Small business IT strategy
- February 13, 2012
Each week, we scour the Web and bring you the choicest cuts for your approval. This week, we're looking at data privacy and security in the form of denial-of-service attacks, smart chatting and two ...
- February 09, 2012
There's a certain sense of technology entitlement among my Millennial peers. If you don't believe me, walk into any college classroom on any college campus and you will see the majority of the ...
- February 09, 2012
I'm writing this blog post on my second monitor. It's a 21-inch widescreen. I also have a third monitor, a 24-incher that actually belongs to a second computer -- and sometimes I use my iPad as ...
- February 07, 2012
When a major EHR system project stalled, the finger pointing ensued. COMHAR’s CIO put a stop to the blame game and began to get business value out of the EHR project.
- February 02, 2012
Last August, I sat at VMworld 2011 with 19,000 other IT literati and heard CEO Paul Maritz assure us that we were in the post-PC era. But are we really? Certainly there isn't much argument about ...
- January 31, 2012
Last week I wrote about the transformation of banking services into products. This week I want to discuss different types of services--shared services. One of the first technology news stories I ...
- January 30, 2012
Each week, we scour the Web and collect all the best and brightest links to start your week off swinging. This week, we're looking at the latest credit card hacks, how Apple tricks its employees ...
- January 27, 2012
- January 25, 2012
According to our 2011 IT salary survey, midmarket high earners have more in common with their well-paid counterparts at enterprise companies than with other midmarket peers.
- January 24, 2012
Midmarket IT executives are OK with salary increases -- of course -- but say job satisfaction factors include things that aren’t in their paychecks.
- January 24, 2012
The recent pullbacks of the two controversial anti-online piracy bills -- SOPA and PIPA -- don't mean that users can continue indefinitely to download their favorite content whenever and wherever ...
- January 24, 2012
Each week, we scour the World Wide Web to give you a quick punch of last week's biggest news stories and interesting blog posts. This week, we're taking a look at whether computer science should be ...
- January 20, 2012
Research in Motion (RIM) must feel like the belle of the ball this week, especially after a year of major foibles, like the big BlackBerry outage. After Boy Genius Report mentioned that Samsung ...
- January 18, 2012
A security business continuity plan shouldn't be an afterthought or overlooked completely, but that is too often the case, data security experts say.
- January 16, 2012
Recently, I was with my son to open an account at the local branch of my once mighty but now struggling Mega Bank. The customer service rep ran through the "product" options we had for creating his ...
- January 13, 2012
It's a very special time of the year and no, it's not just Girl Scout cookie season. We just completed our annual poll on IT salary satisfaction. Being kind of a data junkie, I've dived into our ...
- January 11, 2012
Faced with an enterprise-wide IT systems failure and scant resources, CIO Paul Stokes turned to virtualization technologies and rigorous planning.
- January 10, 2012
A question for all of you midlevel IT managers and directors out there: What's got you down? According to new data from the CIO/IT Strategy Group poll on IT salary satisfaction, your subgroup in ...
- January 09, 2012
Welcome to Q1 and the year of big data. Now that you're back in the saddle after a rousing holiday season, we've primed the well with our weekly dose of news from around the blogosphere, including ...
- January 06, 2012
I'm starting to feel like the girl who cried wolf about social media policies, but in at least one instance, the wolf has indeed attacked, in the form of a patient's medical records being shared on ...
- January 03, 2012
I got a kick out of SearchHealthIT.com's 2012 technology trends not to watch. Since the site launched in late 2009, it has written extensively about electronic medical records, personal health ...
- December 22, 2011
People often ask us how to become a CIO. Happily, our expert Scott Lowe has offered to detail exactly the path he took -- and the many steps required -- to become a CIO: This month's topic here at ...
- December 20, 2011
A new bill limiting overtime pay for IT workers has provoked vehement opposition from rank-and-file IT workers -- and could pose problems for CIOs.
- December 20, 2011
You never know where you might gain more insight on the responsibilities of a CIO. Somewhere along the line, my job title and the websites I work on got mixed up, and as a result I often am ...
- December 19, 2011
Whether you're experiencing the end-of-year slowdown or a flurry of last-minute requests along with annual performance appraisals, December is always a little out of the ordinary. Here's our weekly ...
- December 15, 2011
Mark Twain is attributed with the saying, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." Any CIO faced with a meaningless key performance indicator (KPI) scorecard ...
