Profile of Debra Donston-Miller
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Freelance writer Debra Donston-Miller was previously editor of eWEEK and executive editorial manager of eWEEK Labs. She can be reached at [email protected].
Articles by Debra Donston-Miller
IT and marketing chiefs can do their jobs more effectively by teaching each other on some key matters.
To attract bright younger workers to your organization, you need to push the tech envelope. Here's how.
Microsoft offers ad-free search, Surface RT rewards along with Common Core-aligned lessons.
College students tote a ton of technology when they head off to school. Here are 10 more gadgets and apps worth throwing in the backpack.
University of Illinois professor uses Pathbrite to help students expand learning opportunities and showcase their skills.
You don't want to be left on the outside of social business discussions. Remove remaining signs of the IT department being an immovable force that dictates, rather than collaborates.
Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) specs aim to help students, teachers more easily cull relevant educational content.
When it comes to BYOD, higher ed has been there, done that for years.
IT professionals looking to transition to new careers have skills that particularly suit certain roles. Consider this expert advice.
Moving from a traditional IT role to a more business-focused role has challenges. Consider this advice for a successful transition.
Many K-12 schools struggle to implement new educational standards with old technology, outdated skills.
Websites, apps and devices help teachers teach and kids learn in new ways. Check out these 10 great education tech choices.
Summer Cloud release of Jive integrates Yammer, Salesforce.com and Evernote streams, improves gamification and analytics.
Facebook may not be the core of your professional social network, but you should be doing these things on Facebook to get connected, get protected and get ahead.
Replacing paper portfolios of yore, electronic portfolios are the newest way to showcase your school work or career search materials. They're also used in the classroom to teach and grade.
Facebook's new rainbow emoticon reflects support of Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality.
Gmail's new categorization capabilities bring optimism -- and apprehension -- to this email addict's heart.
Internet analyst Mary Meeker has seen the future -- and it is wearable, flyable and drivable.
Big data, mobile management and security smarts matter. See what other IT specialties will help you get ahead now.
Development platform gives Facebook new mobile cred.
Are you oversharing or undersharing on social networks? Job hunters should understand the social behaviors that may concern potential employers.
In the aftermath of tragic events, respect and restraint should guide organizations on social media.
Without proof points and support, end users can easily stall your social business plans.
Hoping to land bigger fish, cloud file storage leader rolls out Dropbox for Business, with security tweaks for enterprises.
Consider these five benefits and drawbacks to Facebook's new Android app.
Salesforce.com adds social intelligence to Chatter with Topics and Expertise graph tools. This sounds a lot like what knowledge management promised to be -- but wasn't.
SEC's blessing is a big -- if belated -- admission that social networks have become an important part of doing business.
LinkedIn has rolled out new social networking capabilities that can help you find a new job. Here's how to use the tools wisely.
How could Facebook convince people to drop their current phones for a Facebook-branded device? I have five suggestions.
Introduced as an option, Gmail's new compose will become the default over the next few days. Here's what I like and dislike.
If you are looking for your next job opportunity, you can't ignore social.
LinkedIn improves its search capabilities to make it easier and faster to find people, companies and jobs on the professional social network.
Three-stage process weaves Yammer's enterprise social network capabilities into Office 365, with additional bridges to SharePoint.
Tweaks to Pinterest provide more reason to establish Pinterest presence -- and relevant content.
Use this new option wisely. Here are six ways to engage, rather than enrage, with LinkedIn SlideShare Content Ads.
Organizations can now tell what people are doing with pinned content, when and why.
Oracle SRM encourages customers to take platform, rather than point solution, approach to social relationship management.
Any Facebook change -- even a good one -- can be disconcerting. Here's how to make a smooth transition to Facebook's redesigned News Feed.
Brighter, less cluttered and mobile-ready, Facebook's revamped News Feed has some positive improvements for users.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's edict that all Yahoo employees must work in the office doesn't please social business technology fans. But Yahoo insists this is about much more than social.
Love them or hate them, you can't just ignore LinkedIn Endorsements. Here's expert advice on how to deal with social's new head-scratcher.
LinkedIn is not just another social network like Twitter where anything goes. Avoid these "don'ts" and avoid becoming a LinkedIn pariah.
LinkedIn's makeover continues, but is the platform moving in the right direction?
Here's what your business needs to know about Twitter users who favor a mobile device most of the time, according to new research.
Facebook Connect problem created a domino effect on Thursday as companies that use the service saw visitors redirected from their sites.
Cisco social chief shares advice on listening, engagement and more.
Study also provides practical metrics for companies who want to gauge their own progress on social platforms.
When reaching out proactively to customers and potential customers, there's a fine line between helpful and creepy.
As social features become standard in traditional IT products, companies must consider new security and training challenges.
Jive's spring update will add a host of new features to help enterprises use social tools to further business agenda.
Some business tasks are best handled outside the social platform, at least for now. Personnel issues are a special minefield.
Social networking scores low in a new survey on IT budgets and staffing, but reading between the lines may tell another story.
