Small business infrastructure and operations
- February 13, 2008
Staff members at Texas A&M University thought they could handle Web traffic just fine. Then football season started.
- February 12, 2008
To all those CIOs who refuse to embrace Facebook on the grounds that it's not a business tool: look a little closer.
- January 30, 2008
Enough pundits are telling you what will happen in 2008. But ABI Research tells you that when it comes to wireless networking, there are a few things that won't happen.
- January 23, 2008
Experts say adopters of on-demand CRM can profit from integrating with back-end systems. They have plenty of approaches from which to choose.
- January 16, 2008
In server consolidation, all the hype is about virtualization. Experts say physical consolidation remains just as important -- maybe more.
- December 19, 2007
Who knew? After months of bickering about extensions and an adamant no from the SEC, an extension for small businesses has in fact been granted.
- December 12, 2007
One research firms warns that without aggressive infrastructure investment, the Internet could experience serious capacity problems as soon as two years from now -- and that spells real problems for midmarket CIOs.
- December 05, 2007
As midmarket companies increasingly face scrutiny for compliance with PCI, HIPAA and other data protection standards, log management vendors are offering affordable products.
- December 04, 2007
For midmarket CIOs with relatively modest resources, innovation shouldn't be about just spending on new technology. CIOs should also figure out how to do things better.
- November 28, 2007
Experts say IT managers considering virtualization need to think beyond power and cooling and instead strategize how the technology will transform IT.
- November 27, 2007
HP offers a turnkey high-performance computing system that brings a teraflop of computing power to the midmarket for less than $50,000.
- November 07, 2007
A leading hosting and managed service provider decides to make an aggressive play for the midmarket with a new suite of SaaS business applications.
- October 29, 2007
A CIO at a midmarket company may not have to be packing an MBA to move up the ranks but the consensus is: It sure can't hurt.
- October 29, 2007
IT managers at midsized organizations are getting big bonuses as well as better-than-average increases in salary. Finally, it's good to be in IT.
- October 26, 2007
CIOs in California's line of fire show the importance of a well-tested technology strategy in times of peril. Another insight? The move from centralized to distributed workplaces, like the Internet itself, helps ensure continuity because there is no...
- October 24, 2007
IBM just can't get enough of the SMB market and debuts a tape storage system targeted specifically for that market.
- October 10, 2007
Experts say CIOs should consider code vulnerability as well as license compliance when trying to govern the open source code that has found its way into their infrastructure.
- October 02, 2007
Too many data center managers rely on only a UPS to keep the servers running when the power goes out. But neglecting to back up the air-conditioning units puts the servers at an unnecessary risk.
- September 19, 2007
Uneasy with the clumsiness of tape backup in his law firm, an IT director makes the case to migrate to disk-based backup.
- September 18, 2007
OpenOffice enjoyed a jolt of adrenaline this week as IBM announced Monday that it will join the open source software initiative. Analysts say the move should give OpenOffice a significant boost in its quest to take on Microsoft Office, but will it ...
- September 05, 2007
A national poll of CIOs indicates that IT support teams are woefully understaffed, but some companies -- and those C-level execs -- are better off than others.
- August 30, 2007
Unified communications was all the talk at VoiceCon in San Francisco. What exactly is it? What are the technical and strategic issues around UC? Associate Editor Jeff Kelly discovered some helpful advice and opinions on UC at the show.
- August 28, 2007
When it comes to deploying applications via SaaS, IT is still behind the curve. What's preventing IT from getting control over the programs business units want?
- August 27, 2007
A comprehensive security environment at an SMB begins with a basic set of frameworks. Expert Mike Rothman outlines six steps for making initial progress with your security program.
- August 14, 2007
Although the vendor field is still sparse, open source technology is a strong option for securing SMBs' networks.
- July 24, 2007
A growing number of space- and cash-strapped SMBs are looking at data deduplication technology as a way of lowering storage costs and increasing server performance.
- July 18, 2007
CIO Tom Freeman used project portfolio management to save $650,000 and break down silos between city departments.
- July 10, 2007
One bank turned to log management and intelligence technology to satisfy regulatory auditors. But it's not just about the compliance, experts say.
- July 05, 2007
Don't wait for new SMB-specific offerings before you prevent insider threats. Leverage your existing systems with simple planning and integration.
- July 03, 2007
Some vendors have offered blade servers to the midmarket, but with BladeCenter S, IBM has developed blade technology that small businesses can afford and support.
- June 26, 2007
The adoption of converged communications by SMBs is rising as prices and complexity come down to earth. Managed services rides its coattails.
- June 19, 2007
SMBs want Software as a Service to be a bigger part of the fabric of their IT infrastructure, but integration can be tricky.
- June 06, 2007
Busting at the seams in data, SMBs increasingly are buying into BI for better sightlines into how they do business.
