How to buy used software without getting screwed

Used software offers an opportunity for both the seller and the buyer to operate more cost effectively--an important consideration given the state of the economy. However, while every penny counts and saving money

Published on: May 4th, 2010 Tony Bradley

Look at these things when buying a desktop PC

Once you've determined the type of desktop system you want --a compact PC, a budget system, a mainstream all-purpose model, or a performance crackerjack--you need to know what components to look for. The

Published on: March 17th, 2010 Nate Ralph

Six steps to prepare IT for the revival

Anne Agee is living a dual life at work these days. On the one hand, like 75 per cent of Canadian and U.S. organizations, she's preparing for a cut to her IT budget

Published on: May 27th, 2009 Michael Fitzgerald

How to pick the right operating system for your business

Many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) – hesitant to switch to Windows Vista from XP – are seriously considering Linux as an alternative operating system (OS).The Linux vs. Microsoft issue is once more

Published on: July 9th, 2008 Nestor E. Arellano and Scott Spanbauer

Is ‘consumerization’ good for small biz IT?

During the Altiris user conference in April, I watched a lunch panel discuss the "consumerization of IT" and whether that's a good thing. My initial thought was that it was probably bad for

Published on: July 1st, 2008 James E. Gaskin

IT research spend – getting the best value for your analyst dollar

On the Web site of mega research firm Gartner Inc. lives a section titled IT Budget Optimization , which, among other things, offers for sale 20 research papers on strategies for cutting IT

Published on: May 28th, 2008 Lisa DiCarlo

Six infuriating tech sales reps and how to avoid them

When Craig Urizzola's company decided to make a seven-figure investment in a new ERP system, he contacted his local reseller to order hardware to run it on. "We told them exactly what we

Published on: May 7th, 2008 Lisa DiCarlo

IBM unveils plans to create global apps market for SMBs

IBM is trying to rally support for an online applications marketplace for small and mid-sized businesses that it plans to launch later this year. Big Blue hopes the initiative will help it generate

Published on: May 5th, 2008 James Niccolai

How to use software management tools to cut risk and cost

Keeping a handle on what software applications are running on the company network is never an easy task. As support duties and deployment assignments pile up, IT teams often have very little time

Published on: January 14th, 2008 Nestor Arellano