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Are True IT Leaders Born Or Made?
Commentary  |  10/31/2016
Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of business, management, and leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his views on what makes a great IT leader and provides four tips you can apply now to your own career journey.
Healthcare's Looming Disruption: How Can IT Prepare?
News  |  10/31/2016
A new Gartner Maverick report says that annual physical medical exams and primary care doctors are about to be disrupted by IoT medical devices and algorithm. Here's how IT must shift to accommodate the change.
AWS Cost Management: 6 Tools IT Can Use
Slideshows  |  10/31/2016
In the on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud world dominated by Amazon Web Services, it's easy for costs to spiral out of control. To help, here are 6 tools to help manage and monitor your AWS spending.
Achieving IT Agility: 4 Steps To Start Your Journey
Commentary  |  10/28/2016
IT agility is about far more than adopting agile development practices. It requires a complete rethinking of your entire IT organization in order to help your company achieve the digital transformation needed to survive. That's the conclusion of a new report from The Hackett Group, which identifies four key steps to take as you begin your journey toward IT agility.
Analytics, IoT Crucial To Mobile E-Commerce Growth
News  |  10/28/2016
As more and more companies delve into mobile e-commerce, the amount of data generated is putting new challenges for developers and IT departments. But analytics, IoT, and other tools have help make sense of that data, according a report from Frost & Sullivan.
Gartner's 10 Tech Predictions That Will Change IT
Slideshows  |  10/28/2016
During its recent Symposium ITXpo, Gartner released predictions about the future of technology for IT departments and users. Here's a look at those predictions and what they might mean for you and your organization.
BI Self-Service Analytics: IT's Next Top Priority
Commentary  |  10/27/2016
IT organizations should prioritize their self-service analytics tools projects to enable business users to experience the value of analytics and big data investments.
OpenStack Revenue To Hit $5 Billion By 2020
News  |  10/27/2016
451 Research doubles its previous estimate of the value of the OpenStack marketplace and predicts the majority of OpenStack revenue will come from private cloud deployments.
Bank Of America's Digital Transformation: Where IT Fits In
Commentary  |  10/27/2016
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is in the midst of sweeping digital transformation involving all aspects of its customer-facing operations. InformationWeek spoke with several of the company's technology executives to find out where IT fits in its evolving technology roadmap.
Rapid Application Development: Know The Right Tools
Commentary  |  10/26/2016
Rapid application development tools could be what your app builders need for their next big project -- if you know how to ask the right questions.
Final Presidential Debate Tests UNLV's IT Preparedness
News  |  10/26/2016
The UNLV IT staff had to be ready for a variety of requests -- often at the last minute -- as the school prepared to host the third Presidential debate earlier this month. Here's the inside story.
7 Tech Nightmares Haunting IT Pros This Halloween
Slideshows  |  10/26/2016
Sinister service outages, blood-curdling budget constraints, and chilling cyberthreats have long been the stuff of IT nightmares. Now a new survey looks at what's really terrifying IT pros this Halloween and beyond.
Smartwatch Shipments Take Nosedive In Q3 2016
News  |  10/25/2016
Despite the launch of a new Apple Watch line, smartwatch shipments plunged more than 50% between the third quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of this year. The latest numbers from IDC appears to show a market in need of significant recalibration.
Poll: Where Are You Spending Your IT Dollars In 2017?
Commentary  |  10/25/2016
We want to know about your top IT spending priorities for the year ahead. Take our flash poll and tell us where your IT dollars are headed.
7 Data And Analytics Job Titles To Know
Slideshows  |  10/25/2016
Leveraging data -- big and small -- has become a powerful tool for enterprise IT organizations that successfully transition to digital businesses. Opportunities within enterprise organizations have expanded to fill the need. Here's our list of job titles for today's data professionals.
GE Doubles Down On 'Digital Twins' For Business Knowledge
News  |  10/24/2016
Digital twins involve the building of digital models of industrial assets such as turbines. Gartner recently named the technology as one to follow in 2017, and here's how GE is bringing it to the mainstream.
Cloud Security, AI, IoT Make List Of Hot Technologies For 2017
News  |  10/24/2016
In a new report, Nucleus Research identifies which of this year's hot tech topics -- including AI, IoT, security, and supply chains applications -- will become even more focused and implementable in 2017.
