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Geekend: Fight Zombies, Or Go To Mars?
Commentary  |  8/29/2014
It's the most divisive question in all of geekdom: What do you do when the zombies invade?
IT Vs. Seth Meyers: 5 Great IT Jokes
Commentary  |  8/29/2014
Readers responded to a call for IT humor with a pile of jokes and stories, in anticipation of Late Night host Seth Meyers' keynote at Interop. Here are 5 that stood out.
Workday Q&A: COO Talks Oracle, SAP
Commentary  |  8/28/2014
Workday COO Mike Stankey claims his firm has a three- to five-year tech lead on Oracle and SAP because the cloud is "more than a destination and a pricing model."
VMware: VMs And Containers Better Together
Commentary  |  8/28/2014
VMware takes pains to say that Linux containers will complement, not replace, virtual machines.
Social Media Bites Its Tongue
Commentary  |  8/28/2014
Pew Research finds that social media users are less likely to voice opinions face-to-face if they believe their Facebook followers would disagree. Call it surveillance fallout.
The Internet Of Overhyped Things
Commentary  |  8/27/2014
Vendors and analysts would have us believe that the Internet of Things is imminent. In fact it will be years before the obstacles it faces can be surmounted.
CIOs In Training: 3 Factors For Success
Commentary  |  8/27/2014
At Interop New York, I'll reveal some secrets about getting to -- and staying in -- the CIO's chair.
APT Equals FUD
Commentary  |  8/27/2014
The term "advanced persistent threat" is the latest incarnation of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that plagues the security industry.
Patient Portals: Strategies For Engaging Users
Commentary  |  8/26/2014
To qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, 5% of your patients must access their own medical records. Here's how to make sure that happens.
Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis
Commentary  |  8/25/2014
Mobile health apps could play a bigger role than they have to date in speeding the response to a global health crisis.
Does eBay Fit In Instant Gratification Economy?
Commentary  |  8/25/2014
What's left for a company that matched the perfect item with a faraway buyer now that consumers are demanding it here and now?
IT Needs A Dose Of Its Own Medicine
Commentary  |  8/25/2014
You're all over collecting and mining information to help the business get lean and mean. Why not shine that light inward?
What Civic Innovation Contests Teach Tech Companies
Commentary  |  8/25/2014
Creative, new ideas can come from unexpected places. Tech companies should look outside the usual places for inspired, important products.
3 Steps To Survive The IoT Wild, Wild West
Commentary  |  8/22/2014
Before you charge into the Internet of Things, focus on these policy and infrastructure considerations.
ICD-10 Delay: An Opportunity To Change Course
Commentary  |  8/22/2014
Instead of just delaying the new medical coding system, we should be rethinking the necessity of it.
5 Steps To Effective API Management
Commentary  |  8/22/2014
Many of today's enterprises build 100 or more mobile apps every year. If you don't have a plan to manage the APIs that support them, innovation will come to a screeching halt.
Public Sector IT Compliance The Private Sector Way
Commentary  |  8/22/2014
Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to mimic private-sector accountability practices. Compliance will require private sector discipline.
Geekend: Want To Be Smarter? Draw, Sing, Teach
Commentary  |  8/22/2014
Three new studies offer advice that can help us in the workplace.
BYOD: California Ruling A Wakeup Call
Commentary  |  8/22/2014
California's Cochran v. Schwan court case casts a pall over BYOD plans, but clear corporate policies can eliminate liability concerns.
State & Local Agencies Push Mobility Initiatives
Commentary  |  8/21/2014
Here's how S&L government can emulate successful federal mobile efforts.
Will IT Miss The Digital Wave?
Commentary  |  8/21/2014
That doesn't matter. The important question is -- will you?
PaaS Debate Heats Up At Interop
Commentary  |  8/21/2014
The need to develop cloud applications with a new architecture is changing the nature of platform-as-a-service.
EHR Must Fit Into Doctor-Patient Relationship
Commentary  |  8/21/2014
Electronic health records need a design overhaul so doctors can understand them at a glance -- and keep their focus on the patient.
Hybrid Cloud: All About The Network?
Commentary  |  8/21/2014
When a database must stay tucked away in an enterprise data center, running a dependent service in the public clouds spells "latency." Or does it?
4 Tips: Protect Government Data From Mobile Malware
Commentary  |  8/20/2014
Mobile malware continues to proliferate, particularly on Android devices. These four steps help counter the threat.
When Internet Of Things Meets Big Data
Commentary  |  8/20/2014
IoT will exponentially increase the volume, variety, and velocity of data, but that's not all you need to worry about.
