CIO Symmetry:

Midmarket CIO


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 22, 2010  3:03 PM

Rise of the middle manager: Jobs in IT project management still hot



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
IT project and portfolio management, Midmarket CIO, Project Management, Strategy for CIOs

2010 might be the year of the middle...


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...


January 8, 2010  3:23 PM

IT job opportunities in 2010 include BPM



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
business process management, CIO Jobs, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

I recently spoke with a number of midmarket IT managers and executives about moving on from 2009 and moving into 2010. One topic that came up quite a bit during these conversations was where IT job opportunities and careers were headed. Almost everyone agreed that


December 18, 2009  3:34 PM

In BPM vendor merger, is anybody afraid of the Big Blue wolf?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
business process management, Midmarket CIO

IBM announced this week that it was buying Lombardi, a successful and well-known BPM technology vendor. Lombardi has a range of tools that are...


December 11, 2009  3:02 PM

Paying the price for server uptime



Posted by: Karen Guglielmo
fault tolerance servers, Midmarket CIO, server uptime, Strategy for CIOs

What’s the price for server uptime? How much would you be willing to invest to maintain five 9s of availability on your mission-critical line of business applications? With limited budgets and resources, many midmarket companies are investing an average of $20,000 in fault-tolerant servers and...


December 4, 2009  3:24 PM

What’s going on in IT as the CIO role changes?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO Jobs, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

As the role of the CIO evolves to include more of the business and strategic decision making and less of some of the techy details, the CIO may be missing what's going on across IT in some situations. But...


November 20, 2009  4:21 PM

Salesforce.com’s Chatter: A collaboration tool worth talking about



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, collaboration tools, Midmarket CIO

Salesforce.com has announced that it has developed a collaboration platform that brings social networking into the enterprise -- Salesforce Chatter. And for the more than 60,000 Salesforce.com customers, Chatter should be something to talk about.


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...


November 13, 2009  2:54 PM

What is transparency, and how can Agile practices help?



Posted by: Karen Guglielmo
Agile, CIO, Midmarket CIO

As I was interviewing experts and practitioners this week on the uses of Agile practices, the term transparency kept popping up in comments about the benefits of using this type of software development methodology. So I started thinking: What is transparency, and how does Agile help achieve...


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