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Communication and Education Management

Embracing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is described as the network of physical objects; portable and stationary devices, clothing, environmental sensors, traffic sensors, consumer goods, vehicles, buildings, humans and animals; the list of possibilities is equal to almost everything on earth. There are already millions of items with electronic sensors that are connected to the internet. In November 2015, Gartner estimated ...

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What You Do Today Determines What happens Tomorrow

The title of this piece is a significant thought in the fast-moving world of Information Technology. In IT a day can be a long time, a month equivalent to a lifetime. With this in mind, it is sensible to maintain a constant vigil in what is happening around us especially where it can directly affect our business and often personal ...

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The Value of a Common Language across the Entire Enterprise

By Jay Scroggins, BDNA   The rapid migration of nearly all business processes to digital mediums, not to mention the crush of networked devices heading our way as part of the Internet of Things tidal wave – has made it a nearly impossible feat to manually align and manage an enterprise’s IT assets.  However, these assets are the backbone of ...

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Guidance for Selecting Training – Credentials Matter

By IAITAM ITAK V9 I12 Editor’s Note:  In IT Asset Management, everyone is our customer; the success of ITAM relies on the cooperation of many.  Creditability is essential and is built through keeping our knowledge current and improving our skills.  Training is a major source of knowledge and this article lays out the characteristics that should be considered when selecting ...

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Max Communication Skills During Negotiations – Strategies and Skills that Make a Difference

By Jenny Schuchert, IAITAM ITAK V8 I11 The Basics The underlying skill that makes or breaks any negotiator is communication, both as a giver of information and a receiver of information.  Communicating during negotiations is not about delivering a speech, or using perfect grammar, or talking louder than anyone else.  It is the ability to truly listen and then present information ...

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FORE! – Leading a Meeting from a Golf Perspective

By Stephen Becker, Seagate Technology ITAK V8 I10 The way we communicate with others has a long-lasting, critical impact on our careers.  If we excel with every presentation, speech, or meeting, we can expect our careers to take us to new levels.  The opposite is true as well, so beware! Let me also preface this next part with “I am NOT ...

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The “Silo” Effect – Take the Time to Prevent Silos

By Diane Shepard-Hill, Texas Dept of Public Safety ITAK V8 I8 The word “silo” sounds a lot like the word “solo.”  Not only do these words sound alike, they have similar meanings.  Silo is defined as a standalone structure for storage that can be attached to another structure.  Unfortunately, so many silos stand alone and don’t get attached to anything ...

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The Policy Popularity Contest – Overcoming End User Resistance with Communication and Education

By Beth Richard, IAITAM ITAK V8 I3 A critical success factor for effective ITAM policies and processes is the ability to gain end user support for compliance with the program and its policies.  End users resist change, concerned about the inconvenience and the possibility that the change will add to their work load and responsibilities.  End users are also influenced ...

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The SAM Affect – It’s NOT Just for IT

By Paul ‘Doc’ Burnham & Rod Potter ITAK Volume 6 Issue 6 How many times have we all heard that SAM (Software Asset Management) is just an IT issue and IT needs to handle it?  While it is true that SAM is associated mainly with IT, it is not true to say it only affects IT.  The fact is – ...

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