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 Curtis Franklin Jr.

Profile of Curtis Franklin Jr.

Executive Editor, Technical Content
Member Since: 3/6/2014
News & Commentary Posts: 201
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Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek. In this role he oversees product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he acts as executive producer for InformationWeek Radio and Interop Radio where he works with InformationWeek editors and guests to tell a variety of compelling audio stories.

 

Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has contributed to a number of technology-industry publications including Enterprise EfficiencyChannelWebNetwork Computing, InfoWorldPCWorldDark Reading, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking.

 

Curtis is the author of hundreds of articles, the co-author of three books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. His most popular book, The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Podcasting , with co-author George Colombo, was published by Que Books. His most recent book, Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center , with co-author Brian Chee, was released in April 2010.

 

When he's not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in amateur radio (KG4GWA), scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

Articles by Curtis Franklin Jr.

10 Agile Tips From Pokémon Go Coach Training

7/24/2016
Pokémon Go players want to improve and become better trainers. The same tips that help you catch more Pokémon can help you become a better scrum master. We caught 10 of those pointers that can be applied to leading an agile team developing enterprise software.

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Softbank's ARM Buy Signals Mobile Market Disruption   

7/19/2016
Softbank, one of the largest mobile service providers, has reached past several layers of the supply chain to buy ARM, which designs the processors inside most of the mobile devices using its networks worldwide. The deal has the power to show us what true market disruption looks like.

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9 Java Programming Myths Busted

7/10/2016
Java has been around for 25 years -- plenty of time to build a mythology. Here, we bust up nine of the most prominent myths surrounding this widely used programming language.

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Microsoft Spreads Open Source Love With .Net Core 1.0

6/29/2016
Microsoft has extended the .NET platform to the open source side, along with several other critical tools and frameworks. Taken together, the releases make up Microsoft's most comprehensive move yet into the open source world. Here's what the news means for developers.

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Bluetooth 5: Five Things For IT To Know

6/20/2016
Bluetooth 5 promises improvements in speed, range, and application over the current version. Here are five things you need to know about what has been announced, and what it can mean for your enterprise.

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GrabCAD's Print Cloud Speeds Up 3D Printing

5/30/2016
GrabCAD Print takes the GitHub concept of a processing and sharing hub that can deal with many different file formats and applies it to the 3D-printing process. The goal is to make prototyping faster and less convoluted.

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11 Books To Help CIOs Become Better Leaders

5/27/2016
CIOs are expected to be experts in tech as well as business while leading diverse and complicated intiatives and teams. But they don't have to go it alone. Here are 11 books to help CIOs -- and aspiring CIOs -- get better at many of the critical facets of their complex jobs.

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How Bimodal IT Can Kill Your Company

5/11/2016
Is bimodal IT the way to get innovation and stability right in the enterprise? Or will kill your company? John McCarthy of Forrester says it's far more likely to do the latter than the former.

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Penn Medicine: Using Data To Save Patient Lives

5/2/2016
Penn Signals is a system that uses existing data from electronic health records to perform real-time predictive analysis of heart failure patients. The goal? Penn Medicine wanted to place patients in proper risk groups and assign them to cardiology resources in order to get them the best care and improve their outcomes. This work earned the company the No. 4 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.

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10 IoT Startups You Need To Know

4/24/2016
IoT is hot. And there is no shortage of companies in the space. We take a look at 10 IoT startups you need to know because they are doing something a little different or a little special.

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10 High-Tech Tools Powering Las Vegas

4/15/2016
Las Vegas is a modern high-tech hub. Casinos depend on technology to keep guests happy -- and honest. Here's a look at some of the tech behind the magic, and the lessons that can pay off big for enterprises.

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8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track

3/28/2016
Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.

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How Stryker's First-Ever CISO Reined In Cloud Chaos

3/7/2016
From her post as deputy CIO of The White House to being named the first-ever CISO at Stryker, a medical device manufacturer, Alissa Johnson is no stranger to challenges. Here's a look at how she reined in an environment loaded with cloud applications and shadow IT.

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Mac OS X El Capitan: 10 Productivity Tips

1/24/2016
Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.

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Mobile, IoT Sales Hampered By Security Fears: Accenture

1/7/2016
Concerns about privacy and security join several factors weighing heavily on purchases of mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. A new Accenture report says 2016 could be a very flat year for sales of consumer technology overall, and mobile and IoT devices in particular.

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CES 2016: Sneak Peek At Emerging Trends

1/5/2016
After walking around a crowded ballroom for a couple of hours checking out gadgets of all shapes, sizes, and functionality, here are the major trends I saw coming together at the event that are likely to have long-term impact on our lives and businesses.

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10 Reasons To Snuggle Up To Python

1/3/2016
Python is one of the most popular languages in education and commercial programming. Here are 10 reasons it should be the next language in your programming repertoire. For IT leaders, choosing Python as a core development language means you should easily be able to find talent that can wrap around any problem your project presents.

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Improving Disaster Relief Efforts With GIS

1/1/2016
RippleNami's GIS is helping NGOs and other aid organizations make the most of relief efforts by offering multiple layers of insight into an affected area. Here's how one organization is making the most of it to support more than 85,000 people across Kenya and Ethiopia.

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NORAD Santa Tracker Delivers On Facebook, Twitter, Mobile Apps

12/24/2015
InformationWeek spoke with Canadian Royal Navy Lieutenant Marco Chouinard of the NORAD Tracks Santa team to get more information on how the organization pulls off the demanding tasks of keeping up with the jolly old elf and sharing his up-to-the-minute status on social media. Here's what we learned.

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User Groups Matter To Vendors: Here's Why

12/17/2015
InformationWeek recently interviewed three vendor executives who spend their professional lives building and sustaining business-oriented user groups. Here's what we learned about this symbiotic relationship.

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Government's Digital Efforts Trail Private Sector's

11/10/2015
Globally, government leaders surveyed by Deloitte reported that they are behind the private sector when it comes to "going digital." Here's what CIOs and other government IT officials can take away from the report to aid in their own push for digital transformation.

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HTML 5 Vs. Native Apps: What's Best For Developers?

10/26/2015
Debate rages on about whether an HTML5 Web application or a native platform application is the best solution for your project team. We've put together this list of arguments -- five for HTML5 and five for native apps -- to help frame the debate.

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Intel's Arduino 101: 11 Reasons You Need It

10/20/2015
Intel has announced the new Arduino 101, an Arduino platform based on the Intel Curie module. While it's aimed primarily at the education and maker communities, there are plenty of commercial applications, including the opportunity to experiment with Internet of Things (IoT) projects, including wearables, diminutive gadgets, and sensors

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SAP, Splunk Dashboards Aim To Satisfy Data Hunger

10/16/2015
The "data-driven enterprise" is becoming a reality as more and more executive teams look to support their decisions with data. Dashboards, such as the new products and services from Splunk and SAP, are on their way to becoming key components in the new executive reality.

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Dell, EMC Deal: 10 Things IT Needs To Know

10/13/2015
Enterprise IT executives were left wondering what the massive Dell-EMC deal might mean to them. There's a lot you'll want to know (especially if you're an EMC customer). As we ponder the implications of the massive merger, what springs to mind are 10 ways we expect the deal to impact IT.

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