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Dog Fitness Tracker Raises $25 Million: Blame Google
Commentary  |  1/30/2015
As the tech market scrambles for the Next Big Thing, VCs are betting on nervous executives with deep pockets.
Geekend: Binge Watching TV A Sign Of Depression?
Commentary  |  1/30/2015
Binge watching your favorite show might be a sign of depression or a lack of self-control. Or it might just mean you've got a free night.
Chief Data Science Officers Won't Supplant CIOs
Commentary  |  1/30/2015
Some believe a new C-level data scientist will inevitably control the purse strings on data-related projects. Here's why that's a bad idea.
Video: Super Bowl WiFi Coaches, Leaky Apps & Binge Watching
Commentary  |  1/30/2015
This Week In 60 Seconds checks out WiFi troubleshooters at the Super Bowl, a leaky NFL app, and whether binge watching is a sign of depression.
Data Analyst: Does Everybody Need To Be One?
Commentary  |  1/29/2015
Microsoft Power BI and IBM Watson Analytics attempt to make data analysis accessible to all. But don't confuse access to tools with reaching correct and valuable conclusions.
Dear Marketing: You're Doomed (If You Don't Change)
Commentary  |  1/29/2015
Marketing pros and the technologists who support them are killing us with irrelevancy and no opt-in. Quit it, or risk the black hole.
How CIOs Can Win In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/29/2015
Choosing to embrace cloud computing gets you only halfway there. Now you must reframe your strategy: Core business over costs, and employee productivity over control.
5 Critical Cloud Security Practices
Commentary  |  1/29/2015
CloudPassage CTO Amrit Williams details five steps to achieve a level of cloud security that goes beyond mere compliance.
When Agile Falls Short: iRise CEO
Commentary  |  1/29/2015
As iRise launches its ambitious cloud-based visualization platform, CEO Emmet Keeffe tells us agile doesn't actually work on the vast majority of projects.
BYOD Means Bring Your Own Dollars
Commentary  |  1/28/2015
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is saving your company a ton of money...by taking it out of your own wallet.
SAP On Cloud HR: Q&A With Mike Ettling
Commentary  |  1/27/2015
SAP has combined SuccessFactors and on-premises HR apps into a single business. Unit president Mike Ettling talks Workday, Oracle, and the "journey" to cloud HR.
Games To Play During The Blizzard
Commentary  |  1/26/2015
Games to play when you're snowbound, bored, or just looking for fun.
Cartoon: Chief Data Tyrant
Commentary  |  1/26/2015
The purchase order to "Thrones 'R Us" should have been a clue.
Can Argonaut Project Make Exchanging Health Data Easier?
Commentary  |  1/26/2015
Dr. John Halamka talks about the Argonaut Project, which aims to bring open standards to the arcane world of healthcare interoperability.
Video: Windows Holographics, Deflategate & Stupid Passwords
Commentary  |  1/23/2015
This Week In 60 Seconds looks at Windows holograms, what CIOs can learn from Deflategate, and the 25 worst passwords of 2014.
5 Reasons Tech Vendors Exaggerate
Commentary  |  1/23/2015
From overeager marketing to the need for differentiation, vendors often overstate a product's capabilities. Vendors and buyers alike need to be more honest with each other -- and themselves.
'Windows Must Go Open Source': What Happened?
Commentary  |  1/23/2015
It was a bold prediction in 2009 that Microsoft would take its Windows operating system open source. The advent of Windows 10 says it hasn't come true -- yet.
Chromebooks Win For California Students
Commentary  |  1/23/2015
In an area where computers at home aren't common, Chromebooks in the classroom are making a measurable difference in student performance.
Geekend: HoloLens Makes Microsoft Cool
Commentary  |  1/23/2015
In the HoloLens, Microsoft might at last have its version of the iPod, a cool product that turns the company's image around.
BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  1/22/2015
CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone?
4 Takeaways From Accenture's $14 Trillion IoT Prediction
Commentary  |  1/22/2015
Accenture's report says the industrial Internet of Things will create more jobs than it kills, but that companies aren't doing much to exploit it yet.
Oracle Engineered Systems Strategy Pays Off
Commentary  |  1/22/2015
Oracle dodged declining server sales last year, and now it's going after Cisco and EMC. Is the software-meets-hardware strategy winning?
Cloud SLAs: Improvements Still Needed
Commentary  |  1/22/2015
There's been a slight improvement in cloud SLAs as leading service providers like HP, Amazon, and Google guarantee 99.95% uptime by the month, not year. But performance issues remain.
4 Education Technology Trends To Watch
Commentary  |  1/22/2015
Educational technology is changing rapidly. These four trends will influence learning in schools -- and in corporations.
