Top 5 Project Management Trends

22Project management is a critical core activity for most organizations who want to maintain their competitive edge so they can’t afford to have not fit purpose management process or worse projects failing to deliver business benefits. The value of project management is increasingly recognized in both the private and public sectors, so what are the emerging global trends crucial to project delivery? Let’s check out the emerging project management trends for 2016 and beyond.

Agile prominent: Agile will continue to gain popularity in IT projects in coming years. Several small and large enterprises are bringing Agile project management practices into their business. Organizations will find a way to make Agile work for them by becoming more purposeful in how they choose to adopt it. Organizations with Agile testing methodology can more easily adapt their project portfolios due to changing business priorities and it will help organizations to stay competitive by discovering trouble spots.

Business analysis as design work: A trend that will continue into 2015 is the notion that business analysis work involves design. Organizations who start providing ‘logical’ or ‘conceptual’ design output as part of

Can We Live Without Technology

tedNo, we cannot live without technology. Technology is something that in today’s time is necessary for quality of life. No music, no internet, no video games, no TV, no fun, no social life, there is absolutely no life without technology. In this fast paced world technology is needed for even the simplest things, be it an alarm clock or a coffee maker. It is growing at a lightening speed and making it hard for people to keep up with it.

With laptops, personal computers, cell phones, handheld tools people have more than needed resources but are unable to use these wisely. Each one of us uses technology in some ways or the other to make life easier which is the reason it has come a long way, with tremendous developments in each field, be it the internet or mobile phones.

We all use technology in some ways or the other. The real question is that are we using the latest development and advancements in technology to the best? The entire world depends on technology as it bought great things such as cars, medicines, microwaves, etc. and

Five Telltale Signs That You Need Managed Print Solutions

ssManaged print solutions are a means to control or reduce the costs related to office printing. The cost of office printing is a combination of direct and indirect expenses consisting of hardware acquisition, supplies, service, parts and administrative costs experienced by an organization.

Proper print fleet optimization requires much more than “one size fits all” solution. Managed print solutions deliver a clear benefit; allowing your company to have an optimized document imaging fleet. If you haven’t optimized your fleet of office equipment, here are the top five signs that you may need a managed print solution:

Lack of Continuity: Is there a lack continuity in your office? Has your company chosen multiple manufacturers’ products without regard to how they will work together? This lack of continuity creates inefficiencies and operating issues. When all the print devices are networked, they can communicate a great amount of information that would otherwise be lost. Add the right software to centrally monitor and manage devices, and you’re enabling standardization of the fleet.

Maverick Spending: Impulsive or maverick spending on procurement of print devices leads to over-spending and sub-par equipment selection.

Missing Metrics:

Etsy Payment Outages Drive Away Customers

After reports that Etsy, a popular online retailer, has been having major payment processing issues, the company’s third-party payment processor (Worldpay) has finally publically acknowledged the problem. A few weeks ago, Etsy transactions were disrupted by payment processing outages. The Etsy forum has been plagued with more than 7,000 posts by frustrated merchants. Sources close to Etsy have confirmed that Worldpay is responsible for the outage.

The payment outage is impacting all of Etsy’s debit, credit, and gift card transactions. There were similar payment outages in February, but these outages were addressed in a timely manner. Anonymous sources state that Worldpay does not have an estimated resolution time for this outage.

Customers can still make payments on Etsy, but there is a delay in payment processing that fluctuates from a few hours to a few days. While Etsy customers are guaranteed payment processing within days of making a purchase, Etsy merchants are told they will receive payment – eventually.

An Etsy spokesperson recently acknowledged the company was having “technical issues” with a partner that was causing payment processing delays. The representative assured the public that they were working as quickly as possible to resolve the

Are You Familiar With QSFP-40G-SR4

The rapid growth of server, network, and internet traffic drives the need for higher data rate, higher density, and lower cost optical fiber Ethernet solutions, especially in data centers. As 10 Gbit/s speed is not fast enough to some enterprises, the IEEE 802.3 working group put up the 802.3ba standard of 40 and 100 Gbit/s. For 40G port types, there are 40G-CR4, 40G-KR4, 40GBASE-SR4, 40GBASE-LR4, 40GBASE-ER4, 40G-FR, 40GBASE-T. As speed and performance needs increase, optical transceivers have become an integral part of overall system design. The transceiver supporting 40G is called the Quad Form-factor Pluggable module. This article will introduce something about QSFP-40G-SR4.

