13 Bad Practices That Create IT Bottlenecks

Far too often, the workflow is overlooked in an organization. Following the flow of information from the beginning to the end leads to understanding where complexities are hiding and where bottlenecks in process and access live. IT folks either create bottlenecks in this workflow because of ignorance or reduce bottlenecks because they focus on workflow and how to simplify it for each business unit.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Ways Edge Computing Can Benefit Businesses

IoT, digital signage and the IP fabric that is assembling for retail and enterprise are built for edge computing. The business of tomorrow will rely on data mining and the collection of data points into the trillions. Edge computing allows businesses to aggregate this data and make use of cloud service in tandem with on-premise equipment and sensors to collect real-world data without opt-in.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Tips For Tracking And Correcting Your Company’s Tech Issues And Bugs

I’m a huge proponent of using Kanban boards to track active development efforts. They are clean, effective and allow for easy tracking of bugs and responsibilities. Beyond development, project tracking and ticketing systems like Jira or OTRS are must-haves. Ticketing issues and having a process is key to ensuring problems and bugs are addressed. Anything with reporting helps long term.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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10 Ways Edtech Advances Are Shaking Up Education

Giving students professional-grade tools means they have the ability to produce amazing things. Google’s G Suite and Chromebooks give students professional tools at budget prices without any of the fluff or bloatware of other solutions. Schools that deploy these tools are more likely to have students that enter the workforce with experience and familiarity with enterprise offerings.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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12 Revolutionary Ways 3D Printing Is Changing The World

As creative engineers apply this technology to more residential use cases, I believe we’ll see more adoption in the gaming vertical. Retro gaming is extremely hot right now and electronics have become so commoditized that the only thing preventing mainstream use is cases and controllers. 3D printing technology lends itself perfectly to gaming consoles and controllers, reviving ’80s and ’90s items.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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11 Strategies Tech Leaders Should Remember When Planning Their Teams’ Vacation Schedules

Team leaders understand the need for constant contact. When designing a team of individual contributors, I often look for generalists. I ensure that no team is limited by specialists unless they are utilized for a small amount of time. Teams should have overlap and rotating responsibilities, allowing everyone freedom from specific responsibilities. Generalists have the ability to be flexible.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Tech Experts Offer Their Opinions On The Era’s Most Influential Tech Industry Leader

The most influential leader isn’t necessarily the most talented or knowledgable. Having influence is a unique ability that extends far beyond ability. It reaches into style and intangibles. It’s indisputable that Steve Jobs has defined tech leadership since the early ’90s. No other person has had multiple books, movies and debate surrounding their life and story. His contributions exceed all others.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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10 Considerations When Looking To Implement Instant Messaging For Business

If I’m looking for a secure messaging platform, I first see if the platform is open or closed source. Closed-source products could mean cloaking of what’s really happening under the hood. The process by which the platform functions is my next stop. How does the app secure and could I poke holes in how that works. Simple things are typically where security fails. Reviews reveal others’ experiences.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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10 Tech Execs Discuss The Role Of Politics In Silicon Valley

#1 Answer According to Forbes Tech Council…

Unfortunately, the political climate in the U.S. is extremely divisive. Technology companies only benefit from collaboration, unification and compatibility. While CEOs have the responsibility to make decisions that benefit their country, employees and customers, they also have the responsibility to unify everyone together in a common goal. Affiliations do nothing to push a common goal.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Methods For Accelerating The Learning Curve For New Tech Team Members

I believe that company culture is far more powerful than employee training. While manuals and interactive training can be helpful, nothing will replace experienced employees assisting new ones. Companies ought to focus more on folding new employees into company culture and allowing experience and knowledge to naturally flow from co-worker to co-worker. Interdepartmental communication is paramount.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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