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Content posted in April 2013
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9 Challenges To Your Mobile App Strategy
Commentary  |  4/30/2013  | 
Mobile application development will test many IT teams as they deal with everything from mobile context to Google Glass-like displays.
Higher Ed CIOs Can't Ignore MOOCs Or Politics
Commentary  |  4/29/2013  | 
Now more than ever, a higher education CIO's job hinges on both surviving the academic politics of the institution and mastering bleeding-edge technologies.
Explore Frontiers Of Social Business At E2
Commentary  |  4/29/2013  | 
Making collaboration and community technologies speak your language is just one example of the still-untapped potential of global social business.
Is Google Bad For Your Brain?
Commentary  |  4/26/2013  | 
When a tool becomes indispensable, it becomes a crutch. Don't forget how to think on your own.
Attend E2, Conquer Your Enterprise Challenges
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
Social, mobile, cloud and big data all can help you move more quickly and reach new customers. For the latest wisdom on how, join us at the E2 Conference in Boston.
Boston Hospital CIO Reflects After Bombing
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka blogs on risk planning and data sharing in wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
How To Be A CIO And A Woman
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
You don't have to choose between being a tech leader and a woman, some powerful role models declare. Is there any more powerful message to young women considering IT careers?
5 Ways IT Can Crush Corporate Caste System
Commentary  |  4/25/2013  | 
C-level types talk the talk of IT-business partnership, but at the end of the day you must learn their world and assert your expertise.
Women In Tech: Career Advice From Elite Execs
Commentary  |  4/24/2013  | 
Work-life balance is a myth, risk-taking is vital and other lessons women (and men) must learn.
CA's Future: DevOps, Mobile, Analytics Key, CEO Says
Commentary  |  4/23/2013  | 
Mike Gregoire says company has an edge in big data analytics because it already looks at massive amounts of network, system, security and application management data.
5 Social Blunders Job Hunters Must Avoid
Commentary  |  4/23/2013  | 
Are you oversharing or undersharing on social networks? Job hunters should understand the social behaviors that may concern potential employers.
Infor Bets $500 Million On Enterprise App Refresh
Commentary  |  4/23/2013  | 
Infor cranks out new user interfaces and social and cloud options for its enterprise apps to take on SAP, Oracle and Microsoft.
VDI Performance and Cost: A Deeper Dive
Commentary  |  4/22/2013  | 
Lab tests aren't perfect simulations, but they do help businesses decide whether a virtual desktop infrastructure is for them. Here's why I stand by my advice on VDI and storage costs.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Moore, Noyce & Hoerni
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
Three mavericks, part of the Traitorous Eight, help found Silicon Valley and the semiconductor industry.
How IT Can Stay Relevant
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
Leaders and staffers alike had better stay focused on helping out, no matter what that looks like.
Amazon's Vogels: Big Data Belongs In The Cloud
Commentary  |  4/19/2013  | 
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels predicts real-time analysis and "invisible" Hadoop capacity on demand are the future of big data computing.
Boosting The ROI Of Your IT Degree
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
A technology-focused master's degree can be the key to a better job.
Android Smartphone Sellers Should Patch, Refund Or Perish
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
FTC should crack down on wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers that put their customers at risk by failing to update Android devices.
When Tragedy Strikes, It's Not Social Business As Usual
Commentary  |  4/18/2013  | 
In the aftermath of tragic events, respect and restraint should guide organizations on social media.
As Innovation Competitions Grow, Prize Money Shrinks
Commentary  |  4/17/2013  | 
Latest crowdsourced contests aim to attract data scientists with $100,000 prizes -- not yesterday's millions.
10 Ways To Get Users On The Social Business Bus
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
Without proof points and support, end users can easily stall your social business plans.
94Fifty's Sensor-Laden Basketball Shoots, Scores
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
"Freakishly smart" sensors embedded in a basketball send shooting and dribbling data to a smartphone app and provide new level of coaching.
Banks Must Ditch Legacy IT
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
Banks with decades-old IT systems are struggling to adjust to the changing regulatory and financial landscape.
H-1B: Ripe For Reform
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
20% of H-1B petitions granted last year went to just four firms, all outsourcers. That's just one of several proofs that the controversial visa program is hurting U.S. tech.
Big Data Fakers: 5 Warning Signs
Commentary  |  4/15/2013  | 
Data falsification at research institutions to make results look better is nothing new. Here's what it can teach us about misuse of big data in business.
Windows 8 Did Not Cause PC Sales Slump
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
Blaming Windows 8 for the PC market's ongoing woes misses the bigger picture.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Shockley, Bardeen & Brattain
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
All hail the transistor, the building block of the computer, communications and space ages.