- December 13, 2011
Mobile device management is a year-round concern, but IT shops are preparing for a rush on mobile devices after the holidays with off-the-shelf and cloud services.
- December 13, 2011
What are you doing about cloud security planning? I say planning because, in a survey of attendees at the recent SearchCompliance.com Making the Case for the Cloud virtual seminar, more than ...
- December 12, 2011
Shadow IT should be a serious concern for all CIOs in an age of self-service technology. Here's how to get a grip on it.
- December 08, 2011
We all know that the secret to project management often can be boiled down to your team members. We're currently in the process of collecting nominations for our SearchCIO-Midmarket.com IT ...
- December 06, 2011
About a year ago I moderated a panel on cloud computing services adoption in health care. A quick poll of the audience indicated that security was the No. 1 reason why their organizations were not ...
- December 05, 2011
Each week, we mine the Web for the jewels of knowledge that appeal to CIOs. This week, we're looking at the trend of using the Kindle Fire in business, what compels women to quit their IT teams and ...
- December 02, 2011
It's every CIO's worst nightmare -- that panicked call when you least expect it, delivering the worst possible news: "The firewall has been breached." We know that you do everything possible to ...
- November 30, 2011
The wave of optimism that began with advancements in smartphones and tablets that could enable a new generation of bring-your-own-device employees has been taking some strange zigzags of late. The ...
- November 28, 2011
There's nothing like the first day back after a major national holiday to make you feel like you're drowning in task items. Cheer up, we've got your back. We've combed the Web and picked only the ...
- November 22, 2011
We all know those amazing IT leaders who make a difference in our companies day in and day out but often go unrecognized by the IT world at large. Not everyone can pull a Steve Jobs or a Bill ...
- November 21, 2011
Each week, we scour the Web to track down interesting news pieces and commentary to help you maximize your surfing potential and information consumption. This week, we've got analysis of the Kindle ...
- November 21, 2011
Business process improvement begins with efficiency gains, but BPM goals are becoming more about external customers and rapid, real-time improvements.
- November 17, 2011
San Francisco's Yahoo billboard has been a landmark in the city for over a decade. I always get a little thrill when I zoom over the 101 and spot its cheeky little sayings and delightful midcentury ...
- November 15, 2011
Throughout 2011, SearchCIO.com and SearchCIO-Midmarket.com editors have been writing about creating new efficiencies in IT and empowering a new generation of users through mobility. At the same ...
- November 14, 2011
Each week we scour the Web and bring you the freshest scoop from around the blogosphere. This week, we're serving up tasty helpings of corporate Twitter intellectual property questions, IT ...
- November 11, 2011
Everyone and their neighbor has heard about Twitter and Facebook, but CIOs should have some new social media platforms on their radar. They're all part of the social media trend called ...
- November 08, 2011
We're always trying to consider what's on the minds of CIOs today. We write tips and news articles about it. We interview CIOs and profile them. But much of that commentary happens in a controlled ...
- November 08, 2011
A sea change is coming to IT staffing. Here's how IT executives are matching IT staffing models to business needs and business value.
- November 07, 2011
You got an extra hour this week, so why does it seem like you're still crushed by the weight of your to-do list? We're here to help. We've got an executive summary of the blogosphere's greatest ...
- November 04, 2011
We have been exploring how CIOs need to approach millennials in the workplace -- especially how members of that generation interact with technology. Indeed, millennials get the credit for cutting ...
- November 01, 2011
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard -- PCI DSS -- has been around for a few years and has seemingly done a good job of keeping credit card data safe. No, it's not a binding regulation, ...
- October 31, 2011
What happened in the IT world last week? Here's the scoop on what you might have missed, including how IBM set an example for strategic leadership, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s recent decision and cloud ...
- October 26, 2011
They're here. No, I'm not talking about ghosts. I'm talking about the new generation. Generation Y, a group also known as millennials, is entering the workforce and baffling employers and ...
- October 26, 2011
As retiring baby boomers are replaced by millennials in the workplace, CIOs are scrambling to understand this generation's strengths and motivators. They're not what you'd think.
- October 25, 2011
Full disclosure: I've been an iPhone user since 2008 and I just bought my second iPad. So, I'm not bashing Apple products, and I'm not bashing iPhone users or users of Apple products in general. ...
- October 24, 2011
Every week, we scour the Web and give you a rundown of the week's best and brightest blog posts. This week we're serving up some analysis about DevOps in networking, the brain's preference in user ...
