Stories by Michael Cooney

  • IBM predicts five big technologies of the future

    IBM today issued its sixth annual look at what Big Blue thinks will be the five biggest technologies for the next five years. In past prediction packages the company has had some success in predicting the future of telemedicine and nanotechnology.

  • IDC on 2012: Prepare for Cloud wars, mobile explosion, higher IT spending

    IDC researchers say some big battles will be brewing in 2012 in the cloud, mobile and Big Data arenas, so much so that "companies like Microsoft, HP, SAP, RIM, and others - including Apple- will face 'crossroads moments' in 2012. By the end of the year, we should have a good idea which vendors will - and won't - be among the industry's leaders at the end of the decade," said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC in a statement.

  • 9 best practices for successful IT projects

    Most often when the watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office are called into to check out an agency, process or project they are looking for something that has gone wrong. This week, however the group took a look at some government IT projects that have gone right and came up with some best practices other government agencies or in public corporations could emulate to achieve success in their own IT projects.

  • Gunman barricades himself inside Air Force's GPS satellite control facility

    The Air Force confirmed this afternoon that an individual from the 50th <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">Security</a> Forces Squadron has barricaded himself inside the Colorado base building that controls most of the <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/omnipresent-gps-coverage-takes-another-hit">GPS communications</a> throughout the U.S.

  • IBM Tech Trends: Analytics, mobile apps are hot, hot, hot

    It's clear by the increasing use of analytics software that companies are struggling to get their hands around the huge amounts of data it takes to run a successful business. But developing social, mobile, cloud computing and other applications are also driving the need for new technical skills.

  • US cyber chief says cloud computing can manage serious cyber threats

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/supp/2009/ndc3/051809-cloud-faq.html">cloud computing</a> is often debated but such debates seem to be over for the general tasked with running the United States military's cyber command, who sees the technology not only as way to rein in IT costs but a way to more easily protect IT assets.

  • Robots v. humans: Real steel or dumb metal?

    Right from the start let's agree that the argument of humans or robots is getting close to being a dead heat in some areas. With advances in artificial intelligence and complex software, many robots are close to performing some duties better than their human counterparts.

  • US intelligence group wants to change the way chips are made

    The cutting-edge intelligence research development arm of the government wants to take advantage of the world's semiconductor manufacturing capacity but make sure that U.S. <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> and intellectual property protection is baked in.

  • Gartner: The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2012

    ORLANDO -- The technology that makes up many of the systems in the ITworld today is at a critical juncture and in the next five years everything from mobile devices and applications to servers and social networking will impact IT in ways companies need to prepare for now, Gartner Vice President David Cearley says.