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December 2, 2010  4:50 PM

How do you know if your SaaS provider is healthy? Here’s the scoop

Posted by: Linda Tucci

How do you know if your SaaS provider is a good choice? A session at the recent MIT Sloan CFO Summit provided some insight that might prove useful the next time you're...

November 24, 2010  2:50 PM

Time to take stock of your online reputation

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, online reputation

The buildup and tear-down of a business’ online reputation is akin to neighbors gossiping over the fences, except for the fact that social networking sites allow millions of strangers to see and hear why you would never buy your produce again from a regional grocery chain. Back in the day,...

November 19, 2010  2:36 PM

Business is accountable for changing the IT culture, too

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, corporate culture, IT culture, IT/Business Leadership

Alice, from the comic strip “Dilbert,” asks IT nemesis Wally to make a change to a report. Wally’s response: “I need a business plan for your request.” The exchange is telling of an IT culture stereotype -- “Why can’t IT just...

November 11, 2010  7:09 PM

Political underpinnings of data governance

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, data governance

I asked Gwen Thomas, founder of the Data Governance Institute, how businesses’ data management plans were changing ,...

November 4, 2010  8:01 PM

IT service catalogs moving beyond walls of IT

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, IT service catalog

IT service catalogs are apparently back in vogue. The cloud, in part, is driving this renewed interest. People want to use IT service catalogs to manage cloud services that are delivered to various business units, and charge them...

October 26, 2010  5:55 PM

Ozzie leaves behind Microsoft’s technology vision

Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, Leadership, Microsoft

Last week, I brought up the topic of chief software architect Ray Ozzie leaving Microsoft. Since then, Ozzie, who rarely issues public statements, published a 3,453-word letter as a farewell and a final technology vision for...

October 21, 2010  7:06 PM

Where’s the love for Microsoft technologies?

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, Microsoft

Remember when Microsoft’s marketing machine could make up a word like goodness to describe a new software feature, and people would eat it up like, well, chocolate? The ooohs and aaahs at shows -- and not just Microsoft-sponsored ones -- when the vendor demonstrated products, were a bit...

October 19, 2010  6:05 PM

Ozzie’s leaving the latest sign to break up Microsoft?

Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, Microsoft

It's been years since the talk to break up Microsoft. When the company was on trial for antitrust violations in 2000, many experts felt that a breakup was just punishment. But as time went on, many others, from a purely...

October 14, 2010  6:03 PM

Virtual data center: A panacea for governance

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, virtual data center, Virtualization

Virtualization, to me, is in many ways like vitamin supplements: Whether you want to save money, pool resources or make employees more productive, there’s a virtualization pill for that. What I hadn’t considered was how developing a

October 12, 2010  1:00 PM

Mobile workforce will soon demand iPad-type tablets

Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, iPad, mobile workforce

If ever there was a no-brainer reason to get an iPad, or some kind of equivalent thin tablet computer that will be coming soon from

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