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Dysfunctional Congress Hurts Government IT
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Government IT budgeting was hard enough even before government shutdowns, says this former government CIO. What can be done to combat the dynamic with Congress?
Feds Warm Up To LinkedIn
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Government IT managers have been cautious about using LinkedIn, but odds are activity will soon rise due to federal travel restrictions and greater comfort with the platform.
Oracle OpenWorld: 5 Rants And Raves
Commentary  |  9/30/2013  | 
Oracle OpenWorld delivered big news and a consistent message. It also repackaged old news, bashed big data tools and avoided license cost and complexity issues.
Healthcare Apps Could Be Doctor's Best Friend
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Consumer health apps and gadgets could help improve patient care and reduce physicians' workloads. It's time for the healthcare industry to change a system that rewards disease.
Do You Need Mobile Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Major software vendors seem to think you do -- and they might be right. Just don't expect mature platforms.
The Next Billion-Dollar IT Wunderkind
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Tech's next big star will improve information value, information delivery or maybe both.
HTML5 Offers 'Road to Awesome'
Commentary  |  9/27/2013  | 
Before you head down the iOS or Android native-app mobile development path, consider Amazon's choice regarding HTML5.
Will EHRs Ever Help Small Practices?
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
So far, evidence suggests that health IT benefits mostly hospitals and practices with deep pockets. That could change if small practices get more EHR training.
Robots Taking All Our Jobs? Ridiculous
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
Neo-Luddite idea that automation causes high unemployment rates has been disproved throughout history.
Cloud Architecture: Get It Right The First Time
Commentary  |  9/26/2013  | 
Cloud expert David Linthicum, speaker at Interop 2013 New York, shares advice on why an IT manager should play cloud architecture detective.
How NYCDOT Put 'Mobile First' Dev To Work
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
Stringent procurement rules didn't stop New York City's Department of Transportation from quickly creating a tablet app to document Hurricane Sandy damage.
Oracle's Cloud: What's Really New?
Commentary  |  9/25/2013  | 
If Oracle's 'new' cloud services sound familiar, that may be because they've been announced before. Here's a rundown on the real cloud news.
Apple Fingerprint Hack: A Great Reminder
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
Apple's hacked fingerprint reader serves as a reminder to enterprise users: Be cautious about which two-factor mechanism you use.
Microsoft Observations From The Trenches
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
Despite Microsoft's leadership problems and Windows 8 struggles, there are still huge opportunities for partners and customers.
Community And Anonymity Must Get Along
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
Anonymity might be the only path to building community in an age of corporate brand preservation.
DATA Transparency Bill Needs More Work
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
Proposed legislation aims to improve data accountability and transparency in government. Revisions have improved the bill, but some elements still need attention.
Oracle's Ellison Tries To Outmaneuver SAP Hana
Commentary  |  9/23/2013  | 
Promising 100 times faster performance on existing apps, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison makes a move to take the wind out of SAP's Hana in-memory sales.
Cloud Partnerships: It's Complicated
Commentary  |  9/20/2013  | 
Oracle is making nice with Microsoft and Salesforce.com is doing deals with bitter rivals. Here's why coopetition rules in the cloud age.
5 Tips For Building Subscription-Based Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Sometimes limits are the mother of innovation, as Ancestry.com learned in the process of developing and improving its app within the strictures of app marketplaces.
Crowdsourcing: Pick The Brains Of World's Best
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Crowdsourcing is an affordable way to quickly test a slew of ideas and technologies so you can fail early and ultimately pick the best idea.
Apple CEO Cook: We Don't Do Junk
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Apple is more than a hardware company. But it still needs to raise the quality of its software and services.
Why General Motors Went Green (But Not Cloud)
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
GM's new data center lands LEED certification as the automaker continues insourcing IT operations.
Apple Hacker: Mobile Malware Threat Overrated
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Android and iOS exploit expert Charlie Miller says businesses have more pressing security concerns than today's minuscule amount of mobile malware.
Outsourcing Vs. Insourcing: You Need Both
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Reshored IT services are on the rise, but your company might be best served by "rightsourcing" -- using a combination of insourcing and outsourcing based on your needs.
