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September 21, 2012  5:25 PM

Big demand for big data analytics pros

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

In this week's SearchCIO.com Searchlight we have  a bevvy, a big ol' bonanza -- ok -- a bunch of interesting bits you may have missed in your own web travels.  Read about why being brainy is beautiful when it comes to big data analytics; learn about a media project that puts the "big" in...

September 14, 2012  4:56 PM

Gamification proves powerful weapon against security lesson boredom

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Not all aspects of dealing with technology are fun. But sometimes technology itself can pep things up. This week, the SearchCIO.com Searchlight shines upon a few examples of the innovative thinking that keeps IT fresh. For example, did you know that refreshing your security policy knowledge...


September 7, 2012  5:51 PM

A little healthy competition helps drive tech innovation

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

For some folks the start of the fall season brings thoughts of  leaf peeping and apple picking. But  at SearchCIO.com Searchlight we can't help but think of competition. A presidential election, NFL football, a new school year - it's all noses to grindstones in order to come out on top as...


August 24, 2012  8:19 PM

The art of tech innovation draws from youthful creativity

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

It's back to school time and, if you're picking up some crayons for the kiddies, maybe grab one of those 64-count Crayola boxes for yourself. In this week's SearchCIO.com Searchlight, graffiti artist Erik Wahl explains why a sniff of your old waxy friends can calm you down and lift up your creative...


July 20, 2012  7:55 PM

Conquering brain drain and big data analytics

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Is there anyone out there who didn't have the longest, hottest week since ever? We're going to keep this brief, as our brains are more melted than hoax-ified Canadian currency....


July 10, 2012  9:09 PM

Why you don’t want to Excel at virtualization capacity management

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Let me be honest here: I would be thoroughly impressed with myself if I could successfully compile a grocery list on Excel. I offer this as a disclaimer. But even though funnels befuddle me and I've managed to merge information straight into the ether, there is one thing I do know about Excel --...


June 5, 2012  3:41 PM

CIO skills in most demand: The ability to ‘helicopter’

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

I've been collecting chief information officer jobs ads for the past month (yes, an exercise that smacks of not having a life) to find out which CIO skills are in demand in the here and now....


May 31, 2012  9:22 PM

The talent to fill soft skills gap may be closer than you think

Karen Goulart Karen Goulart Profile: Karen Goulart

Did you know there may be unicorns in your IT organization? Let me explain. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about how IT leaders are looking to fill soft skills...

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May 31, 2012  6:44 PM

Why IT spend as a percentage of revenue doesn’t work

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

Using IT spend as a percentage of revenue to figure out how to divvy up IT investments doesn’t work in many large companies. For one, most enterprises have varied business units and goals. One business unit might be in fast-growth mode and require more tech spending; another might be mature and...


May 16, 2012  3:29 PM

Disaster recovery documentation falling short

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

I spoke with a CIO years ago who went around his data center and randomly shut down servers. He did this for two reasons. For starters, if no one noticed that the server was off for a week, it obviously wasn’t needed. The other, more important reason? He wanted to see how his IT staff...


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