Commentary

Customer engagement is the mantra of new and aggressive attempts to reach the public through new-media concepts. In this edition of Buzz Networks, columnist Paul Gibler looks at four companies that have revamped their approach and now are using web-based media to good effect....

Has your network infrastructure plan collapsed? asks columnist James Carlini. If so, the author of Carlini's Comments points to Fort Wayne, Ind. as a community that is both “wired and inspired,” and he advises Midwestern states to drive a hard bargain with “telcos” that want...

Wisconsin has the resources and expertise necessary to become the home of one of the bio-energy research and technology centers now under consideration by the Department of Energy, writes columnist Tom Still. In this edition of Inside Wisconsin, Still notes that if the state's story...

New companies struggle to raise capital, often because they don't understand the legal complexities of doing so, writes columnist Joe Boucher. Anytime an entrepreneur sells an ownership interest in an entity, that share of ownership is considered a security. So in this ninth installment of...

There has been much talk over the past couple of years about the risks and threats posed by the aging workforce in the U.S. and parts of Europe, notes Next Generation columnist Tony DiRomualdo. In this edition of Next Generation, he breaks down two new...

Many real estate developments are technologically obsolete, and therefore diminished in value, writes columnist James Carlini. Do their appraisals even reflect this? Not always, and that's why due diligence must be performed on the power and connectivity issues. ...

Chris Shipley couldn't wait to be disconnected as she headed for a vacation to the tiny island nation of Maldives, a beautiful and surprisingly tech-savvy spot in the Indian Ocean. Much to her chagrin, the author of DEMO Letter wasn't as "off the grid" as...

Yer Biotech Blues columnist Mike Rosen offers greetings from New Delhi, India, where he is traveling as part of the Illinois trade mission to India. The implications of this trade mission, while clearly focused on Illinois, could affect the entire Midwest as a region that...