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Welcome To The New InformationWeek

We're leaving behind the old, one-way publishing model of business technology journalism and pioneering an approach that emphasizes community and true multiway discourse.

Thanks to digital innovation, our media industry has gone through a generation's worth of upheaval during the last five years. We bet your industry has too. Don't get too comfortable: The pace of change is only accelerating.

As digital technologies enhance products, change customer consumption habits, disintermediate supply-chain players, help buyers and sellers make more informed, data-based decisions, and otherwise overturn the status quo, every company is (or should be) sweating who its next disruptive competitors will be.

Which competitor is FedEx most worried about? UPS, of course, but it's keeping a much closer eye these days on one of its biggest partners, Amazon.com, as Amazon becomes more of a business services and logistics provider. And guess who just beat out old nobody-got-fired-for-choosing-IBM for a prized CIA cloud computing contract? Amazon.

Cablevision CEO James Dolan, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in August, conceded that "there could come a day" when the company stops offering TV service, as more and more viewers go straight to the Web (Netflix, Hulu, even YouTube) for their favorite programs. Just a year or two ago, it would have been unthinkable for the chief of a cable TV company to make such an admission.

Ford, GM, and other automakers are first and foremost manufacturers, but they increasingly view themselves as software companies, as they differentiate themselves not only on horsepower, design, and dependability, but also on the entertainment, location, safety, and other digitally delivered extras they pack into their vehicles. Five years ago, which car companies would have considered Google to be a potential competitor? Yet Google's masterfully instrumented self-driving prototype car now has them sitting up. In a 2011 TV commercial for the new Dodge Charger, a dour narrator intones: "Hands-free driving, cars that park themselves, an unmanned car driven by a search-engine company. We've seen that movie. It ends with robots harvesting our bodies for energy." We think Dodge protests too much.

Rather than sit back and let the digital economy disrupt us (thank you, sir, may I have another!), we at InformationWeek have decided to do the disrupting. Today, we're officially relaunching InformationWeek.com on a brand new online platform, with a fresh design and new content-sharing tools, all optimized to promote discussion among editors, IT professionals, and other thought leaders. Our content is now organized around nine core communities, from Strategic CIO, with its IT leadership coverage, to technology communities such as Big Data, Cloud, Security, and Infrastructure, to our two industry communities, Government and Healthcare.

We're leaving behind the old, one-way publishing model of business technology journalism and pioneering an approach that emphasizes true multiway discourse. The new InformationWeek.com is a place where IT pros won't just come to read stories and consume other forms of content; it's also where they will gather to engage with our editors and with one another to share knowledge, ideas, opinions, and best practices.

Those community members include CIOs, CTOs, IT VPs, and managers, and we've enlisted literally hundreds of them to write for our remodeled site and interact with other community members. Among them: John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Linda Cureton, former CIO, NASA; Imre Kabai, enterprise architect, Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Jonathan Feldman, CIO, Asheville, N.C., Jim Ditmore, senior VP of IT infrastructure and operations, Allstate; Howard Anderson, Yankee Group founder and MIT professor; Mike Altendorf, CIO, Do It Best Corp.; Douglas Stone, senior VP of innovation, Maddock Douglas; Larry Stofko, executive VP, The Innovation Institute; Keith Fowlkes, CIO, Centre College; Robert Atkinson, president, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Mark E. Johnson, professor of statistics, University of Central Florida, Orlando; and Randy Bias, CTO, Cloudscaling.

We're looking for even more contributors, so if you're in an IT leadership or management position -- and have something bold or insightful to say -- drop us a line.

Among the new and enhanced features on InformationWeek.com are live audio chats we're lining up with CIOs and other guests; a "Steal This Slide" section that lets IT pros grab PowerPoint slides, based on InformationWeek's market-leading research, to use in their own presentations; and "IT Resume Revamp," a recurring series where a recruiter will remake actual IT pros' resumes.

You'll also find an easier-to-use commenting system (our old one could be a dog); an "Editors' Choice" section, where we'll play up insightful and provocative comments from community members; and a "responsive" design that automatically resizes stories and other content to fit your tablet or smartphone.

At a time when the word "community" has lost all meaning because of overuse, we're walking the walk. Welcome to the new community-driven InformationWeek. Let us know what you think, and what we can do better. And thank you for continuing to be a loyal reader and engaged community member.

Play this video clip to hear more about our new approach:

 

 

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Milano_ice
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Milano_ice,
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12/6/2013 | 2:49:50 PM
New IW format
What took you soooooo long!
Lasse TL912
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Lasse TL912,
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11/27/2013 | 6:46:24 AM
Integration IT with strategies
Thank you for inviting me as GEO,CIO,owner of Vidorg (Uppsala,Sweden so far) to your new Information Week.

Your site has a good design and the IT-strategy by combination of different communities,educational happenings and conferences plus possibility to download usefull whitepapers/reports is right too.

