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  • January 21, 2006 21 Jan'06

    Driving IT strategy: Zipcar's Roy Russell

    Zipcar's information technology leader discusses the company's growth and IT strategy.

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    When CIOs assume, they make ... trouble?

    Here's four assumptions you should never make during an IT project, brought to you by CIO Les Johnson.

  • January 20, 2006 20 Jan'06

    SMB opens door to SaaS

    One SMB IT manager chose on-demand software and services to solve his backup troubles -- and now he's a believer.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    CIO Tip Sheet: Surviving an M&A

    Forrester Research offers four tips for working through the critical phases of mergers and acquisitions.

  • January 19, 2006 19 Jan'06

    Virgin CIO aligns software for best mix

    Virgin Entertainment Group's IT director has to make decisions in less time than it takes a pop song to catch on. Read how he juggled Oracle, JD Edwards and SAP to stay ahead of the game.

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  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Know your regulatory compliance priorities

    Compliance vendors and auditors are banging down your door. Know what you need before you answer.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    CIO how-to: Making sense of metrics

    Executives rely on performance metrics to make changes within their organizations. This column discusses the art of creating and implementing effective metrics.

  • January 03, 2006 03 Jan'06

    Top 10 CIO headlines

    Sarbanes-Oxley? RFID? Governance? Which IT topics did SearchCIO readers click on and check out in 2005? Find out here.

  • December 23, 2005 23 Dec'05

    Supply chain-driven innovation

    Demand-driven innovation is driving every part of the modern business, including the supply chain. Take a look at the new supply chain, which responds directly to customer needs.

  • December 23, 2005 23 Dec'05

    Offshore outsourcing and the relative value of growth: A conversation with Katzenbach Partners

    When the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners released a report recently describing a metric -- called the Relative Value of Growth (RVG) -- that purports to measure the strengths and capabilities of outsourcing firms, it caused a stir.

  • December 13, 2005 13 Dec'05

    Champy: Change management for CIOs

    Columnist James Champy has advice for CIOs grappling with change management.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Is Indian business ready for a brave new world of tough corporate governance?

    Demands have long been heard for greater transparency in the way Indian companies do business. Now, matters are about to come to a head.

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    Microsoft, SIM, Monster -- big geeks on campus

    Microsoft and the Society for Information Management (SIM) are teaming up to sell IT as a career route on college campuses -- where technology majors are scarce.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    By the numbers: The new Sarbanes-Oxley breakdown

    Sarbanes-Oxley spending for 2006 is expected to be on par with last year but it's not quite deja vu all over again. More dough will go to technology.

  • November 23, 2005 23 Nov'05

    LegalMatch gets new lease with Siebel CRM

    The Internet startup LegalMatch gave itself a makeover with a new CRM system that has clients feeling the love.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    IT job recruitment, staffing not a bigger problem for SMBs

    SMB IT recruitment tactics: What they can't pay in salaries, they make up for in flexibilitity, better working environment and job advancement opportunities.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    Web analytics tools for all, says Google

    Google Analytics, a hosted Web analytics service formerly known as Urchin, is now available for free. Analysts say this move may inspire other innovation in the market.

  • November 15, 2005 15 Nov'05

    ERP Journey: A smooth launch

    Even with the best ERP product, a bad go-live event can result in lost invoices, information and customers. Fortunately, recovery is likely, unless you're the CIO.

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    CIO watercooler: October highlights

    Here's a roundup of the latest CIO comings and goings -- and headlines you might have missed.

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Small businesses mull SAP Business One, All-in-One choice

    The head of SAP's product management for small businesses said there are questions to ask before deciding between SAP Business One and All-in-One software.

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Five principles of program management

    Program management takes project management to a new level -- by taking into consideration how the project will affect the rest of the organization and other operational processes. In this month's column, James Champy offers five essential program ...

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Getting the most out of your IT consultants

    The key to finding the right IT consultants is to tap into multiple resources and build a cohesive team, according to one expert.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Three Questions: Talk business to me

    Are you in an executive business school program? One expert says it's critical.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Eight steps to hiring an SMB IT consultant

    As your business grows, your information systems can become stretched to the limit. Hiring an IT consultant to keep your systems on track or up to date can help solve your problems, as long as you hire the right one. The range of expertise and cost ...

  • October 25, 2005 25 Oct'05

    Career building through compliance

    Compliance can be good for your career. Just ask this former DBA turned IT manager.

