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Cartoon: When Hackers Think You're Uncool
Commentary  |  12/31/2014
Is your company feeling left out of all the security fuss?
Why InfoSec Should Be Separated From IT
Commentary  |  12/30/2014
The case for taking the information security function out from underneath the IT umbrella.
Consumerization Of Government Services Starts With Case Management
Commentary  |  12/30/2014
Use a case-centric approach to transform government services into the kind of digital experience citizens expect.
5 Hyperscale Lessons For Mainstream Datacenters
Commentary  |  12/30/2014
Management practices from the HPC world can get even bigger results in smaller-scale operations.
Sony Fallout: The Terrorists Win Our Networks
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
It's time to get serious. Sony hack may mark the end of enterprise networks as we know them.
6 IT Trends To Watch In 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
In the new year, mobility evolves, the hybrid cloud grows, and big data will need more people skills.
The Cost Of Healthcare Data Access
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Does every healthcare department really need around-the-clock access to every file or image, or could security be tightened?
5 Education Tech Trends For 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Education is being flipped on its head by technology. Teachers see the promise -- and the pitfalls.
9 Cloud Trends For 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
In 2015, expect to see the cloud mature as a platform for hybrid operations, with cloud data centers achieving new efficiencies through containers.
Apple's iPads: 4 Things To Watch In 2015
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Apple's iPad sales slowed down in 2014, but the company can open new avenues for growth in 2015, especially among enterprise customers.
2014: IT's Good, Bad, & Ugly
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Take a look back at some of the most memorable IT incidents -- for good and bad -- over the past year.
New Data, Same Old Dumb Bosses: 3 Lessons
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Corporate overlords finally take an interest in data. Too bad they don't understand it and will be tricked by crafty short-timers.
CES 2015: Year Of The What?
Commentary  |  12/29/2014
Will 2015 be the Year of the Outrageously Expensive TV, or just another Year of Incremental Improvements in Technology?
6 Tips For Managing Worldwide Offices
Commentary  |  12/26/2014
Set clear goals, communicate in real-time, and other advice for keeping far-flung teams on the same page.
Geekend: New Year's Resolutions For Famous Geeks
Commentary  |  12/26/2014
New Year's resolutions are much easier to keep if you give them to someone else.
5 Tips For Government IT Modernization
Commentary  |  12/24/2014
Make sure you have a solid strategy to come in under budget and at scale.
A Journalist Codes: 4 Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
A journalist who writes about software writes his own and finds out coding is not easy. In fact, easy is particularly hard.
SDN Comes Of Age
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
In 2015, software defined networking will move from niche technology to one that creates real business value.
Microsoft: 5 Must-Do's In 2015
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
Microsoft had a strong 2014. To continue its momentum, the company has some work to do next year.
Honk If You See A Dead Satellite
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
Satellites, balloons, and drones -- oh my! Today's tech wunderkinds have found the answer to global warming.
Tech-Free Vacation: Why Unplugging Isn't Practical
Commentary  |  12/23/2014
Many of us crave a holiday break from technology, but sometimes it's easier said than done.
Startup Profile: Seculert Prioritizes Response Over Prevention
Commentary  |  12/22/2014
The cloud security newcomer Seculert aims to identify and validate data breaches to enable faster response and remediation.
Don't Mug Me For My Password!
Commentary  |  12/22/2014
In today's information-based world, crooks are targeting mobile devices -- and the data on them. The healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable.
Video: Hacker Stocking Stuffers, Safe Online Shopping Tips
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
This Week In 60 Seconds celebrates the holiday season with gift ideas for the hacker in your life, tips on how to shop safely online, and predictions for smart wearables.
Cartoon: Where Data Goes To Die
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
Our cartoonist answers the question of what happens to all that unrecoverable data.
Geekend: The Inaugural Geeky Awards
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
The Geekend hands out its inaugural Geeky Thing of the Year awards. See if your favorites are on the list.
Technology Training: Why We're In Hell
Commentary  |  12/19/2014
Is the problem the death-by-PowerPoint training that everyone hates? Or that our enterprise apps look worse than Keith Richards with a hangover?
