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What is your Disaster Recovery Plan?

As data centers continue to grow in complexity and frequency of use, organizations have to begin to prepare more robust disaster recovery plans. Many administrators are turning to a cloud and virtualization solution to create a more agile environment. Having a well-laid out disaster recovery plan can save time, management overhead and all-important costs associated with extended periods of outages. The following list of disaster recovery solutions was created by Bill Kleyman, cloud and virtualization architect at MTM Technologies:

Tips for People New to QlikView

As someone whose background has been in development of business applications (specifically around Microsoft technology), when I started working with QlikView a ways back, it was a transition. Sure, you're still building something using technology for end users, but it requires a different way of thinking. Here are some tips to keep in mind when starting with QlikView if you come from a traditional software development background.

One in three mission critical apps currently in the cloud

SailPoint, conducted its Market Pulse Survey for 2012 and provided some interesting insight to cloud based technologies and opinions amongst IT executives. Here are some of the highlights:

Respondents to the survey believe 1 in 3 mission critical apps (focused on storage, file-sharing and communications) is currently hosted in the cloud. They also indicated they expect this number to rise to 1 in 2 mission critical apps being cloud based in the next three years.

Gartner’s Top 10 IT Trends: Hits and Misses

Courtesy of Information Weeks, Eric Lundquist, Gartner has outlined its Top 10 IT Trends at the annual Gartner Symposium that was held last month. Gartner analyst, David Cearley was the keynote speaker on this subject and provided some interesting insight on the topic. Item number 6 was an interesting discussion topic regarding “Strategic Big Data.” Big Data is a relatively new topic of discussion in 2012 and will prove to be an immense opportunity for forward thinking marketers in the near future.

Multitasking, good or bad?

We have all heard that some people are better at multitasking then others. My question is; does multitasking help a person complete project tasks successfully in the total time allowed for those tasks? Besides having multiple tasks to complete, there are also phone calls, IMs, emails, meetings and other interruptions that are relatively constant throughout a Project Manager’s typical day.

The Bumpy Washboard Anti-Pattern

I came across this great blog from Leading Answers, which made me think of a bumpy adventure I had while driving through our wonderful state of Arizona on a return trip from Las Vegas.  I came upon a fatality accident, which we all know will keep the road closed for hours.  I had the choice of driving all the way back to the Interstate (a known r

Little bits of time add up to one powerful animal for demonstrating PM skills


The elephant should respect the mouse


Time is one of the three key axes of classic project control, along with financial resources and conformance to requirements.   Project managers appropriately put major emphasis on time as displayed on the wall calendar, and great energy is spent on hitting deadlines measured in days, weeks, and months.  When a project comes in on or before a due date, the PM can be justly proud (assuming no major feathers have been ruffled in the budget and quality domains).