Profile of Michael Fitzgerald
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Michael Fitzgerald writes about the power of ideas and the people who bring them to bear on business, technology and culture.
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Hoarding useless data makes analytics harder. Companies like Paxata say their brand of analytics lets non-data experts turn data landfills into useful info.
MIT data scientist Alex "Sandy" Pentland, author of Social Physics, says big data shows much of what managers assume about employee motivation is false.
TermSync uses data analytics to help small and midsized businesses better understand how and when they're being paid.
Dun & Bradstreet partners with FirstRain to pull unstructured data from Twitter along with web newsfeeds and incorporate them into the corporate data it sells.
Companies spend too much time simply getting data into a form where it can be analyzed, professor says. That doesn't leave enough time for business problems.
IT groups are struggling to measure their own performance, especially around cloud services, new research says.
Midwestern gas stations use data collected from their customers' cellphones by third party iSIGN Media Corp. -- and sell 8,000 more gallons of gas per month than usual.
A mortgage processor for Australia says Enlighten's operations automation software enabled him to achieve a 40% cost savings and hire more staff.
It's not your father's corporate training. EdX wants to help companies offer their own massive open online courses to keep employees' skills updated.
Law firm CIO Gavin Gray talks about networking with other industries, alternative startups, and making his clients happy with custom legal apps.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded six $100,000 grants to help improve everything from disaster response to municipal services.
CIOs can help shape big data's image by defining how government and business should use it.
Qualcomm is pushing to put its neural processor Zeroth in smartphones. Here's what smartphone makers can -- and can't -- do with it.
Companies need to stop drooling over consumer data and start acting like responsible data stewards -- or face serious backlash.
Israeli company puts analytics in the cache memory of a central processing unit, reducing need for new hardware purchases.
AT&T "nanocubes," a poor man's approach to big-data analysis, let users analyze petabytes of data per day in laptop memory.
"Math kind of guy" Tim Rey talks about combining business acumen with numbers smarts, unstructured data woes, and improving the supply chain.
Dataland -- a place where your activities are tracked 24/7 -- is almost upon us, say some researchers. Popular myths stress the advantages of a data-driven society, but there's a dark side.
Right now, analytics suffers from too much math, too much marketing hype -- and too few sheep.
Nicholas Carr was wrong; IT does matter. But the tech that matters most now is data, leading to a possible leadership coup by chief data officers and chief digital officers.
Olly Downs, senior VP of data sciences at marketing analytics firm Globys, spends his days finding the delicate balance between effective and creepy when it comes to personalized marketing.
CNBC's documentary, airing Wednesday night, explores our increasingly tech-dependent, interconnected world. Does it offer any insight for CIOs?
Christopher Emerson brings an IT perspective to the business of determining how much it will cost to handle a legal matter.
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.
In fight against crime and neighborhood decay, city finds that combining just six months of statistics and socioeconomic data results in actionable maps.
IBM Digital Loan Processing platform promises to make managing the mortgage process more like tracking a package.
Massive open online courses shake up the way professors teach traditional classes.
Online learning products are booming, giving teachers a smorgasbord of options and IT professionals in education influence they haven't enjoyed in years.
London-based firm's free online textbook replacement service focuses so far on math and physics texts.
Boston startup uses visualization algorithms to take data in
disparate formats and let it be displayed together.
Boundless, known for providing free textbooks to college students, will start charging $20 for textbooks bundled with study tools.
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.
Colorado's RISE program draws on state assessments and other data to help officials judge how well various educational programs prepare students for college and career.
Building and establishing a mobile strategy in a developing economy presents unique challenges. Here's how to tackle them.
Bill Miller loves being the one to "tool people up" to make sure the big semiconductor supplier's chips are used in as many devices as possible.
Big data, meet fast data. Lotus Formula One team uses more than 200 sensors on the car to measure tires, brakes and more for real-time alarms and post-race analysis.
Mashup IT reflects human behavior, in real-time and on location, and it tracks people changing their behaviors.
As technology reshapes both the way law firms run and the law itself, law schools must also morph, says noted legal scholar.
