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Content posted in August 2013
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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.
How To Pick The Right Storage Caching System
Commentary  |  8/8/2013  | 
Caching systems can speed up performance, prolong the life of the storage network and are a very popular first step on the path to the solid state data center.
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.
EHR Roulette: Gambling On Medicine's Future
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
As medical practices look to replace clunky ambulatory electronic health records systems, picking a winner can seem like risky business.
IT Career Sponsors: 5 Ways To Find Yours
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Want to fast-track your career? Get a sponsor. Here's how to find the right one.
Apple's Tablet Market Share Truth
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Apple's share of the tablet market dipped to its lowest point yet during the second quarter. Let's put that in context.
What Lawmakers Missed In Federal Data Center Hearings
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
Congressional effort to address duplicative IT spending seemed to ignore what the experts have to say.
Social Tools Don't Make You A Social Business
Commentary  |  8/6/2013  | 
"We use Twitter, we're a social business," is like "I have an MBA, I'm ready to be CEO."
Automated Essay Grading Software Stirs Debate
Commentary  |  8/5/2013  | 
Some educators say the benefits of EdX's writing-grading software have been over-hyped. But I see a role for automation in the classroom.
Death By Hacking: Tomorrow's IT Worry?
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Medical device software vulnerabilities and cyber threats raise important new liability questions for CIOs and CISOs.
Why The Private Sector Lags VA In Telehealth
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
The VA's focus on efficiency and controlling the costs of treating aging patients have made it a telehealth model. Can the private sector learn from its example?
Dear IT: No One Likes Petulant Teenagers
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Nobody will win if IT and business leaders continue playing Mortal Kombat. Let's step back and redefine our roles.
Windows 8 And Einstein's Definition Of Insanity
Commentary  |  8/2/2013  | 
Microsoft is stuck beating the same drum to a public that has made up its mind about Windows 8 and Surface devices. Is it too late to make changes?
Do We Need A U.S. Department Of Technology?
Commentary  |  8/1/2013  | 
A cabinet-level Dept. of Tech will help U.S. retain leadership position in the global high-technology sector, argues former Department of Transportation CIO Nitin Pradhan.
Is Software-Defined Anything Worth the Price?
Commentary  |  8/1/2013  | 
"Software-defined" and "converged" are the flavors of the day, but companies might be better off spending their data center dollars on cold, hard, ultra-fast gear.
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