December 01, 2012

On Technology, Boards Need to Get More Sophisticated
One way we've found to improve this dialog is to ensure CIOs engage with directors outside the boardroom. One CIO, for example, has monthly conversations with a tech-savvy board member. Their meetings, to which the CIO often brings members of his own team, also benefit IT. The CIO can showcase his or her bench strength, while expanding the IT team's awareness of the business impact and top-management issues.


Get Ready For Gigabit Wi-Fi
To meet our ever-growing need for speed, the IEEE is working on Enhancements for Very High Throughput for operation in bands below 6 GHz, commonly known as the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Wi-Fi certified products based on a draft of this standard will likely emerge by mid-2013, boosting maximum data rates above 1 Gbps. By late 2014 or early 2015, products aligned with the final 11ac standard will nudge the Wi-Fi speed limit closer to 7 Gbps.


4 top trends that will shape digital health
This was a big year for digital health transformation, especially for advances in personalized and connected care. Looking back at 2012, these are the four trends that I think will ultimately have the greatest impact on the future.


Mobile browser vulnerability lets hackers steal cloud computing time
A novel technique based on MapReduce could let hackers hijack computing resources used by cloud-based mobile browsers and use them anonymously, according to security researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon.


I.B.M. and Ohio State University to Open Center for Big Data
In an interview, Michael Rhodin, an I.B.M. senior vice president, said the impetus for the new center began with the concerns of local clients, including Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, Huntington Bank and The Limited. “They told us they were increasingly spending around business analytics and mathematics, and that those skills were hard to find,” Mr. Rhodin said.


5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators
It’s no secret that good leaders are also good communicators. And the best leaders have learned that effective communication is as much about authenticity as the words they speak and write. Indeed, communication and leadership are inextricably tied. How can you galvanize, inspire or guide others if you don’t communicate in a clear, credible, authentic way?


Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' Era Means a Return to License Land
Microsoft threw another wrench in the effort to define cloud computing when it ushered in its Cloud OS era with Windows Server 2012. But for partners, the new definition means that for once, they won't have to change as much as they thought.


The mystery of the disappearing Android developer
After 17 months of virtual silence, Ander Webbs emerged from the shadows this fall and released a new version of ADWLauncher. He's hoping the newly updated 4.x-level version of his program can reclaim its glory and compete with current-day frontrunners like Nova and Apex Launcher.


Is your datacenter disposable?
Both IT and facilities have to learn a valuable lesson in when to let go. IT groups threatened by the cloud are learning to integrate cloud-based development and services into their planning. Facilities related to IT can no longer be focused strictly on building and infrastructure maintenance and development, and will need to look outside the box (literally) for things that will improve their response time to business changes.


New strategies now needed to simplify data backup and protection
Backup of enterprise information and associated data protection are fragmented, complex, and inefficient. But new approaches are helping to simplify the data-protection process, keep costs in check, and improve recovery speed and confidence.



Quote for the day:

"If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business." -- B. C. Forbes