Category Archives: careers and personnel
In the 21st century, we’ve given up our tool belts, relinquished the tape robots, and enjoyed the ease of keying in parameters, code fixes, and more on a PC dedicated to our needs. So, perhaps, it’s time to give up things like hand-managing batch performance. Sometimes, we stick with things because they’ve become habit. We know there is probably a better way to do them; but, we don’t want to fight the battle to get new software and face a learning curve.
We’ve heard the mantra so often—‘Mainframes are dead’—and yet, despite the fact that most major corporations still rely on the mainframe, some people just don’t get it. The good news is that Compuware Corporation, the world’s leading mainframe-dedicated software company, leads a mainframe renaissance through product development and key acquisitions, like ThruPut Manager.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – For 2017, I have a dream that more women will see the value of an IT career and that companies will leap to hire them. While there may be discrimination in some places, companies can’t hire more women if fewer are choosing this path. Better jobs with a diverse set of colleagues will attract more people to a field that is only growing bigger and more critical to business.
Laszlo Bock, SVP, Google, ‘People Operations,’ recently spoke about staff retention and what it takes to make employees happy, so they’ll stay with you. Even at the pre-eminent purveyor of perks, Google knows that these perks are not what keep people around. According to Bock, the important factors are two: working with terrific people and knowing that what they do each day matters.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Most tech support people have years in the business, learning both on-the-job and in school. Many have been developers or long-time users of a product. But it takes more than just knowledge to do this job.
It requires the skills of a detective, with a relentless desire to get to the solution. It takes people skills and the desire to help others. In IT, we know the latter is more of a rare commodity. We rely on these people and simply expect them to be there for us. And they are.