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 29, 2008, 5:54 AM PST

    Overcome the resistance to change with a grassroots rebellion

    What do Prohibition, women's suffrage, gay rights, and PCs in business all have in common? They all started out as grassroots rebellions which lead to major changes in business and society. You can do the same thing.

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  • John Sheesley // July 31, 2008, 6:09 AM PST

    Five strategies to use when the rebellion comes

    Sometimes there's good reason to resist change. However, other people may not feel the same way. Here's what to do when they all get together and you're faced with a grassroots rebellion.

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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 // August 5, 2008, 6:40 AM PST

    Deciphering the term "cloud computing"

    Is Cloud Computing just a fancy marketing term for distributed computing or is it the sign of a new trend? It depends who's using it. Here's a closer look.

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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 // 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 // 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 little crazy helps get things done.

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  • 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.

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  • John Sheesley // November 21, 2008, 9:37 AM PST

    Do smart phones really provide productivity gains?

    There was a time when all you could do with a phone is talk. Now, with the iPhone, the Blackberry Storm and Google's Android phones, the ability to talk seems to be a minor feature. Has feature creep eliminated the productivity gains in these devices? Or are they worth all the bells and whistles?

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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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