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BI Tools: Figuring Out What to Measure


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published November 10, 2009

BI tools are great but whose really using all those reports?, asks CIOUpdate columnist George Spafford.

Facilities, IT and Data Center Power


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published May 14, 2009
The fact that data centers consume so much power likely will cause increased scrutiny in the near future.

Saving Money with Application and Service Consolidation


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published May 5, 2009
Careful decommissioning of underutilized services can save money in and out of the data center, writes CIOUpdate columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Gutting Costs Guts Viability


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published January 20, 2009
A myopic focus on short term cost cutting will hamper recovery and viability, writes CIOUpdate columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Keeping the Lights On � Literally


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published December 2, 2008
IT needs to rein in runaway power consumption if it wants to continue supporting the business, writes CIOUpdate columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Career Backup Plans - Part Two


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published October 20, 2007
Some more career transistion do’s and don’ts from CIOUpdate columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Career Backup Plans - Part One


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published October 3, 2007
Tired of your job? Your boss? Or just want to move on with your career? Take some time to consider a plan of action, writes CIOUpdate columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Defining IT for the Business


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published August 14, 2007
ITIL gives value-minded CIOs the tools to define IT’s services and, therefore, IT, writes CIO Update columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Designing Controlled Processes


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George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published May 4, 2007
For better risk mitigation, process controls need to incorporated from the start, writes CIO Update columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Human Error May Be to Blame


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published March 2, 2007
Studies show up to 80% of network availability incidents and 60% of security issues can be tied to human error, writes CIO Update columnist George Spafford.

For the Executive Geek On the Go


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published December 20, 2006
Regular contributor George Spafford waxes about a GPS device that could be the perfect gift for a traveling CXO.

The Hollowing Out of Destiny


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published November 3, 2006
Unless decisive action is taken, the loss of core persistent skills will render the U.S. irrelevant in the world economy.

Cost vs. Value


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published September 28, 2006
Is IT expensive? You bet it is but it also adds a lot of value, writes CIO Update guest columnist George Spafford of Pepperweed Consulting.

Prevent Disaster in the Data Center


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published July 26, 2005
CIOs ignore data-center environmentals at their own peril.

One Hand Clapping


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published April 16, 2004
With Sarbanes-Oxley section 404 deadlines fast approaching many IT shops are still behind the ball. To meet deadlines, many have turned to outside consultants for help. Here are some pointers on how best to utilize their services.

Offshoring IT Could Mean You're Technically an Exporter


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George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published January 30, 2004
With national security high on the governments agenda these days, offshoring your IT, or even employing H1B foreign nationals, could lead to run-ins with U.S. export regulations regarding technology transfer to foreign countries.

Products and Platforms


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published December 2, 2003
It is very important to understand customer needs and deliver solutions that not only meet those needs, but also create enabling platforms allowing the customer's business to evolve.

Avoiding 'Shelfware'


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George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published November 14, 2003
Governance initiatives are intended to create effective IT policies and procedures. But beware documentation that gathers dust on the shelf, never used except to prepare for audits.

Metrics Foster Communication


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published October 17, 2003
Metrics are important in any organization, but what's just as important is the communication the process of gathering those metrics enables.

Truly Benefiting From Standards


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published September 9, 2003
In the past, many organizations worked on obtaining certification against a standard for marketing purposes or as a means to pass some contractual or regulator requirement as opposed to truly embracing the standard and the requisite continuous improvement.

Choosing Between Products and Services


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published September 2, 2003
There are a number of considerations, obvious and not, beyond cost that must be taken into account when deciding between IT products and services.

Don't Patch and Pray


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published August 19, 2003
A basic principle to consider is that as software becomes increasingly complex, the number of errors in the code will rise as well. Yes, there are many tools and methodologies to help reduce the number of errors prior to distribution, but issues will creep through nonetheless.

A Society of Ghosts


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published August 18, 2003
We are increasingly relying on digital methods to create intellectual property. If we don't take adequate steps to safeguard the data, then our organizations risk not only the loss of some intellectual work, but also the viability of continued operations.

Overcoming Systemic Inertia


By

George Spafford

| CIO Insights Article Published July 30, 2003
Change requires that inertia at organizational and stakeholder levels be identified and overcome. This column discusses the many factors that can affect the speed of change.