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Content posted in June 2013
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Salesforce, Benioff Must Beware Oracle's Embrace
Commentary  |  6/29/2013  | 
This new relationship holds much promise for Oracle, not so much for Salesforce. It reminds me of Captain Ahab's relationship with the great whale.
Take Social Collaboration To Next Level
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
Social collaboration for teams is important, but here's how to scale up using "creation spaces" of forums, videos and other networked tools.
What Is Higher Education's Value Chain?
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
Disruptive innovations mean higher education leaders must rethink what they do best.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Steve Jobs
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
Apple co-founder, more artist than engineer, blew up the status quo in multiple industries.
Occum's App: 5 Barriers To Mobile Simplicity
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
Big enterprises are hard-wired to botch mobile apps design. But you can change your culture to avoid the pitfalls.
Oracle's Week Of Mega Deals Leaves Questions
Commentary  |  6/28/2013  | 
As Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff heaps compliments on Larry Ellison, what's the future for Oracle cloud apps, Force.com?
MOOC Leader EdX Turns One: What's Next?
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
Like anything in its infancy, massive open online courses like EdX are full of possibilities and promise. But their path is unpredictable.
Good Employee, Selfish Employee
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting your company or organization.
CEO Innovation Talk Is Cheap
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
When your CEO praises the company's readiness for digital disruption, don't believe him until he helps break down the walls that stifle innovation.
Facebook Offers Gay Pride Emoticon
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
Facebook's new rainbow emoticon reflects support of Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality.
Why U.S. Must Invest In Internet-Connected Infrastructure
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
A hybrid infrastructure that combines physical foundations such as roads, buildings and the power grid with the Internet and sensor networks will pay off for the U.S.
Microsoft Understands Its Windows 8 Mistakes, Finally
Commentary  |  6/27/2013  | 
At Build conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledges that aspects of Windows 8 have bugged users -- and promises to address the issues.
Teradata Doubles Down On Hortonworks Hadoop
Commentary  |  6/26/2013  | 
Teradata adds three ways of deploying and supporting Hortonworks software, giving a big boost to "100% open source" big data platform.
Can Data-Powered Comparative Effectiveness Research Save Healthcare?
Commentary  |  6/26/2013  | 
Mounting evidence suggests CER will deliver new, cost-effective treatment options. But at least one controversial problem needs to be resolved first.
3 Reasons Voice Will Finally Come To The Web
Commentary  |  6/26/2013  | 
Siri is teaching us to talk to and not just type on our devices. But will we be comfortable recording all our conversations to make voice a searchable app?
Education CIOs: Get Involved In Big Data
Commentary  |  6/25/2013  | 
Be alert to the opportunity to show what central IT can bring to the table.
iPads In The Classroom: Worth Doing Right
Commentary  |  6/24/2013  | 
Tablets in K-12 and higher education should not be technology for technology's sake.
Google Mine Wants To Track Your Stuff
Commentary  |  6/21/2013  | 
Google reportedly is testing Google Mine, a Google+ offshoot that lets you share info about your real-world objects. Sounds more like a gold mine for Google.
Social 'Ideation' Does Not Equal Innovation
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Soliciting ideas on a social platform can spark a conversation, but translating it into results requires more strategy.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Bill Gates
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Bill Gates has gone from the most hated man in the industry to an incomparable technologist, businessman and philanthropist.
4 Ways CIOs Can Unleash Digital Disruption
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Here's how CIOs can help break down internal barriers to help their companies stay ahead of the digital disruption curve.
IT Can't Fix Complex Healthcare Problems
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
It took the U.S. healthcare system decades to dig the hole it's in. We'll need more than technological innovations to dig out.
Microsoft Doesn't Buy Nokia: Good News
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Acquisition talks between Microsoft and Nokia recently broke down with no plans to revive them. We should all breathe a sigh of relief.
Big Data Reboots Real-Time Analysis
Commentary  |  6/20/2013  | 
Why did Software AG buy Apama and Tibco buy StreamBase? Perhaps the Internet of Things is giving complex event processing a second chance.
Employee Engagement: Management Snake Oil Won't Help
Commentary  |  6/19/2013  | 
The keys to motivated workers are resources, clear priorities and feedback. So before worrying about gamification, let's focus on organizational fundamentals.
Best Buy Windows Stores: 4 Benefits
Commentary  |  6/19/2013  | 
Here's how Windows users could reap benefits from Redmond's retail strategy to put Windows Stores inside Best Buy locations.
