Out Of Alignment?
Getting IT and business managers on the same page is a frequent topic of conversation these days. Most IT managers I speak to bring up that desire to work closely with their business counterparts, unprompted. But efforts to achieve that alignment don't always result in the business benefits both executives and IT professionals seek to achieve. Optimize magazine's most recent survey of CIOs of Fortune 3000 companies found
Too Much Time
Cell service has improved enough that enterprises are now comfortable relying on the technology to conduct business. But improved service quality has not come with corresponding advances in the cost-effectiveness of contracts. Consider your own personal cell phone contract: Are you satisfied with it or are you paying for minutes you will never use? If you have too much of a good thing, then you aren't alone.
Waiting For Proof
CA is making a big play to revamp its image -- and rescue its future -- with a new name, 26 new products, a new strategy but the jury is still out on what the vendor's prospects are. In last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll, most of the respondents say they are still at least somewhat skeptical about CA's software and the company's future. Seventy-two percent said that CA's past mistakes are causing them t
Going With The Flow
Flow-based network monitoring provides managers with more useful information, such as application performance, server balancing, and bandwidth usage.
Outsourcing: IT Threat Or Opportunity?
Just in time for the holidays come dire predictions likely to send a chill through the hearts of most U.S. IT professionals. An upcoming Congressional report is forecasting difficult times ahead for domestic IT workers, thanks in large part to the way that technology itself has helped erase geographic boundaries and make it possible for less expensive offshore workers to compete and win jobs from U.S. employees.
Chicago, Cairo, Vista -- all names of Windows works in progress and all part of the amazing software spin strategy that Microsoft pioneered with so much success. By revealing tantilizing details of coming Windows versions, the software giant has kept corporate IT departments focused on Windows and hopeful about the the future even as system administrators and their end users often grumbled over their current operating system. So, now after
By The Book
There may be plenty of grumbling around water coolers about recent changes in the government regulatory environments but, like it or not, those compliance dictates are here to stay. Last week's poll shows that regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and FISMA have affected the majority of companies. Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents have made an investment, whether it is personnel resources o
Solving The Storage Riddle
Businesses employ a variety of storage services to help them chart their way through proliferating storage options (Originally published in Information Week)
This is the age of analyzing everything ad nauseum so why should examining management styles be any different. Consider yourself -- or own boss--what is your manager's administrative philosphy? Is your boss a micromanager who needs to weigh in on every decision or a laid back manager who may be a little too distant when you need a backup? Or does your boss employ a crisis management style where it is all about command and
Happy Friday! Today we've got three freebies for you. The first is an On-Demand office suite, gOffice. This hosted office suite offers you the functionality of a productivity suite in a web browser, with a rich text editor and presentation...
Olympic IT Team Seeks Gold Security Standard
The IT security team for the 2006 Winter Olympics learned from the previous Games that they need to filter and correlate their network alarms with more specificity--and that the insider
Egenera BladeFrame ES
Although you may not save space, the powerful BladeFrame ES is high-end, highly virtual and a realistic mini-computer replacement.
3Com Switch 5500G-EI
We put the new 3Com stackable switches to the test. Their manageability and support for VLANs, RADIUS authentication, 802.1x access control and PoE add up to a grand slam.
Database Auditing and Monitoring
This edition looks at Imperva's SecureSphere Database Security Gateway. We also spotlight products from Tizor, Corticon and UpLogix.
Alert To Trouble
There is always room for improvement in IT. Event notification is no exception. Yes, event management applications can send alerts to IT using a variety of mechanisms including via pagers. However, complaints about just how real-time these alerts are are common as the technology behind the event notification is often antiquated.
Whoooooooo are you?
You almost need an ID management product to keep track of who acquired who in this space. Oracle announced its acquisition of ID management vendor Thor Technologies this morning, for an undisclosed sum. Now, in case you were wondering what...
Router And Switch Sales Show Strong 3Q: Report
IP router and switch sales and revenues showed strong growth in the third quarter of 2005, according to Infonetics Research, with security-enabled hardware showing particularly significant gains
The Future Starts Now
Remember when 1999 sounded like the distant future? Now it is more like the distant past. In the last decade alone, we've witnessed stunning technological advances that are changing the world as the Internet makes distance disappear and wireless gives us the flexibility we need now in this always-connected age.
Prove Your Worth
Sure, companies depend on their infrastructures to run their businesses but that doesn't mean IT gets a blank check. In fact, it is just the opposite as IT organizations are under constant pressure to demonstrate their value to the corporation. And in this age of "do more for less," you know the powers that be will have no problem making cuts if you can't prove your worth. The constant demand for IT to quantify its value to the company has made
Acquisition of the Week
Ooohhh...fun stuff out there this week. Citrix made another acquisition, this time targeting web appplication firewall vendor Teros. This coming on the not so distant acquisition of layer 7 load balancer and application acceleration vendor, Netscaler. The Teros offering will...
A Brand New Day For CA
Computer Associates is no more. The vendor is shedding its name in favor of its acronym and with that change, the often-beleagured company is hoping to leave its image as a frequent subject of scandal in the past. CA's name change, announced at the company's CA World user and partner conference this week, is the least significant aspect of the company's efforts to
Fixing Your Network's Five Worst Bottlenecks
Got a bogged-down, sluggish network? The problem likely isn't that you've outgrown your infrastructure -- you have some serious bottlenecks. Here's how to fix your network's five biggest bottlenecks.