Here are the Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (Oct. 6th) 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 Recruiting and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.
One of the potential frustrations of working in a corporate IT department is the constant reminder that “IT is not our business; IT is here to serve the business.” There’s an alternative, of course: You can get a job in IT services, where information technology is the business. Work in IT services is closely related to IT consulting (a field we covered previously), with a few key differences. Although some companies offer both IT consulting and IT services, and both types of businesses are looking to hire highly skilled IT professionals…Read More
Everyone is susceptible to burnout on the job, but if you’re an on-call IT worker you are in a unique position. You can’t just clock out at the end of the day. When you go home, you are required to be on alert for any emergency incidents, which can make it hard to truly unwind and relax after a long day. “This affects work-life balance the most; ‘always-on’ readiness, not able to relax, an inability to have a downtime, a requirement to provide support during non-business hours and eating into one’s private time — added to the fact that calls can come at any time…Read More
Business IT is part of the business. That means that, in virtually every case, IT must justify significant expenses (and entire budgets) to the overall business. If you want to be effective in getting the budget you need, you’re going to have to, at some point, do something that most technology-focused people hate to do: You’re going to have to sell. You’re going to have to sell the IT story to the rest of the business. But the good news is that no one knows the IT story better than you do. The challenge is telling that story in a clear, convincing way. Read More
Certifications can help a tech professional on the hunt for a new job stand out in a sea of qualified candidates. And it’s not just about getting hired: recent studies have shown that certifications in security, development, and other fields can translate into substantial pay premiums for current employees. But not all certifications are created equal, and not all common assumptions about the power of certified skills are correct. Here are three mistakes that tech pros sometimes make when dealing with their certifications, and how to avoid them…Read More
Internet access has become a commonplace resource for collecting information and communicating with others. Whether you’re at home, at your small business, or using your mobile device on the go, you want to feel good about the internet you pay for and the service you receive. How will you know which internet provider has the right service for you? Here are five factors to look at when choosing the right fit. Securing your wireless internet, whether in your home or at your company, is absolutely necessary. Read More