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How to Improve Your Company’s Intranet

In spite of how important the work intranet is to effective internal communications, not all intranets are working to the best of their ability. Sometimes you won’t be able to find what you’re looking for, and other times there’s too much to sort through. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco describes some ways to improve your intranet. Investing in Your Intranet The first point that DeNisco makes is that you need to know who …

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How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

It’s finally happened: You’ve made the jump from worker bee into a management position. Now you have to prove you deserved it. How do you make sure that you set a positive example as a leader? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Jen Su outlines the major points that will distinguish you as a capable manager. Leadership 101 As manager, one of the first steps you need to take is to create an …

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How to Recruit IT Talent without Having Top-Dollar Perks

Hiring new talent is one of the biggest problems facing IT today. The Google and Amazon tech giants seem to be able to scoop up all the best workers through great salaries, name recognition, and plenty of perks to go around. But in spite of all this, you can get and retain employees through some simple practices that can make all the difference. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin explains how to …

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Is It Time to Confront an Underperforming Vendor?

It’s hard to miss when you have a bad vendor. They’ve caused irreparable damage to a project and might need to be cut loose. But how do you have this conversation with the vendor and stay professional? In an article for ZDNet, Mary Shacklett explains the steps you should take before having that confrontational meeting with a poor vendor. Steps to Stop Bad Vendors With poor vendors, awful service isn’t usually a big bang occurrence; …

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CIOs Need to Start Applying Logic to Salaries

There are really no steadfast rules when it comes to working out employee salaries—and that can be a problem. In essence, someone new could come along to your team, and determining what to pay them can be greeted with a shoulder shrug and a guesstimate. In a post at the Accidental Successful CIO, Jim Anderson asks if it is time for CIOs to start applying logic to salaries. Salaries Need to Make Sense Salaried positions …

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3 Tips for Better Security Investment

The time has come for IT leaders to shift their focus to next year’s budget. Information security will play a major role in the growth of any company that is looking to stay competitive, but security is a difficult position. Having to juggle limited professionals in the field, tighter timelines, and a broader scope of activities will create complications for the field moving forward. In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Horne gives some tips for …

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There Are No ‘Remote’ Employees Anymore

If current trends are any indication, the “workplace of the future” has just become the living room. Telecommuting is on the rise as more and more individuals each day begin working from home instead of the traditional office. But this change isn’t as bad as it might sound. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan delves into the implications, namely, that there no longer a “remote” employee if everyone is working from home some of …

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When Is the Right Time to Innovate?

Okay, that does sound like a loaded question. The average executive would probably answer, “Right now,” while raising an eyebrow that the question was even asked. But the answer may not be quite that simple. In an article for Business 2 Community, Daniel Burrus adds a bit of additional nuance to the discussion. Innovate Soon On the one hand—yes, businesses should always be pursuing innovation of all kinds right now. On the other hand, when …

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5 Misconceptions about Microservices

New concepts come with new misunderstandings. Microservices are suddenly the new hot topic of conversation in IT, and because they are so new, not a lot of people actually “get” them yet. So to help clear the air, Kevin Casey identifies and corrects five misconceptions of microservices in an article for the Enterprisers Project: Microservices are basically a repeat of service-oriented architecture (SOA). Microservices eliminate complexity. Microservices have rigid implementation requirements. Microservices and APIs are …

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4 Ways to Manage Your IT Team through Company Transitions

Your business has reached a crossroads and could be on the precipice of big changes. During such times, it can be difficult to press ahead with big IT initiatives—since who can say if these initiatives will have any value after the changes? But there are still steps that can be taken to make IT best ready to act when the time comes. In an article for Tech Pro Research, Mary Shacklett discusses four ways to …

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