Managing Technology Within An Organization

I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.” – From the HAL 9000 computer, 2001: A Space Odyssey

When it comes to technology solutions for your business it is easy to get carried away with the latest-and-greatest gadgets and solutions. Everyone wants to have the latest shiny thing. In larger organizations, managing technology can become burdensome due to competing and duplicative technology requests. Left unfettered, the company technology platform can resemble a “spaghetti bowl” over time. Often is the case, new technology requests are submitted without any business case to support their investment.

I am a big proponent of having non-technology business leaders play an active role in the determination of the technology solutions utilized at an organization. While it is critical to include an IT perspective from a technical interface standpoint, having non-IT personnel drive technology solutions often lead to decisions based on thebusiness needs of the organization. As such, any technology request would require a business plan to support the investment.

Form A Technology Committee: This is the start of your technology approval process. Create a technology committee that represents various personnel from cross-functional departments. Consider selecting an operations, marketing, accounting, technology and finance member to this team. This committee is charged with creating the process for submitting technology solution requests for the organization as well as providing the prioritization and ultimately, approval of the requests.

Develop A Submittal Process: Inherent in a well-thought through technology strategy for an organization is developing a process for the submission of ideas. Following the “garbage-in, garbage-out” mindset, developing a detailed process for submission will help weed out the “nice to haves” and focus the committee on real, tangible solutions. This process should not only include the technology solution identified, but as importantly, the business case for its justification. For approved projects in the queue, a monthly communication should be sent to the organization recapping the activity of the committee.

Focus Your Projects: A technology committee creates focus throughout the organization. While it would be great to have every new iteration of technology that gets released, that is impractical and costly. The committee can help with providing a high-level perspective on the entire enterprise since it is considering all requests. All to often, departmental requests have a tendency to be created in a silo, with only the impact on that department considered.

Need To Have Vs. Nice To Have: This is a biggie. It is easy to feel that an iPhone 3 becomes obsolete as soon as the iPhone 4 is released, but when the technology is run by the committee, the “nice to haves” usually fail due to a lack of business case. The committee allows the organization to run with an unbiased interference with respect to technology. The committee is charged with improving ROI on technology solutions and since it is comprised cross-departmentally, there should be no “pet” projects. gps tracker

One Project, Big Picture: I have headed a technology committee in the past and the greatest “aha” moment for me was the amount of similar technology solutions that were being presented from different departments. Had all of these requests been accepted, the organization would have overspent IT dollars as well as created duplicative solutions to the same issues. The committee allows for its members to “rise above” the fray of the organization and view the technology requests in the big picture. The committee’s goal was to ensure that any approved request was accretive to the overall company.

Create A Business Case: This is the best way to clear out the clutter. Ask employees what they need from a technology solution and the committee will be inundated with ideas. Ask them to submit in a business case (cost justification for the investment) along with their solution and ideas are significantly reduced. The business case for a technology solution not only helps in identifying whether the investment is worth it, but also forces the author to think about how this solution interfaces within the existing platform.

Post Analysis: Lastly, carefully measuring the business case proforma against the actual cost/return of the projects not only holds the submitter responsible, but also the committee. The goal with the post analysis isn’t to “call people out”, but rather provide an unbiased financial review of the project. Without this type of post analysis measurement to hold this team accountable, the committee eventually will serve no purpose


Face Masks – Keep Your Skin Soft And Beautiful

Beauty masks can be as simple as the mud found outside or very complicated and cost over $200 per application and include things like gold dust. Though you do not need to have a gold dust facial to have a great beauty mask experience, it is good to know the different types of masks available to known which is best to chose for your skin type or the issue you are trying to tackle.

One of the most simple types of masks are milk and honey masks. These masks are great for people who have dry skin and need good a good rehydration regime. This is a natural mask that can be made at home and once applied to the face and left on for about 15 minutes, can then be peeled off. Easy to make but a bit sticky, the milk and honey mask is a great mask that can be made out of things in your own kitchen.

Another great mask that can easily be made at home is one made from a base of egg yoke. Egg yoke face masks work well because the proteins in the mask help with blemish problems in the skin. The Vitamin A in the yoke also helps to assist in the regeneration of the skin and healing of the problem spots. If you are a person that suffers from breakouts from time to time, a 30 minute egg yoke mask may help to clear up your skin and help to sooth the redness that acne can leave.

