EdX is Harvard and MIT's open-source university, offering college-level courses free online. The very first class was in spring 2012. Currently, it offers classes from three universities: Harvard, MIT and University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, Wellesley, Georgetown and the 15-school University of Texas system will begin offering courses. Six more schools will be added in 2014, including several international universities.
Courses: As of spring 2013, EdX offers 26 courses, ranging from computer science to chemistry to economics to political science. Pictured here: Eric Lander in the introduction to his biology MOOC.
Focus: Opening elite college instruction to a much larger audience.
Sources for courses: Started with Harvard, MIT and the University of California at Berkeley.
Backed by: A consortium of universities headed by Harvard and MIT, which have put $60 million into the effort.
Status: Not for profit.
Leadership: President Anant Agarwal, an MIT computer science professor.
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.
CIOs Get Smart About BIIT’s tried for years to simplify business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.