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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.

Why Responsive Web Design Is Here to Stay

By Jonathan Hassell | 06 November, 2013 13:41

Most Web design trends are just that. But in an increasingly mobile world, with an increasingly diverse number of mobile devices, the principles of responsive Web design aren't going to go away. Here are three ways developers need to respond to the demands of responsive Web design.

Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected and what to do if you are

By Jonathan Hassell | 25 October, 2013 17:51

The newest piece of ransomware is particularly nasty and, once you've got it, it's a real pain to get rid of. Here's how to protect your corporate assets before getting bit.

4 Ways CIOs Can to Respond to a Service Outage

By Jonathan Hassell | 30 September, 2013 14:15

Nasdaq and Intermedia are among the latest firms to suffer lengthy - and public - service outages. Eventually, the same thing will happen to you. Here are four key lessons IT leaders can learn from others' mistakes.

Steve Ballmer's Departure From Microsoft Isn't News, But Timing Is

By Jonathan Hassell | 23 August, 2013 21:46

Microsoft observers knew CEO Steve Ballmer was due to step down soon, but announcing his impending retirement weeks after an executive reorganization seems odd. With that in mind, contributor Jonathan Hassell examines the triumphs and missteps of Ballmer's 13-year tenure in Microsoft's corner office.

Five things PRISM teaches CIOs about doing business in today's world

By Jonathan Hassell | 06 August, 2013 14:23

Revelations that the United States government is monitoring Internet data from tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft should make your company reconsider where and how it stores data--all while realising that, at the end of the day, surveillance practices (usually) stay a secret for a reason.

What CIOs need to know about software defined networking

By Jonathan Hassell | 23 July, 2013 13:40

Software defined networking applies the abstraction concepts of hardware virtualisation to networking infrastructure. This works well for cloud implementations, which need significant configuration and planning. But SDN and network virtualisation may still be too immature for prime time.

4 Things CIOs Need to Know About Microsoft's Reorg

By Jonathan Hassell | 17 July, 2013 16:41

The entirely expected Microsoft reorganization, and the accompanying memo from CEO Steve Ballmer, suggests that the company plans to focuses on devices, the cloud and a much shorter development life cycle. This will have a major impact on how your IT department operates.

First look: Windows Server Blue beta shows compelling improvements

By Jonathan Hassell | 26 June, 2013 10:40

There's a lot to like in Windows Server 2012 R2, but the key question centers around how Microsoft will handle licensing, our reviewer says. That alone might be the gating factor for the eventual success of this OS release.

Clearing Up Microsoft SkyDrive Pro Confusion

By Jonathan Hassell | 11 April, 2013 16:10

Microsoft's SkyDrive service has gained a lot of traction over the past couple of years, given that it works well across numerous platforms (including Gmail and Xbox 360) and is easy to use. With Office 2013 and Office 365, Microsoft introduced a SkyDrive Pro service that is oriented toward businesses and enterprises.

4 Ways Federal Fiscal Austerity Will Impact CIOs

By Jonathan Hassell | 20 March, 2013 13:31

First there was the fiscal cliff. Now there's the sequester. Neither caused the sky to fall, but both will have a slow, steady impact on the economy. That means CIOs should tread carefully when crafting IT budgets for the next couple years--and shouldn't be surprised to hear 'No.'

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