Fred O'ConnorReporter, IDG News Service

Fred O'Connor writes about wearables, Apple, IT careers, health IT and general technology news for the IDG News Service.

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Microsoft delivers the talking Dynamics CRM update

The software uses Cortana to process voice commands

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Oracle, Oregon tussle over whether federal court should hear Cover Oregon case

Oracle and the state of Oregon have filed lawsuits against each other related to the state's failed health insurance exchange website

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SMBs get their very own Salesforce app store

A data integation feature will allow users to add customer information stored in the apps to their Desk.com portal

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SAP talks up Hana but small companies slow to sign on

Small companies have some internal work to do before adopting the in-memory computing platform

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Tidemark software adds predictive analytics to help CFOs use big data in forecasting, budgeting

CFOs are now being asked to incorporate streaming data sources into sales forecasts, said CEO Christian Gheorghe

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Companies use urban office locations to attract IT talent

With younger workers preferring to live in cities, companies are trading suburban office parks for downtown offices

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Oracle licensing practices lead to mistrust among customers, says survey

The group behind the survey says it is advocating for manageable licensing terms and isn't against Oracle

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Workday's updated mobile app takes design cues from iOS, Android

Workday customers running iOS can upgrade now, but Android users will have to wait until the middle of next year

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For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data

More women will enter the technology workforce in the coming years as they use IT jobs to land business positions, a report said

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Government regulation on cloud security may spur SaaS use in health care

The SaaS industry can also help increase adoption by designing products with better user interfaces

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Software developer shortage transcends international boundaries

To solve the talent crunch, more technology education is needed at the grade school level

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Post recession, tech workers prefer working at midsize companies, survey finds

An IT professional's ideal work environment is influenced by their age and financial obligations, among other factors.

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Growing startup scene, employer loyalty lure tech talent to Midwest companies

Midwest companies are opening downtown offices to combat perceptions that innovation is limited to the coasts

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As health care digitizes, consumer technologies will have greatest impact, says panel

Wearables like the Apple Watch can generate meaningful health care data only if people buy and use them, said one speaker

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NFL collaboration software looks for a win with businesses

PlayerLync technology, which helped the NFL migrate to digital playbooks, is now being applied to the enterprise