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 // 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 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 // May 1, 2008, 6:12 AM PST

    To USB or not to USB, that's the security question

    USB Flash drives are everywhere. Not only can you use them to store data, you can also use them to boot secured workstations. Which is more of a hassle, blocking USB drives or supporting them? This entry discusses the problem and the implications of your decisions about flash drives.

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  • John Sheesley // May 2, 2008, 6:16 AM PST

    Do you pay attention to software EULAs?

    EULAs are necessary evils when it comes to installing software. You can ignore them, but do so at your own peril. At the same time, I don't think many people pay attention to them. Take our poll about EULAs and see how you compare with other TechRepublic members.

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  • John Sheesley // April 23, 2008, 5:43 AM PST

    Beware of vendor lock-in upfront, or be prepared to pay later

    Vendors don't love you. They love your money and your business. They'll be nice if that's what it takes to get your money at first, but after that, if they can lock you into their solution and keep draining your wallet, they will. Would a vendor really treat a customer that way? Read on.

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  • John Sheesley // May 5, 2008, 6:07 AM PST

    Microsoft shows the importance of not wavering in negotiations

    Sometimes you can win by losing. Microsoft walked away from Yahoo, but at the same time probably 'won' by not upping its bid. It seems like the best way to win a negotiation is to do exactly what Microsoft did - draw a line in the sand and don't cross it.

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  • John Sheesley // April 28, 2008, 6:15 AM PST

    The more things change, the more they stay the same

    When doing some research for Classics Rock today, I found an old TechMail tip we sent out in April 2000 concerning change management. Unsurprisingly, its a topic we still deal with 8 years after that tip was written. Check out the tip here and see its relevance today.

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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 // 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 // September 5, 2008, 4:45 AM PST

    Business intelligence: New trend, retreaded buzzword, or oxymoron?

    You've heard the buzzwords before: Business Intelligence. Data Mining. Decision Support Systems. What does Business Intelligence really mean and are we finally getting near to delivering to business the information it needs to succeed?

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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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  • 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.

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