We know your company uses open-source applications. We also know many of you already have an open-source policy. Sort of. As CIO.com discovered when researching the adoption of open-source in enterprise IT, a quarter of respondents have a formal policy in place to control how such software is chosen, supported and deployed. Another 18 percent expected to adopt such a policy in the next 12 months. But those who have some kind of policy aren't necessarily thrilled with it; just 45 percent said their policies are very effective."Somewhat effective" policies are like "somewhat effective" security; clearly, there's more to be learned. CIO.com asked CIOs and other people in the trenches about what's working—and what's not working—with their open-source usage policies. We found that most people don't really have a formalized policy. What they do have, though, are common concerns. Considered carefully, these issues should help you get a handle on how to better manage open-source … [Read more...] about Developing Open-Source Business Policies That Work: Everyone Is Making It Up As They Go Along
Open book management
The phrase "my life is an open book" has never been truer than it is today. The Internet, coupled with the growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, have exposed many personal histories to anyone with access to cyberspace.As a result of that, it has become easier than ever to besmirch the reputation of a person or business, as Steven Wyer makes painfully clear in his new book Violated Online: How Online Slander Can Destroy Your Life and What You Must Do To Protect Yourself.Wyer is managing director of Reputation Advocate, a firm in Franklin, Tennessee, that advises people and companies about what to do when their reputations have been maligned online. Wyer uses his experience with the consultancy to pepper Violated, which he wrote with Jeremy Dunlap, with true cases that illustrate the many ways reputations can be sullied online.Those ways range from being attacked out of nowhere, having your name stolen by cybersquatters, being betrayed by … [Read more...] about Book Advises How to Protect Your Reputation Online
Buying e-books sounds so easy, and using them seems so effortless. The books are a breeze to purchase, and you can easily store great numbers of them, especially if your e-reader has a removable storage card. E-Reader Roundup: 8 Devices Compete for the Crown Not surprisingly, e-book sales are jumping. In fact, a report by Forrester Research predicts that sales of digital titles (and readers) will top $1 billion in 2011. And the New York Times this week started adding e-books to its weekly Best Sellers list.As your collection grows, though, so does your need to manage the resulting virtual library. IF you aren't careful, you'll find yourself with books purchased on Amazon.com that are readable only on an Amazon Kindle e-reader, books purchased at Barnes & Noble that require a Nook e-reader, books purchased through Apple that are viewable only on the Apple iBooks app, and so on.The issue of incompatible formats and the difficulty of organizing books that you buy from different … [Read more...] about The Pitfalls of E-Book Buying
When Amazon recently removed copies of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from customers' devices and digital lockers, I suddenly remembered why I prefer physical media over virtual versions: If I buy a book or a disc, it's mine forever and I can access it whenever I want. Amazon's actions prove that's not necessarily true of e-books.Amazon removed unauthorized editions of the books at the request of the rights holder. Later, company officials acknowledged that Amazon hadn't handled the issue well and said that it wouldn't automatically remove purchased copies of Kindle books in the future. The company issued full refunds to buyers of the titles.But how can customers know which e-books are authorized and which aren't? Since Amazon offers hundreds of thousands of titles, something like this is bound to happen again.Your protections are limited. The digital rights management (DRM) restrictions that Amazon places on content purchased at its store … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Buying E-Books
Editor's note: This article was originally published January 17, 2002.Up until the 1990s, when an IT project failed, you could always blame the technology, according to Daryl Conner, chairman and cofounder of Conner Partners. Today, your client's ability to accept and best utilize the IT projects you bring to the table is the best indicator of success.For a project to be beneficial, employees must embrace the new systems and actually use them. Realization, then, is the new measure of project success, as even projects that are successfully installed may still fail to produce their intended benefits unless attention is paid to your client's workplace.In this article, we'll give you some tools to assess your client's ability to cope with the change brought about by a major IT project. The assessment should include three "Rs": roles, resistance, and resilience.Sometimes the web of informal relationships in a company is more significant than the official organization chart in … [Read more...] about A change management primer for IT consultants
