Stories by Howard Baldwin

Finding critical business data -- fast

A lot of security processes failed during the <a href="">breach of Target's systems</a> during last year's holiday season, but one surprising revelation was that the <a href="">retailer actually did receive</a> security alerts about the malware in its system. Yet because the security team was bombarded with alerts -- estimated at hundreds per day -- it couldn't adequately prioritize them.

By Howard Baldwin | 15 December, 2014 22:40

Tags: Target, applications, IDC, data mining, software, big data

Should you buy enterprise applications from a startup?

The idea of buying an enterprise application from a startup company might sound like anathema to a CIO. But Chris Laping, CIO of restaurant chain <a href="">Red Robin</a>, based in Greenwood Village, Colo., disagrees. He believes we're in the middle of a significant shift that favors startups -- moving from huge applications with extensive features to task-based activities, inspired by the apps running on mobile devices.

By Howard Baldwin | 02 September, 2014 17:34

Tags: startups, enterprise applications, applications, Microsoft, enterprise resource planning, procurement, software

Secrets to CIO Longevity

Enterprises that keep the same CIO in place for years -- and even decades -- have a unique culture of collaboration and consistency.

By Howard Baldwin | 30 July, 2014 05:08

Tags: management, Networking, CIO role, IT careers, IT Leadership, IT management, Society for Information Management

Supply chain 2013: New tech tackles unprecedented risks

IT can never take all the risk out of a supply chain, but it can help organizations minimize their vulnerability in a world of new threats.

By Howard Baldwin | 30 April, 2014 20:04

Tags: Emerging Technologies, security, computerworld, hardware systems, IT management, regulatory compliance

4 reasons companies say yes to open source

Open source is free and widely available, but its benefits don't stop there. Enterprises are embracing it for its agility, a quality they value above all in these times of marketplace upheaval.

By Howard Baldwin | 06 January, 2014 12:03

Tags: open source, App Development, software, netflix, cloud computing, Forrester Research, internet

Mobility in the enterprise: Who should hold the hot potato?

The current explosion of tablet, smartphone, netbook and laptop options creates a complicated hardware equation.

By Howard Baldwin | 17 September, 2013 09:23

Tags: mobility

Mobility in the enterprise: Who should hold the hot potato?

Bringing mobility to the enterprise is like wrestling with an octopus. Here's how Electronic Arts, Case Western University and Needham Bank are taming the beast.

By Howard Baldwin | 12 September, 2013 14:37

Tags: freemium, Mobile/Wireless, electronic arts, Networking, Mobile device management, wireless, CIO role, IT Leadership, mobile, IT management

Outsourcing, adieu: Companies retake the reins on IT services

After giving away the farm, some IT departments are bringing select outsourced services back in-house. Here's how they're doing it.

By Howard Baldwin | 18 July, 2013 18:43

Tags: change management, services, outsourcing, IT departments, transformation

Why the enterprise can't shake its email addiction

The kids may have moved on, but business users love (and hate) their email. Here's why we can't kick the habit.

By Howard Baldwin | 15 July, 2013 10:15

Tags: Atos, ComScore, Content/Document Management, applications, document management, Desktop Apps, software

Supply chain 2013: Stop playing whack-a-mole with security threats

IT can never take all the risk out of a supply chain, but it can help organizations minimize their vulnerability in a world of new threats.

By Howard Baldwin | 30 April, 2013 10:45

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, Emerging Technologies, regulation, security, hardware systems, government, CIO

Email addiction: Why the enterprise can't break free

Atos CEO Thierry Breton caught a lot of flak last year when he announced he wanted his employees to give up email, but he may have been on to something.

By Howard Baldwin | 19 March, 2013 15:12

Tags: applications, e-mail, software

UX specialists are hot commodities

Blame Apple's aesthetic: Even the stodgiest enterprise shops are engaging user experience experts who can design logical, beautiful interfaces for mobile computing's limited spaces.

By Howard Baldwin | 11 March, 2013 10:19

Tags: App Development, applications, IT careers, software

IT workers to management: NOW can we telecommute?

IT is one of the last corporate functions to embrace telecommuting. It turns out the last remaining barriers are more cultural than technical.

By Howard Baldwin | 14 February, 2013 12:29

Tags: management, skype, Networking, CIO role, IT Leadership, IT management, staff management

Legal concerns curb corporate cloud adoption

Inside the enterprise, the biggest obstacle to cloud computing is often the company's own corporate counsel. Here's how IT is getting to yes with legal.

By Howard Baldwin | 03 December, 2012 11:17

Tags: data security, security, cloud security, cloud computing, internet, data protection

IT jobs on the other side of the cloud

As more and more companies migrate to the cloud, corporate IT staffers wonder if they'd have better opportunities working for a service provider. IT veterans who've made the jump discuss the pros and cons of working for a cloud service provider.

By Howard Baldwin | 06 November, 2012 12:09

Tags: IT transformation, Apple, IT careers, cloud computing, internet

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