  • October 25, 2005 25 Oct'05

    Spyware Survey: Do users want Uncle Sam in this fight?

    In the final installment of our three-part series, users sound off on whether government should get more aggressive against spyware or get out of the way.

  • October 20, 2005 20 Oct'05

    Five compliance questions to ask your CEO

    To avoid SOX trouble, every CIO should ask these five questions -- and every CEO should answer them.

  • October 20, 2005 20 Oct'05

    Spyware Survey: Squashing the pests in your PC

    In part 2 of our three-part series, users explain which weapons are best when they want to extract spyware from their network and keep it out.

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    Gartner's SMB guide to vendor management

    Behind all the hype about large vendors serving SMBs, small shops are still at a disadvantage. Here's a vendor management game plan for getting the most bang for your buck.

  • October 18, 2005 18 Oct'05

    ISO standard boosts regulatory compliance

    Experts suggest companies refer to the guidelines in the revised ISO 17799 standard for help in meeting multiple compliance regulations.

  • October 13, 2005 13 Oct'05

    CIO tenure numbers that surprise

    Tenure for CIOs is improving. More money to spend on IT and a growing appreciation of technology's role in business success might account for the lengthier stays.

  • October 09, 2005 09 Oct'05

    CIO plays The Apprentice

    A financial services company forges meaningful relationships between geeks and suits with a three-day contest that could have been scripted for TV's 'The Apprentice.'

  • October 05, 2005 05 Oct'05

    Performance dashboards aren't just for executives

    New customization features are making dashboard technology more common in cubicles -- not just corner offices.

  • October 05, 2005 05 Oct'05

    IM threats surge in September

    Instant messaging programs are becoming a favorite target among malicious code writers, according to one security vendor.

  • September 29, 2005 29 Sep'05

    Louisiana to study plan for Internet voting post-Katrina

    Secretary of State office forms task force to study options such as voting kiosks proposed by the New Orleans CIO.

  • September 27, 2005 27 Sep'05

    New Orleans CIO: It was the wild, wild West

    New Orleans CIO Greg Meffert talks with SearchCIO.com about surviving Hurricane Katrina -- and trying to bring New Orleans back to life.

  • September 27, 2005 27 Sep'05

    India's looming IT labor crunch

    As demand for IT services continues to grow at 30% a year, some say the trained labor supply will soon run out. Then what happens?

  • September 27, 2005 27 Sep'05

    IT spending at midsized companies: How much does size matter?

    Do larger companies have an advantage over smaller ones in IT spending? The answer isn't what you think.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    New Orleans CIO: Katrina spurs Internet election

    New Orleans CIO Greg Meffert has initiated an Internet-voting project that will allow displaced residents to cast ballots in the next mayoral election.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    The five dimensions of BI tools

    Business intelligence (BI) tools have evolved over the years from simply delivering reports to leveraging advanced visualization techniques to quickly detect key patterns and trends. In his column, Wayne Eckerson discusses the evolution of BI.

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    CIO Conversation: Mary Finlay

    Wireless technology will help connect doctors and patients without so much red tape, one hospital CIO says.

  • September 15, 2005 15 Sep'05

    CIOs are from Venus, CEOs are from Mars

    When you talk, does your CEO listen? Forbes CIO Forum panelists offer practical advice on how to get your message heard.

  • September 07, 2005 07 Sep'05

    ERP vendor vetting: On and off the road

    Someone once said, "You are never as well fed as when you're an ERP prospect," and I have the increased waistline to prove it. I feel like the fatted calf.

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    Katrina: IT lessons in disaster recovery

    SCP Pool Corp. CIO Tim Babco is among those executives whose disaster recovery plan stayed one step ahead of Hurricane Katrina.

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    ERP: The beginning

    Editor's Note: Selecting an ERP system is one of the most challenging projects a CIO performs. Les Johnson, CIO at a western wholesale electrical distributor, is going through that process. In this and the coming months, Les will chronicle his ...

  • September 01, 2005 01 Sep'05

    Disaster recovery: Worst possible scenarios

    CIO John O'Brien survived an earthquake, and now he makes sure his DR plan can go the distance.

  • August 24, 2005 24 Aug'05

    Audit Trail: Sifting through an audit

    Compliance can be complicated, for sure. But there are common trouble spots you can avoid to make your next audit less painful than your last.

