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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 13:01 PM

The (Un)Economics of Infrastructure Support

It's a fact of life in IT that things break. As reliable as hardware is, over time there is a "natural" failure rate for components, sub-systems and the systems that are assembled from them. Nothing last....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:01 AM

Which IT Jobs Won't Come Back?

The Wall Street Journal's homepage leads with a headline that many of us already know: Even in a Recovery, Some Jobs Won't Return. The story, which looks at various Labor Department stats from the past f....

Monday, January 11, 2010 10:01 AM

IT Overwhelmed by Realities of War

by Tony Kontzer Forgive my skepticism that the U.S. Government can continue to live up to its promise of making the world safe for democracy (or, more accurately, Americans). I'm not even sure I really ....

Thursday, January 07, 2010 12:01 PM

The IT-Business Hate-Fest

Since my first day in this business almost 10 years ago, there's been one absolute constant: that IT and the business don't see eye to eye. Admittedly, that's a big generalization of what is really a rat....

Monday, January 04, 2010 16:01 PM

IT Leadership: Y2K's Long-Term Impact

Happy new year, everyone. Welcome to 2010 - a new year and a new decade. Ten years ago we were all wondering if Y2K presaged the end of the (IT) world as we knew it--worries triggered by a few simple des....

Monday, January 04, 2010 14:01 PM

Back to Business for CIOs

CIO Mag's Kim Nash (a former Baseline standout) has a great analysis of the state of the CIO role here. Yes, we all know that IT leaders need to be more business savvy than tech savvy, but a few findings....

Monday, January 04, 2010 12:01 PM

CIO as Chief Intelligence Officer?

A year ago, I remember reading a great piece from my colleague Ed Cone on the problem of data overload. As 2009 drew to a close--and various prognostications came out about CIO priorities for 2010--I had....

Monday, January 04, 2010 09:01 AM

The Umbilical Web

by Tony Kontzer I recently enjoyed the incomparable experience of watching the birth of my second child--12 years after the birth of my first. Why I'm writing about this happy event here (well, aside from....

Monday, December 21, 2009 10:12 AM

2010 Investment Guide

by John Parkinson We all talk a lot about ROI - Return on Investment - but there hasn't been a lot to invest lately, and I don't see that changing much in 2010. Technologists have always been a forward-lo....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 09:12 AM

CIO SOS on Staffing

By Tony Kontzer On the surface, the latest survey results from IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology, indicating that 43% of CIOs describe their departments as "understaffed," aren't exactly a shocker. ....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 11:12 AM

Lessons from 2009

by John Parkinson "May you live in interesting times" is a pretty good translation of an old Chinese curse. The times have been pretty interesting lately - and interesting times can be instructive if you ....

Friday, December 11, 2009 14:12 PM

Leading IT in 2010

Our sister publication, Baseline, has an interesting look at 10 top IT trends for 2010. Most of them are obvious, and it's never easy to accurately predict what will happen in any given year, but this an....

Friday, December 11, 2009 12:12 PM

The Experimenter's Dilemma

By John Parkinson Back in my college days, one of my professors gave me some advice that I have always remembered, but not always been able to act on. He told me, "Every experiment is a success if you lea....

Friday, December 11, 2009 12:12 PM

Our Picks for Best Books of 2009

We're up with our picks for the best business-IT books of 2009. CIO Insight has been covering books since it's beginning, and it's rare to have as a great a lineup as we've seen this year. I'm curious ....

Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:12 PM

IT Project Teams: Big vs. Small

By John Parkinson I have always liked big challenges. I once ran a project that had a budget (in today's dollars) of over $1B and in another career cycle, was responsible for the working practices of over....

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