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15 Ways to Increase Your Influence at Work

Every endeavor requires influence.

In negotiation, you’re influencing someone to move closer to your point of view.  In conflict resolution, you’re influencing two people to solve their issues.  In organizational change, you’re influencing a person or organization to do something in a different way.

Influence is an essential skill in business. Here are 15 techniques that can help you build your skillset.

When reading this blog, think of a specific business goal you are trying to achieve. How can you use these influence techniques to achieve your goal?

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How to Learn Vue: 8 Vue.js Training Resources

There’s a relative newcomer to the world of JavaScript front-end frameworks that’s attracting a significant amount of attention among developers, Vue.js. In this blog post, I’ll tell you what all the buzz is about. We’ll look at the main points you need to consider to make an informed decision about whether to get on board with it. Finally, we’ll take a look at the best resources on the web to help you learn Vue.

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Data Science Technologies and Tools

Data science is one of the fastest growing career paths.

There may be up to 250,000 open data science jobs by 2024 in the United States, according to a recent InfoWorld article.

For companies and professionals looking to gain a foothold in the rapidly progressing field, there are many choices of technologies and tools.

Below is a list of the top Data Science topics, technologies, and tools to explore.

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How to Learn Microsoft Word: 12 Free and Paid Word Training Resources

Microsoft Word Training options include a live instructor, videos, books, and more. Source: yanalya – freepik

As an account manager at a Microsoft Certified training company, I’ve seen how Microsoft Word is an essential business tool. I’ve helped coordinate Word training for legal professionals, technical writers, executive assistants, policy analysts, and many others.

From talking with hundreds of clients, I’ve discovered that learning Microsoft Word is an ongoing process. Even experienced users can learn new tricks and save time with powerful tools like advanced styles and templates.

When it comes to Microsoft Office software like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, many of us are self-taught. While that might work to a degree, consider how much time can be saved when you learn the productivity tools in Microsoft Word. Think about how your documents would look far more professional by learning the Microsoft Word advanced formatting tools.

In addition to learning new tools and features of Microsoft Word, learning Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts can also be a fantastic way to claim back time in your work day.

After talking with hundreds of Word users and expert Word trainers, I compiled a list of the best resources that have been shared over the years.

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Top Role-Based IT Certifications

The average IT professional has 3 certifications and most IT professionals plan to gain more.

With a fast-changing technology landscape, relevant certifications ensure you are ready to adopt new technologies and integrate new strategies.

Many blogs have reported on the top paying certifications, which is helpful if you are just starting your IT career, or are considering a career change.

Getting more into the specifics, we can also explore certifications based on role. For example, which certifications are best if you are focused on big data? Which are relevant for demonstrating your cloud expertise?

Here are the top certifications for each IT skill set.

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Does your Website Meet Accessibility Standards?

In the United States, twenty percent of adults have a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disabilities that may impede a person’s ability to use a website include:

  • Deafness and loss of auditory capacity
  • Limited visual acuity and blindness
  • Cognitive medical conditions
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech disabilities
  • Movement-based limitations
  • Photosensitivity
  • Other types of disabilities which impede content consumption.

The World Wide Web consortium (W3C) defines accessibility as the practice of insuring that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with websites and tools, and that they can contribute equally without barriers.

In spite of the emphasis given to accessibility issues in every web standard, actual implementation of accessibility best practices is still sub-par in many websites and web applications. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of these best practices, explore the current state of accessibility tools, and give you a few pointers on things that you can do today to improve the accessibility of your website or applications.

Need more help? Click to learn Web Accessibility best practices from a live instructor. 

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CSS Maintenance Best Practices

If you’ve ever worked on a large website as part of a team, or even if you’ve ever worked on a small website with a long history, you know that one of the first things that can get out of control and cause maintenance nightmares is the site’s CSS. After a while of people making one-time changes and additions, it often seems like every additional change breaks something else.

For this reason, various people have come up with strategies and best practices for keeping CSS under control. In this article, I’ll discuss a few of these best practices and then show how using a CSS framework such as Bootstrap 4 can make doing the right thing almost effortless.

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How to Start Using Power BI

Have you been hearing that Power BI is the best and easiest way to analyze and visualize your company’s data?

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Are you interested in learning how Power BI can benefit your organization?

Keep reading to find out how to start using Power BI.

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Using Bootstrap 4 to Improve Your Website

Bootstrap is the most popular front-end CSS and JavaScript framework for designing responsive websites. According to W3techs.com, approximately 20% of websites currently use Bootstrap. There’s a good chance that if you’ve done any type of work on the web, you’ve encountered Bootstrap.

With the recent release of Bootstrap 4, the millions of websites that currently use a previous version face the decision whether to stay with version 3, upgrade to version 4, or transition to a different solution. Unless you’ve been paying close attention, you may not be aware of the differences between Bootstrap 3 and 4 and the issues that will likely determine whether you should upgrade or use Bootstrap 4 for a new website.

Read on to learn more about how Bootstrap 4 can improve your website.

