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Posts by Joe Maglitta

17
Nov

IBM’s Forgotten Granddad

Ever hear of C-T-R? Don’t feel bad. The company, IBM’s direct ancestor, has been forgotten except for business historians. Yet without this early tech powerhouse – maker of commercial scales, industrial time recorders, meat and cheese slicers, and punch cards – Big Blue would not be celebrating its 100th anniversary. In fact, the centennial of IBM is actually that of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (1911-1924).

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10
Nov

High Tech, High Touch: Finally Here

In 1982, “Megatrends” author John Naisbitt famously foresaw a near future featuring far-flung technology and more intense human interaction. He dubbed this apparent paradox “high tech, high touch.” The phrase caught on quickly; reality took a bit longer. But guess what, technology and marketing mavens? The future has arrived, though not exactly as imagined.

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3
Nov

Data on the Cloud: Not Magic

Darn that Steve Jobs. His Apple was genius at making tech appear to work like magic. Exciting for consumers of all things “i”, revolutionary for the industry. Latest example: “iCloud.” Yet it’s an emerging modern paradox: What makes life easy for consumers often complicates things for IT. And it’s not just management of smart phones and tablets; it’s much of what happens in “the Cloud”.

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27
Oct

Food Tracking: More Cherries, Fewer Pits

Ever marveled at a meal in front of you and mused: “How many people helped bring this to my plate?” Unfortunately, after the recent deaths of 25 people from Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe, you’re probably also wondering: “Who’s touched this?” It’s a very good question.

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20
Oct

Social Media Analytics Power “Tweety Ball”

Move over “Money Ball” – “Tweety Ball” is here. The same real-time analysis of millions of tweets that helped pick blockbuster movies and spot retail fashion trends is now focusing on Major League Baseball, just in time for the World Series.

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13
Oct

Ganging Up on Disease

Bugs and viruses do it all the time: Gang up and attack in force. Might copying this simple but effective tactic offer our best hope for defeating the deadliest diseases — and the killer healthcare costs that inevitably follow? More and more medical experts think so.

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29
Sep

Parking: Relieving a Global Pain

Parking a major headache where you work, shop, dine or live? Get in line. A new IBM survey of more than 8,000 drivers in 20 cities on 10 continents finds a world in badly in need of smarter parking solutions. How bad is it?

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20
Sep

Avoiding D.O.A DBAs

Database administrators ranked #7 on the latest CNN Money annual listing of the “100 Best Jobs in America”. Good pay, growth prospects and job security helped push DBAs ahead of sales directors (#8) but behind civil engineers (#6). The biggest bugaboo: Big-time stress.

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8
Sep

Managing the Data Boom

“Data deluge.” “Data tsunami.” “Data explosion.” Over the last couple of years we’ve heard much about the boom, uh, rapid growth of enterprise data. It’s tempting to tune out, but don’t. Managing budget-killing information growth really is critical to enterprise sustainability. Here are two proven strategies.

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6
Sep

Fed CIO: Cloud Fix for Budget Crisis

Governments everywhere must to embrace cloud computing to reduce billions in wasted IT spending and help stimulate painfully slow economic recovery, says the outgoing CIO of the United States.

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