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It's Force Friday and that means we get to celebrate all things Star Wars. But as well as some awesome new toys from Sphero and the revelation of new details of the upcoming movie, The Last Jedi, it's a chance to look back and pick up a few tips for successfully managing IT in this galaxy.

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Over the last few weeks, I've been speaking with a number of senior IT managers and there seems to be a consensus that the pace of change, both in technology and the business, is starting to become overwhelming. By and large, these were experienced practitioners, often with two or more decades in senior IT roles so you'd think they be well-equipped to deal with whatever comes their way. But many seemed overwhelmed and were struggling to balance the need for 24/7 availability, highly secure systems and the ability to be flexible and pivot rapidly. What does it take to be a great CIO today?

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I was once told the best time to buy new tech is tomorrow and the best time to sell the tech you no longer need is yesterday. With most tech hardware products refreshed annually it seems almost impossible to perfectly match your buying patterns to the release cycles of hardware manufacturers. Today's announcement of the new Surface Pro had me thinking - how do you ensure you're getting the best bang for buck when buying new hardware?

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Starting salaries for technology professionals are expected to rise by an average of 2.7% in 2017, according to the latest salary survey by recruiters Robert Half. Cyber-security specialists, software developers and business intelligence professionals will get the highest pay rises in terms of starting salaries. Here's how much the top tech professions are expected to make this year.

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A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear General Norman Schwarzkopf speak at an event. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the US Central command and led the military in the Gulf War. He offered two pieces of advice to all aspiring leaders. When you’re in charge, lead. And do what’s right. But how does that translate for today’s IT leaders?

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Telsyte released an interesting report yesterday. Their research found almost two-thirds of the 263 IT decision makers they surveyed expected their budgets to increase this year. The main reason is the need to invest in big data and analytics tools to support sales and marketing, and to prepare for the data deluge that IoT will bring.

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If we all work side by side in an open-plan office or 'hot desk', moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration! It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company. Research suggests that in shared working spaces there were increases in 'employee social liabilities'; distractions, uncooperativeness, distrust and negative relationships. More surprisingly, both co-worker friendships and perceptions of supervisor support actually worsened. Read on to find out more.

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A good manager can make a world of difference to your professional life and help you along your career. Unfortunately, good managers are hard to come by. Some may be incorrigible tyrants while others may not even recognise their own failings. So what qualities should a good manager possess? Let's find out.

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In the last week Pokemon GO fever has swept Australia, causing Pokefans all over the world to take to the streets, drain their phone batteries and their data and generally get more exercise than they will have had in years. The game is also a huge time-sink, however -- and considering how many Pokemon-attracting lures are being placed around office buildings, it's one that's happening in work hours.