RFID: Radio tags set to combat the counterfeiters

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, IT Investment, IT Planning, IT Security, IT Strategy, IT Trends, RFID/Radio-Frequency Identification, Wireless.

Discussion: The size of a grain a salt and costing about nine cents, radio frequency identity (RFID) chips are set to combat counterfeiters worldwide.  Although the technology has been around for years, only recently have the chips become small enough and affordable enough to put in paper labels, embed in packaging, or encase in glass… Read more »

Will shoppers be enticed by new ways of paying?

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, E-Commerce, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing.

Discussion: The Future Store, a supermarket near Düsseldorf, Germany, aims to discover profitable links between technology and shopping habits.  Thanks to Near Field Communication (NFC) chips in their smart phones, shoppers will soon be able to scan the barcodes of items as they pick them off the shelves and a final barcode will be generated… Read more »

BYOC: Should employees buy their own computers?

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cyber Security, E-Business, IT Infrastructure, IT Investment, IT Planning, IT Security, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing, Virtualization, Wireless.

Discussion: Struggling to keep up with ever-changing technology and the cost of IT provisioning, companies are adopting the “bring your own computer” (BYOC) policy.   Not only do employees have the freedom to choose their own devices, they also have the freedom to access their office desktop remotely.  Both Microsoft and Intel subsidize hardware, while Citrix… Read more »

Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Competitive Advantage, Green Technologies, Grid Computing, IT Infrastructure, IT Projects.

Discussion: EPB, a Chatanooga, Tennessee, utility company, hit two milestones in the last two weeks of 2010: It completed the final touches on one of the fastest Internet pipelines in the world (200 times faster than the average U.S. download speed), and it activated the first automated switches on its electricity network (which is expected… Read more »

Facebook, Twitter and Groupon: The Next Economy or the Next Tech Bubble?

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, E-Commerce, Interview, IT Investment, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing, Social Computing, Social Networks.

Discussion: Beverly Macy, technology writer and author of The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing, discusses the rise of social media and whether it’s a mainstream, revenue-generating business or the next dot.com crash.  While companies like Facebook and Groupon are indeed making money, what’s concerning is the amount of money chasing the next big thing… Read more »

10 new open source projects to watch

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business to Business, Cloud Computing, E-Business, IT Governance, IT Trends, Open Source.

Discussion: Black Duck Software, a company that helps automate the management, governance, and security of free and open-source software, recently announced its 2010 open-source “Rookies of the Year” list.  Evaluating the popularity of each open-source project and using a weighted scoring system, it named ten winners, including number one on the list Diaspora, an open-source… Read more »

Broadband world: Connecting Africa

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, E-Business, IT Governance, IT Investment, IT Planning, Wireless.

Discussion: Thanks to three undersea Internet cables that began to arrive in June 2009, East Africa’s tech sector scored a major confidence boost.  As a growing number of private entrepreneurs work to establish Kenya as East Africa’s high-tech hub, the relatively stable government oversees a three million dollar pot of money to reward promising start-ups. … Read more »

Can IT give users a consumer-like experience? Should they?

Posted by & filed under Business Intelligence, Change Management, Cyber Security, E-Business, IT Governance, IT Infrastructure, IT Investment, IT Planning, IT Security, IT Strategy, IT Trends.

Discussion: Aided by a growing array of consumer applications on the Web and mobile phones, IT users have changed their expectations about how applications should function at work.  If they are so darn easy to use at home, shouldn’t the same apply at work?  Thus the term “consumerization,” which is the effect of end-users setting… Read more »

Virtual, mobile, social endeavors drive IT in 2011

Posted by & filed under Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, E-Business, IT Infrastructure, IT Investment, IT Planning, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing, Social Networks, Virtualization.

Discussion: In 2010, the U.S. tech sector grew about twice as fast as the overall U.S. economy.  As we enter 2011, several trends are clear: cloud computing, social computing, and mobility have the potential to dramatically improve efficiencies without breaking the bank.  IT leaders have high expectations for moving to Internet-based service models, and some… Read more »