- October 20, 2011
Creative destruction. I've heard that term a lot this year, although it's hardly a new concept. From what's happening with the Occupy Wall Street madness to the pressure to innovate in the IT ...
- October 19, 2011
As the economy continues to falter and IT consumerization rises to the fore, Gartner shines a new light on the CIO role: Think less service provider, more revenue driver.
- October 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Here at the ARMA International 56th Annual Conference and Expo, records information managers cringe a little when their Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP) get ...
- October 17, 2011
Here's what you may have missed last week while you were standing in line to get your new iPhone 4S or waiting for your email during the cataclysmic BlackBerry outage: • As anyone with a ...
- October 14, 2011
As any CIO knows, you must be prepared for just about anything. Hurricanes in Vermont? Sure. Earthquakes in Virginia? You bet. But many CIOs forget about one very obvious hole in their disaster ...
- October 11, 2011
There have been many timelines, retrospectives and other examinations of Apple founder Steve Jobs' career, aka the Steve Jobs Way, and it would be a waste if we don't learn lessons from him about ...
- October 10, 2011
It's been a busy week around the Web, and chances are you missed some things. Between the news of the iPhone 4S and Steve Jobs' death, it seems like the Web was absolutely sticky with Apple juice ...
- October 07, 2011
I've been thinking a lot about the nontangible things that drive employee perceptions of a company and how they connect to job satisfaction. For instance, I have a friend who stayed at a ...
- October 04, 2011
I recently asked one of my sons for passwords to his online accounts, for gaming, email, etc. Not because I'm nosy but because I'm trying to be a responsible parent and home IT administrator, and ...
- October 03, 2011
Things getting hectic as you enter Q4? It seems like no matter what you do, you still just keep feeling like you're two steps behind. We know how it feels, and we're here to make it better. We've ...
- September 29, 2011
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Amazon has announced the newest player in tablet devices, the Kindle Fire. The most amazing thing about the Amazon tablet PC isn't its screen resolution, the ...
- September 27, 2011
By my reckoning, HP management hasn't made a good decision since about 1999. After Lew Platt, HP did the following: hired Carly Fiorina, bought Compaq (which hadn't yet digested Digital Equipment ...
- September 26, 2011
Fall has fallen, and that sound you hear is the end of the year starting to whirr out of control. Stay on top of the latest blogerati posts with our handy little smorgasbord of IT-centric tidbits. ...
- September 23, 2011
Two months ago, I predicted "a huge exodus of Facebook users over to G+," but Facebook isn't going out without a fight. It continues to chase some of the innovations of Google+. Earlier this week, ...
- September 20, 2011
We're hearing a lot about the "consumerization of IT." What does this really mean? There are two parallel lines of thought: One is that IT consumerization is a change in the typical buying cycle of ...
- September 19, 2011
Twiddling your thumbs waiting for the iPad 3 launch? We've got scoop on the hottest tidbits from around the Web, including a bit of a sticky situation for Google and the creepy potential of big ...
- September 14, 2011
As a CIO, it's your worst nightmare: The marketing department dreams up some fantastic promotion aimed at the very core of its prime demographic. The team stirs up a public frenzy with slick ...
- September 13, 2011
So Google is discontinuing Google Desktop, along with a bunch of other "apps" that the search giant released over the past seven years. No huge loss. I use Windows XP, at work and therefore still ...
- September 12, 2011
You might not be ready to say goodbye to summer, but it's definitely fiscal year crunch time. If you're like most CIOs, you're already feeling the pressure and are buckling down to do some serious ...
- September 09, 2011
Last week, CIO Symmetry was in the middle of a veritable booth babe coup. I never would have imagined that the VMworld 2011 promotional models would be such an emotional subject and, yet, the blog ...
- September 06, 2011
Facebook surpassed 750 million users this summer. That's a heck of a lot of people, but not really news. What is news is the movement afoot banning Facebook from users. Many companies are still ...
- September 01, 2011
LAS VEGAS -- This week, I'm experiencing the life of an endangered species. In the sessions and amidst the vendor stalls and hang spaces at VMworld 2011, I am reminded over and over that there is a ...
- August 31, 2011
CEO Paul Maritz opens VMworld 2011 with predictions of the future, stressing the importance of new cloud computing technologies and challenges to the IT status quo.
- August 30, 2011
Rooftop solar panels are finally turning on a light bulb over some business leaders' heads. A big office park in my town is putting up solar panels on the roofs of two parking garages on its ...
