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10 Tools To Keep Your Agile Dev Projects On Track
Slideshows  |  1/31/2016
Agile development is standard development in many companies. The right tools for managing the agile process can make the difference between success and struggle for your team. Here are our 10 picks to keep you on track.
Amazon, AWS Post Strong Results, Fail To Please Wall Street
News  |  1/29/2016
Amazon reported revenues of $107 billion in full-year 2015, a 20% increase over the prior year. Its Amazon Web Services unit was a bright spot, showing solid growth for the full year and for Q4 2015. So, why isn't Wall Street satisfied?
Facebook Builds Next-Gen Data Center In Ireland
News  |  1/28/2016
Facebook will implement its latest data center server and switch designs in the facility it's building on the company's Clonee, Ireland, site.
9 Ways To Tap Into SmartData-Driven Decisions
Slideshows  |  1/28/2016
Today's real-time business world requires organizations to make smarter decisions faster. The good news: The technology exists to accelerate decision-making. What's holding you back?
OPM Breach Leads To New Systems, Procedures
Commentary  |  1/28/2016
The Obama Administration announced changes to the Office of Personnel Management designed to ameliorate the flawed systems and processes that led to a massive data breach in late 2014. The plans -- and the steps taken to get there -- hold lessons for any IT organization.
VMware CIO OccupiesHot Seat Between Top Management, Customers
News  |  1/27/2016
VMware CIO Bask Iyer describes his role as both representing customers' needs to top management and validating the firm's products to customers.
Big Data Must Deliver Business Value: Informatica CEO
News  |  1/27/2016
Informatica's new CEO spoke with InformationWeek about what's next for big data in the enterprise and how he plans to deliver that for customers. Here are the details.
6 Hot Programming Languages To Add To Your Tool Kit
Slideshows  |  1/27/2016
Are you looking to tune up your software development or DevOps career with up-and-coming languages? Are you a hiring manager hoping to round out the tool set of your in-house team? Here are six languages to consider adding to your repertoire.
Cloud Foundry Certified On 7 Public Clouds
News  |  1/26/2016
Just past its first birthday, the Cloud Foundry Foundation counts up its certified host providers as it aims to become the "Linux of PaaS."
8 Ways SaaS Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  1/26/2016
Sure, software as a service still offers an easy point of entry for small and midsized businesses that need to upgrade their software. But today's cloud-based options offer even more for businesses of all sizes.
5 Secrets Of Successful People-First Companies
News  |  1/26/2016
The Accenture Technology Vision 2016 report examines five ways that adept digital companies are putting people first. Investing in the development and management of people will be necessary to navigate the tumultuous digital economy, according to Accenture.
65% Say Cloud As Secure As On-Premises
News  |  1/25/2016
Nearly two-thirds of IT security professionals think cloud software security equals what they can provide in enterprise data centers, according to Cloud Security Alliance survey.
Ban The Box: What It Means For Your IT Hiring Practices
News  |  1/25/2016
A movement known as Ban The Box aims to have questions about criminal convictions removed from employment applications. The effort has led to regulations in 19 states and more than 100 cities and counties. Here's what you need to know.
Edge Analytics An Antidote To IoT Data Deluge
News  |  1/25/2016
As more organizations embrace the IoT, some may find themselves overwhelmed by the volume of data generated. Edge analytics can reduce the need to store and process it all at a central location. Here are the details.
Mac OS X El Capitan:10 Productivity Tips
Slideshows  |  1/24/2016
Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.
8 Ways To Monetize Data
Slideshows  |  1/22/2016
Data may be a company's most valuable asset, but few are maximizing its economic benefit. Here eight ways that organizations are deriving real, bottom-line value from their data.
Docker Buys Unikernel Systems, Adds 'Unikernels' To Platform
News  |  1/21/2016
Docker again expands its developer platform, adding unikernels to provide more options for packaging code and moving it around.
Apple's Design Patents Are Too Broad, Industry Groups Argue
Commentary  |  1/21/2016
The Computer & Communications Industry Association and Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those filing friends-of-the-court briefs supporting Samsung in its appeal to the US Supreme Court. This latest wrinkle in the long-running Apple v. Samsung case raises important questions about how our patent system is being used.
