October 12, 2012  4:14 PM

Europe’s public cloud problem is everyone’s problem

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Blame it on the rain. Sorry if we just put that Milli Vanilli song in your head, but it’s the best way we can explain how this week’s Searchlight wound up so cloud-focused. The weather’s been bleaker than Morrissey on a Sunday so perhaps it stands to reason we have cloud on the brain. Included in this weeks’ roundup:  an item about how Europe’s lagging public cloud adoption is a problem for all global enterprises; the question of when to go with the devil you know; a seasonally-themed (and informative) infographic on open source cloud and more.  Head on over before we make yet another 80s musical reference. So what are you waiting for?

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Morrissey Viva Hate

Seriously, it’s like we’ve been living inside this album.

October 5, 2012  3:23 PM

Every little byte helps – teaching tech matters

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

What if you had skills so powerful they could change the course of the U.S. economy? You’d try to pass that awesomeness along, right? Well, great news Searchlight readers — you happen to possess such skills! As you’ll see when you go to this week’s roundup, volunteer IT professionals are changing kids’ lives by teaching tech in public high schools. The hope is these  tech savvy high schoolers are more likely to become tech savvy college grads, who then fill some much-needed skills gaps in our economy. Check out the item, as well as bits about a project aimed at finding “The Human Face of Big Data,” a look at Windows 8 from someone “in the know” and more.

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“The Human Face of Big Data.” Oops, sorry, way off — this is the android face of regular-size Data.


September 28, 2012  6:04 PM

Data center energy questions spark heated debate

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Ladies and gentlemen! Are you ready to rumble?! It’s time for Data Center Energy Use Smackdown 2012! OK, so things have been a little more dignified than that, but the start of  The New York Times’ series “The Cloud Factories” certainly ruffled some IT industry feathers. In this week’s CIO Searchlight, we gathered up some of the more dignified entries in the counterstrike. Also: if that verbal pugilism gets too ugly, we soften things up with yet another tablet release timed for holiday shopping convenience and RIM offering up one of the most uncomfortable “romantic” pleas this side of a public marriage proposal diss. If Tim Cook releases a version of “Lovin’ You” to follow up his apology for Apple Maps, we’re outta here.

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Lovin' You

Even if he could hit the high notes, there’s no way he’d pull off the overalls.

September 21, 2012  5:25 PM

Big demand for big data analytics pros

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

In this week’s Searchlight we have  a bevvy, a big ol’ bonanza — ok — a bunch of interesting bits you may have missed in your own web travels.  Read about why being brainy is beautiful when it comes to big data analytics; learn about a media project that puts the “big” in big data; enjoy a beautiful infografic depicting the role of the CIO in 2012 and more. Brilliant!

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                   Both brains and beauty!


September 14, 2012  4:56 PM

Gamification proves powerful weapon against security lesson boredom

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Not all aspects of dealing with technology are fun. But sometimes technology itself can pep things up. This week, the Searchlight shines upon a few examples of the innovative thinking that keeps IT fresh. For example, did you know that refreshing your security policy knowledge could  be kinda fun? Well, with the gamification of HIPPA training, at least it’s a lot less boring. Also this week, if you weren’t particularly impressed by the Apple iPhone 5 announcement, perhaps you’ve just become too cynical to recognize something magical when you see it. Maybe Louis CK was right.

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Remember this? Still unimpressed by the iPhone 5?

September 7, 2012  5:51 PM

A little healthy competition helps drive tech innovation

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

For some folks the start of the fall season brings thoughts of  leaf peeping and apple picking. But  at Searchlight we can’t help but think of competition. A presidential election, NFL football, a new school year – it’s all noses to grindstones in order to come out on top as far as we’re concerned!  This week we’ve stocked up on items about quests to be the best including  political Twitter battles, Amazon taking aim at Apple in the fight for tablet supremacy, a group of girls who dedicated their school vacation to tech innovation and more. Head over to Searchlight to check it out now – we’ll race you to it!

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Twitter logo

Gentlemen, please lay out your economic recovery plans in 140 characters or less.


August 31, 2012  1:52 PM

As summer ends, time to dust off the BYOD policy

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Labor Day – the most bittersweet of the long weekends. Of course an extended weekend is always a good thing, but it’s always a little sad to hit the unofficial end of summer. Everyone is taking it easy and relaxing, all the while knowing things are about to get a little more rigorous. Hence we invite you to check out this week’s Searchlight in which we gently encourage you to break out your BYOD policy (a new Amazon device is coming – conveniently on the heels of the Kindle Fire selling out), consider whether your mobile app dev is up to par and maybe look into sprucing up that old data center.

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Church Lady

All out the Kindle Fire, Amazon?

August 24, 2012  8:19 PM

The art of tech innovation draws from youthful creativity

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

It’s back to school time and, if you’re picking up some crayons for the kiddies, maybe grab one of those 64-count Crayola boxes for yourself. In this week’s Searchlight, graffiti artist Erik Wahl explains why a sniff of your old waxy friends can calm you down and lift up your creative spirit. Wahl’s keynote address at this week’s Gartner Inc. Catalyst conference in San Diego sought to convey the idea that tech innovation is rooted deeply in our crayon-art-scrawling youthful imaginations. To continue on the theme, this week’s Searchlight brings you a roundup of  Web items focused on innovators — from the “idea monkey” to Pinterest pioneers. 

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64 ct. Crayola


August 17, 2012  3:11 PM

Something to Tweet about: Social media skills help pay the bills

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Mid-August is here, when the uptick in back injuries from lugging mini-fridges and long goodbye-hugs remind us it’s college move-in time once again. And like so many wide-eyed, hot plate-toting freshmen, the weekly roundup is settling into new digs too – at Searchlight.  Click the link to join us at our new location where we’ve got interesting bits on social media skills, Google the bully and a bellwether of better times for tech.

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Google newspaper ad

Aw, now that’s just mean.

August 10, 2012  6:36 PM

Creating competitive advantage through data analytics

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

The summer games may be winding down in London, but we just can’t let go of that whole go-for-the-gold-vibe. Hence, this week’s roundup of news bits and analysis from around the web explodes out of the blocks with three items about creating competitive advantage. Find out why Bing may well be the smartest search engine in the room but is still no match for well-connected Google. Also included for your reading pleasure in this week’s roundup: One expert’s take on how to keep IT competitive with outside service providers and why big data analytics may ruin the fun for coupon clippers.

You may be the smartest candidate for the job, but sometimes it’s all about social connections. This holds true in the Bing versus Google battle for search supremacy.  Despite having what may be the smartest computer learning system in the world, the Microsoft-owned search engine lags far behind Google. Why? It’s all about the massive amount of personal information Big Brother Google captures about users.

If CIOs don’t think they have to compete for the business of internal customers, chances are they’ve already lost them. Check out these expert tips on keeping IT competitive and relevant to the business. While you’re at it, read why we think this just might be the new CIO benchmark.

What’s a little privacy when there’s money to be saved on diapers and coffee? In a quest to create competitive advantage supermarket chains put big data analytics into action by offering customers individualized pricing based on their shopping habits.

Instagram: It’s not just for shoe-gazing hipsters anymore. Increasingly, big-name companies like Starbucks, GE and Nike are leveraging the popular photo app to gather customer data.

Finally, in case you missed it, check out this week’s installment of CIO Matters in which news director Linda Tucci makes a case for the CIO’s need to know just how “green” cloud computing really is and why it matters to us all.

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