Decision Central

Bypass the technical jargon and marketing double-talk, and figure out what's best for your organization. Decision Central will help IT leaders identify the technologies that can have the biggest impac

  • John Sheesley // November 25, 2008, 4:03 AM PST

    Deciding when it's time to quit

    There are just some projects that refuse to die. They take on a life of their own. At some point, you just have to cut bait. But how do you decide when it's time to quit and just go on?

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  • John Sheesley // November 21, 2008, 9:37 AM PST

    Do smart phones really provide productivity gains?

    There was a time when all you could do with a phone is talk. Now, with the iPhone, the Blackberry Storm and Google's Android phones, the ability to talk seems to be a minor feature. Has feature creep eliminated the productivity gains in these devices? Or are they worth all the bells and whistles?

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  • John Sheesley // November 18, 2008, 5:12 AM PST

    Deciding to create a culture of innovation

    Innovation isn't one of those things that just happen. You have to make it happen. This video shows how one Internet entrepreneur dropped out of college to start a business built around innovation.

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  • John Sheesley // November 14, 2008, 1:12 AM PST

    If computers are like cars, then who's GM?

    We often use cars as analogies for computers when trying to explain things to users. Can a further analogy be drawn? Is the computer industry also like the auto industry? Not exactly, although you could made a few comparisons.

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  • John Sheesley // November 11, 2008, 5:13 AM PST

    Sometimes it helps to be a little crazy

    Einstein was famous for saying that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Einstein never worked in IT of course. And sometimes being a little crazy helps get things done.

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  • John Sheesley // November 10, 2008, 6:31 AM PST

    Do we really need one more mobile device?

    Here's a video showing Intel CEO Paul Otellini demoing a new mobile Internet based device. After notebooks, netbooks, MIDs, and cell phones, do we really need one more mobile device? What do you think and how will it affect IT?

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  • John Sheesley // November 7, 2008, 4:12 AM PST

    Be an IT leader, not a lemming

    You're supposed to be an IT leader - using your knowledge about technology to help improve the organization. But are you a lemming instead? Forget the stereotype, being a lemming might be worse that you think.

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  • John Sheesley // November 6, 2008, 6:20 AM PST

    Does Geek Squad give a good or bad impression of IT consultants?

    Quite a few people don't deal with IT people directly in their line of work. Instead, they do so only when they have problems with technology we provide. Others only experience IT through customer support channels like Geek Squad. Does Geek Squad give a good impression or bad impression of IT?

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  • John Sheesley // November 3, 2008, 6:20 AM PST

    Name the key factor driving your voting decision

    We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to help decide who are leaders are going to be. It's not always any easy choice, and you don't always get the best candidates to choose from. What are the key factors that help you decide who to vote for?

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  • John Sheesley // October 28, 2008, 5:28 AM PST

    How can TechRepublic help you decide about products?

    A recent study by Jupiter Research and BuzzLogic has suggested that blogs are more influential in product decisions than friends on social networks. What can a site like TechRepublic, which has a mix of bloggers and social networking, do to help you make better product decisions?

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  • John Sheesley // October 27, 2008, 7:21 AM PST

    Process 300 million transactions a day without going crazy

    And you think you've got a busy day. How'd you like to be the CIO responsible for processing 300 million transactions a day? This CIO Session video comes from ZDNet and discusses what Visa CIO Michael Dreyer has to do to keep Visa running smoothly.

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  • John Sheesley // October 24, 2008, 2:34 AM PST

    What influences you in making a final product decision?

    When you have a product purchasing decision to make, there are usually dozens of different makes and models to choose from. Trying to sort out the differences isn't always easy to do without taking input from external sources. What things help influence you to make a final purchase decision?

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  • John Sheesley // October 22, 2008, 5:11 AM PST

    Make better decisions with less information

    Is it possible to have too much information to make a decision? The obvious answer is yes, but what's key is how you define what 'too much' information is. By minimizing the amount of information about a situation, you can come up with a better decision making result.

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  • John Sheesley // October 20, 2008, 7:48 AM PST

    Is price no object to the typical Apple customer?

    Apple recently freshened the Mac line, including souped up CPUs and new graphics from nVidia. What didn't change however was the Mac price point. Although there's now a (barely) sub-$1000 Mac, most Macs are higher priced compared to many Windows machines. Is price less of a factor to a Mac customer?

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  • John Sheesley // October 17, 2008, 5:32 AM PST

    If you sit out Vista, what are your alternatives?

    Steve Ballmer has finally come out and said that it's ok with him if you sit out Vista and stick with XP until Windows 7 ships. But will you wait? And when 7 ships, will you sit out that as well?