In my company building for Vidorg- an organization consulting company for developing further different "apps" (not IT-apps so far but models,theories as Iḿ philosopher and social scientist by my education) for the new paradigm of science,I have used the same kind of strategies too.Fe. ads in local newspapers,blogging in Swedish (in my www.vidorghelps.blogspot.se) and in English (in http://ltlvidorg1.wordpress.com/) ,comments in the main local newspapers at the country level such as Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet,but even occasionally internationally on GM blogg, Bloomsberry,etc.

The Vidorg company slogan "Integration in the wide meaning" means to me trying to cast my nets on the different "frontiers" of science,politics,business life and culture too.In science I have not had success to get interest for the grounding ideas of the new paradigm of science (containing the many-dimensional view of reality and man)-probably because stopped in my career in the basic level when asking different kinds of questions or creating a new,broader kind of ground in philosophy which is behind our sciences building their axiomatic bases (in physics fe. the basic ontological view of reality consisting of different,separate parts or particles,with no basic connection or unity between each other) and thus not a Ph.dr.

In politics I have tried to help (and get company work too) fe. in USA (health care reforms by my own kind of HC Exchange,using my new M.O.-derivate instrument in different hc-company projects or offers,which is a broader view than the settled one by USA-government and legistlation),in Sweden (by presenting a new form of planning and budget systems using IT-,organisation consulting and strategic interviews of the political CEOś in the Swedish county-system-in my SINUS project 1990-2012).My integrational view has even casts nets on the EU (European community)-level by presenting another kind of "integrative view" from the same kind of perspective as Information Week is doing now.

In cultural life-another "frontier" of mine-and possibly of Vidorg (the mother company) too in e-business of my poems,essays etc. (mainly in Swedish) with the help of Amazon publishing is possibly the last frontier if the broad integration doesn t work on the former ones: in science,politics,business life.

But never mind- by visiting your interesting site and learning by another CIOś and great business leaders I hope to continue the broad line of integration and have success in the end.

Good luck for your work at Information Week and thank you


Lasse T. Laine

CEO,CIO,company owner Vidorg (Uppsala,Sweden)
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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11/21/2013 | 3:35:47 PM
Re: Congrats on the relaunch!
Ellis, we've got the request in for the spellchecker. And thanks for the kind note.
Stephanie W
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Stephanie W,
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11/19/2013 | 10:32:43 AM
The value of interaction
While I understand and recognise Somedude8's point, I like the idea of interacting with thought leaders and discussing the issues currently facing the industry. I see great value in that; I am also greatly impressed with the breadth of information covered. Healthcare is my monster, so the more information and conversation about our industry's demons, the better.
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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11/19/2013 | 9:34:43 AM
Re: Where is the value?
It's an excellent point, Somedude8. I'm not suggesting that tech journalism is over. Far from it. I'm suggesting that it's not ALL one-way. As I noted in the video above -- and it's a point I should have reinforced in my written piece above -- our editors, who are indeed subject matter experts, are still doing the journalistic heavy lifting. The likes of Charlie Babcock, Doug Henschen, Tom Claburn, Wyatt Kash, Dave Carr and Chris Murphy are the best in the business. Unlike lots of other media outlets, we're still doing the critical reporting and research and analysis. And we vet and edit every outside contributor (apart from the comments) on our site. We care a great deal about editorial quality, depth and integrity. It's not a free-for-all. But we also understand that we don't know it all. We want to get some (quality) outside voices into the discussion as well. 

 
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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11/18/2013 | 9:08:01 PM
Where is the value?
IMO, you may be underestimating the value of this to folks like me:
"... the old, one-way publishing model of business technology journalism "

There is an underlying assumption, one that is usually correct, that the professional tech journalist is going to be a subject matter expert. Reading articles written by subject matter experts in various IT disciplines provides tremendous value to me. Reading the opinions of my contemporaries may provide some interesting perspective, but nowhere near the value of the most of the articles I find on Information Week.

Put another way, I can go to the water cooler, either physical or virtual, and get more opinions about current IT trends etc than a person would ever need. Providing what *sounds like* will amount to yet another virtual water cooler isn't something I really need. It may prove useful from time to time, but what carries much more weight to me is the articles written by profession IT journalists.

I just can't see how 'multiway discourse' (great new buzzword BTW, can I use that in the next meeting?) will provide value much above what I already have available from countless outlets.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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11/18/2013 | 6:07:52 PM
Re: just awful
If you choose to view comments in "Threaded" view, responses appear under the comments they are responding to.
mak63
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mak63,
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11/18/2013 | 1:54:24 PM
Re: just awful
I'll be more considerate in the future. Sorry about that.
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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11/18/2013 | 12:01:30 PM
Re: just awful
In response to mak63's criticisms, I would just ask that you bear with us. No website platform and design overhaul is going to come out of the gate flawlessly. This will be an interative process--we'll evaluate your and others' suggestions and make changes. There's a reason I asked for feedback, negative and positive. Just be gentle!
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samicksha,
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11/18/2013 | 11:01:04 AM
Re: Job Well Done!
This is amazing restructing, presentation is rocking, number of information tabs under one roof..more of new learning on way...Thanx IW
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