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Content posted in November 2013
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Keep Data Off Mobile Devices & Away From Adversaries
Commentary  |  11/27/2013  | 
Why we must focus on protecting the data rather than securing mobile devices.
Mobile Security: All About The Data
Commentary  |  11/27/2013  | 
Spend less time worrying about devices and more time worrying about the data.
In Healthcare, Time To Free The Data
Commentary  |  11/27/2013  | 
To justify optimism about healthcare IT, we need to free the data tied up in electronic health records -- and it is happening.
Four Ways IT Can Embrace Business Management
Commentary  |  11/27/2013  | 
IT professionals have an opportunity to grow their roles and responsibilities by embracing business management. Here are four tips to get you started.
Who Will Control SDN-ified Datacenters?
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
VMware may have an early advantage in the brewing battle for domination over the software-defined datacenter. But victory is far from assured.
Black Friday Looks Bright For Hybrid PCs
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Cool 2-in-1 laptops, a bit of tablet fatigue, and pent-up demand could make this the best holiday season for the PC market in years.
Will iOS 7 Be The Next BlackBerry?
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Apple's latest mobile operating system has many features enterprises will appreciate -- and some things to beware.
IT Leaders: Grow A Pair
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Business management author Larry Winget urges IT leaders to stop whining and deal with more matters themselves.
Security Should Embrace Failure
Commentary  |  11/26/2013  | 
Security failures are inevitable in even the best-run organizations, but vendors and security pros alike have to pretend perfection is the only standard that matters. This doesn't help anyone.
Why One Outsourcing Provider Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
An outsourcing strategy is a lot like a personal finance portfolio. You should diversify to manage risk.
4 Reasons Your Business Needs A Mobile Development Platform
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Mobile apps open new business opportunities -- but you need to have the tools to handle them.
Enterprise IT Groups Need To Share More
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
The crowd now has the power and IT can no longer dictate how customers interact with a business. Here are tips for joining the sharing revolution.
Nexus 5 Users Scream For Audio Problem Fix
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
A bug in Google's Nexus 5 flagship smartphone has buyers asking: "Can you hear me now?"
Stop Butchering The English Language
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Solutioning, diarizing, and zerotasking have lurched into the business lexicon -- but must go, says a former CIO. Weigh in with your own linguistic peeves.
6 Ways CIOs Can Stay Ahead Of Customers
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Always-on social and mobile customers have the power to upend your company. Here's how to come out on top.
How To Revive Social Business Adoption
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Tracking your social business numbers helps you know when it's time to shift your strategy. Here's what to do when adoption slows.
Cisco's Chambers Pivots, Avoids Reality
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Customers in the Open Networking Foundation beg to differ with the Cisco CEO's assertion that advanced networking "can't be done in software."
Robotic Surgery: da Vinci Versus The Ideal
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Better training and the equivalent of a surgeon's touch are needed to make surgical robots live up to their hype (and potential).
Personal Computing Device Required: BYOD Should Rule
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Just like using your own car is a requirement for some jobs, BYOD should become the norm for corporate IT.
How CIOs Can Help Build A Millennial Enterprise
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Here are a few ways: Build an enterprise app store, gamify your company, and support as much consumer technology as possible.
Microsoft's Software Licensing: Why I've Had Enough
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Our company could be so much further ahead if Microsoft would simplify its licensing terms so that non-PhDs could understand them.
How To Succeed As A Social Business Sponsor
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Follow these five steps to become a more effective leader and seamlessly shape your company into a social business.
Online Healthcare: States Must Be More Open-Minded
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Telemedicine and online consultations from home hold great promise, if the law can get out of the way.
Outsourcing: Why Onshore Vs. Offshore Isnít The Right Question
Commentary  |  11/25/2013  | 
Well publicized offshore outsourcing challenges, a narrowing labor-cost gap, and political considerations have some aggressively promoting onshoring. But theyíre missing the point.
