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May 17, 2013  6:32 PM

Cybersecurity must be a team effort to succeed

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

You’ve gotta hand it to those cybercriminals, they’re not afraid to innovate. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight starts off with a look at a brazen hacker business model that offers DDoS attacks as a service. It’s just another example of the ever-evolving cybercrime landscape requiring the constant vigilance of CIOs and a continuous flow of information with their C-suite peers and everyone in the enterprise. Also this week: a big need for soft skills in big data, confusion in the cloud, preparing for the robot onslaught and more.

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Next thing you know, they'll be able to do this.

Next thing you know, they’ll be able to do this.

May 10, 2013  9:20 PM

Looking forward to the day we don’t talk about women in tech

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Jennie Lamere did something pretty cool. The 17-year-old high school senior beat out 80 competitors to win a recent hackathon. The prize-winning innovation is an app that called Twivo that can be used to block TV spoilers from Twitter feeds. And I just did something pretty cool, too. I managed to about four sentences into this paragraph without pointing out the fact (albeit kind of obvious from her name) she is a she. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight looks forward to the day when women in technology are highlighted not because their choice of work or expertise is somehow seen as novel but because what they’re accomplishing — like Jennie — happens to be awesome.  Also this week: backing into the ROI of big data, email bounces back, a dim outlook for Google Glass and more.

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Change the "can do" to "are doing" and it's perfect.

Change the “can do” to “are doing” and it’s perfect.

 


May 3, 2013  4:33 PM

Amazon enterprise cloud dominance could be good for CIOs

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Try to contain your surprise. The lead item in this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight asserts that Amazon is poised to conquer the enterprise cloud services market. Writer Christopher Mims lays out the argument, and darn if it doesn’t seem plausible. What’s more, IMHO, it just might be a good thing for CIOs. Also in this week’s Searchlight: why VDI could be the key to unlocking the cloud’s potential, tips on harnessing big data, a very ironic data security breach and more.

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Good day, Mr. Bezos. Is that a new hat?

Good day, Mr. Bezos. Is that a new hat?


April 26, 2013  6:23 PM

Enterprise cloud computing soon will cease to be

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

OK, it may not technically be true, but semantically — the end is near! This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight leads off  with the opinion of an esteemed federal CIO (and several of his peers) who believes the days of separating “cloud computing” from “computing” have are nearly over. Remember, these are folks in government agencies, where change isn’t exactly lightning fast. So if they’re seeing am IT landscape where cloud is so prevalent as to make distinctions irrelevant, private sector CIOs would be wise to take stock. Also this week: big data’s human side, potential perils of the new digital age and more.

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No more soggy puns? No more silly graphics like this one?

No more soggy puns? No more silly graphics like this one?


April 22, 2013  7:55 PM

The power of social media undeniable in times of crisis

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

These days, I often find myself among those who are tiring of the way social media has inserted itself into just about every part of our lives. But with the terror attack at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent frighteningly chaotic search for suspects that followed, I found myself grateful for the positive side of the power of social media. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight focuses on ways social media keeps us connected, helps those in need, provides information and brings comfort in the worst of times.

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Peace


April 12, 2013  4:27 PM

Creativity is wasted without strategy for managing innovation

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

The people on your team seemed to be brimming with creativity when you hired them. So why aren’t all these great ideas translating to innovation in your organization? Perhaps it’s because you’ve overlooked the importance of a strategy for managing innovation. As the author of this week’s lead Searchlight item points out, creativity and innovation are two different things. Creativity begets innovation, but ideas don’t come to fruition without some guidance.  Also this week: teens tire of Facebook, the next killer mobile app and more.

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Now if only someone could create an innovative way to represent managing innovation...

Now if only someone could create an innovative way to represent managing innovation…


April 10, 2013  4:38 PM

Data-crunching doesn’t always paint a full picture

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

What do Albert Pujols and Pablo Picasso have in common? Well, they both feature prominently in this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight which questions the idea of applying Moneyball –style analytics to non-ball-related occupations. Also this week: Amazon may may end Dropbox dominance, cyber attacks on telephony make a comeback, what to expect from Facebook Home and more.

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It's OK, I guess. But what's his OBP?

It’s OK, I guess. But what’s his OBP?


March 29, 2013  7:34 PM

Amazon expands empire to social networking

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

The old saying goes that you can’t be all things to all people. But Amazon is sure as heck gonna try.  In this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight, the king of digital disruption shows how it’s done. With the acquisition of social networking site Goodreads Amazon is not only bolstering its tried and true book business it’s making itself nearly all things to all internet using people. Oh, and likely beating down the competition in the process. Also this week: why the Spamhaus DDoS attack is worth worrying over, a data-loving skeptic’s look at unstructured data and more.

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Bet a pile of e-readers wouldn’t look this pretty. Take that, Kindle!


March 22, 2013  4:56 PM

Data-driven world may take us down a dangerous road

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Just about everyone who has a computer has, at one time or another, left a comment online. Be it a simple “congrats!” under a wedding snapshot or an angry mini-rant about poor restaurant service, for some this opinion sharing has become second nature. For the most part it’s harmless — sometimes annoying or mean-spirited — but harmless. In some instances it helps businesses know what they’re doing wrong (or right), which is a good thing, right? But what if it goes to another level? What if folks start commenting on actual humans? This week’s lead Searchlight items looks at this question and what it might mean for the future of work, especially in light of the growing popularity of on-demand services. Also this week: the hot new job in big data, debunking depulication myths and more.

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Oh, great. I don’t suppose I get any sort of severance package?


March 15, 2013  8:15 PM

Don’t forget to count yourself among data analytics tools

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

When it comes to making big business decisions, data analytics tools are great to have in your arsenal. But as the lead item in this week’s Searchlight reminds us there is one tool IT leaders shouldn’t overlook amid the big data hype — their own guts. There are many reasons one becomes a leader and high on that list is knowing when to follow an instinct born from the culmination of all that’s been learned on the job and in life. Even in the compared to the vastness of big data, that’s no small thing. Also this week: why you need to put a little FUN in BYOD, exposing project managment’s “dirty little secret” and more.

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Wow, look at all those good answers!


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