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December 29, 2008  3:00 PM

Accelerated ERP Implementation Risks

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, ERP, Implementation Planning, IT administration, IT Management

To this day (...and possibly forever) I remember August 1, 1999 not with fond memories, but rather with a complex set of emotions which begin a churning upset in my stomach.  The day was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable days of my life for its stress level.  It was the perfect example...

December 29, 2008  11:20 AM

Power and Dollar Savings for IT

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

Green IT -- the very name for me conjurs up images of a lush field in Vermont on a sunny day -- the air is clear and clean -- just a beautiful sight!  Then from there my images go to the "long green" currencies which I've had in my hand, and surely the saving of the "long green" speaks loud and...

December 26, 2008  9:17 PM

User Flexibility vs Simplicity

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT administration, Software Quality, User Interface

Once again I have found myself really struggling with what seems to be conflicting requirements for an application currently being developed.  I have blogged on more than one occasion here that to create an application which "hides" the complexity of its workings from its users is no trivial task,...

November 26, 2008  10:04 PM

Another IT Moment for the Developer

Posted by: SJC
Hardware failure, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Business, network failure

Some years ago I worked very hard to extricate myself from the "hardware" issues which I found myself having to deal with instead of developing -- which (at least most of the time) I love doing!  Dealing with "hardware" however I do NOT love doing.  Then comes the panic call -- customer down,...

November 25, 2008  3:54 PM

Reflections from an IT Guy

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

Somewhere around this time of year I always find myself reflecting upon where I am in forwarding my goals for the year, what I have accomplished professionally, and what I have accomplished personally.  I find myself also looking at the relationships built over the past year, and how I have or...

November 24, 2008  5:08 PM

Holiday Madness

Posted by: SJC
CIO, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Management, Small Business Computing, work-life balance

As we in the U.S. approach our annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations I am reminded once again of the importance of setting priorities for work-life balance.  This came to my attention as I found myself "filling-up" on "things"  (business related) that I could do during the time that my clients...

November 24, 2008  3:32 PM

Data Storage, Government and Computer Systems

Posted by: SJC
Application design, CIO, IT administration

A lengthy article that caught my attention earlier today wrote about concerns that the U.S. Government's new Electronic Records Archives program may not be ready for the big time.  OK, so that really isn't unusual - but - other statements made in the article truly indicate a magnitude of...

October 6, 2008  3:13 PM

Maintenance vs New Design

Posted by: SJC
Application design, IT administration, IT Management, Software maintenance

My previous post made reference once again to the human interface design of an application and application speed considerations. As a follow-up to that post, I find myself thinking once again about a few of the issues which I have previously posted about code maintenance and new design. "

August 4, 2008  11:14 AM

Girls, Technology and Career Paths

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

Once again I have found myself drawn to an article dealing with "girls", technology and careers.  The article in question, "Girl Power! Summer camp grooms tomorrow's...

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July 30, 2008  5:00 PM

Top 5 Characteristics of an effective IT professional

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

Staying with my recent top 5 theme  here is my list of most desireable characteristics for an effective IT professional:

  1. Patience, patience and more patience - IT can be stressful, fun, challenging and a whole lot of other things!  Having an overflowing...

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