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Power Tools Company Uses Marketing Analytics to Compete With Big Box Stores — If you're in the market for a chain saw or a leaf blower, you might consider a product from Stihl. But you won't find the company's products at Home Depot or Lowe's. Stihl operates an independent dealer-only retail distribution program that its leaders say is instrumental in helping the company dominate the gasoline-powered outdoor tool category.

CIOs Need to Drive Companies to Their Digital Destination — I've been a bit obsessed lately with trying to discern the reality behind the trendy buzzphrase "digital enterprise." So I keep asking CIOs what it really means to them and their businesses. We talk a lot about the journey and the mystery surrounding the destination.
Oct 30, 2014

(What kind of digital transformation suits your co?) CIOs Need to Drive Companies to Their Digital Destination…

8 Ways Facebook and Twitter Make Money — It may be unclear to the casual observer just how Facebook and Twitter monetize their hugely popular social sites, but both companies are raking in the ad dollars. These eight examples detail the ways Facebook and Twitter make money from their users.

IT Through the Lens of the Business: Social Supply Chain — What at first blush could be confused with the inventory of potential partners on dating sites has in fact becoming one of the most interesting convergences of social media, IT and the businesses in twenty-first century enterprises.

Microsoft Adds IoT, Big Data Orchestration Services to Azure — Microsoft added three new big data services to its Azure cloud platform yesterday as part of its ongoing efforts to make Azure a leading platform for big data services and to make it ready to tackle the Internet of Things (IoT).

5 Things You'll Love About Garmin's vivosmart Fitbit Rival - and 5 You Won't — Amid mounting anticipation for the Apple Watch and the recently announced Fitbit Charge HR and Surge wristbands (all of which are due in early 2015), I've been testing Garmin's new vivosmart activity tracker/smartwatch and the associated Android and iOS Garmin Connect apps.
Oct 30, 2014

5 Things You'll Love About Garmin's Vivosmart Fitbit Rival — and 5 You Won't @james_a_martin… @CIOonline

12 Shocking Social Media Horror Stories — There are right ways for companies to use social media, and there are wrong ways. These 12 horror stories, spotlighted by a set of digital marketing professionals, are perfect examples of what organizations should never (ever) do on social sites.
Oct 30, 2014

12 Shocking Social Media Horror Stories, by @james_a_martin -

Healthcare CIOs Can't Be Afraid to Innovate — SAN ANTONIO - Steven Sasson built the first digital camera in 1975. He worked for Kodak. Thirty-seven years later, Kodak went out of business because it failed to embrace technology it had invented. "If you don't disrupt, someone else will," says Peter Diamandis, founder of XPRIZE, the organization spearheading the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder competition to bring the science fiction technology of Star Trek to real life.

What Obscenity and Digital Strategy Have in Common — A recent report from my research colleagues at CSC Leading Edge Forum confirms that a desperate shortage of digital leadership exists in the IT suite and within the enterprise as a whole. In reading the piece I had a flashback.

CIOs Should Focus on Their Workplace Legacies — Business coach and psychologist Andrew Thorn wants leaders -- both people in positions of authority and those who influence in their everyday roles -- to think beyond business results to focus on the legacy they create. Thorn lays out his ideas in his new book, Leading With Your Legacy in Mind: Building Lasting Value in Business and Life .
Oct 30, 2014

(How to create a different kind of 'personal brand') CIOs Should Focus on Their Workplace Legacies… via @CIOonline

Oct 29, 2014

How to lead with your legacy in mind. (Hint: It's about how you treat people.)… #CIO

iPad App Helps Energy Company Prevent Power Outages — At LG&E and KU Energy, patrollers in the Aerial Patrol Department spend 120 days a year in the air. Instead of needing to use trucks, ladders and cherry pickers, they travel by helicopter, looking for possible damage, overgrown vegetation or other problems that could cause a power outage along the 5,500 miles of transmission lines in the company's territories in Virginia and Kentucky.
Oct 29, 2014

(More safety in the skies, thanks to IT) iPad App Helps Energy Company Prevent Power Outages by @lbrousell…

6 Digital Marketing Pros Define Programmatic Advertising — Programmatic advertising is catching on like wildfire in the digital media space. With so much money at stake, CIOs and other business leaders need to understand the term. To help find common ground, we reached out to six marketing professionals for their definitions of programmatic advertising.
Oct 29, 2014

6 Digital Ad Pros Define Programmatic Advertising. Ugh The ad business needs to get on the same page.…

Fixing Healthcare Requires Netflix-Like Disruption — Healthcare is broken. No one disputes that. No one lacks perspective on how to fix it, either. The challenge, though, is disrupting a system that makes more money treating sickness than it does preventing it. Technology and innovation can play a part, but so can flipping the entire care model on its head.

Intel Turns to Wearables, Big Data to Fight Parkinson's — For the past year, Intel and Parkinson's disease researchers have been conducting trials of a revolutionary new method for measuring the progress of the neurodegenerative brain disease in patients using wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics.

6 Ways to Maximize Your IT Training Budget — Customized, in-house training often zeros in on topics relevant to your business. However, it comes with an equally high price tag. If your employees simply need to fill in knowledge gaps or get up to speed with a specific software package, there are a plethora of affordable, flexible options for even the most limited budgets.