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Zynga Takes Cloud And Customer Service In New Directions

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

In San Francisco's thriving South of Market district, one of the neighborhood's most recent additions resides in a huge building with a bulldog emblazoned in the center. It's the online gaming company Zynga. Founder Mark Pincus wrote Zynga's Hold'em Poker game at his kitchen table with his American bulldog, Zinga, sleeping at his feet. Zinga died three years ago of cancer, but the tradition of working with your dog at your side lives on at 650 Townsend St.Even in the IT department, called Global

Your On-The-Go Employees Need Mobile Broadband

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Figuring out the 3G and 4G connectivity market is only slightly easier than learning to speak Swahili. But the rewards of providing nomadic employees with broadband connectivity make the effort worthwhile.

You're Up: Making the Move to SaaS

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

You’ve made countless presentations during your career, but there’s something about this one that has you particularly anxious. The CEO asked you to put together a presentation for the board about the company’s software-as-a-service strategy and “the cloud.” The request nags. Why now? What have they been reading? What do they want to know? And what do they know that I don’t? Relax. Whether it’s with the board of directors, an executive committee, or

You're Not as Agile as You Think

by InformationWeekDec 11, 2013

“We use an Agile development process.” It’s always said the same way — in a haughty tone that implies the superiority of how the speaker’s organization approaches software development. And from the CEO on down, everyone figures “Agile development” means “nimble and innovative,” just like a startup. This delusional self-satisfaction makes me ill.First off, you’re not special. Everyone uses “Agile” development today.

You Vs. The Downturn

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

This economy will make or break the reputation of business technology leaders. This report looks at how some are working to stay a step ahead

XP's Day Of Reckoning Is At Hand. Prepare.

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Microsoft is ending mainstream support for XP, and it's unclear whether PC makers and app developers will continue supporting the OS. It might just be time to move on.

WS&T Salary Survey: Financial Services Bouncing Back

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Financial Services Bouncing Back

Increasing regulatory scrutiny, data analytics demands and the need for transparency are driving compensation in today's market. We take a comprehensive look at IT salaries in the financial services world. (R2040411-BS)

Survey Name: 2011 InformationWeek Analytics U.S. IT Salary Survey; Financial Services
Survey Date: November 2010 to January 2011
Region: United States
Number of Respondents: 1,990 banking and securities IT

Windows 8 Survival Guide: End Users and Mobility

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Noise and LightMicrosoft is a creature of habit when it comes to major software releases. Right on schedule--almost three years to the day after Windows 7 hit the streets--comes Windows 8. But the computing world has changed radically since then. The iPad has put a ­serious dent in PC sales, while smartphones are meeting more communication and collaboration needs.Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to merge the best of PCs and tablets into a single platform, hence many of the biggest changes

Why Mobility Could Save Enterprise UC

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Why Mobility Could Save Enterprise UCWe believe use of collaborative workspaces by geographically dispersed project teams will be the new “killer app” for unified communications. Already, Apple and makers of Android devices—and their engaged developer ecosystems—are melding communications systems for consumers to a degree that enterprises could only dream of just a few years ago.In the meantime, we’re starting to see a glimmer of hope in the UC market via more

Why IT Spending Is Stuck in a Vicious Circle

by InformationWeekMay 09, 2013

Technology professionals want to deliver business value, but it's hard to break out of the vicious circle of underfunding and catch-up. That's the main takeaway from InformationWeek's 2013 IT Spending Priorities Survey of more than 500 IT pros who set, manage or have a working knowledge of the tech budgets at their companies.Although only 20 respondents who added comments to their survey referred to underfunding or doing more with less, other data points from our survey confirm that IT funding



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