Like anything in its infancy, massive open online courses like EdX are full of possibilities and promise. But their path is unpredictable.
General Electric adds a public cloud and new data management tools to make it easier for its customers to massage the massive amount of data generated by industrial sensors.
IT will become more active in mobile development and management as the number of mobile device users doubles in the next five years, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Google, Microsoft, Oracle and other tech giants propose that computer science become a required proficiency in Massachusetts public schools to help address the technology labor shortage. Critics call this a kludgy solution.
Will edX's decision to release its full source code attract more contributors to the Harvard/MIT-backed massive open online course platform?
MIT's Sloan School of Management will expand use of a virtual platform in its executive education program.
MIT's Sloan School of Management is one of several universities using AvayaLive Engage to meld real and virtual classrooms.
Japan's NTT now can offer consistent private cloud services from nine data centers in eight countries, with more on the way.
Massive online open courses are one answer when your workers need to learn new skills.
IT leaders, brace yourself for pain as you push for agility. Business needs are emerging so rapidly that tools don't exist to support them, said CIOs at MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
If a full-on cyber war breaks out, what will your company do? Avoid the Internet or hire a cyber Pinkerton?
H-1B is just one of the hot-button issues in the immigration reform act now being debated by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But it is the one that matters most to IT.
In his continuing role as insurer's chief information exec, Jim Knight's top goal is developing Chubb's data analytics capabilities.
Online learning should not supplant kids coming together to participate in teams, says researcher Justin Reich.
Right now digital globes are too expensive for most classrooms, but promise an exciting new way to teach geography and more.
Digital Public Library of America gives researchers access to collections that previously would have required visiting another university, lets librarians augment their schools' education.
CIOs should impart to their staff what the IT department does and why it matters. Cynthia Montgomery's book on strategy is a good template.
20% of H-1B petitions granted last year went to just four firms, all outsourcers. That's just one of several proofs that the controversial visa program is hurting U.S. tech.
Former education secretary Richard Riley heads effort to make it easier for students to take online classes by standardizing state regulations.
California expands edX "blended" classroom experiment, sees increase in course pass rates.
The early market for massive open online courses (MOOCs) brings more approaches than you might realize. Take a look at 8 game changers.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division holds computerized lottery to distribute visas in random fashion. IT talent shortage debate continues.
You don't need to always be closing, but you should always be challenging.
Here's how MIT professor Eric Lander's introduction to biology course is being turned into a massive open online course for remote students.
Some companies are installing visualization walls -- big banks of
high-definition screens -- to see the big picture on their big data.
Professors who teach massive open online courses predict they will bring down the cost of higher education -- but not all agree on whether MOOCs should offer credits.
Jim Knight, global CIO for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, says the company's move to Jive as a social business platform is all about innovation and collaboration. Not required: sleepless nights.
Yale University's CIO discusses his career path, disruptive forces in education technology and more.
Public-private partnerships aim to deliver services that cash-strapped cities can't provide on their own. In Boston, pilot projects tackle energy, traffic and more.
At stake is the future of a free online alternative to expensive college textbooks, says open-source textbook maker.
Whether FCC Chairman Genachowski is reappointed or not, he says a multi-fold vision for making better use of wireless spectrum will proceed.
Microsoft has its own opinion. But do CIOs want to make Excel the analytics engine for the masses?
Boston's EdX partnership with MIT should spur CIOs to consider creating their own massive open online courses to fill skills gaps.
Netbooks will continue to lead tablets and laptops in education sales this year, predicts ABI Research.
Newly hired data scientist Jayanth Garlapati talks about blazing trails and his job helping DonorsChoose mine trends in teaching innovations.
Certification group says five Coursera classes measure up, but universities must decide whether to award formal credit.
New CIOs should start preparing during the interview process, say two McKinsey consultants. How good are your listening skills?
Tablets will lose steam, BYOD will become ubiquitous and mobile rollouts will get less expensive, says Yankee Group analyst.
Addressing the troops can be fraught with pitfalls. A psychologist offers tips on how leaders can boost teamwork by using situation-appropriate styles of speaking.