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June 10, 2010  3:57 PM

When it comes to an agile model, failure is an option

Posted by: Christina Torode
Agile, CIO

It’s OK to fail when taking an agile approach to a business service or software development project, but if you fail, fail fast. As one expert explained to me, if you don’t fail, you don’t really...

June 9, 2010  9:03 PM

IT talent is in high demand, so focus on employee retention strategies

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
IT jobs, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

If employee retention strategies haven't been a priority for you as of late, now may be a good time to refresh your staff priorities, because IT talent is in high demand. According to the June Dice report, 71% of technology recruiters and hiring managers expect to add more staff in the second...

June 3, 2010  3:15 PM

Why using social media is like sex

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Midmarket CIO, Web 2.0

"Social [media] is like sex -- fun to read about, fun to look at, but to really understand it, you have to do it." How's that for an attention getter? That's how Nigel Fenwick, principal analyst at Forrester Research, ended his session on social media for the CIO at last week's Forrester IT...

May 27, 2010  8:51 PM

Is the new CIO role of today cultivating CEOs of the future?

Posted by: Kristen Caretta

The CIO role is changing -- there's no doubt about that -- but the question remains: What does the new CIO role comprise? During her keynote presentation at the Forrester IT Forum in Las Vegas this week, Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, said the

May 20, 2010  9:42 PM

USB memory sticks spark concern — but still prove hard to pass up

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Midmarket CIO, Risk management, SMB security, Strategy for CIOs

"Is this safe?" seemed to be the first question out of everyone's mouth when a colleague of mine was handing out USB memory sticks at the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. The tiny memory sticks did not contain malicious material -- only tips and information on

May 18, 2010  8:04 PM

Why using Microsoft Excel in SMB IT makes sense

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Business Intelligence, Microsoft, Midmarket CIO, Project Management

It's no surprise that many organizations are using Microsoft Excel. Evolving from more than just a simple spreadsheet application, Excel is used for everything from simple project management to

May 13, 2010  8:01 PM

A hidden benefit of cloud computing disaster recovery

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, cloud computing, disaster recovery

Maybe this is obvious to others, but it wasn’t to me when I was talking to a systems integrator about its new cloud computing disaster recovery service. Although cloud computing is not exactly being embraced by all for disaster recovery, due to incomplete SLAs -- and the possibility of the...

May 11, 2010  7:46 PM

Is Square the midmarket mobile payment solution?

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Midmarket CIO, Mobile, SMB security

The Square credit card swiper and mobile application could help small to midsized companies seal the deal for sales made while on the go. But it's up to IT managers and CIOs to balance the ease-of-use business benefits with any security concerns.


May 4, 2010  7:28 PM

Cross-browser compatibility empowers users, business

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Midmarket CIO, SaaS

Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) market share has gone down again. The once-king of Web browsers now accounts for less than 60% of the market, and users are opting for

April 29, 2010  7:14 PM

Disaster recovery plans gain traction in the cloud

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, disaster recovery, disaster recovery plan

Midmarket companies’ disaster recovery plans are heading into the cloud. An informal survey by Forrester Research of its SMB customers showed that 12% to 15% are using online backup services. “Since [the cloud providers] have the data and system images hosted for you, they will recover you...

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