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  • The Futility of Blaming IT

    In recent years, it has become popular sport to blame information technology (IT) departments and IT leaders for failures – real or imagined – which adversely impact business operations.  Even some technology trade journals seem unable to get through a single issue without finding some point upon which to lambast a CTO or CIO for not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 21, 2013
  • My Workplace Technology Wish List

    It is not every day that one gets an opportunity to put together a wish list of technology solutions that could be used to drive a modern, highly productive workplace. So, let’s begin our If Money Were No Object quest… Every office has desktops and notebooks, and they’ll continue to be useful for quite some time. To make them even more useful, ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 29, 2011
  • Reactive Security: Feel the pain in 2011+

    We are only one third of the way into 2011, but we have had some of the largest information security breaches of the decade – and the trend does not appear to be slowing down. Here are just a few of the biggest reports for the year: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/RSA-SecurID-Breach-Shows-Why-Everybody-Must-Stay-Vigilant-595858/ ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 29, 2011
  • Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint - Part 2

    Last time, I mentioned that inadequate planning is one of the key reasons why your new technology purchase might prove to be disappointing.  This is true not only of planning that occurs once the project has been authorized and assigned an official “Project Manager”, but it also refers to the planning that is used to determine the validity of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 15, 2011
  • Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint

    Technology continues to provide many benefits for individuals and businesses, and our increasing dependence upon it is a testament to its overall usefulness.  Each day, many, many people make a good living from designing and deploying business solutions which are based on some technology. That said, many businesses fail to derive the value ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 31, 2011
  • It’s Time to Re-evaluate Host-based Security

    I’ve said it for a few years now, but host-based antivirus is really not working out anymore.  Not with its reliance on signatures to detect malware. Recently, several prominent antivirus vendors have experienced problems with faulty virus definitions:  Faulty McAfee update burns IT execs BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 10, 2010
  • Expanding Your Reach with Good Technology Partners

    I recently read an opinion piece on ComputerWorld about the post-Cloud IT landscape, and it I had a couple thoughts: The author makes a good point that little mention is made of what the world will look like when cloud is the norm… We (both business and technology folks) spend a lot of time focusing on the flavor of the day, and not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 13, 2010
  • Is Google over-extending itself?

    Google is in the news quite a bit, lately, but not all of that publicity is good… Google lists $350 fee for early Nexus One returns Update: Google may pull out of China because of cyber attacks Nexus One fiasco continues for Google Contrary to popular opinion, Google is not made of Teflon®, and not everything they touch turns to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 15, 2010
  • Lessons from 2009: Functionality still trumps Security

    Yes, you heard me correctly… We still think about personal and corporate security only as an afterthought. Despite all the regulatory and industry compliance that has been created and updated in the past 15 years, as we close out this decade, we are hardly any closer to proactively applying security guidelines in our personal or professional ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 31, 2009
  • Why Businesses Standardize on Technology

    I experienced a wide range of emotions as I read this allegedly tech savvy article in the Wall Street Journal, written by someone who is deemed a journalist for reasons which clearly have no basis in reality.  Mostly, I was surprised, because this is not the caliber of information that I expect from a publication such as the Wall Street ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 23, 2009
  • Where Simplicity and Technology Really Intersect

    The prevailing wisdom says that technology is supposed to be getting simpler all the time.  This belief appears to be pervasive with many corporate leaders who insist that there should be less of a need for expensive technology experts in an organization over time, since technology is becoming simpler and less error prone. I touched on this ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 16, 2009
  • Is Security by way of Diversity Still Effective?

    It has long been accepted that Information Security should be implemented in layers: Defense in Depth. The idea being that you should add overlapping protection mechanisms to either stop or slow down an intruder.  To use a simple analogy, if you store valuables in your home, you’re not just going to have a safe to keep them in, but you will ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 30, 2009
  • It’s All Just Hype Until It Actually Ships

    As a technologist, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting products, solutions and discoveries which will be coming to a store near me at some point in the future.  Whenever possible, I look to jump on the beta bandwagon and preview or test drive up-and-coming technology solutions.  Not only is it fun in and of itself, but it ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 20, 2009
  • The Business of Information Technology

    There is an excellent discussion taking place on the LinkedIn group for CIO magazine under the heading of: Some thoughts on IT-Business Alignment from the Chase Zander IT Director Forum (as influenced by CIO Forum members) So far, there are over 35 responses, and many of them are really good.  A couple of them got me to thinking about where ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 6, 2009
  • Driving the Business Forward with Technology

    For many years, common wisdom suggested that the folks in technology were the ones who were least apt to see the whole picture about where the business was going, but were more interested in playing with cool, gee whiz stuff.  And, there’s no denying that this was true for a while – even as recently as the earlier part of this decade. If ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 2, 2009
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