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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’

‘Test and learn’ software beats gut instinct

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Experimental analytics software helps companies better model the outcomes of their decisions, writes Jane Bird

Paul Taylor

Video surveillance plays a vital role in securing many companies
OPINION AND ADVICE

Digital revamp is just the ticket

Big airlines must fly beyond legacy GDS technology and disrupt their own models before rivals do it for them, writes Steve Jones of Capgemini

Digital era brings hyperscale challenges

Huge companies that process billions of daily transactions pose problems for their leaders and competitors, write McKinsey’s James Manyika and Michael Chui

HIGHLIGHTS FROM ACROSS THE FT

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Commercial banks are said to have been targets and the FBI is probing possible Russian involvement

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Chinese smartphone users are taking to mobile ecommerce faster than expected, creating a boom

More comment on business IT

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

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 their 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

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

DRONES AT WORK

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

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