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August 26, 2010  2:55 PM

Hair-raising approaches to data backups



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, data storage

We are smack dab in the middle of hurricane season, but SMBs should be keeping an eye on well-intentioned employees in addition to the local forecast. Like the intern who was hired to perform daily data backups to tape drives and mail them to the SMB’s disaster recovery location -- an off-site...

August 24, 2010  3:55 PM

Trade promotion management: A missing opportunity?



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, trade promotion management

If you read Linda Tucci's recent story on the efforts of Tasty Baking Co. to find a workable solution for trade promotion management, you may have been struck, as I was, about why TPM can...


August 19, 2010  6:26 PM

ITIL helps set IT service catalog expectations



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, ITIL, ITSM

I don't know about you, but to me, ITIL (or IT Infrastructure Library) is a little overwhelming. I'm only looking at using the ITIL framework as an IT service catalog tool, and I get a little...


August 17, 2010  1:01 PM

Midsized companies migrating to Windows 7 find the payback worthwhile



Posted by: Ed Scannell
CIO, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

If the sagging economy has forced midsized companies to delay hiring more IT staff, maybe migrating to Windows 7 can move them off that dime.

In a recent


August 11, 2010  6:31 PM

Top five free Microsoft downloads



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, free Microsoft downloads, server management, systems management

Every once in a while I like to check out what Microsoft admins are downloading these days. I sometimes do a search on Google, but to get a feel for the work being done in Microsoft shops, I always return to the Microsoft...

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August 10, 2010  4:20 PM

The end of online anonymity, part 2



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, data privacy

Google CEO Eric Schmidt's statement last week about the end of online anonymity recalls similar words by one of his former colleagues, Scott McNealy of Sun, more than a decade...


August 5, 2010  1:33 PM

Agile best practices applied to business problems



Posted by: Christina Torode
agile projects, CIO

In the past few years, Ross Pettit, client principal at Chicago-based ThoughtWorks Inc., has seen a shift in client requests. The agile software development consulting firm’s projects are still mainly...


August 3, 2010  1:20 PM

Check your mobile security policies as smartphones, apps proliferate



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, mobile devices, smartphones

For some firms that dole out smartphones to their employees, the mobile security policy might consist of remotely wiping the phone if it's lost or...


July 30, 2010  2:48 PM

A world without legacy systems



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Agile, Midmarket CIO

How frustrating is it to be one of the little guys without the resources to bear for big projects. Well, those frustrations may actually be easier to deal with than the alternative: Being a large company entrenched in legacy systems. I came across a blog post recently by Scott Adams,...


July 29, 2010  8:39 PM

Taking notations on agile data modeling



Posted by: Christina Torode
Agile, CIO

You can’t talk about agile data modeling without mentioning Scott Ambler, whom many consider the authority if not founder of agile data modeling. In this


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