Current Month's Articles

Sinclair Community College Uses Application Virtualization to Deliver Course Software Easily, Inexpensively . A lot of college programs require more than just textbooks. Many disciplines require students to use an array of software programs as part of their studies. Sinclair Community College, like other schools, faced challenges deploying the right set of software to classrooms on time and devoted considerable IT resources to the task. Now, using Microsoft� Application Virtualization technology, Sinclair can make software accessible to students on demand quickly, easily, and affordably. Students have access to course software when they need it, while the school is saving deployment time and resources. Meanwhile, Sinclair is laying the foundation for increased distance-learning programs for students well beyond the school�s Dayton, Ohio, location. Read more at: Read more at MicroSoft Case Studies: .


5 IT Roles That Drive Cost Reduction . Five key roles are critical to achieving a lean IT organization, according to a new report from Forrester Research's �Redesign IT Roles To Drive IT Cost Reduction.� These roles offer organizations a better ability to analyze possible reductions in cost of labor, services and capital expenditures, as well as improvement in business process efficiency. Here�s a recap of what Marc Cecere, Forrester analyst and lead author of the report, had to say about these roles. Read more at CIO Insight: .


Articles From Prior Months

10 Ways to Cut IT Costs By David Kapfhammer CIO Insight.

10 Areas Where Open Source is Open for Business. CIO Insight.

13 Ways to Cut IT Costs Now By Ericka Chickowski Baseline examines easy, practical technology strategies that will cut IT costs quickly and streamline IT management so you are more efficient in the long run. Read more at Baseline.

IT Budgeting Advice from Ram Charan best-selling author and executive coach Ram Charan is out with a new, timely book, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times. Read more at Biz-Tech 3.0.

PC Refresh Cycles Stretch to Five Years by Jessica Davis. As the recession stretches into 2009, companies are pushing their PC refresh cycles out to five years, according to solution providers contacted by Channel Insider. Read more at Channel News and Analysis

Marketing Your Way Through a Recession. In a recession, consumers become value oriented, distributors are concerned about cash, and employees worry about their jobs. But a downturn is no time to stop spending on marketing. The key, says professor John Quelch, is to understand how the needs of your customers and partners change, and adapt your strategies to the new reality. Read more at HBS Working Knowledge.

Building an Energy-Efficient IT Infrastructure. By Samuel Greengard. A good energy policy can supercharge an organization�s performance through direct electricity savings, a diminished need for facilities, and lower capital costs related to servers, storage and other devices�.The University of Minnesota understands this issue�. By automating network management and policies through Microsoft Active Directory and Entuity�s Eye of the Storm, IT is able to switch off about 25,000 devices each night, netting annual savings of more than $1.4 million. Read more at Baseline.

Cloud an Outsourcing Option in Troubled Times By Jack Singh and Charles Arnold 1. Cloud an Outsourcing Option in Troubled Times 2. Weighing the Advantages 3. Focus on Applications 4.Is the Cloud for You? CIO Insight

Cloud Security Still Immature by Ericka Chickowski, Read more at Bottom Line.

The Growing Appetite for Virtualization by Dennis McCafferty, Energy conservation, improved performance and reduced cooling costs are just a few of the benefits of virtualization and consolidation. Read more at Baseline.

Fear and Loathing of Cloud Computing by Mike Vizard. This may not come as a huge surprise to a lot of folks but a new survey data suggests that IT organizations are not all that excited about cloud computing. The primary reason for the lack of interest in cloud computing cited by the business and IT executives in the 500 worldwide companies surveyed was concern about security issues and the loss of control over their IT assets. Read more.