Profile of James M. ConnollyEditorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing
Member Since: 11/18/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 123
Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. As editorial director of InformationWeek and Network Computing, he oversees the day-to-day planning and editing on the site. Most recently he was editor of UBM's All Analytics. He has written about enterprise computing, data analytics, the PC revolution, the evolution of the Internet, networking, IT management, and the ongoing shift to cloud-based services and mobility. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. He has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through such publications as Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups at MassHighTech.
Articles by James M. Connolly
InformationWeek is conducting its annual State of Enterprise IT Survey, and we invite you to participate.
We hope you will check out our new Informa Tech collaboration, IT 2020: A Look Ahead.
Analyst firm ABI Research paired its upbeat predictions for tech concepts in 2020 with a real-world look at the ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time.
We look at 2019's most popular content on InformationWeek and put perspective around the technology areas that took off in terms of innovation and adoption.
The mistakes and lessons learned early in the lifecycle of AI will serve all of us well in the future.
With the storm of changes hitting the IT department -- from cloud to AI and anytime/anywhere mobile access -- the real challenge is in having the IT infrastructure keep pace.
A Spiceworks report highlights the where's and why's of 2020 IT budget plans.
Digital transformation, cloud adoption and AI seem to be taking longer than people expected. Why is that a surprise?
Eversource Energy CIO Kathy Kountze shares her perspective on IT's role when weather knocks out heat and electricity for many thousands of New England neighbors.
Check out this Interop keynote video where Graham Holdings' Stacey Halota describes the twists and turns of her career and the challenges that security and privacy teams face.
Three leading CIOs share how data and analytics are making a difference in their organizations.
InformationWeek and Interop want to understand more about your experiences and thoughts on cloud computing.
Everyone talks about diversity, but progress is slow in the real world of business and IT.
InformationWeek has partnered with ZipRecruiter to host a job search tool on our pages.
If you can't get to Las Vegas for Interop19 be sure to catch the keynote presentations through streaming video.
Industry leaders scheduled to speak at Interop share their thoughts on key IT trends, challenges and opportunities
Detroit CIO Beth Niblock and her IT team have been helping the city advance through the tech world that we call the 21st century.
InformationWeek and Interop are developing a survey-based report on the State of IT in 2019.
For all the market research numbers floating around about cloud computing, what is missing is advice on what IT organizations should be doing with IaaS, SaaS, and other cloud concepts.
Your digital transformation strategy isn't primarily about technology but about rethinking the future of the business.
When AI brings about job losses and changes our careers, remember that we've been through this before, time and again.
There might be a better, knowledge management-based, way to conduct the US Census, according to a group of university researchers.
A collection of information resources designed to help enterprise IT professionals launch and advance their artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation initiatives.
A Spiceworks survey reveals an air of confidence among IT buyers who see IT budgets going up to improve infrastructure and security.
You, as IT professionals and InformationWeek readers can help us serve you better.
Announcements from Google Cloud Next 2018 -- like those of Google's rivals -- highlight just how far the cloud has come in a few years.
There are a few surprises in UBM's 2018 State of the IoT report, including how many organizations are in search of a business use case.
Venture and angel fundings highlight where new technologies and companies are on the cusp of growth.
Let's put the GDPR compliance deadline in perspective. It should change the way we look at privacy and data.
There was no shortage of expert advice and sage predictions as takeaways from last week's Interop ITX conference. Here are some examples.
There has been plenty of change throughout the evolution of information technology. Now it's time for the corporate world to catch up and reshape how they do business and serve their customers.
Data makes DevOps work, and DevOps offers a lesson in how the rest of the business can make the best use of data.
AI and machine learning experts highlight how there is a place for many types of corporate and tech roles in an AI initiative.
Those who can't get to Interop in person can follow the activity live on the InformationWeek News Desk.
Experts at Interop ITX detailed some creative ideas for solving the talent crunch, but in large part it boils down to understanding what employees need.
Stay tuned for InformationWeek's coverage of evolving technology concepts and IT leadership issues and opportunities throughout next week's Interop ITX conference.
IT professionals no longer fit into the buckets of specialization that marketers and HR staffers love.
Cloud and open source advocate Sam Ramji, vice president for product management for the Google Cloud Platform, provides a sneak peek into his Interop ITX keynote.
As Detroit CIO Beth Niblock knows, government IT means dealing with challenges and risks, but the rewards when tech makes lives better are worth it.
IT compensation expert David Foote warns that outdated HR models threaten to destroy companies as they try to implement emerging IT concepts.
Cloud computing has overcome some tough resistance over the years, but it has gained acceptance and proven it's value. Now IT pros have to make sure that cloud technology is applied the right way, delivering the solutions that business managers need.
Even with the ongoing new developments in core technologies, IT organizations are facing dramatic changes in how they work in 2018 as they embrace new business concepts and strategies.
A nugget in CompTIA's predictions for 2018 raises awareness of a somewhat dark side of technology, and the questions we should be asking ourselves.
Lots of enterprises have a long way to go before they roll out AI-based applications. Where are you on the path to AI?
Somewhere in the not-too-distant future one of today's hottest buzzwords -- AI, big data, or even analytics -- will be absorbed by another.
Sometimes we get so enthralled with shiny new tech tools that we forget the basic fact they need to bring business value.
Forrester's upcoming cloud 2018 predictions report, scheduled for release tomorrow, highlights just how dramatic developments in security, analytics, and applications tools have advanced the cloud.
The introduction of Amazon Key as an in-home delivery service stretches trust just a bit too far.
Amazon Key in-home delivery offering isn't for everyone. It raises a few questions about who you trust not only with your data but with access to your front door.
It's time to take stock of where organizations are with implementing DevOps.
