Applications Category


What's Keeping Utility IT From Lighting Up?

In a recently published report ("The IT Utility: The Future of the Data Center") by Westport, Connecticut-based research firm Saugatuck Technology, utility computing is highlighted as the predominant force that will drive change in the data center over th Read More >

Collaboration: All Together Now

Collaborative technologies such as Web conferencing and online workspaces promise to improve productivity—if you can get people to use them. Better get ready, since VoIP may lead to convergence of these technologies sooner rather than later. Read More >

Expertise Management: Who Knows About This?

Unlike the knowledge management systems of old, expertise location systems (ELS) get results. The innovation: software that scans e-mail and documents and updates databases automatically. Read More >

Case Study: Pratt & Whitney

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Utility Computing: Back to the Future

Concern for the bottom line is driving interest in utility computing, though the hype is still outstripping reality. But it's time to get ready—by consolidating infrastructure and testing the pay-as-you-go waters with nonessential applications. Read More >

Eric Nee: SOX in a Box

Software companies have lost no time trying to market Sarbanes-Oxley products and tools. But CIOs should look before they leap into purchasing these supposedly ready-made answers. It isn't easy to put compliance in a box. Read More >

Viewpoint: Nate Root

CIO Insight: How many companies are formally using IM? Read More >

Calculator: RFID Set-Up Costs

Fill in your own company's estimates to see how much RFID will cost you. Read More >

Business Process Modeling: A Model Student

The goal is to get all the benefits from automation—improved efficiency, reduced costs, greater speed—without becoming inflexible. But how? For some, business process modeling does the trick. Read More >

Product Lifecycle Management: The Means of Production

Product lifecycle management is being touted as the next great enterprise software cure-all. But implementing the software isn't as easy as you've been told. Read More >

Book Review: The Business of Software

What Kind of Business Do You Want to Be? Read More >

Editorial: February 2004

This month's issue includes our annual survey of IT spending, and the results are mildly encouraging: The more than 600 CIOs we polled have increased their 2004 IT budgets an average of 2.2 percent over 2003, and more than two-thirds of CIOs expect to be Read More >

Robert Sutton: The Best-Practices Trap

The argument for adopting "best practices" often seems irrefutable, but don't jump to conclusions about the results. There's no guarantee that practices that worked wonders elsewhere will translate successfully to your company. Read More >

Supply & Demand: Software Pricing

The software industry is changing fast. The big-ticket perpetual software license is giving way to more affordable subscriptions—and even more radical plans in which companies pay for software as they need it. Here's what CIOs need to know as they Read More >

Technology: Open Source

The religious wars over open-source software—especially Linux—are over. What lies ahead is a steely-eyed pragmatism about the software's pros and cons. Read More >

Analysis: Lessons From Midsize Companies

Until recently, small and medium-size companies have lagged in the strategic use of IT. But now they're spending more money than their larger brethren to catch up, despite the economic slowdown of the past three years. Here's how they're using their latec Read More >

Code Breaking: Open-Source, Closed Minds

Heavy lobbying by Microsoft Corp. succeeded in quashing a recent meeting by the World Intellectual Property Organization to consider the trend by world governments toward open, nonproprietary technologies. How did they get away with it? Read More >

Roundtable: Exploring the Generation Gap

In late July CIO Insight convened a roundtable on youth and the future of the workplace to discuss how the Net Generation is starting to reshape the workplace—and the challenge to CIOs. Read More >

Web Extra: Rich Mogull on Social Re-engineering

Rich Mogull is research director for the information security and risk practice at Gartner Inc. A former paramedic and firefighter, Mogull has extensive experience in risk analysis and scenario planning. We asked him to highlight some of the m Read More >

Whiteboard: How to Create and Lead an Adaptive Organization

If your customers' needs are changing faster than your ability to respond, you need to become more adaptive. This month's whiteboard provides a roadmap for creating and leading an organization that can not only meet customer needs as they change, but anti Read More >

Fast Facts: How Archimedes Works

Online exclusive: How the Archimedes simulation model gives patients, providers and institutions a virtual window on healthcare. Read More >

Strategic Profile: Web Services

CIO Insight chatted briefly with Barry Bloom, Chief Software Architect for cosmetics company Mary Kay Inc., about his web services projects, designed to support Mary Kay's 950,000 door-to-door salespeople in the field. Read More >

Strong Signals: Star Search

Opinion: John Parkinson: The fabled 10x programmers of yore are returning to the mainstream. Is corporate IT software development prepared to accommodate them? Read More >

Thinking Out Loud: Parkway CIO John Bryer

Parkway CIO John Bryer discusses the risks and rewards of building a data warehouse. Read More >

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