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What vacation? Expect to work while you're away
In these lean times, backups aren't what they used to be; it's inevitable that IT staffers will be called to help, especially when an important issue is brewing.
Getting started with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp
There are several deployment choices, but none is overly complex to set up.
How to recover after a cloud computing misstep
Early adopters share their lessons learned on ramping up, scaling back and avoiding disasters in the cloud. Insider (registration required)
Oracle bolsters integration suite for mobile work
If it weren't enough of a challenge for IT architects and system managers to glue enterprise systems together, they must also now worry about connecting their systems to mobile and Web applications as well.
With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users
Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung security software called Knox, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday.
The Truth About Enterprises and the Public Cloud
Many companies look to the public cloud to cut costs, overhead and time to deployment. However, businesses need to understand how dramatically a move to the cloud will affect a key constituency: The IT department.
Oracle buying Micros Systems for $5.3 billion
Oracle is buying hospitality and retail technology vendor Micros Systems for $5.3 billion, in a deal that will be its largest since the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010.
The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan
Chris LeBeau, IT director at Advanced Technology Services, is shutting down several outdated systems, migrating users and switching to a more modern business architecture.
Ira S. Wolfe: Companies can't thrive when generations bicker
Employers will be better able to attract, retain and motivate talented people if they recognize what drives each generation and take those factors into account as they develop approaches to recruiting, hiring, onboarding and employee engagement.
Video: What IT employees want, and what best employers deliver
Organizations looking to attract the best and brightest IT talent find a good salary and decent benefits aren't enough to close the deal anymore. How about free lunch and onsite kickboxing?
Video: Tour the No. 1 Best Places for 2014
Quicken Loans, LinkedIn and Noah Consulting topped our list of Best Places to Work in IT by keeping employees well compensated and challenged in their jobs.
The No. 1 large place to work in IT: Quicken Loans
At Quicken Loans, a new in-house training program and strong corporate values help IT employees thrive in an atmosphere of accelerated growth.
The No. 1 midsize place to work in IT: LinkedIn
At LinkedIn, career growth is on a fast track for IT pros with superior customer-service skills -- with free lunches and theme parties to keep things hopping.
The No. 1 small place to work in IT:
Every employee matters at this virtual consultancy, which taps the best of technology and leadership to create a vibrant, nurturing environment.
Pirates, cheats and IT certs
Some ne'er-do-wells steal test questions and answers, and cheaters buy that information, share answers in chat rooms, pay other people to take tests for them and bring a range of technologies and techniques into test centers to gain an edge.
How the cloud can make IT shops more innovative
Jobs at many IT departments have been primarily about maintenance -- handling crashed email systems, ever-expanding security perimeters and users who bringing their own devices to the office
The enterprise PC: Not quite dead yet
Tablets haven't killed off the PC market, which is about to return from a downturn.
Adaptive learning creates more effective training
Long espoused in educational circles, intelligent software that tailors training to the individual learner is catching on in corporations.
Three strategies for the new era of enterprise cybersecurity
The pace of change for Information Technology is challenging established notions of "What is IT?" and "What is Information Security in the modern age?" For one example, the "new" data center technologies such as virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), service-oriented delivery models, and cloud computing have radically changed the typical IT infrastructure from a defined set of assets owned and controlled by the organization to a constantly fluctuating roster of resources that can come and go from IT department visibility and control.
Big SAP customers eager to move to the cloud
Some of SAP's largest customers plan to nearly double what they now spend on cloud deployments in the next year -- good news for a company that is trying to position itself as a key player in that market -- according to research commissioned by IT services provider HCL.
FCC to push network providers on cybersecurity
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is threatening to step in with regulations if network providers don't take steps to improve cybersecurity.
Predictive data, the real workhorse behind the Internet of Things
Companies are having to be pickier about which data sets they collect, process and use. It's all about having the right architecture in place.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wades into the in-memory database wars
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is taking the fight to IBM, Microsoft and SAP in the burgeoning in-memory database market with a new option the company says can deliver dramatic performance boosts without requiring changes to applications.
Why Mobile Strategies Are Stalling at Many Enterprises
CIOs know the value of having a mobile strategy. So why aren't companies doing it right? A study from Accenture sheds some light on why some companies aren't moving forward fast enough with their mobility initiatives.