10 Strategic Tech Trends For 2017: Gartner 
Slideshows  |  10/24/2016
Gartner has released its annual list of the top 10 strategic trends. Are you planning for the right technology to future-proof your organization? Here's a closer look at each of the trends.
AI Provider Brings IoT Data To Bare Metal Cloud
News  |  10/21/2016
Falkonry provides AI services to its industrial customers generating great volumes of IoT data. Here's why this company chose a bare metal cloud implementation for its operations.
McDonald's Flips Its Training Game: Podcast
Commentary  |  10/21/2016
In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast, McDonald's Jack Sylvester and Inkling's Matt MacInnis talk about the new document infrastructure the fast food giant is using for its training and operations manuals -- and what that infrastructure means for onboarding more than 700,000 new employees a year.
BI On Hadoop Success: 7 Things To Know
Slideshows  |  10/21/2016
When enterprises implement Hadoop, their top use-case was found to be business intelligence (BI). Now a new benchmark study shows which Hadoop SQL engines are best for which workloads. Here is a look at 7 key findings from that study.
AWS, VMware Pact Eases Hybrid Cloud Adoption
News  |  10/20/2016
AWS and VMware have struck a deal that improves workload transfers between their environments, which leaves customers in charge of their final configurations.
Aligned Energy Chills Data Centers With Cool Efficiency
News  |  10/20/2016
Aligned Energy's Cactus Cooler unit dispenses with fans and chillers and conducts data center heat outside through a thermal bus.
Gartner: IT Spending Will Hit $3.5 Trillion In 2017
News  |  10/20/2016
At its Symposium/ITxpo show, Gartner released new worldwide IT spending numbers that predict enterprises will spend up to $3.5 trillion on technology in 2017. That's an increase of about 3% over 2016, with much of that money going toward software and services.
Gartner 2017 CIO Agenda: Digital Ecosystems, Interoperability, Bimodal IT
Commentary  |  10/19/2016
Digitization, creating a new level of organizational interoperability, and the practice of bimodal IT are among the priorities for CIOs, according to the Gartner 2017 CIO Agenda. See how your IT priorities stack up.
IT In Danger Of Being Marginalized, Accenture Warns 
Commentary  |  10/19/2016
Declining confidence in enterprise IT and greater use of external cloud services are among the findings of a recent Accenture survey. The growth of shadow IT comes with risks. Get a closer look with this infographic.
9 Reasons DevOps Is A Dirty Word
Slideshows  |  10/19/2016
DevOps means a massive change for most organizations and requires serious commitment from management and workers. It isn't for everyone, but is it really for anyone? Here are nine reasons DevOps might not be right for you and your organization.
Hadoop Migration Pays Off For PRGX
News  |  10/18/2016
Recovery audit services company PRGX is leveraging the lower storage cost and faster analytics speeds available in a Hadoop and Talend big data stack to realize more cost savings and revenue for customers.
Gartner: Digital Business Depends On Core IT, IoT, AI
Commentary  |  10/18/2016
The infrastructure for the new digital enterprise rests on five domains. At the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016, Peter Sondergaard and his colleagues explained the importance of those domains.
McDonald's Cooks Up Digital Document Infrastructure
Commentary  |  10/17/2016
McDonald's worldwide has to onboard more than 700,000 people a year. A new cloud-based document infrastructure lets the company save money and time while keeping consistency high.
OpenCAPI Opens New Realm Of Data Handling
News  |  10/17/2016
IBM, Google, HPE, Dell, and others have combined resources to promote the OpenCAPI standard, which aims to boost the performance of data center servers tasked with analyzing large amounts of data.
HP To Cut Up To 4,000 Jobs As PC Market Declines
News  |  10/17/2016
In a filing with the SEC, HP said the cuts are part of a restructuring designed to reduce costs. The news came the same week that Gartner reported an 8th consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments.
Hadoop: Pros And Cons For Enterprise Users
Slideshows  |  10/17/2016
There's been plenty of buzz about how Hadoop can store, process, and analyze huge files and large volumes of files like no other technology before it. But is this open source distributed big data system really suited for enterprises? We look at the pros and cons.
