Tech Decision Maker

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  • Scott Lowe // October 15, 2008, 10:39 PM PST

    Is VDI the future of the desktop?

    I'm a fan of virtualization in all its forms, but there are some issues to consider on the desktop side of the house.

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  • Toni Bowers // October 16, 2008, 10:50 PM PST

    Need to form a PMO? These free tools may help

    Forming project management organization can be a daunting task, but it can be a little easier if you follow the advice of--and make use of free downloads provided by--veteran IT manager Jay Rollins.

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  • Patrick Gray // October 21, 2008, 5:07 AM PST

    Building a better business case

    A business case presents the cost and benefits of a proposed project, and is used as a tool to "sell" the project to the organization. Learn how to build a good one.

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  • John McKee // October 23, 2008, 1:32 AM PST

    The 9 levels of stress can tank your results

    Today both leaders and employees are under more stress than ever. Stress causes emotional behaviors that can have a bad impact on the productivity and performance of your organization. In this piece, executive and leadership coach John M McKee outlines a model showing how to lead those who are under stress and behaving badly.

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  • Scott Lowe // October 24, 2008, 2:35 AM PST

    Handling data entry mistakes--what would you do?

    Constant data entry mistakes in a critical system make this IT manager nervous. Besides creating more work for an already deluged IT department, finger pointing abounds as to the cause of the problem.

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  • Wayne Anderson // October 26, 2008, 9:35 PM PST

    Stick to perseverance

    Never underestimate the power of sticking to one path despite the obstacles. The ability to persevere is perhaps one of the most important traits of good leaders.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // October 27, 2008, 4:33 AM PST

    Costs and benefits of projects: Looking beyond the dollar signs

    You need to consider the costs and benefits of any proposal or business case in a broader sense than simply dollars and cents. The ability to identify and demonstrate them is a skill that fuels innovation and positions one as a thought leader.

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  • Paul Glen // October 28, 2008, 9:00 PM PST

    Project managers: Stop "gathering" IT requirements

    Paul Glen often hears that the failure to gather good requirements is the main cause of project failures. He says that, instead of gathering requirements, project managers must negotiate requirements among the stakeholders.

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  • Toni Bowers // November 3, 2008, 8:15 PM PST

    Project managers need more than PMP certification

    Looking to hire the best project manager for your small to mid-sized business? Look deeper than PMP certification.

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  • John McKee // October 30, 2008, 5:23 AM PST

    Avoid this. It's the key reason McCain lost the election

    The U.S. presidential election doesn't take place till next week, but John M. McKee already knows why John McCain lost -- he made the same mistake many leaders do. Here's what Obama did but McCain blew.

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  • Scott Lowe // October 30, 2008, 1:58 PM PST

    Six ways to keep training staff while cutting the training budget

    Until the economic uncertainty ends and a real recovery begins, budgets will be squeezed. Staff training remains an important, but often underfunded effort. Here are six ways that you might get needed training.

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  • Charles Seybold // October 31, 2008, 4:47 AM PST

    The politics of IT project estimations

    Charles Seybold says there is a simple cure for much of the politics that can wreak havoc on projects: stop using single-point estimates and start estimating in realistic ranges.

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  • Toni Bowers // November 4, 2008, 10:08 PM PST

    Cut costs with Wide-Area Data services

    Enterprises need to be particularly careful in what cost-cutting measures they take because they don't want to constrain long-term growth of the company. Maybe Wide_Area Data services are the answer?

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  • Scott Lowe // November 6, 2008, 12:30 PM PST

    Managing an identity crisis with identity management software

    Adequate management of access and identities across a myriad of systems and platforms gets more and more important every day. Besides the obvious security benefits to implementing a structured identity management program, there are efficiency gains to be had. Scott Lowe explains his identity management scenario at Westminster College.

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  • Scott Lowe // November 8, 2008, 12:32 PM PST

    Boneheaded mistakes... we all make them! Share yours.

    We all make mistakes. It's been written the the person who never makes a mistake never really works, either. I thought I'd share a couple of mistakes I've made in the past with you. Share your own! This is intended to be a lighthearted discussion.

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