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MongoDB adds support option for community edition of its NoSQL database

The service provides as low as a two-hour response time, but leaves out the bells and whistles from MongoDB Enterprise


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Shootout at the TCO Corral

A recent dust up in which VMware accused Amazon's AWS model of "biases and inaccuracies" is par for the course. The more important underlying question: "How do IT buyers protect themselves from making faulty decisions based on these...

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How to Overcome Hidden Barriers to Open Source Adoption

Your organization may be unintentionally biased against free software. Here's how to recognize and overcome that bias -- in procurement agreements as well as in IT departments.

What Does the Future of Work Look Like?

Users increasingly come to the office clamoring for the same functionality, utility and speed that they enjoy on the devices they have at home. This is profoundly affecting the future of work (and the future of IT) in four key ways.

Avoid a Tech Catastrophe and Step Away From the Button

It's only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose when fiddling with switches and power cords

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How to Judge a Job Candidate's Personality (and Why You Should)

An emphasis on evaluating personality traits is helping firms find, attract and retain talent by using targeted interview questions that gauge more than technical aptitude.

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How CIOs Can Boost Mobile App Adoption

Nearly 80 percent of mobile apps are abandoned after their first use, according to some reports. What can IT leaders do to keep that initial spike from plummeting after a couple of weeks?

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Simplifying IT Pays Off With Big Savings, Better Business Success

Companies can improve their business outcomes and their technology efficiency – and reap big cost savings -- by reducing their IT complexity, according to a new report by IDC.

BYOD Users Work Longer and Earlier

According to a recent survey, the average BYOD-carrying employee works an extra two hours and sends 20 more emails every day.

10 Bad Coding Practices That Wreck Software Development Projects

Most of the time, software developers do the right thing. On those rare occasions when they don't, bad things can happen. Avoiding these common coding practices will make your work easier -- and your software more secure and scalable...

Why One CIO Is Saying 'No' to BYOD

A growing backlash threatens to thwart the BYOD movement. To illustrate the trend, the CIO of a large electrical contractor explains why his company will 'never have a BYOD environment.'

Oregon Closer to Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Website Woes

The state is playing the blame game, according to Oracle

Report: Oracle in Talks to Buy Hospitality Tech Vendor Micros for More Than $5 Billion

Micros' products would likely be aligned with Oracle's sales, marketing and support software lines

How to Turn Customer Service Into a Profit Center

'The Producers' profited from an idea that was supposed to lose money. Most companies are happy if their call centers produce zero margins. It doesn't have to be that way.

Wibidata Launches Big-data Platform for Personalized Retail

WibiRetail represents the new wave of applications that take advantage of Hadoop

SAP relents, will provide new UI technology at no extra charge

Users had called for Fiori and Screen Personas to be delivered as part of maintenance

How to Save the Daily Standup Meeting

Scrum introduced development teams to the daily standup. In many organizations, though, this replacement for the weekly status meeting has turned into a daily status meeting. It doesn't have to be that way.

America's 6 Top-Paid CTOs

Bonuses and stock options help push some chief technology officers' salaries into the millions.

7 Ways CIOs Should Prepare for the Digital Enterprise

The whole world's gone digital. As today's companies try to keep up, many CIOs feel like a hamster on a wheel, constantly moving but never getting anywhere. This advice from the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium could offer at least a...

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