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CIO Master Class: Choose Your Public Speaking Style
Commentary  |  1/31/2013
Addressing the troops can be fraught with pitfalls. A psychologist offers tips on how leaders can boost teamwork by using situation-appropriate styles of speaking.
Celebrity 'Advisers': Tech's Most Entertaining Ticket
Commentary  |  1/31/2013
BlackBerry names Alicia Keys "global creative director." I can't wait to see who hires Honey Boo Boo.
PC Makers, Learn From Car Makers: Use Model Years
Commentary  |  1/31/2013
PC vendors, are you tired of losing sales to the cool new tablets? Take a page from the auto industry's playbook and introduce model years.
BlackBerry's New Enterprise Candy Won't Tempt CIOs
Commentary  |  1/31/2013
The company formerly known as RIM can't just copy the same things Apple and Google did to steal the top spot.
Are Big Companies Ready For Cloud ERP?
Commentary  |  1/30/2013
Any ERP change is high risk, but CIOs will look closely at cloud options.
China's GitHub Censorship Dilemma
Commentary  |  1/30/2013
Censorship becomes more difficult when communication gets combined with code.
Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul
Commentary  |  1/30/2013
White House plan will work only if the IT systems and databases used for background checks and gun tracing get the improvements needed to support stepped-up oversight.
BlackBerry 10: Not All The Right Moves
Commentary  |  1/30/2013
BlackBerry got many elements of its pivotal new smartphone platform right, but not all of them. Let's break down the good and bad.
BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Commentary  |  1/29/2013
My enterprise will give the new BlackBerry 10 and BES careful consideration, but it appears our RIM romance is over.
Oracle Wants Cloud Cake And Hardware Wins
Commentary  |  1/29/2013
Oracle hopes infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) plan will help the company have its cake and eat it, too -- boosting Oracle hardware use and increasing cloud subscription revenue.
Are Universal Social Engagement Standards Possible?
Commentary  |  1/28/2013
Business needs a better barometer of audience interaction in social media.
BlackBerry 10: 6 Ways To Win Back Consumers
Commentary  |  1/28/2013
Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 platform needs to do these six things to steal market share from Apple and Google.
Vague Goals Seed Big Data Failures
Commentary  |  1/28/2013
IT staff survey finds big data projects are plagued by unclear business objectives and unrealistic expectations that Hadoop will solve all problems.
RIM BES 10: Too Little, Too Late
Commentary  |  1/28/2013
What does BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 really bring to the table in terms of new enterprise management, security and true enterprise mobility?
Startup Culture And Innovation, Defended
Commentary  |  1/28/2013
Pointing to startup failures is a lame excuse for clinging to the status quo and mediocrity in an IT organization.
Next Generation, Let's Improve Phone Battery Life
Commentary  |  1/27/2013
Samsung, Apple and the other handset makers have been racing for years to add new, power-sucking features to their phones with no concern for the impact on battery life. Now that consumers are beginning to realize that last year's model is still pretty good, it's time for the industry to raise the energy efficiency standards from "good enough" to "much better."
7 Top Business Intelligence Trends For 2013
Commentary  |  1/25/2013
Short list of BI hot buttons includes dashboards, self-service, mobile, in-memory, cloud, collaboration and, of course, big data.
To Avoid Nasty Surprises, Higher Ed Turns To Prediction
Commentary  |  1/24/2013
Colleges are turning to predictive analytics for a variety of uses.
Samsung's New Weapon Against BlackBerry, iPhone: Fixmo?
Commentary  |  1/23/2013
Samsung Ventures has bought a stake in Fixmo, which sells MRM, or mobile risk management solutions. Their SafeZone product creates a separate, secure area on iOS or Android devices for confidential data and apps, similar in some ways to Good Technology's solutions. It's especially well-suited to a BYOD environment, where the company can't completely control and trust the device. The move may reinforce Samsung's SAFE program for security standards in Android devices.
Secret CIO: 5 Steps To That CIO Title
Commentary  |  1/22/2013
I advise a frustrated reader on how to win the CIO title he wants and deserves.
Why Royal Caribbean Treats iPads Like Bed Sheets
Commentary  |  1/22/2013
CIO Bill Martin explains how the cruise line works with Apple, how it's improving on-board Internet access and how it gives new guests a clean iPad.
25 Years From Today: A Time for Bugs
Commentary  |  1/19/2013
25 years from today, January 19, 2038, at 03:14:08 UTC, a lot of software will fail if it's not fixed, and some has already begun to fail. It's not worthy of Y2K-level panic, at least not yet, but there are still many examples of programs that won't work, and the ensuing problems are beginning to crop up on us. As with Y2K, nobody really knows the extent of the problem and we will learn as time goes by, but with any luck, it will be as big a disaster.
We Must Run Government IT Like A Startup
Commentary  |  1/18/2013
Government 2.0 is about more than social media. It requires throwing out outdated processes and adopting new models of success.
CIOs Clueless About Social? Maybe Not
Commentary  |  1/18/2013
One survey does not prove CIOs underestimate the importance of social business. There might be other reasons social ranks low on CIO to-do lists.
5 Ways Business Still Fails The IT Organization
Commentary  |  1/18/2013
If IT doesn't deliver everything a business wants, it's not all IT's fault, readers say.
