Stories by Tam Harbert

3 heavyweights give gamification a go

Got gamification yet? If you don't, you're not alone -- according to Gartner, fewer than 5% of organizations worldwide are using gamification. But get ready: Analysts expect enterprises to start embracing the technique in many areas over the next two years, and the impact, they say, could be far-reaching.

Tech hotshots: The rise of the dataviz expert

As analytics become more ingrained in corporations, data visualizers are the new go-to experts in demand -- but do they work for IT or give IT its marching orders?

Big data means big IT job opportunities -- for the right people

As companies embrace big data, they're in the market for high-level strategists and communicators. Do you have the chops to snag a big data job?

Big data, big jobs?

As companies embrace big data, they're in the market for high-level strategists and communicators. Do you have the chops to snag a big data job?

What your interns can teach you

IT interns brought innovation to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, the White House and We Energies. Here's how to get similar results from your summer crew.

E-discovery in the cloud? Not so easy

Your company is embroiled in a lawsuit, and your general counsel has come to IT for help in conducting e-discovery on a batch of data. You easily gather some of the information from storage in your data center, but some of it is sitting in the cloud. Easy enough, you think, to get that data as well.

IT's age problem

Age bias: Some consider it IT's dirty little secret, or even IT's big open secret.

New job for mainframes: Hosting private clouds

Mention cloud computing to a mainframe professional, and he's likely to roll his eyes. Cloud is just a much-hyped new name for what mainframes have done for years, he'll say.

New job for mainframes: Cloud platform

Mention cloud computing to a mainframe professional, and he's likely to roll his eyes. Cloud is just a new name -- and a lot of hype -- for what mainframes have done for years, he'll say.

Desktop virtualization: Confusion over software licensing

When Dataprise Inc., an IT services company, helped a customer with a desktop virtualization project last year, it found itself dealing with desktop virtualization's dirty little secret: No one -- including vendors -- seems to know how to license the software.

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Security fail: When trusted IT people go bad

It's a CIO's worst nightmare: You get a call from the Business Software Alliance (BSA), saying that some of the Microsoft software your company uses might be pirated.

How to foster teamwork among techies

Collaboration is all the rage among corporate executives these days, which means IT is busy providing systems that turn that vague concept into a real business benefit. But what happens when it comes time for techies themselves to collaborate?

Collaboration, IT-style: How to do it right

Collaboration is all the rage among corporate executives these days, which means IT is kept busy providing systems, tools and procedures that turn the vague concept into a real business benefit.

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Employee monitoring: When IT is asked to spy

It's 9:00 in the morning, or 3:00 in the afternoon, or even 10:00 at night. Do you know what your users are up to?

SSD storage fixes data center bottlenecks for a price

As a new decade opens, more and more data centre operators find themselves struggling with an enterprise bottleneck not of their own making.

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