Tech Decision Maker

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  • Scott Lowe // April 9, 2009, 1:42 PM PST

    The offshoring debate in a small organization

    In-house, outsourcing, offshoring, onshoring; for some, doing the right thing is more important than the money involved. IT pro Benny Sisko believes that keeping work local is an important consideration when it comes to making this decision.


  • 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.


  • Scott Lowe // December 9, 2008, 1:52 PM PST

    Does offensive spam open us up to a lawsuit?

    Like it or not, spam is a way of life. While the battle between spammers and inbox users continues to rage, organizations generally do their best to try to stop the onslaught. In general, only a fraction of spam gets through filters, but can those spam filter failures create legal liability for an organization?


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Scott Lowe // March 31, 2009, 2:40 PM PST

    What's your green goal: Money or trees?

    Buzzwords can get old and jumping on the bandwagon can quickly become nothing more than riding on other's coattails. Overuse of a term or idea can muddy the waters around what that term or idea is really supposed to denote. When it comes to "green", Scott Lowe takes a cynical look at green efforts, which are often about a different kind of green - money - even as said efforts are purported to be about saving the world.


  • Scott Lowe // June 23, 2008, 2:03 PM PST

    From a CIO: Can I do what's being asked of me?

    Understanding the business is a challenge for a lot of CIOs? Are we up for it? Am I up for it? Sprawling infrastructure is partially to blame as IT works to reign it all in and focus on "information" as opposed to "technology".


  • Scott Lowe // February 17, 2009, 11:45 PM PST

    The new minimum: A Masters degree

    Not that long ago, all you needed was a high school diploma and some brains to land a good job with good pay. Slowly, the educational bar was raised, with the Associates/Bachelors degree becoming the ticket. Today, the Bachelors degree is a bare minimum at best when it comes to IT leadership positions and the Masters degree is the new soup of the day. Scott Lowe provides his thoughts on this topic and his plans for his own development.


  • George Sifri // December 15, 2008, 8:30 PM PST

    Risk management: Implementing an enterprise program

    George Sifri looks at success factors involved with the risk management program implemented at his company. He discusses the lessons learned and offers advice on hurdles to expect on the road to risk management.


  • George Sifri // December 9, 2008, 2:53 AM PST

    Risk management: Defining the threat and developing the framework

    George Sifri outlines the steps his company took to define threats and opportunities and rate their possible impacts. Find out how you can prepare your company to handle risk.


  • Jay Rollins // September 8, 2009, 6:03 AM PST

    Visualization is key to IT project success

    Jay Rollins discusses the importance of knowing exactly what is needed for an IT project to succeed and being prepared to fight for it.


  • Toni Bowers // October 28, 2008, 1:33 AM PST

    The 7 most important communication skills an IT leader should have

    Everyone wants to tell IT pros that they need to develop people skills, but no one really tells what those skills are. Here are the most important skills an IT leader should have and how to develop them.


  • Scott Lowe // October 3, 2009, 5:15 PM PST

    Windows 7 usability improvements may spur deployment

    Windows 7 is better all around, but the little things that have gone into improving the user experience have a big impact. Scott Lowe talks about why some of these features will accelerate Windows 7 deployment at Westminster.


  • Scott Lowe // September 20, 2009, 12:38 PM PST

    Windows 7: Not a question of if, but when

    Windows 7 is a clear winner, ultimately replacing Windows XP as the corporate standard, and IT departments will be happy to make the change. Scott Lowe provides his thoughts and plans.