February, 2010

February 26, 2010  4:14 PM

Public sector challenges mitigated by IT governance framework

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, IT governance

My background is in community journalism, so public sector challenges -- strained municipal budgets and efforts to improve education, health care and other city services -- are all too familiar to me. But rarely do I get to put that knowledge to work nowadays, as I did this...

February 24, 2010  8:56 PM

Is it better to work for an outsourcing provider than for corporate IT?

Posted by: Linda Tucci
CIO careers, IT outsourcing, outsourcing provider

Consultant Tom Young has been mulling over the good, the bad and all the ugliness of outsourcing contracts for 13 years, eight of them with the IT advisory firm TPI, where he is managing director of the CIO services and infrastructure group. Before that, he was a financial director at AT&T...

February 24, 2010  5:15 PM

The year of desktop virtualization

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, desktop virtualization, VDI, virtual desktops, virtual infrastructure

When the audience at VMworld 2008 was asked if anyone had virtualized hundreds of desktops, I saw only one person raise his hand. This year, anecdotally, VMware said at its partner show that the majority of its customers are evaluating, testing or rolling out its virtual desktop infrastructure...

February 22, 2010  6:06 PM

CIO weekly wrap-up: Is the Windows 7 phone suited for the enterprise?

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, CIO weekly wrap-up

The New York Times caught my eye today with this piece on whether the Windows 7 phone will be better than the...

February 19, 2010  3:48 PM

WordPress problems: Temporary blog failure shows need for DR, BC plans

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
business continuity, CIO, Disaster recovery, vendor management

It's been a week of mea culpas. Following Google's admission that it didn't handle the launch of Google Buzz very well, on...

February 17, 2010  9:34 PM

What business continuity plans? I have a business to run!

Posted by: Linda Tucci
business continuity, CIO

Ahh, the irony! Organizations that have been through some kind of a disaster certainly understand the value of business continuity plans. But for most everybody else? “When you talk about having a plan that could cost $20,000, $50,000 or $100,000, and might sit on a shelf and gather dust, for...

February 16, 2010  8:10 PM

Virtualization aids in disaster recovery when budget is tight

Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, Disaster recovery

Many large companies try to maintain hot sites that are in lockstep with the production environment, but this disaster recovery plan isn’t always realistic. Configurations drift, or IT staff simply don’t have the time -- or the budget -- to mirror every aspect of their production...

February 15, 2010  4:56 PM

CIO weekly wrap-up: Google Buzz privacy, Lean methodologies and BPA

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, CIO weekly wrap-up

Why, yes, I am working on President's Day -- are you? When I logged on this morning after a mostly-offline weekend, I discovered that people are still buzzing about privacy issues related to Google...

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February 12, 2010  3:51 PM

Silicon Valley economy: Recession hitting IT hard at its epicenter

Posted by: Rachel Lebeaux
CIO, CIO careers, IT hiring

A few weeks ago, over a delicious dinner of Thai food with my uncle visiting from the Palo Alto area, I went on and on about my job here at and about all the various social media platforms on which my work now relies, including Twitter, LinkedIn and, of...

February 10, 2010  9:24 PM

Beware the dark side of the IT PMO

Posted by: Linda Tucci
CIO, CIO careers, IT PMO

Ten minutes after filing a story on the virtues of an enterprise project management office, I got a call from a CIO I’d gotten to know over the years informing me that he had been fired. On a Friday...

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