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Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (May. 18th 2018) Feature

Here are the Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (May. 18th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

How to Make the Most of Meetings Between IT and Your Business Partners

When Sanjay Shringarpure joined E. & J. Gallo Winery as CIO in 2015, he was curious about the cadence of the business. “I wanted to know what our cycles were for budgeting, sales and production, so that IT could develop a matching rhythm,” he says. He knew that if the company were in harvest mode, for example, the marketing department’s IT requests would not be prioritized. Or if the company were focused on marketing, the supply chain department’s IT resource needs might be overlooked.  Once he had a clear sense of business’s cycles, he built an IT meeting schedule that would align to those cycles. He started out with a CIO staff meeting, which now meets every week…Read More

Tips for Being Effective as Your Own Career Coach and Mentor

With tech pros changing jobs every few years, and companies devoting the bulk of their training expenditures to relatively few employees, there’s little doubt that you alone are responsible for your professional growth and development. Since few tech pros have the time or financial resources to make regular visits to a professional career coach, you may need to tackle that coaching yourself. But do you have the skills to coach yourself? Where do you start? Here are some ways to be effective in your new role as a career “self-mentor”: The first step is to identify your strengths and areas of improvement, specifically the technical abilities, soft skills, and education you need to remain relevant…Read More

Leverage Data to Align Business and IT

Coming back from Interop ITX is always a bittersweet occasion. On one hand, it’s a little sad to leave friends and brilliant colleagues after such a wonderful event. On the other hand, I definitely leave with a wealth of knowledge and even a few new contacts. This year at Interop, I had the chance to both present and attend a few really interesting sessions. It felt like a major theme revolved around data, managing data, and how to leverage information to create truly powerful competitive advantages in today’s world. That said, I had the chance to sit in on a panel discussion titled “Harmonizing Business and IT: Data as the Driver”. Lead by Romi Mahajan (Director, Blueprint), the panel also included…Read More

The Best Free BI Tools, 2018

Business intelligence (BI) software is designed to help enterprises discover and visualize their data to drive better business outcomes. These widely deployed applications come in various forms, including high-priced offerings, but many businesses are well served by free services that incorporate most of the key features organizations need. There are many factors and options to consider when evaluating BI tools because some are better suited to particular uses, while others require more extensive coding skills or a background in data science. We’ve reviewed dozens of providers to identify the best free BI software on the market today. After weighing their strengths and limitations…Read More

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