Profile of David WagnerExecutive Editor, Community & IT Life
Member Since: 5/20/2014
News & Commentary Posts: 351
David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, leadership, and innovation. He has also been a freelance writer for many top consulting firms and academics in the business and technology sectors. Born in Silver Spring, Md., he grew up doodling on the back of used punch cards from the data center his father ran for over 25 years. In his spare time, he loses golf balls (and occasionally puts one in a hole), posts too often on Facebook, and teaches his two kids to take the zombie apocalypse just a little too seriously.
Articles by David Wagner
Clorox CIO Manjit Singh shares his insights on how a flexible IT infrastructure and a strong relationship with the marketing department can put tech professionals in the front seat when it comes to improving consumer experiences.
Executive recruiter Kathy Harris gives us an in-depth look at how to rise to the top levels of IT.
In its 27th annual Cyberstates study, CompTIA tells us which states experienced the most growth in the number of tech jobs in 2015, and which ones saw declines. See where your state lands.
Recently appointed Carhartt CIO John Hill has taken a career path that spans the IT and business sides of the enterprise. Here's why he thinks it will become increasingly difficult for IT professionals to rise to the CIO level without getting significant business-side experience.
IT positions account for 11 of the 25 top-paying jobs in Glassdoor's annual ranking. See which positions made the grade, and how your salary stacks up.
CHIME launched a prize to fix a stubborn data problem in the healthcare industry. More than 300 companies and individuals have registered to receive more information about the contest, with judging set to begin in May.
SanDisk CIO Ravi Naik spoke with InformationWeek about how he figures out the difference between the technology his business executives want, and the technology they really need. His experience holds lessons for any IT leader looking to make technology a true driver of business outcomes.
McDonald's is experimenting with a virtual reality Happy Meal that could have real implications for VR in the enterprise.
Researchers are using storytelling to teach a robot how to be more ethical and potentially put to rest fears of dangerous artificial intelligence agents taking over the world.
Companies with more women in executive positions correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study.
Tech companies are well represented on Glassdoor's rankings of the top beyond-the-basics perks and benefits offered to employees. See 10 of the most interesting and surprising.
SAP's Fan Energy Zone in San Francisco's Super Bowl 50 celebrations is a giant test case in how users create, share, and process data in real-time.
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.
This year promises to be a big year in video games, from blockbuster sequels to first-time entries. Here is a list of the games that should be on your radar in 2016.
It's time again for New Year's resolutions. Here are 10 ideas for how you can live a happier life and have a better career in the coming year.
An annual survey of IT leaders, including CIOs, vice presidents, directors, and hiring managers, reveals some of the biggest trends and challenges they expect to face in 2016.
Here's a look at 10 great presents any geek would be glad to get for the holidays.
Working nights? Pulling long shifts? Stretched too thin during the holidays? Here's a list of apps and gadgets to make sure you don't fall asleep on the job.
Freelance job posting site Upwork, lists the top 20 most requested freelance skills, 7 of which are IT skills.
Your commute, whether it's bumper-to-bumper or a breeze, can play a major role in your work-life balance. It can extend or take away hours from time with family and friends. We count down the top tech cities that have the most and least traffic congestion.
Oxford Dictionaries couldn't find a word to name as the word of the year. Here's why it's bad news for the English language, and good news for lovers of all things tech.
The IBM Watson Trend app aims to use big data to ease your holiday shopping. Available today online and in the Apple App Store, Big Blue's goal is to eventually to develop the app's capabilities to provide trend insights for enterprises as well as consumers.
A Google autonomous car was pulled over by police for driving below the speed limit. Why can't they go faster? We explore several theories.
Researchers are poised to make huge advances in medicine, particularly in how we treat cancer and arthritis. See how big data and IT are contributing.
A new Star Trek series is set to launch, and the highly opinionated fan base will be watching carefully. What is needed to make the series as good as we hope?
Most of us think we're underpaid, but are we really? If our own employers armed us with the right information, we'd all be better off.
Average smartphone use is up to five hours per day, according to one study. What are we sacrificing to use our mobile devices that much?
If you work for an IT leader who expects you to be always-on, even during your drive times, you'll want to see what researchers have discovered about how much hands-free systems diminish your attention span behind the wheel.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have used a new technique to print soft tissue an off-the-shelf 3D printer, and hope to use the method to make hearts.
Sitting at your desk all day can be boring, unproductive, and hazardous to your health. We have some alternatives that might help you "stand" out at work.
