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February 13, 2009  3:56 PM

What the tweet? Using Twitter as a business tool

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs, Web 2.0

It took a lot of coaxing to get me to start using Twitter. It wasn't that I didn’t want to join. It wasn't because I didn’t understand it. I just didn’t get it. I didn’t see what the big deal was. To be frank, I didn’t think I...

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....

January 26, 2009  3:35 PM

Hyper-V update: Yes, it works with Linux

Posted by: mschlack
Hyper-V, Linux, SQL Server, System Center, Ubuntu, Virtualization, WSUS

The Hyper-V experiment continues. My three Server 2008 VMs are extremely stable -- no crashes at all, nine days continuous running. I made a number of restarts to address various upgrades and all three VMs came back automatically. Am also using a VM to test Windows 7, and no problems there...

January 16, 2009  3:15 PM

Is a Windows 7 migration inevitable for XP users?

Posted by: EditorAnne
migration, Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP support

So Windows 7 is out in beta. My colleague Mark Schlack took it for a test drive and wasn’t impressed (see Windows 7migration: First thoughts). Yet at some point,...

January 8, 2009  10:35 PM

Should midmarket companies have one virtualization environment?

Posted by: mschlack
Hyper-V, Virtualization

A lot of budget-strapped CIOs are going to be telling their systems and storage directors to take another look at consolidation this year. These days, consolidation means virtualization. Only recently, that mainly meant VMware ESX. That is still the weapon of choice for many...

December 19, 2008  3:58 PM

Vendor gifts: Holiday cheer or ethical dilemma?

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Midmarket CIO, Vendor Relationships

Twas the night before deadline and all through the office, we worked with our heads down, appeasing our bosses. But what to my weary eyes should appear? The USPS delivery, bringing vendor-purchased cheer! Brown, unmarked boxes of who knows what, Cookies?...

December 16, 2008  4:09 PM

IT budgets should include agility and innovation in light of recession

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, CIO Jobs, Midmarket CIO

We’re almost at the end of 2008.


It’s been a year of cutbacks, layoffs, crashes and downturns. We’ve started using the word recession and are planning 2009 budgets...

December 9, 2008  9:11 PM

Recent FBI vishing scam warning an old issue

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Hacking, Midmarket CIO, Security, VoIP

Last Friday, the FBI issued a warning about a security vulnerability that could be used by cybercriminals to make vishing telephone scams.

Vishing (combining phishing and voice)...

December 5, 2008  2:46 PM

Bank of America rolls out new secure online banking tool

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Midmarket CIO, Security

Bank of America has introduced a new security feature for customers – the SafePass Card. Adding more protection to transactions, the SafePass Card is Bank of America’s next layer of secure online banking.


December 1, 2008  7:27 PM

Protect that Facebook profile: The risks of social networking sites

Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Midmarket CIO, Security, Web 2.0

Facebook is keeping people linked together both personally and professionally. Knowing that, it’s important to keep an eye on the security of your accounts on social networking sites -- and the integrity of your online persona.

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