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Avoiding Costly and Damaging Endpoint Management Pitfalls
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According to online security analyst IDC, more than 70 per cent of all network breaches occur at virtual endpoints. It therefore makes sense that proactively monitoring these nodes and addressing compliance issues should take centre stage within any organisation. Unfortunately, very few IT supervisors have recognised the threats posed by spurious and/or nonexistent endpoint management. Let us examine the associated risks as well as what steps can be taken in order to mitigate the negative outcomes of such oversights. 

 

A Growing Threat 

While the existential threats posed by...

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Analysis
What about Pair Programming?
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Pair programming refers to two programmers sharing and operating in one workstation. This workstation comprises a screen, but two keyboards and two mice. One of the programmes at the keyboard is known as the driver, and their role is to write codes. The other programmer is the navigator or observer who checks the codes as they are typed in. They usually sit together on one code and talk about it and solve the problem at hand. 

Several organisations have adopted this practice. It is essential to look at the benefits and shortcomings that emanate from adopting pair...

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Practical Advise
Four Productivity Tips That Will Change Your Life
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Are you at work feeling overloaded and increasingly stressed? Find out how you can reclaim your time, boost your productivity and feel in control with these four smart strategies: 

 

1. Integrate time-blocking into your calendar. 

To-do lists are great and no IT professional should be without one. Time-blocking, however, takes to-do lists to the next level. It's a simple but incredibly powerful concept – allocating a specific time-slot to the task in question. You can do this at the start of the day with an online calendar or a physical one, but the important...

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Practical Advice
Office Ergonomics guidelines to help improve effectiveness
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Ergonomics covers the study of the plan and outlay of an office to meet the potential and limits of the worker. The primary objective of office ergonomics is to lay out your office space in a way that suits you and helps you work in a comfortable environment to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency. 

A workstation that is in line with the guidelines of an ergonomic office helps you stay away from exhaustion and uneasiness. You should incorporate some office ergonomics tips into your workstation to achieve the highest level of productivity. 

 

Body posture tips 

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Analysis
Putting an end to patching chaos in the IT suite
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Most corporate systems are being patched constantly by the IT department. Software upgrades, security alerts, changes to the IT architecture, fixes and new functionality all require amendments to existing systems. In the past, these patches were applied in an ad-hoc fashion, and not properly documented. But with the complexity of today’s IT architecture, that approach soon lead to chaos. 

So companies are increasingly turning to patch management software, to ensure that these changes are implemented in a controlled and compliant way, with the least impact on critical...

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Practical Advice
Dealing with Shadow IT: All You Need To Know
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Shadow IT is an information technology solution, created and used in a firm without its consent. Business users in an enterprise with increased websites and apps will opt to try shadow IT whenever they feel that their wants are not addressed accordingly. Good news is; it is possible to deal with shadow IT effectively as discussed below. 

 

What Causes Shadow IT? 

When a firm’s IT department is slow and doesn’t serve the employees’ needs to their satisfaction, some of these clients will choose to improve the functionality and will venture into shadow IT...

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Analysis
What is Working Out Loud?
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Working Out Loud is an approach for relationships' building and collaboration. It is a concept that helps establish and grow meaningful contacts for companies as well as individuals.

 

Are you facing layoff or company reorganization?

Working Out Loud, also referred to as peer support circles, is a fantastic way to reach out to more people and achieve more possibilities. Unlike other social networks, this idea is aimed at creating relationships founded on generosity and common purpose. It is an activity-packed element that allows the discovery of new and immense opportunities. ...

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Analysis
Top Trends in Endpoint Security to Look Out For In 2018
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Endpoint security is a safety method that is applied through locking down of endpoints such as PCs, tablets, and phones among other network-enabled devices, to safeguard networks. What separates endpoint security from the simple PC protection is that the security features on the endpoints are managed essentially by corporate IT. These security measures are run in two layers: 

  1. There are software agents who work in the background on the endpoints. 
  2. A centralized endpoint security system which observes and manages the agents. 

 

What to Expect In 2018 

As threats...

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Analysis
How to Solve DevOps Challenges
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DevOps can be defined as the relationship between IT operatives and development operations that ensures services and various applications are delivered at a fast rate. It includes various tools, practices, tools and cultural philosophies. It essentially means that products are improved and developed faster as opposed to the way that organisations used traditional software and infrastructure to develop various processes. DevOps have managed to evolve greatly over the years. However, although they keep thriving, this year they are likely to face some challenges. Here is how to solve...

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Analysis
Leveraging ITIL Practices to Your Advantage
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ITIL is an acronym for IT Infrastructure Library. This compendium of knowledge has evolved over the years and the latest publications (version three) place a great deal of emphasis upon concepts such as the relationship between businesses and IT as a digital framework. More specifically, the ITIL is separated into five categories:
 

  • Strategy
  • Design
  • Transition
  • Operations
  • Continuous quality and service improvements


Having said this, how can these concepts be successfully incorporated into a business and what factors should management take into account?

 

ITIL Management Solutions...

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