DevOps vs Agile: What’s the Difference and How Are They Related?

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Agile and DevOps are buzzy theories that many organizations are eager to employ, but there is often some confusion or overlap between the two. Only one business practice originated in software development, though both are being applied to organizational functions beyond software development. They’re not the same, but they’re not enemies. Using … [Read more...]

IT Strategic Planning: Why is an IT Strategy So Important?

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All of us at some point or another have likely been involved in a strategic planning process. Sometimes planning goes well and sometimes it does not. More often than not, a strategic plan becomes what I refer to as a “dustable” Dustables are those little nick-Knack’s that are all over you grandmothers house that just sit around and collect dust. … [Read more...]

What is Shadow IT? Shadow IT Explained

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Shadow IT is a term that refers to all resources and applications, including but not limited to Cloud (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), that are used in an organization without the approval of the organization’s IT department. These can be productivity applications, personal purpose applications or simply applications/ content that the company does not want … [Read more...]

N-Tier Architecture: Tier 2, Tier 3, and Multi-Tier Explained

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When business computing began to move from the mainframe to more affordable commodity machines, one would pick a given computer and “promote” it to server status by installing a database engine, some sort of code interpreter plus compiler, and develop software code that would then create the needed software tool. This meant that the user interface … [Read more...]

First Five IT Roles in New Organizations

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Small organizations oftentimes partner with consulting firms or large name vendors to provide their technology solutions. However, it eventually becomes important to bring expertise in-house so that technology solutions can be implemented to maintain efficiencies as the organization grows. For non-technical entrepreneurs, deciding where to start … [Read more...]

Managing Big IT Projects with a Small Staff

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Intended audience Throughout my career, I have continually tried to improve my project management skills. For large organizations, there are extensive options for improving project management processes. I always find it challenging to find concepts that can be applied to smaller organizations. This article is intended for smaller organizations … [Read more...]