Howard Baldwin

Contributing Writer

Howard Baldwin has worked as a writer and editor since 1977. His work has appeared in Forbes, Computerworld, InfoWorld, MIT Technology Review, Stanford, PC World, PC Computing, and several inflight magazines and daily newspapers. He lives with his wife, a physician, and their four cats in Silicon Valley.

Is SDN Real? You Bet It Is

While being bombarded by promises for a new technology – especially one as radical as SDN – it’s natural for IT executives to ask a simple question: How real is it? Who’s using it? How are they using it? What benefit are they...

Should SDN Start Over Again?

It’s not commonly known that Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 version of the Jimmy Stewart classic The Man Who Knew Too Much was not his first. He’d originally filmed the story in 1934, but he yearned to do it again, but better. Given that...

Does SDN Play Well With Others?

The last thing I’d ever want to do is complicate the lives of CIOs even further, but frankly, as a writer, that’s my job. Journalist H.L. Mencken used to talk about comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. This...

Are Carriers Really Leading the Charge to SDN?

Back in my days as a magazine editor, I published a story about the supposed death of mainframes, wonderfully titled in a steal from Monty Python, “I’m Not Dead Yet.” And whadya know, mainframes still aren’t dead. I was reminded...

The Private Cloud Has a Silver Lining, and It’s Called SDN

For some CIOs, the idea of being able to offload their computer processing needs to third-party providers like Microsoft and Amazon and Google is heavenly. Their IT departments don’t have to procure, manage, or upgrade hardware....

A Crackerjack Technology: Looking for the Hidden Surprise Within SDN

One of the greatest aspects of technology is its ability to help people leap over its original intention. When 3M engineer Arthur Fry developed the Post-It, all he really wanted was a temporary bookmark for his church hymnal. When...

5 Steps Toward SDN Success

Moving to a new technology is like setting off on a journey to a foreign country whose customs are unfamiliar. The goal is to end up looking suave and successful versus bedraggled and bereft (think Bogart in Casablanca rather than...

Doing A Reality Check On SDN

Not many industry research firms are known for their sense of humor, but you have to appreciate Gartner when it comes to its hype cycle. The hype cycle tracks five phases of new technology, from the trigger (1), up the peak of...

Making Heads or Tails of SDN Standards: From OpenFlow to OpenDaylight and More

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln (which you admittedly don’t often get to do in a technology blog), “God must have loved standards because he made so many of them.” That sentiment is nowhere more evident than in the field of...

Network Virtualization vs. Software-Defined Networks: What the Heck is the Difference?

Most of the time I love new technology. At the risk of using an old metaphor, it’s like a new car. It has cool features that old cars don’t have. But one of the things I hate about new technology is when companies try to...

IT power grab: Should you be a Machiavellian manager?

Ready to toss aside that meek service mentality and step up your game? Several savvy CIOs explain how to grasp the reins of IT power

How to get a job in manufacturing IT

To make it in manufacturing, IT pros need to understand a wide range of technology, from robotics to good old-fashioned electronics.

How to get a job in energy IT

IT pros in search of a salary windfall should look to energy and utilities, where new exploration techniques, demand for renewable energy, and new regulations are opening up jobs

4 reasons companies say yes to open source

Open source isn't just about saving money -- enterprises are adopting it to develop applications faster, with higher quality components.

How to get a job in financial IT

IT practitioners with the right mindset -- analytical and dogged -- will find themselves welcome in the resurgent financial services industry

How to get a job in health care IT

All signs point to health care as a stable, long-term choice for IT careers

Why the enterprise can't shake its email addiction

Forget new (and better) technologies -- email is as entrenched in the business world as it's ever been. Here's why we can't break free.

IT on the edge: CIOs who (literally) keep the lights on

CIOs in emerging economies have to be creative to keep IT up and running -- addressing redundancy, navigating a thicket of sometimes onerous regulations, and in general doing more with less

Supply chain 2013: Stop playing whack-a-mole with security threats

As supply chain threats grow ever more sophisticated, companies tap new technologies to protect their assets and deliver the goods

Email addiction: Why the enterprise can't break free

Forget new (and better) technologies, email is as entrenched in the business world as it's ever been. Here's why we can't dig out

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