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Content posted in June 2014
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Facebook Researchers Toy With Emotions: Wake Up
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
A study about the effect of posts on Facebook users' emotions outraged some people. I call it a public service: Now you understand what ill-informed consent means.
Big Data Innovation To Hit Legacy IT
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Big data is coming to industries that have historically struggled to get started with data-driven initiatives. The best advice: Start small.
Will Spark, Google Dataflow Steal Hadoop's Thunder?
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Apache Spark and Google's Cloud Dataflow service won't kill Hadoop, but they're aimed at the high-value role in big data analysis.
You're Fast? Great. Are You Efficient?
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Jumping hurdles at record speed doesn't mean much if you stroll between them. IT leaders must eliminate process-driven delays or trip on DevOps and SDN efforts.
Internet Of Things: Current Privacy Policies Don't Work
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
Traditional ways to deliver privacy guidelines, such as online postings or click-through mechanisms, don't work with the Internet of Things.
IT Salaries: Looking For Love
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
We asked whether you felt fairly compensated for your IT role. More than half of you said no.
What IT Can Learn From The Auto Industry
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
There's too much waste in IT. CIOs should look to the car industry for examples of efficiency and innovation.
Geekend: The Great Wall Of Oz
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Can giant walls stop tornadoes and bring an economic boost to the Midwest?
Apple Swift: Should CIOs Bite?
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Swift, Apple's new programming language, has developers buzzing. Should IT execs turn their dev teams loose?
Open And Social: New Path For Government Agencies
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Agencies such as DoD are adopting social business, digital technologies, and open standards in surprising ways.
Internet Of Things: New Architecture Needed
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Today's Internet architecture isn't ready for the scale of what the IoT should become. Here's a proposal for something better.
Redmond's Remarkable Reversal With Developers
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
Microsoft, facing significant risks in the post-PC era, has made surprising changes to the way it works with developers.
Electronic Health Records: First, Do No Harm?
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
EHRs are commonly promoted as boosting patient safety, but are we all being fooled? InformationWeek Radio investigates.
WLAN Design: Learning From Our Mistakes
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
Our expensive campus WLAN upgrade didn't account for the growing number of wireless devices per student. Here's what we learned from our mistakes and how we turned them into teaching opportunities.
Free The Data: Goals For Meaningful Use Stage 3
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
Independent report lays out a robust path to interoperability. Will we follow it?
$60,000 Online Degree: A Lesson In Digital Business
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
UC Berkeley is charging a premium price for a new online Master's degree in the hot field of data science. Can you get a premium price for your online services?
Extreme Networks Announces OpenDaylight SDN Controller
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
Extreme Networks will release an SDN controller based on OpenDaylight software. The company also announced an SDN application development challenge.
World Cup: Assist Goes To Big Data
Commentary  |  6/24/2014  | 
Success in soccer is based on hard work and talent. But at an elite level like World Cup 2014, data analytics can be the ultimate edge.
Google I/O: Pressure Is On
Commentary  |  6/24/2014  | 
Amazon, Apple, and Samsung all made moves this month to neutralize Google. Here are four things the Internet titan should do at Google I/O this week to fight back.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Why To Buy
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is finally available. But just because you can replace your laptop with the Surface Pro 3 doesn't mean everyone will want to.
Cloud Trends To Watch: Structure 2014
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
What's going on with jostling among Cloud Foundry, Docker, VMware, and Red Hat? Structure conference yielded several surprising conclusions.
Which IT Is Really Core? InformationWeek Video
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
Box's Aaron Levie, GM's Randy Mott, and others weigh in on the role of outsourcing, insourcing, cloud.
Wearables At Work: Early Adopters Will Win
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
Wearable technology can improve productivity, but expect to manage more data sets, APIs, and security issues before reaping the rewards.
Supreme Court Toughens Business Process Patent Test
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
Unanimous ruling says that an "abstract idea" isn't patent-eligible just because computers are used to apply it.
