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.


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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?


  • John Sheesley // August 28, 2008, 6:13 AM PST

    How to get poor by making more money in a new city

    Are you planning to chase a job to a new city? Hopefully you're getting a raise in the process, but are you really coming out ahead? Check out this calculator to find out.


  • John Sheesley // August 15, 2008, 4:00 AM PST

    Break the stereotype of age affecting IT ability

    Older IT workers may be viewed as not being current on the latest technologies. Younger IT workers may know the trends, but not know older systems. Either way, don't make the mistake of dating yourself.


  • John Sheesley // August 19, 2008, 7:45 AM PST

    Deciphering the term "rich Internet application"

    Web 2.0 has become a cliched term when it comes to describing Web sites. A new term has popped up to cover online applications: RIA or Rich Internet Application. Does it mean the same thing as Web 2.0?


  • John Sheesley // August 20, 2008, 7:07 AM PST

    What you say can -- and will -- be used against you

    As an IT leader, you don't enjoy complete freedom of speech. Beyond the words and phrases that will get you dragged down to HR on a discrimination claim, there are things you can't say as an IT leader. Here are some of them.


  • John Sheesley // August 21, 2008, 5:39 AM PST

    Why don't you get anything done?

    Lots of stuff pops up in the middle of the day to keep you from getting things accomplished. Take the poll and see what the main thing is that creates roadblocks for other TechRepublic members.


  • John Sheesley // August 13, 2008, 6:51 AM PST

    John Edwards was right -- Expect to be attacked when implementing change

    Some people don't deal well with change. They may just grumble, but other times they'll go into full attack mode - challenging you personally as well as your ideas. Here are some strategies you can use to counteract these attacks.


  • 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.