Tech Decision Maker

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  • Patrick Gray // July 6, 2008, 11:07 PM PST

    Note to IT: Stop whining

    IT, like every department in the company, has a thankless infrastructure element that no one acknowledges until it breaks. So it's time to buck up and stop whining.

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  • Tom Olzak // July 7, 2008, 4:33 AM PST

    Five things IT can do to prepare for e-discovery

    Failure to prepare for inevitable e-discovery requests can result in the court levying imposing sanctions. Attention to a short list of preparation tasks can help make dealing with discovery issues less challenging.

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  • Bill Stronge // July 8, 2008, 2:02 PM PST

    Manage project time requirements with these methods

    If you're trying to get a handle on project time requirements, these project management methods will put you in a better position to come away with a plan that you can explain and execute.

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  • John McKee // July 10, 2008, 3:05 AM PST

    Best leaders ask, "What's the worst that can happen?"

    Many leaders fail and whine. The best recognize that they can learn a lot from others. Talking to employees, competitors, customers, or anyone else who may have an opinion; they never shy away from asking a lot of questions.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // July 10, 2008, 10:35 PM PST

    A strategy primer for IT leaders

    The word "strategy" has been so overused lately that its meaning has been diluted and often rendered pointless. Ilya Bogorad takes up the case for strategy and its importance in the organization and your career.

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  • Ramon Padilla jr. // July 13, 2008, 9:24 AM PST

    Performance, image, and exposure important for IT success

    The performance, image, exposure model is commonly used to help individuals manage their careers. The same model can also be applied to the IT organization as a whole and can prove quite useful in managing IT's role in the enterprise.

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  • Bill Stronge // July 14, 2008, 10:00 PM PST

    Consider Enterprise Environmental Factors when planning IT projects

    Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEFs) are corporate, environmental, and governmental variables that can determine how you manage certain aspects of a project. Bill Stronge lists examples of common EEFs and offers questions you need to ask at the start of each project.

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  • Scott Lowe // July 16, 2008, 12:02 AM PST

    Losing a key team member – Loss and opportunity

    Losing a superstar is never easy. Last week, Scott Lowe's right-hand person submitted his resignation. Moving fast and in partnership with others at Westminster College, he's well on the way to getting a new face into this critical position.

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  • Tricia Liebert // July 16, 2008, 2:58 AM PST

    When your network admin hijacks your system

    The situation has finally happened. A network admin has brought a city to its knees by changing the master system password. What IT leadership needs to learn from this situation. And what they need to do to cope.

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  • John McKee // July 17, 2008, 1:52 AM PST

    My five favorite success strategies

    Difficult times call for new approaches to succeed. If you're open to new ideas or trying approaches which you've never used before here are 5 strategies that John M McKee has seen used successfully by many of his clients over the years.

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  • Scott Lowe // July 20, 2008, 10:53 PM PST

    Four ways to reduce energy costs and environmental impact

    With green IT, it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to make an impact in your organization. Here are four ways to get started and see the impact on ROI.

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  • Toni Bowers // July 21, 2008, 1:56 AM PST

    7 enterprise management tools for shops with a tight budget

    Leaders in IT shops with tight budgets (and aren't they all these days?) might want to take a look at these enterprise management tools that cost under $10,000.

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  • Tom Olzak // July 22, 2008, 12:47 AM PST

    Critical to e-discovery: Messaging retrieval and protection

    In this third installment of a series on electronic information discovery, we look at electronic messaging challenges, risk related to improper management of messages, requirements for selecting an automated message archiving solution, and two vendor approaches to messaging discovery management.

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  • Patrick Gray // July 23, 2008, 9:17 PM PST

    IT: Ending the whining

    This follow-up to Note to IT: Stop the whining seeks to give IT pros some usable advice for how to clean up their tarnished images.

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  • Toni Bowers // July 22, 2008, 9:08 PM PST

    End users more vulnerable to spear phishing scams

    It may surprise you to find out how vulnerable end users are to phishing attacks. Now a new application may let you constructively realign end user behavior to protect your company's assets.

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