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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Chris LeBeau, IT director at Advanced Technology Services, is shutting down several outdated systems, migrating users and switching to a more modern business architecture.

Best Places spotlight: Top benefits and perks keep Clearlink staffers happy

Techie-friendly perks at the No. 19 midsize organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list include DIY dev environments and a gaming area for IT.

Best Places spotlight: Problem-solving is Job 1 at Janney Montgomery Scott

IT employees at the No. 13 midsize organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list are encouraged to air ideas and make decisions.

Best Places spotlight: Paychex invests in, encourages tech innovation

The No. 47 large organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list has developed a reputation among tech pros as the place to explore new technologies and processes.

Best Places spotlight: At Radiant Logic, technologists manage their own projects

Flexible schedules, stocked kitchens and a dog-friendly office contribute to a top-rate environment at the No. 21 small organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list.

Best Places spotlight: Sev1Tech offers top benefits and career development

At the No. 3 small organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list, IT pros get lots of support from both managers and peers.

Best Places spotlight: VMware encourages tech workers to explore ideas

No one feels like a cog in the wheel at the No. 26 large organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list.

Best Places spotlight: At HCA, IT employees have a chance to make an impact

The No. 42 large organization on Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list offers tech pros great benefits and the knowledge that their work helps patients.

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)

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.

10 hot cloud computing skills

As more companies embrace shared services, staffers with cloud computing chops are watching their fortunes rise. Insider (registration required)

Tech pros need to learn the art of brevity

A communication expert -- author of the new book "Brief" -- says you'll have a bigger impact by saying less. But it requires preparation.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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.

Up-and-Coming IT Leaders Focus on Business Customers

Winners of the 2014 "Ones to Watch" awards -- administered by the CIO Executive Council -- say they're trying to reduce the distance between corporate IT and external customers.

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)