We explored multiple surveys and studies about bad bosses to assemble this rogue's gallery of the most reviled types of managers. Check out our 10 scariest bosses (complete with their own Halloween costumes), and consider our advice for how to deal with them.
Researchers have taken an important step toward a future in which we might interact with our computers without needing a mouse, keyboard, or even voice activation. Imagine if you could control your computer with your mind.
If you're looking to get your spooky on this Halloween with ghosts, vampires, or zombies, we've got the technology to help you do it.
We want to help you get into the Halloween spirit while letting your geek flag fly. Check out our list, and let us know which costume you'll be wearing next Saturday.
Encouraging children to pursue careers in technology is great, but until Silicon Valley deals with its culture problem, it won't matter.
Ten IT jobs made the cut on Glassdoor's 25 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance. In fact, the No. 1 job on the list is IT-related. If you're struggling with work-life balance in your own career, you'll want to have a look at these positions and see how your job stacks up. It might be time to polish up that resume or learn some new skills.
Nobody doubts that as an IT professional you know your field. But how much do you know about business? If the answer is "not enough," it's time to start learning. Here are 10 books to help turn IT pros into business ninjas.
While the Dell-EMC merger is undoubtedly a big deal in the IT world, it's far from the strangest corporate combination we can think of. Here are some merger ideas that are far less likely to ever happen, but a lot more fun to contemplate.
Flawed robots make people more comfortable in certain settings, which is fine. But what happens when we need robots to be perfect?
Gartner's Daryl Plummer paints a convincing picture of a near-term future full of robots, smart machines, machine learning, and changing mobile habits. Here's everything CIOs and IT professionals need to know to be prepared.
We all want a boss with a good sense of humor. But a new study reveals that humor at work is ineffective -- no matter how genuinely funny you may be -- if you're lousy at building and maintaining relationships with your team members.
Let me tell you a very personal story about why Ada Lovelace matters, and how we can use this day to inspire girls and young women to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Frustrated with a fragmented system that doesn't give caregivers or patients access to full patient data, the CIO of Fairview Health Services has the beginnings of a plan.
Gut decisions are out of fashion in the world of analytics and big data, but one Gartner analyst says "Not so fast."
GE is going full steam ahead in its efforts to become a digital company. This includes new emphasis on IoT and analytics.
How do you turn your IT shop from the "Department of No" into the "Department of Yes?" You need to change your people and change how you measure them.
Gartner CIO Symposium gives CIOs a hint about the talent shortage. It might not be as bad as you think if you're willing to get creative.
Gartner's CIO Symposium Welcome Keynote advised CIOs that we're entering the age of the algorithm.
A Gartner analyst uses the vision of a workplace without associates as a great jumping-off point to talk about how to integrate technology into the brick-and-mortar store of tomorrow.
If you're thinking about switching jobs next year, here's a guide to the IT jobs that are poised to earn the biggest salary increases in 2016. If you're a CIO or an IT leader and you're planning on doing any IT hiring in 2016, you'll want to factor this information into your budget plans.
Japan plans on testing and deploying a fleet of automated taxis. That seems like a something we could have a lot of fun with.
A new "Yelp for people" app is potentially the biggest disaster on the Internet. It could ruin reputations, cost people their jobs, and destroy relationships. It could become a platform for hatred and cyber-bullying. Or, it could be all smiles and happy dances. You decide.
Telecommuting is growing, but despite a plethora of research there's no clear consensus about whether or not it's successful. A large-scale review of the data reveals what we know and what we misunderstand about the benefits of telecommuting.
Netflix's slightly tongue-in-cheek invention shows that the Internet of Things is way too complicated for consumers.
Once upon a time, Apple unseated BlackBerry as king of the smartphones. Could BlackBerry return the favor by switching to Android? Check out a surprisingly close battle that comes down to intangibles.
Two experiments in reading and translating brainwaves have allowed researchers to help an injured man walk, and enabled others to read minds from over a mile away.
The most wonderful time of the year for video game fans is from now until December. Check out our list of the best games slated for release this fall and winter (plus a bonus title to look forward to in early 2016).
Enterprise demand for specific skillsets, a war for talent, and constantly shifting tech priorities are contributing to a thriving IT freelance culture. Whether you're in the field already, considering a career shift, or responsible for hiring freelance IT talent at your organization, here's what you need to know.
Facebook is getting a dislike button. What should you use it on?
Virtual Reality is giving healthcare an actual reality assist, especially in psychology.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and a cast of thousands took the stage at Dreamforce 2015 to talk about how analytics, particularly when based on information drawn from mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), is going to change the way we do business.
