CIO Symmetry

April 22, 2010  7:03 PM

How one CIO guaranteed the use of BI dashboards

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

The crew at outdoor apparel and accessory retailer Eastern Mountain Sports knows a thing or two about motivation. They are guides, not employees, after all, who traverse mountains themselves. But since introducing Information Builders’ BI dashboards across its 64 stores, competition has kicked up a notch.

Several new contests or “face-offs” between stores have popped up since real-time sales stats made a debut on BI dashboards for all to see. Now, there are also best-place sales competitions among guides, stores and distribution managers.
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April 21, 2010  2:58 PM

Apple’s lost iPhone a lesson in chain of custody, data loss prevention

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

Security threats are everywhere. Not just your traditional hackers and cybercriminals — I’m talking about the people who work for you. Those who absent-mindedly leave a laptop in an airport or misplace a flash drive are putting your company’s data at risk.

This type of data loss is pretty common, no matter how serious you are about security. Just ask Apple.

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April 15, 2010  7:50 PM

More colleges move to cloud email like Gmail, ditch in-house email

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

Colleges across the country have started turning to cloud email services such as Gmail in an effort to cut costs. It’s not entirely surprising, either: IT shops have been toying with the idea of moving to Gmail or other cloud email services for some time, and younger generations of users are already using cloud email services, even circumventing the email programs provided to them by the college in favor of the ones they check most often.
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April 8, 2010  7:57 PM

Is security part of your vendor risk assessment process?

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

Security continues to be a top priority for IT organizations shelling out budget dollars and planning for the future. But do you know the right questions to ask when evaluating potential security vendors and service providers?

This week, I wrote a story for on the importance of performing vendor risk assessments on your data recovery service providers — something not many organizations regularly do today. According to Paul Reymann, CEO of security consulting firm Reymann Group Inc., the importance of vetting third-party data recovery providers is just not on the radar screen of many organizations.

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April 2, 2010  2:06 PM

Microsoft business intelligence tools here in May

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

I just got word from Microsoft that they plan to release Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 — with the new Microsoft business intelligence (BI) features — on May 12. Continued »

March 25, 2010  9:03 PM

Cloud computing pricing sky high for some

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

CIO Rich Secor decided to look into cloud computing pricing to see what all the buzz was about. Could it save his company, Health Advances LLC, some money? Could it provide better application performance? Continued »

March 25, 2010  8:26 PM

Gaga for Google Fiber? We’re all a bit crazy when it comes to tech

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

The Google Fiber for communities deadline is right around the corner. In an effort to test out its plans for high-speed broadband and fiber-to-the-home connections, Google has asked interested communities to step forward and express why they might be a good fit for the super-fast test installation. Continued »

March 19, 2010  3:04 PM

IT execs weigh in on cloud computing and IT business transformation

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

I was at a Boston Society for Information Management (SIM) event the other day on transformation: how CIOs are transforming the business and the role of IT, but what struck me is how little a role cloud computing was playing, as of yet, in business or IT transformation. Continued »

March 18, 2010  8:19 PM

Top IT certifications: Do they matter to you?

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

How important are IT certifications today? As organizations start to hire again (there were 58,229 available tech jobs on this month), IT certifications could help potential candidates stand out from the competition — and possibly make more money. Continued »

March 11, 2010  3:15 PM

Why one IT guy found Windows 7 to be too user-friendly

Kristen Caretta Kristen Caretta Profile: Kristen Caretta

There has been a lot of Windows 7 coverage on — everything from planning your migration strategy to making it your last operating system. Part of the appeal of the new OS is that it makes your computer faster and easier to use. Or, as Microsoft says, “Meet Windows 7: Your PC, simplified.” Continued »

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