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Retired CIOs: 5 Rewarding Second Acts — IT's 10 Fastest-Growing Paychecks (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Is there life after information technology leadership? You bet. While some "retired" CIOs immediately dive back into the industry as consultants to those currently serving as CIOs, others decide it's time to do something completely different.

10 Holiday Party Attire Atrocities — Remember, this is Christmas, not Halloween, and this is a company event, not Vegas. What happens at the company party does not stay at the company party. Welcome to the office holiday party: that annual perfect storm of co-workers, cocktails, revelry, and awkward moments. We sincerely hope awkwardness doesn't trump fun at your company events.

Google Contributor: Pay To Block Ads — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Google launched a new service on Thursday that lets users pay to browse certain websites devoid of distracting ads -- and the data tracking that often supports them. Google Contributor is invite-only and uses a crowdfunding-based model in which users pledge $1, $2, or $3 per month to support the program's partner websites.

Why Millennials Aren't Disrupting The Workplace — Statistics from the US Bureau of Labor predict that by 2015, millennials will overtake the majority of the workforce; and, by 2030 this hyper-connected, tech-savvy generation will comprise 75% of the workforce. Think about that. In a decade and a half, three-quarters of your co-workers will have been born between 1980 and 2000.

Broadband Demand Hits The High Seas — Cruise ship operators Royal Caribbean and Carnival are exploring new ways to provide on-board Internet access, highlighting advances in remote connectivity. If you think an ocean cruise is about getting away from it all and unplugging from your everyday, digitally driven life, it's time to update your thinking.
Nov 21, 2014

Internet everywhere: My Look at new tech the cruise ship industry is using for broadband at sea

Nov 21, 2014

No digital getaway as broadband comes to cruise ships by @murph_cj via @InformationWeek

Microsoft Azure Outage: Questions Remain — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) On Nov. 18, Microsoft rolled out an update to its Azure storage service that contained an unintended infinite loop for a certain operation buried in the code. The triggering of that infinite loop in normal operations caused the service to basically freeze.

Grumpy IT Guy Tries Out Gonzo Tech Journalism — I want to quit IT, swig booze, do drugs while speeding across America to Las Vegas, and ruminate about the failure of '60s counterculture. Grumpy IT Guy is now getting press releases! Maybe I can be a gonzo journalist!

Marketers Should Look Beyond Facebook, Twitter — IT's 10 Fastest-Growing Paychecks (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Marketers' efforts to use social networks like Facebook and Twitter aren't working and companies should rethink their strategy to engage with customers. That's the conclusion of research firm Forrester, which in a new report, "Social Relationship Strategies That Work," argues that companies should build social engagement around their own websites rather than a social network's website.
Nov 21, 2014

Marketers Should Look Beyond Facebook, Twitter by @thomasclaburn via @InformationWeek

Healthcare Interoperability: Who's The Tortoise? — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Interoperability may not have gotten enough attention in the early days of Meaningful Use's electronic health records (EHR) gold rush, but it's now taking center stage as healthcare providers, government agencies, vendors, and committees consider how to support the exchange of data easily and securely.

H-1B Visa Program: 13 Notable Statistics — Demand for new H-1B visas is expected to considerably outpace supply in the coming year. Consider these 13 instructive figures. H-1B by the numbers Like many other systems, the United States's H-1B visa system can be distilled down into numbers: available visas, total applicants, demographic breakdowns, application fees and other costs, salary data, and so on.
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Microsoft Azure Storage Service Outage: Postmortem — Azure outage Tuesday produced disruptions to MSN website, Office 365, Xbox Live, and third-party services, as well as possible data integrity problems. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Microsoft's Azure Storage Service experienced a service outage beginning around 5:00 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday.

Finding CIO/CFO Common Ground — Arguably, it was the prospect of the Y2K bug that first propelled the CIO from a back-office operative to a front-line member of the executive team. The idea that the business faces catastrophic risk from computing -- the very thing that promises to protect and improve performance -- literally transformed the visibility and expectation of the CIO role forever.

Firefox Drops Google For Yahoo Search — Mozilla takes up with new Firefox search partners that it believes are better aligned with its values of choice and independence. IT's 10 Fastest-Growing Paychecks (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Mozilla has bitten the hand that fed it. After a 10-year partnership, Google Search next year will no longer be the default search engine in Mozilla's Firefox browser.

Does Big Data Need A 'LinkedIn For Analytics'? — A social media approach to analytics could help enterprises get more value from their big data systems, says Teradata exec. IT's 10 Fastest-Growing Paychecks (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) For many enterprises, big data analytics may seem more like a collection of science experiments rather than a refined discipline that delivers tangible insights.

Silverton Banks On Analytics For Turnaround — Oregon healthcare organization Silverton Health hopes sophisticated analytics can help it fight rising tide of patients who don't pay their bills. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) As part of Silverton Health's transition to a managed care provider for 100,000 people, the organization recognized it needed to do a better job of managing both its clinical and financial risk.

Apple WatchKit: 6 Facts — Apple's WatchKit, the initial software development framework for the Apple Watch, is focused on ways to present data from iPhones. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Apple on Tuesday released WatchKit, a software development framework that allows developers to create apps for Apple Watch, scheduled for release next year.

Tweets Tell Whether You Have A Job — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Researchers at universities in Australia, Spain, and the US, in conjunction with UNICEF, have found that Twitter posts can be mined to measure unemployment. In a study published through Cornell's, researchers Alejandro Llorente, Manuel Garcia-Herranz, Manuel Cebrian, and Esteban Moro "demonstrate that behavioral features related to unemployment can be recovered from the digital exhaust left by the microblogging network Twitter."

Mobile Platforms: The Truth About Third Place — During the days when BlackBerry was fighting for its place at the app development table, I met several times with the company's head of developer outreach. An energetic man, he had many views to express, most of which made a lot of sense.