- August 29, 2011
It's been a busy week in tech, between the Earth shaking, hurricane preparations and the departure of one of tech's most recognizable faces, Steve Jobs. Here's our favorite pieces of tech news from ...
- August 26, 2011
You may have heard that Steve Jobs has decided to step down from his successful tenure as Apple's CEO. Without a doubt, Jobs' effective leadership style was directly responsible for Apple's ...
- August 23, 2011
Just in time for the annual review, we've collected a greatest hits list to give your CIO career the jump you need to get ahead, despite a tough economic landscape.
- August 23, 2011
Everyone is in the middle of IT business transformation these days. You could call it re-engineering the corporation, downsizing, rightsizing or just plain old cost-cutting, however. ...
- August 22, 2011
It's been a busy week in tech, with the demise of WebOS on everyone's lips and the inevitable budget crunch as we prepare for 2012. Never fear: We've scoured the Web so you don't have to! Here's a ...
- August 19, 2011
Picture this scenario: Employee A leaves the company to take another position. Your network security policy demands that you kill his ids and passwords, right? What about if Employee B leaves the ...
- August 16, 2011
It's been a busy week in tech. Google's acquisition of Motorola has everyone wondering how it will affect their mobile workforce. Here's a tasting menu of the choicest bits around the Web, ...
- August 12, 2011
Ah, yes, these are the heady days of Q3, which means that it's time to start working on your 2012 budget. Is your IT department feeling like a panhandler these days? CIOs today are certainly no ...
- August 10, 2011
Video-conferencing systems are a fragmented market and not without flaws -- but they're becoming mainstream business tools and should be part of any unified communications strategy.
- August 09, 2011
I was with some friends last week when we landed on the topic of phones. The conversation began when one person said she was planning to buy a new phone within the next couple of weeks, but it ...
- August 08, 2011
Every week, we scour the wealth of information on the blog circuit and give you the finer talking points to help you score erudite points around the Twitter water cooler. Here's the latest sampling ...
- August 04, 2011
Back in the '90s and early 2000s, I had two acquaintances who called themselves "hackers." Being a burgeoning geek girl myself, I kind of figured that they were affecting the moniker to be cool. ...
- August 02, 2011
In my spare time I run a little PC service repair business, mostly for friends and family. It's mostly cleaning computer viruses, installing wireless networks and sometimes building gaming systems. ...
- August 01, 2011
Whatever happened to the lazy days of summer? Things are smoking around the blogosphere, thanks to the impending new iPhone 5 release, the U.S. debt ceiling compromise and the general malaise of ...
- July 29, 2011
How are you feeling today? Lonely? Upset? Vaguely withdrawn from society? If so, quick -- check your Twitter stream on your smartphone. Better now? We've all heard BlackBerry jokingly referred to ...
- July 26, 2011
I found it amusing/disturbing during the NFL player lockout that players were worried about making ends meet. Many players should certainly learn new job skills for when their playing days end, but ...
- July 25, 2011
Massive heat waves in the South and Midwest have us scurrying for the cool, comforting glow of our monitors in the delicious air conditioning, so we've been scouring the Web and have found some ...
- July 22, 2011
Every CIO knows that sometimes the littlest changes can make a big impact on the bottom line. For instance, recently former President Bill Clinton suggested that one of the fastest ways you can ...
- July 19, 2011
If you could have heard News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch testify before Parliament on Tuesday, you might have almost felt sorry for him. Or you might have said, "There but for the grace ...
- July 18, 2011
Were you on vacation and unplugged last week? While you're planning your shopping list for the week, you might want to add an iPad Bluetooth keyboard and a 20-foot touch-screen wall. Here's what ...
- July 15, 2011
Confession: I have taken a conference call while walking to dinner down Bourbon Street. I have also been pulled into a meeting while driving my parents over the Golden Gate Bridge and had to pull ...
- July 12, 2011
What does a chief information officer have in common with Kevin Bacon? Mathematics. The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game has been around for a while. It proves that all of us are more intertwined ...
- July 11, 2011
The world is a busy place, and last week was no exception. We saw the last public launch of NASA's shuttle program, witnessed tremendous buzz in the wide scramble for adoption of Google's social ...
- July 08, 2011
Facebook and Google have been at war for years. They want your eyes on their sites, and they'll do anything toward that goal. You've undoubtedly heard about the potential new heir to the Facebook ...