Contributor

James O'Brien

Freelance Writer

As a journalist and writer in the branded content space, James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, writing and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work in the custom content space "sponsored content done right." He has written for major regional newspapers, and he has managed and edited established, startup and turnaround newsrooms in varied markets, from community papers to major-city dailies. He consults for firms and businesses — startups to seasoned — on the creation of effective content strategies and the establishment of practical editorial calendars for enacting them. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. in Editorial Studies from the Editorial Institute at Boston University, where he researched and edited Bob Dylan's other-than-song writings. He is engaged in a bibliography for Oxford University Press, covering writings about filmmaker John Cassavetes. He is the author of "The Indie Writer's Survival Guide." His short stories and poetry are published in numerous journals and magazines.

Articles by James O'Brien

Optimizing the Equipment Lifecycle: Monitoring and Data Give Hardware a New Edge

By James O'Brien

Longstanding approaches to equipment lifecycle models are transforming due to the power of predictive analytics and real-time monitoring. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

June 17, 2016

CIOs Embrace a New Mobile Solution for Airline Wi-Fi

By James O'Brien

With the new era of satellite Wi-Fi close at hand, airline CIOs need to decide what exactly the in-cabin mobile solution can offer. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

June 15, 2016

Bimodal IT in the Future of the Enterprise: Pros and Cons of a Controversial Model

By James O'Brien

Should enterprises adopt or avoid the bimodal IT model? The answer requires a fresh look at the pros and cons of the scenario. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

May 27, 2016

Assisted Branch Channels: Boosting User Experience at the Bank

By James O'Brien

For banks, there has seldom, if ever, been a more important moment to boost the roles of assisted branch channels with the help of data. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

May 25, 2016

The Next-Generation Data Center: Securing the Dynamic IT Environment of Tomorrow

By James O'Brien

How does IT leadership build a next-generation data center that can last for decades even though technology and security threats keep changing? Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

April 29, 2016

Managed Services for the IT Executive: Pathways to Effective Enterprise Leadership

By James O'Brien

For the new enterprise IT executive, the key to success may be managed IT services from a trusted provider. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

April 25, 2016

IT Departments Fight Downtime With 24/7 Support

By James O'Brien

In the rapidly evolving mobile enterprise ecosystem, device downtime is an enemy of innovation and IT departments are the bulwark against it. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

March 14, 2016

Bit Mile Balance: Operators Seek a New Standard to Cut Data Traffic Costs

By James O'Brien

Recent deals to share network interconnections and streamline data traffic are part of a new industry focus on bit mile balance for operators. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

February 29, 2016

Privileged Access: An Open Pathway to Internal Data Threats

By James O'Brien

More than half the cyberattacks reported in 2015 stemmed from privileged access allowing an internal data breach. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

February 25, 2016

Autonomous Cars and Factory Settings: Keeping the Code and Drivers Safe on the Road

By James O'Brien

IT experts call for fresh attention to anti-hacking measures in the factory settings of next-generation autonomous and connected cars. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

February 4, 2016

IT Spending: Third-Party Management and Partnerships Cut Costs for US Government

By James O'Brien

Third-party IT partnerships can help cut IT spending for government agencies. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

January 14, 2016

Data Center Management: New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

By James O'Brien

New Year's resolutions for IT: Lead your team to resiliency, reliability and robust support with a comprehensive data center management strategy. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

January 2, 2016

Patch Management Is Smart Security: Taking Steps to Stop Software Vulnerabilities

By James O'Brien

If there is one task that information technology leaders can turn to daily to stop cyberthreats, it's patch management. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

December 30, 2015

Troubleshooting Retail IT Woes: Hacking the Holidays for Technical Support and Inventory Managers

By James O'Brien

Holiday IT has its challenges. How can you ensure robust technical support, easy customer troubleshooting and smooth inventory management all season long? Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

December 22, 2015

Outsourcing IT Support: Businesses Turn to Third-Party Partnerships for Diverse Skills and Deep Resources

By James O'Brien

Outsourcing IT can provide a number of benefits for businesses, including considerable savings in time and costs and access to diverse skill sets. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

November 26, 2015

Successfully Implementing an IAM Solution — and Making the Case for It at Your Company

By James O'Brien

IAM solutions can bolster multiple value props across a company's user and customer landscape, not just protect sensitive data. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

November 24, 2015

Cloud Banking Infrastructure: Satisfying Customers and Cutting Costs With Careful Choices

By James O'Brien

Cloud banking can help banks meet the challenges of scaling customer demand for mobile banking while cutting costs along the way. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

November 19, 2015

Cloud Design for Enterprises: Three Key Factors That Fuel Successful Choices and Deployment

By James O'Brien

The key to successful cloud migration for enterprise IT is a well-considered approach to cloud design. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

November 2, 2015

The Unified IT Team: Bringing Network and Security Together

By James O'Brien

Within the IT team, network developers and security management stand to complicate each other's goals even as they achieve their intended tasks. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

October 29, 2015

Server Down: The Impact of Downtime on an Enterprise and How to Bounce Back

By James O'Brien

Having a server down costs enterprises thousands of dollars every minute. Here's how to remediate consequences and avoid future incidents. Read More

By James O'Brien
Freelance Writer

October 26, 2015