Stories by Lucas Mearian

Music industry sucks life from subscription services

Music subscription services, such as Pandora and Spotify, are the fastest-growing segment of the music industry, but since they hand over 60% to 70% of their revenue to record labels, they will inevitably fail unless something changes, a new report shows.

Written by Lucas Mearian14 Feb. 14 20:52

In Pictures: 18 supercool objects made with 3D printers

3D printers are being used to create some amazing things, many of which were on display at last week's Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in San Jose in the US. Here are 18 3D printed items that really stood out.

Written by Lucas Mearian01 Oct. 13 08:31

IT departments won't exist in five years

IT departments are quickly becoming consultancies in companies increasingly driven by consumer technology, and the control they once had over tech use is quickly dissipating.

Written by Lucas Mearian05 June 13 13:11

BYOD, or else. Companies will soon require workers to use their own smartphone

Bring-your-own-device strategies are the single most radical change to the economics and culture of client computing in a decade, according to a new study by Gartner.
One radical change BYOD is expected to spawn: By 2017, half of all employers will require workers to supply their own devices for work purposes. Also, Gartner says, enterprises that offer only corporately-owned smartphones or stipends to buy your own will soon become the exception to the rule.

Written by Lucas Mearian01 May 13 22:00

By 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of data for every person on Earth

During the next eight years, the amount of digital data produced will exceed 40 zettabytes, which is the equivalent of 5,200 GB of data for every man, woman and child on Earth, according to an updated Digital Universe study.
To put it in perspective, 40 zettabytes is 40 trillion gigabytes -- estimated to be 57 times the amount of all the grains of sand on all the beaches on earth. To hit that figure, all data is expected to double every two years through 2020.

Written by Lucas Mearian10 Dec. 12 22:00

Archipelago CTO talks about IM, NYSE merger

As Archipelago Holdings Inc.'s merger with the New York Stock Exchange nears, officials from the two companies are discussing technology plans for the combined entity. In an interview with Computerworld last week, Archipelago Chief Technology Officer Steve Rubinow talked about the upcoming merger and about how he controls his firm's liberal use of instant messaging.

Written by Lucas Mearian28 Nov. 05 18:42

IBM unveils virtual tape library

IBM Corp. Tuesday unveiled its first virtual tape library for open systems and plans to release the next version of its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller virtualization engine, which pools storage resources from heterogeneous arrays behind an appliance.

Written by Lucas Mearian11 Oct. 05 20:55

Health care could save billions with e-records

Digitizing medical records in the U.S. could save the health care industry as much as US$81 billion a year and help medical practitioners avoid mistakes, according to a study released by the Rand Corp.
The study found that electronic medical records systems save money by reducing redundant care, speeding patient treatment and improving safety.

Written by Lucas Mearian12 Sept. 05 22:00

Gulf Coast storm and floods challenge IT

At 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, two days before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Tim Babco grabbed a red binder containing the latest version of SCP Pool Corp.'s disaster recovery plan, put his dog and cat in the car, locked up his house and drove 500 miles from Covington, La., to the company's emergency operations center in Dallas.

Written by Lucas Mearian02 Sept. 05 16:27

Visa's CTO David Allen on challenges, change

David Allen, chief technology officer at Inovant LLC, Visa International Inc.'s IT organization, has overseen the opening of a new 70,000-square-foot data center for payment processing and the rollout of an upgrade to the company's global antifraud system. Davis spoke with Computerworld Tuesday about the company's security initiatives and the IT challenges he faces.

Written by Lucas Mearian16 June 05 17:51

Missing backup tapes spur encryption at Time Warner

Time Warner this week said it will "quickly" begin encrypting all data saved to backup tapes after 40 tapes with personal information on about 600,000 current and former employees were lost in transit to a storage facility.

Written by Lucas Mearian09 May 05 11:05

Tape mishap prompts calls for disk backups

Bank of America has disclosed that it lost digital tapes containing the credit card account records of 1.2 million federal employees -- including 60 U.S. senators. Users and analysts said the mishap highlights the risk of physically moving archived data to storage facilities and will likely feed a movement toward network-based disk-to-disk backup systems.
The data loss, which occurred late last year, also prompted legislators to renew calls for national legislation similar to California's identity theft law, which requires immediate disclosure when customer information is compromised.

Written by Lucas Mearian05 March 05 22:00