Commentary

Yet another prominent executive has issued a wake-up call for Milwaukee to get its educational act together so that its residents can compete in the emerging knowledge economy. This time, notes Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still, it's Northwestern Mutual Life's Ed Zore that is trying...

Despite the sparse attendance at a recent Midwestern biotechnology conference, columnist Michael Rosen believes there is room for a major bioscience cluster here. In this edition of Yer Biotech Blues, he examines the key ingredients necessary to have a successful world-class bioscience cluster in the...

When it comes to technology, the British are more like Boston than Silicon Valley, as DEMO Letter columnist Chris Shipley has found on her trip across the pond. While getting a snapshot of the U.K. entrepreneurial scene, she has heard not one word about Web...

The capital markets are warming to technologies that are eco-friendly, and they are prepared to pick the winners, whether it be solar over biomass or ethanol over biodiesel, according to Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still. Wisconsin and other states that provide the framework to encourage...

In Wisconsin, a debate over opening the market for “video franchising” involves cities that want to collect fees from AT&T, just as they have collected fees from cable companies, to support local access channels. Instead of clinging to regulatory frameworks that lock them into an...

Selecting a third-party data center is a detailed task that upper management better devote some time to if they intend to outsource this corporate function, observes James Carlini, author of Carlini's Comments. As more business organizations look for outsourced facilities, the more they must perform...

Columnist Ogan Gurel knows the winners of the 2007 Medical Design Excellence Awards, but he's been sworn to secrecy until the winners are announced this spring. However, following his role as a judge in the contest, he provides a glimpse into the future of medical...

With businesses becoming increasingly dependent of information technology, it's vital for them to align IT with their business needs, opines Global Fusion columnist and WTN Editorial Director Mike Klein. More than one Wisconsin organization has done so with a corresponding alignment between IT and upper...

Okay, there is a need to solve energy issues, and the Midwest could play a major role in renewable fuels, opines columnist James Carlini. However, practical solutions can be implemented by individuals without major lifestyle changes, he asserts in this edition of Carlini's Comments. ...

A new digital world has been created in which users can create and play characters online, and while it sounds like it has the right virtual stuff, new legal issues have come to the fore, according to columnist Deborah Wilcox. This new “inline” world is...