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How To Match Your Enterprise Systems Design To Your Business Goals

It’s a familiar refrain — IT should serve business, not the other way around. How can you actually make that happen? These five simple hints should help.


LulzSec Arrest Affirms Basic Security Principles

A 24-year old Central Coast IT pro has been identified as the self-proclaimed leader of online hacking group LulzSec and charged with hacking offences by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) after being arrested at hs workplace last night. While full details of the case won’t emerge until he appears in court in May, the AFP used the arrest to remind businesses of the basic principles they should follow to avoid similar attacks.


Ask LH: How Can I Manage An IT Team?

Hello LH, I’m a young accountant working at a small-medium enterprise (SME). I manage a bunch of finance, admin and sales staff along with my finance duties. My manager is leaving for greener pastures and the flow-on restructure will result in me becoming the IT co-ordinator and officer managing the department.


Six Basic Strategies To Reduce IT Complexity

It’s the advice everyone proffers: if you want to make your workplace IT more efficient and cheaper to run, you have to simplify it. But how can you go about doing that? A report from Boston Consulting Group suggests six broad approaches that can be useful.


How To Be A Better Systems Administrator

In the cloud computing era, effectively managing servers and systems is more important than ever. Follow these basic principles to ensure that your workplace systems run smoothly (and advance your own career in the process).


Best Of 2012: IT Pro

Our Best Of 2012 series continues. Today, we’re highlighting our IT pro content: the hints and tips that help you manage tech at work and advance your career.


Ask LH: How Can I Turn A Temporary Job Promotion Permanent?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been acting in a senior role for four months, and I’ve just been extended until February next year. The position has not been advertised (the last person in the job retired) but I have the feeling it will be sometime early next year. What can I do to help secure the job full-time? It would be a big pay rise from my previous job, and I have managed some good wins in the last four months. Any advice? Thanks, Please Promote Me


Common Roadblocks To Cloud Adoption (And How To Start Moving Them)

The benefits of cloud computing are obvious — high availability, improved flexibility, reduced costs — but that doesn’t mean that shifting from a conventional server architecture to a cloud environment is easy. What roadblocks stand in the way of companies shifting to the cloud, and what can be done about them?


Ask LH: What Technology Should I Include In Our Office Refit?

Dear Lifehacker, We’re moving office in about eight months’ time, and it’s a good opportunity to smarten up our outdated internal technology. Any tips on what to avoid/embrace in an office fit-out? I’m mainly concerned with making the space feel shiny for staff and customers whilst not getting locked in to one vendor or looking dated in three years with plasma screens when everyone else has holographic displays and telepathy.


What Schools Can Teach Us About BYOD

Bring your own device (BYOD) poses support and finance challenges for any organisation, but those challenges are magnified when your “workers” are school students who sometimes treat laptops as if they were footballs. How does the education sector deal with the BYOD trend?