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'Heebeegeebees' Slowing Tech Spending


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published June 19, 2012

There's really nothing terribly wrong but, yes, the tech world has the 'heebeegeebees' when it comes to spending their money on 'kit', as the English like to say.

Who Knows More About Tech?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published June 5, 2012

No doubt CIOs at small businesses are cash-strapped scrappers who get things done while enterprise CIOs tend to spend too much time away from the front lines. It's the guys in the middle that understand tech the best.

8 Reasons Why vSphere 5 is Coming Out on Top


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published May 22, 2012

VMware vSphere 5 and Cloud Infrastructure Suite are giving competitor's more than a few sleepless nights.

Big Data Vendor Roundup


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published May 3, 2012

Even though it's been around for some time, Big Data in many respect is just getting started. Here's a look at few vendors you'll most likely be hearing from soon if you haven't already.

Mobile Fusion: Power Play or Meltdown?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published May 2, 2012

RIM's entry in the mobile device management space may be a bit late by some standards but the company is still a player so writing them off just yet is a bit premature.

The Golden Nuggets in COBIT 5


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published April 17, 2012

So far the latest version of COBIT, COBIT 5, has flown pretty far under the radar but for those in the know, version 5 couldn't come soon enough.

BYOD Management Tools and Tactics


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published April 11, 2012

Not only do employees bring their own devices, but they also move corporate data onto the cloud without much thought.

How to Deal with Failed Deliverables


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published April 6, 2012

It is uncomfortably common for offshoring projects big and small to go bad. So what do you when this happens? How do you get things back on track and not break the bank? Hint: Money's not the answer.

The Security Tools CIOs are Buying Now


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published March 2, 2012

Tired of vendor claims that don't live up to the hype, many CIOs are focusing on more holistic options and moving away from the dependence on point solutions.

No Free Ride with Freemiums


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published February 24, 2012

The ever-popular freemium software model may bring in converts but it also binds IT in ways that could compromise security, data access and control.

Year Long IT Tax Breaks Coming to a Close


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published December 8, 2011

If you've been waiting to ink that new server contract, you should probably get it done before Jan. 1 if you want to get them 100% tax free.

Texting More Effective in a Disaster


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published November 21, 2011

Texting bests voice calls in disaster after disaster across the country.

Knowing When to Shred


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published November 11, 2011

There is no ISO number or black belt for document retention but you can't keep everything forever.

Moving Security from Cost Center to Brand Differentiator


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published October 31, 2011

Because of the threat it poses to your brand, cyber security can no longer be viewed as an afterthought or something 'someone in IT' does.

Beyond the Buzz: Actual Global IT Spending Trends


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published October 11, 2011

When it comes to IT spending, enterprises are putting more cash on the table but only for safe bets.

Enterprise Risk Management Software Gaining Popularity


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published October 5, 2011

As companies struggle to cope with so many new risk vectors, IT is having step up and help in almost every area of the business. ERM vendors are banking they can help.

How to Stop Runaway Licensing Costs


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published September 7, 2011

Despite all the bean-counting, process refinement and policy polishing, one bill remains stubbornly out of control.

How to Avoid SLA 'Gotchas' in the Cloud


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published September 2, 2011

For one thing, get your potential provider to release their SLA without an NDA and see what happens.

Can Cloud Really Replace Offshore Outsourcing?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published August 10, 2011

Until ROI and TCO can be fully examined, it's still too early to know if cloud can replace traditional offshore outsourcing.

The CIO's Role Morphs Yet Again


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published August 2, 2011

CIO is a misnomer now that they are responsible for so much of the business.

Is IaaS Really a Good Deal?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published July 27, 2011

Like all things cloud, IaaS is popular but does that make IaaS right for your firm?

Hurray! IPv6 Day is Almost Here


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published June 7, 2011
IPv6 may offer almost unlimited IP addresses over IPv4 and few security fixes but issues still remain.

Updated: The Pros and Cons of SSD in the Enterprise


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published May 17, 2011
Solid state drives, while still expensive, are making in-roads because the combination of speed and durability are hard to beat.

Cloud is Making Software Vendors 'Schizoid'


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published May 3, 2011
Like the paradigm shift is promises to be, cloud is having a major impact on how software vendors sell their wares (and driving CIOs crazy in the process).

How to Source Clean Power? Ask!


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published April 26, 2011
We decided to dig a little deeper into the Greenpeace report on dirty data centers to find out what CIOs can do to find clean power.

Cloud Opens Up Innovation for IT


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published April 14, 2011
But the cloud is just a tool, an extension of existing strategy; not a replacement for it.

Tech M&A Swinging into High Gear


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published March 31, 2011
Don't ask the CIO's opinion, this is the CFOs talking.

Is Cloud Boon or Bane for IT Staffers?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published March 10, 2011
Like any disruptive technology, whether it proves to be good or bad depends, literally, on where you sit.

Pervasive Computing Isn't Everywhere ... Yet


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published March 3, 2011
It seems like it's already here but smartphones, tablets and Moore's Law are just spinning up the age of pervasive computing.

Egypt, Offshoring and the Cloud


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published February 14, 2011
In a strange twist, the government over throw in Egypt shines a bright light on how the cloud could change offshore outsourcing forever.

Career Funhouse - Is Perception Reality?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published February 10, 2011
You may think you lead one way when, in reality, your peers see you very differently.

Top 10 Smartphone Security Tips


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published February 9, 2011
Cybercriminals are finding smartphones to be easy pickings. Here's how to keep yourself and your company from being plucked.

Cloud+Apps=New Enterprise Paradigm?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published January 20, 2011
The cloud may be getting all the press but the real news is in the 'app-mosphere.'

Are You a Transformational CIO?


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published January 13, 2011
IT was once just the backbone of back-office operations, now it's the pointy end of the business spear.

IDC's Top 10 Tech Predictions for 2011


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published January 11, 2011
Web TV, cloud and increased IT spending led by China top the list.

Mastering Innovation


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published January 6, 2011
Unlike 'Eureka!' moments that come and go, innovation is achieved through creative thinking, planning and processes.

Q3 Figures to be Best for Finding New Job


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published January 4, 2011
Held in check by the Great Recession, companies will begin hiring IT again in 2011.

The Safe Shopper's Cyber Shopping Guide


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published December 13, 2010
Now might be a good time to educate your employees on these 8 ways cybercriminals are trying to take the fun out of Christmas and the money out of your wallet.

CIO = Career is Over? Not Hardly.


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published December 9, 2010
There are a wealth of things you can do if you don't want to be a CIO anymore.

The Rise of the Stealth Cloud


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Pam Baker

| CIO Insights Article Published December 2, 2010
You heard of silent black helicopters and all-seeing 'eyes in the sky' – enter the newest threat to your survival, the stealth cloud.