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posted in July 2008

The Crowd Will Judge The Best PowerPoint Presentation

7/23/2008
For modern business, the presentation has reached iconic status: we celebrate, debate, and decorate presentations -- elevate them to iconic status. Hyperbole? Perhaps, but how many contests do you see for spreadsheets or word processing? Flickering, projected images haunt our collective business conscious as we mouth the words "next slide" in unison. If you haven't thrown your latest, greatest presentation into the ring, you best hurry: the entry window for the World's Best Presentation Contest

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Backup Wars at HP: Tape v. Disk

7/15/2008
The question is not if you should back up your business data, but how. There's no shortage of vendors out there trumpeting their solutions, be in tape or disk or hosted, as the best option for cost, ease of use, regulatory compliance or myriad other business needs. Sometimes the vendors even compete with themselves.

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Stability Is The New Growth For IT Economic Outlook

7/10/2008
"If you're not growing, you're dying." This adage of the dot com boom has given way to business leaders scaling back budgets and feeling bullish about holding the line on spending and flat growth projections. Yet in the face of stasis, midsize business IT decision makers are cockeyed optimists with growing budgets, but small businesses are having none of it.

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Bad Economy Triggers Belt Tightening Or Record Spending

7/1/2008
Right now, the economic outlook is bleak -- gas prices are up, the stock market is down, and on it goes. But how are smaller businesses responding in the face of discouraging forecasts and tightening resources? On the one hand, cost cutting is the mantra, telecommuting is up, travel is down, but then again, IT spending is at record levels.

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IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
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