Decision Maker

Can You Trust Vendors in the Cloud Age?

From security concerns to whether a product (or vendor) will be around in three years, there's a lot to consider when picking your next tech vendor, esp. in the age of the cloud (and yes, you'll still need on-premise staffing).

The Future of Windows Server? Server Core

Server Core isn't there yet, but now is the time to learn this tool that will be the key managing enterprise Windows in the future

Is It Time to Rethink Active Directory?

Most likely, it's time to at least consider restructuring your current domain and forest design. With the right planning and tools, migrating to a new structure won't be as painful as you might think.

Time Is Money... Right?

Being able to equate time to money is one of the most important business skills an IT manager can have. Here's some tips to help you do just that.

Virtualization & Higher Availability: Getting to 'Always On'

Using hypervisors and other virtualization technology to help you reach your HA goals.

It's Time to Invest in Your IT Team

Skills to invest in for 2011 and beyond.

Why Role-Based Access Management Is Hard

Role-based access management is the all the rage, but you'll need third-party software support to make it work in Windows.

It's Time To Lose the Passwords!

Token-based login technology has improved significantly, so what are you waiting for?

Backup 2.0: The Way Forward

Old habits can die hard, but is the current way you're doing backup really the way it should be done?

3 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Lies You Need To Know

If you want to implement VDI correctly, you need to be able to separate the myths from the facts.

FIM: At the Forefront of Identity Management

A look at what FIM, Microsoft's latest evolution of meta-directory services for active directory, might be able to do for your shop.

Moving to Hybrid IT: Integrating Cloud Technologies

Software as a Service (SaaS). Hosted services. "The Cloud." These are terms that have been flying around the IT industry more and more frequently of late, and if you haven't been paying attention, it's time to start.

Does Your Company Have Intelligence?

B.I. projects can be complex and expensive, but there are increasing options for smaller shops -- with big payoffs.

Is Change Control Killing Your Business?

Change control can sound good on paper, but it can also be used to shut down change entirely. Here's the process controls you'll want to implement to make sure innovation stays alive and keeps you (and your employer) happy.

Managing File Transfer with MFT and P2P

There's probably a dozen or more ways this is getting done in your shop. Here's what you need to know to create a supported, secure solution for everyone.

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