1. IPM has me plugging away on......helping New York-based law and financial firms apply IT strategically. From regional data center migrations and custom remote access solutions to worldwide Windows 7 and Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop deployments and integrated instant messaging system implementations, there is never a dull moment in my day.
2. Clients are hooked on what 2-3 hot IT initiatives this year? From a project management standpoint, one of the hot trends seems to be that more firms have moved or are moving to cloud-based project management tools to assist with scheduling and collaboration. With products like Asana, LiquidPlanner and Microsoft's recent release of Microsoft Project Online with Office 365, clients are more readily making the move.
From a technology perspective, the two hot IT initiatives continue to be virtualization and desktop transformation. Reducing costs, improving business continuity and increasing IT efficiency by using virtualization will always be a driving factor for IT organizations. Interestingly, we are also now seeing the desktop environment drive the transformation of IT organizations. Having a single image desktop for PCs across the organization to reduce management costs is no longer sufficient. With the proliferation of mobile devices such and a workforce that is more mobile and computer savvy than ever before, a new workspace is needed that can be accessed from multiple devices, multiple locations, and can still provide the same user experience across all.
3. I "cracked the IT code" with these tips and suggestions Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organized and staying productive. As a program and project manager with multiple projects, goals, task, and resources to manage, the GTD systems helps me organize what I need to do to be effective and efficient with my time. While project plans and schedules focus on one project at a time, GTD allows for a strategic approach to manage across all open tasks.
4. My favorite #hashtag is... #PMHumor – you always need to balance the serious side of work and life with a good dose of laughter. When you can share it with others it allows for stronger connections with people.