Category Archive: IT Manager

Surviving the Budget Season

Generally when fall comes, so does the infamous budget season. As an IT Manager, you would think this is like Christmas time for accountants. Really I think they like to be more like scrooge, then Santa. As with everything there are a few key items you need to be aware of so you can protect …

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Laziness as a key to success

What??? Can that headline be right, how can my laziness be a key to my success? It all comes from the definition of the word laziness, I am not talking about the I want to be at home sitting on the coach eating potato chips laziness, I am referring to the Larry Wall, spend 3 …

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Revisiting Processes and past Decisions

Most companies have a great way, and follow a schedule to revisit their knowledge base articles, but how often do they review their processes, for both hardware and software? I try every year, long in advance of budget season to look at everything my team does and determine, do we still need to do this? …

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Finding the right place for everything

As an IT manager, you are always asked to make due, to think outside the box and to enhance tools to work beyond their limits. When you must make these tough decisions of how am I going to make what do that??? You need to think about one key thing, is this system or process …

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Keeping up with everything

It took me a long time to think about how to be more productive at work. I tried all sorts of systems, like Franklin covey, a crazy envelope system, a write every task down each day system , variations on all of the mentioned and finally Getting Things Done (GTD).

Traveling for work

Many times as an it manager you need to travel for work. It is something I have had to do a few times throughout my career, although I would not call myself a road warrior. Below are a few tips that will make life easier, and ensure you have a job when you get back. …

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The IT Manager working with remote staff

Dealing with a remote staff is one of the trickiest parts of being a manager. There are plenty of questions you have: How often should I talk to them? How much should I leave them alone? Looking at a remote worker and building a team so they feel a part of something bigger is a …

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The IT Manager as a trusted advisor

This happens all the time, where the business comes up with something, and your faces on making it work, and work right or generally get blamed for the end result, no matter if the foundation wasn’t solid. How can I fix this endless cycle? As with most things, the answer is simple, but the practice …

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Dealing with the pressures of the Consumerization of IT

As more and more people bring in the devices and software they run at home, the harder it is to ensure the business can run as efficiently and effectively as possible. While the end user wants to have anything running anyway they want, after all, it is their job and they are more effective using the tools …

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