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Grading Higher Education: Beware Pitfalls
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
Obama administration's plan to tie financial aid to colleges' outcome data may be a system that's built to fail.
How To Attract Young Talent: 10 Tips
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
To attract bright younger workers to your organization, you need to push the tech envelope. Here's how.
Education IT Talent Development: Who Needs It, Anyway?
Commentary  |  8/29/2013  | 
Universities can tap students, consultants and even offshore labor to fill work gaps, so why bother grooming staff? There are plenty of reasons.
Hire Goats, Not Outside DevOps Engineers
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Tap the curious, hungry individuals inside your company to change the culture between software developers and other IT pros.
Mobile BI: Native App Or Browser?
Commentary  |  8/28/2013  | 
Aberdeen research shows that for companies with a well-developed mobile ecosystem, native apps are the way to go. Here's why.
Build Richer Customer Relationships Using 'Small Data'
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Treat your customers like people, not marketing segments. The key: pay attention to tweets, Facebook posts and other data that can help personalize the relationship.
Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Commentary  |  8/27/2013  | 
Yes, our organization is heavily invested in Microsoft products, but here's why the CEO's exit won't keep me up at night.
Ballmer's Legacy Still Incomplete
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Clearly, Ballmer had to go. But will Microsoft's "device and services" plan seem any more viable once a new CEO takes over?
Will Flash Memory Rule VMworld?
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Flash is everywhere at VMworld. Here's why.
What I Didn't Say About Agile
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Former VA CIO Roger Baker responds to readers who haven't seen the upside of Agile development.
Ballmer Is Off The Matrix
Commentary  |  8/26/2013  | 
Microsoft's outgoing CEO couldn't see the desktop for the tiles.
Innovation Begs For A Crock-Pot, Not Blender
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
Everyone's trying to create environments for rapid innovation, but some ideas need to simmer for a while.
Microsoft's Big Risk As Ballmer Departs: Windows Phone
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
Progress sometimes freezes when troops must wait for a new CEO. Microsoft's Windows Phone team can't let this happen for two big reasons: Apple and Google.
Social Business Demands Working Out Loud
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
Encourage employees to narrate their work as part of doing their work.
Government IT Contract Wins: An Insider's Perspective
Commentary  |  8/23/2013  | 
Former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan tells IT contractors what they need to do to land government contracts and accelerate revenues and profits.
Taxing The Cloud Brings Practical Challenges
Commentary  |  8/22/2013  | 
You buy a server, you pay tax once. You buy AWS capacity, you may pay over and over. Should taxes be the latest decision point in the in-house vs. cloud conversation?
Google Glass: Security Risk For Governments?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Google Glass lacks basic security measures such as passwords, which could make the device more of a risk than smartphones.
Can IT Help Build A Better Workplace Environment?
Commentary  |  8/21/2013  | 
Forrester's "employee-centric design" process brings IT and business leaders together to improve on how employees do their jobs.
Big Data Planning: Start Slow, Let It Grow
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
Don't begin with an end in mind. Allow yourself to be surprised by what big data reveals.
Why Physicians Don't Like Big Data
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
It limits their options. That's not always bad.
Udacity Hedges On Open Licensing For MOOCs
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
While videos from free courses are freely available on YouTube, the ability of instructors to remix is limited.
Cloud Adoption: 4 Human Costs
Commentary  |  8/20/2013  | 
Moving to the cloud imposes changes on your IT workforce. Think in terms of changed expectations, education, migration and maintenance.
Ignore Facebook At Your Peril
Commentary  |  8/19/2013  | 
Facebook continues to make consumer inroads, yet the social networking site makes 'real business' uncomfortable. Time to adjust.
Windows 8 Won't Be Saved By Keyboards
Commentary  |  8/19/2013  | 
Forrester study finds that 62% of tablet users want keyboards, but that alone won't drive sales of Windows 8 for Microsoft.
E-Portfolios: From Academia To The Workplace
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
University of Illinois professor uses Pathbrite to help students expand learning opportunities and showcase their skills.
Amazon Web Services: What's It Good For?
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
A lot, even if it still gets damned with faint praise for its enterprise cloud services.
