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2012
28
Feb

Talentopoly

Posted by David / Category: market, tips

Talentopoly is a community for programmers, designers, developers, and IT professionals. The site provides a great platform for sharing resources, links, code samples, or networking online. The elevator pitch: “where talented people go to share their best links. No longer do you have to manage lists on Twitter, likes on Facebook or bookmarking in your browser. Talentopoly is about sharing information…” Read a review about talentopoly on www.mostinspired.com.

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2011
01
Apr

Tips when choosing an internet provider

Posted by Steffanie / Category: general, tips

A website and all the data needs to be stored at a suitable internet service provider.In the following you will find some tips when choosing a provider. On internetworld.de the provider Verio explains what should not be forgotten:

1. Providers should have long-term expertise
Only at experienced, established companies that are financially stable you can be sure that your data is well protected and always available.

2. Read the small print and footers
The monthly rent and other costs should be clearly indicated. It is not a sign of great reliability if prices are not evident. Also check all parts of the contract e.g.  duration and one-time setup fee and look for hidden costs before signing.

Of course it is alright if you pay extra charges for e.g. new sub domains, e-mail accounts or features like photo galleries or blogs – but also those costs should be clear from the beginning.

In addition : Availability of the site must be secured
The provider should offer so-called SLAs (Service Level Agreements). These SLAs set that incurring penalties or rental payments will be refunded if certain values ​​go below the limit. Important is a guaranteed availability of the site of at least 99.9 percent per month. This 0.1 percent sounds very little, but actually these are 43 minutes and 12 seconds.

3. Flexible solutions should be possible
Many standard solutions are barely adaptable. At least some design templates should be able to be adapted to your own ideas. For example by hiding page elements, changing the background colour or inserting images.

4. Check the scope of the provider precisely
Basic services like flash format should always be inclusive. Otherwise you would not be able to integrate an animated intro on your website. Other examples for basic services are features like blogs, guest books, forums or RSS feeds.

5. Websites grow with their company
The bigger your company becomes, the bigger and more complex your website should be. This affects not only the number of new pages, but also new features.

6. Service and support
Especially at big providers, service and support are often not taken seriously enough. The provider should be at least available on phone, fax or e-mail and answer realtively fast.

What is your opinion: What points matter most when choosing a provider?

Based on : http://www.mittelstanddirekt.de/c184/m187/um226/d6948/default.html

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2011
14
Mar

To have installed an antivirus program is not enough to be protected against cyber criminals. Common sense and a critical attitude are essential in times of social networks, says the security vendor Sophos in its Security threat report 2011.

95,000 cases of malware were found by the Sophos security experts, last year. This means that every 0.9 seconds a new incident happens. The number is alarming, because in comparison to 2009 it has almost doubled.

For many people 2010 was a year in which their relationship to technology changed and became more intense: There is an increasing use of smart phones or tablets and one could also see the widespread use of social media.

Spam on social networks
The new communication behavior also changes the methods of cyber criminals: The focus is placed on raising curiosity or playing psychological tricks. Like this they harm clueless users. In addition to traditional attacks new targets are added, such as social networks or mobile devices.

In a survey by Sophos from 2010, 67 percent of respondents said that they have already received spam through a social network. Mid-2009 only 33 percent of respondents were affected. Phishing and malware attacked about 40 percent. Also enterprises have to deal with these figures: 59 percent fear that the conduct of its employees in social networks could be a risk for their security.

For example security experts observed so-called “clickjacking” on Facebook. Behind seemingly inconspicuous sites such as news or images of celebrities something different is hidden. If you share content from such sites or give it a “like”, you often send it to all of your contacts and spread spam with it.

Tips for Facebook users
Security experts recommend: If someone promises a prize to you without doing anything before, you should be skeptical. It is also recommended not to post any links or comment pictures with clicks overhasty. Rather, one should remain patient and always think of possible consequences. Rules from analog life should not be neglect. For example, never share personal information with someone you do not know at all.

57 percent of the companies think that their employees share too much information on social networks. In policies this assumption is however rarely reflected. More than a half of the companies do not limit the access to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Only less than a quarter of employers block those pages for their employees.

Choose complex passwords
Not new but still current is the topic of secure passwords. Even if users know the importance of a secure password they still select unsafe and easy to guess passwords like “12345″ or “password “. Also popular is to use same passwords for multiple services and to never change them. A secure password is as long and complex as possible. It is composed of letters, numbers and special characters.

Common sense and software
To conclude: If you do not want to become an victim of cyber criminals, experts advise to use a mix of common sense and software protection. The best software can’t  do anything if you click thoughtlessly on unknown links or disclose all your personal information.

Did you also make experiences with malware, phishing or other attacks? How did you handle this? Tell us your tips!

Source: http://www.cio.de/knowledgecenter/security/2262439/index.html?r=6616306884612418&lid=106841

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2010
08
Dec

With a strong focus on technology the IT consultancies are often wrong at projects. The consequences: organizational chaos, employee frustration, or system failures.

The obituary published by the Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes in 2009, is more relevant than ever. “Service-oriented architecture (SOA)” is an important aspect.

SOA appeared in many presentations as a slogan in previous years. The old, static IT landscape should be replaced by a modular architecture. However, the plan did not always work. The costs did explode and some failed completely.

