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A collection of musings on a wide variety of IT-related topics
Building the right induction training

Building the right induction training

We would all like new additions to our organisations to be effective and efficient as soon as possible. Unless you've employed that person previously, no matter how much they research, they won't have intimate knowledge of your workings. Yet, induction training is a...

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Technology brought worlds together at Comic Con Africa

Technology brought worlds together at Comic Con Africa

We decided to examine how modern technology can create bridges between people, business and entertainment. The author was an attendee at Comic Con Africa, the first such convention to be held on our shores, taking place in Johannesburg on 14-16 September 2018. Armed...

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ICT – Prepare the children for tomorrow

ICT – Prepare the children for tomorrow

Previous posts have tackled both tertiary education initiatives as well as learning during your professional career. But we cannot overlook planning for a future. And that future, as most will agree, belongs largely to the following generations. There's stacks of...

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Modern MSP: more value, less hassle

Modern MSP: more value, less hassle

Every year (sometimes more often), the MSP realm demands a realignment of solutions. This is necessary to match the ever-changing environment that managed services cater for. In addition, the client landscape tends to shift, as new business sectors come to realise the...

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Data quality matters

Data quality matters

When you process large amounts of data, it's the quality thereof that has the greatest impact on your organisation. It is thus imperative to train yourself and your staff to care about data quality. Do this from the first step, and prevent adverse effects from poor...

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Organisational transparency

Organisational transparency

In 2014, an article published in the Journal of Management defined the behaviour of transparency. It was termed as "the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender". You will find a myriad of online and offline resources relating to such...

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Not feeling great? Meditate!

Not feeling great? Meditate!

Are you finding yourself struggling to focus at certain times of the day? Is your brain too saturated with all the work and people that you are dealing with? There's nothing as bad as knowing that you've got stuff to do, but it's taking you twice as long because of...

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Zombie Websites

Zombie Websites

Zombie Websites: the undead of the Internet Have you ever wondered about all those photos, status updates, blogs and forum posts that you make? What about the multitude of websites you have created? Are they always going to be relevant? Probably not. And they might be...

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The KISS approach towards the small everyday wins

The KISS approach towards the small everyday wins

It's no coincidence that we bring up the subject of KISS during the month of Valentine's. Who doesn't love an approach that embodies efficiency and results? The concept of Keeping it Simple originated as a design principle back in the 1960s. Among its peers are...

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2018: With increased growth comes increased responsibility

2018: With increased growth comes increased responsibility

The modern Internet has become the literal fibre that connects businesses and society. What's more, this inter-dependence is increasingly on the rise. With the exponential growth of Internet users to 3.8 billion, we have seen our lives drastically improve. With this,...

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Forward strategy: the next level

Forward strategy: the next level

You've laid the foundation, set the bar and let everyone know what the organisation is in store for. What's left is your forward strategy - building continuity and achieving your vision, one step at a time. What is forward strategy? At its most basic, forward strategy...

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Hosted services, mobility and time – lessons in efficiency

Hosted services, mobility and time – lessons in efficiency

Making best use of hosted services means not only being able to work remotely, but managing your time better. The idea is to maximise available time for productive outputs. Working from anywhere via reliable connectivity is only the start. You also need to consider...

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Firewall for the win

Firewall for the win

If you're not yet familiar with a firewall, you could be forgiven for thinking that having strong passwords and changing them often is enough to protect you and your organisation. Or could you? A firewall is... The inconvenient truth, however, is this: you need a good...

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Office etiquette still means plenty

Office etiquette still means plenty

Mention the words "office etiquette" to someone random. You'll most likely receive either a raised eyebrow or the rolling back of eyeballs. Yet consider that it's about politeness, manners and tolerance. Thus, it isn't hard to see why it's both easy and desirable....

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Creating a harmonious workload balance

Creating a harmonious workload balance

What is balance, and why should you aim for it? Suppose for a moment you are standing in a square room, with tables in each of the four corners. On each table sits one of your goals: something that you want to achieve, acquire or reach. With this scenario in mind, how...

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