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Business decision makers (BDMs) are increasingly guiding IT decisions at many leading companies. Here, we explore the shift of influence and examine the top issues facing business innovators, and how each line of business should approach this new relationship with technology.
  • You may kiss the bride and update the Scrum board

    Posted August 9, 2012 - 8:58 am

    Agile and, in particular, Scrum, have been popular project management methods for software development for more than a decade. Now its use is now spreading well beyond software to things like public radio programming, wedding planning, and even the old weekend "honey-do" list.
  • The long arm of the tweet

    Posted August 9, 2012 - 8:00 am

    The role of social media in law enforcement is significant and growing. According to a new survey, 80% of law enforcement personnel use social media to conduct investigations.
  • A dynamite example of IT transformation

    Posted July 25, 2012 - 11:53 am

    It's not unusual for major retailers to create personas of the most likely people to come to their stores, but traditionally that kind of information would have primarily been useful to the marketing and sales departments. At one retailer, however, they are the building blocks for an IT strategy that begins with internal hardware and applications to increase efficiencies along with external customer-facing social media tools that nurture relationships with both new and loyal customers.
  • The nontrackable cashless future isn't here yet -- but it's just within reach

    Posted June 29, 2012 - 9:00 am

    The move to a cashless society is happening de facto via credit cards -- a route that costs merchants and reduces consumer privacy. But other ways may be possible.
  • Faking IT: 5 executives who lied on their resumes

    Posted May 14, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    Scott Thompson isn't the first executive from an IT company to be forced out due to false information on the resume. The ignominious list contains other CEOs, CFOs and even the IT Head of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Crowdfunding: The latest way to get your project funded

    Posted May 2, 2012 - 12:40 pm

    Crowdfunding sites like Kickerstarter are offering both established businesses and entrepreneurs a viable alternative to venture capitalists.
  • Before the Internet: The golden age of online services

    Posted April 5, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Before there was the World Wide Web, millions of people used online services, like AOL, CompuServe, and GEnie to work with each other, gossip, and share Star War jokes. Join us as we journey back to a time when 2,400 BPS modems were "high-speed"; when you had to worry not about your bandwidth cap, but with paying dollars per hour of connect time; and when Internet porn was rendered in ASCII drawings.
  • The industrial robot revolution

    Posted March 24, 2012 - 7:45 am

    One small step for man, a giant leap for robot-kind.
  • Nonprofit open source organizations booming

    Posted March 22, 2012 - 8:00 am

    The free software and open source community is thick with non-profit foundations and associations. Here's a look at how these organizations are doing, and how their top workers are compensated.
  • 20 iconic tech sounds bound for extinction

    Posted March 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

    As electronics evolve, so do the sounds that go with it -- and many of the dings, beeps, and hisses burned into our brains will hold no emotional connection to the teens of tomorrow. Some of them may already be meaningless to the 20-somethings of today. So crank up your speakers. Here are 20 memorable tech sounds that are well on their way to being forgotten.
  • "The Wide Lens" explains how to innovate successfully

    Posted March 19, 2012 - 11:01 am

    A new book by consultant and professor Ron Adner offers advice for developing products that will succeed and keeping them on the right track.
  • How to successfully bring business into IT

    Posted March 6, 2012 - 7:23 am

    It's a tough time to be a CIO. The widespread glee over consumer technology has created your most demanding customers yet. The ease with which business leaders can adopt cloud services means less clout for your centralized IT structure. And the aging IT workforce means fewer bodies to do the additional work. Masochist that you are, no doubt, you love these new challenges, but you still need tools for dealing with them.
  • Facebook's road to IPO: 10 memorable moments

    Posted February 1, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    As Facebook edges ever closer to its inevitable IPO (initial public offering), it's fascinating and instructive to take a look back at how it got here. For your reading pleasure, here are ten key moments in Facebook's amazing history, including some Zuckerberg & Co. would probably rather forget.
  • Lack of data scientists is the new Von Neumann bottleneck

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Strata Conference's Founding Chair, Edd Dumbill, talks about bridging the data and information gap.
  • Hard drive shortage may have far-reaching effects

    Posted January 25, 2012 - 11:26 am

    The global supply of hard disk drives may be slow to rebound, with a ripple effect that's threatening small businesses and PC makers. The shortage may also drive demand for SSDs.
  • 2012 best places to work in IT

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Is your organization a great place to work? Got great benefits, competitive salaries, opportunities for training and advancement and access to interesting projects? Then get your organization recognized!
  • This week in pictures: HTML5 strikes twice

    Posted November 10, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    Also, the Senate votes to keep net neutrality rules, Barnes & Noble launches the Nook Tablet, Zynga grabs back IPO shares from 'undeserving' workers, and our robot overlords continue to render humans obsolete.
  • Microsoft's greatest successes and biggest failures

    Posted October 29, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Give Microsoft credit; it never does anything small. Its successes rock the world. And when it screws up, it screws up big time.
  • Pricing pains? More CFOs turn to software for better profits

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    The medical-surgical supply unit of McKesson Corp. has few products that are more commodity-based than table paper: dispensed from rolls and replaced from patient to patient. But how to adjust the prices for those rolls from medical customer to medical customer? And in that pricing process, what tools to give sales personnel to help them "optimize" the price for better profit?
  • Six crucial tech companies you've never heard of

    Posted September 20, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Behind the headlines, these firms help form the foundation of the IT industry.
  • What place does ethics have in the tech industry?

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    Microsoft's pending deal to have Bing power English-language search for the Chinese search engine Baidu puts Microsoft in a cozy relationship with Chinese government censors. Is this simply the right thing to do for stockholders, or an immoral commercial arrangement that violates universal human rights?
  • Get into the M&A game

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Don't get left out of corporate merger-and-acquisition discussions. CIOs can play a big role in making sure the deals produce the intended benefits.
  • Tech spokespeople: Choosing the human faces of device makers

    Posted May 20, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    From Beyonce to Ashton Kutcher to the 'Verizon Guy,' millions of dollars ride on marketing campaigns of tech companies.
  • Book advises on jumping career ruts

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 4:51 pm

    Top-performing employees worldwide do three things well and consistently that set them apart and that can be emulated by anyone else who wants to succeed in their careers, according to a recently published book, "Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success." And willpower -- often held to be central to whatever changes we seek to make in our lives and careers -- is not part of the equation.
  • Mitigating the risk of cloud services failure

    Posted April 25, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    The two-day outage at one of Amazon's data centers has everyone questioning the reliability of infrastructure as a service offerings. Here are seven tips for limiting your risk in the event of cloud services failure.
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