“Networking, of course (including always having a current resume because you never know when you’ll need it). Having a good relationship with your boss and staying on the right side of office politics. Reading the tea leaves regularly. Having a good reputation – where your name is known in the industry, not just within your own company. Getting jobs that make you employable – that means ones with job skills that someone else will want, and always trying to keep a step ahead when it comes to job skills and on the job training. Think of all the Cobol programmers that had great jobs in 1999 dealing with Y2K issues (remember that?). It was great at the moment, but what happened to them afterwards? Be sure your skill sets are hitched to rising stars.”
“So why aren’t more small businesses like us moving to the cloud? Vembu (backup software provider) makes a good case that VARs and managed services providers have to talk more about the four clear benefits of cloud computing. They are Budget, Authority, Need and Time Frame (BANT).”
Irwin Lazar writes about the issue of interoperability and video conferencing.
“We continue to see interoperability as a major obstacle for those deploying UC, with 58 per cent of companies telling us it’s the biggest single challenge they face. Judging by both the discussions in numerous sessions, and the slew of announcements, vendors get the message and are moving ahead with their efforts to slay the interoperability beast. Bottom line: Interoperability remains a challenge, and there will always be tradeoffs between interoperability and innovation. Ultimately its up to customers to press their vendors to work together, while they also understand interoperability’s limitations.”