App development in the cloud gets speedy, gains traction
A growing number of IT departments are moving development work to the cloud, allowing a faster responses to business requests with fewer people, disruptions and costs. Insider (registration required)
How to make the most of an IT buyer's market
New technology trends are driving big changes in the vendor landscape and creating a once-in-a-career opportunity for savvy CIOs. Huge price cuts, packaged deals, favorable contracts and unique partnerships with big-time vendors are now within reach.
University CIO helps boost graduation rates with analytics
Brian A. Haugabrook, interim CIO at Valdosta State University in Georgia, deployed analytics tools that enable faculty and staff to identify students who need extra help. The effort paid off with higher graduation rates.
Enterprise search brings together structured and unstructured customer data
Financial services firm UBS lets customers and employees see much more data, much faster, to improve relationships.
Exclusive video: Reinventing Ogilvy & Mather for today's connected world
Today's always-connected culture has wrought huge changes at global advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather. John Seifert, chairman of global brand community, talks about how the firm approached this, especially in the aftermath of the economy's financial meltdown.
IT power grab: Should you be a Machiavellian manager?
Years of striving for IT/business alignment have resulted in a service provider mentality within IT, one that casts the business as the customer who's always right. Some analysts are exhorting CIOs to grasp the reins of leadership instead.
Why IT needs to drive the risk conversation
The current system of risk management at most organizations is designed to frustrate everyone. Here are seven ways to change the dialogue.
Healthcare CIO Edward Marx: IT ROI is measured in lives saved
Edward Marx, senior vice president and CIO at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, is using social media to connect with the organization's local community and implementing BI tools to deliver advanced clinical care.
6 Top Enterprise Workgroup Printers
Is your office paperless? Didn't think so. Consider one of these six printers, then, for the workgroups in your enterprise.
Oracle wants its $1.3B pound of flesh in unique SAP theft case
Oracle has asked an appeals court to reinstate a $1.3 billion jury award against SAP for what an Oracle lawyer on Tuesday called "the most massive and brazen copyright infringement in history."
SAP to cut unspecified number of jobs in workforce restructuring
SAP is trimming an unspecified number of workers as part of an effort to restructure its overall skill set.
NetSuite plans to revamp its its cloud ERP software UI
NetSuite is overhauling its cloud ERP software's user interface, hoping to keep pace at a time when consumer-like experiences are increasingly becoming the norm in enterprise applications.
BlackBerry is laser-focused on the enterprise with BES10
After encountering problems last year selling its newest smartphones, BlackBerry has shifted to a stronger focus on the enterprise, especially through distribution of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobility management client software.
ERP vendor Epicor is on the block for $3.5B
Epicor has been put up for sale by private equity firm Apax Partners, which is hoping to get up to $3.5 billion for the ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, but analysts say it's difficult to pin down who might be interested in buying it.
Field Notes: Clueless CIOs aside, open source is 'frightening and fantastic'
There's a reason the theme song at this year's Open Business Conference was 'Happy.'
Virtualizing Oracle software: Don't pay for what you don't need
Squeezing software cost savings from virtualization projects is tricky for lots of reasons, but can be particularly challenging when it comes to Oracle databases. Here's why, and some tips to help.
CIOs band together to lift Michigan's fortunes
Michigan's Kitchen Cabinet is a monthly meeting of savvy CIOs from different industries who share ideas and promote tech innovation within their state.
Whirlpool CIO moves 69,000 global employees to Google Apps
Whirlpool CIO Mike Heim says low-cost sensors will soon be found in the company's appliances, predicting the need for maintenance, noting fluctuations in temperature, and even allowing consumers to download recipes to their stoves.
U.S. Air Force takes Google Glass for a test flight
The Air Force announced this week that researchers with the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio are testing Google Glass for potential battlefield use.
SanDisk announces 4TB SSD, hopes for 8TB next year
While announcing the launch of its new line of 4TB enterprise-class SSDs this week, SanDisk also said it plans to up the ante for capacity.
Afraid of the cloud? How to handle your fears
A study released this week shows that 73% of IT executives believe cloud providers are hiding performance problems.
Fast, cheap and easy: Five IT certifications that won't break you
Achieving any certification worth its salt is never easy, but some are faster to complete than others -- and easier on your wallet as well. Here are five worth considering.
Field Notes: 'Rogue' employees want IT to lighten up already
National correspondent Julia King reports the mood is feisty at this year's CITE Conference & Expo.
SAP's Ariba to get an in-memory energy boost with Hana
SAP is making good on a promise to migrate its Ariba e-commerce software to the Hana in-memory computing platform, and says an initial step has already produced staggering performance improvements.
