January 18, 2013  6:52 PM

TMI? What to do with all this digital information

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

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 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.

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Aaron Swartz, 11/08/86 – 01/11/13

January 11, 2013  8:16 PM

CES no longer a hot ticket?

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

As the folks at HowStuffWorks tweeted earlier, it seems like half the Internet is home sick today. Here at 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.

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Want to regain interest, CES? Give the people what they want.

January 4, 2013  10:01 PM

DCIM will have star turn in 2013 and other technology predictions

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

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 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.

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It’s so foggy in there. So, the future has something to do with San Francisco? Moors? Eh, no good at this.

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December 28, 2012  3:15 PM

Master list: Information technology news and 2013 predictions

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Here at 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!

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The calendar says 2013, but the font is all 80s. Happy retro new year!

December 21, 2012  8:25 PM

Uniquely naughty threats to information security

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

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 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!

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We’re talking high quality, Santa-grade homemade cookies and milk — none of that store bought nonsense. Click now before we eat them all.

December 14, 2012  9:25 PM

Trying to get it right with social media, mobile applications

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

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 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!

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Do you think he still wants to be friends? Awkward.

November 30, 2012  5:40 PM

Not everyone is buying the mobile-first mentality

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

It’s Cyber Week and have we got some great deals for you! That’s right, we at 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.)

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Shop from here at my leisure or among a seething mass of humanity at 3 a.m.? Hmmm.

November 21, 2012  5:38 PM

Privacy policy shortcuts are something to be thankful for

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Thanksgiving is here and, in accordance with tradition, this week’s Searchlight seeks to stuff you full of tasty bits and give you a few things to be thankful for. On the menu is a hearty helping of insight about fostering innovation, as well as an example of innovation in action. If you’ve ever tried to read a website privacy policy (or scrolled feverishly through it looking for the “Accept” button), we’ve got some folks who are definitely worthy of thanks. So pull up a chair, pour some hot apple cider and join us for this early holiday edition of the Searchlight.

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Who else feels like pizza? I’ll go pick it up.

November 16, 2012  5:49 PM

Importance of data security is no secret

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Unless you’ve taken a post-election sabbatical from the news, chances are you’re suffering from CIA-FBI scandal fatigue. We at Searchlight know how exhausting the 24-hour news cycle can be, but we implore you to give just a smidgen more of your attention to the topic before we head into the holiday week. Why? Because among the unsavory details lies an important reminder: mind your data security. For more on that plus a refreshing look at the CIO-CMO relationship, why data gluttony is good and even more items of interest, dig in. Gobble, gobble.

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That’s probably not going to cut it.

November 9, 2012  9:52 PM

STEM is the star of Election Day 2012

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

This just might go down as the year they really put the “science” in political science. From geophysicists to data scientists, nerds ruled Election Day 2012 with dead-on outcome predictions and astoundingly (and a little startlingly) effective voter mobilizations methods. And not a lick of it had to do with punditry, gut feelings or intuition. Nope, it was all about STEM – science, technology, engineering and math; and as one blogger pointed out, “Math don’t lie.” (But grammar is still important, kids!)  This week’s Searchlight points its beam behind the scenes, past the political posturing, beyond the blustering to the cool stats, analysis and tech that drove the election.

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…carry the one… aaand… Obama wins

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