[2003-08-26] Developing True Business Continuance in Legacy System Environments
In today's enterprise environments, implementing storage solutions that ensure true business continuance presents a major challenge. With many corporations continuing to rely on their legacy systems, business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans must overcome the age-old problem of keeping data secure, despite the fact that closed systems and mainframes remain an inextricable part of the evolving information infrastructure.

[2003-08-22] The People Factor: Collaborative Decision-Making
Times are, um, interesting: companies are either stripping down to the bare necessities or recreating their business models so they can be ready for the future in new ways. In your company, you may be creating new strategic initiatives or hiring/firing/reorganizing staff. You might be adopting CRM technology or extending your current technology into other departments. You're rebranding. You're repositioning products.

[2003-08-22] Calculating ROI on your Investment in Requirements Management Tools
There's no question that a commercial Requirements Management tool is very useful; but, can it pay for itself at your company? In this article we'll look at a model to help you calculate ROI on Requirements Management tools.

[2003-08-15] Web Service-Oriented Architecture - The Best Solution to Business Integration
How do you unlock the value of the information your organization manages? Business integration is the key technique in unlocking this information. Business integration is the single biggest issue for end-users, and therefore, for the IT industry. Recent Gartner research in this area has highlighted the importance of "service-oriented architectures" in solving the business integration issue. There is a growing realization that integration is best solved using a service-oriented architecture.

[2003-08-11] 5 Steps to Poor Listening: The ordinary professional’s guide
The development of non-technical, soft skills represents a significant choice in the career of IT professionals. For those who choose to take the road most traveled, here are a few thoughts on how to ensure poor client and peer relationships, projects that focus on solutions to the wrong problems, and working cross-purposes with your team.

[2003-08-07] When Is An HR Department Necessary?
How many employees should a company have before there is a need for an HR Department? As companies grow, there is a need to administer the HR function, but that doesn't necessitate an HR Department. In fact, 30 years' experience has shown that until the company has at least 50 employees, that "department" -- really a function -- can consist of or be handled by one person...often much to the dismay of that one person.

[2003-08-04] Is Your Project a Real Project?
I often hear the phrase "project management" used interchangeably with the word "management." That's ok, since everything that we do is a project…right?