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Offsite HIPAA Data Centers Are Key to Health Organization Disaster Recovery

June 29, 2013 by April Sage

Offsite data centers & disaster recovery / shutterstock

Catastrophes can happen anytime and anywhere. Just ask the staff and patients at the Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma, where last month a deadly tornado struck the medical facility, leaving it unsalvageable. Such destructive events bring disaster recovery planning to the forefront of every CIOs mind.[read more]

Rethinking Processes: What an Old Carmaker Can Teach Us About Innovation

June 20, 2013 by Tom Loveland

General Motors is a new company. That’s right—the old, hulking (and recently bankrupt) giant of American industry has the DNA of a startup. How did GM innovate their way out of bankruptcy? They retooled old manufacturing processes and gave operators a bigger role in problem-solving.[read more]

Will Google Glass Turn Big Data into Huge Data?

June 16, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Google Glass (Joe Seer /

Will Google Glass be successful? Only time will tell. When the time comes for products like this to become mainstream, it won’t only revolutionize the consumer electronics industry, but the back-end data processing and handling industry as well.[read more]

Bring Your Own Software


It’s become very difficult for IT to police who brings personal devices into the enterprise (never mind what people do with them). You’ve probably heard of BYOD, a trend that will surely continue. But what about bringing your own software? Is this a nascent trend about which IT has to worry?[read more]

Social Data: The Arteries of the World, in Tweets

June 3, 2013 by David Smith

Social Big Data: Twitter data visualization

What happens when you plot billions of geotagged Tweets on a map? You can see the arteries of the world. Check out this cool data visualization of Tweets in Europe. According to creator Miguel Rios, the dots on this chart represent every geotagged Tweet since 2009.[read more]

Big Data Today: Living as Far from 1984 as Orwell

Big Data, or Big Brother? / shutterstock

Over the last month I’ve been talking a lot about personally controlled records and the ownership of your own information. On the one hand, we want to be provided with better services and to be protected from danger. On the other, we don’t want our personal freedoms to be threatened.[read more]

Big Data Meets Walt Disney's Magical Approach

May 23, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big Data magic / DisneyParks blogs

Recently, Walt Disney announced the introduction of the wireless-tracking wristband ‘MagicBand’ to Walt Disney World. They aim to make the visit to the Walt Disney World in Orlando a more magical experience while in return record the complete data trail of the visitors.[read more]

Welcome to the Cloud Neighborhood

May 15, 2013 by Michael Askin

At its most basic, cloud computing is about the ability to enhance enterprise value through more efficient use of IT resources. One of the more innovative ways to boost capacity and add capabilities in a cloud environment is by the virtualization of services and infrastructure.[read more]


PayPal Winning the Mobile Payments and Mobile Data Race

April 25, 2013 by Todd Nevins

Paypal's mobile payments

PayPal is leading consumers and merchants into a "digital wallet" universe and extending their lead by announcing partnerships with NCR and Discover. PayPal has 15 years of dominating online purchases but even more impressive is that they processed over $14 billion in mobile payments 2012.[read more]

HIPAA Breach Lessons Learned

April 3, 2013 by April Sage

While no records were broken when it comes to number of health records disclosed per data breach, the top HIPAA breaches of last year still come with some hard lessons learned about technical and physical security. Protect your healthcare organization from suffering the same fate.[read more]

Indoor Locationing: The Hottest Thing in Tech

March 28, 2013 by Cleve Adams

mobile technology

Apple’s acquisition of WiFiSlam is getting a lot of attention this week. In a nutshell, WiFiSlam specializes in a technology that allows mobile apps to pinpoint users’ locations through the interaction between their smartphones and standard wifi signals – no GPS need apply.[read more]

Big Data: Aspirin for Travelers' Headaches

March 22, 2013 by Ana Andreescu

Big Data travel solutions

Depending on where you are, the words “travel” and “good customer experience” don’t necessarily belong in the same sentence. Big data is poised to change all that: between buying airline tickets, cruises, booking hotels, day trips and more, there’s a wealth of consumer information available.[read more]

Open Data App for the Paris Métro

March 22, 2013 by David Smith

Back when my friends and I lived in different parts of Paris, it was tricky to find a mutually agreeable place to meet, so that we'd all be taking an approximately equally long Métro ride. If only we'd had Jean-Robert's Metro Meeting Point app, the decision would have been an easy one.[read more]

Investing in Data Center Efficiencies: Part One

March 4, 2013 by April Sage

Do you know what the greatest operating expense is for data centers? Energy costs. In a year-long examination, The New York Times found that worldwide, data centers use about 30 billion watts of electricity per year. This is roughly the output of 30 nuclear power plants.[read more]

Who’s Afraid of Native Mobile Application Development?

January 28, 2013 by Connie Bensen

Development costs can be a deterrent for CIOs, but CIOs must also remember to find the right balance and not trade it off for developing poor mobile applications that find few takers. In the end, the true measure of success for mobility is the number of satisfied consumers, using engaging and user-friendly applications. And these can be developed on native platforms with higher rate of success.[read more]