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Showing posts with label Best Practices. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Best Practices. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Building Resilient Systems: Best Practices for Government Contracts

In the ever-evolving world of technology, where the stakes are exceptionally high, resilience isn't just a buzzword—it's a necessity. Drawing on my experience in a role that's closely tied to government technology contracts, I'd like to share some insights into building resilient systems that stand the test of time, security threats, and operational challenges.

When you hear the phrase "Building Resilient Systems," what comes to mind? For many, it's a jigsaw puzzle of software redundancies, firewalls, and data backups. While these are crucial, resilience starts in an unexpected place: the human element. It's not just about having a system that can weather a cyberstorm; it's about having a team that can adapt, improvise, and overcome challenges. Now, imagine marrying this adaptability with state-of-the-art technology. That's a resilient system.

You're probably wondering how to keep this idea of resilience alive daily. Here's a simple habit: the 'Morning Resilience Check.' Before diving into your emails or project tasks, take 10 minutes to review one aspect of your system's resilience. It could be the status of the last backup, a quick check on firewall logs, or even a brief team huddle to discuss any potential issues. This small habit ensures that resilience is more than a checklist item; it's a living, breathing part of your daily routine.

As we navigate the labyrinthine corridors of government contracts and high-stakes projects, it's easy to get lost in the minutiae and forget the marvel that is a truly resilient system. There's something awe-inspiring about a system so robust and a team so agile that they can withstand almost anything thrown their way. It's not just about technology; it's about creating something extraordinary that serves a purpose far greater than the sum of its code lines and hardware components.

Let me share a story that beautifully encapsulates the essence of building resilient systems in government contracts. We were weeks away from a project deadline, and a critical piece of our system failed. The team was on edge, the clock was ticking, and I remembered our 'Morning Resilience Check.' We had routinely ensured every part of our system had a backup, including the failed component. Within hours, we were back on track, not just because our system was resilient, but because our team was resilient.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

From SysAdmin to Thought Leader: How to Elevate Your Role

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology and security, the role of a System Administrator often goes unrecognized in the grand scheme of things. Yet, those in the know understand the pivotal role SysAdmins play. Drawing from my own experiences in a position that's pivotal but often relegated to the background, let's explore how you can elevate your role from a SysAdmin to a Thought Leader.

You're the behind-the-scenes maestro, ensuring that the servers hum along perfectly and that the firewalls are impenetrable. You're the System Administrator, and though you may not be in the limelight, your role is crucial. But have you ever stopped to consider the potential of your position? What if you could elevate your role from SysAdmin to Thought Leader?

It may seem unlikely at first glance—SysAdmins and Thought Leaders look like roles from different universes. Here's the twist: the core skills that make you an excellent SysAdmin are the very skills that can propel you into thought leadership. Take the concept of problem-solving, for instance. As a SysAdmin, you're a natural problem-solver, troubleshooting issues that others might not even understand. Now, imagine applying that problem-solving ability not just to systems but to industry-wide challenges. Suddenly, you're not just fixing problems; you're pioneering solutions.

Let's talk about something you do every day: backups. Just as you wouldn't dream of ending your day without ensuring all systems are backed up, make it a daily habit to back up your knowledge as well. Spend just 10 minutes at the end of each day jotting down what you learned, what challenges you faced, and how you overcame them. This daily backup of insights will become an invaluable resource as you transition into a Thought Leader. Imagine the ripple effect when you share these daily learnings with your network.

Feel the excitement yet? You should! Because when you start to see the broader applications of your daily tasks, it's nothing short of awe-inspiring. Imagine being the one to develop a new industry best practice that becomes the standard across organizations. That's the kind of influence a Thought Leader wields, and there's no reason it can't be you.

Picture this: you’re invited to speak at a major industry event. You step up to the podium and share a narrative that's deeply personal yet universally applicable. You talk about your journey from the server room to the stage, and how your experiences as a SysAdmin equipped you to address and solve sector-wide issues. Your story resonates, your insights enlighten, and you've just used your role to create a broader impact. That's the power of evolving from a SysAdmin to a Thought Leader.