For decades, the business community has been keeping secrets — from its employees. From financial data and salary information to long-term initiatives and succession planning, privately owned companies have long subscribed to the theory that sharing critical information with employees is done only on a need-to-know basis. However, as a new generation of entrepreneurs takes hold, so too is a new era of transparency. The 2-year-old analytics company SumAll has created an open-book culture by giving each of its 30 employees access to mounds of company information, including such previously sacred data as individual salaries and bonuses, investor details and capital structure. "We came to this choice after a lot of pain in the other extreme," CEO Dane Atkinson told BusinessNewsDaily. "We have a broad team that, like many of those who work in our industry, had been previously hurt by the lies that can spread within companies." Whether it's two people being paid wildly … [Read more...] about TMI? Newest Entrepreneurs Advocate Open Source Culture
Editor's Note: Microsoft recently announced the release of the Surface Book 2, which comes with a new 15-inch screen and improved specs. It will start at $1,499 and be available for pre-order Nov. 9. We have not tested or reviewed the Surface Book 2 yet, but when we do we will report our findings. Microsoft's Surface Book is an enticing work machine because it can be almost anything you want it to be. Its gorgeous 13.5-inch display and snappy, detachable keyboard are perfect for marathon work sessions. Plus, its excellent stylus support makes it ideal for note-taking, and its discrete graphics chip lets it handle even graphically intensive workloads. You won't find that much functionality in another laptop this sleek and portable.But, starting at $1,499 (reviewed at $1,899), this Swiss Army Knife of a computer doesn't come cheap. At that price, does the Surface Book belong in your work bag?The first thing you'll likely notice about the Surface Book is that its screen doesn't sit … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Book Review: Is It Good for Business?
Editor's Note: Microsoft recently announced the release of the Surface Book 2, which comes with a new 15-inch screen and improved specs. It starts at $1,499 and will be available for pre-order on Nov. 9. We have not tested or reviewed the Surface Book 2 yet, but when we do we will report our findings. When it launched in 2015, Microsoft's Surface Book was easily the most versatile machine for creative professionals on the market. No competitor could come close to matching its combination of a flexible 2-in-1 design, detachable display, top-notch pen support and sheer graphical power. And now this Swiss Army knife of a laptop has gotten a big upgrade, making it an even more impressive mobile studio – albeit a pricey one. The refreshed Surface Book offers twice the graphics capabilities of last year’s model, thanks to the included “Performance Base” keyboard dock that houses a beefed-up GPU. But while the system earns high marks for its versatility, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Review: Is It Good for Business?
Got a BlackBerry? Here’s a round-up of some free BlackBerry apps that will turn your mobile phone into a proper eBook reader – not like Kindle or Sony Reader but close. Later, we looks at workarounds to help you catch up with business documents, downloaded web pages, PDFs, etc. on your BlackBerry from virtually anywhere.Following is a list of eBook readers currently available for BlackBerry – they are all free software and support most BlackBerry models including the latest ones like BlackBerry Bold and Storm.1. eReader Pro – This eBook software from Barnes & Noble will help you browse and download books directly on to your BlackBerry device. It can read any of your existing eBooks that are written in the PDB format or you may download one of their free titles to get started.Just connect the BlackBerry device to you computer, copy the PDB files on to the phone’s memory card, disconnect and you can now read this eBooks inside BlackBerry. The eReader … [Read more...] about BlackBerry eBook Readers – Read Books & Office Documents on the go!
Your contacts are often scattered across multiple email accounts and social sites.For instance, you may have switched to Gmail but some of your contacts may still be stored in the old address books of Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail. Then there are places like Facebook and LinkedIn that store personal and professional details of your contacts (including profile pictures) but fetching this information into your main address book is often a tricky thing.If you find it a hassle to maintain multiple address books, a possible solution is that you consolidate them all into a single cloud-based service like Google Contacts.Here are some ideas on how you may go about doing this: Step 1: Bring all address books into Google Contacts Go to Gmail Settings and click the “Import Mail and Contacts” button to bring all the existing contacts from Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Google Apps, and your other email accounts into Google Contacts.Next download your address books from LinkedIn, Facebook, … [Read more...] about Use Google Contacts as a Unified Address Book