Dianne Russell


Dianne Russell is a former senior editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.

Best of TechEd Winners!
Here are the winners of The Best of TechEd 2007 awards in 15 regular categories and 2 special-recognition categories.
Live From TechEd Monday 1
On humidity, agility, and Back to the Future
Stay Tuned for Live from TechEd

Next week I'll share some of my experiences meeting with vendors and learning about new products at TechEd. Karen Forster will be there too, and whether you'll be attending TechEd or not, if you have questions for Microsoft, Karen will ask them and report back on her blog (on video, no less). Head on over to Karen's Hey Microsoft! blog to leave your questions.

Configuration Intelligence Initiative Transforms Configuration, Provisioning, and Service Desk Information into Strategic Insight

Last month, systems management technology vendor Configuresoft announced the Configuration Intelligence Initiative.

LANDesk HIPS Solution Defends Against Zero-Day Threats

On Monday, LANDesk Software announced Host Intrusion Prevention, a behavior-based security monitoring, alerting, and remediation solution.

Accelerating Application Performance and Blending Identity and Network Management

A10 Networks, a provider of networking and security solutions, listened to its customers when they asked, "How can you help us speed things up?" In the current IT climate, maintaining business continuity while converting to Web applications and implementing virtualization technologies is a challenge and a concern. The traditional approach—buying more servers and bandwidth—creates more stuff to manage, as well as a lot more complexity.

2007 Best of MMS Awards Are Final!

Karen Forster and I have just returned from the 2007 Best of MMS Awards ceremony here at the Microsoft Management Summit in San Diego. This is Windows IT Pro's second year running the awards. We had more than 40 entries this year, all of them solid, exciting products worthy of recognition. Our judging panel, consisting of a group of our editors, had a difficult initial task of narrowing the field to 10 finalists. These finalists were selected for their strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and value to the customer:

AVIcode Application Monitoring and Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative


AVIcode, a leading provider of .NET application–monitoring solutions, is a force to be reckoned with in life cycle application management. To further the goals of the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI), Microsoft's vision of end-to-end systems management in which business and IT unite to create knowledge-based self-managing systems, AVIcode provides solutions to meet the needs of development, operations, and support teams.

Turning the Help Desk into an IT Service Management "Suitcase" 3

     Alloy Software has expanded the concept of IT service management in its Alloy Navigator 5.2 solution, which branches off a central service desk management platform to integrate IT service support with asset and organization management. Navigator 5.2's built-in workflow automation is based on parent-child dependencies, which lets the software track complex processes such as are involved in change and configuration management.

Keeping Tabs on the Profession
In our third IT industry survey, we examine the landscape of an IT professional's work and career.
Gearing Up for Vista
Scott Parkin, product manager for LANDesk Software, shares insights he's gained from working with Windows Vista that can help IT pros prepare for the new OS.
Windows Client Update: February 2, 2006
Guru David Chernicoff comments on Windows OneCare, offers a tip for preventing password caching; plus Kathy Ivens's Reader Challenge and more.
Are You Satisfied?
You told us about how your job affects you and what you think about it. Interpreting all the data was daunting, but we learned a lot about IT pros' job satisfaction.
What You Need to Know About The Microsoft Certified Architect Program
Learn about the new accreditation program that Microsoft announced in June 2005.
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