cities follow suit?
GetInsured Wants To Be Cloud Provider To State Exchanges
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Website provides cloud back-end for New Mexico health insurance exchange and software for California insurance marketplace, with hopes to expand.
Millennials Reshape Companies' Social Media Policies
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Nearly two-thirds of Gen Y workers use a personal device or application for work purposes, says study. Does your company policy address this major shift?
Cloud Collaboration Gets Boxed Into Security
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Box Notes application employs all the same security layers that have made Box the go-to cloud-based sharing service among enterprises.
Hadoop's Second Generation Offers More To Enterprises
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
The first Hadoop tools weren't easy to deploy or manage. But the second-wave tools deliver great advances in usability.
IBM's SDN Push Has Big Rivals
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
IBM's SDN for Virtual Environments and IBM Programmable Network Controller puts it in competition with Cisco, VMware, Juniper and HP.
Dysfunctional Congress Hurts Government IT
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Government IT budgeting was hard enough even before government shutdowns, says this former government CIO. What can be done to combat the dynamic with Congress?
Google Web Designer Offered As Free Download
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Web designers and marketers now have a free tool for creating animated online content, for ads or otherwise.
Feds Warm Up To LinkedIn
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Government IT managers have been cautious about using LinkedIn, but odds are activity will soon rise due to federal travel restrictions and greater comfort with the platform.
Microsoft Expands Power BI, Translation For Office
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Microsoft Office is becoming adept not only at creating data but also manipulating and analyzing it, thanks to several new features.
Oracle OpenWorld: 5 Rants And Raves
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Oracle OpenWorld delivered big news and a consistent message. It also repackaged old news, bashed big data tools and avoided license cost and complexity issues.
BlackBerry: BBM For Android, iOS Coming
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
BlackBerry insists botched roll-out doesn't mean the app has been nixed. It may be dead on arrival anyway.
HP's Building An SDN App Store
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
HP's looking to foster an SDN ecosystem and take the smartphone model into enterprise software-defined networking with a developers' kit and an app store. But is this an idea ahead of its time?
iPhone 5c's Plastic Case Saves Apple $42
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Plastic iPhone 5c is significantly less costly to build than the aluminum iPhone 5s, says UBS.
Big Data, 'Breaking Bad' And Orange Juice
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
MailChimp's chief data scientist has a unique way of explaining data science to the masses. If you know a little Excel, you're ready to learn.
IBM Boosts Big Data Portfolio With Daeja Acquisition
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
Daeja's imaging tech allows IBM's enterprise content management customers to view and annotate unstructured data on mobile devices, says Big Blue.
Government Shutdown: What Are IT Systems Risks?
News  |  9/30/2013  | 
If the looming government shutdown comes to pass, Federal IT faces security, budget, and workflow risks.
Healthcare Apps Could Be Doctor's Best Friend
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Consumer health apps and gadgets could help improve patient care and reduce physicians' workloads. It's time for the healthcare industry to change a system that rewards disease.
5 IT Resume Blunders To Avoid
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Your resume can do as much harm as good when you're hunting for a new IT job.
Big Data Holdouts Risk Getting Swamped
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Emerging software tools make analytics feasible -- and cost-effective -- for most companies. Now, staying on the shore may be riskier than just diving in.
Cerner, Intermountain Partner On EHRs
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Healthcare IT vendor and Intermountain to collaborate on activity-based costing, expected to help accountable care organizations measure cost of care.
Is Apple iOS 7 Making Users Sick?
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Some users blame the new mobile operating system's background parallax effect and app transition animations for feelings of nausea.
Do You Need Mobile Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Major software vendors seem to think you do -- and they might be right. Just don't expect mature platforms.
Google Says TGIF To Problem-Plagued Week
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Serious email delays and messaging glitches riddled Google's 15th anniversary week.
Microsoft Creating New Office Touch Apps
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
In addition to a touchscreen version of Office, Microsoft is prepping Office Reader, a new touch multimedia tool for the Web, Office documents, PDFs and interactive e-books.
SAM Saves Cash, Not Just Compliance Woes
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Software asset management doesn't just make sure you're compliant with your software licenses. Smart use of SAM can also save money.
Give Us Your Loyalty (& Your Data, Of Course)
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Retailers really use loyalty programs to gather your data, not increase sales.
Visualizing The Urban Future With Analytics
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
New data visualization tools, now emerging for urban planning, are giving community members a way to view change before it happens.
Skytree Offers Second Opinion On Your Analytics Data
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Skytree's new service connects customers with live data scientists for more accurate and reliable data analysis.
The Next Billion-Dollar IT Wunderkind
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Tech's next big star will improve information value, information delivery or maybe both.
Apple iPhone 5s: My First Week
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
From iOS 7 to battery life, here's what I have noticed while getting to know Apple's iPhone 5s.
HTML5 Offers 'Road to Awesome'
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Before you head down the iOS or Android native-app mobile development path, consider Amazon's choice regarding HTML5.
iOS7 Adoption Estimated To Be 60%
News  |  9/27/2013  | 
Apple fans are adopting iOS 7 at enough of a clip to jam up Web traffic.
Google Hummingbird Update, Explained
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Google search algorithm improvements will help it understand complicated queries and provide better answers.
Oracle On The Ground: Customers Speak
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Oracle OpenWorld attendees discuss the products they're implementing, from Fusion software to hardware appliances.
What Google's Calico Means For Healthcare
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Here are three reasons Google's health venture matters, both to the industry and to our quality of life.
The Truth About Oracle's Virtualized 12c Database
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Oracle says 12c, introduced at OpenWorld, is "virtualized" -- but you must look closely at what that actually means.
Microsoft Surface Mini Rumors Grow
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Microsoft may soon expand its tablet and smartphone lineup with a "Surface Mini" and several new Lumia devices.
Will EHRs Ever Help Small Practices?
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
So far, evidence suggests that health IT benefits mostly hospitals and practices with deep pockets. That could change if small practices get more EHR training.
Tech Glitches Trip Obamacare Exchange Launches
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Several state health insurance exchanges say their websites might not be 100% functional on Oct. 1 launch date because of bugs that incorrectly calculate policy prices, among other problems.
Google Offers Shoppers Same-Day Delivery
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Google Shopping Express joins a growing list of services for shoppers who demand instant gratification.
IBM Debuts Educational Network For Pediatricians, Nurses
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Cloud-based social learning network designed with Boston Children's Hospital aims to bring best practices in medical care to healthcare providers anywhere in the world.
ERP Is A People Problem
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
If there's an enterprise resource planning project in your future, beware the foot draggers and sandbaggers
In-Q-Tel Invests In 2 Cloud Technologies
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
U.S. intelligence community investment group partners with cloud firms Socrata and AppThwack to make government information more accessible.
Healthcare CIOs Need Personalized Medicine
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
Personalized healthcare is making drugs more effective, saving lives and promising much more.
State Insurance Exchanges: Hospital IT's Next Challenge
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
As state insurance exchanges take hold, hospital IT departments must figure out how to keep up with patients' insurance eligibility, health status and benefits in fluid environment.
Robots Taking All Our Jobs? Ridiculous
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
Neo-Luddite idea that automation causes high unemployment rates has been disproved throughout history.
CIOs & Health: Too Sick To Hire?
News  |  9/26/2013  | 
What sort of health problems can companies accept and manage in a CIO or other employee, and which are insurmountable?
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