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Infographic: Data Breaches in the US in 2014

There was good news and bad news when it came to data breaches in America last year. The bad news: The number of breaches was up 27.5% over 2013. The good news is that the amount of data involved was down 7.1%. The figures come courtesy of 27001 Academy, an online center specializing in ISO…

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How to Quit & 6 Other Tips for Entrepreneurs

Seán O’Riordan had a steady job in a Big Four accounting firm. It looked reliable and recession-proof. What’s more, he came from a family with a high regard for such jobs. So, he was a little nervous at the thought of telling them he wanted to chuck it all in for the uncertainty of a…

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You Cannot Shrink Your Way to Growth

We all know what a failing business looks like. The atomosphere is gone, the place looks scruffy and employees look deflated. IBM has a long and storied existence. But is it a failing business? Following earnings results this week, some media are raising the alarm. Revenues were $92.8 billion in 2013, but are down for…

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200-Year-Old Newspaper Acts Like Tech Whippersnapper

Angelina Jolie had some bad news to share in May 2013 when she told the world about her double mastectomy. Jolie spoke about her condition in an article called “My Medical Choice” in the New York Times. But if you Google “Angelina Jolie double mastectomy,” the Times’ article does not show up in the first…

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IT: A Quick Sanity Check Before Becoming Entrepreneurial

A previous post looked at some types of IT department from butlers to entrepreneurs. The butlers are more reactive while the entrepreneurs, obviously, are more proactive by launching themselves at business problems. If you feel you are viewed as a butler, and chafing at the role, the suggestion was to first build a solid IT…

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Keep on Keeping on? Or Keep on Innovating?

At work in IT, there is just one situation where I joke that the solution is to move to a country with no extradition. Which of the following two do you think it is: An innovation fails to get off the ground? A file server cannot be restored? Everyone in IT knows all too well…

What the business really thinks of IT

What the Business Really Thinks of IT

I’ve covered a bit before on the often-fraught relationship between business and IT. There is a blog post here, for example, on Susan Cramm and 8 Things to Hate About IT. Meanwhile, Prof. Joe Peppard has lectured and written extensively on many facets of the IT-to-business interface. Things aren’t good. Things could be better. But…

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4 Ways to Rethink The CIO Role – Infographic

Graphic courtesy The Enterprisers Project.

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Take All the (Vacation) Time You Like, Just Get the Job Done

If you told most managers their workers would be more productive with unlimited time off, the bosses would probably wonder about your mental well being. Yet, a few companies do just that and swear by the results. However, “If you treat people like adults, they will act like adults” is a cliche not always lived…

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You’ll Get Sick When You See How Growth Hacking Works!

This is the first of three posts. When Kieran Flanagan was 8 years old, he wanted a blue He -Man (the yoke on the right in the picture). Now HubSpot’s EMEA Marketing Director, the kid back then was short on funds. So, he came up with a plan to draw on his available resources and…