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Exclusive: Infor Steps Up Cloud, E-Commerce Plays
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
CEO Charles Phillips pushes Infor into hot new areas leading with slick new interfaces and cloud deployment on Amazon Web Services.
Federal Shutdown: We Miss Our Data
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
Greater respect for federal data services might be one of the good things to come from the government shutdown.
QlikTech Aims To Disrupt BI, Again
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
QlikTech has been a change agent in business intelligence, pioneering in-memory analytics. Now the company hopes to disrupt again with "natural analytics."
Why Supermarkets Are Big Data Superstars
Commentary  |  10/7/2013  | 
Software can generate raw data analysis. It cannot provide insight -- that takes people. Here's how to translate big data into strong engagement.
Why NoSQL Databases Are Gaining Fans
Commentary  |  10/7/2013  | 
MongoDB, DataStax and Couchbase all have recently scored huge venture capital infusions. Here's why NoSQL is the new darling of the big data movement.
Social Business Adoption: Focus On People
Commentary  |  10/7/2013  | 
To increase social business's success rate, companies need to focus on people in all stages of the project.
From Beer To Bureaucracy, Mobile Strategy Matters
Commentary  |  10/7/2013  | 
You aren't tracking your Buds with a smartphone?
Google's Enterprise Cloud Problem
Commentary  |  10/4/2013  | 
Our new survey delivers a good news/bad news scenario: Apps and Gmail are compared favorably one-to-one with Office and Exchange/Outlook. But a cloud stigma still sticks to Google in the enterprise.
IT's Reputation: Broken Bad
Commentary  |  10/4/2013  | 
If Coca-Cola had a brand that was the equivalent of IT today, they would kill it and start again, says Blackstone Group CTO. He shares 4 processes IT leaders can use to change IT's bad rep.
Big Data Success: 3 Companies Share Secrets
Commentary  |  10/4/2013  | 
Three C-level execs say start with a clear business goal, consider the data and finish with human-understandable analytics.
Keep The Web DRM-Free
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
The World Wide Web Consortium is moving ahead with support for digital locks for content in the HTML specification. Pray the group reconsiders.
BlackBerry's 11th Hour: How It Can Survive
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
To pull out of its death spiral BlackBerry needs a financial savior -- plus the willingness to promote the heck out of cool-but-neglected features like the keyboard and multitasking.
3 Agile Government Myths, Busted
Commentary  |  10/3/2013  | 
Agile development principles can help federal IT departments save time and money -- if they can get past the barriers.
Will CDO Steal CIO's Leadership Role?
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
Nicholas Carr was wrong; IT does matter. But the tech that matters most now is data, leading to a possible leadership coup by chief data officers and chief digital officers.
The New Bank Robbers: Emerging Cloud Threats
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
Today's outlaws target data, not cash. Here are some key considerations as you choose a cloud service provider for your enterprise.
4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
At first, shuttered government websites smacked of political statement to me. Four other factors apply -- but none of them explain the decision to shut off the Panda Cam.
BlackBerry: The Fax Machine Of Its Era
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
BlackBerry liberated executives from their desks. But the company's focus on messaging relegated it to a device that failed to keep pace with innovation
Microsoft Should Get Out Of The Device Business
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
Microsoft must get over Apple envy and play in the real world of mobile. First step: Unchain Microsoft software from Windows.
What The GSA Could Adopt From Facebook
Commentary  |  10/2/2013  | 
The General Services Administration could become a "GSA-as-a-service" platform that federal agencies could use to host and build their applications and systems.
Microsoft's Office For iOS, Android Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
It looks like Microsoft will port its omnipresent Office productivity suite to iOS and Android. Now comes the hard part.
Obamacare Health Exchanges: How Oregon Got It Done
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Oregon's experience building a health insurance exchange shows what's involved for IT operations.
What's Holding Back The Mobile Health Revolution?
Commentary  |  10/1/2013  | 
Many believe clinicians reject patient-oriented health apps because they threaten doctors' power. But that's a gross overgeneralization.
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