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  • John Sheesley // November 25, 2008, 4:03 AM PST

    Deciding when it's time to quit

    There are just some projects that refuse to die. They take on a life of their own. At some point, you just have to cut bait. But how do you decide when it's time to quit and just go on?

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  • John Sheesley // May 9, 2008, 6:42 AM PST

    Problems with XP SP3 highlight the need to beware of updates

    Microsoft finally shipped SP3 for Windows XP, but even with the final release not everything works right. The last thing you want is for users to blindly install Service Packs or other updates without testing them in advance. Here's what you do about it.

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  • John Sheesley // October 22, 2008, 5:11 AM PST

    Make better decisions with less information

    Is it possible to have too much information to make a decision? The obvious answer is yes, but what's key is how you define what 'too much' information is. By minimizing the amount of information about a situation, you can come up with a better decision making result.

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  • John Sheesley // October 17, 2008, 5:32 AM PST

    If you sit out Vista, what are your alternatives?

    Steve Ballmer has finally come out and said that it's ok with him if you sit out Vista and stick with XP until Windows 7 ships. But will you wait? And when 7 ships, will you sit out that as well?

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  • John Sheesley // October 20, 2008, 7:48 AM PST

    Is price no object to the typical Apple customer?

    Apple recently freshened the Mac line, including souped up CPUs and new graphics from nVidia. What didn't change however was the Mac price point. Although there's now a (barely) sub-$1000 Mac, most Macs are higher priced compared to many Windows machines. Is price less of a factor to a Mac customer?

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  • John Sheesley // November 3, 2008, 6:20 AM PST

    Name the key factor driving your voting decision

    We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to help decide who are leaders are going to be. It's not always any easy choice, and you don't always get the best candidates to choose from. What are the key factors that help you decide who to vote for?

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  • John Sheesley // November 6, 2008, 6:20 AM PST

    Does Geek Squad give a good or bad impression of IT consultants?

    Quite a few people don't deal with IT people directly in their line of work. Instead, they do so only when they have problems with technology we provide. Others only experience IT through customer support channels like Geek Squad. Does Geek Squad give a good impression or bad impression of IT?

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  • John Sheesley // November 7, 2008, 4:12 AM PST

    Be an IT leader, not a lemming

    You're supposed to be an IT leader - using your knowledge about technology to help improve the organization. But are you a lemming instead? Forget the stereotype, being a lemming might be worse that you think.

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  • John Sheesley // November 10, 2008, 6:31 AM PST

    Do we really need one more mobile device?

    Here's a video showing Intel CEO Paul Otellini demoing a new mobile Internet based device. After notebooks, netbooks, MIDs, and cell phones, do we really need one more mobile device? What do you think and how will it affect IT?

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  • John Sheesley // October 1, 2008, 5:22 AM PST

    Deciding the proper user/IT support ratio

    When figuring out staffing in your IT department, one of the hardest thing to do is to figure out exactly how much support staff you need based on the number of users you have. Here's a video from ZDNet that recommends a 60:1 ratio and why.

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  • John Sheesley // October 2, 2008, 6:26 AM PST

    Are netbooks a growing trend or a passing fad?

    Small form-factor laptops have popped up from nearly nowhere. Some people call the netbook the wave of the future. Others dismiss them as toys. Which is it?

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  • John Sheesley // October 24, 2008, 2:34 AM PST

    What influences you in making a final product decision?

    When you have a product purchasing decision to make, there are usually dozens of different makes and models to choose from. Trying to sort out the differences isn't always easy to do without taking input from external sources. What things help influence you to make a final purchase decision?

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  • John Sheesley // October 27, 2008, 7:21 AM PST

    Process 300 million transactions a day without going crazy

    And you think you've got a busy day. How'd you like to be the CIO responsible for processing 300 million transactions a day? This CIO Session video comes from ZDNet and discusses what Visa CIO Michael Dreyer has to do to keep Visa running smoothly.

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  • John Sheesley // October 28, 2008, 5:28 AM PST

    How can TechRepublic help you decide about products?

    A recent study by Jupiter Research and BuzzLogic has suggested that blogs are more influential in product decisions than friends on social networks. What can a site like TechRepublic, which has a mix of bloggers and social networking, do to help you make better product decisions?

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  • John Sheesley // October 14, 2008, 4:58 AM PST

    From Web 2.0 to DotBomb 2.0?

    The dawn of the 21st century saw a lot of Internet companies crash and burn in the first DotBomb era. With the recent economic problems, Rafe Needleman from Webware talks to CNETTV about the possibility of Web 2.0 companies following them into oblivion.

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