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Shinseki's Successor Should Use Technology To Rehabilitate VA
Commentary  |  5/31/2014  | 
The Veterans Administration let down the men and women of the Armed Forces. But technology can help the VA in its long road to rehabilitation.
Apple WWDC 2014: My Wish List
Commentary  |  5/31/2014  | 
Apple execs take the stage June 2 to show off the company's latest innovations. Here's what I'd like to hear.
Pizza & Leadership: 4 Lessons
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
If you want to be a good leader, treat your team members in a way that makes them want to buy you a pizza. Allow us to explain.
Mobile Health App Design: 5 Tips
Commentary  |  5/30/2014  | 
Mobile apps for doctors and patients hold the promise of better health management. Here are five things app designers should keep in mind.
UAE National ID Program: Model Worth Watching
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
United Arab Emirates officials are laying the foundation for a national identity verification system that could change how people are ID'd for everything from passports to employment documents.
Federal CIOs, Take Open Data To Next Level
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
My challenge to public sector CIOs: Don't see open data as yet another checkbox, reporting, or compliance task. Use data to improve lives.
Welcome To Our E2 Community
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
We're delighted to welcome our beloved E2 community as we integrate with our colleagues and the community members at InformationWeek.
Smartphoning While Walking: App Says Look Up!
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Softbank's new app, Stop Aruki Sumaho, urges pedestrians to avoid collisions and injuries.
Health IT's True Mission: Baptist Health CIO Speaks
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Baptist Health CIO Roland Garcia reflects on his career and what he sees as the primary goal of healthcare IT: to improve care and minimize suffering.
Data Scientists: Stop Searching, Start Grooming
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
Don't put your big-data project on hold -- members of your current staff may be the best fit for your data science team.
FedRAMP Cloud Standards Deadline: What Comes After
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
The June 5 deadline for federal agencies to certify operations to the cloud is just the beginning. Agencies must still stay on top of daily cloud security.
PaaS, Docker, And The Future Of Orchestration
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Currently IT's best bet for orchestration hinges on management systems that remotely execute scripts on servers. But what's the answer for platform-as-a-service setups?
Internet Of Things: In Search Of An Architecture
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
The IoT vision still doesn't have a clear architecture from which to build meaningful business applications, an MIT professor says.
Meaningful Use Deadlines Clash With Software Best Practices
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Hospitals find themselves implementing new releases of EHR software, certified to 2014 standards, almost as soon as vendors release certified versions. That's almost like implementing Windows 8 immediately after release.
Aging Workforce Will Drive Internet Of Things Progress
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Countries like Germany, facing worsening demographics, are embracing smart manufacturing. Here are three ways the US can help its manufacturers do the same.
Why The CIO Rebirth Is Like The Wrath Of Khan
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Similar to the Star Trek baddie, CIOs are awakening to an advanced world where they have the intellect to thrive. But remember: Khan was destroyed by ego.
10 Steps To Successful Strategic Sourcing
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan outlines how agencies can execute strategic IT sourcing to minimize the total cost of ownership for optimal results.
How To Thrive In VMware's Shadow
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Veeam started out to supply backup services for VMware environments but quickly grew out of that niche. Consider these lessons it learned along the way.
IT Leaders Must Assume New Role: Marketers
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Marketing isn't just the CMO's job. Getting directly involved with customer engagement is necessary for your IT career and your company's success, experts at Authority 2014 explained.
Product Recalls From Our IoT Future
Commentary  |  5/23/2014  | 
Google’s Nest recall may indicate what’s in store as software and network connectivity invade more consumer products. Here’s a peak into a plausible near future.
IT Talent Retention Myths: Projects Don't Rule
Commentary  |  5/22/2014  | 
InformationWeek's annual IT Salary Survey reveals surprises about how much IT pros value leading-edge tech projects, great bosses, and prestigious employers.
IT Certifications: 3 Ways To Judge Value
Commentary  |  5/22/2014  | 
We've debated the worth of technical certifications for decades. Here's how to determine if a program is worth your time and money.
Healthcare Consumerization: Side Effects May Include...
Commentary  |  5/22/2014  | 
The consumerization of healthcare -- with consumers choosing their own drugs and health plans -- can have the unwanted side effect of struggling to meet customer demands. Here's how healthcare organizations can cope.
Autodesk's Spark: Android Of 3D Printing?
Commentary  |  5/22/2014  | 
An open-source 3D platform backed by an established company like Autodesk could spur a new wave of 3D printing experiments and initiatives.
