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Stories by Jonathan Hassell

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.

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.