Seeing the familiar red and blue flashing lights of a Police vehicle in the rear view mirror, promotes a sense of dread and panic for most of us on the road.  Frequent reports about Police involved beatings and shootings, especially where minorities are concerned, have worked to erode the peoples trust and belief that they will be treated fairly and justly by the Law Enforcement community.

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Training for Employee Growth and Development

"This guy is walking down the street when he falls into a hole. The walls are so steep that he can't get out.

A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, “Hey you. Can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, “Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?”  The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a friend walks by, “Hey, Joe, it's me can you help me out?”  And the friend jumps into the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid?  Now we're both down here.”  The friend says, “Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out.”

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Nagios for IT Infrastructure Monitoring

I managed a web design and hosting company several years ago.  When we began to experience the first of many growth spurts, we were adding servers to our infrastructure at a rate of one to three servers per quarter.  Knowing the details about what was happening on all of those servers, as well as the applications and infrastructure in general, quickly became my primary concern and responsibility.

I consulted with the Datacenter staff and other hosting professionals regarding server monitoring, and the application most recommended was Nagios.  But along with the recommendation, came the warnings that Nagios might be a pain in the ass to setup and maintain.  Back then, when Nagios was in its infancy, the warnings were quite appropriate!  But the flexibility that it offered and the intelligence that it returned made editing the countless configuration files well worth it!  Today there are many books and videos that explain Nagios' installation and configuration in detail, and self-paced training is available by subscription for only $200 per year.

Nagios streamlines the overall monitoring of Ping, Power and Pipe, while paying specific attention to areas like: CPU, Memory, Disks, SNMP Service, Network Switches, Routers, Firewalls, Services, DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, Exchange Services, HTTP Status, FTP Status, OpenManage Status, Total Running Processes, Programs running on servers and other host resources and application states.

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Onboarding – Jumpstarting Your New Employees

Did you know?

The Department of Labor reports that 66% of new hires are more likely to remain with a business for three years or more if the employees take part in a structured Onboarding process. So a thoughtful Onboarding process is a retention tool in and of itself!

A new hire is a significant investment. There are recruitment and training costs, as well as the time and focus required to get the new hire up to speed.  On average, it takes 6-9 months for a new hire to reach full productivity, yet an average of 35% of new hires are lost within 2 years.

According to the Aberdeen Group Research Co. — The relationship between the new employee and the manager is the determining factor in whether the new employee stays with an organization.  Research by the Office of State Personnel suggests that employees will decide within 10 days if they intend to stay with the organization or begin looking for a different job.

Managers who shepherd the new employee’s first year in the new position can expect these positive results:

  • Employees that feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging, allowing them to focus on learning their new duties
  • Employees with an understanding of their role and contribution to the group and department's mission and goals
  • Employees that feel a connection to and pride in their work
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