- June 05, 2007
Telecom XO Communications has announced a new, SMB-focused partnership with Jamcracker, a wholesaler of SaaS technology. Analysts say more telecoms will try to offer SMBs IT services with such deals.
- May 24, 2007
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) makes good on long-promised new guidance for the bugaboo of Sarbanes-Oxley, Section 404.
- May 16, 2007
Are SMBs really that into Software as a Service (SaaS), or are vendors and analysts pushing it when they say SaaS is taking the market by storm?
- May 08, 2007
Open source software is running amuck because IT managers can't find the right tool to get their heads around the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of downloads within their networks.
- May 02, 2007
If you're going to buy enterprise-class storage hardware, make sure you've got the resources to manage it.
- April 24, 2007
Google Inc. has added a PowerPoint alternative to its suite of Web-based office productivity tools. Will SMBs toss out Microsoft Office?
- April 11, 2007
Forrester Research found that SMBs tend to apply "Band-Aids" rather than fix problems when their application maintenance groups start to falter.
- April 10, 2007
Businesses are using more spam filters, but unwanted emails continue to cost them big bucks in lost productivity.
- April 04, 2007
With a new center devoted to autonomic computing opening in India, IBM brings self-managing software to the growing ranks of SMBs in the region.
- March 14, 2007
SMBs overcome security concerns and begin to readily adopt on-demand software model.
- March 07, 2007
Despite a stronghold on the midmarket, Hewlett-Packard is solidifying its SMB strategy in an attempt to garner a bigger portion of the pie.
- February 28, 2007
Companies with unstable CIO positions are short-sheeting not only IT, but their business objectives as well. Want long-term success? Keep your CIO.
- February 27, 2007
The managed services model is catching on, say experts, as an increasing number of small to medium-sized businesses struggle with the rising costs of managing IT.
- February 19, 2007
Aggregated security products have been the trend recently, but best-of-breed security tools are making a comeback. How do you know which is the best option for your organization? Expert Mike Rothman gives his thoughts.
- February 14, 2007
Does your Web site have a pulse? If it doesn't, your business is probably fading fast, too. There are ways to revive it, but you've got to know the signs.
- February 05, 2007
Email security can be a daunting task for SMBs -- how do you go about finding the right product? This tip delves into three approaches to email security and the products available.
- January 31, 2007
SMB adoption of Vista will be relatively modest. Still, there are a lot of businesses prepared to make the move.
- January 23, 2007
As more companies rely on a mobile workforce, SaaS vendor apps are heeding the call. A growing number are offering offline clients that can synchronize with online SaaS applications, allowing your workers to work anywhere, anytime.
- January 17, 2007
Researchers say small companies are making a mistake if they focus on speed of implementation with an ERP system. At least one small manufacturer says speed is inevitable when you're small.
- January 09, 2007
Chances are you've got employees playing online games at work. But they're not just wasting time -- they're also putting your systems at risk.
- January 04, 2007
What's in store for SMBs over the next year? Analysts weigh in with their thoughts on how security, disaster recovery, application availability and more will affect SMBs in 2007.
- December 19, 2006
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission gave small public companies a little breathing room on SOX compliance, extending a key deadline on requirements mandated by Section 404.
- December 14, 2006
Looking for a VoIP system on eBay? It's not as crazy as it sounds, and neither are some of these other tips to keep in mind when migrating to VoIP.
- November 27, 2006
RSS can get you out of that email whirlwind and it's one way to simplify IT project management and communication.
- November 22, 2006
The Monday after Thanksgiving promises to be one of the busiest days of the year for online retailers. SMBs need to be prepared for the surge if they want to compete with the big guys.
- November 21, 2006
Research shows larger companies are more willing to experiment with virtualization. But smaller companies, if they give it a chance, are more likely to take full advantage of it. Once SMBs give in, they go all the way.
- November 02, 2006
The lack of next-generation wireless standards has created not only confusion, but also cutthroat competition and amazing opportunities for WiMAX, EV-DO, VoIP and more.
- November 01, 2006
Experts and IT executives agree that encryption is the best way to protect data on mobile devices. But too few companies are actually deploying this critical technology.
- October 30, 2006
Unlimited virtualization licenses with Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition could save money. But users worry that the new licensing scheme is too good to be true.
- October 24, 2006
What good is a blog if no one reads it? IT managers find out and begin to make blogging and other Web 2.0 tools a more strategic part of their business.
- October 05, 2006
3Com hit the market today with an all-in-one unified switch for SMBs.
- September 20, 2006
HP's new All-in-One device lets users migrate data from a direct-attached Exchange server to networked storage in 10 steps. Experts say it could radically change storage for SMBs.
- September 14, 2006
IBM's T1120 and Sun's T10000 tape drives now perform hardware-based encryption at the drive level -- for those who can afford it.
