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...]

Java Developer Roles and Responsibilities

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What does a Java Developer do? A Java Developer is responsible for the design, development, and management of Java-based applications. Because Java is used so widely, particularly by large organizations, the daily roles vary widely, but can include owning a particular application or working on several at one time. Developer vs. Engineer This is … [Read more...]

Setting Your Cloud Path: A Journey to Multi-Cloud and Beyond

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The other day, my colleague said “Moving to the cloud should be as easy as moving house.” Now, I can’t vouch for her experience in regards to a house move, but mine certainly wasn’t “easy.” My wife and I visited over 10 places before we agreed on the one we purchased. There was the location to consider, the schools and their rating in the national … [Read more...]

Creating an IT Strategy Communications Plan: 5 Keys to Success

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This article is written from the perspective of an IT Strategy in higher education. However, many of the concepts can be applied to any strategy communications plan. Keep in mind however that the IT Strategic plan has an organization-wide impact. Because of this, the approach to communicating the IT strategy should be treated just like an … [Read more...]

IT Salary Trends for 2017-2018

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  For the past six years, Puppet has released an annual DevOps Salary report, analyzing and curating data from careers in the IT field. The report features information comparing jobs, salaries, and working conditions of IT professionals across the world, providing insight into the differences and similarities. The DevOps Salary report aims … [Read more...]

IT Steering Groups Explained: 7 Tips for IT Steering Groups

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IT Steering Groups (ISG’s) are a vital part of an organization typically tasked with reviewing, prioritizing, and monitoring major IT projects from a cross-functional viewpoint. IT Steering Groups are concerned with alignment between the organization and IT strategy and ownership of strategic IT decisions. In this post, we’ll look at 7 best … [Read more...]