A popular store bought mask is a clay mask. People who have oily skin and have issues with excess oil problems can find refuge in a mask that is primarily made from a clay base. The clay is applied to the skin wet and then dried over 15-30 minutes. During the drying time the clay helps to tighten the skin and thus, the pores then become smaller. There are many different formulas and mixtures on the market, and different clays can react adversely to different skin types. Be sure to check the clay type when you are purchasing a clay mask so that you get the right one. n95 mask

Be sure when applying any facial beauty mask to do so to previously cleaned and dried skin, on both the face and the neck. All hair should be pulled back and out of the way as to not interfere with the mask.

Beauty masks can be one of the simplest and most beneficial things that you can do for the upkeep of your face. The regular use of beauty masks can rejuvenate the skin and depending on the type of mask chosen, fix a common skin issu


What Is A CPAP Mask? Why Should You Be Using One?

Chances are very high that a patient, diagnosed with sleep apnea for the first time is recommended CPAP therapy, where CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. This is because CPAP therapy is regarded as one of the most effective and goal-oriented treatment approaches for the management of mild to moderate sleep apnea. Even the American Sleep Apnea Association endorses this view.

What is CPAP therapy?

The primary aim of this therapy is to keep the airway open for the patient to breathe as normally as possible during sleep. Collapsing and blockage of the upper respiratory tract cause unimaginable trauma and distress to the sleep apnea patient by way of recurrent pauses in breathing and depending on the severity the patient can stop breathing 5 to 30 times in an hour. CPAP Masks

The CPAP therapy is essentially a process of providing artificial ventilation to help the patient cope better with breathlessness during sleep. It does so by pumping in pre-set pressurized air into the lungs on a continuous basis so that the airway never collapses during sleep. The CPAP therapy consists of a set of CPAP equipment, the individual components of which are:

• The pressurized air generating device
• CPAP masks, worn on the nose, mouth or both, act as conduits for carrying the pressurized air from the device to the lungs.
• Hoses that transport the air.

Role of CPAP masks in the therapy

Though each component has its separate role in the entire procedure, the CPAP mask perhaps is the most important item in the entire set of equipment.

To understand why CPAP masks can be the sole deciding factor to continue with the CPAP therapy, we need to appreciate that delivering the required amount of pressurized air is critical to the therapy success. Any air leakage, which can only happen at the level of the masks, can completely ruin the chances of the therapy delivering results.

It is also very important that the user is completely at ease wearing the mask, or else, discontinuation of therapy is imminent.

What is a CPAP mask?

A CPAP mask is usually triangular in shape to fit the contours of the face. It is made of silicone or soft plastic to offer maximum comfort to the user. It can be worn over the nose, mouth or both, depending on the sleeping patterns and breathing habits of the user. For example, some users are mouth breathers – for them, the full face mask could be the ideal choice. Similarly, the mask could also be worn according to the way the user sleeps – whether on the back or on the sides.


Letting Loose With Free Online Games And Tycoon Games

Tycoon games are not just like any other game. They are about growing your income and managing a business or a restaurant. When you play a tycoon game, you will be allowed to control the entire world you are in. In some games in the tycoon genre, you can buy homes and sell them for a higher price, or manage an entire town and build its success. There is rarely a tycoon game that is not exciting enough to be playing for hours on end. These types of games had so much hype ever since they were born. These types of games are becoming quite popular in the online gaming world and new free online games in this specific genre are being created nearly every day. This is a great thing for the gamers of the Internet as they love to play tycoon games and other free online games alike.

Most technology required to play online tycoon games are created from flash. Flash is a system that enables fast animation to be displayed on the Internet in a web browser. Tycoon games on the Internet will require you to download and install a flash player that will enable you to view flash embedded files or play online flash video games.

Many tycoon type games offer and represent some sort of open sandbox town or city or even country where you are required to build and manage it depending on its obligations, rules, or requirements. When building a city, town, or country you will learn the basics of what it needs to survive and what it needs to thrive. The Internet gaming community is constantly building and coming up with new ideas for free online games on the web. These types of games will never get old and they are some of the most fun free online games we can think of to play, especially in our free time. New tycoon games have completely rebuilt their graphics and interfaces but most game play has still remained the same. The customization of the game is the hard part; it must not be the same like any other game. It must be new, different, and most of all, it must be fun. UFABET

When going on the Internet and playing tycoon games you will be able to embrace your skills of building, operating, and managing an entire city, town, or country. You will learn what needs to be done, and what needs to be built, in order to keep things moving smoothly. The most fun about these games is that you will be earning money. When you earn money, you will be able to create more for your city, town, or country and be able to make it a better place for your society to develop and thrive. Check out tycoon games now and join in on the fun.