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PC Era Giving Way to 'Contextual Intelligence,' Say Top IT Execs

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Many information technology leaders say the importance of a single type of device, such as the computer, tablet, or smartphone, is waning as more data moves to the cloud.

Speaking at the recent Computerworld Honors Program, Wyse Technology CEO Tarkan Maner said he looks forward to greater contextual intelligence, which places data in the context of social network connections. Contextual intelligence also is expected to enhance answers to questions by examining who people are, their locations, their likes and dislikes, and the time frame they are operating in, Maner said. VMware CEO Paul Maritz said the emerging era "is all about how we sort, comment on, and rearrange" streams of data flowing to and from users.

One of the projects that was nominated for an award in the honors program was the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities' in-house system for more than 90,000 caregivers that replaced a paper-based one.

In addition, Duke University won a leadership award in the innovation category for a tool used to track energy usage and identify greenhouse gas hotspots. Although the technology has not yet been fully deployed, it may be able to monitor all of the university's energy utilization in a few years and adjust settings as needed to get a carbon-neutral environment, said Duke chief information officer Tracy Futhey.

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