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  • Patrick Gray // August 11, 2009, 4:48 AM PST

    Chromed Out: What Google's Chrome OS means to CIOs

    Patrick Gray lets the dust settle on the Google Chrome OS announcement and takes a practical look at what the OS might mean for CIOs.

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  • Rick Freedman // August 10, 2009, 6:02 AM PST

    User stories: The starting point in agile development

    Rick Freedman explains how user stories can help agile developers understand users' expectations. He also discusses the three Cs, user role modeling, and epic stories.

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  • Bob Gourley // August 10, 2009, 3:33 AM PST

    Open Source for America: A resource for the Gov2.0 CTO

    Former Defense Intelligence Agency CTO Bob Gourley outlines the goals of Open Source for America. The coalition is designed to serve as a centralized resource for information on open source technologies, thereby helping serve the U.S. Federal Government's mission. Here is how you can get involved.

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  • Scott Lowe // August 9, 2009, 9:32 AM PST

    A week in the trenches reinforces respect for my staff

    A week back in the trenches with his IT staff reminds CIO Scott Lowe of all the things that go into creating a successful network that serves the needs of all users -- focus, teamwork, technical expertise, and a lot of manual labor!

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  • John McKee // August 5, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Ask the Leadership Coach: Handling a promotion and finding your purpose

    Got questions about your leadership or management style? Send them to Leadership Coach John M. McKee. In this post, he offers advice to someone handling a promotion from within her team and a manager disappointed with his current job and looking for a better fit.

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  • Michael Krigsman // August 3, 2009, 4:23 AM PST

    CRM failure rates: 2001-2009

    Data indicates that substantial numbers of CRM customers are dissatisfied with some significant aspect of their implementations. Michael Krigsman says CRM technology vendors and consulting companies should take this message seriously.

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  • Scott Lowe // August 2, 2009, 12:39 PM PST

    Six ways to manage your relationship with your CIO

    Discussions in the TechRepublic forums often reveal strained relationships between IT staff and their managers and CIOs. Benny Sisko provides six tips for both sides of the divide to help keep relationships cordial, professional, and productive.

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  • William Hopkins // July 29, 2009, 11:46 PM PST

    IT leader's guide to working with industry analysts

    Working with industry analysts is more complicated than most IT pros expect. The hard part is putting a process in place to ensure that you are getting the most out of your deal by educating your organization about how they can use the analyst data to make better decisions.

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  • Scott Lowe // July 29, 2009, 1:38 PM PST

    Do Apple and AT&T iPhone policies impede corporate adoption?

    While consumers have flocked to the iPhone, enterprise customers have adopted a wary stance. After writing a very positive post about the iPhone, Scott Lowe puts on his objective hat and provides some thoughts on why some enterprises remain unfriendly to the iPhone.

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  • John McKee // July 29, 2009, 7:19 AM PST

    Five warning signs of becoming a corporate maniac

    Corporate maniacs can make life intolerable. Many of these leaders don't even know they're acting like one. Is it possible that you're a corporate maniac? Leadership coach John M McKee provides five warning signs to look out for.

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  • Toni Bowers // July 28, 2009, 6:05 AM PST

    The state of network management: Focus on performance before fault

    In the fire-fighting day-to-day world of the network manager, the quest to find and fix networked application performance problems before end users are impacted can seem like a far-off goal. That may be changing but, according to NetQoS's State of Management survey report based on feedback from more than 300 network engineering, operations and management professionals, quite a few obstacles remain.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // July 27, 2009, 3:07 AM PST

    Lessons in leadership: 30 concrete hiring ideas you can apply straight away

    Ilya Bogorad offers 30 concrete tips that will bring your hiring practices up-to-date with hiring in a knowledge economy. Apply these ideas to find and recruit the best possible people for your team.

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  • Michael Krigsman // July 24, 2009, 7:05 AM PST

    Evaluating the enterprise software buyer's 'Bill of Rights'

    To help customers bring greater transparency to their relationship with software vendors, a Forrester Research analyst has developed a detailed framework covering the ownership life cycle. Blogger Michael Krigsman says, despite significant caveats, he recommends that customers adopt the bill of rights. Find out why.

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  • John McKee // July 22, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Motivate a slumping team with an approach that's worked for 65 years

    If you're looking to motivate your team there are some approaches that can be easily implemented and bring quick results. In this blog, leadership coach John M McKee discusses an idea that has been used very successfully worldwide for decades.

