Next-gen energy distribution depends on getting users engaged and educated.
By Will West, CEO and co-founder, Control4
The Smart Grid—the next-generation energy distribution network now being rolled out—offers something for everyone: Greater transparency and lower costs for consumers. New opportunities for technology providers, appliance and consumer electronics makers, and power utilities. A smaller carbon footprint for the planet.
But there's a catch: none of it will happen unless consumers actually embrace and use MOREFeb 10, 2010 10:00 AM ET
The popular platforms of today are bound to be the targets of tomorrow
By Kevin Prince, chief technology officer, Perimeter E-Security and Doug Howard, former chief strategy officer
(The following is adapted from the forthcoming book, Security 2020, scheduled to be published later this year.)
The social networking (think Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace) phenomenon is only going to grow. And anytime there is a system, program, or process used by MOREFeb 9, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Building technology to suss out bad guys is the easy part. Getting agencies to collaborate? Not so much.
By Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer, Teradata Corporation
When President Barack Obama or then-national security advisor Condoleezza Rice observed that intelligence agencies failed "to connect the dots" for either the botched Christmas bombing of Northwest flight 253 or the tragedy of 9/11, they evoked a simple children's game of drawing lines on a page MOREFeb 5, 2010 10:00 AM ET
How millennials are altering the IT landscape, mostly for the better.
By Gary Curtis, chief technology strategist, Accenture
For a new generation of employees, information technology is no longer a question ("is this okay with you, boss?") but rather an answer ("that's what it took to get the job done").
As the baby boomers begin to retire over the next decade, millennials – those ages 14 to 27 – will become increasingly prominent MOREFeb 4, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Getting CIOs to love cloud computing takes a lot of logic and a little bit of TLC.
By Siki Giunta, president and CEO, Fortisphere
Cloud computing is inevitable. In fact, it's already thriving. Salesforce.com is in the cloud. Amazon.com is selling the cloud. Without the cloud, there would be no Twitter. And without Twitter, there would be no international uproar over riots in Iran, or millions donated to help Haiti.
The cloud, while MOREJan 28, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Meet the next new platform for ads, services and apps.
By Nickhil Jakatdar; CEO and co-founder, VuClip
There has been no shortage of talk about tablets. New offerings from HP (HP) and Lenovo were hot topics at CES, and you may have heard about a little get together that Apple (AAPL) is hosting tomorrow. While consumers (and tech blogs) are busy speculating on the details of Apple's offering, there is something MOREJan 26, 2010 2:16 PM ET
Lessons from one of the earliest information technologies.
Long before digital tools such as listservs, e-mail blasts, and even Facebook enabled us to easily broadcast messages, photocopies were the most efficient way to distribute information to groups of all sizes.
If the boss needed to discuss a new company policy, workers got memos in their (physical) in-boxes or slipped under their office doors. Community newsletters, fliers for parties, and the oft-maligned Christmas MOREStephanie N. Mehta, Deputy Managing Editor - Jan 22, 2010 10:16 AM ET
A modest attempt to clarify the cloud.
By Ryan Nichols, Head of Cloudsourcing and Cloud Strategy for Appirio
It's time to bring a little clarity to the concept of "cloud computing," perhaps the most important, but least understood, technology trend of 2010.
To understand the future of technology, sometimes you have to look to the past. So let's go back to this history of electricity, with some help from Nicholas Carr: In the MOREJan 22, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Forget "work from home" – today's mobile employee works from anywhere (and everywhere!)
By Bruce Chatterley, CEO, Speakeasy
It isn't exactly a news flash that the workforce of today spends increasingly more time away from the traditional office building. But these employees aren't just telecommuting.
No longer tethered to their desks, employees now move freely between work, home and anywhere else. And they expect that they can do their work on the MOREJan 21, 2010 10:00 AM ET
Search giant Google keeps offering telecommunications services. But does that make it a phone company?
By Beth Kowitt, Writer-reporter
Google (GOOG) is an online advertising company, but it has been inching toward disrupting the telecommunications industry for some time.
In 2006 it launched free citywide Wi-Fi in its headquarters town of Mountain View, Calif., as a not-so-subtle jab at traditional broadband providers such as AT&T (T) and the cable operators.
In 2008 it expressed MOREJan 20, 2010 10:54 AM ET
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