EHR Proliferation Hurts Physician Workflow
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
Doctors are being forced to pull data out of multiple EMRs -- plus use phones and pagers -- to care for patients. This context switching slows down work and frustrates the goal of electronic health data.
Geekend: Onion Or Real?
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
Real life or parody? With these stories, it is hard to tell.
Standing Desks: What I've Learned
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
After a year of using one, I'm sold on the idea of the standing desk -- also known as the all-day fidget desk.
Quick Takes: ScienceLogic and Cyan Announce New Products
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
ScienceLogic updates CloudMapper to track dependencies in public and hybrid environments. Cyan announces Planet Orchestrate, a new application to help carriers and providers offer cloud services to customers.
New Devices To Target Gluttony, Stupidity, Privacy
Commentary  |  6/20/2014  | 
Inspired by the self-serving Amazon Fire, industry leaders in packaged food, gambling, and government services will release a slate of new mobile devices in time for Christmas.
BYOD Trade-Ins: How To Protect Your Business
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Without an IT asset disposal policy, that iPhone an employee just unloaded on eBay could be a time bomb.
Broadband Pain: Less Drama, More Facts, Please
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
We must move beyond net neutrality sniping and wonky arguments. It's time to focus on ways to improve US telecom service.
Don't Look Now, But The Developers Are Winning
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Join CA's Andi Mann, JumpCloud's Rajat Bhargava, and InformationWeek editors as we discuss the future of DevOps and your career.
Top 10 Governance, Risk, Compliance Tech Spending Priorities
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Does your IT strategy encompass all aspects of governance, risk, and compliance?
Predictive Analytics: 6 Teamwork Tips
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
One quarter of companies in TDWI's research cite "data ownership and political issues" as the No. 1 challenge with big data analytics.
'Selling' DevOps With Business Results
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
IT teams often coast on "feel-good" technology diagnostics that don't affect the bottom line.
LEGO Design: An Ed Tech Savior?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
The iconic LEGO toy building blocks are all about interoperability, something sorely lacking in education technology.
How Much Should Healthcare Organizations Spend On IT?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Seven steps to help you better position your organization to answer that question.
Wearable Tech: Fashion Will Rule
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
With wearable tech, first impressions matter more than features.
Innovation: Disperse or Congregate?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
If you want to increase innovation, make sure your people literally cross paths more often.
Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Wikistrat's eclectic community of analysts beat the CIA by predicting Russia's annexation of Crimea. Should crowdsourcing play a bigger role in the consulting industry?
Prepare To Be (Software) Audited
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The difference between the software you have installed and the software you actually have licensed could mean trouble. Tune in to learn how to survive a software audit.
SDN APIs & The Next Wave Of Innovation
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
History teaches that technology standards drive innovation. SDN APIs will be no exception.
When Is Anonymous Data Really Anonymous?
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
Confusion over the standards for anonymous data, or deidentification of data, damages adoption of mHealth apps, curtails innovation, and could generate needless extra laws.
IoT: Get Security Right The First Time
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
Let's start building security into the Internet of Things now, before everything becomes connected -- and hackable.
What Amazon Phone Could Mean
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Watch for Amazon's long-rumored device to usher in a new era of commerce-optimized smartphones. Call it the industry's first sell phone.
Sorry, AMA: You're Wrong About Telehealth
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
By recommending that doctors be licensed in a patient's state, the American Medical Association places another hurdle in the path of telehealth adoption.
IT Innovation At Full Speed: InformationWeek Video
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Speed is the common factor that links these IT innovation models -- from freight train to ant farm -- at UPMC, Box, General Motors, and Netflix.
Playing Games With The Internet Of Things
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
For an IoT world to be a lucrative world, it needs to be a fun and rewarding. Here's how businesses can learn to play.
The Data-Driven Workforce: 5 Critical Roles
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
To stay competitive, companies must maintain a data-savvy workforce. Here are some key roles to fill.
NIST Security Guidance Revision: Prepare Now
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
NIST 800-53 Revision 5 will likely put more emphasis on continuous monitoring. Don't wait until it arrives to close your security gaps.
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