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Are you sure how many weeks left in this financial year?

The best managers know exactly where they are in the financial year, what they have left to achieve and a plan for delivering it. See our latest feature which gives a real-time countdown of the days left in the financial year and a printable calendar.

Less is more, when it comes to project progress reporting.

The last thing your boss or client wants is a 30 page project progress report. They haven’t got time to read it and they probably resent you having time to waste writing such a long report, and worse they may think you are hiding bad news in those 30 pages somewhere.  It’s time to try our one page weekly project reporting template.

IBM i (AS/400) Everything you need to know on one page.

Despite often being seen as a legacy green screen based system the IBM i Operating System (OS400) has the youngest, purest heritage of any OS in the marketplace today. This platform continues to go from strength to strength now being used increasingly for high security applications.

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Tech thoughts for June 16th 2018 & TIM WOODS

Tech thoughts for June 16th 2018 & TIM WOODS

Docker and Kubernetes: Major software vendors are now using Docker and .  Kubernetes is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications. It was originally designed by Google and is now...

Twitter client for Mac #Twitter

Twitter client for Mac #Twitter

The official Twitter client for the Mac died yesterday. When you try and start it now it fails to authenticate any of your accounts. This is because Twitter announced recently that they were going to stop developing and supporting their client on the Mac in an...

10 Things to consider when writing your IT Strategy

You need to have a strategy for your companies IT.  Your directors, investors and auditors will expect to see your strategy paper. If you are responsible for your companies IT you need to make sure you've got this in place and that you are keeping it up to date. The...

The art of change management

Working in IT we are probably responsible for introducing more change in the workplace than any other profession.  If a change is to be made succesfully it needs to be carefully communicated and the various stakeholders need to buy into the change, otherwise you'll...

Google Service Status Page – A great example of best practice.

Following the brief outage of gMail on September 1st I was reminded that Google publish a status page or dashboard showing the status of all their services.  You can find this service at www.google.com/appsstatus.  I mention this because it's an excellent...

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