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July 30, 2008  2:00 PM

Top 5 Reasons I Hate IT



Posted by: SJC
IT administration, IT careers, IT Management

After what seemed like a sleepless night I woke up in early morning thinking about my reasons for being involved in IT and what it means to me.  As with so many professions, I have discovered I have a "love / hate" relationship with IT.  Heres my top 5 list of why I hate...

July 30, 2008  1:06 PM

Top 5 Reasons I Love IT



Posted by: SJC
IT administration, IT careers, IT Management

I love my work!  I have always loved my work, although it hasn't always been in IT.  When I came into IT it was with a wealth of experience in business and entrepreneurship, with successes as well as failures.  Here is my list of the top 5 reasons I love IT!

  1. It is constantly...


July 10, 2008  9:00 AM

Is this Green IT?



Posted by: SJC
Green IT, IT Management

I must be getting cynical in my old age -- or maybe just cynical when it comes to marketing!  Either way, I just have to say something about the advertisement I recently saw saying to "Make Your Company Greener" by hosting your server with them.  Actually the idea is very catchy (Hey -- it caught...


July 9, 2008  7:50 AM

Information Silos and Other Images



Posted by: SJC
Business Intelligence, IT Management, Reporting

Images of the "Information Silo", the "Data Warehouse", "Data Management" and "Business Intelligence" could undoubtedly conjur up humorous images for the graphically or artistically endowed technologist.  Traveling through farmland as I often do, I often see the farm silos and chuckle to myself...


July 8, 2008  11:51 AM

User Innovation



Posted by: SJC
IT Management, Software Quality, Software testing

A recent post by fellow ITKE blogger John Wilder entitled "Sparking Innovation" caught my eye this morning and I just have to comment. His statement that "...I trust my users to come up with...


July 7, 2008  7:16 PM

Beta Testing – Not for Everybody



Posted by: SJC
Beta Testing, Business Application Value, IT Management, Software Quality, Software testing

It's like the stock market - it can be risky - it can be frustrating and downright annoying - and it can be rewarding.  I've always liked participating in beta testing of products which I find of value, or as has happend to me before, in a product that I had to use - but (let's just say to be...


June 30, 2008  6:47 PM

On the way to Green IT



Posted by: SJC
Green IT, IT Management, Virtualization

Green IT -- you've read and heard a lot about it recently.  Green (whatever) is the color of the day, week - indeed future. However, I can't help but think about all the trees we were going to save by having our computers do all the work for us, and then present results without paper! ...


June 30, 2008  2:19 AM

Work-Life Balance – No Measure of Cost



Posted by: SJC
Development, IT administration, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance

An article which recently caught my eye entitled "5 signs your people don't have work-life balance" triggered my interest once again in blogging about this topic.  (


June 29, 2008  2:21 AM

Useful Tools of the Trade



Posted by: SJC
Analysis Tools, Application Performance, Development, IT Management, Performance, Software testing, TCP/IP

A few days ago I blogged about how I was playing detective with a clients computer system, struggling with performance issues.  It has been an interesting few days since that blog, and I have discovered much, and learned along the way. One thing that I learned about is a nifty utility offered...


June 25, 2008  3:53 PM

Application Performance and Other Investigative Opportunities



Posted by: SJC
IT administration, IT Management, Networking, Security, Software Quality, Software testing

Sometimes I feel more like I'm a detective than programmer/analyst.  Fact is, I believe, that there has to be at least a little bit of detective in every IT person who has the opportunity to evaluate software applications and their sometimes strange behaviors. As an example of what I mean, I...


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