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Content posted in December 2013
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Software-Defined Networking Rises Above The Hype
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
SDN earned plenty of hype in 2013, but the ability to program networks improves network performance and security in a more systematic and automatic fashion.
Core-System Conversion: Dos And Don'ts
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Converting critical systems? A veteran project manager runs down the list of best practices to ensure a conversion doesn't fall on its face.
My Best IT Moment In 2013
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
An emergency preparedness drill brought out the best in my IT team. What were your best moments?
Why Apple Must Reconsider Emerging Market Strategy
Commentary  |  12/30/2013  | 
Apple's iTunes App Store model doesn't work well in some parts of the world. Users need more flexible payment models for mobile content.
Hiring For Talent, Not for Tenure, In Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  12/27/2013  | 
Healthcare IT consultant offers an Epic perspective on finding and keeping the right people.
Is Personal Cloud As Disruptive As Personal Computer?
Commentary  |  12/26/2013  | 
IT organizations are apt to react as badly to the 21st century's PC as they did to the 20th century's PC. Help them get over it.
Free The Data: Patients As Consumers
Commentary  |  12/24/2013  | 
Standard APIs are beginning to remove the barriers to effective Personal Health Record systems.
Federal Agencies Must Rethink Digital Strategies
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Federal CIOs face many challenges processing petabytes of data. But a growing number of analytic tools offer new insights to improve agency services with constituents.
Top 10 Database Stories Of 2013
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Microsoft SQL Server, NoSQL, and the in-memory database wars are the highlights among this year's headlines.
What Type of Entrepreneur Are You? Dumb Question
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
I'm sick of tests claiming that certain traits can make or break an entrepreneur.
Top 15 Healthcare Stories Of 2013
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
What did InformationWeek Healthcare readers care about in 2013? Catch up on these popular items.
Business Apps Belong In The Cloud
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
Cloud apps provide agility, and agility is crucial for manufacturing companies. Here's why.
Why Native Apps No Longer Add Up
Commentary  |  12/23/2013  | 
The economics no longer work in the mobile game market. But alternatives are emerging for game discovery and monetization.
5 Cool Gifts For Traveling Techies
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
IT professionals log endless hours on the road, in the air, and in front of computers. These practical, last-minute gift ideas will please the road warriors in your life.
Is Coding The Key To IT Survival?
Commentary  |  12/20/2013  | 
Automation will eliminate IT jobs, so cultivate coding skills if you want to thrive, argues one observer.
Business Intelligence 2013: Tale Of Two Worlds
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
BI giants IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP grew little in 2013, but nimble, visual-data-discovery leaders Tableau, TIBCO Spotfire, and QlikTech soared. Here's why.
In Enterprise Software, Digital Disruptors Can Be Your Guide
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Enterprises can take a key lesson from game-changing tools like Flipboard and Nest Thermostat: Disrupt but don't break.
Bluetooth 4.1 Aims For Internet of Things
Commentary  |  12/19/2013  | 
Updated Bluetooth specification paves the way for the wireless standard to play a big role in the Internet of Things market.
HealthCare.gov Shows 4 Ways Software Delivery Must Change
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
Troubled project should encourage you to discard traditional manufacturing processes with their reliance on control, and prioritize information and flexibility.
Stop Waiting For WebRTC
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
If you're waiting for an official version of WebRTC to revolutionize your customer service, don't. The wait may be long, and real-time communications can be done today.
IBM: City Analytics Is Key Trend
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
IBM's annual list of the top 5 innovative technologies includes smart cities, and it's not just hype.
Startup Aims To Streamline Multi-Hypervisor Management
Commentary  |  12/18/2013  | 
HotLink piggybacks on VMware to let customers manage multiple hypervisor platforms, including Microsoft and Amazon, from VMwares vCenter console.
How CIOs And CMOs Can Be Better Partners
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
CIOs can do a better job of collaborating with CMOs in three areas: people, process, and technology.
Real-Time Prediction, Big Data Scale: Impossible Dream?
Commentary  |  12/17/2013  | 
WibiData challenges IBM, Oracle, and SAS by combining vast customer history as well as real-time behavioral data to generate personalized recommendations.