5 reasons why Google can catch Amazon in the cloud
Google, according to industry analysts, is positioning itself to take on Amazon's dominance as a cloud provider. While it's lagging today, Google could catch Amazon and some day supplant its top position in the cloud.
San Diego's SAP system has tripled some employees' workloads
San Diego's $50 million SAP system has ended up tripling employees' workloads for certain types of tasks, but the city has also failed to devote enough attention to training, according to a consultant's report released earlier this month.
Aereo court case pits consumer control over TV against broadcasters
The ability of television viewers to control and watch programs may be at stake when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a copyright infringement case brought by TV networks against Aereo, a service that streams over-the-air television online.
4 things to do now to get ready for the Internet of Things
Loads of IP-addressable sensors and other smart devices are descending on the enterprise. Here's how you'll need to pull them all together.
Cleveland Clinic CIO: Tools are the biggest barrier to IT-driven medical care
Dr. C. Martin Harris, CIO at Cleveland Clinic and a former health technology adviser to President Obama, is using technology to redefine healthcare for patients and caregivers alike. Insider (registration required)
How to avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata
Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.
How to get a job in manufacturing IT
To excel in manufacturing, tech workers need to be one part tinkerer and one part visionary, with a bit of analytical acumen thrown in as well.
Motorola's enterprise business sold for $3.45B to Zebra Technologies
Enterprise asset intelligence company Zebra Technologies said it is acquiring Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for $3.45 billion.
SAP users rattle sabers over fees for user-friendly Fiori apps
SAP user groups are stepping up pressure on the vendor over the fees charged for its user-friendly Fiori applications, saying they should be included as part of the substantial annual maintenance costs customers already pay, particularly given SAP's dismal track record with interfaces for its Business Suite ERP software.
Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.
Oracle legal move prompts closure of independent J.D. Edwards help site
The operator of an independent website aimed at helping users of J.D. Edwards enterprise resource planning software has shut it down after Oracle alleged the site infringed on its copyrights.
Updated Tibco app integration tool moves outside the data center
Updating its platform for the hyper-connected cloud era, Tibco has equipped the new version of its flagship application-integration software with the ability to communicate with external applications.
Rimini Street diversifies with cloud services for Workday, Salesforce.com
Independent Oracle and SAP support provider Rimini Street will now offer integration services for customers who want to adopt SaaS (software-as-a-service) offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com and Workday.
Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new
Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use.
WestJet turns to gamification to help its Oracle ERP users soar
Canadian airline WestJet believes gamification, the notion of applying elements of game design to a workplace setting, can help its employees use more effectively its Oracle J.D. Edwards ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.
Wendy's makes an Oracle ERP upgrade quick and tasty
It's not uncommon for ERP projects to take longer and cost more money than initially planned, but neither outcome ended up being on the menu for fast-food giant Wendy's recent Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade.
6 ways the Internet of Things will transform enterprise security
It's already started, with a refrigerator that sent out email spam. The Internet of Things trend shows how even a benign consumer appliance could pose a danger to enterprises if connected to the Internet without proper security.
Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet
Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive, saying that it was able to reach that capacity without using helium like rival Western Digital.
Can VCE Be the Apple of the Converged Enterprise Cloud?
Apple wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't taken 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.'
Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite
With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.
The Grill: Rep. William Keating wants cross-sector data sharing
Rep. William Keating (D-Mass.), who sits on the House Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee, is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to be more involved in tackling the cybersecurity problem. Insider (registration required)
DirecTV entices more couch potatoes with new software
DirecTV's new enterprise system offers sales agents a whole view of the customer -- and real-time guidance to close deals.
Nadella unveils mobile managment suite for iPad and Android
Along with Office on the iPad, Microsoft Thursday released a comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite for managing and securing mobile devices, mobile applications and user identity and access -- all from the cloud.
Infor bets big on Amazon Web Services for cloud ERP
Infor is betting big on Amazon Web Services for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software strategy, with plans to begin offering a series of product suites on the company's IaaS (infrastructure as a service).
Survey: State of the enterprise 2014
Cloud, mobile and other tech investments are expected to yield benefits to both the top and bottom lines. But communication, integration and shadow IT challenges lurk.
Consumerization of IT in the enterprise starting to pay off
Businesses are beginning to reap ROI and productivity benefits from consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets, according to a survey of 1,155 IT decision-makers conducted by IDG Enterprise.
Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses
Ever since President Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order, government agencies have been making their vast data stores available to the public. These once-secret data sets are proving a valuable business resource, too.
The Grill: Rotary CIO Peter Markos
Peter Markos, CIO and general manager for Rotary International, contends with challenges ranging from authenticating a constantly changing list of users who need to access Rotary's systems to enabling applications that work for a vastly diverse membership.
Ambitious IT pros seek COO role
With technology the cornerstone of most businesses, the lines are blurring between IT and operations -- leading some IT pros to think of COO as their title of choice.
Snowden revelations raise interest in smartphone spyware for business
As the world still reels over reports of U.S. government surveillance of privately owned smartphones, a spyware industry is growing that's focused on helping employers monitor the ways smartphones and tablets are used by their workers. Parents are also interested in the service to track their children's smartphone use.
Huawei expands partnership with SAP, launches new HANA hardware
Huawei's enterprise unit has launched the FusionCube for high-end HANA systems and will also work with SAP on products for areas such as enterprise mobility.
Oracle to revamp schools ERP software, with an eye on Workday
Oracle is planning to make significant investments in its ERP software for higher education institutions, with an eye on keeping the installed base happy and fending off challenges from the likes of Workday.
Do you understand your company's personality?
Corporate culture may matter even more to your project's success than ROI does. Here's how to work with it rather than against it.
Whittle down application sprawl
Getting rid of old, unsecured or unused software and services is not easy. Do it correctly, though, and you can save IT time and money.
Oregon withholds $25.6M from Oracle after health exchange website woes
Oregon is holding back $25.6 million in payments from Oracle over work the vendor did on the state's troubled health care exchange website.
Microsoft extends Dynamics ERP; adds support for Azure cloud
Microsoft has completed a series of moves aimed at making its Dynamics AX ERP software a more viable option for large enterprises, and plans to showcase them this week during the Convergence conference in Atlanta.
Everything You Know About Enterprise Security Is Wrong
Whether you're talking about your network, your company's building or your home, a perimeter approach to security is no longer adequate. As McAfee discussed at this week's RSA Conference, you can't provide physical or electronic security simply by trying to prevent authorized access -- you have to rethink all types to security to protect data and lives.
The Grill: Aon's CIO embraces social media tools to connect 65,000 employees
Aon's global CIO, Steve Betts, who led the integration of IT operations following Aon's $4.9 billion acquisition of Hewitt Associates, is using social media tools to help employees connect around key issues. Insider (registration required)
Samsung beefs up Knox mobile management software
One day after announcing the Galaxy S5 smartphone with a security-focused fingerprint scanner, Samsung announced that second-generation Knox software for enterprise-level security and management of Samsung devices will ship sometime in the second quarter.
Ex-Microsoft architect's startup focuses on SaaS integration
A former Microsoft architect has founded a startup called Azuqua aimed at tackling the problem of joining together and automating business processes from multiple SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications.
Dell to resell, implement NetSuite's cloud ERP software
Dell and NetSuite are broadening their relationship, with Dell becoming a global reseller and IT systems integrator for NetSuite's cloud ERP (enterprise resource planning) software.
Premier 100 IT Leader: Chad Long
This collaborative IT leader gets creative when seeding the next crop of talented tech staffers.
The 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders: Reinventing themselves many times over
Reaching IT leader status (and staying there) requires something akin to a personal mini-revolution every two to three years, according to these 100 men and women. All have transformed their careers, and re-laid their career paths, multiple times. And they'll do it again, too.
Facebook Open Sources Thrift Protocol ... Again
After more than six years of internal development of its branch of the cross-language framework that powers its internal services, Facebook has released that branch to open source and hopes to work with the Apache Thrift community to incorporate the work.
How to set up Microsoft's Web Application Proxy
Implementing WAP involves a lot of moving pieces; here's what admins need to know for a successful rollout.
Tech Industry Praises Cybersecurity Framework From White House
Leaders of the tech sector laud the Obama administration's rollout of voluntary cybersecurity guidelines, but broader private-sector adoption could remain a challenge.
How to get a job in energy IT
The energy industry is complex and growing, but also needs to be more modern and efficient. From analytics to networking to mobility, the IT opportunities abound.
Smart cities are here today -- and getting smarter
Smart cities aren't the stuff of science fiction. Governments -- in the heartland and on both coasts -- are using sensors, social media, big data and other technologies to provide better services to citizens.
