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 // 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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  • John Sheesley // September 10, 2008, 4:55 AM PST

    The Palin pick shows the benefit of bold decision making

    When you're faced with having to make a major decision, you may sometimes want to go the 'safe' route and pick a tried and true solution. Sometimes however, you can have a bigger impact by making an unexpected choice. Change the game by making a bold decision.

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  • John Sheesley // September 11, 2008, 7:23 AM PST

    What buzzword would you eliminate from the English language?

    There are just some words that you hear over and over that don't mean anything and just drive you crazy. If you had the power, what word or words would you eliminate from the English language?

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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 // 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 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 // 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.

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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 // August 8, 2008, 3:14 AM PST

    Strategies you can use to keep tech salesmen from bugging you

    Salespeople use all sorts of different tricks to try to get a hold of you to make a sales call. We've seen some of their tricks. Now here are some tricks of your own that you can use to defend against them.

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  • John Sheesley // August 1, 2008, 5:26 AM PST

    Learn how tech salespeople get past your gatekeeper

    Salespeople use all sorts of tricks to get our attention. Knowing these tricks can help keep you for being taken for a ride. Here are some tips that salespeople share with each other to get past your gatekeepers.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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