It’s 2018. It’s impossible to say that IT doesn’t matter. It’s also hard to say it’s not boring — and that’s a good thing. This week, we’re looking at where IT matters to individuals, companies, the bottom line — and even a few places where IT doesn’t matter (that much).
It seems like the more expensive the solution, the more people complain about it. You probably have entire ecosystems of tools that people begrudgingly use — or maybe don’t use at all. The adoption of new (or even existing) technologies in your office isn’t an IT problem. It’s a management opportunity. Here are a few things technology still can’t solve as well as a little good old-fashioned communication.
When you’re pitching a project, it’s easy to get caught in the classic mistake of overpromising. After all, you want your project to get funded. But overpromising will inevitably lead to a big letdown, so it’s important to define project success in a way that’s fair to the technology, the company, and you. Here are a few ways to reach that balance.
There has never been a better time to be in tech. It has also never been easier to break into the field. Every company needs IT support in one way or another and there are simply not enough certified professionals to go around. With all the good news in economies around the world, what challenges can you possibly face in the coming year?
There are two ways to make your IT budget go further — switching to a better solution, or making your processes more efficient. Ideally, you’ll do both. Most IT departments grow organically in a piecemeal fashion. At a certain point, it’ll make sense to rethink your system, audit its components, and develop a long-term procurement strategy that values efficiency over cost.
Your IT job can be boring because it doesn’t challenge you or you’ve already put in a lot of effort and infrastructure to make it uneventful. There’s a big difference between the two. Here’s how to make your day a little less exciting — in the best way possible.
This week on the CBT Nuggets blog, we tackled the biggest budgeting issues your team could be facing, from keeping everyone happy with your budget, to spurring innovation within a budget, to budgeting for a level of success you aren’t necessarily anticipating. Read this week’s content to get up to speed on how putting numbers behind ideas makes them work.
When it comes to attracting top-level talent, you need to consider salary, benefits, and perks. However, when it comes to keeping top-level talent around, you’ve got to carve out ways for them to keep their skills current, learn about their specific interests, and enable them to excel further than they could have when you first hired them on.
Employee value is often measured in salary. Human value, however, is not an easy measurement to enumerate. People are more than their salaries, and provide more value to their team and company than usually meets the eye. Here’s how good managers measure their employees’ value.
Every manager wants their team (and company) to be successful. After all, no one sets out to fail, but every company stumbles along the way. Projects can go awry. Products fall flat. These are normal and educational. Interestingly, success can be just as detrimental — especially sudden, stratospheric growth.