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Content posted in November 2013
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Where Is Enterprise Architecture In Healthcare?
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Implementing healthcare technologies is just the beginning. We need to plan how they will fit together.
Cyber Insecurity: When Contractors Are Weak Link
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Government and defense contractors play a crucial role in protecting sensitive information. But the evidence suggests they are losing the battle.
Microsoft's Device Strategy: The Remaining Flaw
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 represent big improvements over the originals, but they still make sense only for certain users.
Interop Bridges the IT-Business Gap
Commentary  |  11/20/2013  | 
The Business of IT track at Interop Las Vegas aims to help break down barriers between IT leaders and business executives.
VMware + Desktone: A Game-Changer For VDI?
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
VMware's acquisition of Desktone may signal the technical capability, cost savings, and user acceptance necessary for desktop virtualization to break through in the enterprise.
5 Social Business Adopter Types: Prepare Early
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Employees resisting social business? You can improve adoption by predicting how these types will react to new ideas.
Career Advice From The Future
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
How to start a revolution at work by flattening the org, taking part in hackathons, and listening to rap music.
Wal-Mart CIO's Advice For Women In IT
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Karenann Terrell talks risk, job hopping, sponsors, and more. Are you developing the traits it takes to succeed?
VMware Vs. Cloud Partners: Think Hunger Games
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Now that VMware is a provider of its own vCloud service, where does that leave third-party providers? Pat O'Day, CTO of Bluelock, shares his take.
SAP's Extreme Makeover: 4 Key Changes
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
SAP's marketing machine vies to give the company formerly known as "that German ERP vendor" a whole new identity. Here's what customers should know.
Information Sharing: Applying What We’ve Learned Since 9/11
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
The National Strategy for Information Sharing builds on the lessons learned since the 2001 terrorist attacks, but more needs to be done.
Healthcare IT Leadership: Boiling The Frog
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Is the job of the CIO becoming an impossible one?
The Golden Age of Health Informatics?
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Despite unsolved problems, healthcare IT has made great strides.
Big Government Software Projects: 11 Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
Think you have political battles and scope-creep issues? Here's how one IT leader developed a large-scale information system in the bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Amazon's CIA Win Hurt More Than IBM's Pride
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
By winning a $600 million CIA contract, Amazon Web Services has positioned itself as equal to IBM in building secure systems and superior in large-scale, elastic systems.
OpenDaylight: SDN Value Isn't In the Controller
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
OpenDaylight's new executive director touts open source as a force in the software defined networking market.
Firewall Administration For Sysadmins: A Primer
Commentary  |  11/19/2013  | 
For sysadmins trying to get their applications to work, the firewall can seem like an impediment. With more insight into firewalls and the job of a firewall administrator, a sysadmin will be able to communicate better with the security team.
Will Microsoft's Next CEO Ditch Ballmer's Plan?
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
As Microsoft board closes in on a new CEO, the company's long-term strategy remains hazy.
Big Data Terminology Mess Needs Cleanup
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Big data needs a coherent and unified vocabulary of terms -- or we can't share solutions to problems across disciplines.
Why Agile Development Isn't Enough
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
To maintain development speed and flexibility, companies should consider an API-centric architecture and cloud-centric deployment.
How To Become A Customer-Facing CIO
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Your title alone isn't enough to be successful in customer conversations. You must fully understand your company's products and services, and make sure you have something to contribute.
Stealing America’s Future
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
US companies lose about $300 billion a year to cyberespionage and intellectual property theft. We need a concerted effort to stop it.
10 Signs Your Enterprise Software Vendor Will Survive
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Worried about the future of your enterprise software vendor? These 10 signs indicate a vendor is in it for the long haul.
Cloud Plus On-Premises: ERP's Winning Combo
Commentary  |  11/18/2013  | 
Two-tiered ERP helped create expanded revenues for Williams Sonoma and Shaw's Carpets.
Welcome To The New InformationWeek
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
We're leaving behind the old, one-way publishing model of business technology journalism and pioneering an approach that emphasizes community and true multiway discourse.
