Most talked about InformationWeek stories Connects To Microsoft SharePoint — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) announced the general release of Salesforce Files Connect on Wednesday, delivering a federated search tool that will launch with access to Microsoft SharePoint. Announced more than a year ago, Salesforce Files Connect took a long time to develop because accessing the files in content repositories while respecting their security regimes is easier said than done.

Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami' — Maker of TAG Heuer watches shifts gears, now plans to craft a smart watch and possibly make acquisitions, in wake of Apple Watch. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Today's world is no place for the analog purist. Luxury watchmakers initially dismissed the threat posed by Apple Watch and other smartwatches.
Dec 17, 2014

Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami' from Apple Watch > my take via @InformationWeek

Dec 17, 2014

Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami' by @murph_cj via @InformationWeek

Dec 17, 2014

Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami' by @murph_cj via @InformationWeek

Dec 17, 2014

Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital "Tsunami" by @murph_cj @InformationWeek <apple watch rival?

Analytics Showdown: Should Apps Be Simpler, Or Smarter? — Qlik, Tableau, and are betting on simple analytic applications, while veterans IBM and SAS push smarter. What do you need? The latest software releases from IBM, Qlik, Salesforce, SAS, and Tableau Software demonstrate different approaches to making data analysis more accessible. Think of the showdown as simpler versus smarter.

BlackBerry Returns To Its Roots With Classic — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) BlackBerry thinks it can win over its old-school business customers with the BlackBerry Classic, a smartphone that brings back the physical keyboard and other manual controls beloved by former BlackBerry addicts.

3 OpenStack Predictions For 2015 — Editor's note: Boris Renski's OpenStack consulting firm Mirantis has a frontline seat from which to predict what will happen with OpenStack in 2015. Mirantis has its own version of OpenStack that competes with Red Hat, and is a technology partner with VMware on OpenStack installations.

SpaceCurve Promises Real-Time Location Insight — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) It's already quite difficult to make sense of location- and time-based data from mobile phones, fleet telemetry systems, GPS devices, and other sensors. The expected wave of connected home devices, smart-city sensors, and Internet-of-Things-style applications will make a fast and highly scalable geospatial platform a must.

IT Hiring, Budgets In 2015: 7 Telling Stats — 30% of companies plan to expand IT staff next year, while 74% expect more demand for IT resources. How do your plans stack up? Eighteen percentage points. How you feel about that figure will say something about how you feel about your IT strategy and plans for 2015.
Dec 16, 2014

7 telling stats about 2015 IT budgets, hiring, priorities -- my take on our @InformationWeek data

Dec 16, 2014

IT Hiring, Budgets In 2015: 7 Telling Stats by @murph_cj via @InformationWeek

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7 Tips: Work Fitness Into The Workday — Get up, stand up! The human body wasn't designed to sit for hours at a time, so sneak these moves into your workday. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Heads up: While you're parked at your desk sipping coffee and munching cronuts, your body is going to seed.
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Event-Driven Medicine Holds Great Promise — Research shows that wearables and biosensors can help clinicians collect enough data to pinpoint the abnormalities in a patient's biomarkers that require attention. John Halamka, MD and CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, predicts that the hospital of the future will have software to collect the tens of thousands of data points -- blood pressure, urinalysis readings, and the like -- generated by the typical patient.

Crazy Tech CEO Quotes: 2014 Edition — Chief executive officers aren't always on their A-game. Revisit some of the most colorful quips from tech leaders this year. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Chief executive officers say the darndest things, often in the presence of reporters, investors, and the general public. Here are our favorite off-the-cuff CEO quotables from 2014.

When Holidays & Healthcare Open Enrollment Collide — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Holiday gatherings in my home are very traditional. Take our last Thanksgiving, which found us embracing such time-honored pastimes as watching the Macy's Parade while the turkey roasted, cheering for our favorite sports teams throughout the day, and pausing between bites and courses of dinner to talk about health insurance.

MongoDB Buys WiredTiger: Database Move — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) MongoDB on Tuesday announced that it has acquired WiredTiger, a provider of a high-scale storage engine used by myriad vendors including Amazon Web Services. WiredTiger is also used as an alternative to the InnoDB storage engine used with Oracle MySQL.

Samsung Explores Apple Pay Competitor — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Samsung is looking to partner with a mobile payments startup so it can compete with Apple Pay at cash registers around the world. The talks have not yet resulted in an agreement, but Samsung has already created a prototype and hopes to bring the system to its flagship smartphones by next year.

Microsoft: 9 Best Moves Of 2014 — (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) For Microsoft, 2014 has been a terrific year. The company's stock reached its highest levels in a decade. Its overall financials are strong despite ongoing weak spots, such as consumer demand for PCs. Microsoft is releasing new and intriguing products at a faster pace than ever, especially in the cloud.

10 Home Office Organization Helpers Under $25 — Nearly 3% of America's labor force consider home their primary place of work. If fact, telecommuting increased by 79.7% from 2005 to 2012, according to workplace strategy firm Global Workplace Analytics. Working from home often saves not only time, but also money.
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Microsoft Gains Allies Against US Data Demands — Several dozen companies, trade groups, and computer scientists agree that Microsoft should not have to provide data stored in Ireland when presented with a US search warrant. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Microsoft on Monday welcomed new allies in its fight to avoid surrendering customer email stored in Ireland to federal prosecutors in the United States.
Dec 16, 2014

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Dec 15, 2014

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Hortonworks' Big IPO: Why CIOs Should Care — Even before last week's successful IPO, Hortonworks had no trouble selling Hadoop's promise. But here's why many CIOs are betting on this platform. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) Hadoop vendor Hortonworks raised $100 million in its initial public offering on Friday.

Net Neutrality: Wellspring Of Terrible Analogies — Everyone's got an opinion on net neutrality. Unfortunately, informed opinions on this matter are scarcer than scintillating conversations on The Maury Povich Show.As the late, great US Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own set of facts."