Women computer science grads: The bump before the decline

1986 was a good year for women in IT. In may of that year, 15,129 female students graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Education. Unfortunately, that was the high...

How Carleton chose WordPress - and sold management on open source

For Danny Brown, the epiphany came shortly after he walked in the door at the offices of the vendor that supplied Luminis Content Management Suite (LCMS), the software that powered Carleton University's website. Brown, manager of...

Mandiant's Richard Bejtlich on China, IP and the new cyber war

Six months before Mandiant Corp. released its report on Chinese cyber espionage I had a long conversation with Richard Bejtlich, Mandiant Corp.'s chief security officer, on this very topic. Much has been written in the last week...

Ghost in the machine: Six months with the Galaxy Nexus

After six months with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone I can honestly say I love it. And I hate it. I bought the Nexus because it uses an unadulterated version of Android (most vendors customize Android with their own look and...

How MasterCard restructured for IT innovation

How do you push a large organization like MasterCard WorldWide to innovate rapidly and embrace potentially disruptive technologies? To start you need the full support of the CEO and all of the business unit presidents, says chief...

Trial by fire: How Hertz' CIO learned from failure

The 2013 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader awards focus on accomplishments, but it's often the mistakes - and the lessons learned along the way -- they got these IT executives to where they are today. During an interview for an...

Why they liked Drupal: A visual tour

When they needed to rebuild their websites, Fearnet and Integrated Device Technology and both chose Drupal. The story of how this cable TV channel and electronic component manufacturer chose Drupal over WordPress, Joomla and...

BYOD benefit: Fewer broken phones

Employees at Kadlec Health Systems have made it clear that BYOD does not stand for "break your own device." Since the IT organization began supporting user-owned smartphones and tablets in place of BlackBerrys, CIO Dave Roach says...

App dev outsourcing: Why IDT decided to buy local

The buy local movement isn't just about farmer's markets and locally grown produce: Even large businesses used to hiring offshore programming talent are discovering that buying local talent can be healthier for the corporate...

Enterprise social gets embedded

Enterprise social applications such as Yammer and IBM Connections are finally starting to make major inroads into businesses. Half of all large businesses will have internal, Facebook-like social networks by 2016, according to...

Live kiosks a high-tech win at Hertz

One big drawback with kiosks is that they don't always do a good job walking customers though complex tasks - and some even manage to make simple tasks frustratingly complex. The risk is that any labor saving benefits to the...

Forget Google Glass. Why not Google Contacts?

Google Glass, Google's augmented reality head gear, is probably too expensive -- and too geeky -- to take off with consumers today, Dave Evans, chief futurist at Cisco Systems, told me during a recent conversation.Due to the...

BlackBerry 10: Better mousetrap for enterprise mobile

This Computerworld demo video of RIM's new BlackBerry 10 shows some fancy new features and a few nice touches, including a slick task manager with app preview icons, and nice transitions between app icon grids. Perhaps the coolest...

Facebook: The new arbiter of enterprise identity

Today Facebook knows your identity. Tomorrow Facebook may very well be your identity. Before long, enterprise identity and access management may key off of social media identities rather than remaining an island unto itself. Are...

Crunching the numbers: Why it's so hard to get bottom-line Medicare drug plan costs

The monthly premium for Christine's renewing policy under the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan was set to rise from  $87.30 this year to $102.90 on January 1. There's no deductible. So what would it cost her to use this plan over...

Higher ed's high-tech headache

How do you do more with less? That was clearly on the minds of attendees at this week’s American Marketing Association Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education conference in New Orleans. As with other industries, many higher...

Election 2012: Obama for America's "Moneyball" moment

In the movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt builds a winning baseball team using predictive analytics and takes the Oakland Athletics all the way to the playoffs. Obama for America has followed the same strategy leading up to its own...

Beyond Stuxnet: Preparing for Internet Armageddon

Could sophisticated denial of service attacks against American telecommunications carriers and ISPs, perhaps backed by the resources of a hostile foreign power, take down the Internet in the U.S? During an interview for this week's...

Gartner Keynote: Cisco CEO Chambers speaks out

In an engaging and wide-ranging keynote session this morning at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo, Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers weighed in on a wide variety of issues, from the coming shakeout in the top six enterprise IT vendors...

Gartner Symposium roundup: 10 predictions

If this week’s Gartner Symposium is any indicator, IT is on a roll. Attendance is up this year, with more than 8,400 registrations, according to research firm Gartner Inc., which hosts the event. The conference itself has been...

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