Four ways to breathe new life into dying projects

Summer is a perfect time of year to reflect on the current state of all the key projects that were approved in January. At this stage, you and your management team should have

Published on: July 12th, 2010 Ron Ponce

Not deciding is the worst decision of all for project managers

Back in December of last year I wrote how "Decision Making is Essential to Good Project Management." I found that there are many articles already written on how to go about making decisions.

Published on: July 7th, 2010 Tim Vaughan

Smart ways geeks can impress the suits

As an IT manager do you find it hard to convince C-level execs about your department's value to the company? If so, welcome to the club. The much lamented communication gapbetween IT and

Published on: June 24th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

20 free or cheap tools make online collaboration a breeze

Collaboration is a key component to success in today's business world. Workforces are increasingly dispersed, with remote workers, offshore contractors and global partnerships making the job of coordinating your team's work harder than

Published on: June 4th, 2010 Logan Kugler

7 business negotiation tactics from the FBI

Having trouble winning over that one key person at work? Expert negotiators at the FBI and elsewhere have found active listening to be key in any negotiation. Here are seven keys to active

Published on: June 2nd, 2010 Constantine von Hoffman

Why moving to the cloud could give your IT staff the jitters

CIOs and IT managers know they must address concerns like security, compliance, service levels and end-user resistance when moving to cloud-based enterprise software, but they must not overlook a critical area: the feelings

Published on: May 20th, 2010 Juan Carlos Perez

Catchy slogans a cool way to sell IT

Making an IT organization act like a business is no small job. Letting your internal business customers know you're doing so is just as crucial, particularly today, when business leaders are scrutinizing the

Published on: May 18th, 2010 Mary Brandel

Student registration system helps schools get their numbers straight

 At best, keeping track of students in a typical school can be a headache. Doing the same at a larger scale, for example in the district level, can quickly turn into a

Published on: May 3rd, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

5 smart ways to sell your tech idea to the suits

Thomas Murphy needed a new ERP system, and he needed $300 million to buy it.With a price tag that large, you'd think Murphy would add every justification he could think of to his

Published on: April 14th, 2010 Mary K. Pratt

Don’t play the blame game when a tech project fails

If you've spent more than a few weeks in IT, you've probably noticed that things don't always go as planned. Few projects come out as initially conceived -- delivered on time and within

Published on: March 17th, 2010 Paul Glen

Swine flu run-through helps firm find glitches, hone response plan

Data aggregation vendor QL2 Software Inc. already follows best practices to prepare for the worst. It has redundant systems and regularly reviews its plans for both disaster recovery and business continuity. But when

Published on: December 14th, 2009 Todd R. Weiss

Top 10 skills you need to succeed as a project manager

Project managers might just have the toughest job in IT, responsible as they are for ensuring that high-stakes IT projects are completed on time and on budget. According to a new report from

Published on: October 26th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

‘The fixer’ helps kill or cure troubled IT projects

Jason Coyne describes his unusual job in many ways: Marriage counselor. The Equalizer. Relationship guru. Project conscience. Resolution manager. The Fixer. To those groups toiling away on your garden-variety technology implementation-the vendor, the

Published on: October 23rd, 2009 Thomas Wailgum

Firms hack IT maintenance budgets and hope for the best

No matter what the pundits say about an economic turnaround, times are still tough. And after technology projects are delayed or stopped, layoffs are made and next year's budget is slashed, there's one

Published on: September 23rd, 2009 Todd R. Weiss