Archive for 2009

IT’s Relationships

Over many years of consulting primarily for IT organizations I have noticed a pattern into which most IT groups fall.  They have poor or even contentious relationships – with internal customers, vendors, and sometimes even between groups within IT.

And most IT people will say, “So?  What we are supposed to do is technical stuff, relationships shouldn’t matter.”

Maybe relationships shouldn’t matter, but they do.  Unfortunately, I have seen superb technical organizations which are perceived by their internal customers as incompetent.  They are doing all of the right “technical stuff” — they have 99.99% system availability, clean databases, virus-free LANs, capable help-desks and a responsive network — but they are still perceived as incompetent because they have failed to build and maintain good relationships.

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Do you use Skype or Windows Live Messenger for business?

Do you use Skype or Windows Live Messenger for business?

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I saw the the Dalai Lama!

I’m always looking for fun things to do for my parents, so I bought them tickets & went yesterday to see the Dalai Lama!  His Holiness the14th Dalai Lama, visited Memphis yesterday to accept the 2009 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.  I took my parents to his public talk at The Cannon Center on developing peace and harmony.  He was very entertaining and interesting; here are some of the media quotes from his speech:

 

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Owners Network-ON target, ON budget, and ON going

Have you started your own business or are you thinking about it?  Do you have an established business but now find that you need to seek more customers through the internet?  The current economy has sparked an increase in small and individually owned businesses across the United States.  As a person, you may have a niche market or be able to find customers for what you do; however, there is more to running a business than just finding customers.

 

There are books to keep, people to pay, collections, and marketing to be done.  Do you have the tools and expertise to do everything that you need? 

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CyberSecurity – Job Security

With cyberattacks on the rise in 2009, the FBI now considers such attacks to be the third greatest risk for our country, following nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction.  The fear of “Cybergeddon” has lead to government agencies and private companies alike recruiting experts in the field of security.  Obama is in the process of picking his top cybersecurity aide, while many other organizations are also searching for these important skills.

 

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The Importance of ICT

Recently, we’ve been discussing a lot about virtualization and how cost-effective and important it is.  During my quest for knowledge on the subject, I discovered that Digital literacy is not only crucial for companies, but many leaders think it is also critical for the whole world economy.

 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is a term used to describe the combination of computer and telecommunications.  There are a lot of devices used for ICT and numerous ways it can be useful.  It is a necessary and essential tool for national and international development and is crucial for socio-economic and technological growth.

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Virtualization Success

Virtualization is a current hot topic and money saving practice for many organizations; however, the platforms and tools chosen for the organization can make or break virtualization success.  Therefore, we did some research to find out how the platforms and tools stacked up.  Below is the most complete information we found on the subject, from the Virtualization Journal Reader’s Choice Awards.  The original article was posted on April 15, 2009, by Sys-Con, and can be found at http://virtualization.sys-con.com/node/921426.

Following is a list of the 2008 Virtualization Journal Reader’s Choice Awards winners and finalists:

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Managing Virtual Employees

Today, companies have employees both on and offsite, which brings the challenge of managing teams they can’t always see.  Virtual teams are potentially cost effective, providing that the company has the right structure, leadership, motivation and, most importantly, communication in place.  This is where technology can really pay off by substituting for in-person communications.  Organizations have a lot to choose from: email, text, conference call, video conferencing, Live Meeting, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.; but too many variables lead to a lack of coherency and make tracking difficult.  The bottom line is that the manager needs to know what team members are doing, and that it aligns with the vision and mission statement for that project.  In my experience, weekly (or sometimes daily) phone calls with all of the team members together make a huge difference in the success of a project.

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Opportunities Arise with Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a new buzzword in IT.  So what is it and how can it affect your career?  Here are some of the basics of what it is and the skills that are involved.

 

Cloud computing is basically just the ability to leverage new platforms and resources that you don’t happen to own.  It goes hand-in-hand with SOA, which is laying the groundwork for a loosely coupled business that both creates and consumes services from an ever-growing selection of sources, both inside and outside the firewall. Web Oriented Architecture is another key term, and a more appropriate way to describe this, since more of these services are coming from outside providers.  Web 2.0, including sites like Linkedin and Facebook, is also a form of cloud computing.

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Resume Formatting

Since online job marketing and searching has become so popular, some of the old rules of resume writing have changed.  Resume experts used to advise that you add your own personal flare and character to the resume.  These days, any formatting used to add such character can wreak havoc on your resume when it is added to an HTML database or when a major company tries to scan it into their employment files.  This could not only cause headaches for anyone reviewing your resume, but could even keep you from getting the job.  Here are some tips for formatting your resume to be technology friendly:

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