As best-of-breed, software as a service solutions mature, and business users become more reliant in their features and capabilities, supporting the integration of cloud stacks from different providers has become riskier and more challenging than ever to assemble and support.

Trading off the breadth and depth of disparate point solutions in exchange for an integrated, all-in-one stack was the message Zoho CEO and Founder Sridhar Vembu (@svembu) shared in his keynote at the Zoholics 2018 user conference this week in Austin, Texas.

It was their largest event to date, with nearly 200 partners and 800 users registered.  Zoho, a business software provider that grew from a CRM company into an end-to-end, business software solution is currently in use by roughly 33 million users worldwide.

If you've never heard of Zoho, here's what CRM and SCRM author, consultant, speaker Paul Greenberg, who was also in attendance, says about them:

Innovators are people who introduce new ideas, practices and products.

Their ideas are new to us, they change the way we see things and open us up to unconsidered and more effective ways of approaching challenges and solving problems.

Leaders are very much the same.

Both are willing to take risks and challenge the status quo for sake of what could and should be.

That's tough to do.

Particularly at big organizations that have been doing things the same way for decades.

So change management is really just another form of leadership training.

If you're thinking about integrating Slack with a project management tool like ProWorkFlow using middleware like Zapier, read on.

I'm going to save you time and money.

It's easy to see why people get excited about simplifying the software they use at work by integrating different tools.

For employees, getting different tools to talk to each other means less cutting and pasting, and ultimately, doing more with less.

For small business owners, it means more revenue on per employee.

For me, the promise of successful cloud software integration -- of getting products like Slack and ProWorkFlow to work together -- is better automation and greater productivity.

But inevitably, that excitement becomes disappointed when you learn that the different solutions don't integrated quite as seamlessly as you'd hoped.

Professor Jeremy Bailenson stands in front of the computers that render the virtual world seen through the headset.

Could VR bring about world peace?

If you're not using it to shoot aliens in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, then maybe.

"There's a reason people aren't playing video games for ten hours a day in VR," says Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Virtual Human Interactions Lab at Stanford University. "VR's not for being used all the time.  It's for... intense, teachable a-ha moments."

Jeremy talked to Kara Swisher about the release of his new book Experience on Demand, which looks at the psychological effects of VR, rather than just entertainment, and how it could be used to help

The main rule that governs healthcare privacy is derived from a 1996 Federal Law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

It was fleshed out by the Department of Health and Human Services, which began enforcing it as a regulation in 2002 and although the rule predates the rise of social media, its provision applies to what the regulations call “protected health information” in either digital or paper form.

The rule applies to all so-called "covered entities" -- which includes individual and group health plans, health care clearinghouses or really any health care provider who transmits health information -- and its implications extend to the worlds digital and social media.

A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that an individuals’ health information is properly protected without restricting the flow of that information needed to facilitate high-quality health care.