Category Archives: IT management

SharePoint to Google sites – how to move your files

Many organisations now move to use the Google office suite for their day-to-day office needs,
this includes the Google sites service which allows you to easily create internal portals for the different
organisation’s departments.

This move allows for a department to share an internal web site that has easy access from home as well with the regular office google account,
it also allows for better collaboration with other branches of the same company located far away – as it saves the need for an office VPN, or the need to connect to a server that is located in a branch in another country,
instead – everybody just connect to Google.

But what do we do if our files are already on the office internal SharePoint?

apparently – the migration processes from SharePoint to Google sites is not as hard ,
here are two working options.

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What Supply Chain Management has to do with IT in SaaS Companies – part 1

Supply Chain Management

Working in the Production IT of SaaS companies for some years now,
I have come to realize that there is a strong connection between managing the IT and Supply Chain Management,
In a former post I’ve added the links to a Video introduction to Supply Chain Management course,
Created by the Arizona State University – which I strongly recommend watching  – it’s a total 1 hour and worth your time.

I went through each module and I will try to explain how IT in a SaaS Company should be managed like a Supply Chain.

Continue reading What Supply Chain Management has to do with IT in SaaS Companies — part 1

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HBR – Harvard Business Review Magazine

Lately I’m reading a lot of articles from the Harvard Business Review Magazine,
which publishes Articles and blog posts and case studies that were created to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world.

Most of the blog posts are free to read and some of the Articles from the magazine too,
but the most are sold for a price.

The site focuses on topics like:

  • Change management
  • Information technology
  • Leadership
  • Operations management
  • Strategy
  • Systems theory

or on Management Skills as:

  • Becoming a manager
  • Career planning
  • Coaching
  • Decision making
  • Delegation
  • Developing employees
  • Improving performance
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interviewing
  • Leading teams
  • Managing people
  • Managing yourself
  • Team building

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Supply Chain Management – Each Module

Supply Chain Management – the 12 modules – Each Module can be viewed separately.

The whole list is about 1 hour to watch.

You can view the Supply Chain Management as 1 playlist in this post.

 

Module 1: What is Supply Chain Management? [8:05]

 

Module 2: Buy It: Managing Supply [3:46]

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Supply Chain Management – Play list

Supply Chain Management – the 12 modules – Viewable as one Playlist.

The whole list is about 1 hour to watch.

You can view the Supply Chain Management each module separately in this post.

The Modules included in this overview are:

  1. What is Supply Chain Management? [8:05]
  2. Buy It: Managing Supply [3:46]
  3. Make It: Manufacturing and Operations [4:23]
  4. Move It: Transportation and Logistics [3:45]
  5. Sell it & Service It: Retail Considerations [3:39]
  6. Supply Chain Integration [4:41]
  7. Global Supply Chain Management [4:07]
  8. Socially Responsible Supply Chain Management [4:33]
  9. Business Processes [4:13]
  10. Measuring Performance [5:17]
  11. Quality Management [3:20]
  12. Supply Chains and Information Technology [3:53]

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Great Online Stop Watch

This Online tool can be found here:

A very Easy to use online stop watch for all your IT needs, including:

  • limiting meeting sections (lets not talk about this subject more than 10 minutes)
  • counting time to measure a time limited action (how much time it really took the switch to reboot)
  • testing to see if an IT action was able to finish within the time limit set (DB switch should be completed in 5 minutes)

etc …

it has 2 useful modes:

  • Stop Watch
  • counter

both look like this:

but you setup the counter with this preliminary screen:



 

Management Data Visualization

Microsoft's Management Wheel

From Wikipedia:

Visualization is any technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message.

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly[1], such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education.

These are techniques to deliver a large amount of data in a simple and quick way which will be easy to grasp the amounts of data involved.

The Concept seen above is the Microsoft’s Education Competencies representation,
It is showing the full set of skills a successful manger should hold,
The PDF can be found in Microsoft’s Education Competencies Website.
The Wheel lists all the different area a new manager should be trained for.

Periodic Table of Data Visualization

Data visualization periodic table

The Periodic Table of Data Visualization,
segments the different areas where data visualization has been efficient so far:

  • Data
  • Information
  • Concept
  • Strategy
  • Metaphor
  • Compound

Data Visualization collections

Some more good resources online about data visualization:

Smashing Magazine Data Visualization collection
A beautiful collection of modern approach to the subject, with many samples.

Gapminder Statistics Visualisation
The Gapminder stats tool can show you how your data changes inside a time frame

Creating your on Visualization Tools

Wheel-Like Data Visualization With MooWheel
MooWheel is a mootools based script which visualizes data and connections between items like a wheel.

TouchGraph google browser
free Java application to explore the connections between related websites

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