Software crowdsourcing News
August 09, 2017
A critic of CHIME'S $1 million patient ID challenge calls it a gimmick, but CIOs defend the project -- originally crowdsourced but now potentially funded by CHIME.
April 13, 2017
The only way to really be sure your application works on the ground is to test it locally, which isn't easy. Here's how third-party crowdsourced testing companies can help.
March 10, 2017
Sometimes you just need a lot of users playing with your app to find out how it's really working. Enter crowdsourced testing. It's the latest strategy to speed up your mobile dev.
June 16, 2016
Enterprise architects can simplify consumers' lives by using the cloud to weave IoT devices to create better, more useful smart home functionality.
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Crowdsourcing is the practice of turning to a body of people to obtain needed knowledge, goods or services. Continue Reading
A bug bounty program, also called a vulnerability rewards program (VRP), is a crowdsourcing initiative that rewards individuals for finding errors in software. Continue Reading
Bug-finding programs are valuable to enterprises, but they require a lot of planning and effort to be effective. Sean Martin looks at what goes into taking a bug bounty program public. Continue Reading
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A project at Perkins School for the Blind aims to help people with vision loss easily find bus stops -- but it could also enhance GPS accuracy for everyone. Continue Reading
The Monsanto Company, the world's largest seed company, has turned to the Internet of Things to solve one of the food industry's biggest problems: how to feed an extra 2.3 billion people around the world by 2050. The agrochemical company isn't alone in looking at IoT to solve big problems. CIOs from across industries are researching the technology and vendors that can help them turn an acronym into a business solution. But as our CIO Decisions cover story and main feature this month make clear, IoT initiatives won't happen without close collaboration with business colleagues and operations. Read about the IoT challenges CIOs need to understand before they get started on an enterprise IoT project.
Also in this issue, we look at how free app Duolingo teaches users foreign languages through crowdsourcing; investigate how one CIO's team made the "big switch" from technology supplier to IT service provider; ask an expert about the technologies behind digital transformation; and flag five big mistakes that put CIO careers at risk. Continue Reading
Businesses that hope to collaborate effectively in today’s marketplace have a host of issues to contend with -- trust issues with the cloud (yes, still) and an ever-widening workforce among them. So the ways in which organizations collaborate must evolve. No longer can they count on face-to-face interaction to foster business innovation. Scattered workforces and closely guarded business assets can impede the community-aspect of business collaboration. To remain competitive, organizations are looking to technology to keep enterprise collaboration rolling.
This three-part guide examines what organizations can do to foster that collaboration and improve on the ideation process. First, Lauren Horwitz, an executive editor in the Business Applications & Architecture Media Group, explains how cloud-based applications -- Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive, for example -- are enabling simple, secure file-sharing in organizations around the world. Horwitz is joined by Laura Aberle, SearchContentManagement site editor, in the second piece. Together, they describe how, for some organizations, file-sharing isn’t enough. These companies, aiming to take collaboration further, are bringing together external and internal employees -- and in some cases, users -- to crowdsource ideas through collaboration-as-a-service applications. To close, consultant Shawn Shell discusses in more detail the trend of crowdsourced collaboration -- specifically, the challenges wrought by connecting global, mobile and external collaborators. Continue Reading
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The trouble with paying bug bounties to outsiders for testing help is doing so can create an adversarial relationship between developer and tester. Expert Robin Goldsmith offers advice. Continue Reading
Data shows that more companies are moving away from crowdsourcing and adopting invitation-only awards programs. Do higher-quality submissions result? Continue Reading
In this Q&A, a data scientist explains why he combines objective data with human critiques to assess risk in Gilt's pre-emptive shipping program. Continue Reading
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Innovation software from Spigit helped a health insurer awaken its workforce and spawn a new business model. Continue Reading
Bug bounty programs are a cool idea and often work, so why haven't they taken off for non-tech companies? Continue Reading
For IT shops already familiar with the idea, development may benefit from globally crowdsourcing with the cloud. Continue Reading