  • August 23, 2005 23 Aug'05

    Five things you should know about BI tools

    Most executives understand the benefits of rolling out business intelligence (BI) to all workers in the enterprise. But they may not be prepared for a common set of problems that almost all BI projects bring.

  • August 23, 2005 23 Aug'05

    IT primer: Wireless A-Z

    Wireless seems to have more obscure acronyms than any other area of technology. This article explains the technologies behind the most important wireless acronyms.

  • August 17, 2005 17 Aug'05

    Decision rights: Who gives the green light?

    Who gets the last word in your organization? Can you put a stamp of approval on projects without getting the CEO to weigh in? Find out what experts say about key decision making.

  • August 10, 2005 10 Aug'05

    Tips for managing offshore vendors

    The global outsourcing scene has changed, and CIOs need to rewrite the rules when it comes to choosing and managing vendors.

  • August 04, 2005 04 Aug'05

    Should Michael Lynn have kept his mouth shut?

    Responsible disclosure is again the hot topic as the infosecurity community debates whether a Black Hat presenter should have divulged a potentially catastrophic flaw.

  • August 04, 2005 04 Aug'05

    Outsourcing journey starts with 'Why?'

    Why outsource? CIOs should know precisely why their company is a candidate for outsourcing before they vote on a vendor.

  • August 01, 2005 01 Aug'05

    GM taps Sun for SOA development

    General Motors plans to build a service-oriented architecture using the Sun Java Enterprise System.

  • July 28, 2005 28 Jul'05

    CIO makeover: Nine questions you should ask

    We're not talking about a Brooks Brothers suit. These are the types of skills the 21st century CIO needs in order to thrive.

  • July 28, 2005 28 Jul'05

    Making it through the M&A minefield

    Unless you want angry shareholders at your door, IT must play an integral part in a merger or acquisition. Find out how CIOs and other technology leaders can help avert M&A mayhem.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 02: Get a champion in top management

    Managing a successful IT Project is about managing people. Here are the twelve keys to project management success.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 06: Be honest about your abilities

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 09: Communicate early and often

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 08: Assemble the best team you can

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 12: Know when to ask for help

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 04: Own the planning process

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders

    Managing a successful IT project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. Here are the 12 keys to project management success.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 05: Establish a methodology

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Step 07: Make sure you have the resources to do the job

    Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects ...

  • July 20, 2005 20 Jul'05

    HP CIO has Superman role to play

    New Hewlett-Packard CIO Randy Mott gets a $15 million compensation package -- and a set of hero-sized problems.

  • July 19, 2005 19 Jul'05

    CIO career corner: Singer to leave Target

    Target Corp. CIO Paul Singer, a 20-year veteran of the retail giant, will soon retire.

  • July 15, 2005 15 Jul'05

    Speaking of business continuity: A cheat sheet

    One of the challenges organizations often face as they initiate business continuity or disaster recovery planning is to reach consensus on precisely what they are trying to do. This requires identifying and closing any gap that may exist between the...

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Motorola dials up new CIO

    Former Office Depot chief information officer Patricia B. Morrison has been named CIO at Motorola.

  • July 14, 2005 14 Jul'05

    Into the woods with VoIP

    The Marine Biological Laboratory cabins on Cape Cod have no heat or local phone service -- but now the scientists in residence have VoIP.

  • July 13, 2005 13 Jul'05

    CIO water cooler: Reaction to HP's Mott move

    Chief technology executives from the Big Apple to the Golden Gate speculate on what Randy Mott's defection from Dell means to HP and its customers.

  • July 12, 2005 12 Jul'05

    The top benefits of business process standardization

    Learn three key things that must happen for your business and its outsourcing capabilities to be successful.

  • July 12, 2005 12 Jul'05

    Survey finds SMB spending surprise

    The coveted midmarket will spend nearly as much on IT as their bigger brethren this year.

  • July 12, 2005 12 Jul'05

    Product roundup: Server discounts and Wi-Fi tools on tap

    Here's a collection of this week's product and service announcements for small and medium-sized companies.

  • July 11, 2005 11 Jul'05

    Don't have a successful data warehouse? Blame your CEO

    If you're disappointed with your data warehouse performance, find out whether your CEO is doing a good job integrating disparate business units.

