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  • Supply chain security moves to front burner in 2013

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    The onslaught of sophisticated cyber espionage against the U.S. and its allies has roused both lawmakers and private sector firms to tackle supply chain security.
  • IT is increasing efficiency but failing to drive business growth

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 12:57 pm

    A study by Juniper Networks and the Economist Business Unit finds that IT is succeeding at improving the efficiency of business processes, but most IT departments are failing to take the next step in becoming a strategic partner for business.
  • Creating a view to the cloud

    Posted November 20, 2012 - 11:57 am

    How well can you see into the cloud? For many IT professionals, the view into the cloud isn't very clear, but new techniques and tools make visibility across multiple cloud systems clearer.
  • 9 ways mobile commerce will increase your holiday sales

    Posted November 20, 2012 - 8:07 am

    Experts in mobile commerce and retail marketing share tips on how you can use mobile apps, QR codes and mobile commerce to boost sales this holiday season.
  • Boards want to learn about emerging IT issues

    Posted November 15, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Directors admit they aren't adequately engaged in topics such as social media and IT-enabled business innovation
  • Florida CIO takes election to the cloud

    Posted November 15, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    On election night, as the rest of us again wondered what was going wrong in Florida, the CIO of Florida's Department of State had a different perspective: He was bearing witness to the successful culmination of 17 months of hard work.
  • Employees engage in rogue cloud use regardless of security policies

    Posted November 14, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Studies show that employees are engaging in rogue use of the cloud, even when IT organizations say they have clear formal cloud policies and penalties for violation of the policies.
  • IT jobs on the other side of the cloud

    Posted November 6, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    As more and more companies migrate to the cloud, corporate IT staffers wonder if they'd have better opportunities working for a service provider. IT veterans who've made the jump discuss the pros and cons of working for a cloud service provider.
  • Almost Famous: Inside social media's fake fan industry

    Posted October 26, 2012 - 8:00 am

    There's an enormous shadow business in social media whose surface we've barely scratched. A small amount of money will buy you thousands of Facebook Likes, followers, and Fans. Who profits from this business, and what does it mean for the future of the Web?
  • From Julia Child to mobile devices: How one group cooks up accessible media technology

    Posted October 17, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    The National Center for Accessible Media helps develop tools, standards and policies so people with disabilities can access new technology and content
  • 5 key forces driving open source today

    Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:56 am

    From the rise of foundations to emerging revenue models, the open source movement is primed for even greater impact on tomorrow's technologies
  • Getting the most from IaaS

    Posted October 15, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Infrastructure-as-a-service lets users take advantage of the benefits of the cloud without locking down to a particular cloud provider. But becoming 'cloud-agnostic' requires new tools and mindsets. Insider (registration required)
  • Help desk, rebooted: Social, mobile remake tech support

    Posted October 13, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    At least one analyst is predicting social, mobile and cloud technologies will spell the end of the corporate help desk. Not so fast, say corporate IT leaders.
  • Looking for a great job in IT? The cloud is hiring

    Posted September 24, 2012 - 10:05 am

    IT is moving to the cloud -- and so are the jobs. Here's how to cash in on the hot trend in tech hiring
  • Polish town highlights oddities in Facebook's personal data disclosures

    Posted September 14, 2012 - 11:20 am

    Facebook's store of data about its users holds some surprises, and not just in the sheer quantity of data it is sitting on. Among the surprises it held for me was Słupsk.
  • Developing apps for the mobile cloud: What you need to know

    Posted August 28, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    From choosing a mobile app platform to deciding if your back-end cloud is up to the task, here are some factors to consider.
  • The Grill: Ramon Baez on outsourcing challenges at Kimberly-Clark.

    Posted August 27, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Ramon Baez, who was recently named global CIO at HP, reflects on five years' of successes and challenges in his previous role as CIO at Kimberly-Clark.
  • Cloud's commodity pricing squeezes service providers, creates opportunities

    Posted August 27, 2012 - 2:09 pm

    Cloud service providers are already starting to feel downward price pressures as basic capacity and services are quickly becoming commodities. A price wars heat up, the excess capacity that providers need for peak traffic can become a drag on profits, but it also represents new opportunities.
  • 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.
  • CEOs talk about outsourcing, customers, mobility, big data and so much more

    Posted August 6, 2012 - 10:29 am

    In a recent series of interviews, IDG Enterprises's chief content officer, John Gallant, spoke with several CEOs about a wide range of current challenges facing top tech executives. Some put the customer first, and some decidedly do not. Register to download the PDF.
  • Why Microsoft Really Bought Yammer

    Posted August 2, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    What made Microsoft want to spend more than $1 billion for the social networking company? It could be because Yammer successfully marketed its business virally, offering a basic service for free and then convincing customers to pay for additional features.
  • Forecast for systems administrators: Cloudy

    Posted August 2, 2012 - 6:55 am

    Cloud computing and virtualization are redefining the role of the systems administrator. Here's how smart sysadmins are staying ahead out of the wave.
  • Build a private social network that employees will actually use

    Posted July 30, 2012 - 11:01 am

    More and more companies are creating private social networks that help their employees learn from each other and drive the business forward. Here are tips from four companies that are finding success with internal social networks.
  • 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.
  • How to choose an IaaS provider

    Posted July 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Move over, Amazon: Google, HP, and Microsoft, and others want a seat at the table. How do you choose among all those IaaS providers? Start with this quick primer.
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