Meetings. Never really touched upon in our educations but quickly become a driving force in our lives once we reach the work force. Independent contractors host a number of types of meetings for clients but if you lack the proper guidance and instruction, no attendee will get the most out of the interaction.
If you want to improve your meetings, check out the infographic below with 9 tips to a better business meeting from Teamweek and see how it can apply to your business whether it’s meeting with colleagues or your next big interview. If you like what you see, check out the original post for more in-depth details.
The infographic below from ers IT Solutions confirms something all technology contractors already know — IT downtime can be an expensive disaster for clients. As you scroll down the page, you may be shocked at just what kind of impact companies experience, why these downtimes happen and even how frequently.
Truly understanding this infographic and having empathy for a client during these times might be a game-changer for your reputation and your career. A couple years ago, we shared a post with some tips on leading your client through a technology crisis. It reminds us that even when the cause had nothing to do with your work, clients will remember the IT professional who can react properly and help them through a disastrous time.
Happy Canada Day to all Canadians, near and far, on paper and in spirit! Today is a day to celebrate what makes our country so great, including the innovations that contribute to Canada’s success on the global stage.
A couple years ago, in celebration of Canada’s 150th, BellMTS put together this infographic displaying the technologies and inventions by Canadians that made a lasting impact. We’ve always known Canadians are awesome, but you may be surprised at just how many technologies Canadians have contributed to.
So, when you are looking at the fireworks tonight in awe and amazement, think about all 150 years of Canadian innovation.
Paper pushing, desk jockey office workers who sit all day are in danger! That’s according to this infographic by Alere Wellbeing (now Optum).
As the infographic states, “Sitting disease is a concept created by the scientific community to address the problems associated with sitting all day and living a sedentary lifestyle.” Although not recognized by all medical organizations, it explains how workers who sit for most of their job have higher risks of certain diseases and shorter lifespans. Fortunately, the infographic also offers ideas for employers and IT contractors to beat Sitting Disease and live a better life, all while continuing to do a supreme job at work.
Project teams come in all shapes and sizes and budget sometimes constrains how many professionals can be hired. It is not uncommon for people to wear many hats especially in small organizations. This means the project may lack a dedicated, experienced Business Analyst with skillsets that include Requirements Management. Instead, the task could land on you!
Once you’ve been through a few projects, you begin to understand the Requirements Management process but do you understand all of the little details? This infographic from Business Analyst Learnings outlines the steps to managing requirements in an IT project and if you click-through to the original page, it presents even more details. Is there any advice you can add to this, based on your own business analysis experiences?
How many of the meetings you recently attended were 100% productive and 0% waste of time? If you answered all of them, you’re either a dirty liar or the most fortunate IT contractor in the world.
Meetings are a necessary evil when working on technology projects. Afterall, teams must get together to collaborate, exchange ideas and update on progress. Surely you can make those meetings more productive, though. According to this infographic created by CBTS, ineffective meetings cost the U.S. economy up to $283 billion each year, with ineffective communication being one of the major culprits. The infographic goes on to describe technologies that hurt communication in meetings and suggests tech that will help make the most of your meetings.
If you’re looking to bring suggestions to your client so they can be more respectful of everyone’s time and increase efficiency, this infographic is a great start.
Cybersecurity is a growing field with an increasing demand for professionals in the field. In fact, in 2017, Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that there will 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings by 2021. Yet still, with such great need and opportunity, a study in the same year found that women only make up 11% of the total cybersecurity workforce.
It is clear that the entire IT industry needs more women, and cybersecurity especially is proving to have an even larger gap. What is stopping this demographic from entering the field? How did those already successful in it get there and what kind of advice do they give? This infographic by Varonis has the answers and more interesting statistics on the topic.
Top CTOs, CIOs and all other IT managers regularly review their systems and adopt proper strategies to lower risks, increase efficiencies, keep up with trends and cut costs where possible. A multi-cloud strategy is a common technique that companies have been moving towards for a few years.
There is no question that the leading cloud infrastructure services — Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google and Alibaba — are dependable and good at what they do, so why go through the fuss of implementing this strategy? Plenty of arguments and research already exist for it, but if you’re looking to share some quick stats and a visual with your client, have a look at this infographic by Liquid Technology. It is a great tool to start a conversation and get it moving in the right direction.
Although growth is declining and it is not the most popular social network, Twitter is still far from joining Google+ in the social media graveyard. HootSuite shows that there are 326 million users every month contributing to an average of over 500 million new tweets each day, and they range across all demographics. In addition, most businesses are on Twitter, making it a hot spot to potentially connect with new clients. So, if you’re on Twitter, are you leveraging it to improve your job search?
Although sometimes used interchangeably, IT and Computer Science are two different career paths, specifically when starting your education. As this infographic put together by Rasmussen College points out, IT is “the application of computer programs to solve business processes. An employee in this industry will likely interact with others — whether in person or via phone or email — while helping solve technological problems.” On the other hand, they define Computer Science as “the processes of creating usable computer programs and applications and the theories behind those processes. An employee in this industry will likely be doing a lot of independent work applying complex algorithms and writing code.”
If you’re already an experienced technology professional, these labels are nothing more than just that, labels. When you and your clients have a clear understanding of your job description and your specialty, the title is near irrelevant. If you know a teenager or aspiring technology professional looking to define their path; however, then this infographic is worth sharing. It explains the opportunities and experience required for each field, helping to get one step closer in a difficult decision.
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