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computerworld.comConsultant pilot fish is called in to deal with this company's newly installed WAN network equipment. The problem: It's overheating in a big way.But the reason turns out to be no big mystery after all. "The client had an old available computer room with a raised floor," says fish. "But it was quite dirty underfloor, and no cyber-cleaning was considered."The new nationwide network equipment and racks were installed. But to negate the problem of the cabinet's top-mounted rack fans dragging crud up from under the floor, it was decided to reverse the top-mounted fans to push the air down into the rack equipment."Wonder why there were massive heating problems?To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comFor philanthropically minded people who have crossed into IT from the liberal arts world and want to work from home, Cloud for Good, the No. 1 small organization on Computerworld’s 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list, seems like a perfect employer.The premium Salesforce.org partner is a B corporation, which means it’s a for-profit business certified by the nonprofit B Lab as meeting certain standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. It was founded by Tal Frankfurt, who learned Salesforce when he was working as a fundraiser, trying to better manage donors, participants and volunteers at a nonprofit for at-risk youth in Israel. Gradually, other nonprofit colleagues asked him about how to use the platform, and he started consulting.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comLots of companies talk up career development, touting their commitment to mentorship and training. At Pariveda Solutions, the goal is a bit more lofty: The 500-person management consulting firm promises to grow individuals to their fullest potential, including achieving vice president status after participating in a years-long, intensive grooming program.Not every Pariveda employee wants to be a vice president, of course, and not every professional will get there. However, the company’s commitment to continuous learning and the development of IT talent with an eye toward leadership and business acumen, not just technical chops, is what sets it apart from other companies in the business. It also contributed to Pariveda’s ranking as the No. 13 small company on Computerworld’s 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIt’s not much of a secret that Workday is a great place to work. In addition to being ranked by Computerworld as the No. 4 large company among the 2018 Best Places to Work in IT, last year it came in at No. 7 in Fortune’s list of the best companies to work. The challenge may be holding on to what has made the young company great as it grows.The company, founded in 2005 by David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, makes cloud-based software for finance and human resources. Both founders came from PeopleSoft — Duffield was founder and CEO, and Bhusri held several senior leadership roles. From the very beginning, the Workday founders placed heavy emphasis on several core values, the first of which recognizes the value of employees — it is committed to hiring the best and treating them well. That value was so important, in fact, that Duffield and Bhusri personally interviewed the first 500 employees of Workday.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWhat does it take to create a challenging and engaging place to work? According to Paul Blowers, CIO of Plante Moran, there’s no secret sauce, but there are a few critical ingredients.Recognizing and developing staff, promoting growth and camaraderie, and encouraging individual freedom are among the top principles Blowers and other company leaders emphasize to nurture an inclusive culture for Plante Moran, a professional services firm with nearly 2,500 employees, 71 of those in IT. And those initiatives contributed to the Southfield, Mich., firm being named the No. 3 midsize company on Computerworld’s 2018 Best Places to Work in IT list.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comHello Humankindness. It’s the branding campaign for Dignity Health, but it gets to the heart of the health care provider’s culture and serves as a rallying force to keep IT employees happy and engaged.“Hello Humankindness is our brand promise — we invest in it, we believe in it as individuals, and we align the culture in IT with that premise that we are here for the patients,” says Deanna Wise, executive vice president and CIO for the fifth-largest health system in the U.S., with nearly 60,000 employees and an IT staff of close to 1,500. “We empower people and encourage them to engage and participate and solve things. They feel like they have an ability to make a difference, and that ability to make a difference fulfills them in their jobs.”To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comWhat makes an organization a good place for technology professionals to work?For the 25th year in a row, Computerworld has surveyed large, midsize and small organizations across the U.S. to find out which ones are the Best Places to Work in IT. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about what the companies and other organizations that have made our 25 lists have in common. We’ve seen what goes into becoming a Best Place to Work.[ Download the Best Places to Work in IT 2018 report as a PDF ] Salaries, paid time off, health insurance and retirement plans all contribute. But the things that seem to really set organizations apart are benefits that reflect an attitude: We value our employees, we listen to our employees, we empower our employees, we want our employees to be challenged and grow professionally, and we want them to enjoy both their work and their personal lives.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple will introduce support for a new iPhone technology that will help save thousands of U.S. lives when it ships iOS 12, it has announced.Help me, I’m here The first 911 call was made on February 16, 1968.Since then, usage has grown exponentially.Today over 650,000 calls are made in the U.S. each day, and over 200 million emergency calls  are made there each year. Over 80 percent of these calls (handled by around 6,300 U.S. 911 call centers) come from mobile devices.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comYou can look at the new KB 4056254 Win10 Update Facilitation Service and the re-emergence of Win10 Update Assistant V2 from two different perspectives. On the one hand, you have those poor hapless Win10 users who accidentally munged Windows Update. On the other hand, you have folks with bazookas and flamethrowers who want to keep some semblance of control over updating their machines.Both groups now face two different Microsoft initiatives to reset Windows Update.Susan Bradley was looking at some new KB articles over the weekend and stumbled onto KB 4056254, an announcement for a, uh, service known as the Windows 10 Update Facilitation Service. (If you have a hard time thinking of Win10 as a service, try wrapping your mind around the concept of a forced patching bulldozer as a service.)To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comEvery successful wireless company rides several different growth waves. Wave after wave, time after time. Those who are not successful ride one growth wave up then down again. This is crucial for long-term success. We can learn some important lessons of exciting growth companies, and others who rode their one growth curve up then down again.Let’s start with the handset side of the wireless industry.Over several decades, Motorola was the number one handset maker in the wireless industry. They had been in wireless for decades. If you recall all those TV shows from decades ago, where actors would talk on wireless phones mounted in their cars. That was Motorola in Los Angeles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThis last week had a couple of interesting changes announced and rumored from Microsoft (disclosure Microsoft is a client of the author). The first was some needed changes to Office that will likely upset a lot of people. The second was the announcement of a Generation 3 HoloLens. (What happened to generation 2? Well, like Windows 9, Microsoft pretty much just skipped it.) And third was the application of AI in the patching process that could dramatically reduce the expense and aggravation attached to it. Let’s talk about each in turn. Office updates Starting with the new Office updates; first a new simplified ribbon designed to help people better focus on their work and more naturally collaborate with others.  It is also more customizable, so the most used features will be easier to access. The appearance of the product better uses the improved graphics performance on newer PCs, so the product will look more modern. And finally, search has been improved with a...

computerworld.comApple removed several years' worth of Macs from the list of supported systems when it unveiled macOS 10.14, aka "Mojave," earlier this month.As the Cupertino, Calif. company has done before, its two-year cycle scratched out Macs that had been able to run the immediate predecessor, macOS High Sierra. Apple's odd-even cadence has alternately retained the prior year's models (odd-numbered years, odd-numbered editions) and dropped models (even-numbered years, even-numbered editions).[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS 'High Sierra') ] In 2016, for instance, macOS Sierra (10.12) struck 2007's, 2008's and some of 2009 Macs from support. Last year, High Sierra (10.13) stuck with the same models as Sierra.To read this article in full, please click here...

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pcmag.comApple already shares your location on emergency calls using HELO, but new tech from Apple partner RapidSOS will make that information more precise and shared faster all while maintaining complete privacy....

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