10 posts • joined 3 Jul 2012
It is inevitable.....
This whole cloud thing is a dilemma. I want to promote co-lo, I want good hardware all under my control (And by good, I mean good, not silly expensive for kicks). However, the execs want things now and they don't keep you upto date with any of the planning or future business strategies, hence you are given a tiny window to provide a solution.
Perhaps the best reason to employ a cloud service is the willingness of the execs not to spend money on staff/kit, but to pay a monthly cost.
Re: re: and best keep professional relationships professional.
I don't know about you, but there are only so many sweets you can eat before you become sick.
I love IT and left a decent job as an Aircraft Engineer to go back to university for three years, get a Computer related degree, and start from the bottom again.
However, after doing 8-9 hours of it a day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is more IT. If people can stomach that, all the best to them, but knowing this is why I allow my staff, workload depending, 3-4 hours a week to self study towards certifications.
This is a massive win/win. They appreciate that I take an interest in their development (Which I do) and their greater skillset allows me to get more done in a shorter time.
When they leave work they can relax and go the gym, watch TV, enjoy time with their other half and come back into work feeling refreshed.
I'll drink to that, after work because I'm enjoying my own time.
This is an interesting topic because I am now in a position of Management trying to train up my staff.
I firmly believe in IT training and the company should understand that it's a lifecycle - Person is new, they are trained, they gain experience, and after 2 years if they haven't been promoted, they leave.
There is nothing wrong with thinking like this and the fact we have Software/Hardware lifecycles should mean that it shouldn't be a taboo subject. People move on, trying to stagnate them will only backfire.
Ultimately, companies should offer it because whilst they may think that they are preventing people from moving, what they are essentially doing is keeping hold of the dross.
Being Cisco Certified, the network I am now in charge of is full of Dell Powerconnect. I SSH'ed onto a box and didn't find it that intuitive TBH. Even trying to manipulate the ARP table to find where a PC was plugged in was proving troublesome whereas it'd take me all of 10 second on Cisco. I know Dell have bought Force10 Networks and I hear good things (Especially as it's 98% cisco IOS commands) but does anyone know a decent translator where you'd put in the Cisco and get out the Dell Power Connect syntax?!?!
Re: Supply and demand
Sounds very similar to me. I did my first degree in Aeronautical engineering whilst working for a large European Civil Aviation company. I enjoyed the job, but the pay was only ever going to be mediocre (Unless you got to Exec level which was impossible unless you liked playing Golf with various senior Execs). So I went back to Uni in 2003 and did a BEng in Computer Systems. I'm certainly not on crazy money, but enough to afford a house, a car and a few hobbies. I have far more prospects than my Aero engineering days anyway!!
1Gb ethernet is enough to max out most HDDs in terms of peer to peer.
So unless your desktops are full of SSDs it's a bit overkill.
However, nout wrong with going for it if you have the budget :)
The moral of the story - If your profit margins are that high, you can afford to dish out the odd freebee.
Re: See more here - www.specsavers.com
I was looking for the nail head, but it has truly whacked :)
What apple does best is marketing and that is where it simply destroys any and all competition.
In truth, it doesn't matter how much Android looks/feels like Apple, the fact it it ISN'T Apple and for the many Fanbois who buy into the high fives at the stores and camping out all night so they can been seen in public being cool (?), Apple is all that matters.
The local hairdresser drives a nearly new BMW M3. I (with my degrees, certs, NVQs, 6 years of experience etc etc) ride a push bike to work.
Who is the fool???
IIRC, Honda developed a gas giro back in the 80s that was completely independent of any type of signalling and used gyroscopic effect to stabilise and calculate it's position. Only issue they had back then was data storage.