Every programming language has its strengths…and its weaknesses. We identify five tasks for which perl is ideally suited, and four that…well, really, shouldn’t you choose something else?
Bad CIOs are a blight on the IT profession and on the organizations that employ them. The following list of behaviors common among bad CIOs will prevent you from hiring them into your organizations. If they’re already there, it will give you good reason to eliminate them.
Get the most out of your RIM BlackBerry smartphone without ever opening your wallet. Check out the following six free downloads.
There are things you can do in just 20 minutes that can have a meaningful and even a long-term, positive effect on your IT organization, your career, your technology knowledge, your management skills and your relationship with the business. We’ve gathered 20 of the best ideas we could find.
Aflac’s BlackBerry guru shares power tips and tricks for your RIM smartphone. Here’s how to improve your typing, messaging, browsing, attachment handling and more.
Deciding when to use any language—including Ruby—depends on the appropriateness to task and the amount of yak shaving necessary. Zed Shaw explains when Ruby’s MRI or JRuby is the best language for the job, and when it really isn’t.
Python is a powerful, easy-to-use scripting language suitable for use in the enterprise, although it is not right for absolutely every use. Python expert Martin Aspeli identifies when Python is the right choice, and when another language might be a better option.
John Halamka has two CIO titles, a family, passionate rock-climbing and wine-making interests and a major-league blog habit. We discuss his celebrity turn in a BlackBerry ad, his tips for e-mail triage, how he sleeps three hours a night and why he now understands Britney Spears.
Companies seeking more efficiency and tighter monitoring of IT projects are opening project management offices (PMO) in growing numbers.
CIOs from FedEx, Campbell’s Soup, Carlson and other top companies share the advice that helped them get ahead.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s EVP of internal operations looks for personable individuals with good communication skills, energy, curiosity and experience managing large-scale systems.
Everyone agrees that having a strategic plan for IT is a good thing, but most CIOs approach the process with fear and loathing. In fact, the majority of CIOs (and the enterprises they work for) are faking it when it comes to strategic planning. Isn’t it time we all got real?
A 10-year veteran of corporate America gets a major dose of culture shock when he moves into his first CIO job at a privately held technology company.
From widening currency gaps to industry mergers and acquisitions to an expanding range of outsourcing services and destinations, the new year should keep IT service providers and customers on their toes.
Schmoozing is a trial for shy people, but armed with these common-sense tips they can increase their networking mojo.
PHP may be the most popular Web scripting language in the world. But despite a large collection of nails, not every tool is a hammer. So when should it be used, and when would another dynamic programming language be a better choice? We identify its strengths and weaknesses.
Previous versions of Microsoft’s collaboration tools lacked management prowess. SharePoint 2007 fixes that problem and packs in a sometimes confusing array of features from workflow to search. Here’s how smart IT leaders are making this often-misunderstood product work for them.
Tips and techniques for answering common interview questions, making a good first impression during the interview and for following up.
Forrester Research says IT departments should refuse to support Apple iPhones, even if CEOs are the ones asking to use the devices for access to corporate networks and systems.
Portfolio management is a tool with clear benefits, among them a holistic view of IT projects across the enterprise and the alignment of IT with corporate strategy. But it isn’t easy. We’ve found some portfolio managers willing to share their secrets.
Agile methodologies for software projects can help organizations create better software faster. Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard that before. Here, experienced programmers explain the key ingredients to make those goals achievable.
Two decades ago, the world’s number-one retailer used IT to reinvent global supply chains. The world caught up and now Web 2.0 technologies are forcing retailers to pay more attention to customers. No longer a leader, Wal-Mart’s IT is at a crossroads.
Users are working hard to manage complex IT environments while figuring out how far they can push server virtualization without sacrificing application service levels, according to CIO’s first survey on virtualization.
CIOs remain committed to ERP systems despite innovation, integration and cost issues. Why? Business can’t live without it.
Mac OS is the hands-down operating system winner, from the perspective of cost effectiveness.
Life in IT can be thankless, but you don’t have to suffer. A 25-year IT veteran turned professional coach offers advice on how she and many other technical professionals found fulfillment and fortune outside IT.
CIO John Halamka reviews the desktop operating system contenders in search of the next-generation office computer.
Bully boss in your office? Here are some tips and advice for senior management.
Moving IT work overseas can be a much more expensive proposition than you may think.
Google is great, but it can’t always tell you what makes a website or source of research material authoritative. Professional librarians and researchers explain where to look online to find the professional, technical and industry expertise you need.
Wikis are useful business tools. With planning and some staff time, you can make your own online collection of useful articles, tailored to your organization’s needs, to communicate about business processes, manage collective know-how and more.
Now that you’re knee-deep in virtualization, what products will help you manage and secure it? These 10 virtualization vendors should be on your radar screen.
Virtual teams are becoming commonplace, but the old rules for running a meeting don’t necessarily apply. Managers need to learn new skills to keep people engaged and to use the time (and technology) effectively. These tips will make your next remote meeting a success.
Empowering employees at all levels to do their best work can begin with something as simple as positive feedback and other gestures that show their efforts are appreciated. And it can help reduce staff turnover.
You can’t tell when you’re winning if you don’t keep score. The Balanced Score helps track your hits and misses.
CareGroup CIO John Halamka takes an in-depth look at the policies and technologies necessary for supporting flexible work arrangements.
In the spirit of summer, we compiled a list of 20 USB-powered gadgets with very little business value—but that still tickle us pink.
Enterprise software’s fiercest competitors (and their illustrious leaders) face off in a head-to-head battle to see who rules the corporate IT world.
As Nationwide grew, its data became siloed and scattered, making it increasingly difficult for the company to get an accurate picture of its finances. Here’s how it brought all that data into focus.
Whether you’re showing employees to the door or being shown the door, you must avoid legal trouble. Veteran Employment Attorney Jay Warren shares the top layoff mistakes that companies make and outlines employee rights at pink-slip time.
A greater number of professors at Oregon State are relying on Apple Macs. Here’s why.
The value CIOs can bring to the enterprise is limited only by their energy and imagination…and sometimes by organizations that just don’t get it.
Nestle USA’s costly and protracted struggle with its SAP project is a cautionary tale for any company intent on an enterprisewide implementation.
Want to move ahead? These simple tips will help you maximize your ROI on everything from management to hiring practices to job changes and more.
Vendors say software as a service will cut costs and increase efficiency. They say it’s enterprise ready. Does that sound too good to be true? It is.
Nike lost money, time and a measure of pride when its demand-planning software led it astray. How did it recover? Patience, perseverance and, most important, an understanding of what it was trying to accomplish in the first place.
Excellence in project management is essential, but PMOs can do as much harm as good. Here we examine the fundamentals and scope a proper role for a PMO.
As Boomer bosses relinquish the reins of leadership to Generation X, both are worrying about Generation Y. For the good of the enterprise, everyone needs to do a better job of getting along.