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Content posted in October 2013
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How Will You Manage Your Digital Self?
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
You can't keep track of all the digital content you generate. In the next five years, expect vendors to come to the rescue with digital-self services.
IT Service Management Isn't Happyland
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
At the recent Fusion conference, plenty of folks were challenging the IT status quo, and that's a good thing.
Facebook Exec: Databases, Hadoop Belong Together
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Facebook's Ken Rudin says relational databases and Hadoop are complementary. Hortonworks and Teradata execs add guidelines on when to choose which.
Innovation Stalled? Bad Culture Defeats Good Strategy
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Your project managers' focus on meeting budgets and deadlines may be the root of your innovation stagnation. Here's how to change that culture.
Cloud Deployment Debate: Bake Or Bootstrap?
Commentary  |  10/30/2013  | 
Anyone who wants to use a public IaaS provider like Amazon Web Services needs to use machine images. Let's delve into the confusion about how to best use those images.
How To Budget Your Way To Irrelevance
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
Instead of focusing just on containing costs, consider what objectives and value your company is trying to deliver.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Twitter Two-Factor Lockout: One User's Horror Story
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Is the security payoff from using Twitter's two-factor authentication system worth the risk of losing account access?
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Your Cloud Provider Is Not The Boss
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Cloud providers deliver great infrastructure and applications, but they are not in charge of the entire customer experience. That job still belongs to IT.
Why Do Big IT Projects Fail So Often?
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Obamacare's website problems can teach us a lot about large-scale project management and execution.
DevOps And The Perpetual Motion Machine
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
New data shows cooperation between developers and operations pays off for companies moving at the speed of today's business. Oh, and practice does makes perfect.
When Smartphones Do Dumb Things
Commentary  |  10/25/2013  | 
Mobile health apps are slowly revolutionizing patient care, but occasionally the revolution takes a left turn into lunacy and feeds a hypochondriac's worst fears.
Native App Vs. Mobile Web: Not A Simple Choice
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
Unless your app truly is a special snowflake, think long and hard about adding it to the pile -- lest it get buried.
Hadoop In Production: 5 Steps To Success
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
So you've done your homework, launched a prototype with Hadoop and found it good. Now the real fun starts.
Portfolio Management Tools: Lessons From King County, Washington
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
County IT portfolio manager shares what his team learned when they moved from spreadsheets to a real management tool.
What's The Best Path To Big Data Insight?
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
We sort through this week's clashing din of news from Teradata, SAS, Pivotal, Platfora and Hortonworks in search of the inside edge to big data breakthroughs.
Apple Embraces Free: 5 Reasons Why
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
Apple challenges Google and Microsoft with free software.
ITIL's Next Chapter
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
The IT Infrastructure Library, or ITIL, gets a new caretaker in January. Here's what joint venture Axelos has planned for the best practices.
Containers Add New Efficiency To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
Why use an entire operating system just to run one application? Containers-as-a-service offer a smarter way to run applications in the cloud.
America's Investment Crisis
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Why cutting back on IT and other capital spending is disastrous for U.S. business and the country.
Code For America Made Me A Better IT Leader
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
"Peace Corps for Geeks" offers crucial lessons in customer service, continuous improvement and workplace engagement.
Should Samsung Ditch Android?
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Mobile analysts debate whether Samsung should free itself from Android and use its homemade OS, Tizen.
Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda speaks with former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan on Congress' role in fostering the U.S. technology market, immigration law and more.
How To Attract, Keep Gen Y Software Engineers
Commentary  |  10/21/2013  | 
Gen Y software engineer all-stars are easy to find, but hard to retain. Try these steps to keep them happy and productive.
A Painless Path To CPOE?
Commentary  |  10/21/2013  | 
Despite evidence that computerized provider order entry systems can improve patient care, many providers have resisted due to cost and tech concerns. New KLAS report suggests an easier route.
Social Collaboration For Dummies Meets JiveWorld
Commentary  |  10/21/2013  | 
As my new book launches, I'd like to give a shout out to community.jivesoftware.com, Jive's network of enterprise community managers and strategists.