- September 06, 2006
Instant messaging (IM) has made significant inroads to the enterprise, but using public IM applications may open up security holes in the network.
- August 23, 2006
As rural SMBs struggle with remote backup and minimal or no IT staffs, one gas company finds success with remote backup management software.
- August 10, 2006
Data storage offerings are finally meeting the needs of SMBs, with features such as easy acquisition, installation, management and scalability.
- August 08, 2006
IT managers are learning that using desktop virtualization software to patch their enterprise desktops has the potential to save time, money and energy.
- August 03, 2006
By using images instead of text, spammers are invading your inbox with a lot more than offensive language. Not only are the emails vulgar and invasive, but they're also creating huge storage and bandwidth problems.
- August 01, 2006
Can't foot the bill for high-end enterprise software? Some midmarket CIOs are turning to emerging commercial open source vendors. They've got the goods, they're eager for your business and the price is right. But there are some risks, so go in with ...
- July 28, 2006
As Linux grows, choosing a version that fixes flaws quickly is critical. However, as Edmund X. DeJesus learned, some Linux distributions publish security fixes faster than others.
- July 26, 2006
System Center Essentials 2007 is a Windows manageability package ready for public beta this fall. The features are targeted at midsized companies, but how about the price?
- July 25, 2006
OpenQRM systems management project was given plug-in support for Xen and VMware this week, signaling a convergence between virtual deployments and systems management applications.
- July 25, 2006
Data growth and ever-tightening compliance rules are among the factors driving some organizations to turn to service providers for help with backups.
- July 21, 2006
Jefferson Medical Center used business intelligence software to measure and improve employee productivity while maintaining a high level of patient care.
- July 17, 2006
It's more than just widgets. CIOs are now looking beyond the Web 2.0 hype and using the technology to reshape their companies.
- July 13, 2006
Reporting tools are catching on with users at companies that have a lot of data to manage.
- July 06, 2006
Disk imaging may be the data security alternative to time-consuming tapes and log files for SMBs.
- July 05, 2006
The systems management space has long been a boon to traditional proprietary vendors, but strong plays from open source companies are providing new opportunities even as Microsoft provides one of its own.
- July 05, 2006
A medium-sized law firm blends internal and hosted technology to choke the flow of spam and emailed viruses.
- June 29, 2006
Security pros know that passwords are nothing but trouble. For them, single-sign on, two-factor authentication and federated ID represent the path to stronger authentication and password protection.
- June 22, 2006
Hewlett-Packard released three products for its OpenView systems management software line that it says will better help companies run their IT departments as a business.
- June 21, 2006
The practice of bookmarking favorite sites and putting them into a shared Web site is making its way from consumer to commercial use. Ultimately it will bring a nimble new dimension to collaboration and innovation.
- June 15, 2006
At Microsoft's big shindig for IT administrators and developers this week, company executives said they are working to bridge the gulf that once divided the two job roles.
- June 15, 2006
When it comes to buying and implementing data security systems, it's all about determining your risk level. Even then, CIOs have to surrender the notion they can prevent all security threats.
- June 15, 2006
SMS -- yes, what your kids call text messaging -- is widely used in the enterprise. But can SMS surpass mobile email?
- June 07, 2006
Starting a server virtualization project and want to make sure you get it right the first time? Gartner research fellow Tom Bittman has some tips to help the process along.
- May 31, 2006
Technology that could help public companies reduce their compliance activities is being embedded in Sarbanes-Oxley compliant software. But experts say CIOs need their external auditors on board for it to work.
- May 31, 2006
Without a proper data classification scheme, ILM is putting the cart before the horse, and some shops are pushing the job of classifying files down to users.
- May 30, 2006
Aided by VARs and software certification firms like SpikeSource, smaller businesses are keeping an open mind about open source software for possible big rewards.
- May 23, 2006
Being out in the middle of nowhere doesn't get you off the hook when it comes to complying with state regulations. Learn how one rural Illinois hospital is trying to give patients 24/7 pharmacy access through a VPN.
- May 10, 2006
The ISO adoption of OpenDocument Format is likely to fuel interest overseas of open standards, but for CIOs based in the U.S. there's still little incentive to switch.
- April 25, 2006
SAP is planning on-demand products for customers in 2006, but its first foray could be aimed at independent software vendors.
- April 17, 2006
When it comes to workflow and project management software, why pay for complexity you don't need? Consider a wiki, the simple software tool that's revolutionizing group productivity.
- April 05, 2006
As mobile devices become smaller, cheaper and more portable, the dangers of portable storage threats increase.
- March 29, 2006
Bundled licensing for Microsoft's management product suite will debut next month.
- March 21, 2006
Red Hat executives announced that the next evolution of the enterprise Linux platform would have an integrated, easy-to-install virtualization platform.
- March 13, 2006
The road to the new network security infrastructure is bumpy and costly - but most likely well worth the trip for SMBs.