At one time or
another, we've all have had that worn out, but
oh-so-comfortable pair of shoes. That over-stuffed chair
with the protruding springs. That rusted-out car that no
longer runs like a charm, but carries so many great
we become to these and other personal items, there comes a
time when they really must be replaced. The same goes for
software. If you don't regularly upgrade your business
software, you'll inevitably pay a steep price in the form of
escalating maintenance and support costs, slow performance,
lowered productivity, and dangerous virus- and other
security-related issues. And let's face it -- reminiscing about
old software programs twenty or so years from now won't
bring about nearly half as many warm memories as that car of
you feel like you spend as much time evaluating new
technologies as you do performing your job responsibilities?
An over-exaggeration for sure, but carefully choosing
network and computing technology obviously helps to
determine whether your business operates as efficiently,
productively or competitively as possible. That said, what's
the deal with Microsoft Windows Server 2012?
Introduced last September in Datacenter, Standard,
Essentials and Foundation editions -- the latter two
specifically targeted at small businesses with a maximum of
15 and 25 users, respectively -- Windows Server's sixth
release has received mostly favorable reviews for its
installation options, user interface, task manager, IP
address management and active directory. It's also received
high marks for its inclusion of Microsoft's newest Hyper-V,
resilient file system (ReFS) and Internet Information
Services (IIS) 8.0, as well as its overall scalability.
Get Off of
My Cloud: Why CIOs Must Accept and Integrate Personal Clouds
into the Enterprise
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by Kristi Essick
consumers today use personal cloud services such as Dropbox,
SkyDrive, Google Drive, Evernote, and iCloud. The lure of
these services is clear: they allow users to store files
such as documents, notes, and photos on a central server -
automatically syncing these files to all of their devices -
and to share files with others with the click of a button.
In a recent
survey, 75% of US consumers said they planned to use a
personal cloud service in the near future, and 72% said they
planned to use it to store both work and personal documents.
on a virtual team can be a challenge. Communications on
global teams, with team members in different time zones, can
be difficult. Managing remote teams and keeping track of
where people store critical information can be tiresome.
Here are some suggestions to help with virtual team
management and to help your team work more effectively.
1. Use Instant Messaging for quick impromptu meetings
Use instant messaging (IM) to get quick answers or opinions
from your teammates. IM programs, such as Skype, are free.
At a glance, you can check your coworkers' status to see
whether they're available to chat online. Use IM in the way
that suits the occasion:
"I suppose leadership at one time
meant muscles; but today it means
getting along with people."
- Mahatma Ghandi
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