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  • SaaS in 2013: Companies and trends to watch

    Posted January 4, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    As 2013 begins, the SaaS (software as a service) market is set to heat up even more, as well as potentially undergo a number of key shifts. Here's a look at a series of key SaaS vendors and trends to watch as the year unfolds.
  • How to get a grip on data with 'Information Superiority'

    Posted January 3, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    To make more efficient use of data and improve data protection, take a holistic approach to information governance -- one that focuses attention on the most sensitive data while removing impediments to sharing.
  • 8 must-have mobile games for your new smartphone

    Posted January 3, 2013 - 11:01 am

    The app stores are filled with games of varying quality, so figuring out exactly where to start may seem overwhelming. Worry not: We've highlighted eight addictive mobile games that you can download right away and try for yourself. Enjoy your newfound freedom to shut out the rest of the world!
  • From build to buy: American Airlines changes modernization course midflight

    Posted January 2, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    American Airlines was well into a simultaneous revamp of its Passenger Services System (PSS) and Flight Operating System (FOS), its two most mission-critical families of applications, when the airline changed course last January.
  • 2012: The year Android truly challenged iOS

    Posted December 27, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    Android 'Jelly Bean,' Samsung's Notes, and Google's Nexuses finally delivered compelling capabilities as Apple stalled
  • What SharePoint 2013 means for the data center

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 2:14 pm

    Migrating from SharePoint 2010 is doable, but that's not true, unfortunately, from the 2007 version.
  • Making games of enterprise software

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    Teenagers rack up hour after hour on "World of Warcraft," as their parents grow crops on "Farmville." At first glance, all this game playing may not seem relevant to the enterprise, but the mechanisms that guide and score online game playing can be used for much more than the keeping tabs on virtual farms.
  • Patent cases color mobile market, to continue in 2013

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    Over the past year, patent battles have been fought by tech companies in courtrooms all over the world. The litigation is far from over though, however, and will continue throughout 2013. This is what's at stake on the patent battlefield in the near future.
  • 11 predictions for enterprise software in 2013

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    The end of each year sparks an occasion for rumination on the past, as well as a longing gaze into the future. We shined up our crystal ball, rubbed our chin for a while, and sought opinions from industry analysts on what the future holds for the enterprise software market.
  • 6 ways social media affected the enterprise in 2012

    Posted December 14, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Social media has changed more than the way companies market and promote themselves. Social networking has also changed the way companies recruit, how they communicate internally and how they handle sensitive data.
  • 4 smokin' hot startups: The next tech boom

    Posted December 14, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Social networks are dead, and smart VC money is pouring into enterprise startups like Shoutlet, Asana, Narrative Science, and Delphix
  • Making HTML5 work now for mobile app development

    Posted December 13, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    HTML5 has been dissed, dismissed and disrespected of late, but defenders say the evolving standard is still the best choice for platform-independent mobile app development. Insider (registration required)
  • The big list of Chromebook work-arounds and caveats

    Posted December 12, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Let's try to list the most common needs of a modern computer, such as they arise when trying out a Chromebook.
  • 2012: The year in quotes

    Posted December 12, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Some of the most memorable IT-related quotes were uttered in courtrooms this year, which involved a steady stream of legal challenges about intellectual property. In no particular order, these are some of the comments that stuck with us as 2012 winds to a close.
  • Making it real with 3D printing

    Posted December 11, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    With a 3D printer that costs less than $3,000, you can start your own mini manufacturing operation -- and use open source software to create surprisingly complex designs
  • The year in enterprise software: Seven key takeaways

    Posted December 11, 2012 - 10:22 am

    It's been a busy and transformative year for enterprise software. We dug through our story archives, talked to industry experts and put on our thinking caps to come up with this list of key events and emerging trends from 2012, all of which are set to have a lasting impact on the industry.
  • The scariest software project horror stories of 2012

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Sure, plenty of enterprise software projects go just fine and end up giving customers all the things vendors promise: lower operating costs, streamlined operations and happier users.
  • Game on: Enterprise apps gain gaming features to boost usage

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Adding a competitive component to enterprise software improves adoption and real-time decision-making, gamification advocates say.
  • Managing IT contractors presents unique challenges

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Hiring contract tech workers is a quick, easy way to staff up a project or offload mundane tasks -- but managing them can be ticklish.
  • Why voice recognition will finally conquer the office

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    While spoken input is spreading on mobile devices, it barely has a toehold in the office. But artificial intelligence that operates in the cloud will help drive speech technology beyond smartphones to computers and into other areas of the workplace, say experts.
  • How to recruit the best executive sponsor for an IT project

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Every big project needs a high-ranking exec with a stake in the game and solid connections within the organization. Here's how to find and train the right one for the job.
  • 5 tips to find and hire data scientists

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    IT hiring managers are struggling in their search for qualified candidates for data scientist jobs (as even the candidates themselves may not realize they are a fit for the role). Here are five ways you can recruit data scientists.
  • "The Human Face of Big Data" offers a geek-out-worthy coffee-table book

    Posted November 30, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    "The Human Face of Big Data" is an ambitious and attractive new large-format book that aims to give readers, through photography and short articles, a glimpse of how powerful new data processing capabilities are changing people's lives. Author Rick Smolan is a photographer who gained fame for his "Day in the Life" series, which included an edition focused on the Internet in 1996, "24 Hours in Cyberspace." He says that his latest work is based on the premise that "our planet is beginning to develop a nervous system."
  • Spotlight on software-defined networks

    Posted November 30, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    What are software-defined networks? Why are you hearing so much about them? How do they affect your business? And how will they change the way data centers work? We cover all this and more.
  • 10 CRM mistakes and how you can avoid making them

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 11:15 am

    What you need to know to get the most out of your CRM software or service with a minimum of hassle.
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