Expected or not, as an IT manager, you may come into a situation where you have to cut your budget or put your staff – or maybe yourself – at a layoff risk. The catch is to make the budget cuts without hurting the operations. To say, this is the choking point.
For the majority of IT managers and CIOs we have come to the closing of the year. The budgets are in front of us, and we have to decide how we can get the maximum out of the available funds. If we plan carefully enough, and with some luck, we can get through the rough times. Planning and doing it well is what we can and have to do. During planning, it is always easy to miss the items that are possible, but not so obvious at a first glance.
Every year we see some more shift in mobile collaboration: employees become more mobile, workplaces are redefined, partners and customers require more mobility and quicker access. These shifts bring more pressure on the corporate IT, who is expected to match the technology adoption. Looking from the management perspective, we need to review and update our company’s mobile collaboration policy.
People often overlook backups of their personal computers and by the time they lose files they go around in panic trying to come back to normal (to avoid that March 31st is the World Backup Day – to remind people at least once a year to backup their documents). But if you are a business user, an executive, you cannot just offload everything to IT and go on with your heart’s desire. Not only you have corporate responsibilities but also there are tasks you need to take care of yourself. Here is my collection of tips from the field, from my interactions with the traveling business users.
IT managers for years are pressed by the cliché of “doing more with less.” IT pros already have their daily tasks of user requests, incidents, maintenance issues, upgrades and infrastructure changes and plus they are asked to keep up with the new technology. But the headcount remained flat during the years. One of the things the IT managers do is to implement self-service where they can in order to have a breathing space for their teams. And surprisingly, the end users have an acceptance on self-service, too. Of course it does not work for every situation, but here are some areas where it is working.
When it comes to choosing a web host most of us don’t even know where to start. There are hundreds of companies out there each promising 99% uptime, unlimited everything, and knowledgeable support. While it’s tempting to just sign up for a free host, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind, and you’ll often find that a paid host is much more beneficial in the long run.
have talked extensively on disaster recovery (DR) plans and I was pretty sure that I have covered everything. From the concept of moving DR to the cloud, including the issues to consider, to CIO tips, from choosing the right DR software to the people perspective, I thought my words on the DR was complete. Wrong. Here is an overall check on your DR plans, right from the field, assuming that you already have your business impact analysis.
During the past months, I was a consultant in two acquisition issues in one small and one medium sized company. Financial, accounting and inventory issues were draining the employees’ and consultants’ times. IT issues did not seem as complex as the others but once the management tipped their toe, they understood how out-of-world things tend to go. Here are my notes for the CIO to keep his/her sanity during a merger/acquisition, freshly from the field.
So you’ve decided to write a blog, share your knowledge with the world, express yourself and make money? Whatever the reason, I’m sure you don’t need an explanation what is a blog, who is a blogger and what is blogging. You simply want to avoid the mistakes that rookies make. Then grab a coffee and let’s get started ASAP!
I have seen many disaster recovery (DR) documents and prepared as many. In almost all of the DR recovery plans, I have seen that they did not have any single word about managing the non-technical side of the recovery, which are panic, pressure from top management and rumors that will surface in disaster time. Unfortunately there is no scientific way to test your staff’s nerves like testing your WAN connection. Here are some items to consider and include in your DR plan.
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