Technically the public didn’t need to know about the recent information security breach at “The New York Times.” No customer information was compromised and no damage was done to affiliated entities. Yet the paper decided to do what newspapers do best and present an in-depth look at the incident in service of the common good. That’s why this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight leads off with the piece — it offers insight into how hackers operate and reminds us to be aware that this can and does happen to businesses of all stripes. If you can get past the item about security concerns related to Facebook’s Social Graph, the Searchlight has some less stress-inducing items on the new BlackBerry phones, heartwarming uses for big data and more.
Data mining is often associated with Big Brother-esque marketing tactics: Someone out there is assessing your personal shopping habits and other bits of info in order to sell you something they think you need (or want you to). That’s why we here at SearchCIO.com Searchlight find National Day of Civic Hacking to be a refreshing idea and our favorite find in this week’s roundup. The White House has declared this day (June 1-2) a time for government agencies to make scores of information readily available, and folks are invited to have at it to help find solutions to social issues. Also this week: a reminder of why Twitter is still a social networking force you can’t afford to ignore, the true meaning of enterprise architecture and more.
We are beyond up to our figurative eyeballs in data. Digital information is everywhere and no one can honestly say they’ve figured out just what to do with it. Businesses want to harness and monetize it, some governments want to regulate it – but which information and how and when remain open ended questions. Then there are those who believe access to digital information should be unfettered, that it belongs to everyone. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight is in part an homage of sorts to a passionate advocate who believed in the latter and crusaded for the public’s right to access information. For that, tips on streamlining the IT organization and more follow the link.
As the folks at HowStuffWorks tweeted earlier, it seems like half the Internet is home sick today. Here at SearchCIO.com Searchlight, we’re lucky to have a very flexible work-from-home policy that allows us to be home sick and work at the same time! That means our readers still get a great roundup of the week’s lesser-known news and info, and our coworkers don’t get a great big roundup of our germs. It’s a total win-win.
And, speaking of picking up germs, what better way to do so than in a giant convention center full of strangers who’ve most likely arrived from far-flung, germy locales via germ-filled planes? While that paints a rather unpleasant picture, it’s not the (main) reason BuzzFeed’s Matt Buchanan skipped the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. To find out his paradoxical reason, plus the real draw of Vegas, the latest on our “It Girl” DCIM and more, give that link a click.
Every new year it’s the same old thing – everybody calling the next big thing. But heck, who doesn’t enjoy a little crystal ball gazing. In this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight we pass that ball to a variety of bloggers and experts for their 2013 technology predictions. The most “interesting” among them had to be 2013 as the year of DCIM (data center infrastructure management). What else did our diverse collection of prognosticator’s find when they peered into the future? You’ll have to click the link to find out.
Here at SearchCIO.com Searchlight, there’s nothing we like better than a good list — it is, after all, our stock in trade! So it is our great pleasure to bring you, in these dwindling days of 2012, a list of lists! We know holiday time is precious so we’ve gone out and gathered the most interesting information technology trends and news roundups of the year for you. Plus, we’ve thrown in some 2013 crystal ball-gazing just for fun. Thanks for reading and have a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!
It’s December 21, 2012 and since we’re writing this and you’re reading it, looks like that so-called Mayan apocalypse won’t come to pass. Well, that’s a relief. Now that the world isn’t ending, there’s plenty of time to focus on real threats like the ones to your information security. Goodness (or maybe we ought to say naughtiness) knows, hackers have no shortage of creative ways at worming their way into your organization. But lest we be lacking in cheer at this festive time of year, this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight also offers up leadership tips and simple ways to spread some holiday joy from your smartphone. Click the link, we’ll meet you there with milk and cookies! Happy holidays!
If cheesy holiday movies have taught us anything, it’s that everyone deserves another chance. We’re not so sure, however, whether that sort of goodwill extends to overhauled social networks. So, CIOs, stand by to see whether you need do any hand-wringing over the new MySpace (aka Myspace) or if it’s going to go the way of, well, MySpace. Also in this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight, the iPhone gets a second chance at giving good directions thanks to a mobile application from an Apple foe, a look at why the cab-hailing arm gesture may soon be replaced by thumb movements in NYC and lots more!
It’s Cyber Week and have we got some great deals for you! That’s right, we at SearchCIO.com Searchlight have collected several fine pieces of information from around the Web this week for your pleasure and enrichment — and they’re absolutely free! You’ll be amazed by the online entrepreneur who’s rethinking the mobile-first mentality, enlightened by tips on structuring a data team and so much more! These items won’t last forever, click now! (Actually, they will almost certainly last forever as most things on the ‘Net do, but please click now anyway.)