40GBASE-SR4 (“short range”) is a port type for multi-mode fiber and uses 850nm lasers. It’s used for short range fiber connection. Its Physical Coding Sublayer 64b/66b PCS is defined in IEEE 802.3 Clause 82 and its Physical Medium Dependent PMD in Clause 86. It uses four lanes of multi-mode fiber delivering serialized data at a rate of 10.3125 Gbit/s per lane. 40GBASE-SR4 has a reach of 100 m on OM3 and 150m on OM4. There is a longer range variant 40G-eSR4 with a reach of 300 m on OM3 and 400 m on OM4. This extended reach is

How Can Cloud Computing Impact Higher Education Positively in Africa

One could define cloud computing as an internet based computing where by shared resources, software and information are provided for computers and devices on demand. A lot of people have talked about cloud computing. Their ideas have summed up the basic task of cloud computing. Steve Jobs, late chairman of Apple (1997) said “I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”

Currently, cloud computing has become a significant and major trend both big and small businesses, governments, individuals use cloud computing to make everyday life less complicated. One aspect of society which is strongly influenced by the concept of cloud computing is Education. Nelson Mandela once said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Education is one essential tool which every individual is entitled to.

Before the introduction of cloud computing, the process of gaining Higher education was tedious and stressful one. Students and faculty were both faced with all sorts of dreary tasks like… ‘I WONT DO ALL THE WORK FOR YOU. Go look for said tasks’.

This is where the benefits of cloud computing comes

Are Cloud Backup Services Efficient and Safe to Use?

Cloud computing and software is becoming increasingly widely used around the globe, for both individuals and businesses alike. Cloud storage is one technology that is particularly popular for a number of reasons, and the principal one is that it has far greater usability than other backup methods such as backing up data manually.

With cloud backup solutions it is possible for data to be stored in the cloud automatically by an automated programme by the service provider. These programmes will transmit data from your computers whilst they are in use, keeping your backups up to date without you having to do anything.

This can be extremely practical, as no effort really needs to be made on your part, aside from the fact that you need to check that your cloud storage backup service is running correctly. Furthermore, you will not have to take out any time from your busy schedule to manually back up your data yourself.

Many people who are interested in this technology however, are concerned about its efficiency and the safety of using such as solution. These concerns are perfectly reasonable, especially considering that this new technology on the market can be expected to come with a few growing pains

The Importance of Light Colored or Backlit Computer Keyboard

Not until eyes have problems do people realise how a dark keyboard is troublesome. While many touch type and can easily ‘feel’ their way through a typing exercise even the most experienced will find a lighter and easier to read keyboard is better. It’s probably not something given a lot of weight in the mind of purchasers until they get it home but the choice of a computer should depend on more than just its performance and memory.

As a long time user of computers and typewriters before their invention my fingers generally fly over the keyboard in seconds when typing alone is involved. But the experience of my last laptop with a backlight and easy to read keys is far more appreciated than a recently acquired one from my daughter. Even the amount of energy required to press the keys is important.

Recently a major store that is closing was having a sale and computers were on their customers minds as they seemed to be rushing out the doors. On inspection only one keyboard was white and they quickly sold out of that particular brand. So why don’t the manufacturers wake up to the fact that people want easier to read

3-D Printing Will Disrupt All Industries

It’s been probably a month or so since I touched on 3-D printing and the metal construction industry. With that being said why am I saying that 3-D Printing will disrupt all industries? Well, let’s start with a distribution/logistics company that is getting involved, can you guess who? If you guessed

UPS then you are right and should have that extra muffin for breakfast today. Their primary business is to deliver goods from one point to another point. Why would they get involved if that is their primary business? UPS feels 3-D printing is a disruptor and instead of denying that fact they have decided to embrace it. We’ve seen it through the course of history in business you either fight the inevitable or embrace it so that your business keeps moving along.

UPS has a relationship with an organization named CloudDDM. What’s DDM you ask? It stands for Direct Digital Manufacturing. Consider what UPS’ primary business is and how difficult it can be to deliver specific products to far reaching places around the planet, are you with me? With 3-D printing they can now create relationships with their own customers in getting to that end goal of delivering goods and products

The Benefits Of Preventative Maintenance For Your Technology

I see on a daily basis the benefits of preventative maintenance and what happens to those who make the costly mistake of thinking they are saving money by choosing not to purchase a maintenance agreement on their technology investment.

Although it may seem less expensive each month to only call your technology company when you have a problem, over the long term this is most certainly not the case. Doing so can increase your IT support costs exponentially because small problems can quickly grow and cause catastrophic effects across your network resulting in large IT support and repair costs.

These unexpected costs will also likely come at the worst time possible because that’s just the way it goes. Having smaller regular maintenance payments you expect and budget for is a much better plan for all.

In addition you need to calculate the cost of downtime for Business. What does an hour, a day, or even a week cost your company in terms of lost revenue and damaged relationships with your clients?

