Be Objective About Your Skills – Are You Really a Techie?


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Be Objective About Your Skills – Are You Really a Techie?

Lists. They fascinate us. There are lists to determine if you are an introvert or extrovert; there are lists which will help you determine if you are right-brained or left-brained, and even if you are a good pet owner.

So, here is another list.

How good techie are you really? Below, you will find questions that you should answer to determine if you are a skilled techie.

Can You Fix Basic PC Issues?

Here’s the thing. If you are a techie in an organization, people expect that you will know how to solve their basic issues. Can you help them back up their files? Can you map a printer? Can you add network cards? Can you free up space to install updates?

Can You Be an Effective Help Desk Agent?

If you work for an organization that has a help desk, go sit at it for a while. Can you explain and resolve issues in lay terms so that non-techies understand?

Can You Train Others?

Teachers will tell you this: the best way to improve your own knowledge and skills is to teach them to someone else. Teaching forces you to conduct research, to read, and to learn that which you must teach others. It cements that learning so that you will retain it permanently.

Are You a Master of Basic Networking?

Even if you are a system administrator, you still need to understand how networks operate and how to conduct basic troubleshooting. You should know DNS and how to check it, along with trace-routing machines, at the very least.

Are You Adept at Basic System Administration?

Do you understand file permissions and access permissions? Do you know why machines talk to domain controllers? While you need not be an expert, you do need to understand these things so that you can avoid issues down the road.

Can You Network Trace?

You should be able to use at least one or two basic networking capturing tools. Learn Wireshark, snoop, netmon, etc. While you don’t need to understand everything, you need to be at least capable of capturing it and sending it over to a network engineer for examination.

Do you Understand Latency and Bandwidth and How they are Related but Different?

The concepts are simple. For example, you should understand why adding more bandwidth to a link that isn’t full will not reduce latency.

Can You Throw a Script Together for Quick Results?

If you are a real programmer, then you know about putting those error messages, in, looking for abnormalities, and documenting. If you are a techie but not a programmer, you should, however, be able to throw a script together that will remove lines, copy files, and/or send emails.

Are You Continuing to Learn More Languages?

If you are a programmer, fluency in just one or two languages should not be personally satisfying. While you may work in only those one or two, learning more all the time should always be “on your plate.” This drive to keep learning is one of the most valuable assets to an employer, and it should be to you too, especially if you are a solopreneur.

Do You Have Full Mastery in at Least One Core Area of Development?

You must. While you can certainly acquire skills in many areas of development, if you are focused on IOS development, for example, be the “king” of that area. This allows employers/clients to trust you. Once you are “king,” you can move on and retain that trust.

How Adaptable Are You?

You may need to “hit the ground running” in a new environment, framework, or language. Can you acclimate yourself to new systems and tools quickly? The goal is to become competent in the short-term and a master over time. When you are seeking a great job opportunity, for example at supreme dissertations, a potential employer will want to see flexibility, a good attitude, and an aptitude for learning. Specific skills are usually 3rd or 4th on their list of priorities because the first three say that you can and will learn what you have to.

Are You a Fan of Data and Research?

You need to be. Never make assumptions. Gather the data and analyze it. Data drives technology today.

Are You Documenting Everything?

No one else wants to wonder what you did or how you did it. Even the obvious should be documented. And remember, you are may be “speaking” to non-techies too. Lose the acronyms a bit.

Are You Testing Enough?

Nothing is worse for a user than to have a piece of software with “bugs,” however small. A good techie tests and re-tests everything before launch.

Do You Have the Necessary Soft Skills?

Remember, being a good techie involves many hard skills – they are not all mentioned here, of course. However, to be effective, you must be a good communicator in a variety of environments; you must be a team player when that is required. And if you hope to move into IT management at some point, you have to be a great listener, humble, willing to ask questions when you don’t understand, and able to “read” others.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the skills that make you a good techie. But do remember this: If you are already a techie, it is because you like what you do and you have already developed some solid skills. This means that you can learn anything you need to in order to boost your skill levels.

About the author:  Ashley Kornee is a blogger and freelance writer. She always tries to write about ordinary things in a creative way.  You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Modern Tech That Can Help Small Business Keep up With the Biggest Companies

In the past decade or so, a clear gap has formed between e-commerce giants such as eBay and Amazon and medium and small online businesses who are trying to compete with these brands. This gap just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and it seemed like nothing is going to change. But, some new technologies that have developed in the past few years are proving to be a useful asset to small business owners.

These services can help a smaller business become more competitive in the e-commerce market while measuring and identifying the important business metrics. Enabling your e-commerce store to its fullest is something you must do if you want to stay competitive.

Technology development was always one of the key aspects of business. Luckily, most of modern technologies focus and revolve around the internet and this is why small business owners can try to make the most of these technologies to accelerate their performance in the modern online marketplace.

The numbers show that over one in four users who browse a certain website will leave that place if the page needs more than four seconds to load itself. This is an important thing to bear in mind. While you are reading this, there may be dozens of potential customers leaving your website just because of that.

The Speed of Checking Out

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Even though most of business owners have a habit of monitoring their overall site speed through some tools, only a few small e-commerce businesses keep track of their checkout speed.

When a potential customer decides to actually buy something from your online store, the whole process from that point up until the purchase should be as easy and quick as possible in order to stop checkout abandonment.

The current rate for checkout abandonment is as high as 67%. This is why you should try to avoid giving a potential costumer additional reasons for leaving your small business checkout.

The Speed Index

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A lot of online businesses rely on using tools such as TTFB (time to first byte) to make sure that the performance of their website is up to par.

However, even though this is good for finding search engine result numbers, the time to first byte is not the best way to determine the overall user experience of the site’s speed.

It is very important that the small business owners monitor the average time needed for a customer to engage with their website.

This time is called speed index and it includes things like the time needed for the whole page to load as well as responsiveness. With this tool you will measure site speed more efficiently.

Many studies have confirmed that for each second a person is waiting for a certain site to load, almost seven percent of them will abandon that website. There are many online providers that allow business owners to check their index speed free of charge.

Web Hosting

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It is very important that you reduce the possibility for downtime and timeouts to a minimum, and this is a matter every entrepreneur should discuss with their web hosting service provider.

At AltusHost, we always like to focus our on issues like how to increase your traffic and be prepared for it, what controlling we can do when you need a change made to the production servers, estimating the time we need to get your business back to normal operations when an unexpected failure occurs and establishing proper recovery systems that will ensure you won’t lose anything of value.

The communication between a web host and an online business owner is very important, things must be talked over so that both sides can conduct their business to the fullest potential. You must know what you need in order to choose the most suitable hosting package for your business.  

Security Measures

Over half of all the security breaches and scams that happened online are focused on e-commerce websites. This is why it is very important to secure all aspects of your website and other online assets such as email, cloud accounts, etc.

Hiring a backup and system recovery service is important to ensure the safety of your valuable data. Install antivirus software and update it regularly because malware and viruses are constantly upgraded and they can easily breach to outdated antiviruses. It is also essential that you constantly update the operating system used by your IT, to provide crucial security solutions.

More than ever, technology is a vital aspect of every business. The good thing is that most of these technological achievements are fairly cheap and available for anyone. Furthermore, as a small or medium business, you won’t need something expensive to fulfil your needs.

Many tools that can help you get useful analytics are free or very cheap, so don’t sleep and make the most of them to optimize your online business performance.

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