  • July 07, 2005 07 Jul'05

    Salaries for SOX accountants on the rise

    Strong demand -- and short supply -- means experienced Sarbanes-Oxley accountants don't come cheap.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Champy: Find your competitive edge

    Companies are becoming increasingly similar in how they operate -- and now they must compete on merits other than price.

  • July 06, 2005 06 Jul'05

    Gartner to SMBs: Consider leasing computer equipment

    No money down, no buyer's remorse, no PC disposal costs. What's stopping SMBs from leasing computer equipment?

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    Project expert: Four steps to success

    One hospital's project implementation runs up against a hard deadline, leaving the testing phase incomplete. Another hospital's project is dropped in the face of massive organizational change. A county's project flounders after a shift in the ...

  • June 30, 2005 30 Jun'05

    VoIP, Web conferences add to compliance confusion

    Should you be recording Web conference chats? What about audio records? It's confusing territory for IT execs striving for compliance.

  • June 23, 2005 23 Jun'05

    IT governance: Keep it simple

    At Ameritrade, clear priorities and transparent governance show IT's business value and enables its success.

  • June 21, 2005 21 Jun'05

    CardSystems admits stolen data violated policy

    The credit card processing company's CEO told a newspaper the 40 million accounts now at risk should have been expunged. So why weren't they?

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    Performance dashboards and scorecards: The new face of BI

    Business intelligence tools have caught on with management -- find out how performance dashboards and scorecards can help you further capitalize on the benefits of BI tools.

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    Security Bytes: Phishers exploit MasterCard breach

    Elsewhere, Trojans attack Britain and security holes are found in the Opera browser, SpamAssassin.

  • June 15, 2005 15 Jun'05

    Sarbanes-Oxley: Seven steps to CYA

    Don't repeat the same Sarbanes-Oxley mistakes you made last year. Take this tip sheet to your next compliance meeting.

  • June 10, 2005 10 Jun'05

    CIO survey reveals confidence dip

    They may be hiring and spending this quarter, but plenty of CIOs are losing sleep over the current U.S. economic confusion.

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    Gartner picks best offshore destinations

    According to Gartner research, 5% of IT jobs have gone overseas, and 25% will be "offshored" by 2010. Global sourcing is inevitable and Gartner analysts are encouraging CIOs to embrace this trend rather than resist it. However, there is a negative ...

  • June 08, 2005 08 Jun'05

    CIO how-to: The art of developing direct reports

    Most IT professionals want to develop new skills, do well and be rewarded with more pay and higher-level positions. Unfortunately, IT executives often don't do enough to help employees get there.

  • June 07, 2005 07 Jun'05

    Can your firm develop a sustainable edge?

    Companies are always looking for ways to get ahead or stay ahead. How can your competitors help you? How does IT fit into the plan?

  • June 06, 2005 06 Jun'05

    Data manager wanted: Communication skills required

    Data center managers with technical backgrounds need to pick up soft skills like communication and business competence to manage IT systems in the on-demand environment.

  • May 31, 2005 31 May'05

    Who best to define spyware?

    Who's best qualified to define what is and isn't spyware -- your congressman or your online user community? Security experts say no entity can do it alone.

  • May 25, 2005 25 May'05

    Spyware vs. viruses: Two different fights

    Malware, whether it be spyware, adware or viruses, has been the focus of many recent studies conducted by the media, universities and vendors. And despite their differences, the studies consistently show that anti-virus programs can achieve 100% ...

  • May 24, 2005 24 May'05

    Bakery samples ERP flavors

    When updating its stale IT system, Tasty Baking Co. weighed Oracle against SAP.

  • May 20, 2005 20 May'05

    Getting control of runaway Microsoft Excel spreadsheets

    Excel spreadsheets have run amok in many organizations. Here are five tips for reigning them in -- and making them prove their BI potential.

  • May 17, 2005 17 May'05

    Confronting Web services challenges and realities

    Web services still faces two obstacles -- one technical, the other managerial.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    Explaining IT to the CEO

    CEOs who do their homework -- and study the benefits of IT -- are proving that technology can benefit the bottom line.

  • May 09, 2005 09 May'05

    Is the "CIO" title fitting?

    When it comes to senior-ranking IT officers, a CIO by any other name can be confusing. Why do some companies balk at the notion of a CIO while others brag about it?

  • May 03, 2005 03 May'05

    Quantrix takes on Excel

    Romco CFO Craig Burket found a simple cure for all those Excel headaches.

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