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Microsoft Surface: Keyboard Is Key
Commentary  |  11/11/2012  | 
The Surface succeeds where the iPad fails in one important area: Document production. The optional keyboard for the Surface has a touchpad for doing practical work, whereas the iPad is limited to Bluetooth keyboards that make you reach out and touch the screen too much. Too bad the Surface costs so much.
Evernote 5: Don't Rush To Upgrade
Commentary  |  11/9/2012  | 
Evernote 5 for iPad and iPhone looks new but it isn't functionally better, except for one or two new features. Evernote should have spent its time overhauling the desktop version instead.
IT's Future: Less Building, More Bundling
Commentary  |  11/9/2012  | 
With human resources, marketing and other departments going in different technological directions, IT's new mission is to tie all the company's services securely together.
Innovation Lesson: Disrupt Before You're Disrupted
Commentary  |  11/9/2012  | 
Even innovators struggle with the pace of change. Here are some of the ways Silicon Valley companies like LinkedIn push the edge without falling off.
Apple iPad Mini: One Week In
Commentary  |  11/9/2012  | 
Now that I've spent a full week using the iPad Mini, here are some thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses.
VMware Does Complicated Dance With Open Source
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Now that VMware owns Nicira, how will Nicira continue to lead development of virtual networking in OpenStack? Nicira founder Martin Casado explains.
Health IT: How Not To Get Hired
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Brains aren't enough to land that dream job. Humility and a willingness to learn are just as crucial.
What Enterprise Social Networks Lack: Purpose
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Communities based on shared interests are fine for consumer social networks. At work, only a community of purpose is worth our time.
Why Ford Courts Electrical And Software Engineers
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas discusses the company's challenges in recruiting and in developing products, as software becomes more critical to differentiating its cars and trucks.
Project Management Offices: A Waste Of Money?
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
The risks of starting a PMO have never been greater, new research shows. After years of observing project management, I agree.
Nate Silver's Big Data Lessons For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
Big data analytics have proven their mettle in predicting baseball and election success. How can you make them work for your business?
Watch For Microsoft To Acquire Nokia, Nvidia
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
With Surface already out and a Windows Phone possibly on the way, it's clear that Microsoft means to become a big player in hardware -- but it will need to open up its checkbook.
How To Overcome Social Business Performance Obstacles
Commentary  |  11/8/2012  | 
For better outcomes, broaden your use of social software and tighten your focus on results.
Mobile Office: Partial Functionality Not Enough
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
The rumors are hot again that Microsoft will release an Office version for the iPad and iPhone, but all indications are that it will be little more than a document viewer, of which there are many already for iOS. Microsoft already has a far more capable Office Mobile for Surface, but even that is missing many important features, like editing Excel pivot tables and using Word revisions.
Small Data Beat Big Data In Election 2012
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
The Obama re-election machine was really about small data--and enterprises can learn from that.
5 Items Should Top Obama's Technology Agenda
Commentary  |  11/7/2012  | 
From infrastructure to tech education, here's what I want to see on the to-do list for the next four years.
How Do You Survive The Innovation Hamster Wheel?
Commentary  |  11/6/2012  | 
This is how two tech leaders do it, and we'd like to hear more tactics from you.
Low Smartphone Prices Hide Expensive Tradeoffs
Commentary  |  11/6/2012  | 
The biggest phones of the year -- such as Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nokia Lumia 920 and Google Nexus 4 -- are relatively cheap at $49 to $399. But what will you pay in contracts and even software?
Bad Idea: New Jersey Allows Email Vote
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
In order to reach out to voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy, the state of New Jersey will allow residents to vote by e-mail. The goal is laudable, but the means of achieving it is fraught with danger of facilitating voter fraud.
Data Governance: No Single Solution
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
The problem isn't a shortage of products. It's a shortage of clarity and vision.
Imagine iPad, Mac Combined
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Apple might publicly scoff at Windows 8's combination of the PC and tablet into one platform, but it has to be at least thinking about whether it could and should do the same. The best approach would be to add touch features to OS X so that eventually it could replace iOS.
Election 2012: Where Are The PowerPoint Slides?
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Our presidential candidates act like they're campaigning in 1912, not 2012. Did Ross Perot ruin charts forever?
National Health Information Exchange: Why The Delay?
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
Hurricane Sandy took many lives and caused billions of dollars in damage. But so does a healthcare system that still refuses to embrace interoperability.
5 Ways To Survive The Coming IT Apocalypse
Commentary  |  11/5/2012  | 
We IT leaders say we believe in the new ways. But we won't survive if our actions don't match our words.
Big Data Education: When Should It Start?
Commentary  |  11/2/2012  | 
When elementary school students find data that interests them, they're ready to learn basic statistics concepts. The key: make data analysis relevant to young learners.
Crapware Lives On Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Windows 8 is a clean slate in many ways. But one scourge that is not gone is crapware, a.k.a. bloatware, junkware, trialware, and stupid games that drag down the performance and experience of so many Windows PCs. We asked Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Samsung and Lenovo what they preload on their Windows 8 systems. Some PCs are cleaner than others. The surprise? A Microsoft store might be the best place to buy.
Why Private Clouds Will Prevail
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Stu Laura, our irascible CIO, discusses the promise and pressures of private clouds.
Samsung's 10-Inch Android Tablets: Which Is Best?
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
With its Nexus 10 tablet, Samsung risks cannibalizing sales of its existing 10-inch tablets. Let's look at the key differences.
Are We Giving CIOs An Inferiority Complex?
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
CIOs need to be technical, without apology, just as chief medical officers need not apologize for their grounding in medicine.
Big Data Analytics: Where's The ROI?
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Not everyone is impressed with the latest health IT megatrend. At least one prominent critic says payment reform should take precedence.
6 Surprises About IT Hiring Plans
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Mobile is a hot skill that might not get you hired. Check out this and other surprising glimpses from our newest IT staffing survey data.
6 Ways To Build Management Support For Collaboration
Commentary  |  11/1/2012  | 
Winning upper management support for collaboration makes a big difference. If you don't have it, here's how to get it.
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