Curtis Franklin Jr.

Profile of Curtis Franklin Jr.

Executive Editor, Technical Content
Member Since: 3/6/2014
News & Commentary Posts: 233
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Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek. In this role he oversees product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he acts as executive producer for InformationWeek Radio and Interop Radio where he works with InformationWeek editors and guests to tell a variety of compelling audio stories.


Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has contributed to a number of technology-industry publications including Enterprise EfficiencyChannelWebNetwork Computing, InfoWorldPCWorldDark Reading, and on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking.


Curtis is the author of hundreds of articles, the co-author of three books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. His most popular book, The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Podcasting , with co-author George Colombo, was published by Que Books. His most recent book, Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center , with co-author Brian Chee, was released in April 2010.


When he's not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in amateur radio (KG4GWA), scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

Articles by Curtis Franklin Jr.

McDonald's Flips Its Training Game: Podcast

In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast, McDonald's Jack Sylvester and Inkling's Matt MacInnis talk about the new document infrastructure the fast food giant is using for its training and operations manuals -- and what that infrastructure means for onboarding more than 700,000 new employees a year.

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9 Reasons DevOps Is A Dirty Word

DevOps means a massive change for most organizations and requires serious commitment from management and workers. It isn't for everyone, but is it really for anyone? Here are nine reasons DevOps might not be right for you and your organization.

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7 Keys To Building A Successful Big Data Infrastructure

The infrastructure you build for big data, whether you're looking at software or hardware, will have a huge impact on the analysis and action your big data systems will support. Here are 7 factors that can make a big difference when building your big data architecture.

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27 Open Source DevOps Tools In 7 Easy Bites

DevOps is a discipline filled with useful open source tools. Here are 27 of them, organized into seven categories you should know about if you're looking to find the right tools for your organization's DevOps strategy.

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6 Steps To Successful Continuous Deployment Transition

Agile methodologies and DevOps can lay the foundation for continuous deployment, but there are several organizational, cultural, and technological changes that have to occur before they can be put into play. Here are six vital steps to take in your journey toward successful continuous deployment.

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25 DevOps Vendors Worth Watching

DevOps depends on automated deployment tools and products that support practices such as continuous development, deployment, and improvement of enterprise software. Here's a look at vendors and their tools to know if you are making a move to DevOps.

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7 Dev Team Secrets IT Managers Need To Know

In the age of DevOps, it's not unusual for a non-development IT manager to be charged with overseeing the dev team. This can be shock for both sides. But with the right attitude -- and these seven tips -- you can make sure that your move to managing developers is successful.

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8 Steps To A Successful DevOps Transition

The transition to DevOps can be long and difficult because it is going to involve disruption. That can mean periods of reduced productivity and increased costs, but they can be worth it. Here are eight steps to get you started in a positive direction.

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How One IT Shop Applies Low-Code Development Practices

Greenwich Associates CIO Isaac Sacolick has found using the same low-code tools and processes in business units and IT has simplified application development across the company. Here, he shares his experiences and tells us what IT professionals need to know when pursuing a similar approach.

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9 Data Center Automation Tools IT Pros Should Know

Pressure to increase productivity and deliver greater business value while limiting headcount has many organizations considering data center automation. Fortunately, there are many tools available to get it done. Here are nine to know if you're thinking about automating all or part of your data operation.

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Fulton Works Founder: Making The Switch From Music To IT

A computer science degree isn't the only path into software development. Brent Sanders used his musicianship to bring programming skills and team leadership to a development group. Here, he tells InformationWeek about his journey from trombone player to software company founder.

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Google's Fuchsia OS Points To IoT Intentions

It's possible Fuchsia is nothing more than an experiment by Google, one of the many technological inquiries the company is famous for conducting. It's equally possible that Fuchsia marks the direction Google will take in creating operating systems and control software for the internet of things (IoT).

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Hyper-Converged Systems By The Numbers: IDC

As converged and hyper-converged systems gain ground in the server and system market the real question for many IT professionals is exactly how integrated the systems should be. Here's a look at how the market is shaping up.

