Why Certify? The Top 5 Benefits of IT Certifications

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Earning IT certifications takes time and money, so it’s no wonder that people ask what they’ll get in return. But earning a certification has benefits beyond simply carrying a card in your wallet or posting a certificate on your wall. Here are five you can benefit from getting an IT certification. Prove Your Skills and … [Read more...]

IT Balanced Scorecard Explained: Using BSC for IT Performance

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The Balanced Scorecard is a management system that clarifies the strategy and vision of an organization, and then translates them into action that can be tracked. In simple terms, it’s a way of understanding how well the department or entire organization is doing. At first glance the balanced scorecard (BSC) can seem to be only a way of turning … [Read more...]

Asset Management Has Moved Beyond the “Bean Counting”

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There has been significant emphasis on corporate data and IT asset vulnerability in recent years due to the increase in cyber security threats. Some industries have regulations requiring companies to know what IT assets they have as well as track what they connect to in the effort to better protect critical infrastructures. However, to really … [Read more...]

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...]