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

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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

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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 »

Facebook for farmers: Technology empowers China’s rural workers

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

Discussion: Four years ago, China Mobile launched Nongxintong, a farming information service that delivers timely information and news directly to rural Chinese farmers via their mobile phones.  Running on a web and mobile-based platform, subscribers receive text or audio messages updating them on market prices, buyers, sellers, and job opportunities – all tailored to their… Read more »

Feds take cloud-first approach to IT

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It’s a good thing not all elected officials are clueless about technology.  In an effort to reduce 40 percent of the U.S. government’s current 2,100 data centers, the White House has pledged to embrace flexible cloud computing in favor of traditional in-house tech deployments.  The shift from building custom, proprietary IT systems to lighter technologies… Read more »

What providers can do to make IT systems communicate better

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In a recent Bain & Company survey, hospital Chief Information Officers (CIOs) ranked their most urgent priority: the computer software system’s inability to exchange and make use of data within their own hospital.  If medical records, referrals, and orders don’t move seamlessly among physicians and hospitals, healthcare costs rise and healthcare delivery worsens.  The U.S…. Read more »

FairIsaac – California DMV Converts Legacy System

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            Description: The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for collecting approximately $4.1 billion annually in vehicle registration fees. Centralized computer systems in Sacramento communicate with local systems across 167 field offices throughout the state to handle the complex task of calculating registration fees for the nation’s largest population… Read more »

Why IT Projects Fail

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              Description: Whitepaper on the topic of project failure & whys of it all; what can be done to overcome what are really common mistakes. Projects seldom fail because of the technology.  Rather, it is more often management of the project, lack of senior level support, improper funding. This is a… Read more »