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+ - How The New York Times is reinventing itself as a mobile company

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Two years ago, mobile was only 30 percent of traffic across all of The New York Times' products and devices. Last year it topped 50 percent for the first time. As little as two or three years from now, NYT CIO Marc Frons estimates that as much as 75 percent of its audience may come from mobile. Frons explains how the Times is engineering its technology to accommodate the shift to mobile, and what it means for the future of mobile journalism, saying: "This is a time for experimenting with form and content, since no one knows exactly what works best for serious journalism on the smartphone.""

+ - Why the New York Times prefers open source software

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "When investigating open source versus proprietary solutions for The New York Times, CIO Marc Frons says the questions he asks are surprisingly pragmatic. "If an open source solution is available, I’d prefer to use it, since I believe open source software often advances faster than many proprietary solutions," Frons said. "Today there are so many open source components in our software that I couldn’t probably even count them. We don’t really have long discussions here about what we're going to use based on whether it's open source. The question is, “Is it the right thing or not?""

+ - Companies are held back from using big data by IT execs scared of open source

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Most organizations are sitting on a goldmine of data, but they're not doing anything with it because technology and service vendors have led IT leaders to believe that to be "best in class analytics, you have to pay millions of dollars and wait years for its value to materialize." That is not necessarily the case, writes Sergo Grigalashvili, who oversees analytics for his company. He says open source tools and databases combined with "the government releasing treasure troves of data" can help companies see results quickly and cost effectively. The problem, he says, is there are still IT executives who "are not comfortable or even scared of using open source tools.""

+ - How GE used IT to help make buying a turbine as easy as ordering a pizza online

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "GE Digital Energy CIO Venki Rao provides an interesting look at how his IT team developed a highly-interactive retail experience that makes buying a turbine or electrical components not too different from ordering a book on Amazon or getting updates on your pizza from Domino's pizza tracker when you order online. "Why not give customers a great commercial and shopping experience, even if they’re buying a turbine or electrical components rather than a book?," writes Rao."

+ - Weather Company CIO: 5 reasons why I believe in open source

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "The Weather Company, which oversees such brands as The Weather Channel and, has been a major adopter of open source software, deploying an open source big data analytics system for its operations. Given the company's penchant for open source software, Weather Company CIO Bryson Koehler says he is often asked why there's value in taking the open source route to solve its business challenges. Koehler outlines five reasons why he believes in open source, addressing some of the risks he hears from peers: "With open source software you have more eyeballs on an application, more people to find and fix problems, and more people to check resolutions to those problems for their validity.""

+ - 8 advantages open source has over proprietary solutions

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Open source is still held back by IT leaders who cite concerns about security, lack of talent, existing vendor relationships, and more. But those are actually among the reasons why Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon says open source is a better alternative to proprietary solutions. Congdon lays out eight advantages he believes open source has over proprietary solutions based on his first-hand experiences: "Open source helps keep your IT organization from getting blocked because a particular capability isn’t available from a vendor. Instead of waiting for the vendor to deliver that capability, you can create it yourself.""

+ - 8 advantages of using open source in the enterprise

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Web, mobile, and cloud solutions are increasingly built predominantly on open source infrastructure. Yet there's still a fear among many in IT about using open source in their businesses. Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon reflects on the advantages he believes open source offers over proprietary solutions: "Open source helps keep your IT organization from getting blocked because a particular capability isn’t available from a vendor. Instead of waiting for the vendor to deliver that capability, you can create it yourself," Congdon writes."

+ - The American app economy is now 'bigger than Hollywood'

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Technology business analyst Horace Deidu found an interesting nugget while closely examining an Apple press release from earlier this year: "The iOS App Store distributed $10 billion to developers in 2014, which, Deidu points out, is just about as much as Hollywood earned off U.S. box office revenues the same year." That means the American app industry is poised to eclipse the American film industry. Additionally, Apple says its App Store has created 627,000 jobs, which Deidu contrasts with the 374,000 jobs Hollywood creates"

+ - How IT executives think about surviving the first few months on the job

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "It's not uncommon for IT leaders to inherit a hot mess when they take over a new role in an IT department. Politics, governance gates, and chaos can contribute to a sense of futility when an IT department is in the midst of a transition, writes Pearson CTO Sven Gerjets. When this happens, there are a few approaches that newcomers can take to pull their IT departments out of an IT tornado. Gerjets outlines some of the best moves new IT leaders can take when their IT organization is facing a lot of crises: "Discipline and clarity are where it all begins, two ingredients you’ll notice are entirely missing from tornadoes.""

+ - The luxury of a bottomless bucket of bandwidth for Georgia schools

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "The IT departments at all the University System of Georgia institutions have a luxury that most CIOs could only dream of — access to about 2,800 miles of free fiber and a private cloud that they an always count on. The private cloud configuration allows CIOs in the system the perk of not focusing on bandwith. "Our local CIOS even take some pleasure in telling telecom company representatives, 'If you can beat free, then I’m willing to listen.' That tends to shut down most conversations,"writes USG CIO Curt Carver, who explains how the technology is now becoming an educational equalizer across the state. In 2015, Georgia school districts are expected to have a 33-fold increase in bandwith available to them through the program. "This will help to flatten the state. No more haves or have-nots in terms of bandwidth going into the school districts.""

+ - What the modern CIO will be worrying about in 2015

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "As we move into 2015, CIOs will be faced with numerous technology decisions that could have a direct impact on the bottom line. Among the challenges facing CIOs (beyond the ever-present concerns around security) are managing big data, making friends once and for all in the business, and the explosion of projects housed in the cloud. In this article, Red Hat storage and big data leader Sarangan Rangachari outlines three organizational trends he says will have a direct and significant impact on technology decisions for the CIO in 2015, including the importance of wrangling cloud sprawl."

+ - In IT, beware of fad versus functional

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Cloud, big data, and agile were three of the technology terms that were brandished the most by IT leaders in 2014. Yet, there could be a real danger in buying into the hype without understanding the implications of the technologies, writes Pearson CTO Sven Gerjets. In this essay, Gerjets warns that many IT executives drop the ball when it comes to "defining how a new technology approach will add value" to their organization. He says: "Yes, you can dive into an IT fad without thinking about it, but I can promise you’ll look back and be horrified someday. The only time you can fully adopt some of these new methods is when you are starting from scratch. Most of us don’t have that luxury because we are working with legacy architectures and technical debt so you have to play hand you’ve been dealt, communicate well, set clear and measurable outcomes, and use these fads to thoughtfully supplement the environment you are working in to benefit the ecosystem.""

+ - Ask Slashdot: Non-coders, why aren't you contributing to open source? 4

Submitted by Jason Baker
Jason Baker (3502325) writes "Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?"

+ - Major Overhaul: How the FCC CIO plans to modernize 207 legacy IT systems

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "When David Bray took over as CIO of the FCC last year, he found the agency saddled with 207 legacy systems, which is about one system for every eight employees in the 1,750-person agency. Bray, who is one of the youngest CIOs across the federal government, shares his plan for updating those systems to a cloud-based, common data platform, that's "ideally open source." In this interview, Bray shares the challenges the FCC faces as it upgrades its systems, including keeping up morale and finding a way to fit longtime employees into his modernization strategy."

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