Smartphone Growth Increasing Even As Consumer Spending Declines
News  |  1/20/2016
While the smartphone market continues to grow, mobile device sales won't make up for an overall decline in consumer spending this year, according to a new report from Gartner.
Intel's 6th-Gen Core vPro Chips Promise Enhanced Speed, Security
News  |  1/20/2016
Intel's sales pitch for its 6th-generation Core vPro processors revolved around business transformation, collaboration, and baked-in multi-factor authentication.
8 Ways Cloud Storage Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  1/20/2016
Today's cloud storage is more than simply a low-cost alternative to on-premises options. In many ways, the cloud delivers business value that can't be matched with comparable in-house solutions. Here's how.
IoT 2016: 13 Hot Trends For Business
Slideshows  |  1/20/2016
We've identified 13 noteworthy Internet of Things trends that will make a difference to your business -- and your life -- this year and beyond.
Equinix Buys European Rival TelecityGroup For $3.8 Billion
News  |  1/19/2016
In a move that will strengthen its data center presence and customer offerings in Europe and around the world, Equinix is acquiring rival TelecityGroup for $3.8 billion.
CIOs Must Drive Technology Change For Business: IDC Study
News  |  1/19/2016
How do CIOs view their role within their organizations? Are they the chief innovation officers that they should be? A new study by IDC looks at how these executives see themselves and how others within their organizations view them.
AI, Machine Learning Rising In The Enterprise
News  |  1/19/2016
AI and machine learning are graduating from science fiction to reality. It's estimated that about half of large enterprises are currently experimenting with AI projects. Several vendors, including Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, have donated machine learning development projects to open source.
Amazon Adds 'Scheduled' Reserved Instances To Server List
News  |  1/18/2016
Amazon Web Services has created what it calls "Scheduled Reserved Instances," a variation to its low cost Reserved Instances, which is scheduled to run at specific times.
IT Change Control: 8 Ways To Improve Your Processes
Slideshows  |  1/18/2016
The words "change control" may seem like an oxymoron, but that is exactly what IT is charged with doing each time the business asks for a new application, service, or device. But IT change control processes are often mired in an outdated culture that's not in line with today's business technology reality. Here's what you can do to bring your IT change control processes up to date.
IT Infrastructure Trends: 5 Worth Watching
Commentary  |  1/18/2016
Any infrastructure projects that can either cut costs or improve data protection should be tops on your list. Here, we look at five infrastructure trends that will help CIOs determine the best places to invest their budget dollars wisely in the next 12 months.
10 Top CIO Priorities: The Reality Vs. The Ideal
Slideshows  |  1/18/2016
CIOs are charged with both support and business functions, which means juggling a variety of priorities. However, those priorities don't always match up with where IT leaders would necessarily focus their energies if given a choice. Recent survey results illustrate the disconnect.
Microsoft R Updates, IBM's Fraud-Detection Analytics Buy: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/17/2016
In our big data roundup for the past week, we've got news from Microsoft about what it's been doing with statistical modeling language R, IBM's acquisition of a real-time fraud analytics company, Baidu's donation of some machine learning efforts to open source, and a management shakeup at Apache Spark company Databricks.
Cisco Fighting Shadow IT With New Cloud Service
News  |  1/15/2016
Cisco has launched a service, called Cloud Consumption Services, that sniffs out surreptitious cloud users practicing shadow IT. The service also analyzes the risk and helps IT manage use.
When To Upgrade PCs: 4 Tips For A Smart IT Strategy
Commentary  |  1/15/2016
Figuring out a corporate-wide PC upgrade timetable has never been easy for enterprise IT managers. These days, cloud-based applications and evolving Bring Your Own Device policies are among the factors complicating your decision-making process. Here are four tips to help you determine the best PC refresh strategy for your enterprise users.
Amazon Adding Montreal, 4 More Regional Data Centers In 2016
News  |  1/14/2016
Amazon continues to expand its worldwide network of data centers, with Montreal, the UK, China, and India all slated to become part of its chain.
Big Data Goes Mainstream: What Now?
