Organizations face a silent crisis, one that they may not easily recognize but sense deep within their operations. This is a unique type of crisis driven by the absence rather than the presence of a threat. In this case, the crisis is management. Not in the sense that organizations have too many managers, but the observation that they do not have enough ‘real’ managers doing management. Too many managers are not managing.read more
To first-time inventors, effectively navigating the patent system in the United States might seem like a daunting task. It is the author’s experience dealing with first-time inventors that, oftentimes, the difficulty lies in knowing where to begin and what questions to ask. This article is intended to assist inventors and entrepreneurs, who are in the midst of their first experience with the patent system or who are otherwise unfamiliar with the patent system, in gaining a working knowledge of the patent system in the United States.read more
IBM’s new CEO survey offers a lot to think about, but one data point jumped out at me: CEOs see technology as the no. 1 external factor that will affect their business the next five years, out of nine choices offered. In 2004, it was no. 6 out of nine.
Cited by 71% of CEOs, technology isn’t far in front of people skills (69%) and market factors (68%) as a factor that will affect a company. But technology is the factor moving up the list.read more
Richard A. Clarke is no stranger to national security. He was a senior White House adviser to three presidents and served nearly 20 years in the Pentagon, the State Department and the intelligence community, often concentrating on stopping foreign “hackers” from exploiting weaknesses in the nation’s computer networks.read more
Remember all those phony emails that purport to be from your bank, asking you to click on a link and turn over your account information? Cyber experts say criminals have moved on and are using new methods. A cybersecurity banking official told a House Financial...read more
Creative professionals and media producers, those quirky non-conformists that were some of the earliest adopters of the original Macintosh, have long been the bedrock upon which Apple built what limited success it’s had in battling Windows’ hegemony in the...read more
During the first week of March, two tech giants dropped their cloud computing prices within two days of each other. First, Amazon Web Services, the market pioneer in infrastructure-as-a-service, dropped prices on its core EC2 service and slashed the hourly rate for long-term contracts. Two days later, Microsoft dropped prices on its Windows Azure compute and storage services, including a 50% cut for entry- level servers.read more
A Madison biotech – once seen as one of the area’s rising stars – will shed the technology that vaulted it into the global limelight five years ago. Roche NimbleGen told employees on Wednesday that the company will “restructure.” In Madison, 44 of about 100 employees...read more
Many healthcare providers are nervous about using the cloud, but that may change soon. When companies use the cloud, they speed up. “The trepidation is not about the cloud itself,” says Stanton Jones, a former CIO. “The real concern is, ‘Where is my data, who has access to it, and can I get it back?'”read more
The latest figures from Surescripts, the nation’s largest e-prescription network, show that at the end of last year, 58% (or 317,000) of office-based physicians were using e-prescribing tools to fill prescriptions, versus only 36% (190,000) in 2010. Even more encouraging is the fact that smaller practices are finally getting into the act.read more
First there was SaaS (software as a service); then there was PaaS (platform as a service), followed by IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and storage as a service, the other SaaS. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Rabbinical Society is reportedly experimenting with services as a service, and the Conjunction Society of America will soon offer “as” as a service.read more
Formed to support, mentor and provide access to resources for the state’s young entrepreneurs, Startup Wisconsin will hold a launch party Thursday night. Startup Wisconsin will be the 23rd state-wide organization formed under The Startup America Partnership,...read more
Flame — a complex cyberweapon that forced Iran to cut off its Oil Ministry rigs from the Internet — was reportedly written using the same language as games such as Angry Birds. Fox News reports that the virus was written using the computer language LUA, which game...read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook joined Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher on stage at the “D10: All Things D” event May 29 for conversation. Cook, famously tight-lipped, did not disappoint, offering the audience teases about future products but little in the way of news. “Never have I...read more
The last chapter in my book “Beyond Price” focuses on culture change as a key mechanism for realizing the growth potential of new business models. Business model specialist Patrick Stahler also emphasizes values and the culture they create. Chicago-area’s Tasty Catering provides an excellent demonstration of our arguments. Tasty Catering has an ambitious goal: being one of the best-known and most highly regarded companies in their industry. The Chicago-based company, which employs over 70 full-time and 150 part-time seasonal workers, is well on its way to realizing that vision.read more
South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth, Mass., has agreed to a $750,000 settlement for a 2010 data breach involving lost backup files containing health information for 800,000 individuals. The hospital informed the Massachusetts attorney general’s office of a...read more
Kay Koplovitz, a Milwaukee native who founded USA Network and co-founded the nation’s leading investment connector for women entrepreneurs, will receive the ninth annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.read more
In the 1990s, the term “digital divide” emerged to describe technology’s haves and have-nots. It inspired many efforts to get the latest computing tools into the hands of all Americans, particularly low-income families.
Those efforts have indeed shrunk the divide. But they have created an unintended side effect, one that is surprising and troubling to researchers and policy makers and that the government now wants to fix.read more
You know it’s a real, honest-to-goodness Wisconsin business plan contest when two finalists have come up with better ways to catch fish.
Others have figured out innovations in producing micro-tools, electromagnets for motors and more energy-efficient glass for windows – all next-generation versions of historic state products.read more
The Verge and other outlets are reporting from the federal courtroom in San Francisco that a jury deliberating the patent-infringement phases of the Oracle-Google trial over Java has come back in favor of Google. The claim had concerned patents in Java that Oracle had...read more