Cindy Waxer

Contributing Writer

Cindy Waxer is a Toronto-based freelance journalist. She has written articles for various publications and news sites, including The Economist, MIT Technology Review and CNNMoney.com.

How college CIOs brace for back-to-school (with video!)

How college CIOs brace for back-to-school (with video!)

Enterprise IT stands to learn a lot from higher-ed CIOs, who are on the front lines in tackling demands for connectivity, service, security and innovation.

How data analytics can drive workforce diversity

How data analytics can drive workforce diversity

Best known for driving hiring decisions and identifying skills gaps, data analytics can also deliver the visibility, workforce intelligence and employee engagement needed to improve gender, ethnic and racial diversity of IT teams.

Sharpen your vendor management skills

Sharpen your vendor management skills

The changing vendor landscape means IT must forge tighter partnerships with service providers and third-party vendors. Here are the skills you should have in your back pocket.

Digital SOS: How technology can save the USPS

Digital SOS: How technology can save the USPS

The advent of email may have pummeled the U.S. Postal Service, but in the end, digital services might very well save the centuries-old agency.

Blowing the whistle without blowing your career

Blowing the whistle without blowing your career

How techies can bring data mishandling and abuses to light without putting their careers in jeopardy.

Hadoop gets real

Hadoop gets real

Its fast and robust data processing and storage power make Hadoop both wildly popular and wildly complex. Here's how four IT leaders have managed to bring Hadoop systems from the sandbox into production.

How to make the most of an IT buyer's market

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...

Tech vendor startups gain ground

Tech vendor startups gain ground

Many enterprise IT leaders say there are benefits to doing business with startup vendors.

Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses

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.

Big data blues: The dangers of data mining

Big data blues: The dangers of data mining

Companies are taking matters into their own hands with internal controls, open privacy policies, ethical codes and greater candor over how they're collecting and parsing personal data. But many wonder whether it's enough to allay...

Inside the Greek yogurt wars: Dannon taps predictive analytics

To forecast sales and manage inventory of its yogurt products, Dannon switched from a manual, spreadsheet-driven process to a more scientific, computer-based approach using a suite of predictive analytics tools. Among other things,...

IT training gets an extreme makeover

IT training gets an extreme makeover

From movie-like videos with comedy sketch warmups to hands-on freestyle hacker contests with big cash prizes, fresh approaches to training are helping a new generation of IT professionals get engaged in their training.

Pepsi reveals secret to selling more corn chips

There's nothing coincidental about the way grocery stores display and price their merchandise. Focus groups used to be the go-to resource for such market research, but today manufacturers like beverage behemoth PepsiCo find virtual...

Keyword Searches Disappoint

Traditional text search technologies fail to find all relevant documents, but there are efforts under way to improve the technology and add human expertise.

Get Tax Breaks For Going Green

Federal and state tax credits are available for eco-friendly IT projects, but CIOs have to work with their in-house tax experts to seek them out.

Go Virtual or Go Cloud?

The decision between virtualization and cloud computing should be made on a case-by-case basis. Here are the pros and cons.

Can You Trust the Cloud?

The reliability of cloud computing services is a big concern for users, especially given a recent string of outages. IT managers should decide what level of risk they can accept.

From Computers to Crime Busting

When a high-speed chase on an interstate highway in Alpharetta, Ga., resulted in the arrest of a suspect with seven felony warrants, residents credited the work of a fast-acting police officer. Little did they know that a...

Clash of the generations: IT vets and fresh talent scramble for the same jobs

IT managers are facing a tough predicament: a head-on collision between two vastly talented and vastly different generations, both vying for full-time employment in a fast-shrinking economy.

Leaving the Rat Race to Save the World

A growing number of seasoned IT professionals are trading in annual bonuses and executive perks to volunteer their time and expertise in developing countries.

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