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8 Ways To Fail At DevOps

There are plenty of places in the DevOps process where an organization can run aground on rocky shoals of woe. Here, we highlight eight points of DevOps failure. Hint: None of these involve technology.

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Zoho CRM Upgrade Targets Salesforce

Zoho is increasing the functions available in its CRM suite in an effort to be the all-in-one "operating system for business" that pulls together social media, user feedback, support ticket tracking, and other customer-based actions.

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10 Tips For Successful IoT Projects

Building hardware and writing software for IoT is the same as doing so for any sort of system. It requires a fair bit of good design practice, as well as common sense. Here are 10 tips to help you on the road to getting IoT right for users and IT.

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10 Agile Tips From Pokémon Go Coach Training

Pokémon Go players want to improve and become better trainers. The same tips that help you catch more Pokémon can help you become a better scrum master. We caught 10 of those pointers that can be applied to leading an agile team developing enterprise software.

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Softbank's ARM Buy Signals Mobile Market Disruption   

Softbank, one of the largest mobile service providers, has reached past several layers of the supply chain to buy ARM, which designs the processors inside most of the mobile devices using its networks worldwide. The deal has the power to show us what true market disruption looks like.

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9 Java Programming Myths Busted

Java has been around for 25 years -- plenty of time to build a mythology. Here, we bust up nine of the most prominent myths surrounding this widely used programming language.

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Microsoft Spreads Open Source Love With .Net Core 1.0

Microsoft has extended the .NET platform to the open source side, along with several other critical tools and frameworks. Taken together, the releases make up Microsoft's most comprehensive move yet into the open source world. Here's what the news means for developers.

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Bluetooth 5: Five Things For IT To Know

Bluetooth 5 promises improvements in speed, range, and application over the current version. Here are five things you need to know about what has been announced, and what it can mean for your enterprise.

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GrabCAD's Print Cloud Speeds Up 3D Printing

GrabCAD Print takes the GitHub concept of a processing and sharing hub that can deal with many different file formats and applies it to the 3D-printing process. The goal is to make prototyping faster and less convoluted.

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11 Books To Help CIOs Become Better Leaders

CIOs are expected to be experts in tech as well as business while leading diverse and complicated intiatives and teams. But they don't have to go it alone. Here are 11 books to help CIOs -- and aspiring CIOs -- get better at many of the critical facets of their complex jobs.

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How Bimodal IT Can Kill Your Company

Is bimodal IT the way to get innovation and stability right in the enterprise? Or will kill your company? John McCarthy of Forrester says it's far more likely to do the latter than the former.

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Penn Medicine: Using Data To Save Patient Lives

Penn Signals is a system that uses existing data from electronic health records to perform real-time predictive analysis of heart failure patients. The goal? Penn Medicine wanted to place patients in proper risk groups and assign them to cardiology resources in order to get them the best care and improve their outcomes. This work earned the company the No. 4 spot in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100.

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10 IoT Startups You Need To Know

IoT is hot. And there is no shortage of companies in the space. We take a look at 10 IoT startups you need to know because they are doing something a little different or a little special.

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10 High-Tech Tools Powering Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a modern high-tech hub. Casinos depend on technology to keep guests happy -- and honest. Here's a look at some of the tech behind the magic, and the lessons that can pay off big for enterprises.

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8 Hot Software Skills To Keep Your Career On Track

Looking for work in tech right now? Looking for ways to expand your role at your current job? I've put on my prognosticator's cap for a look at which software is worth your time. You'll find content management systems, 3D modeling, and programming frameworks in the mix. If you're a hiring manager, it's worth a look to see which software is being used, and where.

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How Stryker's First-Ever CISO Reined In Cloud Chaos

From her post as deputy CIO of The White House to being named the first-ever CISO at Stryker, a medical device manufacturer, Alissa Johnson is no stranger to challenges. Here's a look at how she reined in an environment loaded with cloud applications and shadow IT.

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Mac OS X El Capitan: 10 Productivity Tips

Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.

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