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  • Blog Post: Top 10 Project Pitfalls You Can Avoid

    I have been reading Baseline magazine for three years now and to this day I still look forward to their monthly case studies. These case studies tend to focus in depth on a single problem in a single well recognized business. This level of attention to a real-world problem and all the issues, particularly...
  • Blog Post: IT's Bad Reputation

    A few weeks ago I received an email from one of our regular guest bloggers, Adam Cole . He came across a highly impassioned debate on IT's bad reputation and how IT departments are often thought of as hindering business progress, rather than enabling it. Nicholas Spanos, a consultant with Computer Aid...
  • Blog Post: Identity Theft at the Office

    Adam Cole (B. Math, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP) My previous employer and I recently parted ways. After six plus years with the same company, my personal identify had become grossly comingled with my work identify. My friends, family, and professional colleagues only knew how to contact me at my work number or...
  • Blog Post: [Guest Blogger] Managing Risk

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson & National Director for CIPS) “All very complex computer programs will, at some time, fail.” I can’t help but gawk as I drive by an accident, similarly I find I have a morbid curiosity when I read of colossal software...
  • Blog Post: When Poor Usability is Fatal

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson Canada) I have always been a proponent of "the user interface is the application". (That is, it doesn't matter what is happening behind the scenes, in most cases an application is judged on it's user interface.) With this in mind I...
  • Blog Post: People - A company's greatest asset

    Many factors influence the success of a company, but none so much as its employees. Of the three Ps, People, Product, and Process, which contribute to a successful project or company, it is the caliber and composition of the staff that provides the greatest predictor of success. I suspect HR professionals...
  • Blog Post: Adam Cole: Internationally Awarded Technology Executive and Serial Innovator Shares His Success Factors

    This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Adam Cole : Internationally Awarded Technology Executive and Serial Innovator who speaks on entrepreneurship, global industry contribution and volunteerism, keys to continuing...
  • Blog Post: 6 Tips for Preparing Today for Landing Your Next Job

    Adam Cole (B. Math, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP) Think of these tips as insurance. They'll help you transition to your ideal job when the time comes. As I start my job search and start cranking up the networking, many of the messages from my good friend Nick Corcodilos come in to play. [For those of you who do...
  • Blog Post: "The Designer IT Guy"

    Here is a link to a terrific article I just read in eWeek regarding traits of the ideal IT professional: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2002881,00.asp Spoiler warning: If you don't read the entire article, the CIOs interviewed identified the following 5 key traits in IT professionals: (Comments...
  • Blog Post: Why it Pays to be a Decent Person

    Adam Cole (B. Math, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP) Be decent to other people – always. This cannot be understated. You may have a secure job today but do you know where you will be tomorrow? If you are good to others you will be rewarded when you need it. I was downsized recently. Regardless of the circumstances...
  • Blog Post: Common Windows Shortcuts

    I received the follow post from Adam Cole and thought that it might be interesting from an IT Manager point of view. In reading through the document that Adam provided, I found that there were several shortcuts that didn't know about and certainly made it quicker to navigate around some of these programs...
  • Blog Post: Getting Customer Service Right on the Cheap

      Adam Cole (B. Math, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP)     My wife and two young daughters recently took a last minute trip to visit friends in North Carolina. They flew via Southwest Airlines. Southwest was the first (successful) discount airline ,  and continues to operate a no-frills operation...
  • Blog Post: Adam Cole - wowed by DotNetNuke

    I have just been wowed by DotNetNuke ( http://www.dotnetnuke.com/ ). Our team is completing a web-based EDC ("Electronic Data Capture") application. EDC is used by the pharmaceutical industry to enable doctors to collect clinical trial data directly from their desktop PCs. (Traditionally, a doctor...
  • Blog Post: Welcome our two newest guest bloggers

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest bloggers here on the Canadian IT Managers blog. Adam Cole , who you have seen here in the past, being interviewed by Stephen, has just provided his first direct post ( http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2006/02/22/420247.aspx ). ...
  • Blog Post: Information Reduction

      Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson Canada) To enhance the flavour of a dish one technique frequently used is that of reduction . Reduction is a process of boiling-off the filling but flavourless water. We live in a time where information is abundant but the mechanisms...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger - Adam Cole

    Adam Cole (B. Math, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP) is a well recognized healthcare IT executive. Adam has been director of McKesson’s Specialty Technology Solutions (at $100B+ McKesson is a Fortune 15 company), CTO of Phase 4 Health (a national Life Sciences company), and CIO of OPTIUM Digital Solutions (a healthcare...
  • Blog Post: Future-proofing Your Career

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Manager Applications and Development for McKesson Canada) Are IT professionals doomed to become relics of the past? The author of an Info-Tech Research Group survey posits that "the future of the IT professional no longer lies in acting as an important support system or innovative...
  • Blog Post: The Value of Networking Through CIPS

    Adam Cole (Toronto, Director of Specialty Technology Solutions for McKesson Canada) Recently I talked about the value of networking. Personally I do a lot of professional networking through CIPS (the association of the Canadian IT professional). For CIPS upcoming 50th anniversary I wrote some bullet...