Being innovative is part of the DNA of a tech startup - or at least it should be. But when your employees are working 18-hour days, unleashing their inner innovators can be a challenge. These 7 tips can help get the ball rolling: 1. Set an example. An innovative...read more
Late last summer, I was introduced to a new special someone. I wasn’t looking to meet this new muse; it all just kind of happened. We met at an Apple product announcement in Cupertino, Calif. She was helpful, smart and even funny, cracking sarcastic jokes and making...read more
There’s no end to the debate about the best way to break into healthcare information technology. One of the most contentious issues facing job candidates is the university degree versus certificate debate. Put another way: Are you more likely to land a position–and be better qualified to work in health IT–if you get a master’s degree in the field or complete a shorter certification program?read more
Asthmapolis is all fired up after getting clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in early July to market its high-tech asthma-tracking device.
“It’s very, very exciting. There’s a super-positive, wonderful energy around the office every day,” said Inger Couture, chief regulatory officer.read more
The America Invents Act (the Act) was signed into law in September of 2011. The Act has already brought significant changes to the U.S. patent laws and rules. However, some of the most significant provisions of the Act, including First-to-File and Post Grant Review, have not yet become effective. Below is a brief summary outlining the substance and effective dates of some of the key provisions of the Act.read more
To improve geographical diversity of their Disaster Recovery products and to increase network capacity, SupraNet Communications has expanded their presence into Chicago. The Chicago presence helps reduce SupraNet’s cost of bandwidth while increasing access to bandwidth and carriers via the connection to the regional Internet hub, 350 Cermak, where the world’s top-tier data access providers interconnect.read more
They say that only 1 percent of people on the Internet create all the content, while the other 99 percent passively show up to view it. But these days, lurking is becoming much more of an active behavior than it was before, because even just looking at content is...read more
The IT job market is either hot or lackluster, but mostly it is difficult for anyone who is seeking a job or hiring.
There are plenty of companies searching for employees, but jobs are nonetheless elusive for many. It’s a job market of contradictions.read more
Around the world, you regularly see stories about an attempt to create ”The Silicon Valley of ,” but you rarely read about a successful new competitor to Silicon Valley. Many theories have been advanced about the reasons for the success of Northern California in so...read more
While technology companies are renewing their efforts to develop the infrastructure to create health insurance exchanges following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding “Obamacare,” the public is split on whether they would use HIXes, according to a study by Harris Interactive.read more
When is a Trade Secret the Right Protection?
When considering maintaining an innovation as a trade secret, an innovator must ask a number of questions regarding the new technology, such as can the new technology be kept confidential and effectively used? For example, can the technology be effectively used in a closed and secure facility? If so, trade secret protection should be available and an appropriate form of IP protection.
One of the basic tenets of the modern financial system is that it takes money to move money. In its most basic form, that means that when you make a transaction with your debit or credit card, the processing companies, such as MasterCard, Visa or American Express, are...read more
Expanding on an assertion I made in my last column, the same disruptive, IT-enabled forces that are transforming entire industries will diminish the role and weaken the influence of the CIO and corporate IT organization. These changes will accelerate over the next five years when major business events cause management realignments. Those events will include substantial financial shortfalls at companies, strategic reviews of company direction, and even CEO and CIO retirements.read more
Change is a constant. That apparent contradiction makes perfect sense and is the foundation for many business strategies. But if everything can change and does change on a regular basis, then how does anything get done?
Our acceptance of the need for constant change does not necessarily make us more adaptable, so much as it makes organizations more addicted to the idea that success is around the corner, all it takes is a little change.read more
From the growing caravan of rolling restaurants in cities like San Francisco, three trends emerge that even big companies and their IT pros should taste. And for the price of lunch, you can gain the same glimpse that the high powered venture capitalists get into emerging technologies, market trends, and business models as they blend, bake, and stew into commerce as it’s coming to be.read more
In the history of Major League Baseball, there have been only 22 perfect games, and Matt Cain now has one of them.
But another record was broken: an IT record. Fans wanted to share the perfect game with friends. And the data showed that they shared more than ever that night.
San Francisco Giants Chief Information Officer Bill Schlough told BYTE: “…at a typical game, fans download data over our Wi-Fi network at a rate roughly double the pace of uploads. At the perfect game, we set a new record for total data uploaded via Wi-Fi at AT&T Park (>70 GB). As far as we know, this was the largest volume of data uploaded via Wi-Fi at a sporting event in history.”read more
A new report from CapSite finds that 19 percent of hospitals are dissatisfied with their laboratory information systems (LIS) and are planning to replace them. EHR integration and improved efficiency are atop their wish lists. The 2012 U.S. Laboratory Information System (LIS) Study is the latest in a series of studies evaluating the HITECH Act’s impact on EHR adoption, HIE growth and other health IT usage. The report polled 290 hospitals on the market opportunity, vendor mind share and vendor market share across the U.S.read more
The top startup accelerators in the world - programs like TechStars and Y Combinator - receive a couple thousand applications for just a handful of spots each session. It’s harder to get into one than Harvard or Stanford. So how do you do it? You could Google “how to...read more