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What Katrina Taught Me about Disaster Recovery

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Jerry Nelson

An organization I worked with owned a site in New Orleans. Our disaster recovery plan was simple; It required that the General Manager transport the most recent backup tapes to a designated accessible sister site where IT would redeploy the site's data and applications. When Katrina hit, our disaster recovery plan worked flawlessly and we recovered within the prescribed RTO and RPO. However, the 37 employees that used that data to generate revenue for the organization were scattered around the country unable to conduct business leaving our customers with an inferior product. What good is a disaster recovery plan without an associated solid business continuity plan?

Bloom Where You're Planted: "Look BEFORE You Leap"

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Steve Chihos

Actively consider the context for your innovative idea.

How To NOT "Make IT Better"

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Jaren Grenell

Our key mission at Beyond Impact is to focus on “Making IT Better” in every situation. This is not just a saying; it’s a way of living. One of the toughest things anyone can commit to is to try and make IT better wherever life takes them.

Bloom Where You're Planted: Part One

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Steve Chihos

Part One // How to instigate change even if you’re not the Boss

Hey You... What's Your Problem?

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Dale Holmgren

What I have observed about problem solving during my now approaching 40 year career in Information Technology is that people are often trying to convince others of an approach without ever presenting a problem statement. I've seen people go directly to the solution. Sometimes those people have included me. OK, lots of times it was me. Now, there can be a variety of reasons why this happens. I may have assumed that everyone understands what the problem is (Kalsa, whose book I am currently reading, correctly points out that this is simply guessing.) Other times there may not actually have been a problem, I just had something to gain by the solution being implemented. Sometimes I was presented with a task, to solve an issue, and I just wanted to check that one off my list, so I didn't bother to invest the time to fully understand the problem, so how could I state it properly. More to the point, in each of these situations, how could I possibly arrive at the exact solution?

Four Keys to Becoming a More Effective Executive

Posted on May 14, 2015 by Dale Holmgren

It doesn't matter if you are the Chief Executive of a Fortune 100 company or simply Chief Executive of You, there are four things each of us can do to enhance our image, our brand, our effectiveness as an executive. According to John Maxwell, the first phase of leadership is leading you. If we are not incorporating these four attributes into our daily lives, then we are not as effective as we could be.

If I Were Still A CIO: 14 BIG Questions I Would Ask

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Mark Baumbach

Thinking about this week’s blog, I found myself contemplating “what if I were still a CIO…”? What questions would be at top of mind? In some ways the questions probably have not changed much in five years but, the technology certainly has advanced in multiple directions.

On-Time And On-Budget Mean Nothing If...

Posted on December 09, 2014 by Mark Baumbach

My last blog touched on discipline… this is the first variable in the formula “Discipline + Technology + Insight = Competitive Edge.” 

Culture Schmulture

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Dale Holmgren

So, you’re not impressed by all this talk about the importance of a positive culture to the success of an organization, huh? OK, well, keep an open mind here for a few minutes. If you can’t do that, go ahead and move on now. Because this post is going to explain why organizational culture is important and what a powerful resource a positive culture can be.

Avoiding Project Failure: It's The Basics, Man!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Jaren Grenell

Did you know there is a Catalogue of Catastrophe (CoC)? I did not know that before now but found it during my research and it is fascinating. It is a website devoted to tracking large troubled projects around the world.

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