If you’re running a virtual
business, then you’ve got to read Leading
Virtual Meetings – Methods and Effective Practices!
For many people working from home
not only makes sense, but it also leads
to higher job satisfaction, higher productivity and lowers costs associated with employees. We live in an age where a
message or email can be sent across the
world within seconds. All you need is a smartphone,
tablet, laptop, and internet connection
and you could be working from home!
With this lean towards
freelancers and virtual offices, it’s not always easy for all business owners
to set up their virtual meetings and
virtual offices the right way.
Whenever you’re running virtual meetings, there are different challenges which
you won’t usually face when running a traditional office or team meeting.
Inside Leading Virtual Meetings – Methods and Effective Practices you’ll
the Benefits and Downsides of Virtual Meetings?
Equipment do you need and what is the Best Technology for Hosting Virtual
Host the Perfect Virtual Meeting
Make Sure People are Listening and Virtual Icebreakers & Much More!
To reduce overheads many new
startups and small businesses are exploring virtual employees. It is also a
great way of obtaining the skills and diversity you require without having to
If you’re currently running a
virtual business, just started switching to virtual employees or considering freelancers
and virtual employees, then you must read
Leading Virtual Meetings – Methods and Effective Practices now!
Life Is Not Fair, and Life Is Not Kind, Life Is An Opportunity by
author Albert L. Swope will take you
on a journey into believing in not only yourself
but also your business ventures.
Unfortunately for us, we grow up in a world where everyone’s
success is thrown in our faces across
mainstream media and social media. People go from nothing to an overnight
success because of a YouTube video or a throwaway comment on social media.
That promotes the idea that
success is easy to obtain, and anyone can do it. When you try and fail, it
makes success seem even further away and promotes the idea that life isn’t
Life Is Not Fair, and Life Is Not Kind,
Life Is An Opportunity you’ll discover:
Stopping Your Thought Process
with Unkind Behavior
& Much More!
It’s time to stop blaming life for your failures and seizing the opportunity when it presents itself! Grab a copy of Life Is Not Fair, and Life Is Not Kind, Life Is An Opportunity right now!
Cloud computing is a service driven model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on demand network access to a shared pool computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal administrative effort or service provider interaction.
Whether you work from home or commute to an office, there are good reasons to start the day
early. There are some obvious ones like
you are rested, you can get work done before other have an opportunity to
interrupt or derail your day, or my all-time favorite, you are more creative
because the emotions of the day’s office
politics haven’t had time to get in the way.
Most mornings, hitting the snooze button a time or 10 feels a lot more enticing than catching the worm and getting to work early. However, the benefits of doing so far outweigh the drawbacks. Even if you aren’t a morning person, it might be worth considering an earlier start.
Here are a few reasons to consider getting to work early:
You get so much done
Where there are co-workers and clients, there are distractions. You have a full page to-do list for the day, but the digressions abound, (especially in the form of others derailing you), and suddenly it’s lunchtime, and you haven’t settled a single item. Before the official workday starts though, the office is quiet and calm, and the rapid fire emails have not begun, you are free to attend to some of your most pressing agenda items in peace.
You’re ready when the official day starts.
By the time the workday proper begins, you’ll be more than ready to roll. You’ll feel awake, grounded, settled-in, caffeinated. While most are still dragging, you’ll be firing on all cylinders. You’ll get more done, (and feel happier doing it), during those morning hours than usual. Otherwise, those first few appointments or meetings can feel like a bit too much, too fast.
It gives you a feeling of control.
There’s something about feeling like you’re ahead of the day that can really improve your sense of autonomy and control. Instead of trying to keep up, you’re setting the pace. Getting to work early helps you feel more in control of your day — and this boost can go a long way.
It gives you a chance to map out your day
Because the morning is a relatively quiet time, and because at this point of the day you have so many hours ahead of you, mornings are the best time of day to make plans. Taking this opportunity to map out your day, and your priorities can help you accomplish more in a more intentional way.
People will notice.
If you regularly get to work a little early, it’s almost certain that someone will notice. Most likely, it’s someone else who likes to arrive ahead of the standard work day — maybe a manager or even your supervisor. Seeing that you make a point to beat the rush will make an impression for sure. And, there’s no harm in that.
