February 25, 2013

Here is how cloud computing, big data, and some innovation can reinvent healthcare
The rise of big data as a set of new technologies provides new options for both the storage and analysis of information. This leads to better patient care and cost reductions. The use of cloud computing provides the elastic capacity requirements at costs that almost all healthcare provider organizations can afford. When combined, you have something that is clearly a game changer.

The One Question to Ask in an Exit Interview
Generally, HR pros open an exit interview by asking “Why are you leaving?” While useful to a point, HR could be asking a far more revealing question: “What made you start looking for another job in the first place?” says Sharlyn Lauby, who blogs at www.hrbartender.com and is president of HR consulting firm ITM Group, Inc.

Driving Innovation with Total Rewards
You don't have to resort to providing wacky toys or jeopardizing the bottom line with monster R&D labs. Believe it or not, your compensation mix, recognition and rewards programs, and development opportunities can go a long way in creating that next great idea. Here are three ways you can drive innovation with your total rewards strategy:

BYOD Boosts Macs vs. PCs
"When we were having BYOD discussions employees said they wanted a choice. At the time, we wanted to be a single-platform shop so we could get scale pricing. But with the Mac, we could buy a whole bunch or just a few, so that didn't matter. We had two PC vendors and Apple ticked up in part because the form factor was attractive even to PC users," he says.

Setting Up A Sound Risk Management Framework
The main driver of a positive risk culture lies in individual accountability. If a risk or set of risks is assigned to a group, its management will be hazily diluted amongst its members without a clear understanding and accountability. Individual accountability maintains individual awareness at every level of an organisation. A risk or set of risks should fall into one's duties, and individuals' performance should be assessed according to their effectiveness in managing them.

Serve stored data on the cloud to mobile apps using visual search engines
Visual search engines have created a new paradigm of mobile applications. However, to use this technology effectively, a large, publicly accessible data set must be established and maintained. Cloud-based storage is a great solution to use when deploying an app with a visual search engine. Learn how an organization can use a visual search engine and cloud-based storage to automate business processes.

WebOS lives! LG to resurrect it for smart TVs
LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documtreentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

MasterCard launches MasterPass: Will this digital wallet fly?
MasterPass will launch at the end of March in Australia and Canada followed by the U.S. and U.K. MasterCard also said that MasterPass will roll out in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and Sweden in 2013. ... The big question remains whether MasterPass will manage to gain traction among shoppers, who know of digital wallets but aren't exactly clamoring for them.

Microsoft's own code should prevent an Azure SSL fail: So what went wrong?
That leaves me with two remaining possibilities. The first: Microsoft isn't using its own rather excellent technology to handle these certs. I'm not fully sure of the underpinnings of Azure; does it run on Server 2012? Bing.com does. Even if Azure isn't using off-the-shelf Windows Server, there would be a delicious irony to Microsoft – enthusiastic player of the constant, cacophonous drumbeat of "upgrade for your own good" – had failed to take advantage of technology they themselves invented to solve this exact problem.

Are SIs Meeting CIO Expectations?
Increasing business complexities and adaption of newer technologies along with forever-rising employee demands, the CIO's challenges are only increasing day by day. Hence they have started looking beyond IT when engaging systems integrators (SIs) with the objective of driving business results through innovative business solutions. But, are these SIs delivering on their promise? A Forrester survey of over 30 CIOs yielded some grim findings

Quote for the day:

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -- Harry S Truman

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