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IT_Prose

  • What will it take to make cyber insurance work?

    Ever buy life insurance? Couple of years ago, I bought a new term insurance plan and noticed that the underwriter wanted answers to about 30 questions and a physicial exam. Based on these questions, and leverging a huge actuarial base, they were able...
  • Are there jobs or not?

    So earlier this week I wrote about reports of large declines in the IT employment sector. The today on TechWeb , I see a report that students should see a growth in recruitment of 8-15% -- the best market in years for engineering grads. So I am confused...
  • More jobs going away

    I have been tracking what various firms are saying about IT job trends and on TechRepublic today they are reporting huge cuts in IT jobs in the first quarter. These cuts are not due to outsourcing -- but driven by telecom and software mergers and what...
  • Do you read at work?

    I used to travel a lot for work and I found that the plane time was a great opportunity for reading and catching up on journals and trade pubs. Today, I spend more time at home and find that I am reading a lot less than I once did. I find that it is hard...
  • One of my favorite community sites

    I really like what Lee Lefever is doing at Common Craft -- http://www.commoncraft.com -- he has some great insights on what makes for a healthy online community. I encourage you to go check it out. Lee and I first met back in the late 90's when he...
  • Which of the following...

    Which of the following do you rate the highest in priority for you? RFID Storage -- SAN, NAS Virtualization Regulatory Compliance Disaster Recovery Interested in your thoughts because we are doing some planning on what to build guidance...
  • Salary Survey Released

    Information Week released their recent salary survey . Seems that people in general in this field are more satisfied this year than a year ago. But what was interesting is this finding: "While the majority of the 12,158 IT professionals surveyed...
  • Like father like son

    Now wasn't it George H.W. Bush that had the infamous scene in the super market where he looked totally befuddled by the bar code scanner at the check out? So today I see this from Reuters about how George W. doesn't use email. At one point he is quoted...
  • Get feedback

    We have been talking a lot internally about how to get feedback on what we spend our time building. We wonder a lot about whether we are building the right guidance, at the right level, at the right time. We struggle with are we being too verbose or not...
  • Windows Server System Reference Architecture Update

    Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) Update We are pleased to announce updated WSSRA materials and an enhanced online navigation experience for delivering core IT service guidance, which integrates Microsoft server products into real...
  • No Free Lunch (but close)

    At TechEd next week, my team is going to be doing a couple of focus groups. One, on Thursday at noon, is going to be around MidMarket IT issues. On Monday at noon, we are going to be focused on interoperability and migration issues. If you would like...
  • This is getting rediculous...

    A report this morning on CNet describes the possible theft of data on 310,000 US citizens from LexisNexis. The database was breached 59 times using stolen passwords leading to the possible theft of addresses and social security numbers. Too frequently...
  • What are you worried about over the next year or two?

    I am in the middle of some planning for content development. I have been asking IT professionals what they worry about so I'll ask here. O f the following, what is the most most important issue for you next year. Let me know in a comment field. Thanks...
  • Seeing more clearly

    I have been lax on the postings lately because I underwent Lasik surgery on my eyes to correct bad near sightedness. It was an interesting experience from a technology perspective. At one point they do a full refractive analysis of my eye -- how is my...
  • Achieving alignment

    Noticed an interesting article in Computerworld regarding IT and business alignment. Of particular note was the following quote: "Alignment is a moving target, not a permanent condition. Moreover, the likelihood of achieving it is slim at best unless...
  • Cost of compliance

    Computerworld had an article on the impact that Sabanes-Oxley compliance is having on IT projects: "Jim Morse, program office manager at Meijer Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, estimated that Sarbanes-Oxley-related quality-assurance testing...
  • We have to help the help desk

    Internetnews.com reports on a study completed by Forrester noting "most IT users are not satisfied with their company's IT support, and users are "less than satisfied with their relationships with their IT departments." The big dissatisfiers were the...
  • The Internet is a healthcare resource

    New report out from Pew on the growing importance of the Internet in the daily healthcare of people: "Eight in ten internet users have looked online for information on at least one of 16 health topics, with increased interest since 2002 in diet, fitness...
  • California and RFID

    Interesting article on the recent moves in California to rein back in potential national privacy transgressions. Question I have is -- why is it that California has to keep leading the way on privacy issues? We, as in the rest of the US, likely would...
  • Trusted employees?

    Interesting report today on MSNBC about bank employees who stole 700,000 customers bank account information and sold to collection agencies for $10 an account. What is interesting for me is that I spent some time over the last year talking with customers...
  • Going to TechEd

    We have a large contingent from our team heading down to TechEd next week. We have a number of speakers leading breakout sessions, have one Birds of a Feather session, running a couple of focus groups, and working the show floor. If you are going you...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #1

    We completed a big project on IPsec. These guys are the authors and experts so if you want to learn about IPsec, this is session for you. SEC330 Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec Speaker(s): Steve Clark , Charles Denny Session Type(s):...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #2

    You in a Medium Sized business? If so this is the session for you: SVR329 Design and Implement an End-to-End Infrastructure Based on Windows Server System in a Medium-Sized Business Speaker(s): Kevin Lisota , Kalpesh Patel Session Type(s): Breakout...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #3

    Interested in operations and management of Windows infrastructure? MGT304 Introducing System Center Reporting Server 2005: Understanding, Architecting and Deploying Speaker(s): Karri Alexion-Tiernan , Craig Morris Session Type(s): Breakout Sessions...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #4

    Know MOF? If not, this is the place to learn it from one of the best. MGT205 Improving Operational Efficiency with Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Speaker(s): Kyle Bergum Session Type(s): Breakout Sessions Track(s): Management & Operations...