Monday, November 26, 2007

Top 10 Tweaks, Tips, and Tricks for Windows Vista ~ Chris Pirillo

Top 10 Tweaks, Tips, and Tricks for Windows Vista ~ Chris Pirillo

Networking

Despite Latest Innovations, the Fundamentals of Building an Effective Network Remain UnchangedWhile networking may seem like a recent trend — aided by the explosion of technology-enabled platforms — the art of building and maintaining personal and professional relationships is as old as time.In each of the fifteen years ExecuNet has published its Executive Job Market Intelligence Report, networking has consistently ranked as the single most effective method for developing job opportunities — often generating nearly twice as many interviews at the executive-level than any other activity."While technology has proven to be an invaluable resource for maintaining a network, the operative word is 'maintaining,'" says Dave Opton, CEO and founder of ExecuNet. "The most effective personal and professional networks are built on trust, which remains largely a product of consistent, in-person interaction."To help executives improve the quality of their networks, ExecuNet suggests:
Offering Help Before Asking for It. The underlying philosophy of effective networking is to give before you take. By approaching networking from the perspective of meeting the needs of others, you will not only earn greater appreciation and respect, but your actions will often be quickly reciprocated.
Avoiding "Needworking." A contact list of hundreds, or even thousands, of people is useless if you only reach out to them when you are in need. To avoid this "needworking," start by contacting one person from your existing contact list each day. Find out what they have been doing (or do a little research of your own for a great conversation starter), what is going on in their life, and if there is anything you can do for them. You will be surprised how helpful this can be when you actually do need something.
Don't be Shy. The best networking technique is to simply make it a way of life. Whether you are standing in line at the bank, sitting in a waiting room or playing golf, don't be afraid to begin a conversation with a stranger. Start off with a general conversation and see where it leads.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Next-Generation CIO -- IT Careers -- InformationWeek

The Next-Generation CIO -- IT Careers -- InformationWeek: "OUR NEW BASICS While much has changed for next-generation CIOs, much has stayed the same. The difference lies in the ability of these individuals to successfully juggle many conflicting priorities. Every one of these core capabilities is essential, not optional: developing talent, selling ideas, vendor management, and project management. It's the way and degree to which next-generation CIOs wrangle each of these areas that makes them different. 'Establishing vision and driving commercial direction are critical to the next generation of CIO leaders,' says Shawn Banerji, managing director of Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search firm. Banerji is responsible for the firm's information officer practice in the New York region. 'You have to be a great salesperson, involve others, and gain commitments. It's critical that a company have a CIO successfully driving a compelling technology agenda and business plan.' Banerji says he focuses on specific competencies as they relate to the next-generation CIO: He's looking for a person who has very strong communication skills, is viewed as a trusted adviser, has particular functional expertise in IT, understands strategy, is results-oriented and data-driven, gathers intelligence on competitors, and is an exceptionally strong manager and negotiator. 'The reality is that it's a lot to contend with,' he says. Banerji estimates that only a third of the professionals he meets have the right stuff to be next-generation CIOs."

Dell Simplifies Its Tools With OpenManage Upgrade -- System Management -- InformationWeek

Dell Simplifies Its Tools With OpenManage Upgrade -- System Management -- InformationWeek

Virtualization Software for Server Consolidation and Virtual Infrastructure Management - Virtual Iron Software

Virtualization Software for Server Consolidation and Virtual Infrastructure Management - Virtual Iron Software

Upstart Vendor Promises Compliance, Risk Management - Desktop Security News Analysis - Dark Reading

Upstart Vendor Promises Compliance, Risk Management - Desktop Security News Analysis - Dark Reading: "IT GRC products help companies manage their regulatory compliance projects and monitor their security risk by extracting and manipulating data from security applications, project management data, and management surveys. IT GRC tools are particularly useful for dealing with auditors, because they offer a single view of an enterprise's compliance progress and security posture. "

In Virtualization Race, Microsoft Unbundles In Bid To Catch Up -- Virtualization -- InformationWeek

In Virtualization Race, Microsoft Unbundles In Bid To Catch Up -- Virtualization -- InformationWeek

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