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  • How-Tos: The six mindsets of effective leadership

    The world of IT leadership has changed; it's no longer about keeping IT systems humming. It is now about the ability to lead high performance organisations that partner with the business to consistently deliver services.

  • How-Tos: 13 Tips to Achieve Cloud Success

    We interviewed 17 CIOs and IT leaders about their public and private cloud deployments, usage trends, skills requirements, lingering obstacles and future plans. Here are some nuggets of advice from these cloud giants.

  • How-Tos: How to Keep Morale High After a Layoff

    Corporate restructuring and layoffs are an unfortunate, but inevitable, part of today's business climate. Keeping your remaining employees engaged, motivated and productive after a restructuring requires managers to be proactive, honest and consistent or risk alienating and losing even more key talent.

  • How-Tos: 10 more do's and don'ts for faster SQL queries

    Everyone wants faster database queries, and both SQL developers and DBAs can turn to many time-tested methods to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, no single method is foolproof or ironclad. But even if there is no right answer to tuning every query, there are plenty of proven do's and don'ts to help light the way. While some are RDBMS-specific, most of these tips apply to any relational database.

  • How-Tos: How to make webmail your default email in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

    How many times have you clicked an email address on a webpage instead of copying it only to accidentally start Outlook or another desktop mail client?

  • How-Tos: How to build a great data science team

    Enterprises that want to launch big data initiatives -- or even more ambitiously, seek to create an "analytics culture" -- invariably should answer a handful of critical questions before spending money and allocating resources: What's the business case for analytics? Which big data tools should we use? Should we hire a data analytics vendor to handle everything? If we build an in-house team, where do we get the analytics talent?

  • How-Tos: How CIOs Can Learn to Be Better Presenters

    With their executive power under fire, CIOs need to step out from behind their desks and take a more prominent and visible role both inside and outside their companies.

  • How-Tos: Design your own KPIs, like this bar manager did with limes

    In a previous life, Dane Atkinson, now the CEO of SumAll.com, ran a bar in New York City. While there he developed what he came to call the "lime equation" -- an alternative indicator of sorts that could pinpoint the bar's sales or revenues for the night and as it happened, also flag employee theft.

  • How-Tos: How Apple and you can improve iCloud security

  • How-Tos: How to Expedite Continuous Testing

    The prescription for continuous testing is deceptively simple: Automated unit tests, version control and a continuous integration server. We wanted to first get past the buzzwords and talk about how to actually do it, by getting started with Ruby and GitHub.

  • How-Tos: How to Install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows

    This article provides supplemental instructions to the piece How to Expedite Continuous Testing. Specifically, it explains how to install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows (as opposed to a Mac or Linux environment).

  • How-Tos: How to Motivate Your IT Team After a Setback

    It can be difficult enough to manage and motivate your teams when things are going well, but keeping morale high and people productive is even tougher if you've suffered a setback -- a failed project, layoffs, losing a major client -- or if personal issue are affecting a member of your team.

  • How-Tos: How to implement effective SLAs

    Before getting anywhere close to discussing the concept of service level agreements (SLAs) in IT service management (ITSM), there is one time-worn debate to straighten out.

  • How-Tos: How to use Outlook's auto reply features to free your vacation from email

    Nothing can put a damper on your vacation like worrying about your email. While Gmail's auto-responder is pretty easy to set, but most people use Outlook at work.

  • How-Tos: How to Protect Personal, Corporate Information When You Travel

    Before flying from Rome to Philadelphia earlier this summer, I stopped in the hotel lobby to print my boarding pass. The hotel had one computer dedicated solely to this task. It was the only public computer available to guests. I could access only airline websites and input my name and confirmation number for the ticket. That was it.

  • How-Tos: Add sizzle to your PowerPoint presentation with shapes and special effects

    Unless you're presenting a cure for insomnia, you want your PowerPoint slides to engage your audience without distracting them from the presenter (you). Too much text invites people to read rather than listen--if they don't just tune out completely.

  • How-Tos: Make your PowerPoint presentations pop with charts, graphics, and images

    You can buck the stereotype of PowerPoint presentations as bullet-pointed snoozefest. PowerPoint has a wealth of new graphics, layout, and animation features to liven up your deck. We'll focus on how to add tables, charts, graphics, and images to your slides, but that's just a sample--delve deeper into the menus and you'll find a wealth of additional options.

  • How-Tos: Why You Should Invest in Training Your IT Team

    "The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them." -- Zig Ziglar

  • How-Tos: How to achieve better third-party security: Let us count the ways

    No enterprise is an island. In a connected world, a business cannot function without multiple relationships with third parties -- outside vendors, contractors, affiliates, partners and others.

  • How-Tos: Six ways to prevent a breach like the one at AT&T

    A data breach like the one recently reported by AT&T demonstrates that security policies alone are only a paper tiger without the technological teeth to make sure they are enforced, experts say.

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