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Leveraging Windows Server 2019 New Features

The days of the simplistic, one dimensional OS are over. Industry requirements for more flexible processing of data and increased security postures have mandated an entirely new breed of operating system.

The advent of secure hybrid systems and virtual network fabrics have made these advances possible.

Windows Server 2016 moved forward on the hybrid front by Integrating Microsoft Azure services into its on premises Active Directory environment. Server 2019 builds on these advancements to provide additional flexibility and security.

4 Major Improvements of Windows Server 2019

Let’s take a look at the four major improvements that Server 2019 provides.

  1. Better Security: Server 2019 builds on the foundation laid by Server 2016 in terms of security.  New features include a new set of host-intrusion prevention capabilities with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.  Windows Defender ATP better protects against memory and kernel level attacks by identifying and terminating malicious processes. Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard provides attack surface reduction, custom queries and detection rules and can continuously monitor your systems against attacks.
  2. Easier Hybrid Integration: Server 2019 Admin Center makes it easier than ever to integrate your Azure services with your on-premises network environment. Features such as Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery can automate the replication of Azure VM’s between on-premises VM’s and VM’s hosted in the Azure cloud, saving time and providing redundancy for your important data.
  3. Application Platform Improvements: Containerization, which virtualizes at the OS level have been around now for a few years in the Linux environment with Docker technology and were recently introduced in the Windows environment with the release of Server 2016. Server 2019 features improvements such as the ability to include Linux containers on Windows with the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). In addition, the ability to create even smaller container images make application development even more flexible.
  4. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: HCI creates a software defined IT Infrastructure that virtualizes conventional hardware-based systems using a Hypervisor and a virtualized SAN, thus creating software-defined storage. This reduces the need for organizations to rely on different storage and compute systems. This is accomplished by consolidating storage, networking and compute functions onto a single node and thus reduces infrastructure costs while maintaining performance, reliability and scalability.

Best New Features of Windows Server 2019

To make hybrid integration more secure and easier to administer, Microsoft has introduced some new features in Server 2019.

  1. The new Windows Admin Center makes it possible to better manage Azure services from your on-premises environment. You can now deploy and manage Azure resources automatically from a central interface.
  2. In Server 2019, you will be able to protect your servers from accidental data deletion and attacks with the use of the Azure Backup System.
  3. Azure Update Management provides seamless system updates across all servers in your environment.
  4. In the past, migration of legacy servers required reconfiguration of the applications that were migrated.  This is no longer necessary in Server 2019.  The Storage Migration Service can accomplish this task, not only faster, but also more accurately.  The Windows Admin Center provides a graphical workflow to make the migration process easier than ever before. This is a three-step process: first your legacy servers are inventoried, then the data is transferred to Server 2019 and finally the legacy server’s networking settings and identity are conveyed to the new server for a seamless migration that is transparent to the applications and the end user.
  5. Azure File Sync allows for better performance, flexibility and compatibility with your on-premises file servers.  AFS has the ability to use multiple protocols, such as SMB, NFS and FTPS to access files locally with a hot cache, while having the ability to leverage a much larger storage capability in the Azure Cloud.  The Storage Replica feature introduced in Server 2016 has been improved to allow small and medium size businesses to provide a cost-effective disaster protection service with an included Standard Windows 2019 edition VM hosted in Azure. This will allow failover to the Azure VM.  This eliminated the need for organizations to maintain multiple disaster recovery locations.

Review of Windows Server 2019 Advances

Let’s review the four Server 2019 investment areas.

  1. Security is first. The new Windows Defender ATP feature, along with better protection for multi-tenant Azure environments, will certainly help. As we all know, as far as security is concerned, the defense in depth approach is always best and there is no single answer to all security threats.  Server 2019 also includes Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC).  WDAC allows for the creation of security policies that block anything from running, unless it is designated on a whitelist. Human beings continue to be the single weakest link in the security chain and that will not change.  Through the use of security measures such as Shielded Virtual Machines and the use of these new generation operating systems, we can feel a little more comfortable for now.
  2. Software Defined Networking in Server 2019 enhances the Hybrid capabilities by providing better performance and flexibility, all from a single node. Azure Site Recovery allows for connection and automatic replication of on-site and Azure based VM’s. This redundancy provides for increased security and productivity.
  3. Server 2019 includes new enhancements to the Container feature, which was first introduced in Server 2012. Improvements include smaller container size and the ability to integrate Linux containers with the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which will make application development more efficient.
  4. Finally, the new Hyper-Converged Infrastructure can deliver predictable performance capabilities on a scalable and flexible platform using an efficient architecture that will make deployment and management of systems easier and more efficient, thus reducing the Total Cost of Ownership of computer systems and networks.

Windows Server 2019 has many new enhancements that can make your IT life easier and more secure.

Build Your Windows Server Skills

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Blog Post Author: Jay Cotrone

Jay Cotrone has been providing IT Training for nearly 20 years. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer for Windows Server and Windows. He is also certified in CompTIA Security+ and Network+.