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A couple of questions for ya...
If you answered yes to any of these questions - you might think that I am going to tell you about Small Business Server or how you can use System Centre Essentials to get the most out of your IT Budget. Actually, I'm not. Don't get me wrong - those are GREAT products and you should check them out - what I wanted to say was "what can we do to help?". Our team is committed to your success, no matter what size of organization you work for or what solutions you are using - ours or our competitors. We need to get you the info and share ideas we've heard as we travel the country.
You see, most of the time, the information that we have up here on the blog tends to be targeted at large scale IT environments or specialists in certain areas of technologies. We get the comment when we're out and about during road shows / launch activities that we're not giving enough contextual information to people that work in smaller shops - or worse, if we do - it's only about specific solutions that are aimed at the smaller companies.
I used to work in this type of environment - it was a long time ago. I ended up moving from various jobs here and there and ended up being an enterprise consultant at a niche consulting firm specializing in Active Directory migrations and Exchange coexistence / migration projects. I ended up losing some of my edge in being that "jack of all trades" on a day to day basis and have lost some of my perspective on what it's like to work and support people in that kind of environment. That being said - one thing has definitely stuck with me - you have to be resourceful in finding information and solutions to your pain points and daily IT woes. I learned from what others had done and I relied on the connections I made to peers in similar work environments to mine.
This kind of got me thinking. Why don't we have a regular feature on the blog specifically addressing the pain points of in these situations and environments? Why not make it easier to share these gems of information, tailored to the size of shops where "the IT Guy/IT Gal" work?
If you can identify with what I've laid out - I've already got a couple of posts saved up from guest bloggers about topics that matter to you. Heck - it matters to all of us and we all can contribute to this category of posts. I'll commit to contributing as well - but what about YOU contributing? Contact me directly or use the email link at the top of the blog with suggested topics AND/OR draft stories with solutions. Let's ramp up the noise and start giving back!!!
First post in "The IT Guy/Gal" category is slated to go live on the 16th of September and will continue to come out at least once a month on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. I figured you are busy on the 2nd Tuesday with other things. :) If the volume of suggestions/submissions allows for a more frequent timeline, I can adjust to suit the demand.
I really think you will enjoy this series - please continue to give us feedback on how to make it better!
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2nd Tuesday?! What ever is Rick talking about "2nd Tuesday?!"
Just WHAT were you planning to do to us on the "2nd Tuesday"
Nasty Rickster... I'm taking away your Tilley... :P
2nd Tuesday of each month in Patch Tuesday :)
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Rick, this is a great series. I am sure I am one of the many pro's who is the lone it guy for 100 computers.
Sounds great and will be watching from 'Down Under'.
Knew that one... Just being the "Funny Guy"
But you already knew that.... >:)