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Meet Cobol's hard core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing it.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 21 August, 2014 20:39

Tags: management, applications, Networking, IBM, CBS, infrastructure management, software, blue shield

Cloud BI: Going where the data lives

Historically, cloud BI has been mostly used by smaller businesses, but larger enterprises are starting to make the trek.

By Nancy Gohring | 20 August, 2014 20:48

Tags: analytics, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Gartner, applications, software, internet, cloud computing, business intelligence

How risky will it be to run old IE after Microsoft's 2016 patch stoppage?

Microsoft's decision to stop patching older versions of Internet Explorer in 17 months may not be as big a show-stopper as many assume.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 06:28

Tags: applications, Microsoft, computerworld, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Deja vu all over again: Windows 7 will be the new XP

Even as enterprises try to get rid of their last Windows XP machines, Gartner analysts are urging them to start planning for the end of Windows 7.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 03:02

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

IoT is here and there, but not everywhere yet

The Internet of Things is still too hard. Even some of its biggest backers say so.

By Stephen Lawson | 14 August, 2014 01:22

Tags: Cisco Systems, RacoWireless, Networking, internet, intel

3D printing makes its move into production

The use of 3D printing for finished goods is about to disrupt manufacturing and supply chains in a big way. Here's why, and here's how IT will be critical to that transition.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 13 August, 2014 20:56

Tags: applications, NASA, Compete, software, lockheed martin, government, IT management, Government/Industries, consumerization of IT

15 technologies changing how developers work

A long time ago, developers wrote assembly code that ran fast and light. On good days, they had enough money in their budget to hire someone to toggle all those switches on the front of the machine to input their code. On bad days, they flipped the switches themselves. Life was simple: The software loaded data from memory, did some arithmetic, and sent it back. That was all.

By Peter Wayner | 11 August, 2014 23:51

Tags: Development tools, application development, software

How Claure can fix Sprint as it battles T-Mobile

What can incoming Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure do to reverse the carrier's declining subscriber base?

By Matt Hamblen | 09 August, 2014 05:48

Tags: business issues, sprint, personnel, T-Mobile USA, mobile

Flexibility, asking questions key for recent college graduates looking to advance in IT

When Cathy Lee started working at New York startup Faith Street last year, she quickly learned a lesson that could benefit other recent college graduates who want to advance their IT careers -- soft skills like being flexible, taking on new tasks and asking questions matter a lot.

By Fred O'Connor | 30 July, 2014 04:30

Tags: netsuite, careers, IT management

Microsoft wants you to forget Windows 8

Unless MIcrosoft radically changes its habits, it will throw Windows 8 down a deep memory hole even before a successor ships.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 July, 2014 01:20

Tags: Coca-Cola, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales

Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9%, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 July, 2014 21:50

Tags: Apple, IDC, ios, hardware systems, wall street journal, software, tablets, operating systems

Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones

Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.'

By Gregg Keizer | 22 July, 2014 06:16

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, Nokia, beca, smartphones, Windows Phone

A guide to the confusing Internet of Things standards world

Google recently announced a new networking protocol called Thread that aims to create a standard for communication between connected household devices.

By Colin Neagle | 22 July, 2014 05:31

Tags: Google, Internet of Things, Networking, qualcomm, intel, IoT

Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance

The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 July, 2014 06:28

Tags: IT industry, Apple, ios, Microsoft, IBM, Windows, software, operating systems

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

By Matt Hamblen | 17 July, 2014 02:57

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, IBM, wireless, operating systems, LANDesk, mobile, Blackberry, Apple, Google, symantec, Mobile device management, Microsoft, SAP, software

What about Windows, Mr Nadella?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in his 3,100 all-hands strategy email of last week.

By Gregg Keizer | 14 July, 2014 23:04

Tags: IT industry, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android - and Google

Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

By Matt Hamblen | 12 July, 2014 03:23

Tags: galaxy, Google, consumer electronics, Android, hardware systems, smartphones, tablets

Review: Halt and Catch Fire adds sizzle to PC history

AMC's new TV series harks back to the early days of PCs -- but drama, not desktops, takes center stage.

By Ken Gagne | 11 July, 2014 20:37

Tags: IBM, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Facebook, PCs

The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention

The Internet of Things is producing a lot of interesting consumer products that have the potential to lead to important enterprise tools. Here is a basic overview of the concept, together with examples of available products and what they offer.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 30 June, 2014 20:37

Tags: consumerization of IT, consumer electronics, general electric, Tracker, Personal Technology, IT management

Smartwatches at work: Boon or bane for IT?

It's hard to assess how popular smartwatches will be for business users, or how much of a pain they'll be for IT to support. But don't surprised when they start showing up in the office.

By Matt Hamblen | 28 June, 2014 03:36

Tags: Google, Emerging Technologies, hardware systems, mobile apps

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