At the beginning of my career, I tried to emulate the successful people that impressed me. I learned pretty quickly that there’s no point in trying to do the same thing everyone else is doing. Things will turn out better if you ignore what everyone else is doing and go your own way.
Costume contests are a popular office tradition every fall. Axcient recently hosted its annual Halloween Costume Contest to showcase our creativity and win gift cards. Fellow employees were the judges, and contestant(s) receiving the loudest applause won the prizes. This year I wanted to win this costume contest. To do that, I treated it as a product of my own, following the same principles I use in my Axcient role as a product manager.
Symantec Backup Exec.cloud recently celebrated its two-year anniversary, and today, customers received news of its imminent death. The fact that Symantec is shutting down its cloud storage offer points to how difficult it is for companies relying on legacy technology to fully grasp the changes that cloud computing is bringing to the enterprise.
Back in 2006, a computer tape from a Connecticut-based People’s Bank containing personal data on 90,000 customers was lost in transit. The tape contained information such as names, addresses, social security numbers and checking account numbers. While the bank claimed that no unauthorized activity on the affected accounts was reported, you can imagine what kind of backlash and repercussions would have ensued if it had.
While the do-it-yourself approach may work well for home improvement projects, it doesn’t bode well for technology projects. Just like you wouldn’t hire a plumber to fix your car’s engine you wouldn’t employ a marketer to manage your businesses’ IT environment, right?
In the event of a server crash or major disaster how confident are you that your business could continue operating? With 73 percent of companies admitting that they have experienced some sort of major disruption to their business operations in the past five years, business continuity is certainly top of mind.
Whether your business is suddenly hit by a fire, hurricane, or common server failure, disaster can strike at any moment, putting your company at risk of financial and productivity loss. While adopting a disaster recovery plan will help protect your company from data loss and downtime, failing to test your plan can significantly hinder its effectiveness.
In the first two weeks of my first internship at Axcient, I spent the majority of my time reading basic documentation and building a sample Web app to get the hang of the new material I learned. It was unnerving at first, and I wondered if I could play on the same field as the rest of the team, given that I was previously a stranger to the product. To my surprise, I quickly dove headfirst into the work, and soon after recognized that the intimidation factor had gotten the best of me. The mindset you have is always key when entering a new work setting, so keep in mind some of the following things as you mentally pack for your internship.