December 2007

December 2007

Top executives from five startup companies reveal their best and worst IT investments, along with advice for getting the most out of technology projects. A common mistake is to automate the organization based on old business processes. Also in this issue: Learn how to align your IT and business objectives so you can set realistic budgets that will result in more successful projects. Follow five tips for migrating to Vista. Use networked scanners to push document capture to the desktop.

Features

NetXen's 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology promises to accelerate business processes.
To get ahead of the pack, follow in the footsteps of top-performing companies.
A suburban Chicago startup reinvents its rental business.
Chief Experience Officer, Slack Barshinger - 2006 Revenue: $14.4 Million
CEO, ICC Enterprises - 2006 Revenue: $16 Million
It starts with strong alignment between IT and business objectives and ends with flexible budgets that let the tech team proactively address problems and opportunities.
The founders of five businesses — who catapulted their cash-strapped startups into storied successes — reveal their best and worst IT investments.

Departments

PCI, like most information security fundamentals, is simply focused on attention to detail and risk management.
Document management starts at document capture.
Avoid putting your network in jeopardy by understating what can place your network into an unsupported state.
The secret to e-mail that never gets dropped and Web sites that don't grind to a halt.
Think radical human-computer interfaces are years away from commercial development? Think again.
Connect to the Internet with an easy-to-install-and-configure Web-based interface.
Check out four tools that will let the help desk troubleshoot remote users.

Opinions

Sometimes taking a counterintuitive approach can help pave the way to better tech project results.
The key to success is recognizing how it differs from failure.
This approach to technology works if you have a savvy team and a smart strategy.

Security

Three Ways to Integrate Fire... |
Follow these tips to align the devices with log management and incident tracking systems.
Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...

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

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...
The Value of Converged Infra... |
Improvements in security, management and efficiency are just a few of the benefits CI can...

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

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.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Hardware & Software

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.
The Tools That Power Busines... |
Ever-evolving analytic software can greatly improve financial institutions’ decision-...