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Stories by Rich Hein

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.

11 Tips for Working With IT Recruiters

By Rich Hein | 26 March, 2014 15:32

IT is, by its nature, a technical, fast-paced and many times specialized industry. The necessary skills for career advancement are constantly evolving. With legacy systems, changing business goals and the constant march of new technology, companies are hard-pressed to find the necessary talent to keep their organization growing.

How to Handle the IT Skills Shortage: Architect Your People

By Rich Hein | 13 March, 2014 13:41

IT and technology are always going to be moving targets. The pace at which change takes place is furious compared to most industries. Technologies evolve and business objectives change. As a result, the skills required to get the job done must change, too. Finding perfect people who meet a laundry list of qualifications is a dubious task.

How to build trust as a new IT executive

By Rich Hein | 04 March, 2014 17:21

Making the move to a management position or the executive level isn't easy. You've got to get the job done, but you don't want to alienate the coworkers and friends that you've built relationships with over the years.

In Pictures: 15 non-certified IT skills growing in demand

By Rich Hein | 19 February, 2014 08:29

Whether you're a senior IT executive evaluating staffing needs and preparing budgets or an IT pro deciding where to invest your time to gain new skills, knowing what technologies are in demand should be a key part of your strategy.

Tips to Get Ready for (or Possibly Avoid) Software Audits

By Rich Hein | 10 February, 2014 15:11

You've gotten your letter from the vendor. The audit is coming and you've got to balance what licenses you have on your systems versus what you're licensing contracts allow. The difference could cost your organization big money so you've got to get it right but systems are so displaced or complex or evolving so fast that it seems like a full time job.

ASUS Transformer T100

By Rich Hein | 23 January, 2014 14:42

If the price of the Surface Pro and other similarly equipped tablets has been preventing you from buying a Windows 8 tablet then the recent update to the Intel Atom processor may be your cue to make your move.

IT leadership lessons you can learn from failure

By Rich Hein | 06 January, 2014 17:35

In the world of IT, things can and will go wrong. Failure can come from a number of things such as rushing to get too much done in a single project instead of breaking it down into smaller, more manageable projects. It can come from not allowing enough lead time for developers to do their part on the back-end or even from a consultant or vendor that led you down the wrong path.

In Pictures: 11 holiday gift ideas for IT executives

By Rich Hein | 10 December, 2013 09:00

The holidays are here and if you are still shopping for gifts for the tech pro in your life (or maybe you're making your own Christmas wish list), these products are as practical are they are cool.

Why the chief digital officer role is on the rise

By Rich Hein | 19 November, 2013 15:15

Today, technology is coming at organisations from seemingly every angle thanks to social media, mobile technology, big data, analytics, reporting, infrastructure, storage and more. How can older "traditional" companies compete in a digital world with newer companies that were born in the digital age?