Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Cultural Diversity and What It Means to IT Managers

Recently I sat in on a meeting between a group of IT developers (contractors) and Federal program managers. Just a routine project review.

As I looked around, it struck me that we were really quite a diverse crowd. In the room were people from China, Viet Nam, India, Russia, Somalia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Iran, as well as a few U.S.-born folks.

This kind of diversity has become quite normal for our industry. In that sense, the IT business is a real meritocracy, where talent is valued regardless of race, creed, or national origin.

Yet this diversity can also make a manager's job more challenging, for not only is there a constant need to understand and deal with various personality types, but also, increasingly, a need to recognize how cultural differences can come in to play in one-on-one and group dynamics.

As an illustration, one time I was working with a customer that had engaged a leadership training and organizational development consultant to help them to build stronger project teams.

The consultant was talking about motivation, and used psychologist Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" to argue that the desire for self-actualization is the ultimate motivator; that is, the individual's desire to realize his full potential, or to be all that she can be.

Well this made good sense to me, and indeed many people accept Maslow's hierarchy as practically self-evident. Yet for many of the participants in the training, the idea of self-actualization being the universal, deepest need was highly questionable, if not completely off base.

For although Maslow's hierarchy may reflect a deep truth for Western cultures, it has little relevance to much of the world's population, particularly those cultures that engender a collectivist rather than individualistic worldview. In a collectivist culture (e.g., Japan, India), community or group needs have a much greater moral weight than individual needs - fulfilling group needs is more personally rewarding than fulfilling one's individual needs. This difference is not merely philosophical; not simply a matter of how one thinks, but rather is deeply ingrained and felt, and part of one's being.

In fact, the collectivist - individualist contrast is but one of many dimensions of cultural difference that social scientists describe.

For example, anthropologist and organizational behavior expert Joerg Schmitz identifies no fewer than ten "cultural variables" that make up a cultural profile:

Environment - viewing people, objects and issues from perspectives of harmony, constraint or control
Time - focused on the past (tradition), present (immediate action), or future (planning)
Action - reflective, relationship oriented (being), or task oriented (doing)
Communications - largely non-verbal and implicit (high context), or explicit (low context)
Personal space - public or private
Power - egalitarian or hierarchical
Individualism - collectivist or individualistic
Competitiveness - cooperative or competitive
Structure - flexible or ordered
Thinking - deductive or inductive; linear or systemic

There's a lot for an IT manager to consider here! Perhaps step one is simply to make sure that we're not wearing cultural blinders - that we are at least open to the possibility that our various employees and coworkers may each have a fundamentally different way of seeing things that is just as "right" as our own perspective!


How To Really Get Rid Of Those Useless Temp Files

Here's something I do whenever I want to be 100% sure I've deleted as many temp files as possible, since I've seen Disk Cleanup leave stuff behind every so often.

    1. Click on the Start button.

    1. Click on Computer (My Computer on XP).

      1. Click on the Organize menu near the top left corner of the window (Folder Options on XP).

      2. Click on Folder and Search options.

      3. Click on the View tab

      4. In the Advanced Settings section navigate to Files and Folders \ Hidden files and folders, click on the Show hidden files, folders, or drives radio button and uncheck the Hide protected operating system files option. When you do this last step you'll get a dialog box stating that deleting or editing protected system files can make your computer inoperable. Click on the Yes button to follow through with unchecking that option. Don't worry; we'll be careful.

      5. Click on the OK button to close the Folder Options window.

    1. Double-click on the C: drive to open it.

    1. Double-click on the Users folder (Documents and Settings on XP).

    1. Look for your user profile and open it.

    1. Navigate to AppData \ Local \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Temporary Internet Files (Local Settings \ Temporary Internet Files on XP).

  1. Select all the folders and files you see in there and delete them.

You're bound to get a message that some folder or file cannot be deleted due to it being used. Don't worry. Just press the CTRL key while you click on the offending folder or file and continue deleting the rest of the files. If you again get the same error message on a different folder or file repeat the same process above to unselect it and continue deleting. Once you're done there should only be a few folders and files under Temp. A lot better than the hundreds you probable started with. Now let's continue.

    1. Click on the left arrow located in the upper left-hand side of the window until you're back in the AppData \ Local folder (Local Settings on XP).

    1. Double-click on the Temp folder and delete everything in it. Again, as explained above, unselect any folders or files that are being used and delete the rest.

    1. Once again, click on the left arrow to go back to the AppData folder (The root of your user folder on XP).

    1. Navigate to Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Cookies (On XP the Cookies folder is located within the root of your user folder.).

    1. Delete any folder and file you see in there.

    1. Click on the C: drive, navigate to Windows \ Temp and delete every folder and file you see in there.

  1. Go to the Desktop and empty the Recycle Bin.

Don't forget to follow step 2 to go back and put a check mark on the Hide protected operating system files option.

