• Thomas Edison would have loved cloud computing

    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 MORE

    Jan 22, 2010 10:00 AM ET
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  • The office is dead. Long live the office.

    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 MORE

    Jan 21, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Has Google found its true calling?

    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 MORE

    Jan 20, 2010 10:54 AM ET
  • Business gets smart, video game style

    Business Intelligence software is more like interactive gaming than you'd think.

    By Wayne Morris, CEO, myDIALS.

    Decision making in business should be easier than ever: Next generation business intelligence software gives everyone from entry-level employees to CEOs the ability to make important decisions from data that is clean, current, easy to access and, most importantly, interactive.

    (We've come a long way from traditional intelligence solutions that relied on historical data that only MORE

    Jan 20, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Memo to the boss: Twitter's not a time suck

    Good reasons why corporations should embrace social networks in the workplace

    By Mark Schmulen, CEO, NutshellMail

    According to Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professional services, 54% of U.S. corporations restrict employee access to social networks due to concerns about productivity, network security, and legal liabilities.

    Sure these are serious concerns. But companies that block access to social networks are missing out on incredible opportunities to expand their marketing reach, MORE

    Jan 19, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Upwardly mobile

    MIT professor speaks out on transit, technology in emerging economies

    Ralph Gakenheimer is a Fulbright Scholar, World Bank Advisor, and MIT professor of urban planning who has emerged as one of the leading experts on transportation in developing countries.  In the 1970s he consulted with the mayors of South American cities such as Medellin (for real!) on their transit plans. Today he's working in Asia and Africa.

    Fortune contributor Carolyn Whelan caught up MORE

    Jan 19, 2010 6:00 AM ET
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  • Digital health records: Putting privacy on par with efficiency

    Modernizing health records and delivery means building a trustworthy digital network.

    By Harriet P. Pearson, chief privacy officer, IBM

    Privacy is a key concern for many Americans as this country moves to modernize its health care system with electronic health records.  As we spend billions of dollars to go digital, are we putting privacy and security safeguards in place to build public trust?

    New federal guidelines, defining the "meaningful use" of electronic MORE

    Jan 15, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Google's gutsy move

    Fortune's man in Shanghai offers perspective on the online ad giant's threat to end its China venture.

    By Bill Powell, Senior writer

    //Safari can't open the page http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/china.html" because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again…//

    You get used to seeing those words pop up on your computer screen when you live in China. MORE

    Jan 13, 2010 10:56 AM ET
  • A portrait of the artist as a technophile

    The Internet has been an important distribution platform for artists, but piracy is having a chilling effect.

    By Ted VanCleave, co-founder and executive vice president, ImageRights International.

    As a professional fine arts photographer, I depend on my website to market and sell my images. In fact, my site outsells galleries 10 to 1 for my work.

    This is the case for many photographers, artists, musicians and content creators today: the Internet offers MORE

    Jan 13, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Online security goes mobile

    "Unfettered" shouldn't mean unconcerned about mobile hacks.

    By David Jevans, CEO, Iron Key

    It's a mobile, mobile mobile, mobile world: More and more of us are using laptop computers, Apple (AAPL)  iPhone's, Research in Motion (RIMM) BlackBerrys, USB flash drives and other portable computing and storage devices in our day-to-day lives.

    Many freelancers and consultants bring their laptops to Starbucks coffee shops, and treat it as their virtual office.

    And it's not just consumers MORE

    Jan 11, 2010 10:00 AM ET
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