March 2006

March 2006

To ensure your company's technology and business strategies align, try these proven techniques to shore up IT's role in business planning. You'll also read in the March 2006 issue of BizTech how small businesses are bucking the nationwide trend toward IT staff turnover. Plus get tips on building rapport with difficult end users and changing your technology department's image from that of a cost center to a strategic business partner.

Features

Direct marketer Exmplar leverages technology and in-house expertise to rebuild its business.
Small companies with strong leadership and varied opportunities for IT staff are offsetting the nationwide trend.
Here is what you can do to ensure alignment and shore up IT's role in the business planning process.
Seven Tips for Dealing With Difficult Users

Departments

Don't paint yourself into a corner; use these tips for AD migration to Windows Server 2003.
Reversing the 80/20 rule can help you get more out of Outlook.
Unified Threat Management has a new generation of all-in-one security appliances poised to replace aging firewalls.
Protect your essential IT gear from damaging power failures with the right UPS.
Exchange mailbox management can keep e-mail packrats under control.
Before running out and installing a Gigabit Ethernet, understand that it's not about boosting the Internet, but improving file transfer speeds.
While every user wants a notebook loaded with all the latest goodies, it's best to let functional responsibility drive feature selections.
Despite .NET's built-in security, programmers should follow these tips to keep Web services safe and secure.
When malware takes up residence on company computers, here's how to give it the boot.

Opinions

By keeping your head, you can turn panic about an overhaul into success.
Do end users think your company's systems and IT team are a necessary evil? Then prove their value by making changes in how they serve users.
Finding time to plan is a luxury that growing businesses very seldom get to enjoy.

Security

Heartbleed: What Should Your... |
One of the biggest security vulnerabilities has almost every user and every industry...
Why Businesses Need a Next-G... |
Devices investigate patterns that could indicate malicious activity.
Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Businesses Must Step Careful... |
Slow and steady wins the race as businesses migrate IT operations to service providers,...
Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Mobility: A Foundational Pie... |
Other technologies rely on mobile computing, which has the power to change lives, Lextech...
Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.

Hardware & Software

Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....
New Challenges in Software M... |
IT trends such as cloud, virtualization and BYOD pose serious hurdles for software...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.