Big Data Salaries Top BI, Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  5/22/2014  | 
Salaries for business intelligence and data warehousing pros are stagnating. But big data analytics experts and data scientists are cleaning up, surveys show.
Speed Up Your Old PC: 4 Tips
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Can't bear to part with that aged clunker on your desk? Give it a tune-up with these quick tips.
IHG Builds Hotel App The Agile Way
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
InterContinental Hotels Group's mobile app hinges on alliance between product and developer teams.
Federal IT Salaries Strong, But Trouble Looms
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Government IT still pays better than other industries. But after three years of belt-tightening, half of federal IT employees are looking for a new job, InformationWeek salary survey shows.
How DevOps Benefits Large Enterprises
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
The era when DevOps was just for startups is over. There's plenty of proof that big companies have figured out how to benefit from this software development method, too.
Millennials, Boomers Want Different Healthcare Conveniences
Commentary  |  5/20/2014  | 
As systematic changes in US healthcare convert patients into consumers, hospitals must meet each generation's measures of quality.
A Day Without Algorithms
Commentary  |  5/20/2014  | 
To those who want to regulate search engines, ban traffic-light cameras, and otherwise crack down on algorithmic decision-making and automation: Careful what you wish for.
Cisco's 3 Commandments
Commentary  |  5/20/2014  | 
At Cisco Live, CEO John Chambers pledged to lead customers to the promised land -- if they follow a few commandments.
FCC Net Neutrality Flap: Fast Lanes Don't Scare Me
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Only the status quo will keep the Internet 'open,' net neutrality advocates insist. But a refined approach may ignite more network investment.
IT Is From Mars, Marketing Is From Venus
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
An insider's view of how marketing technology liaisons can help align the planets.
Expand Your Collaboration 'Footprint'
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Use the collaboration footprint method to reveal strengths and weaknesses in how your business shares information.
The $13,000 Man
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
InformationWeek’s latest salary survey charts the gender gap in IT pay and other money matters.
Rethink The Right To Be Forgotten
Commentary  |  5/17/2014  | 
There are better ways to address discomfort with the truth than government-mandated lying.
Mobile's Next Step: Deep Linking Between Apps
Commentary  |  5/16/2014  | 
Today's smartphone and tablet apps don't link to one another. The app ecosystem is missing a fundamental component for businesses -- but that's about to change.
Quick Takes: IBM Storage; Datapipe AWS Service
Commentary  |  5/16/2014  | 
IBM announces Elastic Storage and Datapipe rolls out a beta analytics service for AWS users.
Sorry, Peter Pan: Developers Can Grow Up
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Is programming a young person's game, with developers doomed to obsolescence as they grow older? Not if an organization keeps them fresh. Try these three strategies.
Beware Cloud Price Wars' Dark Side
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
As Amazon, Google, and Microsoft keep slashing cloud service prices, smaller vendors and CIOs must both ask: Is it smart strategy to chase the lowest cost?
How My Cousin, President George W. Bush, Almost Killed Athenahealth
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
In this excerpt from his book "Where Does It Hurt? An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care," Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush addresses the conflict between government and disruptive innovation in healthcare.
Why Mobility Managers Deserve A Seat At The Table
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
It's not just a couple of VPs sharing a cellphone anymore. You need a dedicated mobility manager equipped to oversee your valuable hodgepodge of mobile devices and data.
Adobe Marketing Cloud Gets Predictive, Real-Time
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Adobe announces yet more marketing enhancements, but the bigger battle -- with IBM, Oracle, Salesforce.com, and others -- is for best-integrated customer experience.
Throwback Thursday: This Old PC
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Have a beloved old computer sitting in the attic or garage? It's show and tell time.
Collaboration Drives UC While Video Lags
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
Deployments of UC platforms have increased since 2013, but videoconferencing has yet to entice customers, according to a new survey.
Internet Of Things: Who Gets The Data?
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
Connected machines will spark new negotiations along the supply chain.
How Meaningful Is Meaningful Use?
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
The government's Meaningful Use program mandating electronic health records is out of touch with reality. EHRs bog down process and can even worsen care.
Shadow IT: Honey Badger Better Care
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
Use of Dropbox and other consumer services is exploding in enterprises, yet companies turn a blind eye to the security risks. This sends the wrong message to cloud service providers.
6 Steps To Strengthen Your CIO Resume
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
Trying to make the leap from IT director to CIO? Here's how to better sell yourself on paper.
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