Let’s take for example your network server. If you do not have regular maintenance performed on your server such as Microsoft security update installation, Virus definition updates, reviewing error and event logs and

How To Select A Trustworthy Online Computer Repair Tech Support Service?

Most of the times customers try to know the important points about the matter so as they can deem to have. Or even if you have purchased, the only striking part is the repairing or the servicing of it. Supposedly, as you are working on your PC at midnight and it halts, what will you do? Are you going to call any technician to tell you how to repair? Over there, we will suggest you online computer tech support. They only need the ones who are talented, experts and can effort on their system efficiently.

Generally, users are less aware of such things. They just call or take the system to the repair shop. In that case, choosing the online repairing would give lots of benefits. Customers can even think that who is trustworthy, which should be chosen?

Mentioning below some important factors that can make your selection easy:

Certified company: Before choosing anyone for the online support, a user must keep an eye that they are certified or not. Check their work and see since how long they are working in this field.

The quality of support: You must notice if they are well working or not. They should be

5 Ways Of Improving The Quality Of Your 3D Prints

3D printers allow you to see all the angles of your product. While 3D printers are known to give high quality prints, this isn’t always the case. The cool thing is that you can improve the printing quality of your machine if you aren’t satisfied with it. Here is a guide on how to go about it:

Get a high quality machine

In most cases the poor quality of your prints is due to a poor, cheap printing machine. There is nothing that you can do to improve the quality of the prints other than replacing your current machine with a new one. Older machines also give poor quality prints. If you aren’t sure of whether you should replace your machine, ask a professional to help you out.

Center the build plate

The center area of the build plate maintains the set build temperature while the edges of the plate get cold. The center is also wrapped and accurately leveled. Since the edges of the plates get cold with time, prints made at the edges are usually warped. To avoid this you should place the printing parts at the center of the build plate.

Install pads

If you have been using 3D printers, you must know

4 Common 3D Printing Problems And How To Fix Them

3D printing ensures pinpoint accuracy, enables mass customization and gives you the ability of handling almost any level of complexity. With this technology we can literally say that you are limited by your imagination. While the printing technology is awesome, it comes with its fair share of negatives. Here are 4 common 3D printing problems and how to fix them:

Warping

Warping is when one or more corners of your printing machine lift up until the base of the model is no longer at level with the print platform. This results to horizontal cracks in the upper parts of your machine.

The problem comes about when the plastic of the first layers of your machine cool down thus start shrinking.

To fix the problem you need to identify the cause of the problem. One of the ways of fixing the problem is heating the platform in order to keep the plastic at a temperature that is below the point where it solidifies. This keeps the prints adhered to the bed.

Another way of fixing the problem is adding a thin layer of glue to your platform. There are many ways in which you can do it. One of the most effective ways is using rafts

4 Common 3D Printing Problems And How To Fix Them

3D printing ensures pinpoint accuracy, enables mass customization and gives you the ability of handling almost any level of complexity. With this technology we can literally say that you are limited by your imagination. While the printing technology is awesome, it comes with its fair share of negatives. Here are 4 common 3D printing problems and how to fix them:

Warping

Warping is when one or more corners of your printing machine lift up until the base of the model is no longer at level with the print platform. This results to horizontal cracks in the upper parts of your machine.

The problem comes about when the plastic of the first layers of your machine cool down thus start shrinking.

To fix the problem you need to identify the cause of the problem. One of the ways of fixing the problem is heating the platform in order to keep the plastic at a temperature that is below the point where it solidifies. This keeps the prints adhered to the bed.

Another way of fixing the problem is adding a thin layer of glue to your platform. There are many ways in which you can do it. One of the most effective ways is using rafts

3 Reasons You Need a Cloud Computing Support Service

Cloud computing is fast becoming the most efficient and modern way of doing business, with tools and programs based in the cloud providing an up-to-date and cutting edge solution for businesses around the world that are seeking to be as competitive as they can whilst also benefitting from greater ease in the day-to-day running of their affairs.

There are many cloud tools and services now widely in use, including Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Unleashed Online Inventory and a whole host of other valuable programs. The ones that businesses decide to use will all depend on their needs and their budget, as well as the nature of their business.

For some, migrating to and using cloud technology is something that is simple and straightforward to do, and there is no need for outside assistance. However, for a large number of people it can be well worth looking into getting some technological support from experts in cloud computing in order to enjoy the best results.

