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Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

Articles by Thomas Claburn

Why APIs Are Worth The Time And Attention Of IT Professionals

9/9/2016
IT professionals who have yet to be convinced that API management could be useful need look no further than Google's plan to acquire Apigee, an API management platform. It's the latest in a string of similar offerings that highlight the importance of application programming interfaces in today's IT organization.

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9 SaaS Pitfalls To Avoid

9/5/2016
Shifting to cloud application providers requires companies to step carefully. Here are 9 potential problems that can prevent a smooth transition.

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How To Retain Top IT Talent

8/31/2016
If your organization can't move beyond traditional work hours, it may have trouble keeping valuable tech employees happy. Here's what IT leaders need to know.

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Dropbox Urges Users To Change Old Passwords

8/29/2016
Data from a 2012 breach has resurfaced, leading to fears that the information could be used to compromise accounts. IT managers using a new Dropbox feature don't need to worry, but they still have to guard against employees' bad password hygiene.

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Managing Gen Z: A Primer For IT Managers

8/28/2016
Having grown up amid crises and technologically accelerated change, the second-wave of Millennials -- or Gen Z -- that's entering the workforce has different expectations and needs than people who came before them. Here are some tips on how IT managers can support and direct this new generation of workers.

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How Intelligent Data Analysis Can Transform IT Security: Podcast

8/18/2016
Welcome to the first episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice, a new podcast series featuring interviews with top IT executives, managers, and technology experts. In this episode, we speak with Stuart Clarke, chief technical officer for cybersecurity at Nuix, about the impact intelligent data analysis can have on data security.

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9 Enterprise Mobility Management Tools For IT Pros

8/12/2016
Choosing the right EMM suite requires IT organizations to understand their needs and the capabilities of the various options. These nine options were featured in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites. They serve as a starting point to help you find the right tools for your IT needs.

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10 IoT Security Best Practices For IT Pros

8/9/2016
IT professionals have to treat internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities as they would vulnerabilities in databases or web applications. Any flaw can bring unwelcome attention, for those making affected products and those using them. Any flaw may prove useful to compromise other systems on the network. When everything is connected, security is only as strong as the weakest node on the network.

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How An Agricultural Data Firm Puts The Cloud To Work

7/29/2016
Integration -- connecting computing services to one another -- used to mean bringing in expensive consultants, investing in custom programming, and dealing with long timelines. But modern cloud-based options could make integration only a matter of dragging icons and filling in form fields, work that can often be done without a developer. Here's what it means to IT professionals.

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Using AI To Fight Cyberthreats

7/27/2016
SparkCognition, working with Carnegie Mellon and IBM's Watson, aims to provide cyber-security researchers with better threat data using predictive models powered by machine learning.

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Lawsuit Raises Questions About The Right To Tinker With Tech

7/25/2016
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit to overturn a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which limits the modification of technology. For anyone managing information technology, the law in question has the potential to limit access to data, to weaken security, and to impose unnecessary burdens, costs, and liabilities.

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9 Tools To Help You Build A Better Bot

6/23/2016
AI-fueled automation is all the rage in customer service, but a bot gone wrong can do your business more harm than good. We spotlight the better bot platforms presently available to help keep your automation ambitions in line with what your customers really want.

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Symbolic IO Rewrites Rules For Storage

5/24/2016
The company's IRIS system promises dramatic speed improvements over existing technologies. These storage improvements should benefit anyone running large database queries, particularly transactions that require speed.

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Google Revamps Mobile Ads As Smartphone Searches Surge

5/24/2016
Calling 2016 "the year mobile has happened," Google's SVP of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy announced improvements to advertising functionality for tablets and smartphones. More text, better bidding, responsive formats, and expanded location-based capabilities are all coming Google's mobile ad business.

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Google I/O 2016: AI, VR Get Day In The Sun

5/19/2016
At Google I/O, it was unclear whether the company's intention was to entice programmers with its new artificial intelligence offerings, or simply fry them in the Mountain View, Calif. sunshine. Here's what we were able to see before heat stroke set in.

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Google I/O 2016: What To Expect

5/16/2016
Updates on Project Tango, Android N, and Android Auto are among the announcements we expect at Google's annual developer conference this week. Here's what we know so far.

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IBM Watson: Machine-Of-All-Trades

5/16/2016
From fashion to food to healthcare, IBM's Watson has many guises across different industries. Here's a look at some of the work IBM's AI system has been doing since its Jeopardy! heyday.

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Worthington Industries Moves Metal With Mobile App

5/3/2016
Worthington Industries, a global metal manufacturing company, uncovered new business processes in its effort to ease paperwork headaches for its shipping and trucking operations. See why its Bill of Lading eSignature app earned the company the Elite 100 Award for Best Use Of Mobile.

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FedEx Services Eases The Pain Of Customs Clearance

5/2/2016
Disparate internal systems and a complex customs environment were slowing down the import/export process for business customers. So FedEx Services launched the Clearance Customer Profile app to help businesses overcome customs clearance hurdles. The company's efforts earned it the No. 5 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.

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Google Expands Free Apps For Work Offer

4/26/2016
Subsidizing Google Apps for Work will now continue through the end of the year for customers under contract with other vendors. Google also expanded the program to provide assistance to smaller companies.

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