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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.
In our busy lives, we’ve all had to learn how to set priorities. If we only had an assistant that would help maximize our time, we might find more bandwidth for fun. As the Master Controller of our lives, we choose how to manage our personal time. When it comes to work, however, things are different. A good part of our job is managing priorities given to us and delivering on expectations.
Normal is one of those interesting words, one that shifts in meaning as we have an opportunity to improve our situation. For example, automation has made it normal to expect temperature control to adapt to our needs with no input. From a time when we controlled indoor climate by burning wood and opening windows, we moved to static thermostats and then to ones that could be preset by day and time for optimal comfort and cost control. Get yourself to the new normal for batch automation.
When someone comes to you and says, “Let’s take some time to evaluate some new products,” you probably just groan. Looking at new software means more than the hour you give the vendor. You have to plan a testing protocol, find a way to slot it in and evaluate the results. In most cases, you end up looking at several products before you find one that fits your needs.
You’re overloaded, overworked and can’t imagine finding the time to even consider new software let alone test it. But what if the time you take, in most cases, a one-time effort per solution, could end up saving you time in the long run. What if the product could actually give you time back? What if you actually could buy time?
While rushing around this holiday season – decorating, sending cards and buying gifts – it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. While diet, exercise and a good night’s sleep are great for your body, what are you doing for your career? Wouldn’t it be great if you could give yourself a gift that would not only help you survive and thrive in your job, but also make it more fun and that much easier?
The gift that keeps on giving, long after you’ve torn off the wrapping, is smart automation. The right kind of automation will provide some significant benefits, not just to your company, but to you personally. While your company is seeking to lower costs, improve the bottom line, and improve customer satisfaction, what you want is something different.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – When BMC Software releases the results of its latest survey showing that 90% of the participants are confident in a long-term future for mainframes, you have to listen. Or more importantly, the management teams who keep trying to move off of it needs to read the report. While security and availability are frequently cited as important factors – who has hacked a mainframe lately – too often forgotten is the unequalled ability to manage costs on this platform.
Very often, with distributed systems, the cost is the cost; you pay for seat licenses or for the total capacity of the box or some other immutable metric. And let’s not forget the lower availability statistics, nor the fact that Wintel boxes are the biggest targets for hackers. But back to cost, because every systems programmer has had to become an active participant in managing and reducing costs. Which platform is the most flexible in terms of cost?
Long ago, it was commonplace for the ‘deadwood’ of every department to be pruned. Today, with massive layoffs reported nearly every month in the IT industry, it’s clear that no one—not even the high performer—is immune to this threat.
To protect yourself, you must to take action to bullet-proof your career by finding new ways to demonstrate your value on a continuing basis. The best way to do this is to align your priorities to those that management rates highly. After all, when you deliver on your manager’s hot issues, you’ll stand out as a key player.