Zillow Uses Analytics, Machine Learning To Disrupt With Data
News  |  10/14/2016
Industry disruptor Zillow leverages data about residential real estate and makes it available to the general public. The company's senior director of data science and engineering shares the secrets behind Zillow's data stack.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Will Cost Company Billions
News  |  10/14/2016
In an Oct. 14 statement, Samsung estimated that the recall of its Galaxy Note smartphone will cost the company as much as $3 billion over the next several quarters. So far, Samsung has received 96 reports of overheating and fire associated with device.
7 Keys To Building A Successful Big Data Infrastructure
Slideshows  |  10/14/2016
The infrastructure you build for big data, whether you're looking at software or hardware, will have a huge impact on the analysis and action your big data systems will support. Here are 7 factors that can make a big difference when building your big data architecture.
Navigating Today's IT Choices
Commentary  |  10/14/2016
IT pros can cut through the cluttered IT landscape by adopting sales skills.
Gartner's Integration Magic Quadrant: Atlantis, Pivot3 On The Move
News  |  10/13/2016
Young startups and seasoned seven-year-olds are moving into Gartner's Magic Quadrant on Integrated Systems, which takes the temperature of the hyperconverged infrastructure market.
SAP's S/4HANA Migration Pivot Offers Lessons For IT Pros
News  |  10/13/2016
Enterprise application giant SAP made an unplanned change to its own migration to its updated S/4HANA ERP and in-memory database platform. Here's how the acquisition of Concur changed SAP's approach.
PC Market Still Declining, But Not As Sharply
News  |  10/12/2016
IDC and Gartner have released new numbers for the global PC market that show a decline in the third quarter of 2016, but one not as sharp as those of the past two years.
Farmers Insurance Transitions Customer Service With Salesforce Mobile App
News  |  10/12/2016
Farmers Insurance CEO Jeffrey Dailey explained at this month's Dreamforce how his firm was migrating the customer experience into the digital age.
Netflix Gives IT Pros Front-Row View Of Its Data Stack
News  |  10/12/2016
Kurt Brown, Netflix's director of data platform, recently provided an inside look into the company's data stack, its evolving technologies, and its plan for the future. Here are the technologies that run Netflix's data.
6 Signs You Need A Multi-Cloud Strategy
Slideshows  |  10/12/2016
Enterprises adopt more than one type of cloud for a number of reasons, including security, shadow IT, and the varying degrees of support from providers. Here are 6 signs that your organization may need to jump into multi-cloud computing.
27 Open Source DevOps Tools In 7 Easy Bites
Slideshows  |  10/11/2016
DevOps is a discipline filled with useful open source tools. Here are 27 of them, organized into seven categories you should know about if you're looking to find the right tools for your organization's DevOps strategy.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Killed Following Fire Reports
News  |  10/11/2016
A day after Samsung told partners and carriers to stop selling its flagship Galaxy Note 7, the company released a statement that it would end production all together. It's a huge blow for the South Korean tech giant as the holiday shopping season approaches.
Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending To Hit 37% In 2016
News  |  10/11/2016
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Forecast nudges total IT budget spent on cloud to 36.9% in 2016.
Let's Patent This: A Primer For Enterprise App Developers
Commentary  |  10/11/2016
Patents aren't typically the first thing on your mind when you're developing an application for your enterprise. Yet, there's a great deal of creative development work going on at organizations of all types and sizes. Attorney Lincoln Essig provides five steps IT professionals and enterprise app developers can take to make sure your company's intellectual property is protected.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Production Halts Amid More Fire Reports
News  |  10/10/2016
According to reports from South Korea, Samsung is stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following more reports of the devices catching fire. Also, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T have stopped selling the phones, as well as replacements. UPDATE: Late on Oct. 10, Samsung released its own statement.
Infrastructure Monitoring: Two Different Perspectives
Commentary  |  10/10/2016
Infrastructure monitoring is critical for the modern enterprise. In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast, we hear two executives talk about why they monitor -- and how it's done.
5 Ways Agile Boosted Our IT Team's Happiness
Commentary  |  10/10/2016
Chris Savoie, director of product strategy at Workfront, has spent the past 12 years leading Agile IT teams. While the productivity improvements of Agile methodology are well documented, we rarely hear about how Agile affects IT morale. Here, Chris shares five things he learned along the way, and how his IT team benefited in the process.
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