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Stories by Jonathan Hassell

Why Windows 10 isn't the big leap forward Microsoft says it is

By Jonathan Hassell | 10 October, 2014 00:18

As I wrote for Computerworld, Windows 10 has a lot to answer for – and it sets itself up for answering these questions in a big way by skipping a version number and jumping straight to 10 from 8.

Why Your Company Needs Both a CIO and a CISO

By Jonathan Hassell | 17 September, 2014 23:14

It's past time for all major companies – certainly in the Fortune 500, but the advice carries on down into even medium-sized organizations – to carve out a C-level role focusing solely on security.

Microsoft's StorSimple: A first look at the 8000 series

By Jonathan Hassell | 03 September, 2014 23:01

One problem that the emergence of Big Data and the Internet of Things has highlighted for all of us in IT: There is data everywhere. On desktops, on servers, in databases, in logs, on phones and tablets, in your pants drawer -- you cannot escape it. Its corollary: The volume of data will continue to grow -- and data needs space. Data needs disk capacity.

3 Mistaken Assumptions About What Big Data Can Do For You

By Jonathan Hassell | 19 August, 2014 23:52

Big data is certainly all the rage. The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece on data scientists commanding up to $300,000 per year with very little experience. Clearly the era of embracing big data is here.

What Does the Future of Work Look Like?

By Jonathan Hassell | 07 August, 2014 23:12

With Microsoft moving into a "mobile first, cloud first" world, an Apple smartwatch coming any day now and everyone else buying into the cloud computing hype, it can be easy to lose sight of what all of these developments do: Drive business forward by enabling employees to be more productive. Essentially, it's about the future of work.

Why You Should Invest in Training Your IT Team

By Jonathan Hassell | 04 July, 2014 02:51

"The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them." -- Zig Ziglar

The truth about enterprises and the public cloud

By Jonathan Hassell | 25 June, 2014 09:34

Many companies look to the public cloud to cut costs, overhead and time to deployment. However, businesses need to understand how dramatically a move to the cloud will affect a key constituency: The IT department.

Why net neutrality matters to your business

By Jonathan Hassell | 11 June, 2014 23:31

Net neutrality is about more than individual consumers' rights to stream video over the Web without paying extra for it. Partitioning the Internet into haves and have-nots will give big companies yet another advantage over smaller, more disruptive firms.

Is hardware back? Mobile and Cloud technology offer clues

By Jonathan Hassell | 03 June, 2014 01:21

If you haven't been living under a rock, you've heard pundits proclaim the death of the PC. As consumers move to tablets and stop buying laptops and desktops, and as companies pinch IT budgets even harder than they have in the past, it's easy to paint a doomsday scenario for hardware. Even the hardware companies play into this myth — look no further than AMD to see weakness portrayed. For many, it seems, hardware has lost its sexiness.

4 Strategies to Help CIOs Prepare for Cyberattacks

By Jonathan Hassell | 30 April, 2014 02:21

Cyberattacks threaten all of us. White House officials confirmed in March 2014 that federal agents told more than 3,000 U.S. companies that their IT deployments had been hacked, according to The Washington Post. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into the constant threats of cyberattacks against stock exchanges, brokerages and other Wall Street firms.

4 qualities to look for in a data scientist

By Jonathan Hassell | 16 April, 2014 10:00

Every business, it seems, needs a data scientist, but not everyone knows what to look for. The four qualities of a good data scientist described here will help you first write a job description and then evaluate candidates for your data scientist vacancy.

4 lessons CIOs can learn from the Target breach

By Jonathan Hassell | 17 March, 2014 17:32

Retail giant Target made headlines after announcing that 110 million Americans were affected by a massive data breach at its stores. If you want to avoid the same fate, pay attention to these four lessons learned in the wake of the Target breach.

What CIOs Need to Know Before Relying on Startups

By Jonathan Hassell | 26 February, 2014 16:19

It seems there's a startup for everything these days. Sure, there are benefits from introducing new, more efficient systems to your enterprise, but there are also technical, financial and practical considerations before signing on with a startup tech company. Here are the pros and cons.

3 Ways Enterprise IT Will Change in 2014

By Jonathan Hassell | 27 December, 2013 01:14

Two of the biggest stories in tech in 2013 -- the NSA spying scandal and Steve Ballmer's announced departure from Microsoft -- will impact the way your IT organization operates in 2014 in three key ways.

Why Microsoft SharePoint Faces a Challenging Future

By Jonathan Hassell | 04 December, 2013 13:55

Many enterprises use and like SharePoint. Microsoft likes it, too, because it's one of the company's fastest-growing product lines. But making enterprises support separate cloud and on-premises versions and telling SharePoint app developers not to work in C# and ASP.NET may make for a rocky relationship as time goes by.