My father once sat me down at the kitchen table with a half-filled glass of water. Looking at it he asked me that age-old question, “So Tom, is the glass half full or half empty?”
An engineer by training, dad had a way of springing these sorts of things on me without warning. But this time I was prepared. Thinking that this was a test of my basic outlook on life I responded with an affirmative, “Half-full, of course!”
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash. Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and diet.read more
After reading HDM’s recent story, “EHR Problems Affect Patient Relationships,” I could not agree more.
I make my living in the health information technology industry, and it works with a different sense of time and urgency than the clients that it serves. In the world of medicine, where a wrong test result or incorrect data can mean the difference between a treatment that restores health and one that destroys it, speed and accuracy are the twin supports from which good medicine hangs.read more
A Des Moines-based information technology company has been bought by Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Madison, Wis., company, for $45 million. Vital Support Systems has 140 employees and offers a number of IT infrastructure products for businesses. Adding a solutions provider transaction expands their portfolio of hosted and managed services.read more
Once upon a time, Sony was what Apple is today: The premier brand in consumer electronics, a wellspring of innovative products that customers gladly paid a premium for. Not anymore. Sony shares have lost more than three-fourths of their value since 2007 as its losses...read more
Before the ballots were fully counted in Tuesday’s recall election, Gov. Scott Walker was talking about bipartisanship. The same hopes were voiced by his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and key members of the Legislature.
After more than a year’s worth of fractious politics, it remains to be seen if the state can pull together around common challenges and opportunities. It won’t be easy, but neither is it impossible – especially if the agenda is focused and inclusive.read more
Higher education in the US has reached a breakpoint, where underlying and conflicting trends force an abrupt and often unexpected change in how a market works. The conflicting trends for education are that families’ and governments’ ability to pay for rising college costs has fallen at a time when individuals, states and our nation need higher education more than ever.read more
This blog series is aimed at removing some of the mystery of intellectual property, and also acting as a primer informing entrepreneurs on branding and trademarks. The next several blogs are designed to help entrepreneurs develop a better understanding of the basics of IP including discussions on the United States patent system, trademarks, copyright law, trade dress and trade secrets.read more
In Japan’s businesses and bureaucracies, in home offices and hulking companies, the fax machine is thriving. Yes, the clunky device has fallen out of favor in so much of the world, a refuge for dust bunnies and stray cover sheets. But it is humming here. Japanese...read more
Organizations face a silent crisis when good people play the wrong role. This crisis is different then Jim Collins’ admonition to get ‘the right people on the bus.’ That advice reminds organizations that hiring the best people and putting them in the best organizational role really matters. The advice is obvious and to some extend evergreen, as organizations need to constantly adapt and change roles to meet external and internal demands for change.read more
Shoutlet Inc., a Madison company that provides customers with a social marketing platform, said Thursday it has raised $15 million from FTV Capital. The funding brings to $24.2 million the total amount Shoutlet has raised from outside investors, said Jason Weaver, the...read more
LinkedIn confirmed Wednesday that it’s investigating the apparent breach of its password databases after an attacker uploaded a list of 6.5 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords to a Russian hacking forum earlier this week. “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts,” wrote LinkedIn director Vicente Silveira in a blog post. “We are continuing to investigate this situation.”read more
Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a Monday keynote address from CEO Tim Cook, and there’s no shortage of prognostications about the products he’s likely to show off. Back in early May we reported that WWDC would see the debut of a...read more
What’s all this curious noise in global media about the booming ICANN gTLD dot names?
Why have 1120 separate bodies from various parts of the world applied for 2000 such names at an average cost of million dollars each name? Donuts outsmarts all by investing $100 million and applying for 307 names, TLDH poised for 92, while Google goes for 50. What do ‘dot canon’ or ‘dot deloitte’, ‘dot sucks’, ‘dot nyc’ or ‘dot lol’ have in common? Who are the new winners, losers and spectators of the naming games?read more
MEN invented the Internet. And not just any men. Men with pocket protectors. Men who idolized Mr. Spock and cried when Steve Jobs died. Nerds. Geeks. Give them their due. Without men, we would never know what our friends were doing five minutes ago. But are these men...read more
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