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For Public Schools, Mobility Is A Minefield
Commentary  |  2/28/2014
Today's education IT pros, admins, and parents must navigate a rocky road to BYOD responsibility.
Microsoft's Windows Strategy: A New Hope
Commentary  |  2/28/2014
Microsoft's Mobile World Congress announcements suggest a successful, and overdue, new direction for its Windows 8.1 strategy. Now Microsoft needs to build momentum.
The Curse Of One-Star Apps
Commentary  |  2/28/2014
At Mobile World Congress, you can stand out for the wrong reasons, just like a dud mobile app in an app store. Consider these steps when creating a praise-worthy business app.
Bring Everything: BYOD's Evolution In Higher Education
Commentary  |  2/28/2014
Support for all stripes of mobile devices -- a new Bring Your Own Everything credo -- is now a must on college campuses, in the name of productivity and safety.
Digital Strategy Test: Can You Gain Competitive Advantage?
Commentary  |  2/27/2014
Tech leaders worldwide are jazzed -- and worried -- about the chance to get an edge with digital business, author finds.
Why You Should Be Excited About Future Tech
Commentary  |  2/27/2014
Sure, robotics, the Internet of Things, data analytics, and other disruptive trends are intimidating, but they will improve our lives.
Business Apps Are Becoming Disposable
Commentary  |  2/27/2014
The ease with which software applications can be created and connected to corporate systems has changed the nature of business software development.
The New Mobile Enterprise: A Smorgasbord Of Choices
Commentary  |  2/27/2014
As wireless technologies take precedence in the enterprise, WLANs have become complex deployments. Here's a look at the evolving array of wireless options.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Winners & Losers
Commentary  |  2/26/2014
Tableau and QlikTech move up. See who moves down in Gartner's ranking of business intelligence vendors.
5 Reasons Security Certifications Matter
Commentary  |  2/26/2014
There's a lot of buzz around how certs aren't important. I'm calling BS, and here's why.
Why We Should All Hope Bitcoins Go Mainstream
Commentary  |  2/26/2014
Cryptocurrencies aren't problem-free, as Mt. Gox's travails show. But I want the concept to survive, thrive -- and eventually break credit card processors' stranglehold.
Nokia Android Strategy Raises Questions
Commentary  |  2/26/2014
Nokia says new Android phones launched at Mobile World Congress are all about emerging markets. Don't be fooled: This move shows how bad things are for Nokia.
Is Your Company Really A Digital Business?
Commentary  |  2/26/2014
Or does it just look like one? Here's how to tell the difference.
DevOps: The New Outsourcing
Commentary  |  2/25/2014
DevOps will change the way CIOs hire and IT pros thrive. Embrace it or get swept aside.
HIMSS14: Health IT's Next Boom Cycle
Commentary  |  2/25/2014
We've seen health informatics booms and busts before -- will this one be different?
IBM Buys Cloudant, Eyes Amazon's Turf
Commentary  |  2/25/2014
IBM's planned Cloudant buy will advance cloud-based database services, but can the underlying database compete against Amazon DynamoDB, MongoDB, Couchbase, and DataStax?
Netflix-Comcast Deal Threatens Internet Innovation
Commentary  |  2/25/2014
This deal illustrates the fragile nature of innovation on the Internet -- and it's a problem that only government regulation can solve.
Consumers Lead Rise Of Connected Storage
Commentary  |  2/25/2014
Connected storage may mean the end to backup and recovery as enterprise systems follow the pattern consumers established with Box and Dropbox.
Social Collaboration, Small Business Style
Commentary  |  2/25/2014
Choose social collaboration tools based on your company's size and ambitions -- and the sensitivity of the business you will discuss.
Mobile World Congress: Are Wearables More Fragile Than Fun?
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
Mobile health apps and wearables on display at MWC are cool and beneficial, but privacy issues lie in wait.
5 Skills CEOs Prize In CIOs
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
You want to be a CIO? The road to the top isn't about what you want. It's about fulfilling the expectations of your boss and peers.
Stop The Cloud, I Want To Get Off
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
Hardly any of the services that vendors market as "cloud" adhere to the 2011 NIST definition. No wonder we're so confused.
Big Data Hiring: 5 Facts From The Field
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
Consider this creative advice for big data job hunters and hiring managers from EMC and Pivotal execs.
Government IT: 5 Ways To Measure Value
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
Federal CIOs must do a better job of creating and using metrics if IT is to earn the respect it deserves as a value generator instead of a money drain.