Early to bed and early to rise makes and [person] healthy, wealthy and wise
Consulting and gig engagements are known more for their flexibility than for their consistency. The gig economy thrives on companies and individuals choosing to work with freelancers, part-time contractors, and consultants who will only hang around for weeks or months at a time. The upside is that you get to dip your hand in a lot of professions and can benefit from the promise of higher incomes at a time. However, since you never know when one gig is going to end and how long the ‘layover’ between that and the next is going to be, you need to learn to manage your earning power and stay relevant at all times. To that end, let’s explore a few pointers;
Choose your skills wisely
There are fields out there that have become so saturated with talent that it is hopeless to expect them to keep growing in away that favors the workforce. These fields have a next-to-zero probability of raising their rates, so chances are that you will get stuck in a rut. Go for emerging gigs that require specialized, hands-on skills and esoteric knowledge.For instance, there are is a lot more need for cryptographers, translators, and 3D graphic design specialists than there is for, say, freelance writers or plumbers.
Keep tabs on the hours you work
The general rule here, is not to give away you work..
Do not dabble in any professional work where every single hour is not billed. This is because, at the end of the day, your earnings are going to be spread over the course of your work hours, which stretches your per hour earnings thin and puts you in a bind. Overtime is not a good idea either, because you end up with less money for longer work hours (especially if there is no binding overtime agreement), and don’t even let me get started on the very real potential for a burnout.
Diversify your work streams
A lot of freelancers out there choose to focus on a single revenue stream. That is a dangerous way to live because then, you have nowhere to turn to when work in your niche starts to thin out. Even if you essentially work in one profession, make sure that your sources of income are well distributed in that network. You can also identify your strengths and spread them across a number of manageable income streams. If You have piled up a good amount of money over time, think about investing a little in something that won’t take too much of your time but will earn you an income on the side.
Have a plan in place to manage risk
The gig economy exposes you to both legal and income risks. Legal issues such as the provisions in the contracts you sign could put you in a position where there is little, if any, wriggle room. This Limits your chances of getting a few gigs with client B even when still attached to client A. Since you don’t want legal exposure that eats further into your time and money, you need to always have a clear understanding of what you are setting yourself up for before you ink that contract. As for income risks, just have a budget with a saving plan in place and always tuck away about 6 months’ worth of rent and utilities just in case you fall through the cracks
Manage your brand.
Branding is all about perception. You want to keep the outlook of a savvy, modern professional who knows all the nuances in your niche. Focus on developing yourself professionally. Never shy away from any opportunities to learn, and find a way to front yourself as a source of authority in your area of expertise. Keep your brand visible by using the internet in the right way-think blogs, websites and social media.
Building income in the gig economy is easy, but staying afloat even during lean times is tricky. By Adopting freelance work best practices, you get to diversify your streams while at the same time stashing some financial resources away for when work might become hard to find. Whatever you do, just make sure you stay relevant and flexible enough to cope with the changing tides in the freelancing space.
Today, newfound efficiencies and innovation are key to any business success – small, medium or large. In the rapidly evolving field of data analytics, innovative approaches to handling data are particularly important since data is the most valuable resource any business can have. IBM common SQL Engine is delivering application and query compatibility that is allowing companies to turn their data into actionable insights. This is allowing businesses to unleash the power of their databases without constraints.
But, is this really important?
Yes. Many businesses have accumulated tons of data over the years. This data resides in higher volumes, more locations throughout an enterprise – on-premise and on-cloud –, and in greater variety. Typically, this data should be a huge advantage, providing enterprises with actionable insights. But, often, this doesn’t happen.
IBM Hybrid Data Management.
With such a massive barrel of complex legacy data, many organizations find it confusing to decide what to do with it. Or where to start. The process of migrating all that data into new systems is simply a non-starter. As a solution, enterprises are turning to IBM Db2 – a hybrid, intuitive data approach that marries data and analytics seamlessly. IBM Db2 hybrid data management allows flexible cloud and on-premises deployment of data.
However, such levels of flexibility typically require organizations to rewrite or restructure their queries, and applications that will use the diverse, ever-changing data. These changes may even require you to license new software. This is costly and unfeasible. To bridge this gap, the Common SQL Engine (CSE) comes into play.
