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Content posted in May 2013
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Edelman CIO Shares His 90-Day Game Plan
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
Any IT leader looking to re-energize or re-evaluate a team can adapt the plan CIO Denis Edwards used to start his new job.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Ted Turner And Jerry Levin
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
By bringing the world of content to the world of technology, they transformed media and entertainment.
3 Ways IT Can Support Talent Strategy
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
Technology that bolsters the talent strategy gives IT leaders an essential role shaping the business environment.
Google, Workday, Evernote Preach Future Of Enterprise Software At E2
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
Enterprise software landscape is changing dramatically, driven by rapidly evolving customer needs and a growing list of technology providers ready to answer them.
The IBM Way On Analytics
Commentary  |  5/31/2013  | 
IBM analytic services size up HR data from multiple sources to predict employee satisfaction and retention. Warning: Consulting is required.
Why You Need A Mobile Center Of Excellence
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
A division created specifically to marshal your mobile efforts can bring your company long-term rewards. Here's what it needs to succeed.
Government IT Can't Pass The Buck On Open Data
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Improving the way government shares data will make it more efficient -- if IT commits to getting that work done.
State Street: Social Business Leader Of 2013
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Learn lessons from the global financial company, which will be honored at the E2 Conference for social collaboration on a large scale.
Gmail Inbox Update: Hopes And Fears
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Gmail's new categorization capabilities bring optimism -- and apprehension -- to this email addict's heart.
Windows 8.1: Thanks For Listening, Microsoft
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Consumers will keep chasing new and shiny; business users will keep working on a PC. Microsoft finally appears to understand that.
Giants, Red Sox, Celtics To Talk Customer Experience At E2
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
IT leaders from some of history's most successful sports franchises join the E2 keynote lineup to discuss how they're transforming fan experience through technology innovation.
Salesforce.com Sees Company Communities As Intranet Killers
Commentary  |  5/30/2013  | 
Salesforce says Company Communities spell the end for legacy intranets. But some companies have been investing in newer collaboration and HR apps for the past decade.
CFOs Join CMOs In Tech Power Grab
Commentary  |  5/29/2013  | 
Like CMOs, CFOs increasingly shape technology selections, Oracle-Accenture study finds. CIOs must look past the threat and find opportunities to collaborate.
Florida's Texting-While-Driving Ban Has No Teeth
Commentary  |  5/28/2013  | 
New law, intended to reduce distracted driving, doesn't go nearly far enough.
Is Data Quality Overrated?
Commentary  |  5/27/2013  | 
MetLife and search-and-rescue teams prove that sometimes as-is data is good enough for serving customers and saving lives.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Irving Kahn
Commentary  |  5/24/2013  | 
The father of cable television was a visionary and a promoter extraordinaire, but never a candidate for sainthood.
Windows Phone 8 'Gets' Business Needs
Commentary  |  5/23/2013  | 
For companies that provide smartphones to employees, Windows Phone 8 is worth a look. Here's why.
Windows 8.1 Timing All Wrong
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Windows 8.1 should be coming out now. Here's why Microsoft can no longer afford to target the fall for new releases.
5 Ways To Get Big Data Plans Moving
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Are your analytics efforts getting bogged down in all the data streaming in from social, apps, surveys and other channels? Here's how to get unstuck.
Google's Amit Singh To Talk Enterprise Focus At E2
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Amit Singh, president of Google Enterprise, will give the opening keynote at the upcoming E2 conference. We'll drill down with him on enterprise users' desire for forward-looking information.
Why Young IT Pros Should Consider Higher Ed
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
In the battle for tech talent, small colleges and universities have a lot to offer Gen Xers and Millennials.
Art And Computer Literacy Overcome Challenges At NYC School
Commentary  |  5/22/2013  | 
Many of its students are disadvantaged and living in temporary housing, but this New York City school’s computer lab is making strides.
Hadoop 2.0: New Big Data Possibilities
Commentary  |  5/21/2013  | 
Hadoop 2.0 will move beyond batch processing to support interactive, online and streaming applications. But don't let warnings about YARN tie you up in knots.
Rules For Radical CIOs
Commentary  |  5/20/2013  | 
Saul Alinsky's controversial teachings changed slightly to apply to competitors and the business of technology. The first of two parts.
Should CIOs Hire Cyber Pinkertons?
Commentary  |  5/20/2013  | 
If a full-on cyber war breaks out, what will your company do? Avoid the Internet or hire a cyber Pinkerton?
