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  • Ireland hopes security measures attract big cloud providers

    Posted May 18, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    IDA Ireland, the state agency that is soliciting cloud providers, touts the country's youthful, well-educated and skilled labor force, attractive tax policy, business-friendly climate, access to markets throughout the European Union -- and its "secure" IT infrastructure.
  • Microsoft's cloud licensing changes: what you need to know

    Posted May 18, 2011 - 5:57 pm

    Microsoft will soon let customers use their current licenses to move workloads to the cloud. Here's how it works.
  • IT gets its report card

    Posted May 17, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    The IT leader who can't explain where the IT function is and where it should be won't be around for long.
  • Amazon service outage reinforces cloud doubts

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 11:31 am

    The days-long partial outage of's EC2 cloud service has heightened fears that the technology doesn't meet the security and performance needs of large businesses.
  • How to ace a CIO job interview

    Posted April 5, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    In a CIO job interview, you must prove three things: that you'll help the hiring company achieve its business objectives, deliver the desired leadership abilities and fit in with the senior management team. Here's expert advice on how to nail all three.
  • How to move email to the cloud: 7 planning tips

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    Cloud computing providers can take enterprise e-mail off your to-do list, but how can you ensure a smooth transition? Forrester Research shares seven best practices.
  • Will Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk Platform Appeal to CIOs?

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) wants to save you money. "Instead of spending millions on a data center and servers, you can simply pay as you go," says Adam Selipsky, vice president at AWS.
  • iPad 2 provokes anxiety in IT

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 11:34 am

    IT executives expect their support requirements to increase significantly once workers begin using the iPad 2 on the job.
  • How to Prepare Your Enterprise for iPad 2: Expert Tips

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Many CIOs were hoping the iPad would fade into the shadows of the next new thing, as so many other tech gadgets have. But the iPad is proving to have a lot more staying power than many predicted--and the consumer-driven iPad is on a crash course with enterprise IT. CIOs will need to handle anything and everything the iPad, Apple and iOS app developers throw at them.
  • Dos and don'ts for IT GRC success

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    DO agree on an IT-GRC implementation strategy. Moving disjointed, manual processes into an automated, centralized tool is an enormous undertaking. While a giant boa constrictor can unhinge its jaw and swallow a large mammal whole, that strategy is not advisable for your enterprise.
  • Cross-ocean clouds are gaining IT favor

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    Concerns about latency and questions about legal and regulatory issues aren't stopping CIOs from moving key systems to the cloud, even if it means using applications that are hosted in data centers located overseas.
  • SSD security issues surprise experts

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    Many storage and security experts were surprised by a UC San Diego study that found that solid-state drives are harder to erase than hard disk drives.
  • Will cloud backup services put tape backups in trash can?

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    While technologies exist to vastly improve backup and recovery processes, many enterprises have delayed modernizing their backup infrastructure. Now a confluence of factors - greater storage demands, the need for faster disaster recovery, and the availability of cloud-based backup services - is spurring action.
  • Cheating rampant on cert tests, software compliance

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Do most IT workers think it's unethical to study for a certification exam with stolen exam questions (so-called brain dumps)? Is it OK to buy used gear from an unauthorized dealer? How about new gear? What about gear falsely sporting a brand name (fake gear)? And what is the one professional area where IT professionals "cheat" the most?
  • Cloud computing in 2011: 3 trends changing business adoption

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    The various cloud markets and services will start making more sense to business buyers in 2011, according to a new Forrester report, with the midmarket embracing public clouds and enterprises sticking with virtualization as a prelude to private clouds. Here are three significant ways cloud adoption will shift this year.
  • As IT consumes more power, new tools emerge to control it

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 1:26 pm

    An emerging class of so-called Data Center Infrastructure Management tools are emerging from a variety of vendors as CIOs increasingly seek technology that provides a complete view of their data center infrastructure.
  • Security startup hopes it holds key for cloud encryption

    Posted February 10, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    James Williamson, IT coordinator at the New Canadian Democratic Party (NPD), on the ups and downs of storage, data protection and regulatory compliance in the cloud.
  • EMC's strategy goes deep in the cloud, sees IT as a service

    Posted February 8, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    At its 2011 Strategic Forum in Boston today, EMC laid out its vision for virtualizing its customers' underlying infrastructure to give them a flexible and automated way to serve up applications and data.
  • How Botox battles compliance wrinkles

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 11:33 am

    A BPM overhaul saved the day after legal issues complicated compliance at Botox-maker Allergan.
  • Exec exits bad news for Microsoft techies

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    The departure of longtime Microsoft executive Bob Muglia could prove troubling because the head of the Server and Tools Business was held in high esteem by the company's technical talent, industry watchers say.
  • Congress set to debate tech issues

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    The new -- and divided -- Congress should find some early agreement on a variety of scaled-back technology bills, analysts say.
  • Microsoft Office 2010 upgrades: Four pitfalls to avoid

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    From training worries to compatibility woes, fears of business disruption can spread when IT announces a Microsoft Office 2010 upgrade. Here's how IT can steer clear of four big upgrade mistakes.
  • A glance back at 2011

    Posted January 13, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    2011 could be described as “The Year of …” many things. The tablet market heated up beyond the Apple iPad. 4G wireless took off with the emergence of big-time LTE networks. Governments and hackers screamed for attention by taking down networks, while IPv6 generated interest for giving the Internet a way to carry on.
  • Emerging tech: Business intelligence apps go mobile

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 11:03 pm

    What could your company do with a BI app on iPhones and iPads? Some analysts say this mobile software category will take off in 2011 - but early adopters are already gaining benefits.
  • What you should know about Next Generation Firewalls

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 10:22 pm

    So what is the so-called Next Generation Firewall?
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