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Managed Services: A Shift in the IT Department Mindset

Steve Pitcher

IT departments need to be used as masters of applying technology to business rules rather than simply technology experts who happen to work for the business.

Written by Steve Pitcher

For many companies, IT has historically been an extension of the finance department because that’s where the majority of systems began. Paper processes for finance gave way to digital processes. Soon afterward, other paper processes became digitized for order management, inventory management, shipping/receiving, and so on…down to the shop floor. The last decade has been about extending businesses with the functionality that mobile devices have offered the world.  

IT is always in a consistent state of change.

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A Little Bit More About Meetings

David Shirey

In a recent article, it may have seemed that I thought meetings were the end of humanity as we know it. Didn’t mean to be so negative. The real question is whether meetings can be helpful. 

Written by Dave Shirey

Despite my negativity in my article about meetings, if we didn’t have meetings, what would we have? 

OK, greater productivity…but besides that. The truth is, you need meetings. Even if they are just informal meetings around the coffeemaker, there is a need for people to get together and talk about the issues they are working on, exchange ideas, get organized so that multiple people can work on an issue without falling all over each other, etc.

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The Day Meetings Swallowed the Earth

David Shirey

Does it ever seem to you that you go to work just to go to meetings and not to actually work? Yeah, the line forms to the right, pal. But is it really that way, or is it all in your head?

Written by Dave Shirey  

Raise your hand if you feel that you just aren’t involved in enough meetings in your work life. Hmmm, just as I thought, only a few hands raised. And I really think most of them are confused and actually want to leave the room for a few minutes.

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DevOps: Bridging the Gap Between Development and Operations

Joydip Kanjilal

Learn how DevOps can improve collaboration and productivity by bringing agility to both development and operations teams. Understand the challenges involved in adopting the DevOps culture and the strategies to mitigate them.

Written by Joydip Kanjilal

DevOps is fast emerging as a great way to build and deploy applications that can run both on-premise and cloud alike. DevOps is a philosophy that attempts to bridge the gap between application development and operations for better productivity and reduced costs, risks, and cycle times. If your organization is contemplating a move towards DevOps, many factors need to be considered before this culture is adopted.

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Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday

It’s the holiday season, and everyone is in the gift-giving mood. Be sure you don’t forget to invest in your company and career.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It’s a special time of the year. Family gatherings for the holidays, football season, and time in the woods all make this one of my favorite seasons. The month of December is also unique for IT departments. December is certainly not business as usual for most of us.

It’s time for budgets. That may mean requesting budget items for next year or spending surplus budget before the end of the year. It’s often when project work slows down a bit as end users, and IT staff alike, take time away from the office. It’s a time when stress is often at its lowest, and it’s just easier to get some things done.

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TechTip: Evolutionary Change and the IBM i Developer

Dont fight evolution! Adopt new stuff!

rick flaglerWritten by Rick Flagler

 

The topic of this article resulted from several recent events:

 

 

  • The June anniversary of the AS/400 launch and its 27th birthday
  • A television campaign by a national cable provider regarding ability to CHANGE
  • Debate about RDi vs. SEU concurrent with developer comments that IT managers wont spring for RDi because of its expense in the IT budget
  • Recently released totally free-format RPG programming techniques

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TechTip: Cloud Computing and Operational Transformation

As the move to service-based IT continues, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of many of the IT roles are very quickly being transformed.

Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 7 of IBM Cloud Platform Primer.

 

The biggest changes that cloud computing brings to an enterprise are changes in mindset and operational transformation. While some of these changes are abstract, there are very concrete things that IT organizations can and should do to take full advantage of the cloud environment. From redefining roles to taking on new responsibilities, this chapter discusses the various operational and organizational transformations afoot in large IT organizations.

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Forums Decorum

As the midrange world continues to get more interesting, we're going to need to work together even more, and a good place to start is the forums.

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

This article is entirely devoted to the idea of making the forums a kinder, gentler place for people to share information, and doing so is going to require that regular contributors learn to adhere to a slightly more civil demeanor, especially when dealing with "outsiders" or "newbies."

 

 

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