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 Contractor CGI Won't Starve
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services replaces 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  | 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
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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