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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 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 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.

Companies...


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 28, 2010  8:47 PM

Don’t let IT problems creep up on you — take control with strong IT leadership



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Leadership, Midmarket CIO, Networking, Strategy for CIOs

Terry Childs, former network admin for the city of San Francisco, was recently found guilty of one felony count of denying computer services. In 2008, Childs refused to hand over


April 22, 2010  7:03 PM

How one CIO guaranteed the use of BI dashboards



Posted by: Christina Torode
Business Intelligence, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

The crew at outdoor apparel and accessory retailer Eastern Mountain Sports knows a thing or two about motivation. They are guides, not employees, after all, who traverse mountains themselves. But since introducing Information Builders’ BI dashboards across its 64 stores, competition has kicked up...


April 21, 2010  2:58 PM

Apple’s lost iPhone a lesson in chain of custody, data loss prevention



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
data breach, Midmarket CIO, SMB security, Strategy for CIOs

Security threats are everywhere. Not just your traditional hackers and cybercriminals -- I'm talking about the people who work for you. Those who absent-mindedly leave a laptop in an airport or misplace a flash drive are putting your company's data at risk.

This type of data loss is pretty...


April 15, 2010  7:50 PM

More colleges move to cloud email like Gmail, ditch in-house email



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Google, Midmarket CIO

Colleges across the country have started turning to cloud email services such as Gmail in an effort to cut costs. It's...


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