IT in the Ad Biz:

April, 2008


April 29, 2008  12:55 AM

Exchange 2007 Migration

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

I'm sleeping better at night. We're in the middle of a major project, part of which involves consolidating way too many e-mail servers onto a single Exchange 2007 server. We never really planned to end up with as many e-mail servers as we did, but through a combination of growth and acquisitions,...

April 28, 2008  2:24 AM

Virtualizing the Ad Agency

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

Virtualization seems to have taken the IT world by storm, and those of us in the Advertising business are along for the ride. I've been playing around with virtualization myself for over a year now, and I only see this becoming a bigger part of our business in the future. It starts at the...

April 23, 2008  8:29 PM

IT Discussion Boards

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

You would think this one would be a no-brainer for those of us in Advertising. So much of Web 2.0 seems to be geared towards advertising, it just seems like everybody in this business should be experts and well-versed in everything which makes up Web 2.0. On the contrary, I am often amazed at...

April 17, 2008  2:20 AM

Vista and the Death of Windows

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

Ok, who hasn't read about this one? Since Gartner issued their report last week on the current state of Windows, it seems like everybody has had something to say about this topic. Since this one has a little bit of that "Mac vs PC" edge to it, I thought I might as well chime in with my own Vista...

April 15, 2008  10:16 PM

MidMarket CIOs (and IT Directors)

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

I ran across the following article at eWeek today, regarding MidMarket CIOs, and it struck me as especially relative to my own situation. I wrote about

April 11, 2008  3:16 PM

Paying Attention to Pricing Models

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

Over the last several days, I've gotten pretty worked up over some vendor pricing models. I understand that vendors are attempting to recoup the investment they have in developing their products, but unfortunately the pricing model vendors may choose to adopt can hit you particularly hard. It's...

April 8, 2008  4:19 PM

Growing the IT Department (or Managing Expansion)

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

There. I always wanted to use "Growing the IT Department" for a title. A few years back, I presented at an Ad Agency CIO Conference, and my topic at the time was "Managing Contraction". I'm here to tell you that growing the department is a lot more enjoyable (but not necessarily any...

April 5, 2008  3:47 PM

Supporting Creative

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

This is another of those interesting issues I mentioned in my first post, and one that I argued makes our industry unique from an IT perspective. Today, I'd like to discuss some of the issues which surround the support of a large Creative contingent. While I'd like to keep the discussion...

April 1, 2008  3:35 PM

The Mac is a Wonderful (and Secure) Platform

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

I've already received one e-mail from a reader pointing me to a blog post refuting the claims of security issues with the Mac . I suppose I should...


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