Tech Decision Maker

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  • Scott Lowe // November 17, 2008, 10:21 AM PST

    Windows 7 - It sucks, It's awesome, it's... not released

    Windows 7 isn't even in beta yet and there are full performance tests, people complaining that it "looks like Vista" and a whole host of other things. Although Windows 7 will have Vista-perception baggage, at least wait for real code before getting too concerned.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • John McKee // November 29, 2010, 4:22 AM PST

    Top 4 leadership tips from Denver's best employer

    Are there certain things that great organizations and great leaders do consistently well? John McKee shares 4 tips from an organization voted as the best employer in Denver.


  • Ramon Padilla jr. // August 10, 2008, 7:17 AM PST

    Stopping the e-mail bloat: Are your business processes and e-mail the same thing?

    If your organization's inboxes are bursting at the seams, it could be that employees are using it as a substitute for more appropriate ways to manage business processes and handle exceptions. Read on to see the five reasons why your e-mail systems are suffering from bloat.


  • Scott Lowe // May 20, 2009, 1:40 PM PST

    Four keys to business intelligence success

    Business intelligence encompasses a wide array of services. Scott Lowe provides his take on the "BI failure fault" question and briefly describes Westminster College's modest BI efforts.


  • Scott Lowe // September 9, 2009, 4:13 PM PST

    Understanding the big picture sometimes means scaling back

    Easy come, easy go. After winning approval for a new position, Benny Sisko is almost immediately asked to give it up. Believe it or not, the reasoning makes sense and was an easy decision.


  • Scott Lowe // August 27, 2009, 11:53 PM PST

    No one should be indispensable... but sometimes, it happens

    Being "one deep" in a critical area is a bad situation for any organization. Learn how one CIO is taking steps to address this deficiency.


  • 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!


  • Scott Lowe // June 14, 2009, 5:14 PM PST

    Inclusiveness without boundaries leads to poor project execution

    Missed deadlines, poorly thought out requirements, and a lack of leadership are enough to doom anyone's project. How do you put such a train wreck back on track? Benny Sisko shares his experience of having to take control of a project gone wrong.


  • Scott Lowe // December 30, 2008, 7:33 AM PST

    iPhone support in the enterprise - Is it ready?

    The iPhone has enjoyed tremendous support from consumers thanks to its innovative design and ease of use. However, concerns regarding its credibility in the enterprise have been present from the get-go. Are these concerns based in fact? Can the iPhone stand up to Windows Mobile or Blackberry devices? Scott Lowe explains.


  • Scott Lowe // May 11, 2009, 1:47 PM PST

    Visit an adult site at work and go to prison

    An Ohio man was convicted on a hacking charge for using his work-provided computer in a way not sanctioned by his employer. Specifically, Richard Wolf spent 100 work hours visiting various adult web sites rather than working. Instead of simply being fired, Mr. Wolf is instead convicted of hacking. Read an overview of the case and let us know what you think. Should Mr. Wolf have this conviction on his record?


  • Ramon Padilla jr. // June 23, 2008, 9:35 PM PST

    Decentralization of IT key to security breaches

    Higher Education leads all industries in loss of personally identifying information. One driving factor in this statistic is how IT is organized. Decentralization done wrong is an accident waiting to happen. Is your organization at risk due to its structure? Read the following characteristics of IT decentralization done right or wrong to see what category your organization falls into.


  • Scott Lowe // January 31, 2010, 5:44 AM PST

    Will a managed print service lower costs?

    Vendor promise that a managed printing service will lower printing costs. Is it the truth? Scott Lowe discusses an underway pilot at Westminster College.


  • Jay Rollins // December 22, 2009, 5:33 AM PST

    Five ways to reduce telecom expenses

    Keeping up with the sheer volume of telecommunications bills -- not to mention trying to make sense of all the charges -- can be maddening. Learn how to cut these expenses.