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An InfoSec Holiday Survival Guide
December 14, 2011
It's December again, and it's a challenging time for information security organizations. It's challenging because while attacks become more prevalent during the holiday season in the form of spam and targeted malware, organizational security "readiness" paradoxically wanes at exactly the same time.
The Winds of Radical Application Transformation
November 21, 2011
In many ways, the mobile device explosion and the cloud computing ramp-up reinforce and support each other. Cloud services make mobile devices -- like smartphone and tablets -- more productive, while making users better connected to enterprise resources and work processes.
A Real-World Approach to Improving Security in the Cloud
November 14, 2011
Everybody knows that the cloud -- in particular, the security of cloud deployments -- is a huge pain point industry-wide. And as is the case with any new endeavor with such broad-sweeping impact, there's no shortage of well-meaning advice about how to secure it. But I confess to finding much of that advice about cloud security somewhat frustrating.
Virtualization and Cloud Technologies: A Prescription for Healthcare
November 14, 2011
How can virtualized desktops and thin clients help with digital records management and healthcare industry compliance and privacy requirements? Let's find out how Rhode Island-based CharterCARE Health Partners has embraced private cloud and virtual desktop infrastructure to support its distributed, 579-bed community-based health system.
The Essence of Cloud
November 12, 2011
The industry roils with definitions and explanations of cloud. These definitions come from product vendors cloud-washing their products, cloud providers positioning their cloud infrastructure, IT teams attempting to cloud-paint their efforts in virtualization, and even from consultants writing articles like this.
Data Integration in the Cloud - or Not
November 11, 2011
Data integration is critical for companies that need to combine systems and databases after a merger or acquisition, or need to link legacy systems to new business applications. This need is vast throughout commercial and public industries, and the task can be daunting, especially for CIOs and IT managers of small- to medium-sized businesses.
Tempering the Supply Chain With Dynamic Discounting
November 07, 2011
Recent trends are driving savvy companies to improve how they manage their supplier and buying processes using dynamic discounting. Discount management and dynamic discounting can dramatically improve how enterprises procure by better managing the buying process, improving cash management, and gaining an analytic edge on constantly improving processes through cloud-enabled automation.
Ecology and Technology: Jobs in the Green IT Industry
November 02, 2011
Green IT is not one industry. Instead, it refers to a number of interrelated fields that focus on designing, manufacturing, installing, using and recycling computers, data centers, electronics and other parts and pieces of information systems. And because of its broad reach, it means the possibility of many different kinds of jobs.
Desperately Seeking Data Management
October 31, 2011
Why is it still difficult for businesses to get the information they want in a way they can use? It's been a persistent problem for decades. What is the state of data and information management strategies? What's the latest in the framework approach to information and data? How can an information architect make a big difference?
Facebook to Build Massive Arctic Data Fortress
October 27, 2011
Facebook is planning to build a massive new data center in the industrial town of Lulea in Swedish Lapland, about 70 miles from the Arctic Circle. The data center will consist of three buildings, the first of which will cover about 33,000 square yards, Facebook spokesperson Alex Kirschner told TechNewsWorld.
Gates, Palmisano or Branson for President
October 24, 2011
With the U.S. elections ramping up and IBM's 100-year anniversary event in New York focusing like a laser on what makes a good leader, I'm finding it hard not to compare both the incumbent and Republican challengers to the top leaders in technology and find them wanting. I'm starting to wonder if the problem that the U.S. and most democratic countries have is lack of a clear definition of what is needed in a leader.
The Prosumerization of the Enterprise
October 24, 2011
The past several years have ushered in a changing set of expectations from users as they engage with technology and services as both consumers and workers. The sense is that they want to get as much ease of use and productivity from enterprise technology as from their smartphones, social networks, tablets and cloud-based offerings.
The False Economies of the Info Security World
October 19, 2011
Organizations love false economies. It may not be an entirely conscious act on their part, but it's certainly the truth: Hang around any organization long enough, and you'll find at least one instance where it tries to save on doing A but winds up spending more on doing B in the process.
Tight Purse Strings Force IT to Grow Up Fast
October 17, 2011
A number of major trends are changing the finance game for IT leaders, especially in terms of how they operate like a business within the business. There's a heightened emphasis on measuring cost, service management, hybrid computing and outsourcing that leverage Software as a Service and cloud models.
Empowering Developers With Desktop Virtualization
October 10, 2011
ADP Dealer Services is benefiting from expanding use of desktop virtualization. It's enjoying increased security, better management, and higher productivity benefits as it leverages desktop virtualization across its applications development activities. To hear more about their VMware View expansion experience, we're joined by ADP's Bill Naughton and Shane Martinez.
The Ties That Bind Business Processes
October 06, 2011
The cloud helps make business services more easily available, but what about making those business processes from a variety of service origins part of a cohesive workflow or complex objective? What's still needed is a way for those closest to the work itself to create business process integration, extension, and coordination regardless of the services.
Oracle Goes Hunting for Big Data
October 03, 2011
Oracle announced at its OpenWorld conference on Monday that it's ramping up its move into big data analytics. An Oracle big data appliance was one of the announcements made at OpenWorld 2011 by Thomas Kurian, Oracle executive VP of product development. Big data also featured prominently in a Monday keynote given by Joe Tucci, chairman and CEO of storage systems firm EMC.
The Scope and Depth of the Cloud: Q&A With VMware Copresident Carl Eschenbach
October 03, 2011
The move to cloud is far more than an IT delivery model adjustment. It really presents a unique opportunity to get IT -- and the business of IT -- right at the highest levels. On the main stage at VMworld 2011 recently, VMware Copresident Carl Eschenbach demonstrated that impact through testimonials on how cloud computing and virtualization infrastructure are advancing.
IBM's Sam Palmisano Shoots for CEO of the Decade: What Makes a Great Leader?
September 26, 2011
Last decade, Steve Jobs was the clear leader, and he ended the decade as the top CEO. We are early in this decade, but already Sam Palmisano has jumped out to an early lead. Like Jobs, it isn't because he is lobbying for this title -- it is because he is already being recognized by peers as being the best there is. Interestingly, this came through at an IBM Leadership event last week.
Make Room for the Enterprise App Store
September 26, 2011
Mobile devices and applications are having an enormous impact on enterprises. What steps can businesses take to better manage mobile applications and develop their own versions of enterprise app stores? The skyrocketing popularity of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets has on one hand energized users, but on the other hand, it has caused IT and business leaders and CIOs to scramble.

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