News  |  1/14/2016
Now that big data initiatives are going mainstream in Fortune 1000 companies, CIOs and other C-level executives are targeting the next frontier -- how to transform all that information into products and services -- according to a new report.
CIOs Detail Hiring Plans For First Half Of 2016
Slideshows  |  1/13/2016
A recent survey delves into the IT positions that CIOs say are in demand for the first half of the year, and finds the major cities that are most likely to win with these expansion plans.
Microsoft Kills Support For Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10
News  |  1/12/2016
With the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, most people using an older version of Microsoft's browser are forced to upgrade, switch browsers, or put their systems at risk.
Big Data Moves From Hype To Reality, CompTIA Finds
News  |  1/12/2016
Organizations are moving past the hype and into actual value when it comes to big data and analytics implementation, according to a new survey by CompTIA. But challenges remain, including a skills gap and the struggle to wrangle the growing quantity of data generated.
Amazon WorkMail Is Now In General Availability
News  |  1/11/2016
Amazon's WorkMail, a potential competitor to Google's Gmail and Microsoft Outlook, is now in general availability, and it's integrated with the company's encryption key management technology.
4 Data Security Tips For CIOs
Commentary  |  1/11/2016
Security challenges facing CIOs will continue to escalate because the payoffs are high for perpetrators, and risks are relatively low. Here are four tips to help turn your organization -- and your data -- into less appealing targets for the bad guys.
Avnet CIO: Put Business At The Center Of IT
News  |  1/11/2016
As an IT and electronics distributor, Avnet is in a unique position to view the trends driving the technology industry. It's also in the position of implementing those trends itself, including cloud computing and customer self-service. Here's how CIO Steve Phillips aligns IT with business at Avnet.
Apple Acquires Feelings, Microsoft R Update, 2016 Predictions: Big Data Roundup
News  |  1/10/2016
Apple is getting emotional. The company has acquired a startup that claims its facial recognition software can read your feelings. Meanwhile, Microsoft gets ready to update its R strategy, vendors offer their 2016 big data predictions, and more. Here's our big data roundup for the week ending January 10, 2016.
9 Reasons Why Personalized Marketing Still Isn't Accurate
Slideshows  |  1/8/2016
Personalization efforts have served as a vanguard for big data at many organizations. But some of these programs still fall short. Here's a closer look at what's going wrong. Does your enterprise fit these profiles?
Synergy's $110B Cloud Spending Report Smashes Other Estimates
News  |  1/8/2016
Synergy says $110 billion was spent on the cloud in 2015, 300% more than IDC's estimate. Why the difference?
Windows 10 Migration: 4 Tips To Help IT Prepare
Commentary  |  1/8/2016
IT professionals have a lot to consider when contemplating a migration to Windows 10. These four tips will help make upgrading as smooth as possible for yourself, and your enterprise end users.
Design Thinking Is Taking Hold At IBM
Commentary  |  1/7/2016
If Design Thinking succeeds at IBM, a company that for decades has typified how US big business works, large numbers of companies will likely follow suit. Is your organization one of them?
Government IT: Hot Tech Trends In 2016
News  |  1/7/2016
Local, state, and federal governments are aiming to make their tech initiatives more open, responsive, technically up-to-date, and secure this year. Can they pull it off?
Amazon Starts 2016 With Three Price Cuts
News  |  1/6/2016
Amazon Web Services diminishes its own prospects of handsome quarterly profits through a set of price reductions. These cuts also make life harder for competitors.
Twitter's Top Data Science, Analytics, And BI Feeds
Slideshows  |  1/6/2016
Twitter is a veritable playground for data scientists looking to scrape and analyze public data. But it's also a great place to learn about what data scientists, business intelligence practitioners, and analytics experts are thinking. Here are 11 of our favorites on Twitter.
Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Now On 200M Devices
News  |  1/5/2016
Microsoft's announcement of updated Windows 10 activation numbers includes the mention that more than three-quarters of the company's enterprise customers are running an active pilot of the operating system.
How To Hire Your Next CIO
Commentary  |  1/5/2016
Business technology is in transition. Make sure your next CIO can rise to the challenge.
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