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  • Getting Real Benefit from your IT Department

    Earlier this month, I came across a provocative article in ComputerWorld that outlined some of the reasons why many organizations get inconsistent results from their Information Technology departments.  Later, this article was made the source of discussion on a LinkedIn CIO group, where many different points of view were presented. As is ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 16, 2009
  • What Software as a Service Really Provides

    Software as a Service, or SaaS, is seen and marketed as a way to remove or reduce the complexities and cost associated with local enterprise software deployments, especially where such software has a desktop installation facet to it. As is typical with all (relatively new) technologies – especially in recent years – there comes the inevitable ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 9, 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
  • Searching for Return on Security Investments

    There are several major challenges to the successful implementation of good information security in many organizations today.  It is not because business owners do not think that security is important.  No, the issues exist because they do not grasp the complexities that embody the Information Security profession, and thus make decisions ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 30, 2009
  • More Technology Goodness Today

    There were some excellent technology releases today.  The two I care about the most are Microsoft Windows 7, and the latest update of XeeSM from Xeequa. I expect Windows 7 to be big, big, big in the next few months, and I’ll be dedicating a solid post before the end of the year to talk about the installations I have done.  32-bit and ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 22, 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
  • Maximizing Business Results Through Effective IT Leadership

    Lately, I’ve been getting lots of good ideas for blog entries from my participation in various LinkedIn group discussions.   One recent topic was about what IT should focus on in any organization.   Another was about whether we should be working harder or smarter. The title I have selected for this post also happens to be ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 21, 2009
  • CIO: It’s Not A Dead-End Job After All

    For many years, there’s been an interesting joke that the CIO position is a dead-end role.  Some have even suggested that the acronym means Career Is Over. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a CIO does not eventually make it into a COO or CEO role, that they have somehow failed.  I could ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 11, 2009
  • One Site To Rule Them All

    If you find yourself trying to manage and remember all the social/professional networking sites that you are on, then XeeSM may be for you! I have found it very useful to point people to all of my networks, so that they can connect to me from whichever network they find most comfortable.  It certainly beats trying to remember all the URLs ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 9, 2009
  • Miscellaneous Notes from Summer 2009

    Just a quick few notes as the Summer of 2009 draws to a close – much faster than desired… Vacations… We didn’t take our summer trip to Cape May, NJ this year but we did finally get out to Stokes State Forest for our annual camping expedition.  It was fun and refreshing – even with all the work of setting up the tent!   It ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 1, 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
  • Continuing My Quest for More LinkedIn Improvements

    It’s been almost 16 months since my last LinkedIn Feature Request post, and thankfully, the folks at LinkedIn have not been sitting idly by. No, they still haven’t brought back the Personal Plus membership (or a reasonable $5-10/month alternative) to bridge the gap between the free service and the $20+/month offerings.   And I am ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 28, 2009
  • Key Principles for Maximizing IT Value

    I just came across the following article while checking through my LinkedIn group discussions:  Some IT Leadership Principles for CEO's & Business Leaders It is definitely a worthy read, and requires very little commentary.  These simply stated principles encompass a wealth of information which organizations would do well to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 14, 2009
  • Online File Storage and Collaboration Tools

    Two of my favorite tools for online storage and collaboration are DropBox and Box.net.   Because each product offers features that the other lacks, and because they appear to be attacking the challenges of collaboration different perspectives, I make use of both products, albeit to achieve slightly different objectives.  Due to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 10, 2009
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