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Amazon Cloud Luster Fading? Look Closer
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Some skeptics say Amazon's cloud dominance wears thin. I say Amazon's destiny in the cloud is in its own hands -- and you can't say that for IBM, Google, or Microsoft.
Self-Driving Cars: 10 More Realistic Names
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
The UK wants to ready its roads for self-driving cars. But "self-driving car" overstates what these machines can do -- and omits possible dangers.
Rise Of The Robots: Up From The Factory Floor
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Join San Diego State University professor Robert Judge and InformationWeek editor-at-large Thomas Claburn for a live discussion of the increasing interest in robots and automation.
Doing Business Without Handshakes
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Handshakes make us feel comfortable in business settings -- and spread germs that make us sick. Perhaps it's time for a new custom.
E-invoicing: Past Due For US Govt.
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Electronic invoicing benefits business and government worldwide. Will the US help promote universal adoption?
Stop Recruiting, Start Connecting
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Software engineers want to talk with their fellow professionals about job opportunities, not run the HR gauntlet.
How To Build A Federal Information Security Team
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
Federal security officers face many challenges building and maintaining an information security team. Here are some tips for putting together a group of employees that will protect your systems and data.
When Patients Fear EHR
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
When patients believe paper medical records are safer and more private than electronic ones, their health can suffer.
How To Be An Office Hero: 3 Myths, Busted
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
You rely on a set of social assumptions to get ahead at work, but some of those assumptions don't match with science.
Microsoft's Nadella: More Than Talk
Commentary  |  7/26/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proves he can be a man of action with the biggest layoff in company history and other concrete steps to reshape Microsoft. Now what?
Hiring For The New World Of Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
The politics of healthcare IT are not getting any easier. What are the top three attributes your IT team members will need?
Bubblemania: Will We Party Like It's 1999?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Feverish tech activity is exciting and in many ways similar to 15 years ago. We aren't at dot-bomb levels of hysteria, but there's one big problem that may threaten growth.
Healthcare Collaboration Across 3 Generations
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Patients may see 50 different hospital employees during treatment. Don't let different collaboration styles among your multigenerational staff hinder patient care.
Geekend: Robot Vs. Human Smackdown
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Who would win a fistfight between a man and a robot? Take a look at the evidence, and see if you agree with our conclusion.
Just Let Me Code!
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Managing the complexity of development toolchains -- from SCM, to the build tools, to the testing, to the deployment stack -- now so overwhelms the developer experience, it's hard to get any real programming done.
IT Leaders, You're The Cavemen Who Survived
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
The ability to spot an anomaly in hundreds of lines of code isn't all that different from Neanderthal man picking out the weakest wooly mammoth -- and don't let anyone tell you different.
EHR Vendors: Step Up Your Game
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Electronic medical record vendors need to take a clue from video game design. It's time to deliver intuitive, simple to learn, and easy to use EHR technology.
Federal IT Innovation Depends On Being Open
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal agencies have a hard time fitting innovation into their plans, let alone their budgets. Open data and open-source software help make innovation happen anyway.
Salesforce.com Previews Sales Feature To Promote Pardot
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Salesforce.com shows a Sales Cloud option that will require Marketing Cloud capabilities. Can next year's product release spark crossover sales?
Gender Judo: Salary Negotiation Tactics For Women
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Are good girls ambitious? Flip gender expectations on their head with these salary negotiation moves.
Nadella's Windows 9 And Device Plans, Explained
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Why Facebook’s 'Buy' Button Will Fail
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Even if Facebook is able to overcome its trust problem, it still faces an even more serious threat: timing.
Forget 'Things' – It's The Internet Of Business Models
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
With the Internet of Things, sensors and telematics don't mean much if they're not helping disrupt traditional business models.
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.
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