Windows 8: 4 Things I've Learned
Commentary  |  5/20/2013  | 
After spending two weeks on a touchscreen laptop, I've revisited my initial assumptions about Windows 8. But don't kid yourself: Joe and Jane user will need training.
SAP Steps Up Visual Analytics, Mobile BI
Commentary  |  5/19/2013  | 
SAP's renamed Lumira visual module, mobile upgrades and the Hana platform are uniting the customer experience.
VMware Hybrid Cloud Plans: Time For Amazon Answer
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
VMware doesn't like the degree to which customers and partners have been implementing cloud using its products, and it's taking matters into its own hands. Will it truly compete with Amazon?
Google To Apple: Catch Us If You Can
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
Despite a low-key Google I/O conference this year, Google has transformed itself into a company of fearsome focus.
Google Compute Engine: Too Little, Too Late?
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
Google must convince enterprise IT managers that its infrastructure-as-a-service offering is a good fit. I am doubtful that Google is ready.
What's Next In Video Surveillance
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
Driven by the consumer market, video surveillance is the next big data challenge.
Do Your Due Diligence With The Cloud And PCI
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
Don't hand over compliance responsibilities when you sign on with a cloud provider.
So You Want To Be A CIO? 4 Tips
Commentary  |  5/17/2013  | 
If you have C-suite aspirations, consider these four pieces of advice from the school of hard knocks.
Ed Tech, Privatization And Plunder
Commentary  |  5/16/2013  | 
All the reasons to be suspicious of the political-industrial conspiracy against public education and public universities.
Innovation Isn't Working At 4 Out Of 5 Companies
Commentary  |  5/16/2013  | 
Companies are too afraid of risk, among other factors, according to Accenture.
Vested IT Outsourcing Deals Avert A Catch-22
Commentary  |  5/16/2013  | 
Customers and suppliers say they value innovation, but most outsourcing relationships end up becoming a race to the bottom. In "vested" outsourcing deals, both parties are vested in each other's success.
SAP Vows Hana Is Ready To Run ERP
Commentary  |  5/16/2013  | 
SAP adapts its Business Suite to Hana in record time, but customers may want more proof of success before migrating mission-critical apps.
20 People Who Changed Tech: An Wang
Commentary  |  5/15/2013  | 
How easy-to-use, single-application systems changed the face of computing, communications and business decision-making.
Use Social Strategy To Focus Your Leadership, Board
Commentary  |  5/14/2013  | 
Get your senior team involved in broadening your base, achieving growth and winning mindshare.
Social Business Not Dead, Just Business As Usual
Commentary  |  5/14/2013  | 
Social is becoming embedded into applications and business processes. Soon it will cease to be a category.
3 Keys To Gamification For Education
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Gamification is hot, but many attempts at educational games fall flat. Designers, parents and teachers should keep these three success factors in mind.
As IQs Fall, Can Gamification Help?
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Have years of abstract testing robbed us of our ability to use common sense? We might regain our practical thinking skills via an unlikely avenue: games.
Problem Of Math Educational Software Needs Solution
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Math instructional software has failed to teach students how to choose the best strategies to solve numbers problems. Why is that the case?
Why Microsoft Should Make Windows Blue Free
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Windows 8's gloomy narrative could be rewritten when Windows Blue arrives later this year. The first step is to give it away for free.
Big Data Alchemy: Turn Info Into Money
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Data markets could become a new market category. Here, companies buy, sell or trade data for mutual benefit.
5 BI Requests IT Groups Must Challenge
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
If actionable business insight, the stuff of BI legend, is the Mt. Everest summit, know this: There's little point to building or buying a better ice pick if the climbing team has no arms.
The 2 Faces Of IT In Education
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
Why IT is still more for classroom logistics than for instruction (no stupidity or wickedness required).
MetLife Uses NoSQL For Customer Service Breakthrough
Commentary  |  5/13/2013  | 
MetLife uses 10Gen's MongoDB database to quickly integrate disparate data and deliver a consolidated view of the customer.
5 Contrarian Tips On Innovation
Commentary  |  5/10/2013  | 
Think small, don't partner with business units and don't treat innovation like an election.
When IT Doesn't Choose Applications
Commentary  |  5/10/2013  | 
Choosing and purchasing business applications continues to move to the business side of the house. Here's what to expect in the new world order.
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