Climbing the IT Career Ladder


November 8, 2011  2:42 PM

New Grads: Get Paid to Learn Drupal

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You’ve heard of Drupal, the widely-used CMS. But you probably have not heard of Acquia, a company that “gives you answers, tools, and support to make Drupal even better.” Not shabby. Even better, Acquia is searching for new grads or recently-discharged military people to attend their Acquia U and learn all about Drupal — at their expense. Even better, they’ll pay selected candidates to learn.
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November 3, 2011  12:42 PM

Two Non-IT Groups You May Want to Join

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In Florida’s Tampa Bay region, the Suncoast Linux Users Group (SLUG) and the overlapping Pinellas Unix People (PUP) maintain email groups and IRC channels that are great for giving and receiving technical help. There’s almost certainly a similar group where you live, and you should join it for both professional and social reasons. But there are two non-IT groups you should consider joining, too, especially if you want to go into business for yourself.
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October 31, 2011  12:36 PM

Go For It! – a Book Review

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I have never reviewed a book here before. And this is a book by an insurance salesman, about sales, so why am I reviewing it? Because sales is a necessary part of starting and running any business, and in IT the best way to get ahead is often through self-employment.
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October 28, 2011  10:07 AM

Beware the “Feel Good” Backup

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I’m not saying this. Frank Sfalanga of Penguin Computer and Telephone Solutions in Ft. Myers, Florida, says it. And he has a point. Not all backups are identical. And some can leave you feeling protected when you aren’t — which is the worst kind of backup you can have.
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October 24, 2011  2:05 PM

Job Satisfaction

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We all talk about “career advancement,” meant in the financial or promotion sense. That is, you might start out on a helpdesk, and work for free at night on an open source project. After a while you get promoted into either a programming or IT management job — or move to another company at a higher level than you were at in the company with which you started. Need for money can drive our desire for promotions — especially if children are involved, since they’re one of the most expensive hobbies you can have. But is money everything? What about job satisfaction? Can you increase your income without decreasing job satisfaction? Can you increase your job satisfaction without decreasing your income? Better yet, can you increase job satisfaction *and* income at the same time?
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October 20, 2011  11:03 AM

IT Work is Nothing Like Mining Coal

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Fellow IT Knowledge Exchange blogger Matt Heuser wrote a piece titled Are IT Workers the Coal Miners of the 21st Century? followed by one headlined IT Workers as Coal Miners? — Part II. How droll! The only problem is, comparing IT workers to coal miners makes no more sense than calling illegal file-sharers pirates.
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October 17, 2011  2:48 PM

A Good IT Manager Knows Exactly What the Company Owns

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If I ask you for a complete list of your company’s software, including records of the lastest updates and what kind of licenses your various applications and operating systems carry, could you produce that list? How about a complete hardware inventory? You need to know what you have. And if you don’t, and there’s a problem, the person who replaces you will maintain a complete software and hardware inventory.
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October 13, 2011  2:18 PM

Listening as an Essential IT Skill

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“Robin Miller, a journalist, posed a thought-provoking question: What skills will IT professionals need in the next decade?” Why, that would be me. And you can read a number of answers to that question here: IT Positions Least Likely to be Eliminated in the Next Decade. But wait! There’s more — courtesy of Marian Thier.
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October 10, 2011  1:35 PM

Hybrid IT + Business Technology = Job Opportunities for You

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cloud computerHybrid IT is the new term coined to describe a mix of remote server applications — now faddishly being called cloud computing since the network is apparently no longer the computer — and software running locally on workers’ PCs or other devices. And Business Technology (or Business Technology Management) is a term Foote Partners and others are using to describe a role for IT workers that is growing rapidly while traditional IT departments lose influence and funding. When we mix Hybrid IT and Business Technology together, what do we get? A good question, and one we hope gets answered before the next corporate IT trend comes along and renders it moot.
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October 6, 2011  10:13 AM

Last Day of the “Is Your Script 3-Dimensional?” Contest

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Today — October 6 — is the last day of IT Knowledge Exchange’s newest contest! We’re looking for the most useful, inventive and clever IT scripts that help make your life easier. To win, simply post your script in the forums with the tag IT Scripts*. We’ll be giving away a Nintendo 3DS** to three lucky members. CLICK HERE to learn all about this contest, and good luck!


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