My wife Patty has been diligently working on her next book entitled Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces. In this book she provides insight for employers on how to create an autism friendly workplace as well as advice to prospective employees with Autism on how to prepare and thrive in the workplace. Patty interviewed both industry experts and adults with Autism to get a balanced view of how employees with Autism can thrive in the workplace and deliver results to their employer. We're targeting release in time for Autism Awareness month (April). Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates.
Hewlett Packard has put out an interesting piece on four Cloud Computing trends they see occurring. Having done IT implementation work for over half of my life, there are two trends that strike a particular chord with me; those being Governance and Security. With the flexibility and power that cloud computing gives to IT shops and their end users, CIOs will be faced with enabling faster delivery of solutions while at the same times ensuring those solutions are maintainable and secure. What do you think?
Cloud computing has been one of the most used buzzwords over the past few years. While buzzwords are great, many small business owners don't really understand how to use it to improve their profitability, mitigate risk, and increase customer satisfaction. Want to get a bit more than just buzzwords? Check out this cloud computing article meant to help the small business owner demystify cloud computing and use it to drive results.
ESI, a global project management consultancy, published its top 10 project management trends for 2014. There are a few things to note regarding these trends:
Trend #3 - PM's are learning to learn through virtual learning
Absolutely agree. Learning is going to be more and more "in the moment" where the PM will have specific needs, turn to something online to get what they need, then get back to work.
Trend #6 - Servant Leadership
Agree regarding the trend, but PM's are going to need some mentoring in how to become an effective servant leader. Being a servant leader means you're still accountable for the work and that you are still painting the base-paths for the project. Servant leadership run amok become anarchy.
Trend #10 - PMs asked to spend more time "leading" vs. "managing
Again PM's are going to need good examples of what a leader versus a manager does. Organizations espousing this philosophy need to complement it with strong mentors who can help a PM understand the difference between leaders and managers and ensure that the PM doesn't abdicate accountability in the process.
See all 10 project management trends here (PDF Download).
Our son made his way back to Arizona State University after Christmas break. His growth over the past several months has been astounding and it's great to see him spreading his own wings and finding himself as a man. Read about it here.
I am becoming more and more enamored with Skydrive. I have a Surface Pro 2, HTC Windows Phone, and a Dell Venue 8 Pro and love that I can access critical documents on all my devices. My wife and I also share files for our business using Skydrive. I was a bit puzzled as to how to access folders Patty shared with me through Windows Explorer. I stumbled upon this blog entry that articulates a simple-to-do method to map shared Skydrive folders as a drive in Windows Explorer. Very elegant and simple to implement.
Our son Trevor flew for the first time on his own from college at Arizona State University to Seattle. He's flown plenty in his life so is no stranger to airports, yet he's never gone through the routine on his own. He did great! My wife Patty wrote a neat piece to help those with autism (or anyone who needs help with the experience of flying) navigate the airport and fly the friendly skies.
I hope you enjoy this Growing Up Autistic article.
If you haven't heard of big data and you work in IT then you're unfortunately behind the curve. Big data is the ability to analyze massive amounts of structured and non-structured data to help a company be more proactive in driving revenue, reducing expenses, increasing customer retention, increasing quality, or just about anything else that helps a company be more profitable. See Information Week's 6 bold predictions for 2014. Interesting stuff
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