Uber's CEO thinks his company should handle every car and truck on the road, and that if this happened, you'd like it.
Researchers at Baylor University have conducted what they believe is the first empirical study of how to take a break during the workday. Here's a practical guide for how to use your downtime for maximum benefit.
Apple Pencil is coming. Everyone will buy one. Because Apple. Then, we'll have to figure out what we're supposed to do with it. Here are some ideas.
SpaceX just revealed details about what might be the world's first truly reusable spacecraft, dubbed the Crew Dragon.
Nintendo is hoping you'll want to catch 'em all in real life with its new Pokémon mobile videogame. Is this a great way to get our kids out of the house, or another way to keep them addicted to videogames?
Vint Cerf, recognized as one of the fathers of the Internet, is using social media to generate new ideas about how the Web should evolve.
Young women of high school and college age are not attracted to computer science because of old stereotypes, some true and some not.
The latest episode of IT Life Radio will investigate how accounting practices could help IT projects.
Your mother has been telling you this for years. Now that scientists agree, maybe you'll finally listen?
A pilot study shows people want to excercise at their desks. Really. And when they do, it turns out they lose weight and improve their ability to focus.
Most of us aren't happy at work. Here's what we can do to change that.
Big paychecks are nice, but in some cities they only let you keep pace with the cost of living. In honor of Labor Day, we're highlighting the US metro areas that allow you to stretch your IT paycheck the farthest.
Apple is going into the content creation business. Where should they start?
NASA might turn a futuristic toy into a great way to clean up space.
Here's what all the cool kids will be bringing back to school that you can use in your daily job or home life, too. Equally at home in dorms or offices, these aren't the gadgets you must have, but they'll quickly become the ones you want to have.
Asus announces the world's first water-cooled laptop, and it is cool but hard to pin down.
Facebook has a new digital assistant, Facebook M, to rival Siri and Cortana. Here's what we wish it could do.
Nanoengineers (yes, that's a thing) from UC San Diego have created microscopic fish powered by hydrogen peroxide that use magnets to steer themselves. Here's how they can help keep us healthy.
A bill in North Dakota will allow non-lethal weapons on police drones. Nothing to fear here, move along.
Google is targeting people for job offers based on their search activity. It's certainly a way to attract people with an inborn curiosity and willingness to investigate unusual things (and no fear of malware).
A WiFi pioneer says we need to rethink how the Internet of Things is being marketed and sold. For starters, how about finding a better name?
Computer science majors from these 10 schools can expect to earn the most by the time they reach the middle of their careers, according to data from Payscale.com. See how your salary stacks up.
A new app turns HD video into grainy 1980s video. We need more blast from the past apps. Here are 10 ideas.
NASA wants to take your name to Mars so you can be a part of the next great phase of space exploration.
As summer draws to a close, we highlight 10 recent and upcoming mobile games that will help you ease back into your hectic worklife and face the fourth quarter with a smile.
Middle managers are more stressed, according to a study, and it can lead to clinical depression.
The corporate culture in which you're working is as important as the work you're being asked to do. Here are 12 questions to help you figure out what kind of workplace you'd be walking into before you accept your next job offer.
Google has been restructured, and the iconic brand now falls under an umbrella organization called Alphabet. But why? There has to be more to this story.
A team of architects is trying to attract billions of euros via an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to bring part of The Lord Of The Rings to life. Would you want to live in a real-world version of the capitol of Gondor?
New technology such as drones, are part of the PGA Championship coverage this year, and this could lead to new ways to broadcast sports.
IBM Watson is opening its big data analytics ecosystem to new ideas and businesses, including a new way to help you win your fantasy football league.
A simple computer game aims to build trust in self-driving cars by showing people how badly they drive themselves.
The next episode of IT Life Radio will discuss the growth and changes of crowdfunding and how it is attractive to larger enterprises.
Jon Stewart left "The Daily Show" in a way that exemplifies the kind of leader he has been for 16 years. Here are 10 lessons that any leader can learn from his example.
An IT department used iMac boxes to make a giant human hamster wheel and also demonstrated the value of letting your team play.
IO9's six-word sci-fi story contest has inspired us to ask the same of you. Check out what it's all about, then give us your best shot.
A new patent has been granted for a space elevator that will reach 12 miles high, and it might be the closest we've come to a working design.
Making heroes out of the people who fly all over the world for business is killing them. There has to be a better way.
CEOs at publicly traded US companies will soon have to announce how their own salary compares to median worker pay at their organizations. What will this mean for tech companies and IT professionals?