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Conference, User Groups and Networking Opportunities – why they are so important to your career.

Jun 30, 16
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Blogger: Bob Daugherty,  IT Director at DMLO

I’m fortunate at my firm that they understand the importance of networking and learning from others in your field. CPA and most service firms understand this is beneficial for accountants, lawyers, architects and other professionals.  Not every firm understands how important network and learning is for IT professionals.

I recently returned from the AICPA Practitioners and Tech Conference. Great conference! If you’re an IT professional at a CPA firm, this is the conference to attend.  Tons of great information both on technology issues and running a CPA firm.  I spent my time on the IT track and met some really interesting people and learned some cool and helpful new stuff.

It’s just not possible these days for IT professionals to learn everything they need from manuals, web sites, self-learning tools and of course trial and error. Talking to my peers and other IT professionals has helped me tremendously over the years.  I go to every conference and/or event with one or more questions to I ask everyone I meet.  This conference it was about using the Surface Pro 4 as a laptop replacements. I was surprised by how many are making this work successfully.  Time to test it myself.  Watch for future posts about how this is going.

Attending conferences, user group meeting such as the ITMA gives me the opportunity to bounce ideas for projects off people who have already done them.   The owners of my firm are always asking about what other firms are doing.  At these events and meetings I hear about what other firms are doing, what worked and what didn’t, and sometimes I get answers to problems I haven’t figured out, or even didn’t know I was going to have.  Makes my job easier and saves me a lot of wasted time and frustration.

Plus, it’s nice to have people around who know what your struggles and frustrations are all about. And it’s fun to swap stories about end users and partners.  The only downside is that sometimes you wind up with an action list as long as your arm.  23 action items and counting from the conference I just got back from.  Next post – how to handle a task list that is out of control.

Why you need 5 email accounts, my personal views on email.

May 25, 16
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Blogger: Bob Daugherty,  IT Director at DMLO

We all have an email address.  I have a few, five actually.  As an IT professional I’m always preaching about email clutter, junk, spam and protecting our end users.  For the most part I practice what I preach, but even the best effort gets your email account hacked.  Recently my personal email account was hacked.

Fortunately, it was only one of my five email accounts.  Why do I have five email account?  Crazy you say, maybe, but here’s what I think.  I use free emails accounts from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.  Don’t use the email account that comes with your internet provider for anything.  If you change providers, you may lose or worse you may have to pay to keep that account.  Now that’s crazy.

First you have your work account.  Only use this for true business communications that you would let your boss read.  If it’s a work email it belongs to the company. They can legally read every email, and they just might.  As IT professional we need to make sure our end users understand this and suggest they have at least one personal email address if not more than one.

You need a catch all account.  This was the account that got hacked and frankly I’m surprised it took this long.  I’ve had this account for years and I use it for every web subscription, survey or form that wants an email address and everyone wants one.  I know they are going to sell my email.address.  That can’t be helped these days. And I’m OK with that because that email can be easily dumped and replaced.

If you every buy anything online, you need a separate shopping account.  Again, I use a free one.  You will get some junk since they might sell you email address, but it’s nice to have your order confirmation, invoices and shipment tracking emails all in one place.   And you can “unsubscribe” from some of the junk.  Read their privacy statements about sharing your info and be careful of those checkboxes at the bottom of any on-line agreements.  You may be saying yes to more than you think.

Don’t use your shopping email account with any online banking or credit card accounts. Get a separate financial email for those sites. Never give this one out to anyone, including those in the next group.

Your friends and family email account is the hardest one to replace.  But only because it’s the one you’re probably the most emotionally attached to.  If you have family members and friends that email you pictures, holiday ecards and other stuff you just can’t part with or easily replace it’s going to be hard to give up this account.  Be stingy with this email account.  Tell your family and friends never to share it.  if you get junk in this accounts it’s probably because your friends and family only have one email account.  Send them this post.

That’s my 5 email accounts! It may seem excessive, but mobile devices can easily handle multiple accounts so it’s easy to keep up with them.   I actually have a hobby email account as well but that’s a different story.

If an account gets hacked or it seems like every junk mailer in the world has it, abandon it. Create a new one, stop sending from the old one and move anything you need over and forget it.  Eventually it will go away, well probably not, but it was free and now it’s full of junk anyway.

Where are the great jobs?

Mar 25, 16
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Bob Daugherty
IT Director at DMLO

What is a great job?  Is it a big salary, a big office, great benefits or interesting and challenging work?  Only you will know if you have a great job.  Everyone’s definition is obviously different.  But salary always factors in somewhere.   See what Robert Half says about IT salaries in their Technology 2016 Salary Guide (https://www.roberthalf.com/sites/default/files/Media_Root/images/rht-pdfs/robert_half_technology_2016_salary_guide.pdf ).

As with anyone’s report on where the jobs are and how much they pay, it’s all a bit subjective based on job descriptions and location.  Be sure to go through the Glossary of Job Descriptions section before comparing your salary to their report.  Don’t forget to adjust for geographical locations.  Louisville is 92.0% of the salary listing and Lexington is 91.5%.

According to Robert Half new jobs will be for developers, business analysts, database admins, network engineers and admins with virtualization skills and help desk support techs.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds 10 different jobs before age forty.  Personally I’m beyond that age and beyond that number though only 4 of my jobs were in IT.

How many have you held? How many more are in your future?  As IT professional will we have more than other professions?  I wonder if Robert Half has those statistics.