IT Management Slideshow: 10 Tech Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-21-2011

1. Turn Your Back On Security Threats

The last thing you should do as CIO is turn your back on all the worrisome security threats that are impacting the world right now. From mobile malware to traditional spyware, your company is getting hit from all sides. Protect it.

1. Turn Your Back On Security Threats

2. Keep Investing In Desktop For No Reason

Some companies are still heavily invested in desktops. If you don't need all the horsepower they offer, consider laptops instead. Not only will you save some cash, but their mobile virtues should improve employee productivity.

2. Keep Investing In Desktop For No Reason

3. Stick With BlackBerry Devices Out of Habit

RIM's BlackBerry smartphones are widely used in the enterprise. But over the last several quarters, they have become less fashionable than Android and iOS devices. Think seriously about opting for platforms besides the BlackBerry.

3. Stick With BlackBerry Devices Out of Habit

4. Ignore Windows 7

Chances are, you're still trying to keep Windows XP machines up-to-date. But now that Windows 7 has been tested and it works quite well, why not switch your corporate computers? It's more secure and includes support for Windows XP mode in a virtual environment. It's a win-win.

4. Ignore Windows 7

5. Say ‘No’ to Tablets

Tablets are the future. Not only will they help companies keep employees productive, but they should also free up budgets to invest in other, more important technologies. Your competitors will give employees tablets, and you should too.

5. Say ‘No’ to Tablets

6. Fail to Move to the Cloud

Cloud computing is the future. And the companies that capitalize on that trend sooner rather than later will be far more likely to succeed. Several companies you know well -- IBM and Salesforce, among others -- are offering worthwhile solutions.

6. Fail to Move to the Cloud

7. Fail to Keep Software Up-to-Date

One of the biggest mistakes a company can make is to not keep their software up-to-date. Whether it's Windows or Adobe's Flash player, you need to always ensure that programs are updated to reduce the chances of security issues.

7. Fail to Keep Software Up-to-Date

8. Not Establish Use Policies

You must tell employees what they can and can't do with the technology you give them. Establish use policies. If you don't have those policies in place, employees can't be expected to engage in behaviors that would keep your network safe and keep them working.

8. Not Establish Use Policies

9. Allow For Social Networking Access

Facebook and Twitter are fun ways to get back in touch with friends and family, but they don't have any place in the enterprise. As a CIO, you should make that clear to your employees, and tell them once and for all that social networking access is not allowed.

9. Allow For Social Networking Access

10. Trust Employees to Follow Rules

Employees just can't be trusted. They may access inappropriate sites or accidentally take confidential data off the network. They could log-in to your network from an unsecured location. Be sure you know what they're doing. Don't assume they're following the rules.

10. Trust Employees to Follow Rules