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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation posted in September 2012
New Face Of IT: Line Of Business Execs
Commentary  |  9/28/2012
Without a CIO or a corporate IT staff, Jennifer Trzepacz deployed cloud-based tools to help LivingSocial grow by 4,100 full-time employees in one year.
Hypesters Put IT Credibility On The Line
Commentary  |  9/26/2012
Business technology leaders and managers need to get into the habit of underpromising and overdelivering.
Google Enterprise, I'm Not Impressed
Commentary  |  9/26/2012
You have great products and are a proven innovator, but it will take changes in thinking to conquer the enterprise.
CIO Profile: Darko Dejanovic Of Active Network
News  |  9/26/2012
Miscommunication can really wreck an IT project, says this tech chief.
Cisco Customers Discuss Its Future
Commentary  |  9/26/2012
The shocker is that VMware is getting a look from 38% of Cisco customers who are in search of alternatives.
8 IT Mistakes: Must-Have Lessons From Top CIOs
News  |  9/26/2012
Spare the euphemisms. Great teams embrace mistakes and get better.
6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Commentary  |  9/24/2012
Apple's iPhone 5 makes design advances, but here's how vendors could make smartphones even more useful.
Next Valley View: NetSuite And More
Commentary  |  9/24/2012
Tune in Sept. 26 for the next episode of our live Web TV series, including chats with NetSuite's CEO, a banking IT innovator, and some ambitious startups.
Salesforce.com's Benioff Preaches To New Flock: CMOs
Commentary  |  9/21/2012
Marc Benioff wants marketing to be Salesforce's next $1 billion business. To get there, he's jumping right into the growing tension between IT and marketing execs.
CIO Profiles: Mark White Of Swank Audio Visuals
News  |  9/20/2012
Ignore hyped technologies at you own risk, says this CIO.
Why Software-As-A-Service Could Be A Dead End
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
If enterprise apps all become SaaS, your software investment will have a very precise lifespan and return.
How To Build A High-Performance IT Team
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
In a tight job market, CIOs and other tech employers need to rethink their recruiting, training, and retention practices.
Why No Ultrabook Pep Rally At IDF?
Commentary  |  9/20/2012
PC vendors expect Windows 8 Ultrabooks to reverse PC sales that are eroding to tablets. So why didn't Intel rally the developer troops to start placing component orders at IDF?
Wireless Innovation Slows, And That's A Good Thing
Commentary  |  9/17/2012
Apple's incremental iPhone updates aren't slowing sales, and they're allowing us to plan more rationally. How can that be bad?
Tech Startups Reinvent Basic Business Models
Commentary  |  9/17/2012
Mobile, social, and local have been the hottest trends in tech. But TechCrunch Disrupt panel shows that the action today is in enterprise tech.
How Middle-Aged Microsoft Can Save Itself
Commentary  |  9/14/2012
Microsoft must reverse the five stages of decline before hubris descends into irrelevance, and it's too late.
What CIOs Should Know About 'Outside-In' Architecture
Commentary  |  9/14/2012
Today's flexible, loosely coupled supply chains and business models require a whole new approach.
iPhone 5 Costs Apple $167.50 To Make
News  |  9/14/2012
Teardown experts estimate that each iPhone 5 costs Apple $35 more than an iPhone 4S.
SAP Co-CEO Explains Cloud Plan, 'Wacky' Hana
News  |  9/13/2012
SAP's Jim Hagemann-Snabe takes on tough questions and rebuts Larry Ellison's barbs at the InformationWeek 500 Conference.
Why MBAs Hate Google--And You Shouldn't
Commentary  |  9/12/2012
Does Google really owe enterprises a five-year plan? Google's "big startup" attitude is a win for enterprises seeking agility.
Ford Puts Pedal To Metal On In-Car Electronics
News  |  9/12/2012
Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas tells InformationWeek 500 audience how the car of the future will be as much a software product as assembled hardware.
