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 // June 17, 2008, 5:37 AM PST

    Will Firefox 3.0 rekindle the browser wars?

    Firefox 3.0 has finally launched. Will it relaunch the browser wars of the 90's? Take our poll and see what other TechRepublic members think.

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  • John Sheesley // June 18, 2008, 5:39 AM PST

    Firefox 3.0 memory improvements -- Fact or Fiction?

    Firefox 3.0 is supposed to be less resource hungry than Firefox 2.0. Sadly it's not. I ran a test that showed that Firefox 3.0 uses more memory and releases less of it when it's done.

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  • John Sheesley // July 3, 2008, 8:43 AM PST

    Can you really declare independence from Microsoft?

    Microsoft is kind of like the weather. Everybody complains about their software, but nobody does anything about. Can you *really* declare independence if you wanted to? I'm not so sure. Here's why.

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  • John Sheesley // July 7, 2008, 7:02 AM PST

    Does used equipment make sense -- even in this economy?

    One constant we face in IT is ever tightening budgets. One way to ease the financial pain is by purchasing used or refurbished equipment rather than new. Is it a good option or not? Read on and take the poll.

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  • John Sheesley // July 11, 2008, 6:23 AM PST

    Influence decisions with help from Johnny Carson

    When recommending a strategy, product, or new technology for your organization, the direct approach might not always be the best way. If you properly frame the argument before you make it, getting people to do what you want is a whole lot easier.

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  • John Sheesley // July 15, 2008, 5:09 AM PST

    Are you "The Decider"?

    Just because you're an IT *leader*, it doesn't mean you necessarily get to make the ultimate decision. Take our poll and see where you compare with other TechRepublic members in your powers of decision enforcement.

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  • John Sheesley // July 16, 2008, 5:21 AM PST

    Is $38,000 too much to pay for an iPhone?

    When Apple shipped the new iPhone, it lowered the price. But what does an iPhone really cost? How about $38,000? Or would you believe over $200,000? Deciding the true costs of the iPhone.

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  • John Sheesley // July 18, 2008, 4:24 AM PST

    Deciphering the term "SOA"

    SOA stands for Service Oriented Architecture. It's one of those acronyms you see bandied about all over the place. But what does it really mean? Here's my best guess and some SOA resources.

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  • John Sheesley // July 23, 2008, 5:35 AM PST

    Destroying the planet one iPhone at a time

    Your shiny new iPhone is killing the planet... and that new laptop too... and your server... along with every other piece of electronics you own. Here's a look at the environmental impact of how electronics are made and what to do about it.

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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 // July 22, 2008, 5:19 AM PST

    Boil a frog to get things done

    You can't cook a frog by tossing it in a pot of boiling water. It will jump right out. The same thing happens if you try to push major change in an organization. Make your decisions stick the same way you boil a frog - turn up the heat slowly.

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  • John Sheesley // July 25, 2008, 5:15 AM PST

    The perception of Vista doesn't match the reality of Mojave

    Microsoft demoed a new operating system called Mojave to Vista haters. They loved it. Surprise! It was Vista the whole time. How much does the perception of a product drive the reality of the marketplace?

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  • John Sheesley // August 6, 2008, 5:36 AM PST

    Yahoo demonstrates the double-edged sword of DRM

    Content creators like the idea of DRM because it allows them to control who accesses their creations, which they think is a good thing. Yahoo recently demonstrated how DRM can create a headache when it decided to shut down its DRM servers.

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  • John Sheesley // July 29, 2008, 5:54 AM PST

    Overcome the resistance to change with a grassroots rebellion

    What do Prohibition, women's suffrage, gay rights, and PCs in business all have in common? They all started out as grassroots rebellions which lead to major changes in business and society. You can do the same thing.

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  • 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.

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