Why We Picked Cassandra For Big Data
Commentary  |  12/18/2014
Easy scale-outs, high write throughputs, and lower costs were key, but Cassandra does have its limitations.
Amazon, VMware On Collision Course
Commentary  |  12/18/2014
At this year's Re:Invent conference, Amazon showcased new features and agility plans that could push it solidly ahead of its cloud competitors.
Internet Of Everything: It's All About The Ecosystem
Commentary  |  12/18/2014
A recent chat with my doctor revealed new insight on lifecycles of connected medical devices and the need for an integrated infrastructure to support future IoT devices.
Big Data Analytics: Time For New Tools
Commentary  |  12/18/2014
So you're considering Hadoop as a big data platform. You'll probably need some new analytics and business intelligence tools if you're going to wring fresh insights out of your data.
Death To Fillable PDFs And MS Word Forms
Commentary  |  12/18/2014
Your "convenient" enterprise forms are killing me. We need new approaches and more communications.
Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami'
Commentary  |  12/17/2014
Maker of TAG Heuer watches shifts gears, now plans to craft a smartwatch and possibly make acquisitions, in the wake of Apple Watch.
3 OpenStack Predictions For 2015
Commentary  |  12/17/2014
VMware customers will surge, Debian will become the vendor-neutral platform, and instability will lose its cool factor.
Analytics Showdown: Should Apps Be Simpler, Or Smarter?
Commentary  |  12/17/2014
Qlik, Tableau, and Salesforce.com are betting on simple analytic applications, while veterans IBM and SAS push smarter. What do you need?
Event-Driven Medicine Holds Great Promise
Commentary  |  12/16/2014
Research shows that wearables and biosensors can help clinicians collect enough data to pinpoint the abnormalities in a patient's biomarkers that require attention.
When Holidays & Healthcare Open Enrollment Collide
Commentary  |  12/16/2014
Lack of transparency in health plans is enough to give most people heartburn.
Hortonworks' Big IPO: Why CIOs Should Care
Commentary  |  12/15/2014
Even before last week's successful IPO, Hortonworks had no trouble selling Hadoop's promise. But here's why many CIOs are betting on this platform.
Secret CIO: Stop Making Stupid Software Decisions
Commentary  |  12/15/2014
The way we evaluate and implement software is broken. Stop shooting for consensus from line-of-business VPs and start asking IT to become business experts.
Net Neutrality: Wellspring Of Terrible Analogies
Commentary  |  12/15/2014
What is it about the net neutrality debate that inspires so many uninformed opinions and misguided comparisons?
Cartoon: Chief Storm Officer
Commentary  |  12/12/2014
IT overtime never ends.
Geekend: Oculus Rift Tourism
Commentary  |  12/12/2014
The tourism industry hopes to lure us with virtual reality previews of destinations viewed with the Oculus Rift and other VR headsets. Will it backfire?
Top 5 Enterprise Applications Trends Of 2014
Commentary  |  12/12/2014
Here's a yearend toast to the top headlines in cloud, mobile, integrated marketing, embedded analytics, and software license management in 2014.
The Wrong Reason To Hire More Developers
Commentary  |  12/11/2014
Leaders confuse the need to use software to advance their businesses with a mandate to have an internal core development competency.
Cloud Storage's Race To Zero
Commentary  |  12/11/2014
The race to provide free unlimited cloud storage can't end well, not for the vendors -- or the customers who believe they have finally found a free lunch.
CIO Hiring 100 IT Pros: What He Needs
Commentary  |  12/11/2014
You may be surprised what tops Choice Hotels CIO's list of toughest IT skills to find.
Can Google's ReCAPTCHA Swat The Bots?
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
New API promises to cut down on the annoyance factor of proving to websites we're human.
3D Printers: Why Nobody Needs One For Christmas
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
Oh, by gosh, by golly, are you really going to print some mistletoe and holly?
The Right Training Tech For A Tech Career
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
For aspiring computer programmers, video and online collaboration provide an edge over those training in isolation.
IT's Role In The Business Of Things
Commentary  |  12/10/2014
Eliminating the time suck associated with mundane tasks wins consumer loyalty. When colleagues knock on your door with ideas, are you ready to support them?
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