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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A house divided against itself cannot stand

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Do some executives really believe it is possible to respond to digital disruption by splitting their organizations in half? The executives who segregate digital from their legacy are doing exactly that. Two decades ago many tried the same technique in response to eCommerce. It did not work then, when digital was largely an Internet channel. It is equally unlikely to work now.

Four education technology trends to watch

Story thumbnail Gamification, the maker movement, augmented reality, and distance learning aren't the first things that come to mind when you consider your local schools. Yet, these were among the hottest topics discussed at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando on Wednesday.

Introducing a bill to help cities build their own, public Internet services

Story thumbnail Sen. Cory Booker is leaping into the political fight over whether to let cities build and operate their own Internet service. On Thursday, the New Jersey Democrat will introduce a bill that would help local towns set up public alternatives to big Internet providers such as Comcast or Verizon. It would amend the nation's signature telecom law — the Communications Act — to make it illegal for states to prohibit municipal broadband through new regulations or state legislation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Does the breadth of your offering create or steal customer value?

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: I just spent 10 minutes thinking unkind things about Eddie Bauer. I even shouted an anguished swear word, piercing the silence of my otherwise quiet home. My husband Nick had an overnight guest – our toddler grandson – while I was away and had forgotten to fold up the Eddie Bauer portable crib. Trying to be serious in my home office with a baby crib in my eye’s sight was not working for me, so I decided to take on Nick’s assigned chore and put the crib away.

Marissa Mayer’s Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold. The Question Now Is Time.

Story thumbnail When Marissa Mayer was offered the chief executive job at Yahoo in the summer of 2012, she had a script for returning the pioneering Internet company to the tiny club of Silicon Valley powerhouses. Marissa Mayer has made sharp acquisitions and rebuilt crucial products, but her future may depend on reaction to her plans for the Alibaba investment.

Top mHealth apps as rated by doctors

Story thumbnail Aiming to get "the professional side of things," HealthTap has released dozens of lists ranking the top apps recommended by physicians. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company surveyed more than 65,000 physicians in its network and another 500,000 in its referral network on their recommendations on a wide variety of health and wellness apps.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The nonprofit that’s giving underprivileged kids jobs in tech companies

Story thumbnail When Luis Almendarez was a junior in high school, he wasn’t interested in technology—or much of anything else he encountered in the classroom. The way he remembers it, he went to class not because he was excited by what he might learn, but because it was expected of him. He was shy, he says, and unwilling to speak up. He had come to California from Honduras as an undocumented immigrant. Under the DREAM Act, he earned the right to keep studying here in the U.S., and somewhere along the way, he developed vague notions of becoming a civil engineer.

What is a digital sponsor to do?

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Sponsorship is one of the paradoxes of digital transformation. On one hand digital democratizes information, technology and solutions creating bottom up solutions. On the other, those solutions require strong sponsorship to overcome internal inertia. So what is it to be, bottom up or top down. It is a question that can easily lead a sponsor to think of themselves as a type of digital hamlet – to be or not to be digital. The response, of course, is both.

For patients, docs' digital prowess still underwhelms

Story thumbnail Patients have said it, and they'll keep saying it until they get what they want: More and more of them want their docs to go digital. But, as a new report highlights, many docs are still dragging their feet with technology big time. The recent patient engagement report, which took the pulse of what patients want from their doctor in terms of digital health, underscored the disconnect.

Banking start-ups adopt new tools for lending

Story thumbnail When bankers of the future decide whether to make a loan, they may look to see if potential customers use only capital letters when filling out forms, or at the amount of time they spend online reading terms and conditions — and not so much at credit history. These signals about behavior — picked up by sophisticated software that can scan thousands of pieces of data about online and offline lives — are the focus of a handful of start-ups that are creating new models of lending.

Monday, January 19, 2015

IT Stress: Management, Empathy, And The Kindness Of Strangers

Story thumbnail Stress makes us more likely to forget how the other guy feels, which is not good for the modern IT department. If you manage in a group bigger than four or five people, you need to know exactly how stress is going to change the way your own team responds to each other. A new study shows that people have less empathy for strangers when they are stressed than when they aren't. And, whether we like it or not, in big teams or departments, some of the people you manage are total strangers to each other.

Low gasoline prices ideal for consumers; major challenge for alternative fuels

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: With gasoline prices hovering around $2 per gallon or less for regular grade across Wisconsin, drivers are saving money every time they fill up their tanks. The story for producers of alternative fuels and researchers seeking to unlock next-generation biofuels is very different. Their tanks are running on vapors.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BrightStar announces new investments and D2P grant

Story thumbnail BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced that it has invested a total of $1 million in five additional companies, Dairyvative Technologies LLC, Shine Medical Technologies Inc., Fetch Rewards Inc., Medical Companion LLC (doing business as mPirik), and Keystone Insights Inc. (doing business as Project Foundry).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

University Of Phoenix finds payoff in private cloud

Story thumbnail The Apollo Education Group, parent organization of the University of Phoenix, wanted to modernize its IT operations to support larger-scale online education. As the producer of a pioneer system for working adults, Apollo needed to take greater advantage of digital outreach, or "distance education."

Wayfinding: Still a Great Business Model Opportunity

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: When I hike a mountain with many paths, I need a map, signposts, or, even better, a guide. Surrounded by too many choices, many leading in the wrong direction, I easily get lost. I need what my talented friend Cricket Redman of Cricket Design Works calls “wayfinding.” Wayfinding solutions like signposts not only help me get to my destination quickly but also avoid all the distractions of paths I don’t want to take. Companies that can help with wayfinding in different areas of our lives are becoming increasingly valuable.
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