CIOs are finding their tenures are shrinking, in part because they often are bumped out when their organizations embark on new strategies.
While there is an increasing focus on the role of people alongside technology in analytics initiatives, let's not forget that process -- business rules -- play an important role in big data success.
Now 20 years old, AOL Instant Messenger is quietly heading to software's trash heap.
The Equifax data breach should open our eyes to the issue of explicit consent, a concept our peers in Europe are dealing with now.
I've been rethinking the theme of so many tech AND management EVENTS: Innovation IS everyone's job.
Just how quickly are enterprises moving workloads to the cloud? InformationWeek is searching for the answer.
The Internet of Things has stepped out of the spotlight that focuses on buzzwords. Now is when the real work gets done.
In our obsession with artificial intelligence, we may have lost sight of how our use of data is supposed to progress, based on hard work and the analytics continuum.
One of the challenges to innovation and adoption of emerging technologies is our reliance on classifying everything and everyone.
When it's time for developers to take on management responsibilities, these three roles offer a path.
The new InformationWeek Flash Poll is ready for you to share your advice to a new high school graduate as they define what they want to be when they grow up.
The latest book by MIT researchers Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson explores the human/machine relationship and how businesses can prepare for the changes that the next 10 years will bring.
AI and machine learning won't create massive job losses in the foreseeable future, but some societal issues do come to mind.
Successful DevOps initiatives have to include everyone, not just the Dev and Ops staffs, according to Interop ITX speakers.
MIT's Andrew McAfee looks at all those things we said computers could never do, but they did. And, he warns of the HiPPO.
In his Interop ITX keynote, CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes took a hard look at technology change and how organizations approach it.
Follow the action at Interop ITX and hear from the experts through the InformationWeek News Desk, streaming live from Las Vegas.
Are CIOs shaped most by nature or nurture? One of them may get you into the C-suite, but the other one can bring you success there.
As Interop ITX opened with summits and workshops, experts from Silicon Valley Data Science highlighted some of the new considerations for a modern data strategic plan.
Interop ITX keynoter Andrew McAfee will explore the ways technology is changing the way companies do business, and how more changes will happen at supersonic speed.
Some of Interop ITX's awesome advisors and speakers share a peek into what they will do on their Las Vegas journey.
A special research report by UBM Tech highlights how aggressively enterprises are embracing data-driven decision making and analytics technology.
Steve Ballmer's new venture is striving to turn billions of bits of government data into facts.
At Interop ITX, coming up next month, a track of more than two dozen presentations will provide valuable advice to IT executives, including pointers on how to balance technical and soft skills for their teams and themselves.
When it comes to hiring IT professionals, technical skills are important, but don't overlook the culture match.
If you are just getting started with DevOps or you want to take your DevOps initiative to the next level, join InformationWeek and Interop ITX for a Twitter chat on Thursday.
While some people are just starting to talk about digital transformation, Intuit has been embracing transformation -- in the corporate and IT sense -- for decades, as Interop ITX speaker Olga Braylovskiy explains.
Even with the use of data analytics, sports teams still make terrible personnel decisions. Maybe tHere's a way for them and all hiring managers to do better.
Recruiting firm Randstad's annual salary survey shows data pros are in the upper stratosphere, and DevOps experience is starting to justify a premium.
Breaking down the silos is critical in an enterprise IT strategy, and there are ways to get different IT and business groups on the same team.
A Verizon report highlights how big data complexity and a shortage of data science talent are hurdles for an IoT implementation, but we also have to remember the key best practice of having a business goal as part of any analytics initiative.
The business-analytics disconnect remains a hurdle for adoption of data-driven decision making. Maybe it's time for the analytics team to hit the road and show employees what data can do for them.
Dealing with the data science talent crunch isn't just about competing for talent; it also requires the right data science strategy to help the analytics team be effective and efficient.
In the discussion over who should lead a corporate big data initiative, maybe it should be someone other than the CIO, CAO, or CDO.
Organizations of all sizes and from all sectors are invited to apply for the 2017 InformationWeek IT Excellence Awards.
Still standing by a prediction that big data as a buzzword will die as we turn our focus to the analytics, not the scale of the data.
There's been a positive change in the enterprise computing business of late; more product announcements truly are focused on how technology can help a company do business.
After being largely undefined for a few years the role of Chief Data Officer may finally be taking shape, as illustrated in a survey of federal agencies.
The emergence of CIOs whose backgrounds are outside of IT isn't a fluke. It was inevitable.
While half of surveyed organizations say that digital transformation is a strategic priority, what does that say about the other 50%? If they don't adapt they could face the fate Darwin described in discussing survival of the fittest.
While half of surveyed organizations say they are progressing with digital transformation, the other half are left TO the fate of the DoDo Bird.
Despite all the criticisms of the Internet of Things concept, It's very real, but probably is going through a shakeout stage. What will emerge will be a model focused on efficiency and based on new compute models.
Human resources professionals are starting to rely on big data in their hiring processes, but questions remain about how to do it fairly and quantify what their analysis reveals.
The Internet of Things security issues seem close to creating panic in the streets. So, maybe It's time to do IoT security the right way, baked in.
Of all the things that can go wrong with an analytics project, it appears that failure to properly define the business problem is the runaway leader.
For all the good that data can do for us, data lets us down when election day nears.
Real estate agents are finding new success by tapping into the power of big data analytics.
Professional organization campaigns to boost the image of statisticians and draw more young people into the field.
What happened to Rod Canion, Andy Grove, and their peers who shaped modern technology? Catch up on some original tech visionaries.
While some employers insist on searching for mythical perfect candidates, mere mortals can win Hadoop jobs. Search wisely and demonstrate the right blend of skills.