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April 18, 2014  7:51 PM

From crisis management to crime networks, getting social pays off



Posted by: Fran Sales
CIO, mobile IT, Social media, social media and networking, social networking, social technology

Hospital emergency personnel and other first responders were -- rightfully -- heralded as heroes during last year's Boston Marathon bombing. Their valiant performance aside, there were still valuable IT lessons learned, detailed in this week's Searchlight. This year, Boston's hospitals have...

April 11, 2014  8:51 PM

Hearts aflutter as ‘Heartbleed bug’ threatens personal information security



Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, security concerns, Social media, social networking

This post was written by Fran Sales, SearchCIO's associate editor. This week, media outlets (and all my friends and coworkers) have been abuzz with news and speculation about the so-called Heartbleed bug, an OpenSSL security flaw that has existed in as many as two-thirds of (


September 4, 2013  5:00 PM

Zipcar puts a face on hybrid IT



Posted by: Nicole Laskowski
CIO, CIO leadership, CIO role, CIOs, CMO, Leadership and strategic planning, Social media

IT+Product +Marketing. That's the formula behind car-sharing pioneer Zipcar's mission to deliver personalized service to its more than 800,000 members, said  Brian Harrington, chief marketing officer (CMO).


September 14, 2012  4:56 PM

Gamification proves powerful weapon against security lesson boredom



Posted by: Karen Goulart
Apple, Big Data, big data analytics, CIO, CIO weekly wrap-up, data analytics, data loss prevention, Data privacy, Facebook, innovation, iPhones, IT fun, Security, smartphones, Social media, social media and networking

Not all aspects of dealing with technology are fun. But sometimes technology itself can pep things up. This week, the SearchCIO.com 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...


September 7, 2012  5:51 PM

A little healthy competition helps drive tech innovation



Posted by: Karen Goulart
Amazon, Apple, Application development, BYOD, CIO, Competitive advantage, innovation, iPads, IT leadership, Lean, mentor, mobile devices, Social media, social networking. Twitter, tablets, Twitter, women in IT

For some folks the start of the fall season brings thoughts of  leaf peeping and apple picking. But  at SearchCIO.com 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...


August 17, 2012  3:11 PM

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



Posted by: Karen Goulart
BYOD, CIO, collaboration, consumerization of IT, IT careers, IT skills, Social media, Twitter, Yahoo

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 SearchCIO.com Searchlight.  Click the...


August 10, 2012  6:36 PM

Creating competitive advantage through data analytics



Posted by: Karen Goulart
Big Data, big data analytics, CIO, CIO job; CIO leadership; CIO careers, CIO management, CIO position, CIO role, Competitive advantage, data, data analytics, Google, Green IT, IT and business alignment, IT as a service, IT organization of the future; cloud computing; services broker, Microsoft, social analytics, Social media

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...


August 4, 2012  4:44 PM

CIO lights up Olympics with green tech innovation



Posted by: Karen Goulart
CIO, CIO careers, CIo job, CIO job; CIO leadership; CIO careers, CIO leadership, CIO role, CIOs, customized technology, cybercrime, data breach, Green IT, innovation, IT risk, IT security, IT skills, IT staffing, layoffs, risk management, risks, Security, security concerns, social collaboration, Social media, social media platforms, software, Staffing, Tech layoffs, technology staffing, the future of IT

Every four years, it's the same thing. We sit and watch the summer Olympics in awe of human physical potential and our minds begin to wander. What if we'd kept up those swimming lessons? If only we didn't dump track for the school newspaper. Then we come back to reality, pop open another soda and...


June 23, 2012  3:49 PM

Summer brings the heat and cool tech innovation



Posted by: Karen Goulart
CIO, Facebook, Microsoft, Social media, tablets, Twitter

Don't know about you, but we here in the Boston area have had just about enough heat in the first two days of summer to last all season. They say it helps to think cool thoughts -- it doesn't. Nonetheless, we've stacked this week's roundup with cool tech innovations and acknowledge the man who...


June 2, 2012  7:30 AM

Social media tips and other helpful lists



Posted by: Karen Goulart
CIO, data management, security concerns, Social media, Twitter

The Late Show Top 10, Billboard's Hot 100 -- everybody loves a good list. (Except, perhaps, those of the "to-do" variety.) To help satisfy that hankering for digestible order, this week's roundup includes three lists, each offering tips on a different topic: data integration, social media...


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