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July 31, 2009  2:44 PM

IT project failures not the only reason CIOs get fired



Posted by: EditorAnne
Chief information officer, CIO, Midmarket CIO, Project Management

What’s going to get you fired from your CIO job? I was reminded this week of all the ways CIOs risk termination, from failed IT projects to jobs that outgrow them, during a “town meeting” (aka moderated conference call) on IT project...

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July 24, 2009  3:30 PM

Microsoft releases code to the Linux community — and?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Linux, Microsoft, Midmarket CIO, Open source

When Microsoft (historically not a fan of the GPL) announced this week that it would release 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community (meant to enhance the performance of Linux...


July 17, 2009  2:48 PM

With PPM software, don’t always throw in the kitchen sink



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Midmarket CIO, Project Management, Strategy for CIOs

Project and portfolio management (PPM) software is definitely not overlooked in the midmarket. According to a recent SearchCIO-Midmarket.com survey, 17% use some form of PPM software. But how many of those organizations are actually using all of what they paid for? Time and time again, I hear...


July 9, 2009  2:58 PM

Project prioritization quandary: Will index cards do the job?



Posted by: Karen Guglielmo
project prioritization, project scheduling system

Whether they’re using formal project scheduling systems or informal index cards pinned to the wall, midmarket companies are taking steps to standardize project prioritization. But are these efforts enough to address the endless list of projects in their queues? Seventy-five percent of the 236...


June 26, 2009  1:40 PM

Business knowledge management helps boost offshore strategy



Posted by: Karen Guglielmo
Outsourcing

How important is business knowledge management to the success of your offshore strategy? Pretty important, one CIO who offshores to India told me recently. Offshore workers are often at a disadvantage when providing...


June 19, 2009  3:37 PM

Using PPM software to bring financial accountability into IT



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
IT project and portfolio management, IT/business alignment

The CIO, as the liaison between business and IT, needs to know exactly what’s going on in IT and then translate it into something the business side understands: dollars and cents. To do that, the project and portfolio management (PPM) discipline -- and software -- is becoming increasingly...


June 12, 2009  5:20 PM

Five key questions about cloud computing



Posted by: Christina Torode
cloud computing

It seems every time I ask someone what they think about cloud computing, I’m asked five or more questions in return: Isn’t what cloud providers offer pretty cookie cutter? Translate that as, “They might not support the particular platforms and configurations I have.” What...


June 9, 2009  2:56 PM

Can startups get to market quicker via Amazon’s cloud computing model?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing

Amazon’s cloud computing model is allowing startup companies like Confidela to bring their products to market quicker and cheaper. The company of 15, which recently launched WatchDox, a document and permissions product, decided to utilize Amazon’s...


June 5, 2009  3:29 PM

Looming questions for managing your data protection services



Posted by: Linda Tucci
Security, Storage

Should midmarket companies consider using outside providers to manage their data protection services? For companies with smaller staffs and budgets, using a third-party provider to manage their data protection services can pay off, as long as certain issues, including security, are addressed up...


June 2, 2009  4:59 PM

Don’t be like GM: How a BPM strategy can help you avoid bankruptcy



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Business, Business process, business process management, CIO, Circuit City, generalmotors, linens n things, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs, Sustainability, Workflow

Midmarket CIOs who think of a business process management (BPM) strategy in its basic form as a tool for putting processes around purchase orders, claims or employee onboarding and offboarding should re-consider the role it plays in business sustainability during a recession, according to one...


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