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Friday, December 12, 2014

Profiting from free

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: Can a free offering and a financially sustainable business model co-exist? Look at the evidence. Wikipedia. National Public Radio. Mozilla’s Firefox browser and the LINUX operating system. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Gawker. The Moodle software platform for on-line educational experiences. All free and all appear to be financially sustainable.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

High-tech on the gridiron: How Camp Randall went from dead zone to hot spot

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: At the close of the third quarter during the Wisconsin Badgers runaway football victory over Nebraska, a new entry went into the record books… and not just Melvin Gordon’s single-game rushing record of 408 yards. It marked the first time that Camp Randall Stadium experienced what telecommunications experts call an “inversion,” which means more data was leaving the stadium in the form of photographs, videos and other digital information than was being received inside by fans, press and staff.

Why healthcare must 'step up' and engage consumers

Story thumbnail When Harry Reynolds asks audiences how many of them use smartphones every day for almost all parts of their lives, plenty of hands fly up. But when he asks how many tap their phone or another device for healthcare he sees between 2 and 10 percent of those fingers in the air.

Apple and Google at work: The enterprise challenge

With Apple and Google pushing products into the enterprise, businesses need to rethink how they invest in new technology. Tech companies that made their fortunes in the consumer market have shifted their focus to what was once considered an archaic target -- the enterprise. This shift means that CIOs must be aware of the potential tradeoffs that come with the various services offered by different enterprise providers. For example, enterprise CIOs could unknowingly pursue a less expensive technology option while increasing their data security risk. They must take specific steps to make sure their security needs are met.

Make healthcare social media about patients, safe care, but also make it fun

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Neil Versel: What’s the purpose of health IT? Is it to make healthcare operate more efficiently? Yes, to an extent. Is it supposed to keep the cash flow rolling in for providers? Let technology developers get a lucrative piece of a $3 trillion annual industry in the U.S.? A lot of people seem think so, but the answer to these two questions is unequivocally no.

Press releases and other news

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Do you dance with customers or just step on their toes?

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Customer experience is on everyone’s lips and in just about every presentation discussing digital. While the focus on customers is correct, and critical to digital success, many digital customer experiences come too close to the same old process enabled by new technology. Many companies use new digital technologies to reduce the impact of stepping on their customer’s toes. Few companies dance with their customers, engaging them in a series of coordinated movements that build trust and engagement.

Press releases and other news

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wisconsin's science and tech profile a mix of virtues, flaws

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: In its latest State Tech and Science Index, the California-based Milken Institute reinforced the perception that the Midwest is a frozen wasteland amid the nation's high-growth economy. Small New England states such as Rhode Island, New Hampshire and even Vermont — with no city larger than 45,000 people — ranked ahead of all nine Midwestern states except for Minnesota.

AMIA Developing Informaticists' Vision for EHRs of the Future

Story thumbnail As hospitals and physician practices struggle to meet Stage 2 standards for Meaningful Use (MU) of EHRs, the federal government is getting ready to write the rules for Stage 3. With interoperability – a centerpiece of Stage 2 – lagging, providers are questioning the direction of the whole program, and federal officials appear to be listening.

User experience is everything

Story thumbnail In the daily quest to get things done faster and better, one thing often gets lost in the shuffle: the user experience. Unfortunately, many CIOs and other executive haven't received this memo. The end result? Products, services and functionality that either don't work or consistently fall short of expectations. The intersection of IT and marketing is a perfect example. Too often, organizations design Websites and apps for the benefit of the business, rather than making things easier or better for employees and customers.

Press releases and other news

Monday, November 24, 2014

Is your scope too narrow or broad?

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: All too often, companies take the scope of their offerings as a given, delaying changes that make the organization ripe for disruption. Kodak stuck with “film” as its core business while competitor FugiFilm Holdings, Inc. accepted the inevitability of digital replacing film. Fugi transformed its business by leveraging its chemical and processing capabilities into liquid crystal displays and beauty products. The change was traumatic -– thousands lost their jobs -– but, unlike Kodak, Fugi company exists and is growing.

What cloud computing means to your job

Story thumbnail Technology has been accused of making many a job disappear, like the production line or the accounting office. And it is not done yet. A company often resembles its communication and technology system. In the era of cloud computing that the tech industry is moving into, that seems to suggest that companies will have smaller departments, quickly analyzing data and endlessly experimenting.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wozniak still aims to simplify: Now, all of enterprise storage

Story thumbnail The latest bid to simplify data storage comes from a team that includes Steve Wozniak, a guy who knows a thing or two about making technology easier. The co-founder of Apple has joined former colleagues from flash storage maker Fusion-io at Primary Data, a Silicon Valley startup that says it can put all of an organization’s storage capacity in a single virtual pool. The enterprise can keep the gear it already has and even take advantage of public cloud storage, while leaving it up to Primary Data’s software to allocate the right resources to each application, the company says.

Driving IT Innovation at Textron

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Martha Heller: When Diane Schwarz became CIO of Textron in 2013, the company had a Chairman’s Award for innovation which focused on product and services innovation, but it had no awards for innovation in IT. As part of a drive toward instilling a culture of innovation in her IT organization, Schwarz created a number of new programs.

Six creative ways to retain IT talent

Story thumbnail It’s no longer enough to offer a great position and salary package to talented IT professionals. These days, organizations must do much more to keep talent in today's IT job market. The Enterprisers Project asked six top IT executives what creative steps they're taking to retain technology talent.

A Thanksgiving appeal to the great techie in The Cloud

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: A techie’s Thanksgiving prayer to the Great CIO in the Sky: As we gather this Thanksgiving to share time with family, friends and food, let us count the blessings of our digital age… using zeros and ones only, of course. We are thankful for some of the big-name companies, devices and software – Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Apple, Dell, HP, IBM, Bluetooth, Skype, Android and more – that have practically become a part of our language.
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