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Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (Sep. 14th 2017) Feature

Here are the Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (Sept. 14th) 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 IT Staffing for businesses in the Buffalo area.

When to kill (and When to Recover) a Failed Project

The project is behind schedule. The pilot has failed to meet expectations. Several key team members have already said good-bye. An important vendor has just discontinued an essential component. The decisive moment has arrived. Is it time to kill the project or press forward in a new direction? That’s a simple question. An equally simple answer, however, can be elusive. As economist Paul Samuelson once remarked, “Good questions outrank easy answers.” Alan Zucker, founding principal of Project Management Essentials, a project…Read More

Python: World’s Fastest-Growing Programming Language?

Python is possibly the fastest-growing “big” programming language, according to a new analysis by Stack Overflow. “June 2017 was the first month that Python was the most visited tag on Stack Overflow within high-income nations,” read Stack Overflow’s blog posting. “This included being the most visited tag within the US and the UK, and in the top 2 in almost all other high income nations (next to either Java or JavaScript).” Moreover, the language has enjoyed a relatively recent spike in popularity: in 2012, “it was less visited than any…Read More

What is a Scrum Master? A Key Role for Project Success

Scrum is a powerful framework for implementing agile processes in software development and other projects. This highly adopted framework utilizes short iterations of work, called sprints, and daily meetings, called scrums, to tackle discrete portions of a project in succession until the project as a whole is complete. There are three key roles within Scrum: the Scrum master, product owner, and Scrum team members. As the leader of a Scrum team, the Scrum master champions a project, provides guidance to the team and product owner…Read More

Machine Learning Skills for Software Engineers

A long time ago in the mid 1950’s, Robert Heinlein wrote a story called “A Door into Summer” in which a competent mechanical engineer hooked up some “Thorsen tubes” for pattern matching memory and some “side circuits to add judgment” and spawned an entire industry of intelligent robots. To make the story more plausible, it was set well into the future, in 1970. These robots could have a task like dishwashing demonstrated to them and then replicate it flawlessly. I don’t think I have to tell you, but it didn’t turn out that way. Read More

The Next-Generation IT Help Desk is Achievable Today

If your IT help desk is struggling to meet employee demands, one common knee-jerk reaction is to assume you don’t have the proper staffing levels or skill sets. But often, the problems you’re IT department might be experiencing have nothing to do with your employees. Instead, the problem could very well lie in the technologies the help desk uses to support end users. Today, we’re going to identify three promising technologies that you can implement today that can greatly improve the IT help desk experience. One thing about modern help…Read More

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