Engage+ lets companies access information on customers' Facebook profiles, raising questions about the limits of social networking.
Confused about what makes a business social? Sometimes it's easier to see the reverse.
Organizations value social collaboration, but integrating it into business processes is not the norm, finds AIIM survey.
LinkedIn Ads API opens the door for a new class -- and a new scale -- of B2B social advertising and marketing campaigns on the site.
Madison service facilitates document collaboration with the extra levels of security that Microsoft SharePoint and Azure provide.
LinkedIn study finds that social networks are increasingly influential throughout the tech purchasing process.
Organizational and cultural issues prevent enterprises from gaining full benefit from social business initiatives, IBM study says.
Companies that have made social a high priority, though, are adding a significant number of jobs, according to InformationWeek IT staffing survey.
Under pressure to operate more efficiently after the housing bust, Cemex used social collaboration to connect its worldwide employees. One result: Products get to market faster.
CIOs must extend their internal social networks to business partners and contractors, Forrester says. But that model is still uncharted territory for most.
After contracting with Gigya to manage its social infrastructure, book and specialty toy seller Indigo sees huge traffic boost from Pinterest.
Analysis of 4 million tweets about Thursday's vice presidential debate provides a study in what pushes voters' buttons.
Apple's iPhone 5 and iOS 6 add social capabilities to the iPhone and iPad that will provide new ways for businesses to interact with their customers.
Free HootSuite tool, out now in beta form, lets you conduct real-time chat within a social context.
Socialcast Integration Engine brings collaboration capabilities into CRM, inventory management, HR, and other business applications.
Many companies are dedicating IT staff to marketing and communications departments; others are hiring marketing staffers who have focused tech skills.
Taykey's real-time measurement of Facebook, Twitter, and other social posts during Apple's launch event shows high interest in new display.
Email and calendar integration may ease the adoption of social business software for some firms.
Social networking was not yet a mainstream campaigning tool in 2008. This election year, we can compare the social media presence of the presidential candidates for lessons in what to do and not to do.
When it comes to social networking, IT departments can lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Wireless retailer LetsTalk needed a way to collaborate and consolidate the many moving parts of its business. Here's why Podio's tools did the trick.
Social turns top-down communication channels upside down, as employees demand honesty and input on corporate decisions.
Special edition of SDL's product, SM2, lets users listen for any number of keywords, then analyze sentiment based on words in context, tone, and emotion.
Confused by the bevy of vendors promising enterprise social nirvana? Tour the core capabilities that you need when implementing social-focused tools in the workplace.
Social media make the customer more powerful than ever. Here's how to listen and react.
Facebook reports that as many as 83 million of its users are phony--but the numbers tell only part of the story.
Promotion-filled news feeds drive Facebook users to unlike brands. Consider these ways to provide real value to your Facebook followers and keep them engaged.
Oracle and Salesforce.com have established a pattern of dueling acquisitions of social business companies. Here's how that battle is shaping up.
BBC investigation calls into question the value of Facebook 'likes.'
For better or worse, execs prove the power of social leadership. From Benioff to Ballmer, how do tech's bigwigs stack up?
The iPhone was released 5 years ago. Read about how the iPhone changed the industry, and test your knowledge about the first of its kind.
Consider these best practices for successfully strengthening your social credibility.
Every company needs a social networking policy, but don’t stifle creativity and productivity with too much formality.
Many organizations struggle to make employee social networks mesh with existing collaboration systems, say attendees at Enterprise 2.0.
Social networking tools have incited a customer awakening. Take these 5 steps when comments aren't going your way.
With its Facebook presence growing, Chuck E. Cheese's sets its sights on Foursquare and Pinterest.
New research says Facebook addiction is real. That might be a good thing for your business.
More companies are applying game mechanics to internal and external apps and processes, Gartner says. But why gaming? Why now?
An increasing number and variety of business applications are integrating game mechanics, or gamification, to improve user engagement, engage new customers, incent employees, build loyalty, and more.
Facebook? Twitter? Google+? Pinterest? Here's how to ensure you dedicate resources to the right platforms for your business.
With federal tax day looming, here's a look at the challenges that will wear you thin when integrating social and business strategies.
As your business gets more social-savvy, strengthen your metrics strategy. Here's how.
New Social Intranet Solution and Gamification products expand the collaboration and team incentive capabilities of Jive Social Business Platform.
Report from Zscaler ThreatLabZ shows that social networking apps account for majority of Web 2.0 transactions. While Facebook is still on top, its usage dropped in 2011 among enterprise users.
You can learn a lot from the comments your customers post on Facebook and other social networks. Here's how to make the most of them.
New Channels 'listening' tool includes risk management features such as auditing to SocialVolt social media management system.
At the global social event that expanded to 21 cities this year, business metrics dominated discussion. Hot topics included analytics and internal social business tools.
Swiss furniture company Vitra taps SAP StreamWork for easy collaboration and smooth integration with existing systems.