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Content posted in February 2014
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Big Data: Dead By Definition, Alive In Practice
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
There's a gap between what big data means on paper and what it really means to a business.
Dear Twitter: Stop Imitating Facebook
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
Twitter tests a redesign of user profiles that borrows heavily from Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. Here's why we hope Twitter reconsiders it.
9 Key Big Data Developments From Strata
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
We analyze the important news from SAS, Hortonworks, MetaScale, and others at the Strata conference, as big data seeks a productive next chapter.
How APIs Accelerate Business
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
CIOs should foster the development of application programming interfaces to connect corporate IT systems with mobile apps -- and help CEOs reach business goals.
DevOps Beginner? Start With Git
Commentary  |  2/12/2014  | 
Learning to use a version control system such as Git is a sensible way to start on the DevOps path.
IT Is At The Center Of Your Business
Commentary  |  2/12/2014  | 
Think again if you think IT is just a commodity. Here's why.
802.11ac WiFi Decision Time
Commentary  |  2/12/2014  | 
Gigabit WiFi has arrived, but its real-world performance may not meet lofty expectations. Find out why, and how and when to think about upgrading.
7 Reasons Federal Cybersecurity Hires Will Grow
Commentary  |  2/12/2014  | 
Government officials have recognized the importance of investing in human capital, not just technology, to confront cybersecurity crises.
BYOD Is Like Botox
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
Nothing is as powerful as a successful BYOD program, but that power becomes toxic when BYOD is treated as a cosmetic fix.
Nadella's Rise As Change Agent Inside Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
Satya Nadella came up through the ranks the hard way, with internal opposition. That's why he's the right man to change Microsoft.
Facebook's Paper App: 5 Wishes
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
Facebook's news reader Paper launched last week to positive reviews, but we see room for improvement.
Doctors & EHR: Can This Shotgun Marriage Be Saved?
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
Lots of doctors hate EHR software. What makes the difference for those who are happier with it?
The Business Hell We Must Escape: Meetings
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
The dreaded weekly project status meeting. The pointless spin session. The 20-person cruise to nowhere. Can we end meetings as we know them?
InteropNet: Inside A Power-Saving Experiment
Commentary  |  2/11/2014  | 
How efficiently can you run the infrastructure powering the Interop conference? We'll use tools from TSO Logic to find out.
3 Ways Affordable Care Act Can Empower Health IT
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
The Affordable Care Act should not only change the business of healthcare, but also inspire new thinking on healthcare IT.
Target Breach Takeaway: Secure Your Remote Access
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
Yes, attackers could use stolen credentials to get into your systems from a distance. But slamming the door is not the answer.
Big Data Is Nothing If Not Visual
Commentary  |  2/10/2014  | 
"The Visual Organization" author Phil Simon discusses data visualization tools and their power to change business conversations.
Facebook's Next Decade: 3 Key Challenges
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
Facebook redefined privacy and sharing, but the next 10 years will force the social network to find new ways to connect with a changed culture.
IT Pros Winter Olympics: 13 Breathtaking Competitions
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
Nordic Combined Troubleshooting: Not for the faint of heart. Resolve your non-technical spouse's email connectivity issue over the phone, in the air, while ski jumping.
Big Data Analytics Helps Protect Communities
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
Police forces are using predictive analytics to better equip officers and improve public safety -- but must rethink traditional organizational structures and practices to maximize ROI.
Outages & The Inconvenience of Convenience
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
What to do when the worst possible time is all the time? Don't panic -- it's just downtime.
4 Ways Salesforce.com Likes Facebook
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
Salesforce.com has learned a lot of lessons from the social network, and it shows in its enterprise applications.
Spiceworks Lands $57 Million To Grow Its IT Community
Commentary  |  2/7/2014  | 
Spiceworks, an IT community platform that offers free management tools, has closed a Series E funding round from Goldman Sachs.
Cloud First: End Of The Beginning For Federal Agencies?
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Federal agencies are shifting away from the 2010 Cloud-First mandate and setting foundations for using the cloud for business and mission objectives.
Why Carriers Won't Win War On Netflix
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Simmer down, Net neutrality doomsayers. We can expect carriers to experiment with traffic impairment, but we can also expect them to fail.
3 Simple Ways IT Must Navigate Tech Jargon
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
The amount of jargon and tech clutter has reached critical mass. Follow these rules to determine what any IT term really means to the business.
Google, Amazon & Microsoft: Cloud Battle Just Changed
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Google is Amazon's only real cloud threat, say observers including Cloudscaling's Randy Bias. But under new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, that's likely to morph.
Google Cloud's Big Promise: Performance Stability
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Cloud services changed the IT ops game, but performance has been more iffy than many people realized. Google's Cloud Platform got to learn from its predecessors.
Federal CIOs' Current Security Dilemma
Commentary  |  2/6/2014  | 
Three initiatives meant to improve government IT security are languishing from funding challenges, yet CIOs are asked to deliver on the promise of shared services.
Hey CIOs, Stop Saying 'No' To Consumer Tech
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
CIOs can learn from Consumerization 2.0 issues such as restless employees, shadow IT, and BYOD.
Digital Innovation: Internal Or External Team?
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
Most execs think digital business will change their industries, but only one-third think their companies are ready. It may be time to suit up an innovation team.
Can SAP Master Cloud & On-Premises?
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
SAP tells financial analysts cloud growth will make it the fastest-growing mega-cap company in IT.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella: Marching Orders For Digital Business
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
New CEO lays out four forces driving change at Microsoft -- and just about every other company. Are you paying attention?
Software Contracts: 10 Devilish Details
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
Don't sign on that dotted line until you review these critical criteria. Check out part two in our software contract series.
Sync IT And Business Like A School Of Fish
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
It's time to embrace the "composable enterprise" model. IT and the business need to be in constant sync, with either one able to take a leadership role in real time.
Internet Of Crap Takes On Your Love Handles
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
Today's manic rush to strap connected sensors onto body parts sometimes feels more like parody than business plan. Are wearable fitness trackers a game-changer or gimmick?
Why IaaS Won't Happen At Most Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/5/2014  | 
When enterprise infrastructure gurus say no to progress, business people will find a way around the roadblock. At many companies, this way will be PaaS.
Silicon Valley's 1%: Stinginess Is Not The Problem
Commentary  |  2/4/2014  | 
Are the people who drive Silicon Valley a bunch of self-centered elitists? Let's debate business diversity -- not make gross generalizations about "the wealthy."
Bank Of America's 'Why Stop There?' Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  2/4/2014  | 
Getting IT pros to give up old habits is one of the hardest things about building a new, private cloud architecture.
Second Life Founder Pursues Second Chance
Commentary  |  2/3/2014  | 
Philip Rosedale's new startup, High Fidelity, hopes to make virtual worlds mainstream by clearing technical hurdles that Second Life stumbled over.
Technology Automation: Who's The Boss?
Commentary  |  2/3/2014  | 
If we don't control the technology we depend on, someone else will -- and we might not like the consequences.
Downside Of The Data Fast Lane
Commentary  |  2/3/2014  | 
Marketing data enables plenty of efficiencies for consumers. But convenience shouldn't blind us to the potential hazards.
Big Data's 2 Big Years
Commentary  |  2/3/2014  | 
During the past two years, Hadoop hit the big time, in-memory arrived, and practitioners saw data analysis deliver real results.
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