Barriers To Telemedicine Slowly Crumble
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A few courageous providers and insurers are seeing the value of treating patients in cyberspace. We need more risk takers.
Cloud Services May Replace EHR Portals
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
EHR integration with Box suggests a trend: cloud services for care coordination and one-stop patient record access.
Data Science Doesn't Belong In Business Schools
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
A data science professor argues why data science should sit outside of traditional, siloed university towers -- especially business schools.
How To Break Down The New Cloud Silos
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Business units are creating silos by bypassing IT and using public cloud services. Here's how CIOs can create order.
CIO Leadership Calculus
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
How the mathematics of collaboration can improve CIOs' chances for success leading their organizations and themselves.
Asigra, Cisco Integrate On-Premises, Online Storage
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Cloud backup, archiving, and storage used to mean running a separate web-based management system. Now gateway appliances turn the cloud into just another resource, and IT must get on board.
Beyond Watson: 3 Techs That Depend On Artificial Intelligence
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Don't think AI is just the stuff of sci-fi. It can pay off for your business.
Cloud ERP: Examine 4 Factors Before Choosing
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Can new "cloud" ERP options from Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and Infor be compared to SaaS offerings? These four attributes must be questioned.
The Troubling Decline Of IT Security Training
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Can our governments really afford to fall further behind in IT security competence? Recruiting isn’t enough.
Why IT Groups Shouldn't Act Like Commies
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Totalitarian systems create black markets of shadow IT and silos that don't serve the greater good.
Intel's Mojo Returns
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Intel is finally putting together a sensible set of solutions that should bring back marketshare in emerging markets and stave off challenges in its profitable server business.
Mobile Transforms IT's Role: What's Next?
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Mobile devices have reshaped the employee-IT relationship and how we work with tools like Google Docs. Brace yourself for big changes over the next five years.
Stop Worrying About The CIO Role
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
The role of the CIO is evolving, thanks to customer-facing technologies like analytics and the cloud. Successful execs must embrace change to drive company growth.
Enterprise Social Graph For Dummies
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
To make social collaboration work, focus on creating and reinforcing the underlying connections.
10 Agile Skills CIOs Need To Manage Change
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Cloud services, mobility, and digital disruption have upended the traditional methods of handling change within a company.
iPhone & Cloud: Disaster Preparedness In Hand
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
For the paperless, cloud-connected medical office, backup Internet access is essential.
Don't Forget About Visa Reform
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Visa reforms in the immigration bill will have a different effect on US and Indian firms. Both stand to benefit in the long run.
Why Valve's SteamOS Could Be Revolutionary
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Valve's SteamOS and Steam Machines could have big implications for Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
Want Big Data Success? Hire a Biologist
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Not all data scientists need a math or economics background. It's time to think outside the box come hiring time.
iPad + Desktop: Powerhouse Combo For 2014
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Businesses should buy more desktops and tablets, not laptops, in the upcoming PC refresh. How does Windows apps compatibility fit in?
Cisco's Chambers: Rival White Box Model 'Fatally Flawed'
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
In a wide-ranging interview, the Cisco CEO acknowledges an industry battle ahead but insists his company's architectural approach will prevail.
Why Cloud APIs Don't Matter
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Rich Wolski, known for his work at Eucalyptus Systems, argues that architectural features that define how each cloud works are more important than a cloud's APIs.
Why You Need DevOps For Enterprise Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Enterprise mobile apps must be developed quickly and efficiently to meet the urgent needs shaped by consumers. The DevOps approach can get you there.
iPad Changes Education: For Better, Or Worse?
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
As a growing number of schools adopt tablets, students and teachers need to hold on for a bit of a bumpy ride during the implementation phase.
Cloud, SSD Make Servers Fight For Survival
Commentary  |  11/15/2013  | 
Two trends are hitting the server market hard. One is life extension from SSD and in-memory operations. The other is a systemic decline caused by the cloud.
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