Tools That Soothe Enterprise Email Pain
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses how to upgrade Microsoft enterprise email using a unified email management system.
ConocoPhillips CIO Talks Live On Big Data Analytics
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Join ConocoPhillips CIO Mike Pfister and InformationWeek editors for a live discussion of big data and IT leadership issues on Tuesday.
Inside Avon's Failed Order-Management Project
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Avon representative details how sales force reacted to a failed system using SAP on the back end and IBM WebSphere for e-commerce on the front end.
6 More Enduring Truths About Selecting Enterprise Software
Commentary  |  12/16/2013  | 
Buying business software can be a tricky business. Pay attention to these truths and warnings.
Oracle Supports OpenStack: Lip Service Or Real Commitment?
Commentary  |  12/13/2013  | 
As Oracle integrates OpenStack cloud with its technologies, the community asks: Will Oracle really embrace the open-source code spirit?
4 Ways Gamification Can Help Your Business
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Badges and other game features keep your customers happy and your employees engaged.
Make The Skies Friendlier For Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
It's time to let passengers use their mobile phones as they and the airlines see fit. The FCC is on board.
Are Legacy Systems Keeping You Prisoner?
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Does your organization depend on a decades-old IT infrastructure? Here are some strategies for breaking out of outdated systems that are too risky to leave in place.
HealthCare.gov Leaders Play IT Blame Game
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
It's not fair to just point the finger at technology or its implementers when IT projects go bad. Let's talk about the business team that originally defined the project vision.
The Truth About Why Stores Track You
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
Apple's iBeacon and other "contextual awareness" technologies might soon pop up on your smartphone as shopping advice. That's not as frightening as it sounds.
A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management, Part 3
Commentary  |  12/12/2013  | 
How do you decide whose projects get back burnered? Don't make it a popularity contest. Run the numbers.
Dell's Post-PC Era Identity In Flux
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Dell has promised innovation as a private company in the post-PC era -- but when can customers expect to see it?
Social Business Rules Workplaces – For Now
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Social tools and strategy is generating plenty of hype in the workplace. But we've seen this story before.
Jeff Bezos Chats Up James Watt
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
What do the public cloud and the steam engine have in common? More than you might think.
The Customer Chooses The Web Browser, Stupid
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Requiring customers to use a specific kind of technology to access your website or web apps is 1990s thinking.
HealthCare.gov Proves Software Delivery Needs Modernizing
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Modern software development involves a mind-boggling number of moving parts. HealthCare.gov proves we've got to get back to basic project management.
2014 BI Outlook: Who's Hot, Who's Not
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
InformationWeek 2014 Analytics and Business Intelligence Survey finds Tableau rising, Actuate, IBM Cognos, and MicroStrategy sliding.
A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management, Part 2
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Realizing that you can't afford not to have a PMO is half the battle. Now it's time to take inventory.
IaaS Performance Benchmarks Part 4: Google Compute Engine
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
As part of my project comparing IaaS services, I tested Google Compute Engine and also compared it to AWS. Here are the results.
Tips for Smarter WLAN Design
Commentary  |  12/11/2013  | 
Healthcare, retail, and warehouse/manufacturing have their own quirks when it comes to WLAN design. These tips will help you avoid cookie-cutter deployments.
Consulting Fees: How Much Are You Worth?
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
The art of naming your price is a skill all IT consultants should master. Here are six things to consider before taking your next gig.
The War On Military Records
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.
A Practical Approach To Project Portfolio Management, Part 1
Commentary  |  12/10/2013  | 
PPM is a necessity, not a luxury. Here's how to set up a good, fast, and inexpensive program that will make the best use of pricey IT resources, without costly specialized software.
Rackspace CTO's Prescription For HealthCare.gov
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
Rackspace CTO John Engates offers a prescription for HealthCare.gov's complete recovery and continued health.
NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Dont Underestimate It
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
A cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure owners is voluntary but will become the de facto standard for litigators and regulators. Here's how to prepare.
8 More Facebook Buttons We Want
Commentary  |  12/9/2013  | 
A Facebook engineer developed a Sympathize button for the times when Like just doesn't work. But why stop there? The TMI button seems long overdue.
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