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

  • Deciphering the term "Fixed Mobile Convergence"

    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...

  • SaaS - Software revolution or a warmed-over buzzword?

    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 sin...

  • One CIO's strategy for battling accountants

    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 bott...

  • Snap decisions may be the best ones

    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.

  • Synergy: Buzzword or code word?

    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...

  • Make better decisions with less information

    John Sheesley - October 22, 2008, 5:11 AM PST

    Make better decisions with less information

    Is it possible to have too much information to make a decision? The obvious answer is yes, but what's key is how you define what 'too much' information is. By minimizing the amount of information abou...

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

    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 cou...

  • Deciding to create a culture of innovation

    John Sheesley - November 18, 2008, 5:12 AM PST

    Deciding to create a culture of innovation

    Innovation isn't one of those things that just happen. You have to make it happen. This video shows how one Internet entrepreneur dropped out of college to start a business built around innovation.

  • Be an IT leader, not a lemming

    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 y...

  • Do we really need one more mobile device?

    John Sheesley - November 10, 2008, 6:31 AM PST

    Do we really need one more mobile device?

    Here's a video showing Intel CEO Paul Otellini demoing a new mobile Internet based device. After notebooks, netbooks, MIDs, and cell phones, do we really need one more mobile device? What do you think...

  • Sometimes it helps to be a little crazy

    John Sheesley - November 11, 2008, 5:13 AM PST

    Sometimes it helps to be a little crazy

    Einstein was famous for saying that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Einstein never worked in IT of course. And sometimes being a lit...

  • How do you decide who gets what machine?

    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?

  • Why do rational people make irrational decisions?

    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.

  • Should users be allowed to supply their own computers?

    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?

  • From Web 2.0 to DotBomb 2.0?

    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 possibili...