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24 September 2009
24 September 2009

Hiring System Administrators

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Hiring someone for a technical post is a task that should never be tackled half-heartedly. Matt Simmons provides some general advice on the subject, illustrated by a recent experience of hiring an IT administrator to help share the load. It opened his eyes to the real state of the economy.… Read more
29 June 2009
29 June 2009

Manage Stress Before it Kills You

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The key to a long career in IT is in learning how to cope adaptively with stress. Matt Simmons, like many, didn't realise it applies to everyone until he was rushed to hospital with what looked to be a heart attack. It was a salutary experience. He then discovered that there are many effective ways of unwinding, and it pays to be aware of them before you get the warning-shot.… Read more
02 March 2009
02 March 2009

Change Management- What It Is and Why You Need It

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Bill Holmberg takes a practical look at Change Management, and list the steps you need to take. To make things simpler, he also provides a sample ¬†Word template you can use to follow through a complete change control cycle on a given project. Leaving nothing to doubt, he finishes with an illustration; a fictional exercise so you can see his guidelines in action. … Read more
26 February 2009
26 February 2009

A SysAdmin’s Guide to Users

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What level of trust do you afford users by default? What level of support do you offer users who have low technical skills? Are you creating a system which is more difficult to use with little or no payback? Are you adopting administrative policies as a punitive measure? do users believe that you are deriding them for their ignorance? Matt provides some timely advice.… Read more