How to make the most of Minnesota winter

A highlight of Minnesota winter: the ice bar. This past weekend we finished ours. The weather was perfect, a balmy 22 degrees with sunshine for the early crowd.We filled plastic bins -- about 20 at a time -- and made the blocks in...



It's time for Fave Raves. What's your favorite enterprise IT product?

******* UPDATE *******The original submission deadline was March 19, but a handful of people have asked for extensions, so I'll be accepting submissions through March 26.******************************Do you have a favorite enterprise



Most U.S. employees work on vacation

'Time off' means different things to different people. For many employees, it means working during vacation.In a survey of 2,000 American adults, 61% said they plan to work while on vacation. That's up from last year, when 52% of...



What's your favorite enterprise IT product?

*** UPDATED ***I've had a few requests for more time, so I'm extending the deadline for anyone who hasn't had time to send in his/her favorite product. I'll accept submissions until Friday, May 3. Thanks to all those who've sent in...



Floods, fires, hurricanes… how do you prepare for data center disasters?

Floods, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, power surges. There are plenty of disasters that can derail your data center operations. How you prepare for the worst? Do you have a disaster preparedness and response plan in place? How...



Survey: Tell us about your data center disasters (and how you avoid them)

Do you have a disaster preparedness and response plan in place? How often do you update it? How confident are you that your company could recover if a significant disaster were to make your main data center inaccessible? Please take...



What's your favorite enterprise IT product?

Do you have a favorite enterprise IT product you can't live without? Tell us about it and we'll share your raves with our readers.Please send your submissions to Ann Bednarz at Network World (abednarz@nww.com) by Wednesday, March...



Job hunting? Salary negotiation season is open

Job seekers are gaining leverage in salary discussions, according to new data from Robert Half International.The staffing firm polled 1,600 chief financial officers and asked if they're more or less willing to negotiate salary with...



Survey: Tell us how you’re handling the BYOD trend

Do you allow personal devices to access the corporate network, and if so, under what circumstances? Are you worried about security breaches and the possible loss of enterprise data via employee-owned devices? Please take our...



Financial services firms try to scrimp on IT pay

At a time when most IT hiring managers are mulling pay increases to attract in-demand talent, there's a trend among financial services firms to reduce IT pay, according to one IT staffing firm."Some of the larger financial...



Developers top IT hiring managers’ wish lists

Hiring developers is the top priority for today's IT staffing pros, according to Dice.com. The IT jobs site polled 1,200 tech-focused hiring managers and recruiters, and Java developers ranked first among 10 staffing priorities for...



Specialty certification targets mobile app security

Mobile application development is among the hottest jobs these days, and talent will be in high demand in 2012. As IT pros with programming skills weigh the job opportunities, CompTIA is working on a specialty certification to help...



Holiday e-commerce spending at $32 billion and counting

Online shoppers hit the "buy" buttons in droves last week, surpassing all past weekly sales tallies.During the one-week period ended Dec. 18, online retail shoppers spent a record $6.3 billion. On four days of that week, the...



Employees aren’t waiting around for IT to deliver new apps

Today's tech-savvy employees aren't waiting around for IT to deliver new applications. They're taking matters into their own hands, according to new survey data.Intuit QuickBase found that among 900 information workers surveyed,...



Companies shift away from yearend bonuses, perks, gifts -- except on Wall Street

Yearend bonuses are a thing of the past at many companies.Challenger, Gray & Christmas surveyed human resources executives and found that 43% of companies don't award yearend bonuses, perks or gifts. Back in 2007, just 28% of...



Online holiday spending nears $25 billion

U.S. online shoppers have spent $24.6 billion so far this holiday season, marking a 15% increase compared to the first 39 days of the 2011 holiday season, according to Web watcher comScore.Since Nov. 1, the single-day online tally...



Why are you online? Just passing time

Using the Internet out of boredom? You're not alone. More adults than ever before are using the Internet to kill time, thanks to the prevalence of high-speed broadband connections and the explosion of social networking.The Pew...



65% of hiring managers plan to add IT staff in 2012

Demand for tech professionals is expected to grow in 2012, according to new data from Dice.com. The IT jobs site surveyed 1,200 IT hiring managers and recruiters in November, and 65% said their companies or clients plan to add tech...



Cyber Monday sales climb 33%

Online sales jumped 33% yesterday compared to last year's Cyber Monday tally. In addition, average order size increased 2.6% from $193.24 to $198.26, according to data from IBM.HOLIDAY PREP: Target's website woes getting fixed, CEO...



Cyber Monday snapshot: Sales up 20% as of midday ET

Looks like last year's Cyber Monday sales record might get broken. Online sales as of noon ET were up 20% compared to last year, says IBM, which has been tracking online holiday shopping.IBM says it expects most shopping will come...


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