Tips for speaking like a business strategist
You know technology cold, you understand the business, and you're ready to step up to a senior IT leadership position, but can you communicate all that to the C-suite? Here's how other CIOs got their voices heard.
The Grill: Darren Ghanayem juggles WellPoint's mandates for the federal healthcare law
As vice president and CIO at WellPoint's commercial business unit, Darren Ghanayem is juggling the mandates of the new federal healthcare law while continuing to support corporate initiatives.
ERP system 'difficulties' force network equipment provider to delay quarterly filing
Microwave networking equipment maker Aviat Networks was forced to delay filing its second-quarter earnings report due to "unexpected difficulties" with a newly installed ERP system.
The future of Dynamics in a Nadella-led Microsoft
Microsoft's Dynamics ERP and CRM product lines seemed safe immediately following former CEO Steve Ballmer';s sweeping reorganization of the company last year. But now that longtime Microsoft executive Satya Nadella has been named Ballmer's successor, the time is ripe for more focused speculation on the future of Dynamics. Here's a look at what could be in store.
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Apple's slice of the enterprise market has doubled in three years
Those Windows XP boxes may still be whirring away in the forgotten corners, but Apple's slice of the enterprise market has doubled across the last three years, JAMF Software reports.
The iPad productivity guide
More people than ever are using their iPads to be productive. This short report shares some of the best hardware, software and tips to help get the best out of Apple's tablet.
Apple's platform advantages for the enterprise
It is no longer true to say Apple has no place in the enterprise. Apple solutions now enable out of the box productivity, according to enterprise management firm, JAMF Software.
More than shiny: Apple is an enterprise firm
They say: "Apple is not an enterprise company", but things have changed -- Tim Cook's Apple is an enterprise company, here's some proof.
Samsung Knox needs a security overhaul
University researchers say Knox is so flawed that Samsung needs to 'rethink' security.
Samsung isn't ready to take Android to the enterprise
Samsung's Knox security platform isn't ready for prime time, and customers are not happy.
5 good reasons the iPad Air is great for the enterprise
"The iPad isn't a productivity device," they said. "It's just a giant phone," they moaned. "It's got rounded corners," they complained. "They" can say what they like, Here are 5 great reasons iPad Air is good for the enterprise:
iPhone in the enterprise? Forget about it.
The enterprise-class security in iOS 7 will keep Apple in companies for the short term, but eventually Android smartphones and tablets will clobber the iPhone and iPad.
Why Apple will disappoint businesses with iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner
Without a way to use the fingerprint sensor for signing into third-party software, the new hardware won't have much use for corporations.
3 ways Apple's new iPhones should change your life
I know I should be writing about those new iPhones and those dubious images rumor sites are making so much money with as they publish them. What's sad is that as they fetishize the iPhone as an object they completely miss its significance as solution, and that’s what I am going to talk about -- three ways the new iPhones are about to change lives.
Microsoft kills the enterprise cloud
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may be taking a page from the Apple playbook in repositioning his corporation as a "devices company", but that's just smoke and mirrors to disguise a firm that's lost its soul: its data surveillance deal with the NSA undermines its precious position in the enterprise. Here's why:
If you're an iPad using BYOD convert, you might want NoteSuite for project management
A high standard for consumer-focused personal and project organization apps for Apple platforms has been set with the introduction of NoteSuite, a powerful iOS/Mac notekeeping solution that integrates support for iCloud.
WWDC: Apple's iOS 7 moves even closer to the enterprise
The focus at WWDC may appear to be on consumer markets, but Apple has also made major improvements to its offering to enterprise users with a range of iOS 7 features that should maintain the maker's place at the crest of the BYOD wave -- and few hints of where it is going...
The unintended consequences of IT transformations
Momentous, earth-shattering changes in IT have proven to be a divisive factor for many companies. Over the past four decades, these moments of change, or inflection points, have turned the industry on its head and sent us collectively diving into the future. Through each of these inflection points, we have witnessed obvious benefits, particularly in user productivity. But, these new opportunities also carry with them significant, unintended consequences.
Post-PC Microsoft signs its death warrant -- with an iPad
A leaked report claims Microsoft intends bringing Office to Apple iPads (and Android slates) -- but not until 2014. Meanwhile IDC informs us that PC sales have slumped to a 20-year low. In the Post-PC environment, Microsoft's refusal to follow trend means it has signed its own death warrant: