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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’


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

Paul Taylor

Video surveillance plays a vital role in securing many companies
Aamer Baig Mckinsey

How public sector can get value from IT

Aamer Baig and colleagues at McKinsey present a 10-point plan to help governments make the most of their technology investments

More comment on business IT

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


Indian staff work at a call centre for The Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) in Hyderabad ©AFP

The human touch of job interviews is under threat from technology but can new techniques be applied to top-level recruitment?

Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, talks about his company's products Thursday, March 6, 2014, in the offices of Evernote, in Redwood City, California. Thor Swift for the Financial Times ©Thor Swift

The productivity app’s boss must adapt ‘extra brain’ for smaller, simpler devices

IT in healthcare

A suitable case for treatment

Technology will play a growing role in care delivery but obstacles remain

Implantable defibrillator surgery
©Science Photo Library

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 as debate over ‘big data hubris’ rages

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

Working ith 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

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


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