The SOA approach also means that the users have adapt to extreme differences.
Many IT-consultants just realized these difficulties in the middle of the projects.

Also, security problems are threatening. However on the pro side a higher speed, cost savings or productivity gains are tempting. But if there are failures, it will become expensive right away.

Does the industry systematically underestimate the consequences of new technology? Jens-Uwe Holz, managing partner of the IT service Itellium Services thinks that ongoing consulting becomes more and more important.

At customer groups, the consultants find the right tone with that. One would like to see “responsive and sophisticated innovations that bring a real added value, above all” (DSAG)

Leaving the solely technical view will also help in business-talks where representatives of other departments are present. Especially for the reason that it is non-IT departments who are deciding on the budget.

What is your opinion? Do you also think, that ongoing consulting and being a team player is that important?

Found at: Pressebild

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2010
29
Nov

The IT-branch is still upcoming and people working in this branch are mostly ambitious and – at best – prosperous. They don’t call in sick very often and take short-time holidays. Especially freelancers have a high stress-level, because they are often working on concurrent projects, even if they don’t feel well. Taking some spare time for themselves is problematic. Because they are self-governing a lot of IT-freelancer can’t switch off their thoughts about active work, even in their leisure time.

Here are the top ten stress factors affecting IT-freelancers

  1. complex tasks which are difficult to accomplish
  2. pointless tasks which lead to the feeling that a project is more trouble than it’s worth read-more
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2010
22
Nov

Five tips for Scrum projects

Posted by Steffanie / Category: tips

The IT service BSI has provided some advice for the implementation of software projects by using the Scrum methodology.

The IT service provider BSI Business Systems Integration has implemented many customers solutions based on the Scrum Agile methodology in recent years. According to BSI, there was a great costumer feedback. However, the BSI team knows that agile methods are not suitable for all kinds of companies or projects. Therefore the company has summed up the most important points that should be considered when choosing this approach. To avoid unpleasant surprises with Scrum projects and agile projects and the project is additionally realized in cooperation with a service provider; companies should consider the following five points:

• Agile requires a very direct communication and a good working atmosphere. The teamwork has to be particularly close and prompt – ideally, the customer is firmly integrated into the development team. Agreements are decided ad-hoc, via e-mail, chat, or face to face. This of course requires a time budget from the customers.

• Culture and language play a big role in how people communicate. What languages do the project workers speak best? Is it important to read between the lines? There are frequent misunderstandings and difficulties of interpretation. For example, in Switzerland they often use word “Pendenz” for open tasks, in Germany this term is not known.

• Agile methods and hierarchies are contradictory: the communication with Scrum and Co. takes place far away from hierarchical levels and traditional executions of decisions.

• Software development is a service and not an industrial production that you can outsource without complications. This point becomes even more important the more complex and specialized the requirements of the software are.

• Therefore, agile projects rarely work in the offshore model.

A fixed price for the project implementation and the Scrum methodology has, according to BSI, not to be oppositions in every case. “Companies should not be blinded by popular names like Agile, Offshoring or supposedly low prices,” says the Chairman of the Administrative Board, Jens Thuesen. His company counts on a fixed price model that works well. Under certain conditions with Scrum, the customer and the service provider were satisfied.

Did these tips help you in your current work?

Source: http://www.swissitmagazine.ch/software/entwicklungprogrammiersprachen/articles/290368/

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2010
12
Oct

A project plan should always be based on good risk management. Therefore you should regularly check whether the issue is possible to achieve. Suggestions for a change coming from outside the team might become risks, so to avoid unpleasant surprises, changes should always be made formally. Before implementing new ideas calculations of time- and money-cost should be made.
Furthermore, in the beginning of a project all objectives must be clearly defined:

- What is necessary to achieve the goal?
Good and regular documentation is very important. This avoids confusion and dubiety in the team. Daily team meetings can be very helpful here.
- Where are we on our way to the goal?
Good communication and organization are extremely important in team work. Therefore, it is important to accurately define the roles in a team. It might be best to document the responsibilities in written form. The work flow should always be transparent.

The leading project manager should be well trained, able to assert himself and be able to make out-of-favour decisions.

In the end of a project someone should write a final report on the project development, major problems, found solutions and achieved results. Afterwards a project reflection could be helpful to know what was solved well and what parts could be optimized for further projects.

Maybe you have some more tips for the other readers? We’d love to know your opinion.

based on : http://www.cio.de/strategien/2238887/
http://www.log-in-verlag.de/service/2006/138/SCHEMEL-Service.pdf

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2010
19
Mar

tips for crowdsourcing

Posted by Simone / Category: tips

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2010
04
Feb

mashable compiled a nice list of sites for development information and inspiration that will help you keep up-to-date:

1. w3 schools

w3schools.com_02

2. a list apart

3. webmonkey

4. dev shed

5. smashing magazine

6. developer magazine

7. ajaxian

8. dzone

9. ibm developer works

10. sitepoint

11. o´reilly

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2010
21
Jan

virtual projectmanagement software

Posted by David / Category: tips

online workspace

virtual project management software like “wizehive” is becoming a new standard thanks to easy-to-use virtual workspace technology that connects remote users across from the world-wide-web. professionals can use virtual project management software to connect with other associates from anywhere a computer or mobile device can connect to the internet.

have a look @ this short youtube tutorial: wizehive

wizehive

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