Former IT leader Walmart loses its path in Web 2.0 world

Sam Walton didn't care much for technology. The legendary patriarch of Wal-Mart Stores was well-known for his lack of excitement about "computers," as he called the company's IT systems. "Truthfully, I never viewed

Published on: August 31st, 2009 Thomas Wailgum

Many women in IT pushed to brink of burnout

Though IT remains largely a male-dominated realm in the United States, women are now believed to constitute 15 per cent to 25 per cent of technical professionals -- though women's ranks in management

Published on: August 24th, 2009 Ellen Messmer

Medical centre CIO uses strong dose of guilt to ensure vendor due diligence

A CIO might receive an MBA to master the finer points of IT management, but one tactic not learned in business school, inflicting guilt on vendor reps to make sure their technology functions

Published on: August 20th, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Unethical managers cause Canadians to quit their jobs … even in a recession

Every indicator points to tough job market, but a recent Canada-wide workplace survey reveals many employees would rather leave their safe positions than work for a boss they can't trust.The poll of 1,600

Published on: May 25th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Constant feedback is key to managing younger employees

As CIOs, how should we connect with our youngest team members?My generation—the Baby Boomers—really like being liked as bosses. That is important to us. But that mentality is not helping our Gen Y

Published on: May 7th, 2009 CIO Executive Council

Tips to turn IT into a lean, mean high-performing machine

The automotive industry may be a dog now, but its "lean manufacturing" principles can be profitably harnessed by IT organizations to cut waste and create value, experts say.Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and

Published on: April 24th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Five ways to subdue e-mail before it smothers you

The average executive spends two hours a day on e-mail. That adds up to roughly one day per week. We probably waste a lot of time every day on phone calls and meetings,

Published on: April 15th, 2009 Mike Elgan

Alphabet soup for the company’s soul

What drives the new generation of tech savvy employees? Freedom to Compute, a new Harris/Decima report -- available for purchase -- offers research-backed insights into this crucial question, helping you implement changes now

Published on: March 23rd, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Talk isn’t cheap – Top communication tips to build employee morale

Open communication with employees is essential at all times, but even more critical during a recession, when stress levels tend to be high and staff morale low. Failure to foster such dialogue, experts

Published on: March 4th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

New controls could boost Blackberry use in companies

Research in Motion Ltd. is hoping that the latest version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Server will help convince skeptical IT managers that smartphone technologies can meet rigid corporate standards for management and security.

Published on: March 3rd, 2009 Matt Hamblen

Ten tips for introducing business changes without ticking people off

As an IT leader, you're in a good position to recognize which processes should be improved, and what should be done to change them. Problem is: people might not want to listen to

Published on: February 4th, 2009 Mary Brandel

Top stress busters for the knowledge worker in tough times

In today's tough economy, as budgets shrink and staff numbers dwindle, knowledge workers are being asked to do more with less, Mounting pressures, along with prospects of an uncertain future, are elevating stress

Published on: January 12th, 2009 Michelle MacLeod

Getting the best out of Virtual Desktops Infrastructures

Businesses can reap enormous benefits from virtualizing applications and implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI). However, the management and cost savings of virtualization can be lost if performance is so bad that it hampers

Published on: November 21st, 2008 Nestor Arellano and Jeff Aaron CIO (US)

Boost employee productivity through effective performance reviews

See related stories: Half of Canada's workforce "dragged down" by office negativitySocial networking helps three Canadian companies boost productivity, engage employeesWith business managers concerned about the impact of an adverse economy on their

Published on: November 14th, 2008 Michelle MacLeod