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Posts by Larry Walsh

29
Nov

Social Media Making the World a Better Place

Social media has evolved from a pop culture phenomenon to a cultural and societal revolution. What was once the purview of college kids organizing campus parties has become the communications medium of choice of social activities, Fortune 500 corporations and, increasingly, government agencies. Tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Lotus Notes Live are transforming the way people interact and communicate.

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22
Nov

Business Analytics Doesn’t Follow, but Finds the Money

For the most part, traditional business intelligence is about gathering copious amounts of data and identifying trends to capitalize on new opportunities. If something good happened over three quarters and the leading indicators show no signs of the pace slowing, businesses had a reasonably good chance winning if they launched into that opportunity.

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15
Nov

The Future is Going Mobile

Here’s a startling statistic: there are 5 billion smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices in use in the world today. By 2020, that number is expected to skyrocket as the number of IP-enabled devices explodes to more than 50 billion.

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8
Nov

Rethinking the Goal of Managed Services

The term “managed services” is most closely associated with the automation of IT maintenance. Service providers remotely monitor network-connected devices, relieving enterprises of the burden of having to maintain staff and resources in support of IT and business of operations.

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1
Nov

A Changing of the Guard and the Value of Succession Planning

No one was surprised when longtime IBM CEO Sam Palmisano announced he would step down at the end of the year. He had been telegraphing a move was in the offing for some time.

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25
Oct

Cloud Computing Options, Not Evolution

There’s a common myth that cloud computing will transform everything we know about technology delivery and consumption. In the not-too-distant future, enterprises will have no data centers, no servers, no network, no nothing except for a bunch of endpoints – smartphones, tablets and virtual desktops.

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11
Oct

Marketers Struggling to Keep Pace with Socialization

It’s hard to imagine that one of the greatest marketing innovations of the Internet age is nothing more than the “Like” button on Facebook.

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6
Oct

Business Intelligence is Data to Action

Q1 Labs is a specialist in what’s known as “security information event management” – commonly known as SIEM. In the world of security risk and threat management, SIEM applications are used to make sense of the vast amounts of data collected by network sensors and intrusion detection systems.

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4
Oct

Health Care IT: The Need for Vision

From a technology perspective, the cornerstone of President Obama’s health care reform initiative is collaboration – the ability to pass information seamlessly between health care providers with speed and efficiency. In theory, this will expedite treatments, reduce errors and take down costs by eliminating time and redundant tests in the medical system.
Many in the technology community have interpreted this vision to mean automation of medical records. Digitizing health care recordkeeping, they believe, is the means for facilitating the speed and cost savings. No more will doctors be reliant upon paper-based records systems that are expensive to maintain and difficult to share.
Well, they’re partially correct.

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27
Sep

State of Email: Present and Future

A bedrock institution of American life is on the verge of collapse. The U.S. Postal Service, a quasi-government business that traces its roots back to the Colonial era, is facing economic ruin as its cost of operations are outstripping its revenue by as much as $7 billion a year to date.

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