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  • Scott Lowe // March 4, 2009, 4:33 AM PST

    Doing more with more is a recipe for success

    Even in a rough economy, not all organizations are regarding IT as simply a cost center. When approached in the right way, CEOs are still willing to add resources to overstretched IT departments, particularly when the goals of that department are tightly linked with the CEO's priorities. Benny Sisko provides a positive update from a story he submitted last week.

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  • Scott Lowe // June 29, 2009, 2:36 PM PST

    Out with Treos, in with iPhones

    While in Louisville, Kentucky for TechRepublic's 10th birthday, Scott Lowe mentioned to Jason Hiner that Westminster College was moving away from Windows Mobile-based Treos in favor of iPhones. He tweeted this to the world, so I thought I'd follow up with a little bit of background.

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  • Scott Lowe // August 26, 2009, 3:20 PM PST

    Understanding and fixing the disconnect between vendors and the CIO

    CIOs are inundated with cold calls all the time by vendors that use annoying tactics to sell their wares. A discussion this week prompts Scott Lowe to reflect on vendor relations.

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  • Scott Lowe // October 5, 2009, 9:10 AM PST

    Should a user be banned from using Reply All?

    Reply All has been the bane of many people's existence, but does that mean that people should be banned from using the capability? Scott Lowe discusses this issue.

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  • Jay Rollins // September 30, 2009, 8:23 PM PST

    Grassroots approach to getting a seat at the management table

    Jay Rollins explains how showing initiative, doing leg work, and proving you add value to the company can lead to more invites to management meetings.

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  • Scott Lowe // May 30, 2009, 12:39 PM PST

    Sometimes, you just have to say no

    Even when an explicit IT governance model is not possible, some steps need to be taken to control what could quickly become chaos. Someone has to make decisions as to what can and can't be done and set a timeline. Benny Sisko provides an overview of his organization's efforts to maintain order while getting the important stuff done.

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  • Scott Lowe // February 25, 2009, 1:34 PM PST

    Doing more with less has limits

    Doing more with less has become the phrase of the times as companies struggle to meet financial goals. The story below from Benny Sisko is hardly uncommon anymore, but is a healthy reminder that the "work box" is only so large. Hard choices will have to be made. Read on.

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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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  • 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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  • Rick Freedman // April 27, 2010, 8:26 PM PST

    The new world of risk management for PMs

    Read suggestions about how IT PMs should change their approach to risk in this new environment where everyone is more conscious of risk management.

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  • Tom Mochal // February 17, 2009, 8:44 PM PST

    Create a risk contingency budget using Expected Monetary Value

    Tom Mochal explains how the Expected Monetary Value technique provides a formula for determining the right amount of budget to apply to the risk contingency budget.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 14, 2009, 2:59 PM PST

    Software maintenance pricing - Fair or out of control?

    Like it or not, software and hardware maintenance is a way of life in IT. Although IT organizations make every attempt to free up enough dollars to continue moving the business forward, sometimes entrenched vendors demand an increasing part of the budget pie. My department is currently facing two large maintenance increases of 10% and 15%, respectively. With a 0% increase in my budget this year, these increases mean that something else has to go. Read on.

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  • Patrick Gray // February 23, 2009, 10:17 PM PST

    Create a marketplace-driven IT shop

    What can IT management learn from the video gaming and portable entertainment industries? In this blog, Patrick Gray says it's by letting go of rules-based platforms.

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  • Scott Lowe // January 29, 2009, 1:41 PM PST

    Five ways to critically analyze your budget for possible cuts

    We live in times that are unprecedented for the IT industry and IT leaders across the board are being asked to do more with less. Scott Lowe provides you with five ways you might be able to find some gold in your budget if you're asked to make some sacrifices.

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  • Scott Lowe // October 15, 2009, 3:13 AM PST

    Does Microsoft intentionally hobble some new products and why should you care?

    A key missing feature can make the difference when it comes to deploying software. Does Microsoft do it on purpose and what can you learn from this approach?

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