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 // 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 // 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 // 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 // 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 // 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 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 // 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 // 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 // May 9, 2008, 6:42 AM PST

    Problems with XP SP3 highlight the need to beware of updates

    Microsoft finally shipped SP3 for Windows XP, but even with the final release not everything works right. The last thing you want is for users to blindly install Service Packs or other updates without testing them in advance. Here's what you do about it.

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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 // 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 // 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?

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  • 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.

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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 // 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?

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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 // 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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  • John Sheesley // April 16, 2008, 1:32 PM PST

    Believe it or not, you CAN make a business case for Windows Vista

    Windows Vista is everyone's favorite whipping boy. But there are reasons to deploy Windows Vista other than to just get Aero Glass on your workstations. With an objective look at Vista matched to the needs of your organization, believe it or not, you can make a business case for Windows Vista.

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  • John Sheesley // November 14, 2008, 1:12 AM PST

    If computers are like cars, then who's GM?

    We often use cars as analogies for computers when trying to explain things to users. Can a further analogy be drawn? Is the computer industry also like the auto industry? Not exactly, although you could made a few comparisons.

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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 // 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 // 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 // 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 // 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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