Why Doctors Hate EHR Software
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
Have meaningful use incentives merely propelled sales for a lot of lousy software?
Traditional App Development Stifles Government Innovation
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
To bolster government innovation, agencies must reduce the long lifecycle costs that drag them down.
Can Analytics Outperform The Machine Whisperer?
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
The Internet of things promises to spot industrial failures before a human expert could. Will you trust that data?
Cloud Stack Wars: Tough Questions
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
HP, Verizon Terremark and VMware executives back different cloud stacks, leaving us with important private cloud questions. Let's explore some chinks in the armor.
Why I Returned My iPhone 5s
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
The iPhone 5s is a fine smartphone -- but it's not much different from the iPhone 5.
Big Data FAQ: Separating Signal From Noise
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
Author Phil Simon answers the most frequently asked questions on the impact of big data on small businesses and individuals, the role of data scientists and the continuing importance of human intuition.
How Would You Build IT From Scratch?
Commentary  |  10/17/2013  | 
What's holding back big companies? You're not willing to burn the boats. The CIO mindset needs to change dramatically if enterprise IT is to remain relevant.
Bad Project Managers: 6 Archetypes
Commentary  |  10/16/2013  | 
From the happy delusions of the Pollyanna to the spirit-crushing negativity of the Pessimist, here's how not to manage an IT project.
Disruptive Technology: Follow Fight Club Rules
Commentary  |  10/15/2013  | 
Smart IT pros will apply the rules from the movie "Fight Club" to discussions with business colleagues. First rule: You do not talk about disruptive technologies.
Never Hate Your Job Again
Commentary  |  10/15/2013  | 
We work in the most transformative profession of our day. Despite the deep dysfunction in most organizations, we have no business being disgruntled.
Patient Engagement: How To Do It Right
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Some healthcare providers have figured out the best set of IT tools to get patients more involved in their own care.
Beware IT's Unintended Consequences
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
The positive, negative and just surprising technical and other outcomes that confound conventional wisdom.
Apple's Next iPad: Gateway To Mobile Revolution
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Fifth-generation iPad due out this month promises to be the most useful tablet on the market as Apple's operating systems and cloud services mature.
Enterprise Mobility: Cost Vs. Risk
Commentary  |  10/14/2013  | 
Just because employees are mobile-savvy doesn't mean IT managers should settle for low-cost, flimsy software implementations.
Open Educational Resources: Smart Policy
Commentary  |  10/11/2013  | 
Educators around the world are already using OERs to improve learning. Why haven't they been adopted on a broader scale?
Why I Don't Want To Live In Dataland
Commentary  |  10/11/2013  | 
Dataland -- a place where your activities are tracked 24/7 -- is almost upon us, say some researchers. Popular myths stress the advantages of a data-driven society, but there's a dark side.
3 Perils Of Analytics
Commentary  |  10/10/2013  | 
Right now, analytics suffers from too much math, too much marketing hype -- and too few sheep.
GE CEO Jeff Immelt's Analytics Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  10/10/2013  | 
IT leaders trying to apply analytics to run their businesses better should listen to Immelt's advice, based on his experience leading GE's Industrial Internet vision.
Need Security Help? Hire A Picture Card
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
With essentially zero unemployment among cybersecurity professionals, it's difficult to find good people. CIOs must play their cards right.
What Should Replace Loyalty To Company?
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Talent management needs a new paradigm to better serve people hardwired to be loyal followers.
Microsoft Office For iPad Faces Many Challenges
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Microsoft can still win with an iPad version of Office, but only if the touch interface is exceptional.
Chambers: Cisco Will Win Tech's Next Elimination Round
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Cisco CEO says half the top tech vendors won't "exist in a meaningful way" in a few years.
Microsoft's Azure Cloud Move: What It Means
Commentary  |  10/9/2013  | 
Microsoft offers customers an easy roadmap into the cloud through the familiar Windows Server management console.
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