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 // October 15, 2008, 4:59 AM PST

    The eternal IT debate: Build or buy?

    The classic conundrum is IT has always been between building the solution yourself or buying it from someone else. Let's look at some of the common build vs. buy scenarios and see how to make the best decision between them.

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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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  • John Sheesley // October 10, 2008, 6:05 AM PST

    What has the economic meltdown done to your IT projects?

    One of the, if not the primary, factor to take into consideration when rolling out a new IT project is ensuring there's an available budget for it. With the economy in a near meltdown, budgets are disappearing as fast as Wall Street investment banks. Has it affected you yet?

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  • John Sheesley // October 9, 2008, 8:03 AM PST

    Should users be allowed to supply their own computers?

    In an attempt to show the power of virtualization, Citrix has implemented a policy to allow users to purchase any computer they want. Is a BYOC policy a good idea or a bad idea?

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  • John Sheesley // October 8, 2008, 4:40 AM PST

    Why do rational people make irrational decisions?

    Otherwise bright people sometimes do the dumbest things. In this video from TR sister site BNET, author Ori Brafman discusses some of the reasons why in stories from his book Sway.

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  • John Sheesley // October 3, 2008, 5:18 AM PST

    How do you decide who gets what machine?

    You can only hold on to old machines for so long. Eventually equipment has to be replaced. Doing so requires a strategy. How do you decide who gets what machine in your organization?

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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 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 // September 26, 2008, 5:41 AM PST

    Lenovo responds to TR's ThinkPad discussion

    I posted an article in Classics Rock questioning whether ThinkPad quality had declined since Lenovo took over. Suspicious activity occurred in the discussion that lead to me declaring Shenanigans on Lenovo. Finally, someone officially from Lenovo turned up in the forum.

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  • John Sheesley // September 24, 2008, 7:56 AM PST

    Give a presentation like Steve Jobs

    Being an IT leader is more than just making a plan. You need to sell others on your ideas. Here's a video from TR's sister site BNET that takes apart Steve Jobs' presentation style and shows you how to use it to your advantage.

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  • John Sheesley // September 22, 2008, 8:26 AM PST

    What do you look for in a laptop? And who's the best?

    When you choose a laptop for yourself or your organization, what's the key factor you look for? And what's your favorite vendor? Take the both the polls here and make your voice known.

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  • John Sheesley // September 19, 2008, 6:08 AM PST

    Building Enterprise 2.0 with Web 2.0 technologies

    The buzzword Web 2.0 is kicked around quite a bit, but there's actually a little bit of something to it. This video from ZDNet shows how you can use Web 2.0 technologies to enhance information flow in your organization.

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  • John Sheesley // September 17, 2008, 7:04 AM PST

    Synergy: Buzzword or code word?

    In a previous post I asked TR members to list some of the most hated buzzwords they've encountered. The word Synergy came up quite often. However, is the word more of a buzzword or a codeword? I think it's more of the latter.

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  • John Sheesley // September 15, 2008, 8:03 AM PST

    Snap decisions may be the best ones

    What's the best way to make a decision? Take your time and think through all your options and their consequences and then decide or go with your first reaction? Sometimes snap judgments can be best.

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  • John Sheesley // September 12, 2008, 4:33 AM PST

    One CIO's strategy for battling accountants

    If IT has an arch-enemy in an organization, it's usually finance. We have strategies and solutions that can help make the business more efficient, but accountants are often too concerned with the bottom line. Here's how one CIO deals with accountants.

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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 // 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 // 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 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 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 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 7, 2008, 6:00 AM PST

    You may be a conformist and not even know it

    The decisions you make for your organization may not be as objective as you'd like to think. Often the opinions of others can have a subtle effect on your decisions. People may be influencing you and you might not even know it. Don't let them.

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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 // May 13, 2008, 6:59 AM PST

    Tobak gets it wrong - You're not a bunch of sheep

    CNET's Steven Tobak says that the media isn't biased. Instead, we just feed you content we know you'll click on, and any media bias is your fault. There's something severely wrong with this argument.

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  • John Sheesley // May 16, 2008, 6:12 AM PST

    Deciphering the term "Fixed Mobile Convergence"

    Does the term Fixed Mobile Convergence really mean anything or is it just one of those marketing terms? It's a little bit of both. What a vendor means by it depends on what they have for sale. But you can still use the concept to your benefit.

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  • John Sheesley // June 10, 2008, 7:28 AM PST

    SaaS - Software revolution or a warmed-over buzzword?

    Lately, one of the acronyms you see bandied about lately is SaaS - Software as a Service. With all the buzz about it, it may sound like a cool new revolutionary concept. Actually, it's been around since the dot-com boom days. Finally however, technology may have caught up with the original concept. What does it mean for IT leaders?

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