Windows 8 Migration Tips for Small Businesses

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve seen the announcement of the release of Windows 8 from Microsoft. For individuals purchasing a new computer you’ll most likely be forced to buy one that has Windows 8 installed.  This may cause some consternation at first with having to learn a […]

Hiring the modern IT Security Professional

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. I just finished reading Rafal Los’ piece on the Enterprise CIO Forum titled Hiring information security talent a challenge. Its a good piece that highlights the difficulty of hiring quality IT profiessionals int he security space.  In the article, Rafal highlights two key areas that he argues are causing the challenges…they are: […]

Shadow IT and Enterprise Security – The boogeyman and the shadows

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. First off…if you aren’t familiar with the boogeyman, its the bad person in stories that are normally told to kids to keep them in line. The boogeyman is also used by adults to scare other adults to make them stay in line. IT Professionals use the boogeyman to […]

Xendow – Overcoming Cloud Storage Security Concerns?

I’ve been a long time user of Dropbox…I love that service. That said, I don’t put anything in my Dropbox folder that I wouldn’t mind other people seeing…because I really don’t know who is on the other end of Dropbox and what they may do with my data. Mind you…I don’t think Dropbox or their […]

Quick WordPress Tip – Building your own shortcode

This is a bit of a break from my normal blogging, but I felt like sharing a quick self-hosted wordpress tip that others might find useful. In my regular Foto Friday posts, I have a section of content that I copy and paste into each post that points readers to other areas to find my […]

Destroying Customer Goodwill – with Technology

Sunday night, Tracie and I wanted a good hamburger.  We didn’t want to go out…and we didn’t have any hamburger meat at home. So…being the clever person I am, I decided I needed to 1) drive out and pick something up or 2) figure out how to make hamburgers appear from nothingness. I haven’t got […]

Application Modernization – Replace, Rewrite or Replumb?

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. In my last post on application modernization, titled Application Modernization – “Plumbing projects” or roadmap to innovation & revenue?, I talked a bit about the importance of  how modernization projects can deliver value to organizations. In many application modernization projects, the best option is the […]

Sitecore or Sharepoint – which is the better CMS platform?

I’ve been talking to quite a few folks recently about Sharepoint 2010 to get feedback and insight into the product’s current acceptance and usage rate. One key area that interests me is around content management and content management systems. I’ve worked with a lot of them in the past and my two favorites right now […]

Reinventing IT?

There’s been some excellent content and discussions recently about reinventing IT.  Mark McDonald at Gartner has been talking / writing about the subject quite extensively lately.  He’s been making quite a lot of sense too. A recent post by Mark, titled What does it mean to reimagine IT?, he lays out a nice call to […]

The External Facing Technologist – Follow up

I wanted to follow up to my last post (For Models for Success for the CTO / CIO – CTOVision) with a few quick thoughts on the The External-facing Technologist CTO / CIO role described by Tom Berray (link to a Word Doc). The external facing technologist role is one that’s lacking sorely in most […]