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  • Smacking SharePoint into shape

    Posted May 29, 2013 - 7:23 am

    More than half of all SharePoint shops have had to add functionality to the core software, which came as a surprise to a number of them. Here's what they're doing.
  • IT on the fly: The art of quickly building, then dismantling

    Posted May 20, 2013 - 10:19 am

    The CIOs for the London Olympics, President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and other short-lived but intense operations know how to run successful IT shops in extraordinary situations -- and their insights can be applied in even the most ordinary of conditions. Insider (registration required)
  • How to prevent IT department overload

    Posted May 20, 2013 - 6:14 am

    Managing the flow of an infinite supply of worthwhile projects through a finite IT operation takes finesse. Here's how to avoid the backlog and the chaos.
  • Antivirus is ailing: Here are 5 firms ready to replace it

    Posted May 3, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    AV companies have been at war with the bad guys for much of the last two decades. And guess what? The bad guys won. Now that the days of antivirus software being in the front line of defense against malware are over, what companies are ready to step in and take up arms against sophisticated attacks and malware? Here are five to keep your eye on.
  • 13 tips for keeping IT projects under control

    Posted March 18, 2013 - 1:49 pm

    How do you keep IT projects under control? Project managers and project management experts share their top tips for keeping IT projects on schedule.
  • Translating enterprise apps to mobile: Three companies' journeys

    Posted February 21, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Some companies are going whole-hog with mobile apps, including for some core line-of-business functions.
  • Interview: Bill Murphy, Hilton's new CIO/CTO

    Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    For Hilton Worldwide's Bill Murphy, attaining the rank of CIO didn't mean his CTO duties disappeared. His slate of new projects includes standardization of the hotel chain's property management platform across 3,900 hotels, rollout of a wireless platform and implementation of an ERP platform.
  • ROI calculations done right can help IT projects

    Posted February 11, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Building a solid business case for a tech project means nailing the financial calculations and language.
  • New task for CIOs: Make money

    Posted January 17, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    As tech infiltrates every corner of the business, it's only natural that some IT departments are producing revenue-generating products and services. Insider (registration required)
  • 7 must-have project management skills for IT pros

    Posted January 15, 2013 - 9:17 pm

    A good--or bad--project manager can make the difference between a project coming in on time and on budget and it being a failure. How can you spot a good project manager? CIO.com talked to experts and IT executives to find out.
  • Making games of enterprise software

    Posted December 24, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    Teenagers rack up hour after hour on "World of Warcraft," as their parents grow crops on "Farmville." At first glance, all this game playing may not seem relevant to the enterprise, but the mechanisms that guide and score online game playing can be used for much more than the keeping tabs on virtual farms.
  • 11 predictions for enterprise software in 2013

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    The end of each year sparks an occasion for rumination on the past, as well as a longing gaze into the future. We shined up our crystal ball, rubbed our chin for a while, and sought opinions from industry analysts on what the future holds for the enterprise software market.
  • 6 ways social media affected the enterprise in 2012

    Posted December 14, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Social media has changed more than the way companies market and promote themselves. Social networking has also changed the way companies recruit, how they communicate internally and how they handle sensitive data.
  • The scariest software project horror stories of 2012

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    Sure, plenty of enterprise software projects go just fine and end up giving customers all the things vendors promise: lower operating costs, streamlined operations and happier users.
  • Supply chain security moves to front burner in 2013

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    The onslaught of sophisticated cyber espionage against the U.S. and its allies has roused both lawmakers and private sector firms to tackle supply chain security.
  • Game on: Enterprise apps gain gaming features to boost usage

    Posted December 10, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Adding a competitive component to enterprise software improves adoption and real-time decision-making, gamification advocates say.
  • Managing IT contractors presents unique challenges

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    Hiring contract tech workers is a quick, easy way to staff up a project or offload mundane tasks -- but managing them can be ticklish.
  • How to recruit the best executive sponsor for an IT project

    Posted December 3, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Every big project needs a high-ranking exec with a stake in the game and solid connections within the organization. Here's how to find and train the right one for the job.
  • 10 CRM mistakes and how you can avoid making them

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 11:15 am

    What you need to know to get the most out of your CRM software or service with a minimum of hassle.
  • How to leave your job the right way

    Posted November 26, 2012 - 10:27 am

    Who hasn't wanted to throw up their hands and just walk out of the office? Don't do it. Learn the proper etiquette for leaving your job and ensure that your career and reputation remain intact after you leave your current position.
  • As Windows gets safer, old vulnerabilities still have bite

    Posted November 8, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    Microsoft Windows is safer- and harder to exploit than ever before. Despite the improvements in OS security, however, security experts tell ITworld that it's the old wounds that hurt the most, as organizations continue to fall to cyber attacks that exploit vulnerabilities discovered - and patched - years earlier. Why?
  • Stop working and start innovating: It can pay off

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Savvy IT departments that set aside time for employee creativity say the payoffs include happier workers, increased productivity and sometimes even revenue.
  • The Grill: Ramon Baez on outsourcing challenges at Kimberly-Clark.

    Posted August 27, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    Ramon Baez, who was recently named global CIO at HP, reflects on five years' of successes and challenges in his previous role as CIO at Kimberly-Clark.
  • Microsoft server and tool upgrades demand CIOs' attention

    Posted May 25, 2012 - 10:03 am

    CIOs and IT directors tracking the barrage of major upgrades for Windows and Office also need to stay tuned to the refresh cycle for Microsoft's servers and tools, including Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Visual Studio 11.
  • Big data torpedoes sales forecasts, can cloud tools fix the problem?

    Posted April 3, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Many sales teams have access to automation tools for better visibility. However, when you consider that the average sales rep has from 20 to 50 open sales opportunities at any given time, using those tool have unintended consequences such as escalating the 'Big Data' problem. Cloud-based services may hold the answer.
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