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  • So, You Want To Be a Technology Consultant?

    {EAV:94066b12a52ac57b} Doesn’t everyone want to be a consultant? Probably not… There are some clear advantages to working for yourself, and there are some clear disadvantages. Likewise, there are some PROs and CONs of working for someone else, and it for each person to determine for himself if consulting is right for him.  The ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 14, 2012
  • Charting the Right Course: The IT Manager’s First 90 Days

    Starting a new position is always an interesting challenge, especially if you have a leadership role.  It should go without saying that it is very important to start things off on the right foot.  While it is possible to recover from all but the most egregious of mistakes in the early going, you really want to take advantage of whatever honeymoon ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 11, 2010
  • Contributing in Online Business Communities

    Online communities are an excellent way for people to interact with other individuals who they can help or who can help them.  For business and technology professionals, they also represent a way keep an eye on trends and thought leadership within ones industry that can help solve a company’s issues. They also provide one element of career ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 27, 2010
  • Searching for Return on Security Investments

    There are several major challenges to the successful implementation of good information security in many organizations today.  It is not because business owners do not think that security is important.  No, the issues exist because they do not grasp the complexities that embody the Information Security profession, and thus make decisions ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 30, 2009
  • Maximizing Business Results Through Effective IT Leadership

    Lately, I’ve been getting lots of good ideas for blog entries from my participation in various LinkedIn group discussions.   One recent topic was about what IT should focus on in any organization.   Another was about whether we should be working harder or smarter. The title I have selected for this post also happens to be ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 21, 2009
  • CIO: It’s Not A Dead-End Job After All

    For many years, there’s been an interesting joke that the CIO position is a dead-end role.  Some have even suggested that the acronym means Career Is Over. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a CIO does not eventually make it into a COO or CEO role, that they have somehow failed.  I could ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 11, 2009
  • The Business of Information Technology

    There is an excellent discussion taking place on the LinkedIn group for CIO magazine under the heading of: Some thoughts on IT-Business Alignment from the Chase Zander IT Director Forum (as influenced by CIO Forum members) So far, there are over 35 responses, and many of them are really good.  A couple of them got me to thinking about where ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 6, 2009
  • Effective IT Leadership

    This month, I’ve been reading some really good articles and books on IT Leadership and Project Management, including several books by Bob Lewis, author of Keep the Joint Running. If you consider yourself an IT Leader, you could do much, much worse than to purchase one or more of the books you find on his website, and then apply some of the ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 15, 2009
  • Driving the Business Forward with Technology

    For many years, common wisdom suggested that the folks in technology were the ones who were least apt to see the whole picture about where the business was going, but were more interested in playing with cool, gee whiz stuff.  And, there’s no denying that this was true for a while – even as recently as the earlier part of this decade. If ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 2, 2009
  • Magazine Interview for Tech Article

    I recently had the privilege of being quoted for a technical article in BizTech Magazine, which is published on behalf of CDW.   This is not the first time I have had the opportunity to contribute to an article, but this is the first time (other than the webcast) that I have had my photo taken for a magazine.  Too cool!  ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 6, 2008
  • On Being A Technology Change Agent

      As I think about it, the title is probably misleading, because being a Technology Manager with change-agent responsibility is not the same as being a Technology Change Agent. In my particular case, I'm not looking to change the technology, necessarily.  In fact, I'm pretty happy with the basic technology infrastructure, at least in ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 12, 2007
  • What I Need From LinkedIn

    As I wrote way back in May 2007 concerning LinkedIn, it is an awesome tool that greatly facilitates Professional Networking.  The LinkedIn Answers feature, for instance, is a very nice way to find people who you might be interested in connecting with, either because they helped you or because you could provide some assistance for ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 3, 2007
  • The Business-Focused Technologist

    These days, you can find a whole lot of discourse in both technology and business periodicals, on the need for technologists to be able to interface with the business, and not just operate a stereotypical geeks in a backroom or basement somewhere.  In many ways, I agree that to ensure long-term success, a technology professional should seek ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 22, 2007
  • Reports Indicate Healthy 2007 for Information Technology

    Some good news to start out 2007: Signs are pointing to a healthy new year for information technology. The job market for I.T. workers is expanding, reflecting a strong U.S. economy and an unemployment rate that is hovering near its lowest level in five years, according to job placement firm Robert Half Technology. And a ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 12, 2006
  • IT Career Paths

    It shouldn't be news to anyone who has been in Information Technology for more than a couple years now, but more and more folks are suggesting that an IT career will no longer be insular or self-contained.  In many ways, this is very good news, as IT has often been relegated to the "back room" within the business.  While ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 23, 2006
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