• How to find weak links in your supply chain

    Posted March 19, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Just as all politics is local, so are supply chains local. If one of your key manufacturers in Asia or a big IT service provider in South America goes down after a disaster, you might, too.
  • Bring new IT staff into the fold -- fast

    Posted March 19, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Integrating a new IT hire in the midst of a torrent of projects is never easy, but here's one approach that really works.
  • Sephora uses iPad app to drive lipstick business

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:19 am

    Cosmetics retailer Sephora knew the iPad could produce a whole new market of buyers eager to swipe and tap their way into new make-up purchases. So they provided an app to make the experience as appealing as possible.
  • Piston Cloud has made the tough private cloud decisions for you

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Joshua McKenty, co-founder and chief executive officer of Piston Cloud, what he calls The Enterprise OpenStack Company, was in on the ground floor of OpenStack's creation, working as he was on the Anso Labs team at NASA to build a compute cloud on top of open source platform Eucalyptus. The team eventually gave up on that and wrote Nova, which NASA uses today to power its Nebula Cloud environment, and Nova was ultimately contributed to the OpenStack project, which it formed with Rackspace. McKenty left NASA after Anso was acquired by Rackspace in 2010, and formed Piston Cloud in 2011 with co-founders Gretchen Curtis (also of NASA) and Christopher MacGown of Rackspace. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with McKenty for a deep dive on why OpenStack matters and where Piston Cloud fits in.
  • The essential strategy guide on the consumerization of IT

    Posted March 6, 2012 - 11:35 am

    Consumer tech is now part of most companies' technology portfolios, raising questions for both IT and management. Here's how to make it all work.
  • BYOD: There is no stopping employees' devices on your network

    Posted March 5, 2012 - 8:00 am

    It used to be the IT department's answer was always no when an employee asked to use a personal device for work. IT often felt the risk was far too great to the company's network security to allow this.
  • Your ultimate guide to social engineering

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    Social engineering attacks security at its weakest link: People. Preying on employees' best intentions, social engineers gain unauthorized access to systems and information.
  • CIO ensures Western Union is wired for the future

    Posted February 27, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    The 2012 version of Western Union is about far more than simply money transfer. Over the past decade, the company has expanded into a dizzying array of new products and services that capitalize not only on Western Union's vast global reach -- more than half a million physical locations -- but also its powerful brand, its expertise in diverse local markets and an intricate web of business partners.
  • Your IT career: Making time for continuing education and career development

    Posted February 26, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Demanding full-time jobs, often coupled with hectic family responsibilities, prevent many IT professionals from pursuing the continuing education and professional development programs they need to remain relevant in the mercurial IT industry and competitive job market. But IT professionals who don't make time to take classes, study on their own, earn certifications or pursue advanced degrees risk becoming obsolete.
  • BYOD: Good for whom exactly?

    Posted February 22, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    What we usually hear is that the 'bring your own device' concept brings problems for IT but is cool for users. But is it really that good an idea for them?
  • TD Bank unites 85,000-plus workers

    Posted February 19, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    TD Bank Group deployed IBM collaboration software to help its 85,000 employees collaborate more efficiently.
  • The Grill: Catherine P. Bessant

    Posted February 19, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    The Bank of America tech leader's mandate is to streamline and modernize back-office operations. Insider (registration required)
  • Talking about the cost of IT is the wrong conversation

    Posted February 16, 2012 - 11:35 am

    Your CEO and CFO want to know what value they are getting for their investment in IT. Tell them. Insider (registration required)
  • Juniper exec gives inside look at QFabric

    Posted February 15, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    R.K. Anand, executive vice president and general manager of Juniper Networks' Data Center Business Unit, was employee No. 12 of the network startup back in 1996, leaving a job as a microprocessor designer at Sun Microsystems. Years later he left Juniper for a brief stint at another startup, but came back to help finalize the company's QFabric product and get it out the door. QFabric began shipping in September 2011. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with Anand at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., for a deep dive on the company's answer to high-end data center demands.
  • IBM's top network exec talks strategy

    Posted February 13, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    IBM reversed course on networking in 2010 when it acquired Blade Network Technologies, one of its key network suppliers. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix and Managing Editor Jim Duffy recently caught up with Vikram Mehta, founder of BNT and now vice president of IBM System Networking, for an update on IBM's network visions going forward.
  • Review

    Hands on: HP's Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance

    Posted February 10, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    If you're like most enterprises, you have data everywhere. It's in line-of-business applications. It's in directories. It's in various departmental servers. It's in your e-commerce platform. To manage all this, most shops use databases of all sizes running on a variety of operating systems and database applications, often from different vendors and editions. Chances are, they're not consistent.
  • 10 things to check before moving to the cloud

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    There are always tradeoffs in handing control of your IT to someone else. You need to be sure it's worth it, and it works. Here are ten items to check out before you leap to the cloud.
  • Review

    Hands on with Amazon Storage Gateway

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Amazon's new Storage Gateway offers a twist on cloud-based backups, but beware of the rough edges
  • Second life: Revive your old workstation with SSDs

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    With lower costs and higher capabilities, workstation-grade SSDs can significantly extend the useful life of old hardware
  • TD Bank gets social for better business

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    When TD Bank Group made a lot of acquisitions a few years ago, executives knew they needed to find a way to help employees span international borders and work together.
  • The future of hypervisors

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 8:36 am

    The world of hypervisors is complicated by the fact that there are proprietary and open source tools, each with different strengths and weaknesses.
  • An argument for keeping IT training budgets intact

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    Many of training's benefits are intangible and won't show up in an ROI analysis.
  • In search of an energy yardstick

    Posted January 30, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    We take a comprehensive look at the new green-IT metrics for measuring data center efficiency and productivity from The Green Grid and other industry groups. Insider, registration required.
  • Even the best patching programs probably miss this

    Posted January 30, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    Kenneth Van Wyk warns that vulnerabilities in programming frameworks are slipping through the cracks.
  • Resume makeover: How an information security professional can target CSO jobs

    Posted January 27, 2012 - 7:18 pm

    Cole Hanson's career goal is to become an information security executive. Currently, he serves as a high-level information security professional with the U.S. Army. In February, Hanson, who is also a reservist with a rank of Lieutenant, will start a new job with the Marine Corps as the technology integration officer and deputy for its Communications Directorate. In this new position he will act as a project manager and oversee a major network infrastructure replacement.
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