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The Price of Not Starting Right: The Affordable Care Act Project

The Price of Not Starting Right: The Affordable Care Act ProjectThe Paid Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA a.k.a. Obamacare) political pinball is sure to bounce around for some time, focused mainly on the "who" and "why" behind what happened to the system and its web portal, and doing some damage to various reputations in and out of government.

Peel back that layer of the situation, however, and we can see that the “what,” “how,” and “when” of the problems could have some valuable -- and apolitical -- lessons for major government systems efforts … a cautionary tale might be a better word.

Q4 Planning: Top Customer Experience, Social Business Conferences & Events (14-Nov-13)

Our industry event planner gives you the heads-up on what key industry events are coming around the corner. If we've missed something, don't hesitate to add your event to the list. (You can also view the full calendar here.)

Webinar: Have Social Business Tools Killed the Intranet?
Enterprise social networks vs. the corporate intranet -- understand what your organization needs today and where it's all going in 2014.

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Document Mgt Roll-Up: Document Capture is Still Big Business, Yahoo Enhances Mail

This week in the world of document management there have been a number of upgrades and releases, including the introduction of multi-tasking for Yahoo Mail and enhanced search from dtSearch. In addition,  new research shows document capture is still big business and Microsoft continued to extend the market reach of Office 365.

Big Data Isn't a Science Experiment, It's About Impact

Not everyone can stand before a conference with “Hadoop World” in its title and tell the crowd of enthusiasts that Hadoop isn't the right solution for every Big Data problem.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

The Internet of Things Will Change Everything, Including the Economy

Sure the development of the Internet of Things has a way to go before it becomes a  reality. But IT research firm Gartner already estimates it will be worth $1.9 trillion by 2020. Gartner also predicts the Internet of Things will create an entire new economy based on interconnectivity of devices.

Big Data Gets Sticky #strataconf

Ok, everyone knows that data scientists are sexy, but what about local TV reporters who can’t keep themselves from saying words like Hadoop, MapReduce, NoSQL, JSON and petabyte?

For Multiple Devices, Alpha Anywhere Adds Responsive App Design

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With a world full of mobile device types and platforms, app developers may be forgiven their stress levels. To help bring those levels down a notch or two, this week Alpha Software is releasing the latest version of its Alpha Anywhere app development environment, which now has code-free wizards for building HTML5 mobile apps using responsive app design.

Russian Startup Launches All-in-One Mobile App Analytics Platform

With so many new and existing mobile apps to track, comprehensive app analytics is essential for developers and publishers. This week, a Moscow, Russia-based startup launched a free, all-in-one mobile analytics suite for reporting and marketing analysis. 

Accenture: What Characterizes a High-Performing IT Department?

What do the highest-performing IT departments do differently than others? A new report from Accenture has some answers.

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

Weekend Reads: The Psychology of Leadership + Becoming a Customer-Centric Business

Weekend Reads: The Psychology of Leadership + Becoming Customer-CentricWhether you are enjoying a crisp Saturday morning in the park or still wrapped up in your blankets, what better way to kick off your weekend then taking some time to enjoy our featured articles from this week? Our social business space heated up as we discussed nature versus nurture and whether or not great leaders are made or born that way. We also took a look at the myths preventing businesses from being customer centric, and we took a look at breaking through the content management cloud cover. Sit back, relax and enjoy our weekend reads!

This Week: Twitter's IPO...1999, Again? + How Humans Trump Big Data

Twitter's IPO is a Flashback
Twitter's IPO this week achieved a valuation among the most successful companies on earth before it has returned any capital at all -- something that hasn't happened since 1999

Humans Trump Big Data
Improving analytics skills is all good, but there's a very real danger here as well -- one that increases with big data, for big data is fueling this obsession with numbers.

Modern Intranets Come Full Circle
We're now seeing an organizational social hub where employees can collaborate like never before --and things are just getting started.

RTC to Kill Skype?
Web Real-Time Communication (RTC), when it's finalized and starts to be deployed over the next year, will affect nearly all of the technology giants, including Apple, Cisco, Google and Microsoft -- and the headline feature must have Skype worried

Big Data Getting Smarter
The latest partnership between SAS and SAP leverages the SAP very fast in-memory HANA platform and the analytics capabilities of SAS software. The goal is to broaden SAS' capabilities around big data analysis.

Webinar: How to Improve Your Digital Governance (Nov 20)
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C-Suite Affects Financial Returns on Analytics, Big Data

New research from IBM shows a lack of support from the C-suite is the biggest obstacle to the development of business analytics and big data management. This is compounded by skepticism about the value of the data and the shortage of big data and analytics talent.

Facebook Open Sources Presto: Jump In to Check It Out But Don't Jump to Conclusions

For anyone who doesn’t yet know, Facebook open sourced “Presto” yesterday. What's Presto? It’s a distributed SQL engine for big data reported to run magnitudes faster than most of today’s widely used technologies that were built to handle such workloads. They include the likes of Apache Open Source HiveCloudera’s Open Source ImpalaStinger (supported by Hortonworks) and Pivotal’s Hawq, among many others.

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