Cloud-computing and software-as-a-service options are just new forms of technology outsourcing, argues Scott Lowe, chief information officer at Westminster College. When a company is considering these technologies, they should think about the decision the same way they'd consider a traditional outsourcing proposal, he writes. Comparative costs, time constraints and security are some of the main elements that go into the choice for an organization, he writes.
Stopping Windows from running unwanted programs and exerting more control over your printer can improve the performance of your office IT, this article suggests. Improving key components, such as graphics boards, can also provide a significant boost, it suggests.
Mobile tech, unstructured information and cloud computing are among the top security concerns for senior-level IT executives at federal agencies, a survey finds. Jolie O'Dell asks whether these fears are proportional to the risks these technologies carry. O'Dell notes that government chief information officer Vivek Kundra wrote recently that "our policies lag behind new trends, causing unnecessary restrictions on the use of new technology."
3Com, soon to be merged with HP, has introduced its latest line of enterprise Wi-Fi equipment in the U.S., a set of products that include wireless LAN access points, tools for high-end data-center switches and a unified-management solution. The vendor is touting a line that can serve wired and wireless clients at a lower price than its rivals although questions have arisen over the presence of HP's enterprise Wi-Fi line.