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April 22, 2010  7:03 PM

How one CIO guaranteed the use of BI dashboards



Posted by: Christina Torode
Business Intelligence, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

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...

April 21, 2010  2:58 PM

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



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
data breach, Midmarket CIO, SMB security, Strategy for CIOs

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...


April 8, 2010  7:57 PM

Is security part of your vendor risk assessment process?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
data breach, Midmarket CIO, SMB security

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 SearchCIO-Midmarket.com on the...


April 2, 2010  2:06 PM

Microsoft business intelligence tools here in May



Posted by: Christina Torode
Business Intelligence, CIO, Microsoft

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.

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October 16, 2009  1:47 PM

Pervasive BI scenarios, from search technology to the cloud



Posted by: Christina Torode
Business Intelligence, cloud computing, midmarket businesses

Whenever I go to a show related to business intelligence or speak with an expert in the field of BI, there are endless opinions on how to get more out of BI and get that data out to more users. One answer that keeps coming up is search technology; another is cloud computing. Back in June at BI...


September 10, 2009  6:49 PM

ERP implementations: In search of ERP best practices



Posted by: Christina Torode
Enterprise resource planning

Besides the obvious blockades to an ERP implementation -- the cost and the potential long-term disruptions to the business -- midmarket companies are still moving forward with ERP projects. I’ve been getting some interesting questions about how to move an ERP project forward since sharing


January 30, 2009  4:09 PM

Heartland ‘low and slow’ data breach not likely at SMBs?



Posted by: Linda Tucci
data breach, SMB security

Reporters hear this a lot when it comes to SMB security: The security risks facing small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are often identical to those at big companies, only different in scale. The spam and viruses coming through email are as much a plague on SMBs as they are on the big guys....


September 9, 2008  8:01 PM

Google steps up to preserve the nuances of American history



Posted by: The Weave
CIO, DataManagement, Google, Midmarket CIO, MSM

I used to write for newspapers. Which is a bit like saying I was a telegraph operator, in that both jobs carry a certain romanticism linked to their glory years and are widely considered irrelevant today. As Nelson on The Simpsons once pointed out:


April 17, 2008  3:17 PM

Report: Stacks of printed data selling for 50 cents



Posted by: The Weave
CIO, DataManagement, Midmarket CIO

This story would be hilarious if it weren’t so damn scary. Turns out that a new report from Symantec Corp. found that credit card numbers sell on the...


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