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Apple, Samsung Patent Slugfest Returns To Courthouse
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Apple wants Samsung to pony up $40 per smartphone for patents. Will the strategy backfire?
Busting 5 DevOps Myths
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
DevOps is a technology movement for hipsters and your company doesn't need to worry about it, right? Right?
Big Data Forces IT & Business To Get In Sync
Commentary  |  3/31/2014  | 
Data that benefits the company will slip through the cracks if IT and business groups don't bury the hatchet.
Intel Invests In Cloudera, But What Changes?
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
Intel will fold its Hadoop distribution and invest in Cloudera. It's good news for the entire Hadoop community.
Samsung Chips Away At BlackBerry's Government Business
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
BlackBerry continues to raise the mobile security bar at the Defense Department, but Samsung and others are making inroads in government mobile business.
Google Wins In Amazon Cloud Price Battle
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
Let's put this week's cloud price cuts in context. Cash-rich Google has made it harder for Amazon to profit on AWS. Whether or not Google steals a ton of AWS customers, Google wins.
Zen & The Art Of Service-Oriented IT
Commentary  |  3/28/2014  | 
For IT, public cloud providers pose stiff competition. You must compete on quality.
Adobe Takes On Marketing Rivals
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
Adobe's Marketing Cloud is a powerhouse, but what's next? New predictive capabilities and a SAP partnership hint at the future.
GM's Data Strategy Pushed To Center Stage
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
Improving data management and analytics has always been part of General Motors' three-year IT overhaul, but automaker's recall crisis makes it even more critical.
GM's Randy Mott: What I Believe...
Commentary  |  3/27/2014  | 
CIO's five core principles underpin automaker's three-year "IT transformation" plan.
Oculus VR: Crowdsourcing Or Mass Exploitation?
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR should consider rewarding its Kickstarter backers with something more than a T-shirt.
Tech Fear-Mongering Must Stop
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
It's time for Americans to worry more about the Luddites quashing tech innovation and progress, and worry less about job-stealing robots and privacy-invading smart meters.
Startup Aims To Unlock Family Medical History
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Sharing healthcare data among family members, with less concern for privacy, could result in better healthcare, says Zibdy Health.
Growing Beyond Yesterday's Population Health Management
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Data can transform healthcare, but not with just any ordinary analytics.
Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
A California lawsuit suggests the federal government must take stronger steps to protect government data from data mining and user profiling by cloud service providers.
Google Turns Up The Heat On Amazon
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
Google cloud architect Urs Holzle has a plan for more robust cloud services to compete with Amazon Web Services. But Google's cloud to-do list remains long.
DevOps Creates A New Digital Divide
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
What's that? Your product is the code and the code is the product and automation is your middle name? How nice. You're the digital 1%.
CIO's Real Boss: The Customer
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
As customers become more engaged with business through mobile and social, the CIO must help nurture that relationship.
Healthcare Fights For Mindshare, Marketshare & Margins
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
Healthcare leaders embrace three trends: retail healthcare, the convergence of care management and customer service, and a new focus on compliance and operational excellence.
What A Microsoft Xamarin Buy Would Mean
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
If Microsoft buys Xamarin, it will be a big shift in mobile strategy -- and good news for mobile app developers who want to work across Microsoft, iOS, and Android mobile platforms.
Agile, DevOps, Cloud: IT's New Trinity
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
Agile, DevOps, and cloud form an almost-holy triumvirate with a common theme: Software rules.
DevOps: IT's Only Chance Of Keeping Up
Commentary  |  3/24/2014  | 
DevOps pushes two differing cultures together -- developers and operations -- but it gives IT a fighting chance at keeping up with the business.
10 Google Glass Myths, Translated
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Google wants to clear up some misperceptions about Glass. We have our own views on the truth.
Buy Your CIO A Gift: 5 Inexpensive Ideas
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
Consider these ideas for CIOs who think they have everything. These gifts may just keep on giving.
A Visual History Of Interop
Commentary  |  3/21/2014  | 
From the origins of the Interop name to a guest appearance by Mr. T., hereís a few images of Interopís history.
How Enterprises Can Plan For Wearables
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
CIOs need to stay ahead of the wave by staking a claim in the wearables ecosystem through apps and always be asking: What do employees and customers need from wearables?
