Robert L. Mitchell

Robert L. Mitchell is a technology writer. You can reach him at rmitchell60@gmail.com.

How to work out the kinks in the cloud

8 big trends in big data analytics

8 big trends in big data analytics

Big data technologies and practices are moving quickly. Here's what you need to know to stay ahead of the game.

Testing the Internet of Things: Can smart devices be united into an integrated whole?

Testing the Internet of Things: Can smart devices be united into an integrated whole?

An important part of the Internet of Things, Revolv's hub tries to make a group of indepedent smart devices work together intelligently. With the current state of the technology, however, that can be a challenge.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

A 2014 Computerworld Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium uses a cloud-based analytics system to deliver significant labor cost savings by better matching staffing with anticipated attendance.

Quicken for Mac 2015: One Step Forward

As a longtime user of Quicken I was intrigued when the folks at Intuit's Quicken group called to pre-brief me on an new product announcement. I was hoping for a SaaS version of Quicken. What I got was an improved version of Quicken...

Meet Cobol's hard-core fans
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Meet Cobol's hard-core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing.

At Ford Racing, 3-D printing offers speed edge

In the recent story about the evolution of 3D printing from prototyping to production manufacturing, we didn't have room to talk about Ford Racing's use of the technology to help build NASCAR engine parts. It uses a 3D printing...

3D printing makes its move into production
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3D printing makes its move into production

The use of 3D printing for finished goods is about to disrupt manufacturing and supply chains in a big way. Here's why, and here's how IT will be critical to that transition.

Where your personal data goes when you're not looking

Where your personal data goes when you're not looking

As businesses integrate vast quantities of new consumer data they need to think through privacy and transparency issues.

Why I came crawling back to Comcast

Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Five years ago I kicked out Comcast, cut the cable TV cord, and went to my local telco provider, FairPoint Communications, for high-speed Internet service. Now I'm giving Comcast a second...

How to get started in IT without a degree

Who says you need a college degree to land an IT job? Out of 21 categories of IT careers, it's possible to land jobs in three without a college degree. A great place to get started is as a help desk analyst, network technician or...

The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention

The Internet of Things is producing a lot of interesting consumer products that have the potential to lead to important enterprise tools. Here is a basic overview of the concept, together with examples of available products and what...

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