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  • Rick Freedman // July 20, 2009, 2:05 AM PST

    Six Sigma: Changing organizations for the better

    The Six Sigma philosophy, which has been implemented by such companies as GE and American Express, starts with a very simple and obvious idea: defects cost money. Learn more about the philosophy in this high-level overview.

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  • Toni Bowers // April 30, 2008, 12:14 AM PST

    Control shadow IT in your organization

    When renegade departments install new apps or programs without the IT department's knowledge or consent, IT managers can be left with a messy network situation. Read how TechRepublic members manage the problem of shadow IT.

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  • Toni Bowers // April 30, 2008, 5:19 AM PST

    How to deal with an unhappy employee

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  • Theresa ONeil // May 6, 2008, 10:40 PM PST

    Strategies for enabling more effective IT-Business collaboration with business rule technology

    This blog examines how a Business Rule Engine (BRE) can improve Business Process Management (BPM) by delivering more agile business processes, provide practical approach to a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), and enable effective collaboration between business and IT. In exploring these topics, we will discuss how technology alone cannot change the way an organization does business.

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  • Scott Lowe // April 30, 2008, 11:47 AM PST

    Security vs. relationships. What readers would do when security is breached.

    The other day, I posted a blog entry that asked readers how they would respond to a real world security problem and presented five options. In short, the scenario revolved around the failure of an end-user to secure a list of passwords that could be used to access an organization's ERP system; the password list was left in plain sight on the person's desk.

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  • Toni Bowers // April 30, 2008, 11:52 PM PST

    Dealing with employees who want to run the show

    What do you do if you manage a team whose members think they know more than you do, who make their own rules and have double standards. Here are the implications of such behavior and what you can do to change it.

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  • Tricia Liebert // May 4, 2008, 8:04 PM PST

    Should I leave the laptop at home? That should be a policy decision

    Business travelers should consider what electronic devices they really need when crossing international borders and leave anything they DON'T need back at the office or packed in checked luggage. With the new rules, border agents can download any of the information contained on your device, or simply confiscate it.

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  • Diana Thompson // May 7, 2008, 10:40 PM PST

    Help your end-users make Help Desk calls the right way

    If you've managed a Help Desk for very long, you know the frustrations your staff feels when dealing with callers who can be irritable and demanding. It helps to counsel your staffers to keep their calm and explain things patiently to the caller, but it may also help to give your end-users some tips for making a Help Desk call more productive. Make a copy of these guidelines and post it on your company intranet.

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  • Toni Bowers // May 7, 2008, 11:27 PM PST

    CIOs' problem-solving skills can translate into bigger roles in the company

    CIO Insight's 2008 CIO Role Survey reveals that 29 percent of participating CIOs manage another department or business unit in addition to IT. A Forrester analyst says you can expect that situation to become more common.

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  • Toni Bowers // May 8, 2008, 10:35 PM PST

    Negative reinforcement: Charging for non-compliance

    When WalMart rolled out its RFID program in 2005, it didn't expect that in 2008 most of its 60,000 suppliers wouldn't be complying. Why? Because it would cost them money to do so. That's why the retail giant instituted "fees" for those suppliers who don't follow the program.

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  • Ramon Padilla jr. // May 11, 2008, 9:21 AM PST

    The view from the management side

    Too many management publications make senior management sound like a walk in the park - come in late, make a few decisions, take a long lunch, make a couple more decisions, and then jet off to the islands. Well, perhaps they aren't quite that bad, but let me offer those of you who aspire to the C level a glimpse of what it is sometimes like to be CIO.

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  • Tricia Liebert // May 13, 2008, 8:54 PM PST

    Why are we ignoring Moore's Law?

    In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors on a chip would double every year. He later amended that to every two years and Intel later updated it to 18 months. But if there is this kind of predictability to hardware life, why isn't Moore's Law driving how we purchase hardware?

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  • John McKee // June 26, 2008, 8:27 AM PST

    What makes a great leader? Who says?

    With so much written on the subject every day, becoming a great leader should be easier than it seems. Why is this? Perhaps it has to do with both what sells books as much as what's being written.

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  • John McKee // May 15, 2008, 2:03 AM PST

    New study says more IT jobs at risk

    Executive leadership coach John M McKee notes that higher level IT jobs are expected to move overseas according to new research discussed in this article. Are you prepared for it?

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  • Paul Mah // May 15, 2008, 2:18 AM PST

    Three tips for managing your e-mail

    Everyone appreciates the ease that e-mail communication affords. But that ease can turn your inbox into a nightmare if you don't manage it well. Here are some tips for managing your e-mail.

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