Geek Physique: Why IT Managers Must Get Fit
Commentary  |  4/12/2013  | 
Our 2013 IT Salary Survey shows most employers don't care that much about your fitness. But you should, if you want to do your job better.
Have You Really Started A Mobile Strategy?
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
An app isn't a strategy.
Digital Disruption Can Expand Your Business
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
UPS's My Choice service shows the power and potential of the new consumer-funded digital infrastructure.
5 Steps To Avoid IT Project Failures
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
Empower more engineers and data scientists, hold vendors more accountable and just say no to cheese.
Why PC Sales Are In Free Fall
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
Microsoft's hardware and software strategies for Windows 8 have been miserable failures so far. A rumored 7-inch Surface is one avenue for them to turn the tide.
Oracle In-Memory Apps: Hunting Hana
Commentary  |  4/11/2013  | 
Oracle releases its own in-memory applications in response to SAP's Hana strategy. How do they stack up?
How To Bug Mitch McConnell's Office
Commentary  |  4/10/2013  | 
"Bugging" in the context of politics raises images of burglars messing with telephones and clunky tape recorders in the Oval Office. Now you'd just use malware.
Oracle Cuts Big Data Appliance Down To Size
Commentary  |  4/10/2013  | 
Few big data deployments start really big, so Oracle's new six-node 'Starter Rack' Big Data Appliance stores 216 terabytes and costs $160,000.
Windows 8 Tablets: Why Microsoft Must Slash Prices
Commentary  |  4/9/2013  | 
Microsoft can maintain its market dominance with Windows 8 if it tries something not in its normal playbook.
Edmodo: Social Collaboration For Teachers
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
Edmodo's rapidly growing network of teachers, students and education technology publishers are helping it develop into a free learning management system.
The Freedom From Information Act
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
The U.S. government needs to takes transparency more seriously.
When Will the Old Phone Networks Die? Not Soon
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
Old phone systems never die. They just fade away. The phone companies that run the copper-based POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) may want to do away with it in favor of more modern, flexible and profitable technologies, but it's not going anywhere soon.
Windows 8 Doubt: 3 Ways Touch Won't Help
Commentary  |  4/8/2013  | 
Windows 8 emphasizes touchscreen capabilities, but there are several scenarios where I see little benefit for information workers.
IT Needs To Think Like Sales
Commentary  |  4/5/2013  | 
You don't need to always be closing, but you should always be challenging.
Facebook Home: You Are the Product Being Sold
Commentary  |  4/5/2013  | 
Once again, Facebook has found a new low. Facebook Home, their Android skin, is an attempt to grab hold of users and not let them go, to make them think that there is nothing out there but Facebook.
HP's Rebound: When Will Distractions End?
Commentary  |  4/5/2013  | 
After HP Chairman Ray Lane steps down, fresh Autonomy and Itanium distractions lie ahead. Customers just want strategic clarity.
Why Tech Projects Fail: 5 Unspoken Reasons
Commentary  |  4/4/2013  | 
Today's IT groups make too many ROI guesstimates and have too little accountability, says this financial industry IT exec, in his debut column for InformationWeek.
IT Apocalypse Demands Courage
Commentary  |  4/4/2013  | 
IT as you know it is not long for this world. Take these small steps to move out of the fearful realm of problems and into the realm of solutions.
How Oracle Must Reclaim Its Cool
Commentary  |  4/4/2013  | 
Oracle President Safra Catz says the company's sales team will soon answer its critics. But Oracle must do much more than rev up the growth numbers.
Salesforce.com Takes Smartphone-First Approach
Commentary  |  4/4/2013  | 
Salesforce.com co-founder Parker Harris sees customers using smartphones more than tablets for CRM apps, and he's betting on a blended HTML5 and native-app strategy
CIOs Must Innovate Or Go Home
Commentary  |  4/3/2013  | 
How can IT leaders drive profitable business innovation when they're so caught up in their day-to-day work? Learn from your peers who've done it.
Inside IBM's Big Data, Hadoop Moves
Commentary  |  4/3/2013  | 
IBM DB2 adds in-memory analysis and compression tricks, while PureData System for Hadoop arrives as an appliance. But will IBM beat other tortoises in the Hadoop race?
iPhone 5S Likely to Channel Steve Jobs' Influence
Commentary  |  4/2/2013  | 
The iPhone 5S, which reports say will begin production in the second quarter of 2013, was the last iPhone designed with Steve Jobs in charge. Look for incremental change. If you were expecting Apple to add a back button, you're probably going to be disappointed with the iPhone 5S.
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