Bluelock Makes Cloud Disaster Recovery Affordable
Commentary  |  6/19/2013  | 
Bluelock Recovery-as-a-Service allows midsized companies to avoid physical duplicates and store virtual machines at a distant location.
In Higher Education, Fewer Women Graduate To CIO
Commentary  |  6/18/2013  | 
Plenty of women hold leadership positions in higher education technology departments. So why is the percentage of females in the CIO seat declining?
Mobile Boom Means More Work For IT
Commentary  |  6/18/2013  | 
IT will become more active in mobile development and management as the number of mobile device users doubles in the next five years, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Sharing Electronic Medical Records Still Too Hard
Commentary  |  6/14/2013  | 
Epic CEO Judy Faulkner and other health execs aren't thrilled with the state of EHR interoperability. What are today's big barriers?
Why Microsoft Won't Release Office For The iPad
Commentary  |  6/14/2013  | 
Microsoft finally brought Office to iOS. Make no mistake: Its goal is to sell Office 365, not help Apple users. As long as Windows 8 struggles, don't expect to see Office on iPad.
Should All High School Students Learn Programming?
Commentary  |  6/14/2013  | 
Google, Microsoft, Oracle and other tech giants propose that computer science become a required proficiency in Massachusetts public schools to help address the technology labor shortage. Critics call this a kludgy solution.
Big Data Pioneers Get Big For Their Britches
Commentary  |  6/14/2013  | 
DataStax and Cloudera say NoSQL databases and Hadoop are the future, but don't count out Oracle and company just yet.
How To Close Gaps In Campus Apps
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
To close the programming applications gap on campus, you often must close several other gaps first.
Spotting The Right Time To Innovate
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
Everyone likes to talk about changing the game, but how do you actually see and shift the field?
Stop Being A Hated IT Overlord
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
Recent research suggests that only 30% of workers are fully engaged in their job. We can't fix corporate dysfunction until we break down bureaucracy and do right by our employees.
Social Collaboration For Smarties
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
Social business leaders: Help me help you. Connect with me at E2 or online.
How Linux Foundation Runs Its Virtual Office
Commentary  |  6/13/2013  | 
Cost savings is only part of the picture behind the nonprofit's remote workforce strategy. Linux Foundation exec says the virtual office has made the team more productive and innovative, and happier in their jobs.
Rules For Radical CIOs: Part 2
Commentary  |  6/12/2013  | 
How do Saul Alinsky's rules for activists apply to tech executives? Let us keep counting the ways.
Digital Business Requires Dose Of Humility
Commentary  |  6/12/2013  | 
The payoffs and opportunities are far from clear.
A New InformationWeek Era
Commentary  |  6/12/2013  | 
Our last print magazine ushers in a renewed commitment to innovating online, in digital magazines and in world-class live events.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Tom Watson Jr.
Commentary  |  6/12/2013  | 
Watson's early, $5 billion bet on computers made IBM an institution and moved him out of the shadow of his iconic father.
Defending NSA Prism's Big Data Tools
Commentary  |  6/11/2013  | 
The more you know about NSA's Accumulo system and graph analysis, the less likely you are to suspect Prism is a privacy-invading fishing expedition.
What Two Healthcare Visionaries Get Right And Wrong
Commentary  |  6/10/2013  | 
Personalized medicine will become reality, but why do we think technology will motivate people to start taking care of their own health?
Why Innovation Fails: The Past Vs. Future Problem
Commentary  |  6/10/2013  | 
Sustainable innovation efforts call for integrating two competing ways of thinking about a business.
MOOC-utopia: Who Really Wins?
Commentary  |  6/10/2013  | 
Massive open online courses are being promoted "for the students." But software execs and politicians pushing MOOCs have money and disruption at the top of the agenda.
Data Centers Don't Need To Be Regulated Utilities
Commentary  |  6/7/2013  | 
The New York Times misses the big picture with its take on data centers as "wildcat" utilities that need government oversight. There is no data center monopoly in northern N.J.
NSA Dragnet Debacle: What It Means To IT
Commentary  |  6/7/2013  | 
PRISM shows companies can't assume their data is safe in the hands of commercial providers.
20 People Who Changed Tech: Steve Case
Commentary  |  6/7/2013  | 
AOL's CEO built a compelling case for the true Internet that followed.
NoSQL Vs. Hadoop: Big Data Spotlight At E2
Commentary  |  6/6/2013  | 
Hadoop is the panacea, while NoSQL databases are the unsung heroes. Execs from MetLife, 10Gen, Informatica and Datameer discuss platform envy at E2 in Boston.
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