KEY ON IT blog

What is Key ON IT blog?

Key ON IT is a weekly blog about emerging trends in the information technology industry. Its lead author, Dr. Elliot King, is a longtime IT editor and Chairman of the  Communication Department at Loyola University Maryland where he  established the school's first digital media lab in 1995.

Contributing author Lief Morin is a self-described tech junkie and, as President of Key Information Systems, serves to ensure that Key Info retains its technological leadership. Lief founded Key Info in 1999 and helped build it into its current position of being a highly successful IBM Premier Business Partner, systems integrator, and Cloud and colocation services datacenter.

Readers will find exceptional posts from the Key ON IT blog featured regularly in Key Info's monthly newsletter, Key INsights, or they can subscribe to the blog by email for free by clicking the button at right.



Will Data Breaches Ever End?

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on April, 23 2014

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Whenever the topic of data breaches makes it to the front pages of the leading daily newspapers, both metaphorically and literally, it is always bad news.  This past Christmas season we had our stockings stuffed with bad news.  The numbers were just staggering.  Target had 110 million personal records compromised. Nieman Marcus was the victim of a data breach from July 16 until it was detected on October 30. 

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A Social Media Policy Is Just the First Step

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on April, 15 2014

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The growth of social media presents great opportunities for most organizations since they can identify and interact with multiple stakeholders in new ways. But real risks accompany those potential rewards. By now, every organization should have a social media policy in place, and most do. Many of these policies set general guidelines and spell out when employees have to identify themselves as associated with a particular organization; when they have to clearly disassociate themselves from their company, and how to write decent blog posts or tweets without getting themselves in trouble.

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Overcoming the Data Integration Barriers

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on April, 08 2014

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Data integration has never been an easy task. Traditionally, enterprise applications were more or less tied to their own data silos. The role of data integration technology was to extract specific information from different data silos, transform it into an appropriate structure, and load it into a data warehouse for analysis and utilization. That was always a big project and often costly and risky to pull off.

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Quickening Pace of Storage Technology Is Exhilarating

Posted by Lief Morin on April, 02 2014

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I am a tech junkie. The way I wind down my evenings is to browse technology sites, Twitter feeds and reddit to look for something new and shiny. Of course, some of this is a direct relationship to what can roughly be described as ADD and those who know me will undoubtedly concur.

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Improving the Business is the Cloud’s Relative Advantage

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on March, 26 2014

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"Relative advantage" is one of the key concepts in the adoption of new technology. How much better will a new technology perform over an active platform, application, or tool? Indeed, how we define “better” can be a question of serious debate. Finally, what kind of an edge will we gain by using an emerging technology over those companies who don’t yet have it? The answers to those questions have a significant impact on the decision to move to a newer solution or stick with what is already in place.

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When and How To Say Goodbye

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on March, 18 2014

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Only rarely do CIOs find themselves in a “greenfield” scenario where they get to start from scratch when tasked with adding some new IT capacity. Greenfield implementations are nice since you don't have to take into account what is already in place. You can design exactly what you want and then do your best to implement it. However, they don’t come around very often.

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Has Security Come Last at HealthCare.gov?

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on March, 11 2014

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In the entire hullabaloo about the problems with the HealthCare.gov website, perhaps the most serious long-term threat is security. By all accounts, while security has been on the agenda, many analysts believe that the overall security of the site is simply unknown, which is worrisome to say the least.

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The Critical First Step of Legacy Systems Integration

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on March, 04 2014

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In the classic seventies movie Annie Hall, Alvy Singer, the character played by Woody Allen, observes that relationships are like sharks—if they don’t keep moving forward, they die. And in many ways, IT systems need to continue to move forward as well by incorporating new technologies, new applications, and new functionality. But if they don’t move forward, the systems don’t die. Instead, the organizations that they were designed to support just might.  

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For Social Media, Think Small

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on February, 25 2014

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Most of the chatter about the business use of social media is driven by its application in marketing. And if you read the press, hardly anybody really does it right yet.

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HealthCare.Gov and Data Integration Lessons Learned

Posted by Dr. Elliot King on February, 18 2014

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Although a lot of the chattering class has now moved on to the more political aspects of the rocky launch of the Affordable Care Act, the importance of the technical lessons that the IT community can learn from the debacle cannot be underestimated. The rollout of the HealthCare.gov website should become a case study in what not to do. Here is the low-hanging fruit.

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