What’s coming next? Believe me, there is always something coming next. The tech industry is fueled by two very powerful motivators and they are money and the love of technology. To make money you have to invest money into researching new technology, and those that love technology love to receive money to research more of it. It’s a never ending cycle, and a good one, up to a point. See, in order to make money in a crowded industry you have to do one of the following: Have a s
Those in the military know one anxious answer to this question. You train as you fight! The United States Military does a great job of doing it’s best to simulate the real conditions they are going to fight in, and then train to be best prepared. But, how well does that translate in the civilian IT industry? That question really has two sides to the coin. In one aspect like the military, a training plan is developed based upon the current or predicted future conditions that t
It's that time of year again. The time of year when families and friends come together to enjoy the holidays with one another. It's a time to be thankful for what we have and share it with others. This extends to our roles and positions in the IT community as well. In the IT industry (specifically in North America) there tends to be a “grass is greener on the other side” mentality concerning jobs. It is not uncommon for an IT position to change out every few years. In fact, i
In keeping with the October theme of all things related fear, perhaps it’s fitting we discuss our own fear in the workplace. The aspect of fear that we’ll discuss is that of being exposed for what we don’t know. Too many in the IT field somehow believe that they have to convince everyone that they do not need help and have all the answers. Perhaps this is a subconscious thing as opposed to a known trait, but at the end of the day this fear of exposure will hinder the growth o
So what are Industry Certifications from Companies like Cisco, Juniper, and CompTIA really worth to an employer? The upfront answer is that it depends on the employer. IT companies tend to respect Certifications more than non-IT companies in terms of pay. For instance, IBM will probably pay more for a CCNP Voice to do their voice administration then say a Hospital, because there is understanding and respect. However there is a new trend in the market that seems to be killing
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding certain job levels in the IT field. Yes, we're talking about those who call themselves technicians and engineers. The military has defined levels of operators. They are defined as 10-level, 20-level, and 30-level with 10 being the lowest and each subsequent level responsible to teach and train the previous into a deeper understanding of their job. Let's define these levels as Tier-1, Tier-2, and Tier-3 and adopt this model for th
Eventually, almost all technicians come to the same crossroads in their career regarding the decision to either stay technical or move on to management. Some have the luxury of both but most do not.
It's not management that is scrambling to troubleshoot and fix the issues when emergencies pop up, it's the technicians. It's not management that has to beat their head against a wall to figure out how to engineer a solution for the impossible demands of the customer, it's the t