What PC Makers Must Do Now
Commentary  |  1/17/2013
PC makers, licking their wounds after a poor start to the Windows 8 era and still under siege from tablets and smartphones, must re-tool for the new normal.
Innovation In Spotlight, But Wrong Cast?
Commentary  |  1/17/2013
Boston Consulting Group shines a klieg light on innovation, but lots of leading companies and industries go unnoticed.
Do Not Bring Your Own Surface
Commentary  |  1/16/2013
Windows RT devices, such as Microsoft's initial Surface, lack the manageability features available in business versions of Windows or the forthcoming Windows 8-based Surface Pro. The solution for such devices so far, as with the iPad, iPhone and other BYOD devices, has been MDM (Mobile Device Management). But while Microsoft says it's coming real soon now, the company has yet to document an MDM API for Windows RT devices. Unless you're using certain Microsoft products, they are unmanageable for
My Theory Of IT Reach
Commentary  |  1/16/2013
If you're implementing an IT solution and it doesn't increase the human or functional 'universality,' you're investing in the past.
Apple Needs More Than One iPhone To Compete
Commentary  |  1/15/2013
Apple needs to do better than one iPhone a year if it wants to maintain its position in the smartphone market.
Absent Apple Ruled CES 2013
Commentary  |  1/14/2013
The question to ask at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was "Does it connect to my iPhone?" Most of the time, the answer seemed to be "Yes." Apple's iPhone business practices may be good for accessory makers, but consumers seem to be getting bored.
Apple Not Dictating Terms Anymore
Commentary  |  1/14/2013
The iPhone may never have been the majority of the smartphone market in units, but Apple was clearly setting the pace and the terms of the market for years through innovation and brand dominance. These days are clearly over. Apple is still a big, powerful player, but in many ways it’s are on the defensive and will have to fight for customers just like everyone else.
Do You Know Who Your Leaders Are?
Commentary  |  1/14/2013
You don't need the title of "manager" to be a leader. Smart companies create opportunities for leaders, including leaders who don't have formal managerial authority.
How To Scare Off Your Best IT People
Commentary  |  1/14/2013
We put so much effort into our communications with customers, yet we spend comparatively little time communicating to "our most important resource."
The Internet Of Pointless, Perilous Things
Commentary  |  1/11/2013
Network-aware appliances and everyday objects may be inevitable, but they should be developed and deployed with some of the smarts they supposedly possess.
Healthcare IT: Savior Or Sinkhole?
Commentary  |  1/11/2013
Latest RAND report suggests we might be throwing taxpayer dollars away on EHRs and other healthcare IT systems.
2013: The Year Of Engagement
Commentary  |  1/11/2013
Engagement is the big marketing buzzword for 2013, says Geoffrey Moore, the king of chasm crossing. How will CMOs do it?
Driving The Social Media Pickup Truck
Commentary  |  1/11/2013
A truck is just a truck. It's where you take it that makes the difference.
Intelligence Agencies Must Operate More Like An Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/10/2013
Comprehensive IT strategy promises efficiency and increased collaboration, but the required cultural changes could be jarring.
Should Microsoft Switch Internet Explorer to WebKit? No
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
Internet Explorer has made great strides in recent years and is now an excellent, very fast browser. Yet it still gets second-rate treatment from developers for whom IE has the taint of "uncool," and it has a small presence on mobile devices. Perhaps the best thing would be for Microsoft to throw in the towel on their Trident browser layout engine and adopt WebKit, the emerging de facto standard. There are also plenty of reasons not to switch browser layout engines.
Is SharePoint Trustworthy For Business-Critical Processes?
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
With workflow improvements in SharePoint 2013, more companies may consider it. Here's what else to consider in Microsoft's latest version.
2015: Apple Cachet Is Passé
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
It's CES in 2015: Apple's drive for market share has backfired and their brand has deteriorated as a result. They're still a big player and sell a lot of iPhones and iPads, but they're not a leader anymore.
2015: Apple Becomes App
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
It's CES in 2015: Apple has successfully executed its transition from hardware company to ecosystem company. The mini iPads and iPhones were just part of an overall strategy of increasing market share in order to drive growth of revenues from apps and other services.
Why Tablets Will Kill Smart Boards In Classrooms
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
Tablet computing opens a whole new world to faculty and students, a world that's within reach financially.
How To Fill Big Data Talent Gaps Fast
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
Consider training current employees or recruiting from our list of analytics master's degree programs.
Problems I'd Like Disney's New Tech To Solve
Commentary  |  1/9/2013
Disney's new vacation management system could improve the park experience and boost sales and loyalty, or it could create bad feelings with princesses whose parents don’t pay top rates.
InformationWeek Education: Your New Guide To Higher Education IT
Commentary  |  1/8/2013
Even if higher education is an industry and calling like no other, it must grow and evolve with its tech-literate clientele. Or it will whither.
Disney Tries Tech For A Bit More Magic
Commentary  |  1/8/2013
Disney hopes to improve the theme park experience with RFID bracelets and new smartphone apps tied to its customer management system.
Intel Hedges Bets, Gets Cozy With Android
Commentary  |  1/8/2013
At CES 2013, Intel shows it won't let longstanding partnership with Microsoft stand in the way of growth.
Amazon's Cloud Revenues, Examined
Commentary  |  1/7/2013
Two analyst firms upgrade Amazon Web Services for broad growth potential; one factor is a growing number of large customers.
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