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Wearables In Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Johns Hopkins patient privacy violation didn't involve Google Glass or wearables but indicates why the healthcare industry must head off trouble with wearables in clinical settings.
Amazon Fire Phone Early Reviews Tepid
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Early reviews of Amazon's first smartphone won't send consumers rushing to buy. Did Amazon miscalculate on key features?
The IPv6 Skills Crisis
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
As IPv6 adoption ramps up, there aren't nearly enough experts and trainers to fulfill the demand. Here's how to start educating yourself.
Summer Travel Cyber Security Tips For Government Employees
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Vacationing as a government employee brings special security concerns. Follow these precautions to protect your devices and data on the beach and beyond.
FDA Mobile Apps Loophole Hazardous For Healthcare
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
The FDA's reluctance to overregulate medical apps opens a pitfall for healthcare organizations that innovate too far ahead of the curve.
The Internet of (Passive) Things
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
IoT is not only about sensors, actuators, and connected thermostats. Manufacturers need to incorporate all bar-coded products into their plans.
3 Reasons We Don't Need Federal CIOs
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Former NASA CIO muses on the futility of the federal CIO role -- and offers insight on how it needs to change.
Meaningful Use EHR Audits: When, Not If
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
So your organization has accepted the feds' financial incentive. Now it's time to prove you're entitled to it.
Fitness Trackers & FSAs: A Winning Game Plan
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Including fitness devices in flexible savings account plans could encourage consumers to adopt a more active lifestyle and improve their overall health.
Oracle Big Data SQL: 5 Key Points
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Oracle's new big data tool won't cover all the analysis bases, but it will enable SQL-savvy professionals to query Hadoop and NoSQL sources.
How E-Discovery Cuts Legal Costs For Novo Nordisk
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Pharma giant boosts efficiency, reduces outsourcing labor with in-house technology that discovers and produces electronic information for legal purposes.
Our Cloud Disaster Recovery Story
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
I put my money where my mouth is with cloud DR, and it not only benefited my organization but also earned us a prestigious award.
Why Enterprises Need To Adapt To Agile
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Today's large businesses are not too big and inflexible to be agile. Here's why.
4 IT Cultures: Which One Are You?
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
From White Knight to Curmudgeon, IT cultures fall into four categories. Which one describes your organization?
Salary Negotiation For Women: Ask The Expert
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
InformationWeek salary survey data shows the gender pay gap remains alive and well in IT. One reason: Women walk a tricky tightrope during the negotiation process.
IT Career Advice: How To Sell
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
IT leaders must sell ideas and projects to be successful, but few are trained in sales. Here are some tips.
5 Reasons Going Paperless Won't Work
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Paperless processes have their virtues, but don't confuse the means with the ends.
Microsoft Shows Tech 'Monopolies' Don't Last
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
As nature abhors a vacuum, innovators abhor a monopoly, especially in the fast-paced IT industry.
Detour On The Road To ICD-10
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
How one health system is adjusting to the delayed implementation of the new ICD-10 healthcare coding standard.
Geekend: Familiar Faces Can Be Friendly (Or Dangerous)
Commentary  |  7/18/2014  | 
Studies show we pick our friends -- and employees -- based on visible and invisible similarities.
Telemedicine Guidelines Leave Plenty Of Questions
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Federation of State Medical Boards and American Medical Association telemedicine standards provide a good starting point, but their definitions are too narrow.
IBM-Apple Deal Feeds CIO App Ambitions
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
But do CIOs want Apple-only, ready-made apps? Custom, in-house apps have advantages.
CIO-CMO Relationship: Plagued By Digital Pretenders
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Digital strategies that focus only on customer engagement are shallow. But to go deeper, CIOs and CMOs must be partners.
Net Neutrality: Let's Move Beyond Class Warfare
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
The Hatfields say consumers will suffer if we prioritize Net traffic. The McCoys say we're headed for communism if we don't. They're both wrong: The problem is lack of broadband competition, not lack of openness and equality.