Arturo Rubio has worked in the Information Technology field for more than 14 years. He's also a freelance writer and has written about computers, photography and history.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How To Find The Best IT Help To Resolve PC Issues

With such a large number of PC systems in the contemporary world, and it has become too difficult to avoid issues that arise while using computer systems for work. Regardless of whether this means innovation, computer repair is something that we can't ignore. Fortunately, PC repair services are easily available, but it's all about choosing the best one.

You'll discover many service providers who offer IT Help at affordable prices, but you must choose the ones that offer top-notch results as well.

You Can Try To Fix The Issues On Your Own

Most residents don't consider trying to repair the PC on their own. The pressure or stress of losing data, or your non-functioning PC can undoubtedly make you too angry to discover a solution quickly. However, quite often the easiest to resolve PC issues are the most common ones. Thus, it is really a smart idea to examine any troubles that you're having with your PC so you can repair them easily on your own.

Hiring Professional IT Help

In case, you've drained every single available option for you, and you figure out that you may require some additional assistance to tackle a PC issue, at that point hiring an expert for IT Help may offer the right assistance. Expert guidance is available in various structures, but it can be divided into two noteworthy parts: PC repair shops, and calling a professional in your place.

A lot of people visit a computer repair shop. These are often situated in a local spot near their house. PC repair shops have the ability to resolve various PC issues, and can be trusted with your PC. However, it's a bit of a hassle to take your PC to a repair shop.

On the other hand, hiring professional for IT Support is one of the most convenient ways to get your computer repaired in no time.

A technician comes to your home or workplace to take care of the issue. Such services may be somewhat more costly than going specifically to a PC repair shop, but, it is considerably a lot easier and empowers you to accomplish more tasks while your PC is being repaired.

With on call IT Support, it is reasonable to say that individuals who have a busy or hectic life will most likely choose to have PC issues resolved at home or office by professional technicians.

However, it's advisable that you should call a professional for IT Help when you have time. That's because you never know how big the problem is or how much time will it take for the professional to resolve the issues in your computer.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Greater Performance and Scalability Dell Precision T7910 Workstation

Dell Precision T7910 workstation is the top-end Precision workstation with reliability, exceptional productivity, High performance along with the tool-less chassis for running most demanding to compute and graphics-intensive workloads.

Outstanding Performance by Dual Intel® Xeon® processors:

You can get the scalability and power in this highest-performing tower workstation, with the convenience of a slim 2U design and single or dual Intel® Xeon® processor E5- 2600 v4 provide the performance, frequency & cores up to 22cores per processor. Dual 4-core CPUs are better than single 8-core CPU configuration as that doubles the memory bandwidth and enables the last two PCIe slots.

Ultimate memory and graphics:

System memory is expandable up to 1TB 2400MHz DDR4 ECC memory with quad channel memory in dual CPUs, and 24 DIMM Slots (12 DIMMs per CPU). The memory speed supported is dependent on installed Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 Series processor. New professional grade AMD FirePro™ or NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics plus NVIDIA Grid option are supported in this workstation to run the most demanding software applications with up to 675W of dedicated graphics power and wider graphics memory power to the large data sets.

Superb storage:

Dell Precision T7910 workstation supports up to (4) M.2 PCIe SSDs and up to (8) 2.5" SATA/SAS drives. Optional mini perk PCIe controllers are also available as required for SAS Drives. The Precision Tower 7910 has 12 Gb/s RAID Controller, which has two times the I/O speed of last generation Workstations. Actively cooled Dell Precision Ultra-Speed Drive Duo and Quad PCIe NVMe SSD storage to provide the fastest and most reliable way to store the content up to four times faster than traditional SATA SSD storage.

Best chassis design:

Dell Precision T7910 has tool-less chassis with the straightforward and clutter-free interior for easy access to the components of the workstation and enhanced acoustics.

A split chassis design with two PCIe slots above the CPUs and five of them below the CPUs provide shorter circuit paths to the CPUs and better cooling for the system

Ample 1300W tool-less (lockable )power supply for up to three high-end graphics cards with external accessibility is located behind the motherboard. So the motherboard is placed at the center of the chassis, with cards and components on one side, and storage bays and power on the other side. Integrated ports include dual-Gigabit NICs, PS/2, audio, serial, and six USB ports are featured in this workstation.

Exceptional reliability:

Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) Pro of Dell helps to increase uptime and reliability.

Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) Pro combined with ECC memory helps to find and correct memory errors at a particular time.

Reliable Memory Technology Pro along with simple system reboot separates the faulty area in memory and keep it away from the OS.

Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Certifications ensure the smooth running of the high-performance applications.

High data security:

Best endpoint security solutions like DDP | Encryption, DDP | Security Tools, DDP | Protected Workspace supported by this workstation for high data protection.

Powerful management:

Dell OpenManage™ portfolio with Lifecycle Access Controller and Dell Integrated Remote in this offers workstation provides Powerful in and out-of band systems management with ease.

Dell Precision T7910 workstation value the money you offer, so it is worth to rent or buy Dell Precision T7910 workstation for your most demanding compute and graphics-intensive workloads.

Dell Precision T7910 Intel Xeon Tower Workstation for Short Term Lease - Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Noida, Pune and Gurgaon.