15 Pro Tips To Help Your Team Embrace A New Company Tech Tool

The most successful migrations I’ve seen occurred when new projects and work were fed only to the new tool. This method encourages employees to adopt the new tool and explore it while working on something real that impacts their daily lives. Demos, training sessions and fiction are fun, but nothing drives adoption like the need to continue working.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Tech Leaders Share Their Favorite Apps And How They Impact Their Daily Lives

There’s no better pleasure than flipping through an endless magazine of personalized news, articles and information. I find myself gaining new interests and more information by using Flipboard during downtime than I ever could with social media apps. For my money, Flipboard is king when it comes to news aggregation, user experience and a pleasurable interface.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Onboarding Strategies To Get Your New Tech Team Member Up And Running

Creating a company culture that supports helping each other and identifying ways of improving allows new people to rapidly learn from their mistakes. It also allows new personnel to have face time with different departments and different individuals as well as involvement in the processes and workflows of different co-workers. Culture is everything. It allows questions to lead directly to solutions.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Should Everyone Learn To Code? 15 Tech Pros Weigh In On Why Or Why Not.

Learning to code is like learning a language. It’s necessary in some situations, and handy from time to time. Learning logic is more like learning to communicate. It’s not the same as coding. Far too many technologists fail to understand how computers and code work, which is far more fundamental than the language itself. Understanding logic is not coding, but not addressed by far too many folks.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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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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The Charismatic Leader isn’t the most Sympathetic

Charisma is a powerful thing. It’s been described as someone who possesses a virtue that sets them apart; someone who is treated as endowed with specifically exceptional powers or qualities. Today charismatic leadership is sought after to challenge the traditional bureaucracy within an organization. Transformative moments in business will typically come from the charismatic, and not from those appointed to positions of leadership.

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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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12 Skills Every Tech Professional Needs To Deliver Value In The Workplace

Valuable tech professionals need to bring critical thinking to whatever they are doing within year one. The ability to adjust and adapt to market needs means being creative and being able to think on your feet. This kind of mentality matters far more than coding or data science. Technology today involves everything from marketing to accounting. It’s less about boxes and software.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Traits Tech Leaders Are Looking For In New Team Members

Our business isn’t judged on successes, but how we handle failures. Expertise in problem management and solution augmentation is immensely valuable. We can only demonstrate value and partnership when we help our clients recover from realistic issues that arise in field deployment. The world isn’t a perfect place. Being able to work in imperfect environments is crucial for our business.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Key Sectors CTOs Should Turn To For Their First Hires

IT maintenance, change control, PC troubleshooting, etc. shouldn’t be part of a CTO’s daily responsibilities. Hiring someone in the PC helpdesk or AWS field helps immensely offload daily tasks and IT-related issues. While IT should be under the purview of the CTO, execution is rarely achievable while planning strategically with other executive team members.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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