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Monthly Archives: October 2015

  1. Keep Your Gold Images Golden

    In the past, if you didn’t have a good set of tools that included a hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, etc., it meant you couldn’t work. These days things are a little different. Most IT workers can get by without knowing the difference between a framing hammer and a Phillips screwdriver.

    The tools of the information worker are different, to say the least, and there are few more basic functions required of IT professionals than just providing those tools and a desktop for our clients to get their work done. So we use our own tools to make a task easier: Images and imaging software.


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  2. Set Manageable Goals with SPIRIT

    Ask anyone and they’ll surely tell you they have goals. Ask those same people how they plan to achieve those goals and they may not be so forthcoming.

    Why?

    Well, studies show that most people break their New Year’s resolutions by Valentine’s Day, and perhaps this is because of how difficult it is to create a realistic strategy of following through.

     

    But even the simplest of goals requires detailed thought.


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  3. Upgrading to Skype for Business

    In one of my classes on Lync 2013, a couple of people asked about Skype for Business (S4B), as the product had been released a couple weeks prior to this specific Lync 2013 class.

    Since each of us in the class had a working Lync 2013 deployment (two central sites and one branch site), I decided to upgrade my deployment on Thursday night and teach the last day of class on Friday with S4B.

    Yes, there actually is an upgrade path other than migrating from an older version. 

    There are advantages of having a Sandbox environment (or in our case a classroom environment) because you get to try new items, configuration, installations, then see what happens without effecting a production environment.


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  4. The 5 Personalities of a Leader

    Very few of us are born leaders. Mostly, it takes time and experience to cultivate the leadership skills needed to be successful in our careers and personal lives.

    So how do we develop these skills?

    Well, a leader wears many hats and we must first examine the roles required to efficiently lead a team.

    There are 5 important personalities of a good leader:


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  5. What Every IT Budget Needs

    Planning and implementing an appropriate IT budget can seem impossible. Not only must IT professionals use designated funds to maintain existing operations, but they must also look for ways to be innovative within their industry, while also trying to cut costs wherever they can.

    Because of the role technology plays in business today, it’s safe to say that most organizations have IT operations. However, apart from general equipment and network maintenance, the function of IT departments changes from industry to industry.


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  6. A Recipe for the Perfect Resume

    You should put as much care and attention into each resume you send out as the apple pie you bake for Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.

    Sure it takes a little extra time, but the results are well worth it.

    Follow our recipe for an impressive resume and you’ll be on your way to a successful and fulfilling career.


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  7. Taxonomy in SharePoint Part 1 – Concepts

    Organizing and categorizing the information you manage in SharePoint (or any other system) is critical if you want your users to find and retrieve information effectively. SharePoint, without a well-designed taxonomy, would in some ways be like a traditional “brick and mortar” library without a cataloging system. 

    Taxonomy design is a broad and complex subject. We could not possibly cover every facet here. Hopefully, this post will provide you with at least a basic foundation from which you can begin designing your Enterprise Taxonomy.


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  8. Time Management Tips That Won’t Waste Your Time

    It’s a problem we all have: Not. Enough. Time.

    Whether you’re behind on emails or you just can’t get to that pile of expense reports building up on your desk, there never seems to be enough minutes in the day to fully get caught up.

    Well, today is your lucky day.

    We’ve compiled a few quick time management tips to help you get organized and get things done in a timely manner.

    You’re welcome!


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  9. Mastering the Meeting: 5 Steps to Conquer Public Speaking

    Does the idea of presenting in a meeting make you want to take a sick day?

    Very few of us love speaking in public, but from business meetings to social settings, it’s a skill that’s necessary to several areas of our lives.

    That’s why we’ve compiled 5 steps to help you become a better communicator and master any meeting.

    Good luck!


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