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WIRED Conference: ‘Think Bigger’ to See Business Success

For many business leaders, a willingness to embrace new technologies and big ideas is key to seeing success in their organizations.

This message was emphasized recently at the annual WIRED Business Conference in New York, which centered on the theme “Think Bigger” and discussed ways to reinvent business with the help of new technologies.

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10 Years of iTunes: Digital Music Paves Way for Cloud-based Music Industry

Music has its share of pioneers – acts such as Elvis, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson –  who left their mark by initiating great change in what people listen to. But there’s anotherpioneer that, in the past 10 years, has sparked a revolution in how we listen to music.

This week, that technological pioneer, Apple’s iTunes, celebrates its 10-year anniversary. So it’s an appropriate time for us to look at how this technology and its successors in the  cloud have changed both the way we consume music and the industry itself.

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Green Data Centers: Good for the Environment and Business

We celebrated Earth Day this week, but for many organizations, supporting the environment isn’t just a one-day affair. That’s because companies have learned that by taking steps to go green, particularly when it comes to the data center, they are helping protect the environment — and in the process, their business.

Why is the data center an important place to look to when greening an organization? For
one, an estimated 2 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions come from IT sources, studies have shown. Additionally, replacing an old server with a more energy efficient design could save up to 1 ton of carbon emissions, according to Intel.

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Moving Accounting to the Cloud – It All Adds Up

In honor of Tax Day, we thought we’d share some of the ways organizations are benefiting from moving financial functions to the cloud.

Many organizations have indicated that they are ready to move finance and accounting systems and applications to the cloud, according to a survey by KPMG Research. When asked about the practicality of moving these functions to the cloud, the vast majority of respondents said it was “very practical” or “somewhat practical.” Providers and financial solutions powered by Software as a Service (SaaS) are giving businesses new options to deal with increased financial requirements.

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The Internet of Things and Healthcare

From devices that connect to our bodies to help us track and record exercise, sleep, and health information to “smart pills” that tell doctors whether we’re taking our medicine, and if so, how it’s working, the Internet of Things is poised to become the next big thing for the healthcare industry.

Consider that global telehealth — the use of remote patient monitoring — saw a 22 percent increase from 2010 to 2011, according to IMS Research. And for 2013, the worldwide telehealth market is predicted to grow by 55 percent, in terms of device and service revenues, InMedica reports.

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Government and Technology: Rise of the Apps

There’s no question that government agencies are making big strides when it comes to technology. And now we’re seeing an even greater concentration on mobile app development to better serve mobile constituents, similar to the way businesses are using them to stay in front of customers.

According to a recent study by analyst ForeSee, one in three citizens who accessed a federal government website did so on a smartphone or tablet, and nearly half said that they might or plan to access a government website from their mobile device in the future.

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How Cloud Will Affect the Future of Your Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cloud computing is predicted to grow faster than Moore’s law. That means in the next 18 months, cloud capacity is expected to more than double. But what does that does that mean for your business in 2013? What does it mean for your business in 2020?

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GigaOM’s Latest Conference Tackles Big Data

Big Data has become a big topic for business and technology professionals like you — mostly because of its promise to offer substantial competitive and financial advantages.

The big question: How can you harness massive troves of consumer information most effectively? GigaOM’s latest conference, Structure: Data, assembled some of the world’s chief technologists, practitioners, and business leaders in New York last week to help answer that question.

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