CIO To CIO: Advice On ACOs
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
Healthcare CIOs share their advice on coping with the rise of accountable care organizations and the crush of regulation.
What Google Glass Can Teach IT
Commentary  |  2/24/2014
Google Glass and other easy-to-use wearable devices underscore the importance of user-friendliness in the enterprise.
Microsoft Office For iPad: Do It Right
Commentary  |  2/22/2014
Microsoft can't just force old favorites onto a new user interface. Office apps for iPad must be more touchable.
What Else Could Facebook Buy With $19 Billion?
Commentary  |  2/21/2014
If it's hard to get your mind around just how much $19 billion really is, here's a few other purchases to put it into perspective.
HIMSS14 Preview: Enabling Today's Digital Doctor
Commentary  |  2/20/2014
A major theme at HIMSS will be the convergence of patient data, social platforms, and analytics -- and what possibilities arise from this convergence.
Is Mobile VoIP A Telco Killer?
Commentary  |  2/20/2014
Customers change slowly, but they won't pay for voice calls forever if alternative apps save money and improve quality.
Digital Business Strategy: 8 Gut-Check Questions
Commentary  |  2/20/2014
It's the right time to ask the uncomfortable questions.
Women, IT & The Outrage Machine
Commentary  |  2/20/2014
Business is booming for pundits who get their clicks bemoaning the existential danger of gender imbalances in high tech. But guess what? It's irrational BS.
How To Screw Up Your Enterprise Mobile App
Commentary  |  2/19/2014
Consider these three wrong ways to develop enterprise apps -- and avoid them.
Enterprise Cloud Adoption: 5 Hard Truths
Commentary  |  2/19/2014
Everest Group lead analyst Jimit Arora looks at five factors that can determine successful cloud adoption in the enterprise.
Can You Deliver Antifragile Mobile Apps?
Commentary  |  2/19/2014
In a mobile business, it's not enough to be resilient against unexpected problems -- you need to always be testing for failure.
Kill Switches: Phones Just The Start
Commentary  |  2/19/2014
Mandatory phone kill switches will hasten the arrival of the Surveillance of Everything. Consider these 11 technologies that come with strings attached.
How FedRAMP Can Accelerate Cloud Adoption
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Federal IT leaders can foster cloud adoption by incorporating automated, repeatable security processes.
Software Is Key For Wearables In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Devices look cool on one's wrist, but it's the functionality of the software that will make or break wearables in business.
4 Biggest Custom Software Buying Mistakes
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Procurement is broken. Here's how companies can avoid the biggest blunders.
How To Reach For Cloud Without Disrupting Business
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Integration as a service via a cloud-based platform offers a way to live with existing business processes and applications.
Big Data Platform Comparisons: 3 Key Points
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Are you about to choose a big data platform? Remember that SQL is not the best use of Hadoop.
Social Business: Why Group Adoption Matters
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Social business adoption shouldn't focus on individuals. Instead, success stems from groups. Here's why.
Kicking Off A Data Science Project: 4 To-Dos
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Be properly prepared before diving into a data mining expedition, veteran data scientist Carla Gentry advises.
Why Big Data In The Enterprise Is Mostly Lip Service
Commentary  |  2/18/2014
Here are six reasons organizations are taking the wrong approach to big data or not utilizing it at all.
MicroStrategy Launches In-Memory Analysis Engine
Commentary  |  2/14/2014
MicroStrategy Prime brings in-memory analysis platform, co-developed by Facebook, to the cloud.
Can Digital Business Make Tata A Software Company?
Commentary  |  2/14/2014
As IT outsourcer launches a new business unit focused on licensing software, it faces three key challenges.
Why Businesses Canít Ignore US Cybersecurity Framework
Commentary  |  2/14/2014
Industry leaders and President Obama call the framework just a first step in creating a cybersecurity playbook for 16 US critical infrastructure sectors. But this is more than just a reference manual.
EHRs Must Solve Real Problems
Commentary  |  2/14/2014
To win the respect of healthcare workers, software must address true pain points. In too many cases, electronic health record systems aren't living up to the promise.
Why Alternate Payment Schemes Get No Love
Commentary  |  2/14/2014
Vendors promoting EMV, OTP, NVF, and other alphabetic credit card replacements completely miss the point.
The Intrusiveness of Things: Will IoT Go Too Far?
Commentary  |  2/14/2014
The Internet of Things has great potential, but will our lives be governed by a multitude of tiny sensors?
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