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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.

  • Startup Capriza scores $27M to Zapp legacy apps into mobile ones

    <a href="http://www.capriza.com/">Capriza</a>, a startup that helps enterprises convert their legacy apps into mobile- and cloud-based ones, Thursday announced it has racked up an additional $27 million in venture funding. That should be enough to help Capriza scale its business on the marketing and sales side, and maybe even have enough left over to afford a drummer and bassist to form a company band (more on that later...).

  • Lack of Parental Leave Drives Employee Turnover

    most organizations quote cost as the major objection to offering paid parental leave, but it's a "straw man" argument according to studies that prove not having such programs and policies in place is the real budget buster. multiple studies have shown that companies that adopt parental leave policies and flexible work options for parents have higher employee engagement and retention; higher employee productivity and a lower rates of absenteeism. for companies looking to retain their talent, policies that allow for work-life balance are critical to the bottom line.

  • 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.

  • Tech support's NSFW problem

    As the recent <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2600774/cloud-computing-hacked-naked-selfies-stick-around-celebrity-icloud-sex-download-fears.html">scandal</a> over leaked celebrity photographs reminded us all, people use their electronic devices for very personal pursuits in the era of smartphone ubiquity. Depending on the age and inclination of its owner, a modern-day digital device might contain not just nude selfies like those that were <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2602387/the-fappening-icloud-users-beware.html">shared online</a>, but images from dating sites like Tinder and Grindr, <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/03/the-fappening-and-revenge-porn-culture-jennifer-lawrence-and-the-creepshot-epidemic.html">creepshots</a>, or other salacious or even illegal material downloaded from the backwaters of "the dark Web" via anonymizers like <a href="https://www.torproject.org/">Tor</a>.

  • Google shakeup puts Sundar Pichai in charge of...almost everything

    Google CEO Larry Page is apprently looking to ensure his company stays forward-looking and innovative as it grows up.

  • Startup aims to bring order to performance monitoring

    The IT market is seeing a rush of startups that monitor apps, data, websites, servers and networks. This is a great trend for best-of-breed IT shoppers, but deployment of multiple tools creates its own problems.

  • Intel turns to wearables, big data to fight Parkinson's

    Intel and Parkinson's disease researchers have begun outfitting patients with devices to begin gathering data.

  • Top CIOs Start the Journey to the 'Digital Enterprise'

    Back in 1980, the woman who now runs the data center at State Street Bank started her career there by pricing a mutual fund in a ledger book. That process would get automated as the bank became a computerized enterprise. Today, she can connect State Street's systems with those of customers and partners and produce sophisticated reports to let customers analyze the mutual funds they might buy. That's the digital enterprise.

  • Why command and control PMOs are killing project management

    I setup my first project management office (PMO) because despite the success my company had enjoyed over the years (and failures too), I decided that we needed more structure.