What is ETL (Extract, Transform, Load)? ETL Explained

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The process of extracting data from multiple source systems, transforming it to suit business needs, and loading it into a destination database is commonly called ETL, which stands for extraction, transformation, and loading. While ETL is usually explained as three distinct steps, this actually simplifies it too much as it is truly a broad process … [Read more...]

Server Consolidation: 6 Steps for Addressing Server Sprawl

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Everyone who has ever been a systems administrator or infrastructure manager has at some point experienced server sprawl. Over the past few years, technologies like virtualization, Docker and cloud services have come along to help address this challenge. Nonetheless, at some point either someone is going to say "do we really need all those servers? … [Read more...]

DevOps Engineer Roles and Responsibilities

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DevOps isn’t magic, but it can look like it from the outside. In today’s job market, workers in innovative fields are creating new roles for themselves. The role of DevOps Engineer is one example. The DevOps Engineer is truly a renaissance person of cloud infrastructure IT services. It is often difficult to understand this role because the … [Read more...]

Top 12 Digital Transformation Books for 2018 and Beyond

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In a multi-generational workforce, CIOs face a number of challenges when it comes to the concept of digital transformation or DX. And there is often immense pressure to launch big digital changes to gain a competitive advantage, for example, creating a roadmap to keep critical processes and technology current. All this must be done while laying the … [Read more...]

Top 6 Traits Employers are Looking for in IT Staff

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As a leader in technology I am constantly asked "how do you make the right hires?" While every organization is different, and leaders have their own preferences, I find that the following traits have are more common than not in top performers. Effective problem solving and troubleshooting skills Believe it or not, this has been one of the most … [Read more...]

Five Ways IT Ops Pros Can Avoid and Deal With a Crisis

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IT Operations (IT Ops) pros play three critical roles in an organization. They’re architects, builders, and heroes who save the day when things go wrong. They envision and help plan digital environments, build the infrastructure those environments run on, and fix aberrations before and after problems turn into crises. As they say in the Geico … [Read more...]