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IT Management

November 26, 2008  10:42 PM

Password Management

Posted by: SJC
Application Security, IT Management

We've all seen them -- the little yellow sticky notes pinned up on the workstation board, or attached to a cabinet, or whatever other clearly convenient and visible place that is available -- the ones with username / password combinations scratched on them for all to see!  Is it any wonder that...

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...

October 30, 2008  6:14 PM

Software Training

Posted by: SJC
IT Education, IT Management

I recently read an interesting article entitled "Testing training: Disturbing Behaviors of Students".  It's author started the article...

October 22, 2008  7:58 PM

IT and the Business Student

Posted by: SJC
IT Business, IT careers, IT Education, IT Management

I had an experience this week!  It was one of those unplanned "moments" where it seems that the universe aligns and presents an opportunity for the taking.  This is the story of an experience involving a grand-daughter (student) and a "grampy" (IT blogger).  You might guess the personalities...

October 17, 2008  11:30 AM

Application Trust — Who do you trust?

Posted by: SJC
IT Management, Security, Windows Security

As some new system or network need comes up either for myself, or for a client, I may find myself searching the internet for something to fill that need.  Obviously this must be done with care and more than a bit of due diligence.  There are in fact many excellent resources available from the...

October 15, 2008  2:33 PM

Managing Application Expectations

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

I remember the statement made by the president of a software company vendor of mine in a meeting some years ago as if it were yesterday.  The comment, made to a salesperson of his also in the meeting, was this -- "See, it's all about managing expectations.  We have to do a better job of managing...

October 7, 2008  6:00 AM

Software Development Project Closure Thoughts

Posted by: SJC
CIO, IT Management, Software Quality, Software testing, User Experience

Back in mid June I was interviewed by a freelance writer working on an article about software development project closure.  It was an interesting topic to me, and one which I have honestly never really stopped to think about.  While I've blogged often about my thoughts regarding user input,...

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. "

September 25, 2008  1:00 AM

New Applications – Taking the First Step

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business Application Value, Business process automation, IT Management, Small Business, Social Networking, Software application development

Social networking in business has been receiving quite a bit of press lately with many differing views on just what should or should not be allowed, or how to use various social networking tools now available.  I ran into an interesting read in an article "

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