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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.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – Not that we get a lot of ‘gifts’ at work, except the ‘opportunities’ to do a new, hard project with an impossible deadline. But a real gift would be software that would make 2017 a lot easier. Have you considered that sometimes, there is a little money left in the budget year? Use it or lose it! But what would you buy? How about some automation to free up your time in the coming year?
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.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – You’ve probably met John Baker, mainframe guru at MVS Solutions. He speaks regularly at SHARE and CMG (and probably a few places I didn’t know about). His smiling face greets you at the MVS Solutions booth. But what you may not know is that he is passionate about volunteering for CMG – Computer Measurement Group.
With the General Chair overseeing the logistics, John is responsible for ensuring that CMG continues to provide quality mainframe content, in addition to the other tracks. Since mainframes are only a part of what CMG covers, John must work diligently to find the kinds of papers people really want to hear. Because of his wide network, he can draw on some of the ‘mainframe stars’ to help out.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – I’ve previously talked about the studies showing that multi-tasking isn’t as successful a strategy for getting things done. We don’t tolerate the ‘interrupts’ as well as we think we do. Simply putting your head down and getting something done works better with our brains. But that’s us. It turns out that multi-tasking gives you quite a benefit when software does it. But some software does it better than others.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – I always prided myself on my ability to multitask. I thought it was essential to being an IT expert and managing diverse business partners and stakeholders. “Running just like a mainframe, firing on all engines,” I told myself. I felt my initiators were working properly, getting priorities right and yet accomplishing two things at once. How many of us have made this comparison? It’s easy to be proud of this, but haven’t we missed a few things?
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – This blog regularly discusses both the technical and career benefits of ThruPut Manager. It makes a strong case for the value that the software provides for your company as well as for your own day to role and your long-term career goals. But how does this translate into dollar value back to you personally?
Budgets are tight and with little money available for salaries, managers aren’t looking to give you more, even if you really deserve it. You have to ask. But to give yourself the best chance, you need the right timing and the right preparation. Invest the time to ensure a better result.