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Business decision makers (BDMs) are increasingly guiding IT decisions at many leading companies. Here, we explore the shift of influence and examine the top issues facing business innovators, and how each line of business should approach this new relationship with technology.
  • A Guide to Amazon Web Services for Corporate IT Managers

    Posted February 16, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    There are several compelling reasons to employ AWS, even for those IT managers that haven't considered the cloud yet.
  • Outsourcing: Ruling Against EDS Gives Customers Power

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 3:32 pm

    A recent U.K. court finding against HP's EDS for failing to deliver on its sales pitch could radically change the dynamics of outsourcing everywhere.
  • Why Apple won't let the Mac and iPhone succeed in business

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 11:25 am

    There's a reason Macs and iPhones don’t meet the needs of big business: Apple's self-imposed corporate glass ceiling.
  • 2010: Finally the year of the Mac?

    Posted February 10, 2010 - 11:52 am

    Apple was a bright spot in 2009 in terms of PC sales, but the signals are mixed as to whether the Mac can grow beyond its niche.
  • From sea to shining data center: One IT exec's rise to the top

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Plying the world’s oceans may seem an odd start for someone who now oversees data center planning at one of the world’s financial powerhouses, but that’s precisely Jim Carney’s professional pedigree.
  • ERP Costs: 3 Signs Companies Are Wasting Less Money

    Posted February 5, 2010 - 10:48 pm

    It took a worldwide recession to start the trend, but there are signs that companies are getting ERP costs under control, according to a new report from Panorama Consulting. But there's still more work to be done.
  • IT Outsourcing: Why It Pays to Appraise Your Contract

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 4:10 pm

    Most IT outsourcing contracts contain post-execution provisions that, if not reviewed annually, can drive up costs or drive down performance. We've got an 18-point checklist to keep your outsourcing costs and service under control this year.
  • Job Search Secrets: Targeting Done Right

    Posted January 27, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    If your job search centers on your resume and scattershot networking, you may never find a new job, says career coach Vicki Brackett. Here, she proposes the targeted job search as the most effective job hunting strategy in a recession.
  • Outsourcing: Crippling Mistakes IT Departments Make

    Posted January 21, 2010 - 11:40 am

    University of Tennessee researcher and author of the upcoming book Vested Outsourcing reveals the ten most common missteps that can destroy your outsourcing deal.
  • Outsourcing Advisors: 6 Tips for Selecting Right One

    Posted January 11, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Hiring the best advisor for your business needs may be the single most important decision you make during the outsourcing process. Here are six tips for making a smart choice.
  • 2010 tech forecasts: What the accurate analysts predict

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 7:40 am

    New-year predictions are often iffy, but these firms were pretty accurate in their 2009 calls. Will they be right again?
  • IT heresy: 5 radical resolutions for 2010

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    Get out of the client-control business with five forward-thinking IT strategies
  • Y2K: 10 years later

    Posted January 4, 2010 - 11:40 am

    IT's first big public challenge remembered, its seriousness still debated -- and the 2038 'son of Y2K' bug still to occur
  • 2010: The year of the Mac?

    Posted December 30, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Apple was a bright spot in 2009 in terms of PC sales, but the signals are mixed as to whether the Mac can grow beyond its niche
  • Forecast 2010: 11 daring predictions for 2010

    Posted December 29, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    We asked six IT industry observers to offer their predictions for 2010 and to speculate on who will be the winners and losers in the coming year. Here are their thought-provoking responses.
  • Forecast 2010: Budget tips for the new year

    Posted December 29, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Follow the IT money in 2010, and it will lead to yet more projects designed to cut the cost of doing business. You'll also find a slew of smaller-scale initiatives that have a relatively quick payback or are laser-focused on a wider enterprise business goal, such as improving customer service or product quality. Moreover, an increasing portion of what are shaping up to be relatively flat IT budgets at most companies will be devoted to streamlining and offloading rather than bulking up internal IT infrastructure.
  • Social media marketing: 5 must-read books

    Posted December 28, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Still pondering how to go about marketing in the age of Facebook and Twitter? Time to get smart with these 5 essential books.
  • Six Offshore Outsourcing Hot Spots for 2010

    Posted December 22, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    The headlines in offshore outsourcing in 2010 may focus less on the quantity of work organizations are sending overseas and more on where they're sending it.
  • Apple's Top 10 biggest news stories in 2009

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 6:45 pm

    2009 was a blockbuster year financially for Apple but delivered some blows including a serious health problem for the company's beloved leader, Steve Jobs, attack from clone makers, and trouble with Google. We offer the Top 10 biggest stories for Apple in 2009. Related stories:
  • Oracle Decade of Acquisitions: Innovative or Just Well-Financed?

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    CEO Larry Ellison's "about face" on acquisition strategy, beginning with the hostile takeover of PeopleSoft in 2003, kicked off a decade of unprecedented software vendor consolidation, altering the marketplace for customers and vendors alike.
  • What if Oracle's buyout of Sun falls through?

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Not likely to survive on its own, Sun would need a new buyer for itself or its technologies
  • VoIP, network overhaul brings hospital savings, unified communications

    Posted November 30, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    What started out as an upgrade to the phone system at Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center became a badly needed network overhaul that lowered costs and included a conversion to VoIP.
  • Strategy: The 'Best Determinant' of Project Success

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Many factors influence project success and failure, including schedules, resources and funding. But new project management research from training company Insights Learning and Development, the Project Management Institute and a strategic execution consultant suggests that the single most important factor influencing project success is the project's link to the organization's business strategy and the project manager's understanding of how the project supports the business strategy.
  • Apple opens first retail store in France

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 12:56 pm

    Apple's first retail store in France is located in the Carrousel du Louvre, a high-end shopping mall below the the Louvre museum's glass pyramid.
  • Crazy tech support stories

    Posted November 10, 2009 - 11:12 am

    An IT support specialist remembers the calls that made him push the mute button while he pulled himself together
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