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Stories by Ann Bednarz

Room for innovation

Companies have always relied on IT to increase efficiencies, and for years IT leaders have talked about better aligning IT with business objectives to spur innovation. What's different today is the sense of urgency.
The global financial crisis, which knocked the stuffing out of IT spending, created pent-up demand for technology, and companies are still in catch-up mode. At the same time, the mainstreaming of new technologies, specifically cloud computing, is putting pressure on organisations to rethink their approach to IT.

Written by Ann Bednarz06 Feb. 13 22:00

CIO succession: Promote from within vs. hire an outsider

Tapping an outsider can bring fresh perspective and experience to the CIO's office, but it also can have a negative effect on companies' efforts to develop IT management talent internally

Written by Ann Bednarz03 Dec. 12 13:14

'The inmates of the asylum have control'

Mobile devices are multiplying and -- sanctioned or unsanctioned -- finding their way onto corporate networks. For IT pros, the influx of personal mobile devices to the corporate network is raising security concerns, creating management challenges, and swamping the help desk with support calls.

Written by Ann Bednarz17 April 12 22:00

BYOD: 'the inmates of the asylum have control'

Mobile devices are multiplying and -- sanctioned or unsanctioned -- finding their way onto corporate networks. For IT pros, the influx of personal mobile devices to the corporate network is raising security concerns, creating management challenges, and swamping the help desk with support calls.

Written by Ann Bednarz17 April 12 20:46

IT pros staying put, expecting raises

There's cause for contentment among IT pros, many of whom are staying put at their current jobs due to a combination of lingering economic concerns and improving conditions at work.

Written by Ann Bednarz04 Nov. 11 04:40

What to expect from IBM's on-deck CEO

Virginia "Ginni" Rometty is set to succeed Sam Palmisano as CEO of IBM in January, and industry watchers expect a smooth, drama-free transition as the 30-year IBM veteran takes the reins. Rometty, 54, has played a critical role in shaping IBM strategy, and she's expected to stay the course she helped define.

Written by Ann Bednarz25 Oct. 11 22:00

Five tech pros companies want to hire

Seasoned networking pros are in an enviable position, according to Robert Half Technology. The tech staffing firm includes systems and networking engineers among the top five tech professionals that companies are currently looking to hire.

Written by Ann Bednarz24 Oct. 11 22:00

Should tech pros get an MBA?

Michael Morris had a decade of networking and communications experience (including four years as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army) under his belt when he decided to go back to school to earn a Master's of Business Administration degree, or MBA. An IT manager at a $5 billion tech company, Morris leads a team of engineers responsible for data networks, storage area networks, IP telephony and <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a>. His certifications include <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/cisco/">Cisco</a> Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE).

Written by Ann Bednarz14 Oct. 11 05:47

9/11 continues to influence IT strategy

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Dave Rudzinsky's first thoughts and concerns were for the people affected by the tragedies. As someone who plays a critical role in his own employer's disaster readiness, he also found himself trying to comprehend the corporate devastation.

Written by Ann Bednarz09 Sept. 11 01:41

IT recruiting a casualty of the recession

In the face of a lousy economy, hiring freezes and expense cuts, many companies have decimated their recruiting teams. But as IT staffs ramp up efforts to fill open positions and compete for key talent, this lack of recruiting resources could hurt them.

Written by Ann Bednarz16 Aug. 11 06:05

Perks? What perks? Some tech CEOs go without

Many public companies are slowly doing away with <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2011/030911-ceo-perks.html">CEO perks</a> such as country club memberships, cars and drivers, and free financial planning services. But some tech CEOs are already accustomed to living without personal perks.

Written by Ann Bednarz18 March 11 04:46

Mark Hurd: A look back at his HP tenure

HP chief Mark Hurd is resigning following a sexual harassment claim. Effective immediately, Hurd is vacating his role as HP chairman, CEO and president.

Written by Ann Bednarz07 Aug. 10 08:35