How IBM Common SQL Engine is Positioning Db2 for the Future?
The IBM Common SQL Engine inserts a single layer of data abstraction at the very data source. This means that, instead of migrating the data all at once, you can now apply data analytics wherever the data resides – whether on private, public or hybrid cloud – by using the Common SQL Engine as a bridge.
The IBM’s Common SQL Engine provides portability and consistency of SQL commands, meaning that the SQL is functionally portable across multiple implementations. It allows seamless movement of workloads to the cloud and allows for multiplatform integration and configurations regardless of their programming language.
Ideally, the Common SQL Engine is supposed to be the heart of the query and the foundation of application compatibility. But it does so much more!
Its compatibility extends beyond data analytic applications to include security, management, governance, data management, and other functionalities as well.
How does this improve the quality, flexibility, and portability of Db2?
By allowing for integration across multiple platforms, workloads and programming languages, the Common SQL Engine, ultimately, leads to a “data without limits” environment for Db2 hybrid data management family through:
Query and application compatibility
The Common SQL engine (CSE) ensures that users can write a query, and be confident that it will work across the Db2 hybrid data management family of offerings. With the CSE, you can change your data infrastructure and location – on-cloud or on-premises – without having to worry about license costs and application compatibility.
Data virtualization and Integration
The common SQL engine has a built-in data virtualization service that ensures that you can access your data from all your sources. These services position Db2 family of offerings including, IBM Db2 warehouse, IBM Db2, IBM Db2 BigSQL amongst others.
This services also applies to IBM Integrated Analytics System, Teradata, Oracle, Puredata and Microsoft SQL server. Besides, you can work seamlessly with open-source solutions such as HIVE; and cloud sources such as Amazon Redshift. Such levels of integration are unprecedented!
By allowing users to effectively pull data from Db2 data stores and integrate it with data from non-IBM stores using a single query, the common SQL engine places Db2 at an authoritative position as compared to other data stores.
Licensing is one of the hardest nuts to crack, especially for smart organizations who rely on technologies such as the cloud to deliver their services. While application compatibility and data integration will save you time, flexible licensing saves you money, on the spot.
IBM’s common SQL engine allows flexible licensing, meaning that you can purchase one license model and deploy it whenever needed, or as your data architecture evolves. Using IBM’s FlexPoint licensing, you can purchase FlexPoints and use them across all Db2 data management offerings. This is a convenience in one place.
The flexible licensing will not only simplify the adoption and exchange of platform capabilities, but it also positions your business strategically by making it more agile. Your data managers will be able to access the tools needed on the fly, without going through a lethargic and tedious procurement process.
IBM Db2 Data Management Family Is Supported by Common SQL Engine (CSE) .
IBM Db2 is a family of custom, deployable database that allows enterprises to leverage existing investments. IBM Db2 allows businesses to use any type of data from an either structured or unstructured database (or data warehouse). It provides the right data foundation/environment with industry-leading data compression, on-premise and cloud deployment options, modern data security, robust performance for mixed loads and the ability to adjust and scale without redesigning.
The IBM Db2 family enable businesses to adapt, scale quickly and remain competitive without compromising security, risk levels or privacy. It features:
Deployment and flexibility: On-premises, scale-on demand, and private or cloud deployments• Compression and performance
Embedded IoT technology is allowing businesses to act fast on the fly.
Some of these Db2 family offerings that are supported by the common SQL engine include:
Db2 Big SQL
Db2 on Cloud
Db2 Warehouse on Cloud
IBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS)
Db2 Family Offerings and Beyond
Since the common SQL engine mainly focuses on data federation and propensity, other non-IBM databases can as well plug into the engine for SQL processing. These other 3rd party offerings include:
Watson Data Platform
Microsoft SQL Server
IBM Common SQL engine is allowing organizations to fully use data analytics to future-proof their business, and as well remain agile and competitive. In fact, besides the benefits of having robust tools woven into CSE, this SQL engine offers superior analytics and machine-learning positioning. Data processing can now happen at the speed of light –- 2X to 5X faster. The IBM Common SQL engine adds important capabilities to Db2, including freedom of location, freedom of use, and freedom of assembly.