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6 Amazing Advances in Cloud Technology

The cloud is more than just dirt-cheap data storage and lightning-fast apps. These six innovations show that it's possible to manage servers, develop applications, run virtual machines and even sequence the human genome using cloud technology. Full Story »

The Mainframe Isn't Dead, and Neither Is the PC

The mainframe was supposed to go extinct decades ago, but it's abundant in many habitats. Same goes for the PC, which seems to have adapted for survival better than once thought. Both the mainframe and the PC offer evolutionary advantages that newer, more sophisticated species still struggle to match.

Government CIOs Face Data Center Consolidation Challenges

Federal CIOs face pressure to consolidate their agencies' data center infrastructure. Those challenges go beyond IT, and experts advise CIOs to develop strategic plans so that consolidation improves application delivery and supports priorities such as cloud computing and virtualization.

In Public Cloud Computing Fight, the Gloves Come Off

Price cuts from Amazon, Google and Microsoft support predictions that the public cloud computing market is a race to the bottom -- for pricing, that is. Customers will no doubt benefit, but cloud providers who aren't one of those three companies should be prepared for a long, hard war of attrition.

Feds Aim to Regulate Healthcare IT While Doing No Harm to Innovation

A joint report from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communications Commission provides guidance on how the government intends to regulate clinical healthcare applications without stifling innovation.

Can VCE Be the Apple of the Converged Enterprise Cloud?

Apple wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't redefined consumer electronics. VCE could very well do the same to the enterprise cloud market. First, it just has to convince companies to 'think different.'

Google Plus Outperforms Twitter (Really)

Marketers who ignore Google Plus are missing a worthwhile opportunity, according to a new report from Forrester. Googles social platform delivers nearly double the engagement rate of Twitter, and yet some large brands continue to be lackadaisical with their effort.

5 Technology Initiatives and Reforms IT Wants in Washington

Leaders from Microsoft, Cisco and other tech players are pressing their agenda as they meet with the White House and Congress this week. Some initiatives have been years in the making -- and will take many more years to see through -- but other reforms may not be far off.

Link Building Strategies and Tips for 2014

SEO experts share tips on effective link building strategies in 2014, along with a handful of common link building misconceptions.

How the Internet of Things Drives CRM Investments

Customer relationship management will be at the heart of companies' digital initiatives for years to come, Gartner says. What's more, the billions of devices connected on the Internet of Things are joining cloud, social, mobile and big data technologies as the fifth driver of CRM investments.

Retail Must Reinvent Itself for the Omnichannel Future

IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg offers his take on the latest IDC predictions about retail customers, big data, supply chain and more 


CIOs Predict IT Spending to Increase

Mobile apps and tablets are the areas identified most frequently for investment, according to CIO Research's poll of IT executives. However, analytics, cloud and enterprise security spending aren't far behind.

Why CIOs Should Look Outside for Data Expertise

Still building your in-house data analytics operation? External providers can supplement your capabilities -- fast.

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in IT

A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.

Fashion Retailer Adds 'Tech Tables' to Stores

Chico's, a women’s clothing retailer, is adding in-store 'tech tables' and a digital magazine to flesh out its omnichannel strategy
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CIOs Need to Focus on Competitive Threats

Today's executives can boast about their companies' tech prowess, but they also need to keep an eye on archrivals and new competitors, says Maryfran Johnson.

Corporate Boards Are Hungry for IT Info From CIOs

Many board members want CIOs to give them more and better information -- especially about IT risk.

VMware, Nvidia Revolutionizing Secure Cloud Desktop

The thin client has been largely disappointing from the beginning, but a partnership between VMware and Nvidia may finally give the thin client the performance, scalability, security and price it needs to catch on.

Continuous IT Innovation Shapes the Future of Financial Services Firm

Under CIO Victor Fetter's leadership at LPL Financial, the IT group has moved from 'working on projects' to delivering solutions that shape the business and the marketplace.

CIOs: Welcome to the Age of the Customer

Forrester analyst Peter Burris says CIOs will need to work on two tracks: internal IT operations and the business systems focused on the customer experience.

As IDC Sees It, Tech's 'Third Platform' Disrupts Everyone

What IDC deems the third platform of computing -- social, mobile, cloud and big data -- is transforming IT much faster than the first (mainframe) or second (client/server) platforms ever did. This has tremendous implications for the IT industry, yes, but also for anyone doing business in today's world.

Financial Services Firms See Mobile Boom, But Blackberry and CIO Roles Fade

The financial services industry is on the verge of a mobile explosion. The number of smartphones will double in the next year. However, BlackBerry use is headed in the opposite direction as companies migrate to other mobile platforms. The role of CIOs in mobililty is also fading.

Global Mobile Data Traffic to Surpass 15 Exabytes Per Month by 2018

A recent report from Cisco predicts that global mobile data traffic, which hit 1.5 exabytes per month in 2013, will be 10 times as high by the end of 2018. Smartphones will drive the bulk of this traffic growth, but the Internet of Things will also play a role.

Integrated Sales and CRM System Lets DirecTV Capture More Couch Potatoes

DirecTV's new enterprise system offers sales agents a whole view of the customer -- and real-time guidance to close deals.

Online Video Beats Social Media in the Enterprise

A new study from Wainhouse Research reports that viewership of live online video for business purposes is more than double that of social media. Total hours of viewership in the enterprise reached 1.12 billion hours last year and could hit 3 billion hours by 2017.