Tech Decision Maker

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  • Scott Lowe // April 21, 2009, 1:23 PM PST

    Finance your way to financial equilibrium

    Many organizations are looking for projects with quick payback. By creatively leveraging borrowing (either through a loan or leasing), you can undertake these kinds of projects without impacting cash flow or budget and begin to immediately realize the benefits. Benny Sisko talks about one way he's financing a small project that will have a positive net impact.


  • Toni Bowers // April 22, 2009, 10:48 PM PST

    Have to tackle writing a business case? Here's everything you need to know

    Creating a business case for a new tech implementation can be a huge task for an IT leader not used to dealing with the broader business picture. But following the advice in this special report can give you a leg up on the whole process.


  • John McKee // April 23, 2009, 8:59 AM PST

    Why does Apple rise while the rest fall?

    Apple Inc.'s recent successful results are causing debate about the reasons behind it. John M McKee, leadership and business coach, considers both sides of the issue in this article.


  • Scott Lowe // April 26, 2009, 4:09 AM PST

    Reviewing your pandemic plans has just become job #1

    With the focus on bird flu in recent years, it's sort of unexpected to hear that the latest pandemic might, in fact, not come from flying descendents of dinosaurs but might be the result of a combination of human, bird and swine influenza viruses that have evolved inside pigs and into a new virus capable of human to human transmission. Regardless of the viruses origins, now is the time for organizations to review pandemic plans to make sure that information is current and actionable. It might even be time to take minor steps in preparation for a more serious outbreak. Scott Lowe provides a brief overview of his staff's plans.


  • Bob Gourley // April 27, 2009, 1:39 AM PST

    What does the Oracle-Sun news mean for enterprise CTOs?

    Bob Gourley of reflects on the significance of the Oracle-Sun merger. In light of this new development, he has some suggestions for enterprise CIOs and CTOs.


  • Scott Lowe // April 30, 2009, 1:30 PM PST

    Five internal signs that you need a new job

    Job changes are traumatic and sometimes difficult to absorb. However, they can be just what the doctor ordered to bring some joy back to life. Scott Lowe discusses the five signs that you might need to consider a fresh start.


  • Michael Krigsman // May 3, 2009, 7:52 PM PST

    Senate introduces important IT watchdog bill

    Senator Thomas Carper introduced legislation designed to increase oversight, transparency, and monitoring of federal government IT projects. Blogger Michael Krigsman believes the legislation takes an important step forward to address uncontrolled government waste on IT projects.


  • Fadi Albatal // May 4, 2009, 10:05 PM PST

    Seven things to consider when evaluating data deduplication solutions

    The mandate now and for the foreseeable future is to reduce capital expenditures, lower operating costs and save energy. Deduplication technology improves efficiency and saves money -- just what is needed as IT budgets are tightened while mission critical data continues to grow.


  • Rick Freedman // May 5, 2009, 1:49 PM PST

    Keep the three management roles in an IT project separate

    Rick Freedman explains why he thinks the clear separation of three distinct roles -- project manager, technical manager, and relationship manager -- gives projects a better probability of success and client satisfaction.


  • John McKee // May 7, 2009, 7:09 AM PST

    Does your organization have a purpose? Do you?

    Despite their best efforts many companies and individuals are failing today. In this article, executive and business coach John M McKee makes the case that what they may need to survive is something to believe in.


  • Scott Lowe // May 7, 2009, 1:52 PM PST

    A vendor acquisition creates a conundrum

    Scott Lowe looks at a recent software acquisition that is causing widespread dismay in many colleges and universities. How do you prepare for change when a trusted vendor is bought by a "big bad" organization?


  • Rick Freedman // May 19, 2009, 8:46 PM PST

    The spectrum of innovation in IT project management

    Rick Freedman explores the special characteristics of innovative IT projects. He discusses how projects fit into a broad spectrum of innovation and how project management oversight is applied.


  • Scott Lowe // May 11, 2009, 1:47 PM PST

    Visit an adult site at work and go to prison

    An Ohio man was convicted on a hacking charge for using his work-provided computer in a way not sanctioned by his employer. Specifically, Richard Wolf spent 100 work hours visiting various adult web sites rather than working. Instead of simply being fired, Mr. Wolf is instead convicted of hacking. Read an overview of the case and let us know what you think. Should Mr. Wolf have this conviction on his record?


  • John McKee // May 21, 2009, 6:17 AM PST

    Why leaders must stop accepting trying over doing

    Today, more than ever, leaders need results; but with fewer resources, many goals are being missed. In this article, executive and leadership coach John M McKee provides an approach that will improve performance and ease the load on the leader.


  • Scott Lowe // May 20, 2009, 1:40 PM PST

    Four keys to business intelligence success

    Business intelligence encompasses a wide array of services. Scott Lowe provides his take on the "BI failure fault" question and briefly describes Westminster College's modest BI efforts.