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

  • The eternal IT debate: Build or buy?

    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...

    John Sheesley · October 15, 2008, 4:59 AM PST

  • From Web 2.0 to DotBomb 2.0?

    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 possibili...

    John Sheesley · October 14, 2008, 4:58 AM PST

  • What has the economic meltdown done to your IT projects?

    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 dis...

    John Sheesley · October 10, 2008, 6:05 AM PST

  • Should users be allowed to supply their own computers?

    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 9, 2008, 8:03 AM PST

  • Why do rational people make irrational decisions?

    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 8, 2008, 4:40 AM PST

  • How do you decide who gets what machine?

    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 3, 2008, 5:18 AM PST

  • Are netbooks a growing trend or a passing fad?

    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 2, 2008, 6:26 AM PST

  • Deciding the proper user/IT support ratio

    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 ZD...

    John Sheesley · October 1, 2008, 5:22 AM PST

  • Lenovo responds to TR's ThinkPad discussion

    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 L...

    John Sheesley · September 26, 2008, 5:41 AM PST

  • Give a presentation like Steve Jobs

    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 t...

    John Sheesley · September 24, 2008, 7:56 AM PST

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

    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 22, 2008, 8:26 AM PST

  • Building Enterprise 2.0 with Web 2.0 technologies

    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...

    John Sheesley · September 19, 2008, 6:08 AM PST

  • Synergy: Buzzword or code word?

    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...

    John Sheesley · September 17, 2008, 7:04 AM PST

  • Snap decisions may be the best ones

    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 15, 2008, 8:03 AM PST

  • One CIO's strategy for battling accountants

    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 bott...

    John Sheesley · September 12, 2008, 4:33 AM PST