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What's the value of Twitter and an Hour of Code?

Did your kids experience their Hour of Code last week? In Friday’s CIO Searchlight column, Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart turned our attention to the timely Computer Science Education Week initiative, during which K-12 teachers were prompted to expose students to at least an hour of computer programming. But, as Harvard economist Edward L. Glaeser argued in The Boston Globe, an hour of programming work is not nearly enough to make an impact.

Getting tikes to tinker with Angry Birds wasn’t the only out-of-the-ordinary idea SearchCIO shared last week. How about a lesson in enterprise business value derived from an analysis of tweets? In this two-part CIO Trailblazer feature with Sherry Emery, senior research scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Health Research and Policy, Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski writes about harvesting the potential and value of Twitter. In part one, Emery explains how her tweet analysis yielded unfiltered chatter on what teens are smoking. In part two, we delved into using tweet analysis to communicate in customer-approved lingo.

Diving deeper into data analytics, Laskowski looked at the next stage in data analytics in last week’s Data Mill. When you think big data, General Electric Co. and Macy’s Inc. might not be the first organizations to come to mind, but big data is fast becoming central to their business models, according to Tom Davenport, president’s chair and distinguished professor of information technology and management at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Davenport’s recent research has led him to believe the industry has entered a new era, one he’s calling Analytics 3.0.

Other pieces from last week:

Chatter about big data among IT leaders at the recent SearchCIO360° breakfast revealed that IT self-service can be a gift for CIOs. According to the IBM Digital Analytics benchmark, mobile traffic has increased by 45% over last year and accounts for about one-third of all online traffic. In her CIO Matters column, Executive Editor Linda Tucci explains that we are more likely to use our phones for browsing and our tablets for closing the deal, and that we now prefer to buy via machine rather than face to face.

We rolled out our Essential Guide on data protection, providing CIOs with advice for guarding their organization’s information assets, addressing such areas as mobile, the cloud and data governance strategies.

And over on SearchCompliance: Contributor Ed Moyle explained how integrating data security continuous monitoring processes with regulatory controls provides big benefits for IT compliance; and a video from our ISSA International Conference coverage looked at the bleak future of IT security.

Thanks for catching up with us. Have a great week!

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