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Content posted in January 2014
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Super Bowl Organizers Try To Prevent Power Fiasco
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Smart grid technologies are among the tools helping planners prevent another Super Bowl blackout.
Open Hardware Is Like Linux: True Or False?
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Examine this analogy closely. Open-source hardware and open-source software involve different processes with different levels of user participation.
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.
What Consumer-Driven Healthcare Really Means
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Patient engagement will be a survival skill for hospitals in the business-to-consumer, high-deductible, accountable-care era.
I Hate You, Passwords
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Do I really have to memorize T7%rr$4mq@z9Jpp# so I can follow password best practices?
Apple TV Refresh: 9 Wishes
Commentary  |  1/30/2014  | 
Signs indicate Apple is prepping a new Apple TV. Here's how Apple can make its media player a winner.
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.
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
Why Free Government Data Remains A Tough Sell
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Open government data holds great economic promise. But solving the technical hurdles addresses only part of the challenge of bringing the data to market.
7 Ways Wearables Will Go To Work
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Smartwatches, smartglasses, smart ID badges, and activity trackers will all find a home in the enterprise and change how we do our jobs.
Dell, Cumulus Networks Partner on Bare-Metal Switches
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Dell will offer the Cumulus Linux switch OS on two of its ToR switches starting this year.
Windows vs. Mac: Desktop Battle Lines Drawn
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
Reports and executives' hints frame potential Mac vs. PC debates of the future.
Free The Data: APIs Boost Health Information Exchange
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
New models promise to make sharing health information almost as simple as shopping on Amazon.
What’s In Your Wi-Fi Tool Box?
Commentary  |  1/27/2014  | 
No WLAN engineer’s tool box is complete without spectrum and protocol analyzers. Here’s why.
Stop Harassing Google Employees
Commentary  |  1/25/2014  | 
The right to free speech isn't a license to threaten, harass, or intimidate.
Google - EU Privacy Dispute May Affect US Law
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
A European Union dispute with Google over its privacy policy has US lawmakers considering even stricter privacy protections.
When The Open Cloud... Isn't
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias argues that using public APIs and open-source code doesn't make your cloud service "open."
Secure Networks: How To Develop An Information Security Policy
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
A security policy is the foundation of a secure network, but it must balance security with business needs. Here are some guidelines for successful security policy development.
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.
The Social Networking Snow Day
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
Facebook told my kids they were getting a snow day before their school did.
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.
How Government Can Make Open Data Work
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Obama administration has set the right goals with its Open Data Policy, but agencies need to do more to liberate their data. Here are six suggestions.
The Rise And Fall Of Programming Languages
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
Here's what happened in 2013 to C, Java, Objective-C, C++, C#, PHP, Visual Basic, and Python.
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.
Let's Build A Healthcare IT System For Technophobes
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
We need more fearless software designers who think like regular folks.
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.
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.
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 IT Must Steal VCs From Silicon Valley
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
You don't need a Sand Hill Road address to bring venture capital to your area -- and IT executives who nurture a vibrant startup ecosystem reap big benefits.
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.
Do We Really Need Gigabit To The Home?
Commentary  |  1/21/2014  | 
Reports say the U.S. is losing the bandwidth race, but is this a competition we need to be in?
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.
Net Neutrality: Regulation Makes Evil Empire Giggle
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Want a faster, better, cheaper, more available Internet? Painful Net neutrality regulations won’t help. Competition will.
3 Reasons Security Pros Are In The Driver’s Seat Now
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
The coming weeks are the perfect time to ask for a raise or find the job of your dreams. Don't let a perfect storm of security problems go to waste.
16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Glassdoor characterizes these actual job interview questions as "oddball." We give these questions the answers they deserve.
5 API Questions To Ask
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Before signing on for the new crop of “everything as a service,” do some digging into the application programming interfaces that tie things together
5 Big Business Intelligence Trends For 2014
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Visual data discovery, cloud computing, and mobile lead the BI trends to watch in 2014. Take a closer look.
IPv6 Decision Time
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Carriers and enterprises can try to squeeze as much life out of IPv4 as possible, or make an orderly transition to IPv6 now. Which will you choose?
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.
The Second Machine Age: Meet Your Computer Overlords
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
A maddeningly reasonable and readable new book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argues that while a robot may take your job, the economy will prosper.
3 Trends Are Reshaping Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
Skepticism of innovative health technology is nothing new. But trends such as social technology will redefine healthcare's future.
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.
Net Neutrality Court Ruling Won't Ruin The Internet
Commentary  |  1/15/2014  | 
Competition, not massive regulation, is the best way to make the Internet open.
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.
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.
Smells Like Entrepreneurial Spirit… In The Enterprise?
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Hiring the enterprise IT talent needed to speed innovation will only get harder. Perhaps it's time to partner with independent developers.
BYOD In Defense Department? Not In This Lifetime
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Despite some moves toward securing mobile devices and applications, Defense Department officials do not embrace the bring-your-own-device trend.
Tech Policy Is Not A Religion
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
"Digital libertarians" and "digital technocrats" want us to believe their way is the truth and the light. It's not that black and white.
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