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Reviewing Your IT Competency Scorecard

Did you take my quiz from last month's column? If so, let's see how you did.

Test Your Team's IT Competency

Does your IT team have the competencies it'll need to survive the remainder of this decade?

Building a Culture of Security: The HR Connection

Your organization's security plans are only as good as those that are willing to enforce it.

Building a Culture of Security: You Still Allow E-Mail Attachments?

When it comes to enterprise security, you're not paranoid -- everyone is out to get you.

The Quest for a Culture of Security

Target. Equifax. Michaels. Heartbleed. IT security breaches and exploits just keep rolling in and for most companies, it hasn't made a bit of difference.

Some IT Managers Are Just Fit To Be Certified

Having managers complete an IT-specific leadership course could lead to a more productive and successful team.

Lesson from the Target Breach: IT Must Implement Two-Factor Authentication

Last year's Target incident should be a wake-up call for IT to fundamentally change how they handle passwords.

How IT Can Operate as Outsourcing Providers

Microsoft is increasingly assuming that IT departments everywhere will move to a services provider model, which essentially means you'll be outsourcing your infrastructures.

Install a Windows Azure Cloud Right in Your Datacenter

And the best part? No extra charge needed.

Changing Metrics When Hiring IT Pros

When evaluating current or possibly new staff members, look to see who utilize automation for repetitive time sinks.

Are You Failing Your IT Team?

From not embracing change to segmenting groups, here are some ways in which IT leaders are setting up their teams for failure.

Don't Buy Your Software, Rent It!

Not knowing how many licenses for a particular product you would need in the future is just one of the many reasons why you should go the lease route.

What Enterprises Need To Know About Windows Azure

From its scaling capabilities to its close integration with PowerShell, here are a few things to consider before making the move to Microsoft's cloud.

Why the Microsoft 'Cloud-First' Model Changes Everything

Don Jones breaks down how Microsoft's cloud approach ties into its commitment to faster release cycles and renewed focus on small- and mid-sized enterprises.

Microsoft's Ever Evolving Configuration Management

Microsoft has followed a long and winding road with configuration management, and the company is taking some interesting new steps on the path.

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