The South by Southwest conference rolls serious ideas and innovations into a party package. Take a peek at the flavor of this eclectic Austin confab.
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Bing Gordon, former chief executive for video game company Electronic Arts and now a venture capitalist, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek reporter Brad Stone discuss the growing trends of social media and gamification. Key quotes included: "Understand that people who grew up playing games look at the world differently. They look at the Boston skyline and think how they'd drop a Tetris block on it." Also, "Don't get an MBA, play World of Warcraft. Instead of $40,000 a year, it's $12/month."
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of September 18, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."