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Excel: The More You Know, the More You Grow

Excel: The More You Know, the More You Grow preview imageMany observers have noted that most people who use Excel probably know about 10% of what it can do. Those who learn how to use more extract far more value from Excel and become far more valuable to their employers. Here are some directions for learning and earning more with the world’s most powerful spreadsheet.

The Expanded Universe of Open Source on Azure

The Building Blocks of Microsoft - Linux & Open Source preview imageAfter decades of open warfare on Open Systems, Microsoft has made it very clear that Azure loves Open Source and is an ideal platform for building your Open Systems environments. Here’s how this broadens the horizon for you, your employer, your clients, and the IT community.

Novell. Lotus. Linux. Open Source. Across the history of Microsoft, these were the well-known nemeses. The first two have faded into relative obscurity, but Linux and Open Source have taken a different path.

Turn your data range into an instant chart (Excel 2016)

  • 13 February 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
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Turn your data range into an instant chart (Excel 2016) preview imageIntimidated by Excel’s chart function? You don’t have to be a whiz to get a quick, new perspective on your spreadsheet’s contents.

Azure: An Ever-Evolving Platform

  • 1 February 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
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Azure: An Ever-Evolving Platform preview imageWith the sheer number of new Azure subscriptions being sold every month, the odds are always increasing that the next job you take will have you working on the Microsoft Azure platform. Beyond learning how to manage resources in the world’s most popular cloud, you’ll also need to learn how to keep up with the rapid pace of advancement in this industry-leading environment.

Make the “learning curve” your friend.

The Difference Between Office 365 & Microsoft 365

  • 1 February 2018
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 107
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The Difference Between Office 365 & Microsoft 365 preview imageIn what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls the “cloud-first, mobile-first world” you need more, and that’s why Microsoft combined Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) to create Microsoft 365, designed to be your complete working environment every day of the year, no matter where you may find yourself working. You’ll need to expand your knowledge and skills to meet these increasing demands, expanding your career while you do.

Become Certified as a Human Resources Professional

  • 7 December 2017
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 92
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“Phrases like the "skills gap," "talent shortages" and "leadership crisis" may seem like buzzwords to the general public, but HR feels their effect every single day as they threaten to hold our people and organizations back. You see, for us, immigration, diversity and inclusion, the ongoing conversation about harassment now and other hot issues are what we deal with daily. And we are being called to manage challenges and changes that even top leaders in business, government and industry haven't figured out.”

Auto-focus on the search input field to improve UI (HTML5)

  • 6 December 2017
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 86
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More than half of all web users navigate using the search box, so from a user’s perspective that handy rectangle is one of the most important elements of a website. When a website visitor lands on the homepage, usually they will scroll down, then navigate to another page—often via the search box. A simple adjustment to your HTML will autofocus a user’s cursor into the input box as soon as the page loads so they are ready to go. Users that frequently visit the same website, such as those for banks or hospitals, benefit even more from this function as they grow to expect it and can begin typing their destination into the search box immediately after the page loads.

Use Network Segmentation to prevent a full-access security breach (Networks)

  • 31 October 2017
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 85
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In medieval times, wealthy Lords built stone walls around their fortresses to keep their castle safe—sometimes they even added a moat! For network security, segmentation is the equivalent of multiple layers of protective walls. The idea is that a hacker can never penetrate the entire system at once without setting off warning bells or hitting a wall.

Expanding Your New Horizons at SpecTECHcular

  • 16 October 2017
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
  • Number of views: 87
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You are constantly improving. It’s one of the best things about being in tech. No boredom. New skills become old in record time, replaced by new skills and new technologies.

Get Unified with Cisco UCS

  • 12 September 2017
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
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The data center has become a big differentiator. The more efficiency, the more functionality a company can obtain from its data center the more competitive it can be.

This creates more demand upon the data center for greater agility and flexibility, and more pressure for greater performance and broader capability. Ultimately this results in increased complexity that can make it more and more difficult for a data center to keep up with the constantly growing demand. It becomes a vicious cycle.

This is what inspired Cisco to create the Unified Computing System (UCS). From inception, Cisco described UCS as it’s “end-to-end” solution, bringing every component of the entire compute environment together enabling data center professionals to complete 80% or more of their operational tasks from a single console. Given that IDC reports that the top driver for IT operations and analytics is the requirement for improved infrastructure capacity planning and utilization, having servers, storage, data communications and more all unified under an umbrella of Cisco management tools and systems constitutes a superb solution.

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