IT Management Tips & Advice

Managing an IT department poses unique challenges including staffing, budget management, project management and leadership. Learn IT management skills, strategies, and tips from leading IT experts.

5 ways to say ‘No’ to your boss (and still keep your job)

It sometimes seems like part of IT’s job description is “Deliver the impossible on a regular basis (under budget, too). Execs know what they want – or think they do – but aren’t always concerned with the logistics behind it. 

How to get the board to care about cybersecurity

Most IT pros know that getting the board to understand cybersecurity issues can be an uphill battle. Even more alarmingly, some of these high-ranking company officials do understand there’s a threat – but they don’t understand that it’s a big deal. 

Hiring set to pick up for the rest of the year

IT pros who are looking to add talent in 2016 may not want to wait: Some of their competitors are getting a jump on things, looking to add staff before the end of 2015. 

Survey: Most companies fall short of uptime goals

A survey of customers has found that companies have lofty expectations for the amount of uptime they get each year, but the reality of what their providers deliver may not live up to those goals. 

IT’s big communication problem

One of the biggest misconceptions about IT is that it exists in its own little universe. The caricature from other departments is that they’re the geeks in a side room that rarely come out to interact with co-workers. 

Simple change could result in better hiring results

Finding IT talent can be a challenge in such a competitive job market. One twist on hiring could result in finding qualified candidates others may have missed, though. 

3 phishing attacks sneaking by IT’s defenses

IT pros know that phishing attacks are rampant. Most will train users to recognize the warning signs. But some recent attacks show that hackers are smart enough to try to stay one step ahead – and have devised attacks that can be successful even when users’ guards are up.

IT pros are feeling the stress: And bosses are most to blame

Those who can’t handle stress might be wise to consider a career outside of IT, if a recent study is to be believed. It found most IT pros are feeling under the gun, and there’s a variety of reasons for it. 

10 ways to get execs thinking about security

For far too many IT pros, the battle to show executives the value of caring about your security systems is an uphill one. The top brass sees security as a cost-center and one it can’t afford, end of discussion. 

Most IT pros saw a raise, still looking for more

The annual ComputerWorld IT Salary Survey found that many IT pros saw their compensation increase in the last year. But for some that may not be enough – and a career change could be in the future.