Workforce Productivity - Best Practices
Steps to improve IT workforce productivity include:
Develop a strong team orientation - Effective teams and the effective planning and execution provide the structure necessary to get the best from all team members. Well written job descriptions are a first step in that process.
Align roles and performance objectives - Change causes by today's business environment causes misalignments of roles and focus of a significant number of the workforce. Job descriptions that are results and metric driven are an essential tool in the management process.
Set performance goals and manage workforce with that as the focus - A majority of the workforce performs better if they have specific goals they must achieve. Good job description include measurable goals.
Evaluate workforce based on defined objectives and goals - Review job performance based on job content and metrics to see how they can be modified to improved organizational productivity and minimize organizational dysfunction.
IT Best Practices News and Information
Disaster Planning has been impacted by EbolaOctober 23rd, 2014
Ebola shows how exotic threats filed in the it will never happen folder can impact anyone and cause major disruption.
Another such threat is from Solar flares traveling from the sun to the earth which contain massive amounts of energy can disrupt electronic systems. This along with a man made high altitude electromagnetic pulse could be just as devastating as solar storms.
The question for business continuity managers is how can we prepare for these events? Is it possible to build a business continuity and/or disaster recovery plan that addresses a long-term power outage and inability to operate most electronic devices?more info
Cloud Computig shifts computing model for many corporatrionsSeptember 3rd, 2014
Cloud computing, specifically Infrastructure-as a-Service, has shifted from a new but unproven approach to an accepted, even inevitable, model. Driven by flexibility and efficiency, the question facing most organizations is not whether the cloud is part of their infrastructure plans, but which applications and workloads to move to the cloud and when. But even as the benefits of cloud and hosted models have become apparent, concerns persist about security, and an assumption lingers that the cloud is inherently less secure than an enterprise data center environment.more info
Infrastructure updates planned for 2015 by CIOsAugust 19th, 2014
- Legacy systems need to be able to be accessed via the cloud and be available for BYOD
- Bridge the gap between the IT application infrastructure and security compliance requirements
- Focus on gaining competitive advantages and improving productivity at the same time
New Net Neutrality Rules Will Increase the Size of the FCCApril 24th, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules for net neutrality that will increase the federal bureaucracy and government oversight of the internet.
The FCC proposed new net neutrality rules that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report.
The FCC's proposal would prohibit broadband providers from slowing down or blocking traffic to specific websites, but allow them to give some traffic preferential treatment based on commercially reasonable terms. The FCC would determine what's commercially reasonably on a case-by-case basis.
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Hackers are attacking mobile devicesApril 2nd, 2014
Primarily because mobile device applications have the potential to interact with confidential or sensitive information, many organizations see this area as a primary technology challenge to address and a main focus for security initiatives. Hackers have taken notice to this fact and have started targeting these mobile applications - which can ultimately lead to decreased trust in an application or an organization that uses it.
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