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January 29, 2010  5:30 PM

SharePoint 2010 good, Enterprise 2.0 tools may be better



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

If you've missed the SharePoint boat, now might not be the best time to buy your ticket.

While Microsoft unveiled some new features in SharePoint 2010, new users might not find them compelling enough to jump on board now. Many of its collaboration features and Enterprise 2.0 tools have been in...

January 15, 2010  4:29 PM

Migrating from XP to Windows 7: When, why and how?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Microsoft Windows, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs, Windows 7, Windows XP support

I've recently spoken with a lot of IT managers about Windows 7 in preparation for upcoming coverage. Overall, everyone wants to know when they should migrate from XP to Windows 7 and why they would want to. In fact, I'm quite curious, too.

For the most part, midmarket IT shops currently...


November 19, 2009  7:54 PM

Experts: Role-based access to apps can improve productivity, training



Posted by: Karen Guglielmo
business process management, Microsoft, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

The hardest part of implementing business process management (BPM), ERP or even customer relationship management (CRM) can be training users to do their jobs using the new tool. To...


August 6, 2009  1:50 PM

Sought-after IT jobs — lawsuit-filing not among them



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CIO, CIO Jobs, Employment, Job Development, Microsoft, Microsoft Certified Professional, Midmarket CIO, Project Management Professional

IT jobs are down this year. Mix that lack of employment opportunity with an exceptionally tough job market (the average national unemployment rate is up to 9.4% as of July 2009), and you get some pretty frustrated individuals. One such individual is taking her frustrations to the next level and...


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...


February 20, 2009  5:08 PM

Qualities of a good leader: Avoid layoffs at all cost?



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

An article on our sister site, SearchCIO.com, this week highlighted the qualities of a good leader during a recession, culling advice from leadership experts and CIOs. The list...


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,...


November 21, 2008  4:15 PM

Recession or not, we can still give thanks for technology



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, Google, Microsoft, Midmarket CIO, Mobile, Security

Years ago, writing a “grateful” journal was all the rage. Helps to keep things in perspective (at least, that’s what Oprah told us). So, given that it’s been such a tough year for business, I thought I’d step back and see what I could find to be thankful for....


October 17, 2008  2:20 PM

Microsoft hosts midmarket CIOs – Vote for the biggest CIO challenge



Posted by: EditorAnne
Blogs, CIO, CIO Jobs, Hacking, Microsoft, Midmarket CIO, Outsourcing

A midmarket CIO’s challenges are many, and I’m always amazed by the stories I hear when I’m out on the road meeting many of you.

This week I touched down in Redmond for Microsoft’s US Midsize Business CIO Summit, an...


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