Software Defined Networking (SDN) is not a revolutionary new technology. Instead, it is better to think of this as being a new way of organizing computer network functionality. SDN allows the network to be virtualized. That's where the real power of SDN comes from, and that's what we'll be exploring in this book.
As the CIO of your company, it's your job to stay on top of all of the different forms of technology that the company uses to accomplish its business goals. This task is made even harder by all of the changes that are always occurring in the various technology fields. As the CIO you need to be understand how to pick the correct type of database to be used on projects. You need to watch the rollout of other large-scale IT projects and learn from them: what went right and what went wrong.
"Interesting but cursory"
As though staying on top of changing technology trends wasn’t enough, today's CIOs also find themselves being held responsible for securing the IT department as well as the rest of the company. This is a job that few of us have ever been trained to do; however, the stakes have never been higher.
A leader in the commercial real estate field, Mike Lipsey first burst on the national scene in 1981, when his Louisiana-based firm was acquired by the commercial group of Coldwell Banker. From that time on, Mike has parlayed earlier achievements into continued success, most notably in the acquisition of office buildings, apartment complexes and shopping centers throughout the Gulf South.
"Oldie but goodie"
What is a product manager without a product? Nothing. That's why it's so very important that when a product is being developed that the product manager be involved. Now exactly how best to go about doing that is an entirely different question. The process from having an idea for a product to actually having a product is a long and treacherous road. So many things can go wrong that either cause the schedule to have to be extended or cause a product with the wrong features to be developed.
Anyone can manage IT employees. Due to the fact that the employees have agreed to work for the company, as their manager you hold the ability to fire them in your hands. If they don't do what you tell them to do, you have the right to terminate them. That's management, not leadership. This audiobook will provide you with numerous examples of good leadership. I'll be showing you the skills and talents that IT leaders must have in order to do a good job of motivating their team.
An IT manager's budget controls what he or she and his or her team are going to be able to accomplish this year. No, creating a budget may not be the most enjoyable thing that you'll be called on to do, but it just might be the most important. The challenge that a lot of IT managers have when it comes to creating a good budget is that it requires them to master a number of terms and concepts that they may have never encountered in school.
When you became a product manager, did anyone take the time to mention to you that you were signing up to become a member of your company's sales department? You might have thought that you were joining the marketing department, but if your product doesn't sell, then you won't be holding on to your product management job for long!
"I'm a newbie in this area"
As product managers it is our responsibility to create products that our customers will want and that will end up being profitable for our companies. It turns out that this is no easy task. Identifying what a customer really wants and then turning that into a feature that can be delivered to a customer is hard work. The key to being successful is to understand exactly what goes into world-class product development.
Every time we are asked to give a speech, we feel a sense of nervous energy flow through our body. We think, "I hope that this turns out well." We would give anything to be able to control the future and make this our best speech ever. Well, I've got some good news for you: you are in control and you can make that happen.
There are speeches, and then there are great speeches. As public speakers it's the great speeches that we want to give; however, how is one to go about creating such a speech?
An IT manager is only as good as his or her team is. This means that one of the most critical skills that an IT manager has is the ability to build the perfect team. The better a team that you can build, the better your team is going to make you look!
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is the one who is credited with saying "The only thing that is constant is change." In the world of giving speeches this is especially true. One does not just suddenly become a great speaker. Rather, what happens is that we start to give speeches and gradually over time we get better at doing it. However, we'll never get any better at speaking in public if we don't know how to change.
It turns out that most negotiations are over even before they begin. The agent who has spent the most time planning for the negotiation, doing their homework, and collecting the data that they'll need is the one that's going to walk away from the table with the best deal and a sense of winning. Wouldn't you want that person to be you?
This audiobook has been written with one goal in mind - to show you how you can make your product management career a success. It's not easy being a product manager so we're going to show you what you need to be doing in order to make you stand out and be successful! Let's make your career a success!
"Great for new product managers"
The success of a product manager is judged by the success of their product. This of course leads to the question, what does it take to have a successful product? One of the most important things is how a product manager chooses to look at their market: do they take the short term view or the long term view?
At the heart of what it means to be a product manager lies the ability to market your product. No matter if you are trying to get people inside of your company to provide you with the resources or funding that your product needs in order to get out the door or if it's customers that you are after, you've got to be able to paint a picture of your product that makes people want it.
"Good insights, but short and superficial."
The job of a product manager is made even more difficult by the simple fact that it really does not come with any clear instructions on how to do it correctly. As product managers we are constantly searching for ways to become better. One of the things that every product manager quickly realizes is that their career success is very closely tied to the financial success of their product.
If you want to be successful as a product manager, then you are going to have to be able to create products that solve problems for your customers. In order to do this, you are going to first have to understand your customers - what are their wants and needs? In order to be able to answer questions like this, you may find out that you are going to have to fire some of your customers - they are just too expensive for you to try to keep happy. Ultimately you want to change the relationship that you have with your customers.
When you find yourself in a leadership position, you'll want to make the most of it. This means that you want to be viewed as being both powerful and effective. In order to make this happen, you need to have a good understanding of what leadership is really all about.