BlackBerry's Collapse: 5 Key Mistakes
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
BlackBerry, once king of the smartphone market, now finds itself considering 'strategic options.' Here's how it all came apart.
Innovation Is Executive Porn
Commentary  |  8/16/2013  | 
When it comes to both innovation and porn, there's a huge appetite for fantasy.
Death By A Million Regulations
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
It is long past time to assess the consequences of the endless laws, codes, rules, licenses and guidelines governing just about every human activity.
An Automated Answer To WLAN Setup Headaches
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
At the beginning of every semester, university wireless networks face a massive BYOD challenge. Wireless network onboarding services ease the pain.
Light Reading Gets IT
Commentary  |  8/14/2013  | 
Leading telecom publication has a new community strategy, a new look and a renewed focus on the increasing integration of telecom and IT technologies.
IT Cause And Effect: Applications Are Money
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
Everyone (and his brother) has advice about what CIOs should focus on in the coming months. But it all boils down to the need for speed.
The Trouble With Smartphone Kill Switches
Commentary  |  8/13/2013  | 
To fight smartphone theft, public officials tell smartphone makers to add remote-deactivation, tracking and recovery features. But manufacturers may not do the job right.
In Shadow Of MOOCs, Open Education Makes Progress
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
Advocates say higher education would be better served by resources that are truly open -- not just free.
Ensure Social Adoption Success: Bring It To Employees
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
It's hard getting employees to leave their favorite apps to use social collaboration tools. Instead, incorporate social in the apps where they live and breathe.
Bad IT Customer Service Starts At The Top
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
IT touches more customers every day, which means IT staffs need people with emotional intelligence. IT chiefs must lead by example.
How Coca-Cola Bottling CIO Manages Mobile Strategy
Commentary  |  8/12/2013  | 
Start by walking a mile in your worker's shoes -- or driving a mile in his truck, says CIO Onyeka Nchege.
IT As Cloud Service Provider: New Skills Required
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
Pricing, PR and demand management skills aren't in the traditional IT organization toolset. Start stocking up.
Siemens: A Customer-Driven Refresh
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
After five years in a declining market, Siemens Enterprise Communications took the bold step of rethinking its approach to market data to focus more on customer needs.
Why Feds Are Embracing Agile
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
Agile development can save costs, but it also can help improve the position of the CIO and the IT organization in the agency.
Why The Hush Around DISA's Mobility Award?
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
Defense Information Systems Agency's contract is already reshaping the playing field for federal mobile players. But the lack of program details is a disservice to the broader mobile market.
5 Books For Aspiring CIOs
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
Engineer-turned-recruiter Steven Levy shares his reading list for IT pros who want to learn better business and communication skills -- and boost their careers in the process.
Big Data Hiring: Unorthodox Advice
Commentary  |  8/9/2013  | 
Music majors, physicists and business domain experts bring fresh perspectives to an effective data science team, says Booz Allen Hamilton analytics expert.
What IG Overlooked In State Dept. Facebook Flare-up
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Inspector General's slap at State Department bureau for spending $630,000 on Facebook Likes misses important lessons of social media's role.
Creative Destruction Of Internet Age: Unstoppable
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Don't blame Jeff Bezos and the Silicon Valley set for the digital disruption in a range of industries, from journalism to railroads. Get on board.
5 Ways CIOs Can Show Social Business Mettle
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
You don't want to be left on the outside of social business discussions. Remove remaining signs of the IT department being an immovable force that dictates, rather than collaborates.
Big Data: Avoid 'Wanna V' Confusion
Commentary  |  8/7/2013  | 
The three V's -- volume, velocity and variety -- do a fine job of defining big data. Don't be misled by the "wanna-V's:" variability, veracity, validity and value.
4 Biggest Big Data Myths
Commentary  |  8/7/2013  | 
Big data will never eliminate uncertainty or answer all your questions. But treat it as a fad at your own peril.
SAP Buys Hybris, Gains Customer Experience Power
Commentary  |  8/7/2013  | 
SAP tightens competition with IBM and Oracle, promising consistent, cross-channel customer experience. But more deals will be needed.
Texas Doubles Down On Tough Breach Law
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State -- even the state's breach notice requirements, which, constitutional or not, may impact companies nationwide. Here's what IT teams need to know.
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