Stories by John Brandon

4 must-read IT leadership books

You have your pick of hundreds of books on business, leadership and creative thinking in business. But which ones are really worth your time? These hand-picked books from 2015 address some of the most important IT leadership issues of our time, including how to analyze data more effectively, how to hire in our current "everyone is an expert" culture and what it really means to lead in the face of widespread adversity and economic upheaval.

Written by John Brandon08 May 15 02:47

Traction Watch: Grovo Is Growing 20 Percent Per Month

With a name like Grovo, you'd expect some serious growth numbers.The micro-training platform uses 60-second videos to help large corporations teach employees new skills. For the past 17 months, the company has grown 20% in revenues month-on-month. That comes to nearly 800% annualized growth!

Written by John Brandon19 March 15 05:01

Traction Watch: BetterWorks Is ramping up to get your ducks in a row

Looks like the quantified workplace is paying off in spades. Known as FitBit for employee-related goals, Palo Alto-based BetterWorks has doubled their workforce in the last six months. They're on a hiring spree, shopping for technical writers, product managers, support techs, and everything in between. A year ago, they had only six employees. When the app debuted in September, 2014, they had 27 employees. Since acquiring funding from Kleiner that same month to the tune of $15.5 million, they have jumped up to 40 employees.

Written by John Brandon19 March 15 05:00

How to Pick the Best Browser for Your Enterprise

Knowing which browser to deploy in a large company is no easy task. The default option is Internet Explorer, but many users balk at this older, more cumbersome browser that seems to attract the most malware. Google Chrome gets most of the attention these days (as proven by a growing market share) and Mozilla Firefox offers good compatibility and speed. To determine which browser is the best for business, it's important to keep tabs of the latest improvements. Here's a look at the Big 3 with an eye on the enterprise.

Written by John Brandon09 Dec. 14 03:16

What CIOs Can Learn From the Biggest Data Breaches

We keep hearing about them in the news. The tallies are astounding: 145 million user accounts compromised here, 40 million credit cards stolen there. What isn't always as clear with the most high-profile data breaches is how they occurred in the first place and what you can do to prevent seeing your organization in a similar headline.

Written by John Brandon13 Nov. 14 02:07

7 Enterprise-Grade Gadgets Built for Business

For business users, having the right gadget can make the difference between a successful trip to a remote office or wasting time with tech snafus. tested these seven new business devices -- ranging from PCs to routers to, yes, tables -- to make sure they can withstand the rigors of a hectic workday.

Written by John Brandon06 Nov. 14 03:41

5 steps to take when a data breach hits

The IT industry has an answer to almost every security problem. Need to lock down an app server to ward off hackers? There's likely a product available for that. Same goes for making sure a stolen Android phone uses strong authentication to keep a hacker from stealing data.

Written by John Brandon08 Oct. 14 00:46

4 smartwatches (almost) ready for business use

If there's any segment of the population that might gravitate to the smartwatch trend, it's business users. With a quick flick of the wrist, you can see the time, your meeting schedule and even whether you're running late for a flight. Many business folks already wear a watch to keep track of the time during a hectic day filled with meetings and other appointments. Plus, a smartwatch is an extension of the smartphone we already rely on for business trips (and just about everything else).

Written by John Brandon01 Oct. 14 23:07

6 strategies for cancelling a major IT project

In the recent book 'Think Like a Freak', well-known authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner touch on a difficult topic for those in charge of IT budgets and project development: What if your project fails?

Written by John Brandon09 Sept. 14 23:42

5 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Campaigns

Over the past few years, those in charge of branding and communication for large companies have realized that social networking can be an effective marketing tool. Sure, there's still multi-million-dollar ad campaigns that run during football games and the print advertisements in major national magazines. However, at a more granular scale, it's often the individual tweets and connections with customers that can have the most impact. asked social media experts to share their best tips for achieving social media success on sites such as Facebook, and Twitter.

Written by John Brandon04 Sept. 14 23:22

5 Uses for the Surveillance Robot of Tomorrow

Robots are essentially a self-contained tribute to the wonders of technology. The most advanced models use fast computer processing, high-definition cameras, artificial intelligence and long-range sensors, all of which give you a pretty good idea where technology is heading. In some ways, a robot even provides a glimmer of the future car and future IT advances.

Written by John Brandon13 Aug. 14 23:44

How to survive 4 cloud horror stories

Horror stories don't just happen at the movie theater. In a few cases, companies make a big play to use the wrong cloud application or experience widespread outages in their connection to cloud storage.

Written by John Brandon11 Aug. 14 09:01

4 Small Computers Ready for Mass Enterprise Deployment

When the goal is to deploy computers in mass quantities to keep employees productive, nothing beats an ultra-slim desktop computer. Laptops and tablets are helpful for remote works and mobile computing – but on the desktop, these systems are about the size of your hand and don't take up too much space. They are designed from the get-go for remote management and easy tech support, and they come with fewer moving parts (for example, there's no optical drive).

Written by John Brandon22 July 14 23:16

Is Linux Dead for the Desktop?

For executives in charge of desktop deployments in a large company, Linux OS was once hailed as a savior for corporate end users. With incredibly low pricing -- free, with fee-based support plans, for example -- distributions such as Ubuntu Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise offered a "good enough" user interface, along with plenty of powerful apps and a rich browser.

Written by John Brandon08 July 14 23:19

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