The first reason why a business may need a cloud computing support service is because they wish to migrate to an entirely different way of doing things, and therefore may need help making the transition to, for example, Unleashed

What Are the Advantages of Using Cloud Migration Services

Many companies today around the world are looking to switch to cloud based solutions for their businesses. These can include switching to office tools such as Google Apps or Office 365, or instead adopting the use of software such as Xero and Unleashed, which fulfil entirely different purposes altogether.

Although these are some of the most popular cloud solutions, more and more options are appearing on the market on a regular basis, which can be considered a testament to the success of cloud as a modern day software solution for business.

With that said, switching over to cloud based solutions from traditional ones can be a stressful and confusing business. It is for this very reason that more and more people are looking for independent service providers and IT experts to help them make the move. Here are some of the main advantages of seeking out professional help in this instance.

The first benefit of using professional Office 365 or Google for work migration services is that this will take the effort and stress of the whole endeavour out of the hands of business owners who are not sure how to effectively manage the entire operation themselves.

In the case of larger businesses, there

6 Interesting Things You Should Know About Fiber Optic Cables

While fiber optic cables have been around for long, few people know about it. Here are 6 things that you should know about them:

They have a solid history

Although, many people started hearing of these cables in the 1990’s they have been there since 1870’s. Just like any other technology, the cables have been growing and improving everyday and they will continue being made better.

They are green

To protect the environment, companies have been coming up with harmless products. Fiber optic cables are one of the harmless products that consume just minimal amounts of light to transfer data from one place to another. Due to the low energy required, low levels of carbon dioxide are released thus the environment is protected. The low energy also means that the cost of running the cables is low which saves money to network owners. The users also have a great experience.

The cable uses light

Most of the data cables known to mankind use power to transfer data, but this isn’t the case with fiber optics. The units use light thus there is no heat involved. Absence of heat means that the cable isn’t a fire hazard; therefore, you don’t have to shy away from installing it

Everything You Need To Know About Surge Protectors

If you have a computer, tablet or any other valuable electric device in your home you need to have a surge protector. This is a device that protects your electronics from voltage spikes. Traditionally, voltage ranges between 110-120 volts. When there are problems, the voltage increases up to 170 volts putting your devices at the risk of getting damaged.

Voltage spikes are brought about by many factors including: tripped circuit breakers, lightening strikes, downed power lines, malfunctions at the power company, and on/off cycles of large appliances and tools.

How the surge protector works

The protectors have a simple working formula-they short-circuit power surges and redirect them to the electrical ground. The devices have the capability of working up to 200 volts. Extremely high spikes brought about by lightening can damage the protectors; therefore, you should protect them from damage by unplugging them when lightening is too strong.

Factors to consider when buying surge protectors

For you to buy the right protector you need to consider these factors:

Type of protector: There are four types of protectors in the market that you can go for: battery backup, wall mount, whole house and surge protector strip. Each type has its pros and cons. You should research and

Five Ways Value Creation Automation Will Optimize Your Business Processes

Move aside everyone, the new face of business automation solutions is here. Though automation is not a new concept in industries, it has been widely experimented upon and has undergone radical changes in the past few decades.

The unlimited availability of automation solutions has definitely hyped up the level of competition among business automation solution providers. Companies have taken a leap towards advanced solutions, promising business owners the key to unlocking maximum process efficiency.

Many businesses have hampered their process agility by implementing solutions which are inflexible and lack the ability to adapt to changing market scenarios. Keeping in mind the common problems encountered by businesses, a completely new automation solution called Value Creation Automation which focuses upon “continuous improvement” and “evolution” has taken an edge in the market. Apparent from its name, the new technology is all about giving business the “value” needed to thrive in the ever-evolving corporate environment. Before we delve any deeper into functioning of this technology, take a look at how businesses can thoroughly optimize their business processes with this unique solution:

Automation of Rote Tasks

A lot of time is spent on rote tasks in organizations. Rote tasks are frequently executed tasks which require little attention and occur

How IT Consulting Can Help Your Start-Up

Information technology is something that every business uses in the day-to-day work that they do. Whether it is keeping in touch with clients and associates or marketing their services, business owners rely on IT for many reasons, and therefore hiring the help of an IT expert is often of great value.

This is also true of start-ups, which can sometimes struggle to know exactly what they need in regards to an IT service or which technology and software can help them in their endeavours. With this in mind, here are some of the main areas that an IT consulting company can help any new business get off to a good start in.

As mentioned above, it can be difficult for new businesses to know where to start when it comes to implementing IT solutions in their fledging company. For this reason, hiring an independent IT expert can help a great deal in installing this essential infrastructure that will pave the way for business success.

Some of the services that an IT consulting company can provide include advising on cloud computing solutions, network installations, software and hardware choices, as well as delivering remote and on-site IT support and carrying out computer repairs.

Having this expert