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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 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.
A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – DirecTV began running a series of commercials highlighting the differences between using their TV service versus cable. Their stars, the ‘settlers’, are engaged full-time in manual efforts – sawing wood, boiling water to wash clothes in a large pot, plowing by hand and more.
This analogy generates a lot of laughter; who would ever manage their household manually any more? Except for the rare personal challenge, perhaps, we don’t hunt and butcher all our meat, sweep our carpets with a broom, grow cotton, weave our own cloth and sew clothes. Who has the time (or the know how)?