Future CIO: Embrace Digital, Become A Business Partner
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
CIOs should prepare for an era of digital disruption where a decentralized IT department is spread across the company.
Innovation Isn't Porn, It's A Relationship
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Powerful relationships take commitment and the right kind of effort.
5 iOS 7 Headaches
Commentary  |  9/19/2013  | 
Apple's iOS 7 finally surfaces for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It's great, but some features need improvement.
Nirvanix Shutdown: Some Customers Face Mission Impossible
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
Cloud storage provider's pending shutdown gives customers 2 weeks to move data out -- and that's not enough time given bandwidth realities. One expert's advice: Panic now.
'Rise Of The Machines': Should CIOs Tune In?
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
CNBC's documentary, airing Wednesday night, explores our increasingly tech-dependent, interconnected world. Does it offer any insight for CIOs?
EHRs Are Not A 'Digital Menace'
Commentary  |  9/18/2013  | 
Healthcare IT can compromise patient safety, but studies show that lack of it may present an even greater risk.
Sequestration II: Expect Budget Rollercoaster In 2014
Commentary  |  9/17/2013  | 
Think federal sequestration is in the rear-view mirror? It's not. Chances are we'll have to go through another round of belt tightening in 2014.
Dropbox File Brouhaha: Use Case Is The Issue
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Before you pull your files over a perceived security threat, ask yourself: How are you using the cloud file sharing service?
10 Ways Government Clouds Have Changed This Year
Commentary  |  9/16/2013  | 
Learn how 2013's cloud predictions are quickly unfolding for government CIOs.
Higher Ed's Cloud Computing Forecast: Stormy
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Cloud services may not be the right fit for your institution. Here's why.
IW 500 Lessons: Endless Projects To Consumerization Myths
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Lessons on analytics, e-commerce, clouds, mobile and more from the InformationWeek 500 companies.
Big Data Innovation: Time To Focus
Commentary  |  9/13/2013  | 
Too many big data initiatives start with nebulous goals. Executives from MetLife and Tivo Research Analytics pipe up on getting practical.
Medicine Must Get Social
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Patients find a lot of good -- and bad -- healthcare information online. That's why doctors need to be as digitally literate as their patients.
The Year Of VDI: Never
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Some companies anticipated replacing up to 90% of their PCs with VDI alternatives. Then tablets changed the equation.
Cloud Backup Vs. Tape: Think Hybrid
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Consider a hybrid solution involving both cloud and tape resources for data backup.
When Cloud Backup Fails
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Cloud backup providers need to face the realities of Internet bandwidth and give customers a way to perform bulk transfer of data for both backup and recovery.
7 Habits Of Well-Rounded IT Pros
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
Follow these strategies to improve your communications, people and business expertise -- and become more attractive to current and future employers.
Lessons From A Failed Federal IT Project
Commentary  |  9/12/2013  | 
What's Plan B when a federal CIO's important IT program crashes and burns?
Why Your Software Development Process Is Broken
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
It doesn't matter if you're building the next hot iPhone app or tweaking an in-house ERP system. If you don't want to be roadkill, fundamental changes need to be made.
ADP's Mobile Application Plan: Small Is Beautiful
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
How did we build an app that employees actually want to use? Go minimal, be agile and mind the APIs.
Bringing IT Back In-House? Watch Out For 6 Pitfalls
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
Taking back the reins from outsourcers -- also known as insourcing -- can yield agility benefits. But it also carries risk.
SAP Expands Big Data Push
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
SAP resells Intel and Hortonworks Hadoop distributions, adds big data applications, connectors and scientists.
Big Data Profile: Chitra Dorai, IBM
Commentary  |  9/11/2013  | 
IBM distinguished engineer and master inventor Chitra Dorai is named on more than 35 patents. Check out her current analytics project in the mortgage industry.
Apple iPhone 5s, 5c: Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  9/10/2013  | 
Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c make a lot of advances, but they also left a lot of technology out.
Information Sharing: Feds Cite Progress
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
Government agencies are gaining ground in automating the exchange of information, says new report that highlights Boston Marathon bombing lessons.
Why We Started A Health IT Innovation Institute
Commentary  |  9/9/2013  | 
Hectic healthcare environments haven't allocated time and resources needed to develop new technologies and procedures.
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