Ford Mobility Plan Searches For Growth Beyond Cars
Commentary  |  1/22/2015
The automaker has 25 experiments aimed at "enabling mobility," anticipating cities that become too crowded for more cars.
NFL Cheating Scandal: 4 Lessons For CIOs
Commentary  |  1/21/2015
What can CIOs learn from Deflategate, a cheating scandal involving the New England Patriots?
IBM Can't Shrink Its Way To Greatness
Commentary  |  1/21/2015
IBM saw revenue declines in every major business unit in 2014. Can the company do more than please investors with fatter margins?
Data Scientist: Human Today, Software Tomorrow
Commentary  |  1/21/2015
Automation will lessen the need for the elusive, talented, and expensive human data scientist -- and that's a good thing, says Narrative Science cofounder.
How DevOps Can Cut Innovation-Crushing Technical Debt
Commentary  |  1/21/2015
These five elements can reduce the technical debt that builds up when rotten code and bad practices get into your systems.
Augmented Reality Is For Real In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  1/20/2015
Google Glass got the hype, but a system used by Lockheed Martin shows how augmented reality will charge ahead in the enterprise.
IT Stress: Management, Empathy, And The Kindness Of Strangers
Commentary  |  1/19/2015
Stress makes us more likely to forget how the other guy feels, which is not good for the modern IT department.
Integration Moves Into The Cloud In 2015
Commentary  |  1/19/2015
If development is moving into the cloud, application integration should soon follow, argues George Gallegos, CEO of Jitterbit.
The Trouble With Dashboards
Commentary  |  1/17/2015
Gleaming executive dashboards are often based on no data whatsoever, and they tell us nothing useful.
Startup Profile: DataTorrent Taps Hadoop For Streaming Analytics
Commentary  |  1/16/2015
DataTorrent's software, which runs on top of Hadoop, ingests tens of millions of events per second to analyze data in real-time and let businesses respond faster.
Enterprise Drones: What CIOs Should Know
Commentary  |  1/16/2015
Flying drones are coming to the enterprise: Will CIOs and the FAA be ready?
Geekend: Elon Musk's Hyperloop Pod Racing
Commentary  |  1/16/2015
He doesn't know it yet, but Elon Musk is about to launch a 700 mph racing league.
How To Mess Up IT Budgeting In 2015
Commentary  |  1/16/2015
Two shifts have rocked the IT world: speed and constant upgrades. Factor those in or your budgets won't address reality.
Video: Zombie Cookies, IT Budgets & Twitter Hacks
Commentary  |  1/16/2015
This Week In 60 Seconds looks at zombie cookies, your 2015 IT budget, the rise of open source storage, and more.
Your Next Monitor Will Be A Curved 4K: You'll Like It
Commentary  |  1/15/2015
Curved, 4K monitors were on display at CES. Is their next stop on your corporate desktop?
Facebook For Work App: Dislike
Commentary  |  1/15/2015
Facebook for Work might be a success, but I'm changing my status to "no way."
IBM Mainframe Makeover: Mobile, Big Data Reality Check
Commentary  |  1/15/2015
IBM z13 refresh packs performance gains, but can it really join the mobile, big data, and cloud age? Here's a look at aspirations versus realities.
Burned Out Workers Are Dangerous
Commentary  |  1/14/2015
Employees suffering from job burnout are more likely to give in to impulse, and that can be hazardous to your company.
Apple Is Not Charlie
Commentary  |  1/14/2015
Apple seems blind to the irony of selling an app that supports free speech when it does not do the same.
3 Tips For Minding The IT Skills Gap
Commentary  |  1/14/2015
In the digital enterprise, CIOs must help IT staffers expand their abilities and value soft skills as much as tech acumen.
Three Pillars Of Open Source Governance
Commentary  |  1/13/2015
As more commercial businesses spring up around open source software, these guidelines will ensure communities stay vibrant and open.
We Literally Canít Live Without Our iPhones
Commentary  |  1/13/2015
We have uploaded part of our minds and selves into our phones.
Verizon Cloud Outage Draws Overblown Angst
Commentary  |  1/12/2015
Verizon Cloud's planned 40-hour outage set off outraged critics, but long-term implications will make the cloud service more stable and more competitive.
Rebuilding Trust In Your Organization
Commentary  |  1/12/2015
Can management rebuild trust in an organization when it has been lost?
Geekend: Predicting Your Future By Scanning Your Brain
Commentary  |  1/9/2015
Is your entire future locked up in a few brain scans?
5 Analytics, BI, Data Management Trends For 2015
Commentary  |  1/9/2015
InformationWeek survey shows growth in cloud-based data warehousing, real-time tech, and big-data platforms, but business intelligence standardization is waning.
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