Top 15 Android Business Apps

I recently asked a Google spokesperson about how Android stacks up in the enterprise. She insisted that the Android is a consumer device – for now. “We plan to support more enterprise applications and features on top of our existing structure in the future, but we don’t have anything specific to share at this time,”…

Brocade One Takes Aim at Data Centers

The word “convergence” is now taking on new meaning for data center networks as networking vendors aim to create unified fabrics. The latest entrant into the space is Brocade, which this week announced its Brocade One unified network strategy for convergence and data center networking. With the new effort, Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) is aiming to…

The Hard Truth about IT Staffing and ROI

Running an IT organization is very much about optimizing cost and risk: What is the lowest cost way to deliver each service without risking the required service level? What must be developed or managed internally and what should be outsourced? Once you get clear on that, how do you then think about the ROI for…

ACS’ CIO – Leading the Way

Surprisingly, the struggling economy has limited impact on ACS, at least for the moment. “Many of our customer contracts are long term,” explains Tsolakis. “We continue though to identify expense reduction opportunities in order to be prepared for any further deterioration in the economy.” Perhaps this is due to the hallmark of ACS for the…

ACS’ CIO – Leading the Way

Nearly every CIO is squeezed between the urgent need to increase IT adoption vs. staving off rogue staffers hot after their favorite device or software. In this regard, the CIO both giveth and taketh away. But nowhere is that squeeze harder or more brutal than at the helm of high tech companies where staffers often…

The High Cost of Expertise’

So, why did simulation enable the discovery of this insight? The main people involved in this project were the same over the two years. The insight was not the result of adding a new person. I was invited to participate in this project because the program manager believed that a simulation approach would help this…

The High Cost of Expertise’

It is a widely held belief that business analysts (BAs) must have a number of years experience in a domain they are to be discovering and documenting requirements in to be effective in that domain. It turns out that that assumption is usually false. An IAG study, Business Analyst Benchmark – 2008, identifies the following…

The Six Winning Secrets of Project Funding

If the CFO won’t approve a company-wide upgrade, how about a pilot in the Dayton, Ohio office, or for the marketing team? Proceeding in incremental steps often is the way to go in 2008’s uncertain economy. 4. Go in with a firm, fixed price from outside IT vendors. Yes, many are reluctant to offer that…

The Six Winning Secrets of Project Funding

Psst. Want tips on how to persuade your organization’s CFO to green light an expensive IT project? Okay. Let’s start with a quiz and only those who pass get to read the tips (scout’s honor here): True or false? ▫ IT carries the day. (Dazzle the CFO with promises of IT glories and your funding…

Overwhelmed by Data? This Tool Could Help

South & Associates was buried under data. The law firm focuses on foreclosures in Missouri and Kansas. With the sub-prime mortgage mess triggering a rash of foreclosures, they were in a good position to capitalize on new business opportunities – if they could find a way to keep up. Foreclosures are complex and highly regulated…