Stories by Rich Hein

How DevOps can redefine your IT strategy

By Rich Hein | 18 March, 2015 02:46

People today expect their software to work wherever they are, whether they are using a mobile device or a desktop PC. As a result, IT must respond to these demands quickly. DevOps aims to do just that by allowing organizations to produce and release more high-quality code better and faster.

Why Improving Emotional IQs Makes for Better IT Leaders

By Rich Hein | 19 February, 2015 07:32

In 1995, author Daniel Goleman released his best-selling book, "Emotional Intelligence." In it he argued that noncognitive skills could be as, or more, important than IQ. Additional research confirmed that people with the highest IQs outperform those with average IQs a only 20 percent of the time.

8 Key IT Hiring Trends to Watch for in 2015

By Rich Hein | 27 January, 2015 06:05

IT has grown into an entity that touches all parts of the business and organizations must keep pace or get left behind. David Foote, chief analyst and research officer with Foote Partners, makes it his business to stay on top of the technology trends driving organizations. His firm works with more than 2,600 companies monitoring IT skills pay and demand for the IT workforce. talked to Foote to discuss the year ahead and what technology leaders need to be on the lookout for.

9 reasons good employees leave -- and how you can prevent it

By Rich Hein | 13 December, 2014 06:30

The people who work for you are your greatest asset. Treat them as such and they will be more productive and engaged, refer other great workers to your organisation and stay longer. Treat them as a liability and they will be less productive and eventually leave, hurting morale as well as the bottom line.

Why You Need to Build Career Paths for Nonmanagers

By Rich Hein | 02 December, 2014 03:11

People are motivated by different incentives, both in their personal lives and in their careers. And that holds true for IT professionals and developers as well. You may not dream of being the boss or the CEO, but not because you don't like money or power. In many cases, it's simply because you don't like to rely on other people to get the job done and that is largely what being a manager is about.

How to Make Yourself a Better Manager

By Rich Hein | 10 October, 2014 00:17

it seems the old adage is true, "people don't leave companies, they leave managers". bad managers undoubtedly cost businesses billions. recent gallup research shows that managers are accountable for a 70 percent variance in employee engagement scores across the different business units. as a result, only 30 percent of u.s. employees are actively engaged. that number sinks to 13 percent internationally.

How to ensure a smooth IT reorganisation

By Rich Hein | 10 September, 2014 23:18

IT reorganisations are costly both in terms of resources and productivity. To minimise those costs, CIOs and IT leaders should understand the nature of the problems they are looking to solve, have a solid strategy and be sure that business strategy is at the heart of the reorganisation efforts.

8 Tips to Be a Better Career Negotiator

By Rich Hein | 25 August, 2014 23:13

during a job search and negotiating for salary are often the most critical times where you have to speak up for yourself because no one else will. most of us negotiate all the time outside of work, like when buying a car or a home for example. preparation, confidence and thoughtfulness are all required to build the right negotiating strategy, and the good news is that, like with any skill, the more you do it the better you will get.

Tips for Measuring and Improving Employee Engagement

By Rich Hein | 31 July, 2014 23:24

Full-time employees spend a large part of their day and the majority of their lives in the workplace, and how they feel about their work is important to them. In a recent Gallup survey, 63 percent of American workers are not engaged in their work, while another 24 percent are "actively disengaged." Disengaged workers are more likely to look for other opportunities, or worse, drag down the productivity of the rest of your team. Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged workers lies somewhere between $450-$550 billion each year in lost productivity.

8 Tips for Getting Your IT Career Back on Track

By Rich Hein | 19 June, 2014 23:28

Most of us are trying get ahead in this world, but occasionally we find ourselves in the unenviable career rut. Maybe you realize your current position doesn't align with your long-term goals. Perhaps you received a poor performance review, or were passed over for promotion, and feel like your career has gone off the road.

How to use social networking to succeed in business

By Rich Hein | 04 June, 2014 16:15

In the current business climate, networking is at the nexus of technology, the customer, and true innovation, and it's about time you put your heart and soul into it. In short, it's time to get on board with social or get left behind.

How to Prepare for Tough Interview Questions

By Rich Hein | 08 May, 2014 23:54

We spoke with industry experts to get the advice that will help you craft better answers to what are some of the most common, and difficult, interview questions.

How to become a better leader

By Rich Hein | 30 April, 2014 23:35

In the world of tech and non-tech managerial roles, if you want a seat at the big table or you have aspirations of greatness, then certain leadership skills are necessary to take you to the next level. But how can you actualize leadership and define what makes a great leader? We spoke with authors, industry and IT career experts to find out what you can do to build your leadership skills to world-class.

IT Leader or IT Manager? How to Be the Best of Both

By Rich Hein | 17 April, 2014 23:59

In his book, "Essential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society," Peter F. Drucker says, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

In pictures: 12 biggest data breaches of the last 12 months

By Rich Hein | 02 April, 2014 08:51

Many companies have felt the effects of data theft over the last several years. It's 2014 and it doesn't look like the going is getting any easier. The technology sector seems most at risk with every week bringing the world another reported data breach. Here we look at the largest breaches in the last year.