Race Against The Machine: 5 Takeaways For IT
News  |  9/11/2012
IBM's Watson and the Google car represent just two examples of how the pace of technology change moves faster than we can keep up right now, said MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson. What will that pace mean to IT as a career?
IT Free Agency: A Migraine For Managers
Commentary  |  9/11/2012
Knowledge workers continue to stampede out the door and onto their own. It's a trend that will only intensify, and it could put you at a competitive disadvantage.
Allstate, Quintiles Succeed With New IT Rulebook
News  |  9/11/2012
Leaders tell InformationWeek 500 attendees how crowdsourcing, data mining, and hack-a-thons have boosted IT's value to the business.
P&G's CIO Details Business-Savvy Predictive Decision Cockpit
News  |  9/11/2012
At the IW500 Conference, P&G's Filippo Passerini demos analytic dashboards used to forecast performance and drive the right decisions.
Vail Takes Sharp Turn On Dev Outsourcing Strategy
Commentary  |  9/10/2012
Vail CIO explains why he added expertise in-house and is using outsourcing only around the edges.
6 Uncomfortable Questions IT Teams Should Ask
Commentary  |  9/10/2012
Our InformationWeek 500 ranking is about innovation, but it’s also about asking tough questions and making hard decisions.
InformationWeek 500 To-Do List
Commentary  |  9/10/2012
It's all well and good to have an agenda when you go to a conference, but don't forget the bigger lessons that serendipity brings.
Firefighters See Problems, CIOs Must See Opportunities
Commentary  |  9/6/2012
As the IW 500 Conference kicks off this week, IT leaders rank BYOD and cloud among their biggest challenges. But the smartest CIOs look beyond the negatives.
IW 500 Data Shows How IT Rules Have Changed
News  |  9/5/2012
For every cost-cutting priority, there's an equally important customer-focused initiative.
How The InformationWeek 500 Are Chosen
News  |  9/5/2012
Our editors consider quantitative and qualitative factors to select top innovators.
Vail Resorts App Links The Mountains To Facebook
News  |  9/5/2012
Vail, the No. 4 company in the InformationWeek 500, has created customer-facing apps that encourage social media posting.
Movado Builds Customer Ties With Repair Process
News  |  9/5/2012
A move to Web-based processes made repairs easier and let the watchmaker build closer customer connections.
Lowe's Bets Big On Mobile
News  |  9/5/2012
Retailer meets customers where they're shopping: in stores, online, and on the go.
Flextronics App Gives Customers Peace Of Mind
News  |  9/5/2012
Electronics manufacturer's quality management software not only flags problems, but cuts costs, fosters collaboration, and improves time to market.
CUNA Mutual Brings Loans To Phones
News  |  9/5/2012
Mobile application lets credit unions offer car loans to customers while they're at dealerships.
Children's Medical Center Dallas Gets Social
News  |  9/5/2012
Social network lets patients and their families share stories and support one another.
Amgen Sets High Bar For Clinical Trials
News  |  9/5/2012
In healthcare, IT isn't just about dollars. It's about getting things right.
UPS Empowers Package Recipients
News  |  9/5/2012
New service lets customers provide on-the-fly instructions to drivers, giving UPS another tool to compete for growing volume of e-commerce shipments.
John Deere Tractors Go Wireless For Remote Troubleshooting
News  |  9/5/2012
Deere & Co., the No. 2 company in the InformationWeek 500, adds remote diagnosis to farm and construction vehicles to build closer customer ties.
Zynga Takes Cloud And Customer Service In New Directions
News  |  9/5/2012
Zynga, the No. 3 company in the InformationWeek 500, puts IT and customer service side by side.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Embraces Analytics
News  |  9/5/2012
BIDMC, the No. 1 company in the InformationWeek 500, gives more clinicians access to faster queries.
How Gallo Brings Analytics Into The Winemaking Craft
News  |  9/5/2012
E. & J. Gallo, the No. 5 company in the InformationWeek 500, brings silos of data together for analysis and adds insights from social networks.


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