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February 24, 2010  5:15 PM

The year of desktop virtualization

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

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 16, 2010  8:10 PM

Virtualization aids in disaster recovery when budget is tight

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

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 9, 2010  5:45 PM

IT staff motivation: HR, tech leaders out of sync

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

Sure, there are many IT professionals out there who are happy to just have a job; but as we move into 2010 and enterprises begin to dust off delayed projects, is your IT staff motivated enough to stay? I ask because I just read the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


February 1, 2010  9:18 PM

Business intelligence software as a revenue generator

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

You’ve gotten them: those 10-page documents detailing your cell phone bill, credit card account or bank statement. But now, because of the economy, you may start to receive those statements in an online-only format -- with business intelligence (BI) options built in. At least that’s the...


January 26, 2010  4:03 PM

Cloud computing: Does IT scalability translate into business agility?

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

I was talking to an analyst recently about how to improve IT responsiveness when the subject of cloud computing came up. The cloud lets IT scale out servers and entire platforms pretty quickly, which to me translates into better IT response times and, in turn, increased business agility. A...


January 12, 2010  9:21 PM

IT and business alignment tactics

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

IT and business alignment is a challenge with which CIOs struggle daily, and it's bound to remain that way, with recent data showing that IT managers are predicting  0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


January 8, 2010  3:54 PM

Can enterprise business intelligence be agile?

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

Instead of spending years developing an enterprise business intelligence strategy to consolidate BI tools and come to a corporate-wide agreement on key performance indicators, some enterprises are finding that an iterative approach at the departmental and business unit level is more...


November 20, 2009  5:10 PM

Customer feedback management: Is anybody listening?

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

I recently made my first big purchase -- a new vehicle -- and I made my mind up pretty much before I entered the showroom floor, thanks to customer feedback I gathered on the Internet. What surprised me when I went to test drive my dream SUV was the lack of customer feedback management being done...


November 13, 2009  7:32 PM

UMD CIO Forum highlights the role of IT innovation, Web 2.0 potential

AlexanderHoward Alexander Howard Profile: AlexanderHoward

Last week at the University of Maryland’s 10th Annual CIO Forum, a succession of CIOs from the government, health care and publishing industries described how they are harnessing IT innovation with limited resources during the recession. The featured speakers also discussed what they see as the...


September 3, 2009  8:02 PM

Gmail outage raises issue of control

Christina Torode Christina Torode Profile: Christina Torode

While talking to an IT director about Google’s Gmail outage yesterday, I realized that it wasn’t so much the outage itself that bothered him (his...


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