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Best business-class tablets for the front office and factory floor

In this review, we looked at two types of business-class tablets, traditional tablets used by the sales force or other front-office workers, and ruggedized devices that can be used on the factory floor or other back-office environments. In the front-office category, we tested the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and the E FUN Nextbook 10. In the back-office category, we looked at ... Read More »

Fake patient data could have been uploaded through SAP medical app

SAP has fixed two flaws in a mobile medical app, one of which could have allowed an attacker to upload fake patient data. The issues were found in SAP’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Unwired, which stores clinical data about patients including lab results and images, said Alexander Polyakov, CTO of ERPScan, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., that specializes ... Read More »

Maker spaces boost student tech innovation

Where do college students go to tinker, build and test prototypes, and find commercial support for their ideas? Maker spaces. Also known as entrepreneur labs or innovation centers, these studio spaces are cropping up at colleges and universities across the country. They’re outfitted with gear for designing, prototyping, testing and fabricating new products. There are 3D printers and laser cutters, ... Read More »

Oracle customizes project management for lines of business

One size no longer fits all for enterprise software, Oracle has found. The company has customized its project management software to meet specific requirements of clients in government, financial services and the construction business. Oracle has released three new packages for its cloud-based Primavera set of enterprise project portfolio management (PPM) services. PPM software is used by organizations to manage ... Read More »

How TGI Fridays put mobile efficiency on the menu

In the thin-margined restaurant industry, companies live or die by table turnover time. Yet the process by which most eateries serve their customers is anything but efficient. After initially greeting diners who probably aren’t yet ready to order, waiters and waitresses make numerous trips back and forth between the their assigned tables and the point-of-sale (POS) terminal — where, during ... Read More »

IT pros in retail are sold on these 6 products

Giant spikes in traffic and transactions created problems for DailyLook, an online fashion brand that distinguishes itself by styling complete outfits for shoppers. “When our company’s traffic increased 100-fold, seemingly overnight, we were faced with huge infrastructure costs, and our websites response times were unacceptably slow, which resulted in a major spike in bounce rates,” recalls Eric Marston, CTO and ... Read More »

CoxHealth finds relief in a network overhaul that pushes Layer 3 to the edge

The network at CoxHealth, a healthcare organization in Springfield, Missouri, with five hospitals, 83 clinics and 10,000 employees, was running out of gas just as new demands were ratcheting up, so senior manager for IT Dan Brewer started to rethink everything. Here’s the story he shared with Network World Editor in Chief John Dix. Dan Brewer, Senior Manager for IT, CoxHealth  ... Read More »

IBM pitches analysis software for select industry verticals

Extending the reach of its analysis software and services, IBM plans to release 20 analytics packages customized to the needs of specific industries. Available by the end of June, the packages will target businesses in retail, banking, telecommunications, insurance and other fields. Additional packages will be released in the future. The packages augment off-the-shelf analytics software, from IBM or other ... Read More »

Malware targets Oracle Micros point-of-sale customers

A new malware program designed to steal payment card details from point-of-sale (PoS) systems is targeting businesses using Oracle Micros products. Micros, acquired by Oracle last year, develops front- and back-office customer service systems that are popular in the hospitality, food and retail industries. Its technology is used at over 330,000 customer sites in 180 countries, according to the company. ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Apple stands alone in controlling the in-store experience

When it comes to redefining the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, no major retailer even approaches what Apple has done with the Apple Store. The Apple Store had real mobile payments long before anyone else, as well as in-aisle payments, long before anyone else. (To this day, Starbucks, which often proclaims itself as a mobile payments leader, offers neither. Its mobile payment ... Read More »

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