Integrate PeopleMap With Office

I work to integrate systems. So, when I learn about things, I guess my mind drifts into how would we use it. And then into how would tie together this with other things we have to make them better. Last week news dropped about Microsoft (MSFT) buying LinkedIn (LNKD). The big deal people seem to… Continue reading Integrate PeopleMap With Office

TED Talk: I Share Therefore I Am

Human relationships are rich and they are messy and they are demanding and we clean them up with technology. — Sherry Tuckle Technology is the great deceiver. We can use it to craft how we present ourselves to others. Unfortunately, we lose the connections. As a university campus webmaster, I most preferred meeting in person.… Continue reading TED Talk: I Share Therefore I Am

Solving Internal Communications With Blogs

Through the grapevine, a coworker heard in another organization a top administrator wants the rank and file to start blogging. My coworker was opposed. I thought it could be a cool way of internally communicating. Though the conditions to make it work very much depend on the organizational culture: Encouragement not forced. Managers are asked… Continue reading Solving Internal Communications With Blogs

Cheating

In yesterday’s Underground Back Channel post, I wrote: Because students are engaging in forbidden activity these conversations are underground. Well, the smart ones. Some are having these conversations on Twitter where one party of the conversation is not private and anyone (like a nosy DBA like myself) can see it. If they are used to… Continue reading Cheating

Communication

A while ago, there was some kind of difficulty understanding why we (the DBAs) and another group were unable to read the same words yet not draw the same conclusion. The words in bold are what I wrote on my white board explaining why there was a difficulty. Communication Vocabulary Standards: Words have agreed upon… Continue reading Communication

Organization Relationships

A friend of mine who I used to work with once remarked (2007-ish) the University System of Georgia does not really work like a system so much as a loose confederation fighting over money. Given I have no access to budgets, I would not know. GeorgiaVIEW works remarkably well given there are only a few… Continue reading Organization Relationships

USG Annual Computing Conference

Some of you may have noticed me posting on Twitter using the #usgre10 hashtag. This was the recommended tag to use when posting about the conference. In talking to a director at a university in the University System of Georgia, he said something interesting which had been said to my CIO, “More good for the… Continue reading USG Annual Computing Conference

Precision

One of the reasons I prefer to communicate in writing is I often dwell on what I wish to say, refining the words to make the message clear and concise. In spoken words, I definitely lack that precision. Something that really annoys me is the use of the prefix “bi-“. This illustrates why: Since bi–… Continue reading Precision

Blog Crush: Part II

Following up on my blog crush post. The Internet is a much bigger place than just the blogosphere. My previous comments were solely about blogs and strictly within the definition of “blog crush” provided in the qotd, not any of the many other forms of communication offered by the Internet. I have made lots of… Continue reading Blog Crush: Part II