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 7, 2008, 6:00 AM PST

    You may be a conformist and not even know it

    The decisions you make for your organization may not be as objective as you'd like to think. Often the opinions of others can have a subtle effect on your decisions. People may be influencing you and you might not even know it. Don't let them.

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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 // 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 // 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 // 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 // April 25, 2008, 5:45 AM PST

    Using Second Life for decision support

    Second Life is used for all sorts of things. Here's a video from YouTube that shows Decision Support World. I'm sorry, I just don't get it.

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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 // April 21, 2008, 5:55 AM PST

    What drives your company's decision making process?

    What's the key driver for the decision making process for your company? User needs? Office Politics? Take our poll and sound off about how things are done at your company.

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  • John Sheesley // April 17, 2008, 2:36 AM PST

    Take THAT, Microsoft - IBM is switching to the Mac

    IBM is switching to the Mac! IBM is switching to the Mac! Microsoft is DOOMED! Ok, maybe not so much, but IBM's Mac pilot program outlines a great way for your company to decide about how to upgrade software or switch platforms. Read on.

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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 // April 14, 2008, 5:51 AM PST

    Welcome to 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 impact in their organization, and which ones to avoid. Welcome aboard!

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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 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 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 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 // 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 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 // 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 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 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 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 // 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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