Workforce Productivity - Best Practices

IT Job Descriptions

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


New Net Neutrality Rules Will Increase the Size of the FCC

April 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 devices

April 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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February 20th, 2014

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Physical and digital security are the focus of CSOs

February 12th, 2014

The migration of physical security technology to a network platform has made it easier and more convenient for the CSO and their organizations to integrate the various modalities of physical security into a unified configuration to better safeguard their employees, visitors, premises and material/intellectual property.

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IT Trends that will impact business continuity

January 9th, 2014

Six trends in IT will effect Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.

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  1. Security - Thanks to the NSA and GCHQ, (coupled with ongoing allegations against the Chinese), security, corporate privacy and encryption have moved swiftly up the corporate agenda. Identity management, which has often been seen as a ‘nice to have’, will become even more of a ‘must have.’
  2. Mobility and convergence - The rapid growth of mobility and the increase in numbers of mobile devices will carry on during 2014. This increase will go hand in hand with further growth in convergence, with all the associated threats and benefits.
  3. IPv6 - IPV6 will make an increasing impact in enterprise organizations, as infrastructure upgrades create greater corporate IPV6 awareness and increased connectivity to IPV6 customers and suppliers. IPV6 has a number of key mobility and roaming attributes, including the “home address” concept, which will raise some interesting challenges
  4. Big data - The rise in data volumes has changed the computing environment for many organizations, with challenges created in managing and reporting on the increasing amount of data, as well as dealing with the growing risk of data loss. 2014 will see data volumes continuing to grow, with a rise in sales of solutions which protect and manage these large amounts of data.
  5. Visibility reporting and remediation systems - With multiple threats, organizations have deployed multiple security solutions and lost sight of what’s actually happening on the threat front. Consolidation to single suppliers will continue, but alongside that, deployment of reporting across multiple vendors will grow strongly.
  6. Cloud services - Growth in cloud systems and SaaS will continue, particularly for utility services and amongst early adopters. The two key challenges to growth include privacy concerns and security. Solutions that address these issues are beginning to increase at a faster rate than the market.

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