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January 25, 2016

Is it time for you to engage a managed service provider? A managed service provider will free up your engineering team, allowing them to concentrate on creative, value-building projects. MSPs are valuable whenever there are tasks that can be managed by those who have u...

January 22, 2016

The last entry of our SMART Assessment Services is Timely. Timely has two components. The first being the one we’re most accustomed to– how does the output relate to my current and soon-to-be situation? But the second is a bit more abstract.

Each organization is on it...

January 21, 2016

The R in our SMART Assessment series is Relevant. We were reading through some assessments and ran across a data center risk assessment where “meteor strike” was listed as a risk. Meteor strike. Is it a risk? The sun could blow up. It’s a risk. Okay, sure, but how rele...

January 20, 2016

In our SMART Assessment series we’re talking about the “A.” Actionable. We are firm believers that an assessment must have actionable steps in order to be valuable. Most assessments today are academic in nature. Full of information, yes, but leaving you to figure out h...

January 19, 2016

M in our SMART Assessment stands for Meaningful. Let’s take a quick look at the definition of meaningful: “having a serious, important, or useful quality or purpose.” 

Useful quality. Remember the Friends episode where Joey wants to “sound smart” in a letter of recommen...

January 18, 2016

Welcome to our SMART Assessments series. Remember Sesame Street? Every day the show featured a letter of the day. Today’s letter is “S.”

For us, the S in our SMART system stands for Strategic. When you engage someone to do an assessment for you, it’s usually because you...

January 15, 2016

If you’ve been in the corporate world for any amount of time, chances are you’ve had some sort of assessment done on your organization. Most of those assessments? Felt like you were reading the phone book. In Russian.

It’s even worse in the IT space, where assessments h...

January 11, 2016

Engineers and operators have substantially different roles, even though they may appear to interface with similar technologies. It's a common mistake to hire an individual for their engineering skills and then to slowly shift their role into mundane (but necessary) ope...

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