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The Week In IT News

Here are some highlights from around the world about the current developments–and future innovations–in Information Technology.

Coca-Cola North America Named to InformationWeek Elite 100

The InformationWeek Elite 100 tracks the IT practices of the nation’s most innovative IT organizations. The prestigious list was launched 22 year ago by InformationWeek, an online community and e-publication dedicated to business technology news, trends and insights. As described on the website, the Elite 100 “provid[es] unique opportunity to understand and examine the business practices of these firms across core areas of operations, including, technology deployment, IT budgets, business-technology infrastructure, and IT strategies.” Those who made the list were honotred at the 2016 InformationWeek Conference and InformationWeek Awards Dinner and Gala May 2/May 3. 

Not all of the companies on the list are big corporations like Coca-Cola, which partially attributes its success in thee area of business technology to Splunk. The company uses Splunk, according to one promotional news report, “to access and analyze the data curated from each of the technologies in the marketing campaign in order to make better, faster business decisions.”


European Information Technology Companies Are Missing Market Opportunities

US companies, such as Apple and Google, are ruling the consumer market when it comes to technology. European companies like Nokia or Siemens Communications have become irrelevant, says Arnd Weber, who co-authored a study about the causes that might explain why the German and European industry is far behind. The study was published in the journal Telecommunications Policy. According to the Science Daily’s writeup about the study, “this loss of relevance was caused by repeated attempts of European suppliers to oligopolistically market communication capacities in closed environments instead of using the open internet, as it is done by US companies.” What that means:  Innovation was blocked and so, too, were the manufacturers who were looking for a way to gain traction in the market.


Information Technology Could Be a Game-Changer for Diabetes Treatments

Not too long ago, The American Journal of Managed Care ran a story with Dr. Lonny Reisman, a specialist physician and the CEO of HealthReveal, a New York City-based company that specializes in advanced analytics and biomonitoring. Reisman discussed all the ways that the technology community is working with the medical community to create the future of of diabetes treatments, whether that’s learning how to predict hypoglycemia in patients at risk or understanding what combinations of drugs work.

In similar news around the world, there’s an intergenerational program in Taiwan that’s exploring whether tablets can improve a person’s well-being.  To date, more than 100 older adults in Taiwan have now participated in an initial training program for self-care management of diabetes.