A CIO's Epilogue Blog Posts

  • I Was A Gamer At Heart Until I Grew Up
    on Jun 1, 2009
    I spent time with my 6-year old nephew last weekend. He really is into his Wii and all things Wii.I started to reminisce about when I was around his age. There were two major events that stood out in my life at that time. The first was watching Star...
  • AOL and Time Warner Split – FINALLY!
    on May 30, 2009
    I was never a big fan of this merger back in 2001. It just didn’t seem right. You didn’t need to be a M&A expert to know this would not have worked.I have been an AOL subscriber since 1990. I remember using AOL v1 over dial up. The glory days of...
  • Bing Is Coming. Are You Excited?
    on May 29, 2009
    When I first heard the name I thought it was referring to Stanley Bing in Fortune magazine. I like his writings and want more. But no….It is Microsoft’s new search tool (http://www.Bing.com). This new service will be rolled out worldwide by June...
  • Into The Cloud – An Executive Summary
    on May 29, 2009
    Cloud computing is the latest buzzword bandied about the web these days and often attributed to different things. The simplest answer is this technology uses scalable and virtualized resources over the Internet. The functions and usability is generat...
  • Did You Hulu Today?
    on May 28, 2009
    Okay. I am not a big fan of watching movies on my computer. I get tired of sitting in my chair in my office. And my kitchen is downstairs. So a quick jaunt for popcorn or a cold beer becomes a journey. Also I have a great sound system on my TV. So ev...
  • 10 Biggest Tech Failures of the Decade
    on May 28, 2009
    Time Magazine recently published what it judges to be the 10 biggest tech failures of the decade . The article mentions several of the industry’s best-known names lost significant market share and competitive edges as a result of launching products...
  • WSJ Article - The New Résumé: Dumb and Dumber
    on May 27, 2009
    There is a great article in the Wall Street Journal today about resumes and how job hunters are dumbing them down to get interviews. It is sad, but the current state of affairs in the search for jobs. The New Résumé: Dumb and Dumber...
  • Résumés – Are You Lost? Here Are Some Clues
    on May 27, 2009
    As a follow up to my post “Resumes-Are You Lost?” I received some great comments. When I wrote the post it was more of a humorous look at resumes and the confusion around them.Being confused about resume is part of looking for a job. There is no...
  • Culture – CIO to CIO
    on May 26, 2009
    Culture is very important in any firm. A good CIO is one that understands, respects and does not fight it. I have tried to be a student of understanding culture. After all, I was head of IT for an America subsidiary with a foreign parent. Let us just...
  • Are You Twittering? If Not You Are Missing Out
    on May 21, 2009
    As a technology executive, I must admit, I am a little amazed by Twitter. It is a free tool that let’s everyone else who are also tweeting know everything you want them to know in the space of 140 characters. 140 characters does not sound like alot...
  • Disasters From A to Z
    on May 20, 2009
    It amazes me that in this day and age there are firms out there with absolutely no disaster recovery plans. I am not talking about a comprehensive 200-page manual but just a simple calling tree. How can any business operate without some level disaste...
  • Résumés – Are You Lost?
    on May 19, 2009
    Wikipedia Definition - A résumé is a document that contains a summary or listing of relevant job experience and education. The résumé or CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically...
  • Keeping It Simple – The 3 ‘S’ Rule
    on May 18, 2009
    I was talking to a new network manager the other day. He was picking my brain for ideas on how best to manage his small network. He is a staff of one and therefore must be everywhere all the time. We have all been there at some point in our careers s...
  • Networking 101 - How To Work A Room
    on May 18, 2009
    So I have been attending various networking events around the tri-state area-events that specifically cater to senior IT executives.I was a little apprehensive to attend functions like this because I really did not see the value for myself. Can a roo...
  • Qualities an IT Manager Should Possess
    on May 15, 2009
    Whether your title is CIO, VP, or just plain IT Manager, you should certain qualities that allow you to manage an IT shop effectively. If you are striving to manage your own department then these are the qualities you should have and be proficient at...
  • 12 Secrets To Finding a Job in a Down Economy
    on May 13, 2009
    Yesterday I attend my first TENG meeting. The Technology Executives Networking Group. LLC (TENG) http://www.theteng.org. TENG is a great forum with various chapters across the country.Last night they had 3 speakers come to discuss recruiting and how...
  • Mac OS X 10.5.7
    on May 13, 2009
    I just updated my iMac with the new update 10.5.7. So far no issues.Like previous updates, this updates the general OS. Enhances the stability, compatibility and security of the OS. There is no added functionality or new features.It is rumored that...
  • 15 Tips to Using LinkedIn
    on May 13, 2009
    1. Keep your name simple. Do not add extraneous information.2. Your profile should be managed like a professional website. Formatting should be simple and clean and filled with tags that are search friendly.3. Add a photo and keep it professional. He...
  • Belief in Yourself
    on May 7, 2009 in belief
    I am not one for motivational ideologies but I read and interesting discussion on LinkedIn today (http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers&discussionID=3204760&gid=48613&commentID=3450705&trk=view_disc). The discussion turned more...
  • Disaster Recovery – A Beginners’ Guide
    on May 6, 2009
    I have built several and moved several production and disaster recovery datacenters over the years. If you have been charged with this task and are in the initial planning stages this guide should help you get started. First, you will want to rationa...
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