Posts Tagged ‘Relating to IT Professionals’


Fire Phone at Work

Amazon just announced the new Amazon Fire phone. The first thing I wanted to know was about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) features. How will your business utilize this great new device? The news is good… Continue reading ‘Fire Phone at Work’

Executives, Be in the Know!

Executives: When you make decisions, make sure you fully understand the pros and cons of your decisions. If IT is asking for some new technology, how do you know if it is an IT “want” or a “need?”
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Trace a prank email to the source

Someone recently asked—and I’m leaving out the details—something close to, “Someone just sent a prank email message to our members regarding plans for a party thrown by our organization. Can you help me find out who is the owner of this email address: (name of organization)” How do you find them? Here’s the answer:
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Increase productivity while traveling

So, you have a MacBook Air or one of the competing Ultrabook computers so you can travel light on the road. But what about being productive in your hotel room? You may find your screen’s real-estate is severely limited. That just leads to a bunch of switching back and forth between application windows. Until now…
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Interesting cloud computing side effect

In the “old days” before cloud computing, most organizations used a firewall and everyone understood two areas. First, inside the firewall are your own assets. Then, outside the firewall is the public Internet. This simplistic thinking no longer works.
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How to connect multiple monitors to your computer

When you try more than one monitor, it is hard to go back to a single monitor. Many users move to three or more monitors. What if your laptop, or desktop for that matter, only has one monitor port?
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Some salaries for IT professionals

Business Week just released a report on the 100 fastest growing salaries, and it is no surprise that IT positions are on the list.
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IT professionals–tell us when you finish

Amazingly enough, this is one of the most common complaints I hear about IT professionals: “I asked them to do such and such, and I waited a long time, and never heard from them. I was more and more frustrated every day! I finally asked them and they said they had completed the task a long time ago. Why in the heck couldn’t they have told me it was fixed?”
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Can you trust your IT professional’s answer?

I had the pleasure of performing an audit at a company recently where the lead IT professional was shocked to learn that his e-commerce system needed to be secure in order to keep credit card information secure as part of PCI-DSS compliance.

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Do IT and management skills coincide?

I recently spoke to a CEO who was incredibly frustrated with his IT professional, who is incapable of managing his IT assistant successfully. In fact, in these times when organizations are having difficulty recruiting qualified IT professionals, this CEO was considering firing this professional who is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, devoted, and highly skilled technically—even though he is not the best manager.
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