November 2006

November 2006

Figuring out what to buy begins with setting a smart evaluation process, and this issue of BizTech offers pointers on how to make sure you buy the technology that's right for your growing business. The issue also includes an introduction to Microsoft Windows Vista, advice on resetting the default settings of new network devices and tips on building an effective budget process. Find out how IT helped an ex-con turn his life around and get an update on businesses in the Gulf region a year after Katrina, too.

Features

Think you have a foolproof disaster recovery plan? These businesses thought so too, but after surviving Hurricane Katrina, they have a few words of advice for IT leaders.
How 16 kilobytes of memory, an external hard drive and dogged determination turned an ex-con into a techie.
Business executives and recruiters reveal the top IT skills in demand in today's job market.
A plan of attack to help you help your boss understand IT's value

Departments

What is simple to one individual may appear complex and overwhelming to another.
Don't cry if your mobile users occasionally lose their notebooks or even have them stolen. Instead, use this app to help get them back.
Network devices of any kind are security holes. Reset default settings and put policies to work that will prevent laziness from turning your network's body armor into a sieve.
Sometimes your end users require over-the-shoulder support. Here are a few tips for remotely guiding and troubleshooting client computers in a Windows Server environment.
Unified threat management packages can simplify your multilayered network security, but these all-in-one appliances aren't for everyone.
Technology veterans say it takes a village, alignment and accountability to craft an effective budgeting process.
Reasons to like and love Windows Vista.
Whether preparing a complex, companywide application rollout or choosing a workgroup scanner, a formal evaluation process can streamline and justify your decision.
Hackers love to exploit security holes. With Google hacking, they've found a doorway into sensitive information from Web servers, applications, error messages and subdomains.
Better search engine optimization results start with a utilitarian site map when function trumps form.

Opinions

Involving all stakeholders is important, but it's not enough to ensure an effective information technology strategy.
Technology is a powerful tool. So is integrity.
It's our job to sell the ideas <em>behind</em> the strategy.

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.