Why Every Small Company Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

Does your company have a Plan B? Small company owners often don’t give enough thought to how they would respond to an unexpected natural disaster, data loss, or financial emergency, and when the unthinkable happens, they are left scrambling for a solution. Chances are that solution, however, will prove ineffective. Here are a few sobering […]
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10 Free Resources for Informal Learning

As one who embraces learning at all levels, I thought I’d use this opportunity to share a brief list of valuable informal learning resources with you. It’s not practical to attend a formal school even part-time for one’s whole life, and we need to supplement other formal learning (such as Learning Tree and company courses) […]
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Good News on Two Fronts: Software Security and Me

First, some good news for the security of open source software. The Mozilla Foundation has allocated US$500,000 to audit the security of open source tools. The money funds the Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund as part of the Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) program. I believe this will be a big help in making open […]
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Motivating Others…And Yourself: The Four Levers of Motivation

If you need to motivate others then here are four levers that you can pull that work with developers and other IT staff; If you’re feeling unmotivated by your own work, here’s why you feel that way (and, perhaps, what you can do about it). As head of an IT department, I figured that I had three […]
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Raising Girls to Negotiate: Knocking Over the House of Cards

It may well be true that women haven’t been assertive enough when it comes to negotiating. But the critical problem in negotiating may not be about how assertive you are — it may be about recognizing your value to the other party. As part of preparing for the fifth season of the Netflix drama “House of Cards”, Robin Wright, one of the […]
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