CIO Symmetry:

Strategy for CIOs


October 9, 2009  2:10 PM

The challenge of managing risk when IT budgets tighten



Posted by: Linda Tucci
Midmarket CIO, Risk management, Strategy for CIOs

I see an interesting sea change when it comes to risk: Thanks to the recession, as IT risk management is constrained by tightening IT budgets, the risk of doing business goes up. As part of my security, compliance and disaster recovery coverage this year, I’ve listened to a lot of experts talk...

October 7, 2009  9:00 PM

Why cybersecurity awareness is everyone’s responsibility



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

October is national Cyber Security Awareness month! The campaign, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a partnership that works with the government as well as corporate sponsors, encourages online safety and best practices to protect...


October 2, 2009  2:58 PM

What Google Wave means for IT: Collaboration in IT management tools



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
business process management, Google Wave, Midmarket CIO, Project Management, Strategy for CIOs

The rush for Google Wave has begun. The much-anticipated release of Google’s collaboration tool has generated media hype, exclusive invites to try the beta and even


September 18, 2009  2:47 PM

Social networking, real-time data feeds — where does that leave IT?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
CIO, employee productivity, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

The District of Columbia has won the 2009 Innovations in American Government Award in Urban Policy for its


August 27, 2009  9:08 PM

Multitasking in IT: Sought-after skill or burnout bedlam?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

In a world of information overload, many of us have turned multitasking into a way of life (I have done so with the help of RedBull). But are our efforts actually making us more efficient?


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...


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...


May 8, 2009  1:58 PM

Open source cloud computing: The future midmarket sweet spot?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Customer relationship management, Interoperability, Midmarket CIO, Open Cloud, Open source, Strategy for CIOs, SugarCRM

What happens when open source and cloud computing collide? Cost savings, flexibility and (at least one open source vendor hopes) midmarket CIOs checking it out. Open source CRM provider SugarCRM has launched an on-demand version of its software that is included free with an on-premise...


March 20, 2009  3:07 PM

March Madness 2009: What network slowdown?



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

March Madness has officially started. Offices are buzzing with pick-to-win pools, friendly competition amongst peers and co-workers -- and the network slowdown caused by streaming live videos of the game. Is your network up to snuff and prepared to...


March 6, 2009  5:50 PM

Obama chooses a federal CIO: The next generation of CIOs?



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

President Obama selected Vivek Kundra as his first federal CIO. Kundra, formerly chief technology officer for the District...


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