Xbox One Key To 'One Microsoft'
Commentary  |  11/23/2013  | 
Microsoft's Xbox One isn't just about taking over the living room. It's a proving ground for CEO Steve Ballmer's "One Microsoft" vision.
Lessons From A Successful Government Data Site
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
The success stories of Recovery.gov and FederalReporting.gov demonstrate that the government can and does get things right.
HP's Baez: We're No Longer 'Built For Slow'
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
HP CIO discusses changing the company culture, spending more time with customers, and moving to cloud platforms to execute faster.
5 Ways Mobile Marketers Can Hold Consumers' Attention
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
In a multiscreen world, marketers have to work harder to keep consumer focus. Consider these tips to minimize distractions.
Why A Cloudy Forecast Is Good For Healthcare
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
Cloud services are forcing a reassessment of conservative habits.
4 Reasons You Aren't An Entrepreneur
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
A startup survivor shares why the traits that make corporate execs successful can undo their entrepreneurial efforts.
Mobile Opportunities Emerge On IT's Radar
Commentary  |  11/22/2013  | 
IT is looking at mobility as a way to better connect with customers, according to a new survey. Smartphones and tablets aren't just a BYOD problem anymore.
Patient Portals Aren't Very Patient Centric
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
It's time to put some excitement and creativity into e-patient education.
Big Data: Big Threat Or Big Lie?
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
CIOs can help shape big data's image by defining how government and business should use it.
Better Balance Needed Between Patient Privacy, Data Sharing
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
The need for more open sharing of medical data is particularly acute in times of crisis.
Salesforce.com's Salesforce1 Platform: A Closer Look
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
Salesforce.com's biggest announcement of Dreamforce '13 is Salesforce1, but is it a branding exercise or a game changer?
Get Ready For Internet Of Clouds
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
The IEEE wants to establish sufficient standards for cloud users to be able to move between services.
Microsoft Surface 2: Hands-On Review
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
Microsoft's Surface 2 is a big improvement, but it's not for everyone.
10 Historic Tech Memos & Rants
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
From Ballmer to Jobs, tech leaders write memos, manifestos, and rants that shape how we all think about computing. These 10 provocative statements each have a place in tech history.
Social Business Discussions Are The New Documentation
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
Social business is changing how we document business processes and IT operations. Here's why.
Windows Azure Load Balancing: What To Know
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
Windows Azure promises cloud flexibility once IT overcomes Azure's built-in load balancing constraints.
Thanks Obama! Technology Should Not Be An Afterthought
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
The HealthCare.gov debacle offers valuable lessons.
Securing The Software-Defined Network
Commentary  |  11/21/2013  | 
SDNs offer the ability to centralize and automate network security functions, but only if security requirements are implemented correctly from the ground up. Learn how to secure the many components of the SDN.
IT's New Role In The Connected World
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
There are already examples of connected world technologies (a.k.a. the Internet of Things) that are changing how companies serve customers.
Patient Satisfaction, Medical Outcomes Must Go Together
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Beyond keeping patients well, today's healthcare providers must keep them happy.
An IT Industry At War
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Who will be the next industry winners? That depends on how the Attackers, Defenders, Arms Merchants, and Customers play their roles.
Beware The Looming Digital Identity Crisis
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Social networks have spawned a consumer identity at odds with the corporate world's idea of secure identity management. How will your customer expectations and business needs mesh?
Salesforce.com Is Dreaming About The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff needs to help companies figure out how to make money off connected devices and people.
7 Ways To Drive Social Business Buy-In
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
A successful transition to a social business hinges on employee adoption. Plan carefully for these seven ways people perceive change.
Consumer Tech Gives Small Businesses Big Shoulders
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
When my furnace guy treats me the way a tech-savvy enterprise would, I know the world has changed.
SAP CEO Envisions Younger, Greener, Cloudier Company
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Bill McDermott is trying to change SAP's conservative, ERP-centric image for millennial employees and buyers.
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