Google SSL Decision: IT's Chance To Be A Hero
Commentary  |  8/20/2014
IT departments everywhere have a golden opportunity to look good by jumping on Google's decision to make SSL certification a part of rankings.
Moore's Law: The Future Is Energy Efficiency
Commentary  |  8/20/2014
As the industry continues to shrink chips, energy efficiency is one way to expand Moore's Law beyond its current form. Let's explore how.
5 Ways To Beat The Digital Disruption Curse
Commentary  |  8/19/2014
Companies like Atari and Pan Am featured in the movie Blade Runner were considered cursed, but today's companies face a very real curse -- their own digital inertia.
Cybersecurity Demands New Framework
Commentary  |  8/19/2014
Cybersecurity development has been a piecemeal process. It's time for a stronger, more cohesive approach.
Wearable Devices: Keep Data Privacy In Check
Commentary  |  8/18/2014
Consumers, businesses, and manufacturers can all help ensure that the privacy rights of those using wearables are respected and enforced.
5 Steps To A Healthy IT Culture
Commentary  |  8/18/2014
Internal politics can jeopardize the success of IT projects. Here's how to maximize morale, encourage teamwork, and foster a healthier organization.
Gamification's Failure: A Lack Of Real Life Wins
Commentary  |  8/18/2014
Gamification will finally meet its promise when we can deliver a dose of the blissful productivity gamers feel, rather than just a badge.
Smartwatches Need A Disrupter
Commentary  |  8/15/2014
Current smartwatches don't offer enough useful features to catch on with consumers, says analyst. Will Apple change that?
US Digital Service: Key To Making Government Agile?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014
Effort to apply the lessons of HealthCare.gov is praiseworthy, but may not get at the root cause of problems with digital government services.
Hidden Cloud Costs: AWS, Azure Management Costs Compared
Commentary  |  8/14/2014
With the help of in-depth Gartner analysis, InformationWeek takes a closer look at the cost of managing Amazon vs. Azure.
Enterprise Communications: Next Big Thing Is Embedded
Commentary  |  8/14/2014
Enterprise communications will be delivered as capabilities of application software, not by separate generic communication systems. Are you preparing?
Nebula, Cosmos, And Private Cloud's Future
Commentary  |  8/14/2014
Chris Kemp, Nebula founder and former NASA CTO, talks OpenStack, private cloud, and why he's not worried about VMware's inroads into Nebula's territory.
Presidential Records Management Directive: It Takes A Village
Commentary  |  8/14/2014
Agencies will need to draw from varied resources to meet the deadline for digitally archiving federal government records by 2019.
Amazon Local Register: Friend Or Foe?
Commentary  |  8/13/2014
Mobile payment service prompts concerns about ulterior motives.
Gartner Magic Quadrant: NetScout Says Secret Is Green
Commentary  |  8/13/2014
After Gartner analysts rank NetScout only a "challenger," Netscout files lawsuit alleging Gartner's rankings involve pay for play. Let's examine both sides of this street.
The Quantified Self On Steroids
Commentary  |  8/13/2014
An IT director changes his life by monitoring data from wearables and sensors, walking the line between self-discovery and tech obsession.
Wearable Tech Can Extend Clinical Analytics
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
Wearable health devices and apps could help fill the gaps in electronic health records, if we can get past the challenges.
Rosetta Spacecraft: Treacherous Challenges Ahead
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
The Rosetta Spacecraft's successful rendezvous last week with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersaimeno was a breeze for mission control compared to its next task: landing on the comet.
Data Breaches: The True Cost
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
The costs of data breaches extend far beyond the information that was stolen.
Cyber Risk Dashboards: False Sense Of Control?
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
Federal programs promoting the use of risk dashboards can boost real-time visibility, but only if they are used correctly.
Will Google Or Apple Unseat Intel?
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
Google, Apple, or a smart startup could steal the microprocessor market from Intel, says microprocessor design veteran Dave Ditzel.
How BNY Mellon Scales Process Improvements
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
Along with streamlining operations and eliminating silos, the investment management and services firm found ways to replicate excellence across the enterprise.
Healthcare Big Data: Blessing And Curse
Commentary  |  8/12/2014
Interpreting government-released healthcare data correctly will pose a massive challenge for analysts, policy makers, and pundits.
Gender Bias: Is Your IT Group Guilty?
Commentary  |  8/11/2014
When it comes to gender bias, a recent InformationWeek flash poll suggests that IT groups may be slightly less discriminatory than the tech industry in general. But there's still plenty of work to be done.
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