Tech Titans: Midyear Report Card
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Amazon, Google, and other major tech players went on a shopping spree in the first half of 2014. Here's a look at who won, who lost, and why -- along with a peek ahead.
7 Ways To Escape Communications Dark Ages
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Here's how unified communication tools can improve processes, cut costs, and drive new business. Second of a multipart series.
Cloud WLANs: Weighing Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Cloud-managed wireless networks offer significant benefits, but IT must consider cloud downsides to make an informed choice.
Data Breach Notification Law: Will Florida Lead?
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Florida's stringent new breach notification law might encourage lawmakers to finally enact a federal standard.
Federal Agencies Must Get Practical About Cloud
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Government agencies are working through the realities of making cloud a routine mode of computing.
Apple, IBM Deal: When Siri Meets Watson
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Apple and IBM's alliance has huge potential, starting with slick, intelligent business apps that could challenge Google, Microsoft, and others.
Data-Driven Personalization: Its Time Has Come
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Despite privacy concerns, the long-term impact will be better products and services and more loyal customers.
Internet Of Things: 4 Areas IT Can Prep
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Most IT groups are not ready for the Internet of Things. It's time to get proactive -- or risk expensive missteps that will be difficult to fix.
Are Social Businesses Really More Innovative?
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
A strong enterprise social network can improve innovation in an organization, according to anecdotes and self-reported survey data. But how can we measure more accurately?
7 Ways To Avoid Self-Service IT Pitfalls
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Moving routine work from IT to end users can increase efficiency and save serious money. But too many projects fall flat.
6 Ways To Create An Agile Company Culture
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
Your entire company food chain must be committed to agile techniques to get any real results.
3 Cardinal Rules For Managing Your Boss
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Don't be your own worst enemy when it comes to interactions with your boss. Instead of blaming him for your problems, learn his style and adapt.
Can Privacy Survive Social Networking?
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Sgrouples shows social networking doesn't have to mean surrendering personal data.
Internet Of Household Things: Convince Me
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
My washer needs to speak to my grill? I'm talking back to IoT devices that talk behind my back.
3 Underappreciated IT Leadership Skills
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
What sort of IT leaders do we need for the 21st century? Here's what CIOs of leading companies in Silicon Valley say.
In Praise Of Clichés
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Sometimes leaders say obvious things just because they think it's expected of them, and I'm totally OK with that approach.
Suppliers Held Hostage To Procurement Platforms, Services
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Pricing models penalize suppliers for increasing their business with retail, other customers.
How Wearables & IoT Will Go To Work
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Join Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder and InformationWeek editors on InformationWeek Radio to discuss how wearable devices and the Internet of Things are taking hold in the workplace.
Government Security: Saying 'No' Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
It's time for government agencies to move beyond draconian security rules and adopt anomaly analytics.
Digital Business Reality Check: InformationWeek Video
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Accenture's Mark McDonald, SnapLogic's Gaurav Dhillon, and UPMC's Rebecca Kaul weigh in on the practicalities of digital transformation.
Standardize EMRs, For Security & Safety's Sake
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Electronic medical records help healthcare organizations improve patient care, but lack of standardization could cause safety and security problems.
Predict The Future (Without Looking Like An Idiot)
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Use these 8 tactics this coming budget season to force your planning in new directions.
HIPAA Compliance: What Every Developer Should Know
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Apple Health and Google Fit have spurred a surge of interest in health apps. Here's what developers need to understand about HIPAA compliance.
Geekend: Doing Nothing Is Worse Than Hurting Yourself
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Could you sit still doing nothing for 15 minutes? I bet you can't.
9 Books IT Leaders Should Read
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Here's a mix of business books and compelling novels to help inspire new ideas this summer.
Google CEO: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Google CEO Larry Page suggests we can reduce unemployment by dividing jobs in half.
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