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Content posted in January 2014
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My Dearest Spammer
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
A love letter to the tech marketers who buy my contact information.
4 Ways To Improve Federal Software Procurement
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Agencies need to think beyond buying and customizing enterprise software systems and look for software that can be adapted as requirements change.
Fired HealthCare.gov Contractor CGI Won't Starve
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services replaces HealthCare.gov prime contractor CGI with Accenture. But CGI won't go hungry for Medicare contracts.
Surveillance: Fast, Cheap, And Out Of Control
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
The cost of surveillance has served as a natural privacy protection, but today's mobile technology changes the equation and begs for updated privacy laws.
IT Complexity & The Mosquito Conundrum
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
It's the little things that suck the lifeblood out of most IT organizations. Those that don't make tech simplicity a priority are doomed.
Analytic Portfolios Beat Silos Of Insight
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Instead of relying on a few hotshots, take a collaborative approach to developing analytic assets and sharing valuable data across the enterprise.
Can Outsourcing Make You More 'Agile'?
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Agile software development has made its way into complex enterprise environments, but keeping the process in-house may be too expensive.
With Watson, Is IBM Riding Right Wave?
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
IBM bets that its Watson technology will ride the cognitive-computing wave to commercial success -- while rivals gear up for the connected-computing era.
Obamacare: Separating Politics From Practicalities
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
The Affordable Care Act is President Obama's legacy, but it didn't start with his administration. While politicians can create gridlock, health IT pros must deal in reality and compromise.
Becoming A Unified Communications Salesman
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
Purchasing UC systems is easy. The tough part for IT is selling UC to corporate management, and again to the employees who will use it.
Geek Childhood Favorites I Share With My Kids
Commentary  |  1/10/2014  | 
From Tolkien to Star Blazers, thereís a lot of geek culture from my childhood to pass on to my own kids.
Top 10 Myths About Higher Ed CIOs
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Higher education CIOs are doing fine, thank you. Let's dispel some falsehoods.
IT Analytics: Measuring Up Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
IT groups are struggling to measure their own performance, especially around cloud services, new research says.
Let Them See You Sweat
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Never let them see you sweat? This antiquated leadership rule must go.
Understanding The Updated EHR Donation Rules
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Regulators have extended a rule allowing hospitals to underwrite the cost of EHR software for affiliated practices, but with a few new wrinkles.
Clinical Decision Support Needs To Get Smarter
Commentary  |  1/9/2014  | 
Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires providers to use clinical decision support, but most hospitals and practices arenít even doing the bare minimum to obtain financial incentives.
Is Your Security Program Effective? 7 Must-Ask Questions
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Business leaders can, and should, insist on metrics to prove protection efforts are worth the money.
Salesforce1: As The Innovation Story Spins
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Salesforce.com will share its Salesforce1 story in New York this week. Will this be the next confusing chapter in the company's innovation story?
Vendors Must Cater To Developers Or Die
Commentary  |  1/8/2014  | 
Technology providers need to realize that the procurement game has fundamentally changed.
Is 'Fail Fast' Code For 'Don't Take Risks?'
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
To encourage innovation in a risk-averse environment, identify the "killer issues" early.
IT's Famous Last Words: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
In the digital age, if you persist with an inflexible IT strategy until something breaks, your business could break.
Open Data: Good For Citizens & Government
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Freely accessible government data helps the public stay more engaged with their communities and keeps government more accountable.
My IT Resolutions For 2014
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Security, mobility, data-based decision-making, flash storage, and IT hiring must rise in importance.
Semantic Web Business: Going Nowhere Slowly
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
The semantic web vision persists, but the tools and processes don't stand up to today's data chaos.
3 Mobile Strategy Priorities For 2014
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Fewer than half of all enterprises have clear mobile strategies in place, IBM research finds.
BYOD: Lessons On Negotiating Limits
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
You can say no to BYOD, but be prepared to enforce your decision -- and find alternatives to meet your usersí needs.
5 Program Management Lessons From HealthCare.gov
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
Former NASA CIO Linda Cureton offers five ways agencies can manage IT programs more effectively in 2014.
Advice to IT Managers: Find More Programmers
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
As the line between programming and other IT disciplines blur, IT managers must hire or train employees to get the right skill sets.
Mobile Apps & The Art Of Mixology
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
Great mobile apps are like great cocktails. They should be easy to make, delicious to consume, and have your customers coming back for more.
7 InfoSec Predictions For 2014: Good, Bad & Ugly
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
First, the bad news: Windows XP doomsday, escalating ransomware, botnet-driven attacks, emerging SDN threats. The good news: Threat intelligence goes mainstream.
Medicine: Will The Tech Bubble Break?
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
How do we translate the froth of healthcare technologies into better healthcare?
Do Your Employees Dress For Failure?
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
Sloppy writing, attire, and overall comportment reflect poorly on an organization's people and work ethic. Demand better.
Big Data Visualization: 3 Errors To Avoid
Commentary  |  1/3/2014  | 
Avoid common visualization mistakes. Here's advice on how to clarify goals and get better results.
iPad Air Vs. Nexus 7: Taste Test
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Why I dumped iPad for Android, then changed my mind.
Dangerous Digital Business Myth: We're Always Connected
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Despite ubiquitous smartphones, CIOs still face tough calls in 2014 about connecting people and machines to the Internet.
US Needs New Innovation Champion
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Individual industries have their own alphabet soup of trade groups -- but we need one association, speaking with one voice, to drive US innovation policy.
Healthcare Tech Leaders Share New Year's Resolutions
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Here's what health CIOs and other tech leaders plan to make happen in 2014.
Google In 2014: 10 Predictions
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
2013 proved a great year for Google. Will 2014 be even better?
CES: Showcasing The Future Of Healthcare
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
UnitedHealthcare's Tom Paul outlines the consumer electronics trends changing healthcare.
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