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The Connected Business aims to help business leaders understand and use technology to improve their companies’ performance. Opinion and advice from external and in-house experts is followed by highlights from across FT.com, then our latest big theme, ‘IT in healthcare’


It’s time to start trying on wearables

Businesses are missing a huge opportunity to get ahead if they believe the technology is not yet mature enough, warns PA Consulting’s Matteo Aliberti

Paul Taylor

Video surveillance plays a vital role in securing many companies

Finally, it’s the ‘market of one’

Personalisation is putting marketing bosses in the IT driver’s seat, write Deloitte’s Eric Openshaw and Christine Cutten

More comment on business IT

Look back on the in-house columns and guest articles carried on the website this year


An advertisement for San Jose International Airport suggests to users to "like" the airport's Facebook page, at the airport in San Jose California, May 15, 2012. Studies have found that users spend far more time with the mobile version of Facebook?s network than they do on the browser version, but raising advertising revenues from the mobile platform has proven more difficult than for the desktop version. Facebook, the world's most popular internet social network, expects to raise USD 12.1 billion in what will be Silicon Valley's largest-ever initial public offering (IPO) later this week. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages) ©AFP

Big groups eye potentially huge new revenue source but questions remain on how to best exploit opportunity

John Chen, chief executive officer of BlackBerry Ltd., speaks during the OASIS: The Montgomery Summit in Santa Monica, California, U.S., on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Chen has surprised skeptics and pleased investors by cutting costs and fueling a 56 percent surge in the smartphone maker's stock. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** John Chen ©Bloomberg

Chief executive John Chen lays groundwork with new square device said to be ideal for spreadsheets

IT in healthcare

A suitable case for treatment – but obstacles remain

Technology will play a growing role in care delivery and healthcare management amid rapidly rising demand from patients

Implantable defibrillator surgery
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Can patients be left to own devices?

Remote monitoring has big potential but users need to stick to their routines - plus sidebar on PA Consulting group’s innovative health patch

Google catches cold in ‘big data hubris’ row

Scientists are divided over the value of initiatives such as the search engine’s flu trends analysis

Working with tablet computers at a critical care unit, Paediatrics
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Wanted: IT expertise with a human touch

Staff with healthcare and technical skills are highly prized but are often hard to find

Skip Snow of Forrester

Big business and the art of medicine

Two big opportunities are big data and mobile, writes Skip Snow of Forrester Research

More on IT in healthcare

Cheap DNA sequencing to transform research; role of apps in disease management; concern over privacy

Conference apps

Networking finds fresh dimension

Smartphone apps and even holograms are changing the game, writes Jane Bird

Delegates feel the buzz

Microchip name badges help them tap into the future

IT in design and manufacturing

Power to the people on product design

The web is enabling smart ways to make inventions real and involve customers in development plans, writes Richard Waters

3D printing: Additive process lays it on thick

The market is growing fast and broadening – even into food

A powerful technology, but no panacea

3D printing or additive manufacturing shows great promise but big challenges remain, say Deloitte’s Eric Openshaw and Mark Cotteleer

Social media and big data come into play

Techniques such as improved predictive maintenance can lead to big savings for manufacturers

Future trends and current buzzwords

Three experts shed light on phrases such as ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘cyber-physical systems’ and ‘the industrial internet of things’

More on IT in design and manufacturing

3D printing IP issues; project management; and supply chain collaboration


Farmers take flight into future

Agriculture and construction are growing markets

Drone legislation: reviewing the rules

Regulators search for a balance between safety concerns and commercial priorities