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  • A CIO's Guide to the NBN

    Australia's $43 billion National Broadband Network will usher in a new era of connectivity and business innovation. Here's what CIOs need to know...

    Written by Darren Horrigan19 Nov. 09 07:51
  • How CIOs Can Stay Tech-Saavy

    As you assumed the role of CIO, your workdays became more business-focused. You've probably spent more time in meetings with business execs talking budgets and strategy than with technologists talking Ruby on Rails. As a result, your core tech skills--the ones you cultivated and mastered early in your career--are getting rusty. Revisiting those skills is exceedingly important, though, and can help you build stronger relationships within your department.

    Written by Kristin Burnham30 Oct. 09 09:45
  • BMW and Windows 7: why the car giant is upgrading now

    German automobile maker BMW is many things: Manufacturer of luxury cars and motorcycles; a brand name famous around the world; a giant corporation with a reputation for efficiency.

    Written by Shane O'Neill04 Sept. 09 04:08
  • Paperless boarding passes for smartphones hit SFO

    San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the Bay Area's first airport to employ a secure barcode-scanning system for paperless boarding passes so travelers with Internet-connected smartphones, like BlackBerrys and iPhones, can check-in using their handhelds. The system, which is currently being used on an experimental-basis, has the potential to save airlines money on printing costs and reduce paper-waste, as well as relieve potential stresses to travelers of misplacing boarding passes.

    Written by Al Sacco03 Sept. 09 04:32
  • Banking services aim to help Gen Y manage money

    PNC Financial Services is targeting 18- to 24-year-olds with its Virtual Wallet, a mobile and online banking service that is designed for people who are setting up their first bank accounts. Since the service launched in August 2008, PNC is averaging 200 new accounts per day, says Michael Ley, vice president at PNC.

    Written by Nancy Gohring28 Aug. 09 01:35
  • A small Texas town gets smart with phones

    <strong>The Project</strong>: Deploy quick response (QR) codes to the town of Manor, Texas</a> (population 5,800), beginning with public records and expanding to historical sites, municipal buildings and police vehicles. QR codes are a type of bar code that can be read by an application available for download to most camera-equipped cell phones. Users scan the code, launching a webpage where they can learn more about the tagged item.

    Written by Kristin Burnham28 Aug. 09 08:13
  • Is the Amazon Kindle good for business?

    What It Is: Big business has learned its lesson about paper consumption: We read Word docs on laptops, use the copier sparingly and print only what we need. Yet, the paperless office is still a distant dream. E-Readers at least give the trees--and therefore the human race--a chance. The 170 dot-per-inch screen resolution--well over twice that of the typical computer monitor--lessens eye fatigue. Right now, the Amazon Kindle DX, with its 9.7-inch screen, is as close to reading printed material as possible on an electronic device.

    Written by John Brandon11 Aug. 09 08:00
  • Honouring Innovation

    As team sports go, technology innovation may be the trickiest game of all to play. Nobody knows exactly how to keep score. The rules change with every twist of the economy. And the end-goal-creating something new and valuable-never sits still for long.

    Written by Maryfran Johnson29 July 09 02:44
  • How CIOs can foster innovation in IT

    "OK. What's Next?" It's the last leg of a three-part agenda Eurpac CIO Mike Skinner uses each time he meets with his staff. Number one: Where are resources invested? Number two: What progress have we made? Number three: What's our next goal? Every meeting. Every agenda. Every time.

    Written by Stephanie Overby29 July 09 05:07
  • Rapid prototyping, innovation at the New York Times

    Almost everybody has a theory about how to save the U.S. newspaper industry. The only consensus, it seems, is that it needs to change fundamentally or it could all but disappear. At The New York Times, tough times have elevated IT-enabled innovation to the top of the agenda.

    Written by Stephanie Overby30 June 09 03:58
  • Blog: Here we go again – searching for sustainable prosperity

    A hundred years ago we saw the introduction of a new process for organizing and performing work (now we're looking for another one). That process employed the most powerful technology of that time - industrial technology - to deliver a significant increase in productivity that made possible the rise of the middle class in what we now call the developed world. That new way of working was called the assembly line. Manufacturing companies in the United States (led by Henry Ford) pioneered the introduction of the assembly line in their factories. Soon companies everywhere were using that new workflow process.

    Written by Michael Hugos09 June 09 11:28