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November 2014

Who are your favorite leaders? If you think about it, I’m sure you’ll find that, in addition to being great leaders, they are also good communicators. Toastmasters International (http://www.toastmasters.org) is a non-profit educational organization. It is widely known for teaching public speaking through a worldwide network of meeting locations. What you may not know is that this organization is also recognized for teaching leadership skills and overall verbal communication skills.... Read more →


In the 21st century, most people agree that the IT department produces great value to the firm. However, sometimes the metrics we use in IT do not effectively communicate its value to the business. For instance, System Uptime is a great metric internally for the IT department in order to manage the systems well. However, in order to show the real value to the business we need to translate this... Read more →


What really bothers IT employees at work? Most professionals today are more likely to get frustrated over a lack of career growth and skills development than compensation, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. IT professionals are also on edge about heavy workloads, and they're upset about rigid hierarchies that leave them with little autonomy to make strategic decisions. If companies expect to retain valuable tech staffers, they... Read more →


Agile development remains an increasingly popular way for development teams to get work done effectively and efficiently. However, the iterative alternative to fully mapped-out waterfall processes has become widely accepted in recent years, bringing with it software tools designed to help agile practitioners hone their processes, collaborate efficiently, and monitor progress. Several companies have been filling the niche for agile project management. Some of these tools include Atlassian Jira, Axosoft,... Read more →


It appears that instead of innovating to maintain market leadership, Mark Zuckerberg’s approach is to eliminate the potential competition. Bill Gates underestimated the potential of the Internet. And more recently Google and Yahoo miscalculated the potential of Facebook. Therefore Zuckerberg is being extremely caution and wants to eliminate any potential competition. This led him to invest more than $25 billion for just three startups, namely Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus VR.... Read more →


While it appears sluggish in some places, the US economy is chugging along, with the US Department of Labor reporting the October unemployment rate down to 5.8% and an average of more than 200,000 jobs created every month in 2014. The industry trade groupTechServe Alliance identified that IT hiring grew by 7,800 jobs in October, compared with a gain of 6,900 jobs in September. ...more Read more →