State Health Insurance Exchanges Still Sick
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
HealthCare.gov has recovered from its rocky start. So why are state exchanges -- opened by enthusiastic supporters of the Affordable Care Act -- still suffering?
PaaS, Present & Future: Developers Will Decide
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
Platform-as-a-service differs from IaaS. IBM's Ric Telford predicts what we'll see as it matures during the next two years.
Big Data Reaches Inflection Point
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
Enterprises see the light on big data opportunities. It's only a matter of time before mainstream data-management environments evolve.
Feds & The Cloud: Management Approach Must Evolve
Commentary  |  3/20/2014  | 
Cloud services change how federal agencies acquire, fund, and use IT services. IT managers must realize they're buying a service, not technology.
Yahoo's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment: Talent Retention
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
Marissa Mayer and other tech employers should focus less on an aggressive acqui-hire strategy and more on moonshot engineering goals, current and former Yahoo employees say.
How IT Pros Can Become Great Developers
Commentary  |  3/19/2014  | 
It takes business skills, as well as coding skills, to be a successful developer. The good news: Many IT pros already have the soft skills for the job.
Mobile Strategy: How & Why To Go Faster
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Your colleagues want an information Autobahn, so buckle up and embrace the pace.
Patent Wars: No Simple Answers
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Former head of the US patent office shares his views on the so-called mobile patent wars and proposes a sound approach to standards-essential patents.
ICANN Move Doesn't Equal Net Armageddon
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
After Obama administration announces plans to give up US control of ICANN, political partisans howl. But international governance makes sense.
Considering SDN? Adopt Chaos Monkey
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Enterprises can take a page from Google's playbook by focusing on application resiliency and forgetting about the hardware, says networking expert and Interop speaker Ivan Pepelnjak.
Federal IT: Pay For Results, Not Services
Commentary  |  3/17/2014  | 
Value-based arrangements can help agencies reduce up-front investments and improve results.
Red Hat's Stubbornness Will Keep OpenShift Alive
Commentary  |  3/17/2014  | 
Insiders have publicly bet against Red Hat's platform-as-a-service, but I say it will stand by OpenShift without regret.
Paytronix Proves SMBs Can Do Big Data Analysis
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Running a Cloudera Hadoop cluster on Amazon Web Services, Paytronix gains insight into customer behavior it couldn't tease out of a database.
6 Lessons CIOs Can Learn From WhatsApp
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
CIOs looking to expand services globally should take a long, hard look at WhatsApp's strategy, growth, and acquisition.
DevOps Demands You Fix Twice
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
If you've taken time to get everything just perfect, you haven't truly adopted the rapid iteration, lean product development ethos.
NYC Mayor Needs Analytics In His Corner
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Mayor de Blasio needs more than public support to advance his plans for jobs, education, and public safety. He must harness big data.
What 24's Jack Bauer Can Teach Federal Agencies
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
The true value of mobility, big data, and the cloud emerges when agencies combine all three to help employees work more effectively.
Best of Interop Finalists Announced For 2014
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Interop announced 27 finalists for the Best of Interop awards. Judges chose finalists in 9 categories, including SDN, mobility, and security.
Network Engineers: Don't Be The Dinosaur
Commentary  |  3/13/2014  | 
Network pros can't stick with their old ways of working if they want to have a future in the world of software-defined networking.
Berners-Lee Seeks Digital Bill Of Rights
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
On the 25th anniversary of his proposal for the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee wants Internet users to come to the Web's defense.
DevOps Ninjas Needed: 3 Ways To Build Ranks
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
For DevOps -- the marriage of developer and operations -- to succeed, we must draw from our whole talent pool.
4 Govt. IT Trends From Mobile World Congress
Commentary  |  3/11/2014  | 
Extra-secure "black" smartphones debut; Samsung's Knox emerges as possible BlackBerry replacement.
Can Wearable Tech Prevent Healthcare Errors?
Commentary  |  3/11/2014  | 
Wearable computing devices can be applied to nurse fatigue, staffing, and other quality-of-care problems.
5 Lessons For Healthcare Providers From Banks
Commentary  |  3/10/2014  | 
The highly regulated banking industry has figured out how to put IT at the center of customer service. What are the opportunities for healthcare?
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