Jeff James


Jeff James is industry news analyst for Windows IT Pro. He was previously editor-in-chief of Microsoft's TechNet Magazine, was an editorial director at the LEGO Company, and has more than 15 years of experience as a technology writer and journalist.

Review: WiebeTech ToughTech mini-Q External Hard Drive
This external hard drive is a good choice if you’re looking for a solution for sensitive files and documents that’s more secure than other removable backup options.
Cloud Perspectives: DeTect Inc. and Google Apps
DeTect IT Manager Matt James managed the transition from a hosted POP e-mail provider to Google Apps for DeTect’s 80+ users, and he was kind enough to answer some of my questions about his experience with cloud computing in general and Google Apps in particular.
Book Review: Zero Day by Mark Russinovich 2
Against this backdrop of security vulnerabilities, Microsoft Technical Fellow (and Windows IT Pro Senior Contributing Editor) Mark Russinovich recently authored Zero Day, a novel focused on the real-world threat of cyberterrorism.
Reimagining Microsoft: How Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Change the Rules 2
Microsoft has put a lot of effort into Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and that effort shows: The new and improved feature list for Windows Server 2012 runs into the hundreds, with massive enhancements to existing features (like Hyper-V) and long-overdue upgrades to less flashy features -- like improvements to CHKDSK and IP address management -- that will make Windows System Administrators more efficient and give them back some precious time.
VMworld 2011 in Pictures
As VMworld 2011 fades into the rear-view mirror, we thought it would be useful to post a photo gallery of some of the individuals we met, keynotes we blogged about, and some parties and other activities we attended.
Facebook for the Enterprise: Potential or Pipedream?
Facebook has emerged as the leading consumer social media platform, attracting hundreds of millions of users. Now some vendors are providing products and services that promise to bring the benefits of Facebook to the enterprise.
The Social Enterprise: An Interview with NewsGator
To get another perspective on growth in the market for enterprise social software, I reached out to NewsGator CEO J.B. Holston and NewsGator investor Brad Feld, Managing Director of the Foundry Group. NewsGator publishes Social Sites for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, a product that integrates with SharePoint to provide social features like micro-blogging, social profiles, community and group creation, activity streams and more.
The State of Cloud Backup
Learn whether cloud backup might be a suitable solution for your organization, as well as which points to consider in selecting a cloud backup solution provider.
Are Users the Weak Link in IT Security?
IT security isn’t limited to firewalls or antivirus software. End-user education and training are crucial to protect against malware, viruses, socially engineered phishing attacks, and professional cybercriminals.
Does Microsoft Need a History Lesson? 6
Microsoft does provide a mobile version of Office for Windows Phone 7 users, but where is that app for Android, iPhone, and the iPad? Microsoft is first and foremost a software company, but their own refusal to bring Office to those platforms opens up a window for competitive products to gain a foothold.
Business Intelligence for IT 3
One of the promising new IT technologies not getting its due is business intelligence (BI), which has been growing in both market penetration and capability over the past few years.
TechEd 2011: Cloud Fear and Loathing in Atlanta 1
It's easy to generalize, but I think it's safe to say that many business decision makers and C-titles are attracted by the promise of improved ROI, reduced IT expenses, and greater IT agility that the cloud can provide, while IT pros are concerned about security, auditing, compliance, and a raft of other issues.
Why the Cloud is Here to Stay
So what is an IT professional or IT manager to do about cloud computing? Adopt a healthy amount of cloud computing skepticism, but simultaneously see what internal IT resources in your own organization could be good candidates for the cloud.
Cloud Connections: The Cloud as a Platform and Amazon's Cloud Collapse
Earlier this week at the Cloud Connections conference, Amazon Technology Evangelist Jinesh Varia discussed the flexibility and agility that cloud computing can provide to enterprises and businesses that deploy it in his "The Cloud as a Platform" keynote address.
Cloud Connections: IBM's Private Cloud Vision
During his cloud computing keynote this morning, Ric Telford, IBM vice president of cloud computing services, predicted that the private cloud will go through a period of growth and transformation as enterprises adapt the model to best fit their own needs.
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