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From software prices to EHR security: The latest advice for CIOs

Our most popular tech advice coverage spans pricing, electronic health records and more. Here's our latest roundup.

From a decline in some types of software prices to licensing options for Microsoft's Windows 2008, opportunities to make IT operations more efficient have led our tech advice coverage in recent weeks. We've also featured the latest on electronic health record (EHR) security and data center outsourcing. Here's a roundup of some of our most popular tips:

 Pricing out Windows Server 2008 for virtualization cost efficiency
[Christina Torode, Senior News Writer]
Midmarket companies have half a dozen options for Microsoft Hyper-V, with some editions of Windows Server 2008 proving more cost effective for some virtualization strategies.

 Val IT: A little-known IT governance framework that may save you money
[Kristen Caretta, Associate Editor]
Take your project and portfolio management strategy to the next level with the Val IT governance framework from the IT Governance Institute.

 SaaS, cloud computing lead to cuts in application hosting pricing
[Christina Torode, Senior News Writer]
Analysts expect application hosting pricing to decline due to cloud computing and SaaS, but not everyone will be able to renegotiate their contracts. Here's what's going on.

 Locking down security in the move to electronic medical records
[Linda Tucci, Senior News Writer]
An IT pro shares security and project success tips gleaned from his two-year odyssey to move a group medical practice to electronic health records.

 A CIO explains how to make a data center outsourcing decision
[Niel Nickolaisen, Contributor]
Our CIO columnist discusses his criteria for making a data center outsourcing decision. Hint: It's not about the servers.

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