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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

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

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

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

Support clock ticks on Office for Mac 2011, but heir nowhere in sight

The clock is ticking on support for Office for the Mac 2011, and there's still no sign from Microsoft of a replacement.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 June, 2014 05:27

Tags: applications, Microsoft, computerworld, Mac OS X, software

Impact of today's hardware and software applications in Cloud-based environments: Part 1

As an industry, we have been looking at cloud-based technologies both from private and public structure and how best to optimize design, engineer and develop such technologies to better optimize the world of wireless and the Internet of Everything.

By Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi | 25 June, 2014 05:39

Tags: applications, SDN, hardware systems, NFV, software, internet, cloud computing, software defined networking

Amazon's Fire phone is 'Prime' example of customer first

With its new Fire Phone, Amazon is primarily interested in connecting to its 250 million Amazon and Prime customers with a phone that makes it quick and easy to shop over the Web.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 June, 2014 09:38

Tags: applications, e-commerce, at&t, smartphones, software, internet, e-business, business intelligence, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Apple, consumer electronics

Predictive data, the real workhorse behind the Internet of Things

Companies are having to be pickier about which data sets they collect, process and use. It's all about having the right architecture in place.

By Nancy Gohring | 11 June, 2014 21:06

Tags: abc, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Gartner, IDC, applications, software, business intelligence

Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive

Online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation apps can be surprisingly useful, or surprisingly lame, and not even Microsoft aces Office document compatibility

By Woody Leonhard | 11 June, 2014 20:08

Tags: SaaS, applications, Office Software, Mac OS X, internet, Software as a service, cloud computing, operating systems, Apple, Google, mobile technology, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, software

University CIO helps boost graduation rates with analytics

Brian A. Haugabrook, interim CIO at Valdosta State University in Georgia, deployed analytics tools that enable faculty and staff to identify students who need extra help. The effort paid off with higher graduation rates.

By Mary K. Pratt | 09 June, 2014 20:36

Tags: applications, Networking, CIO role, software, IT Leadership, intel, IT management, business intelligence, management, Business Intelligence/Analytics

XPocalypse, not now

Two months after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, the catastrophic wave of exploits security experts expected to wash over the aged operating system have failed to materialize.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 June, 2014 04:53

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities

What's in a name? Aussie 'HealthKit' firm unhappy with Apple

An Australian company has made a big deal this week of taking umbridge over Apple's use of the name HealthKit. That's because the company is named HealthKit.

By Ryan Faas | 07 June, 2014 01:46

Tags: Apple, App Development, ios, WD, software, operating systems

Nearly 80 per cent of Macs will be able to run OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite will run on about eight of every 10 Macs, a boon for customers who want to upgrade this fall, but also another proof point that "good enough" has contributed to the personal computer business's stagnation.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 June, 2014 01:22

Tags: Apple, ios, Macintosh, desktop pcs, computerworld, hardware systems, software, operating systems, PCs

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