Clever “Adobe Risk Management” Fake Alert ~ Do not be fooled!

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The above title for today’s cautionary tale was lightly ‘stolen’ from the blog of our good friend Bill Houle, formerly Director of IT for Verari Technologies, Inc and now with Verance.

There have been frequent rogue exploits by the cracker community to use references to Adobe Flash and suggesting that there is an update that must be applied as a simple, almost believable, foil to spoof people into doing things that would compromise their computer systems but a recent significant advancement in “social engineering” to con the recipient into unwittingly adopting the conclusions and actions promoted in the offending email have reached a level of sophistication that makes avoiding making a drastic mistake even harder to do. As time goes by we all need to be increasingly vigilant against making the mistake of falling for these spoofs for everyone that blindly goes where angels fear to tread makes the web world generally more hazardous for all of us.

With that introduction, we heartily recommend that you carefully read Bill’s blog with the above title at The Dark Side Geek: Interesting name that Bill has chosen for his blog given that he is one of the smartest white side geeks we have come across in many a year; his observations are very well worth considering, his advice well worth taking. In this instance, Continue reading “Clever “Adobe Risk Management” Fake Alert ~ Do not be fooled!”

Is (packaged) Business Intelligence (BI) Software Coming Up Short?

The article quoted below was written by David Needle and published April 29, 2010 on the “IT Management” website at: http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/datbus/article.php/3879316

The article directly addresses a principle limitation of BI tools: The information presented to Decision Makers typically begs addition questions that then require asking IT for further reports to clarify the underlying issues so that intelligent decisions can be made based upon facts rather than intuition. This is exactly the kind of support that MISSI provides to our clients; The article does a good job of explaining why even if you already have BI tools available, you still additionally need the kind of business related knowledge and experience skills and services that we provide to help you make profitable decisions. Our people work directly with your people to provide the kind of BI you need to achieve profitable results. This all fits perfectly within the scope of our passion for growing business: It’s part of the strategy of mapping out where you are so you can compare with where you want to go and where you actually may be headed which may not be where you actually want to go. Without clear data, there can be no way to reliably chart your course and stay on course moving towards your goals.

Business Intelligence software can play a vital role in helping IT and knowledge workers get a handle on increasingly huge warehouses of customer data and other information critical to their sales and overall business. But does that go far enough?

In many cases, the answer is no. Continue reading “Is (packaged) Business Intelligence (BI) Software Coming Up Short?”

Business Intelligence (BI) is Crucial to Profitable Decision Making

This begs the question as to whether or not self-service BI is the answer for capital and manpower constrained small businesses or is this option just another temptation leading ultimately to yet another cash-drain, effort distraction and problem in waiting.

The following are extracts from an article that originally appeared in the February 2010 issue of TechTarget’s “SQL Server Insider e-zine”.

In fast-paced businesses, the ability to gather and analyze data quickly can be an advantage over your competition. Additionally, being able to see that a product or service would prove to be a losing venture in the coming months allows you to shut down a product line to save millions. It stands to reason that the more people you have looking at data, the faster you will be able to come to some useful conclusions.

In theory, self-service BI is great, but is it practical? Continue reading “Business Intelligence (BI) is Crucial to Profitable Decision Making”

Never enough hours in the day when following ideas!

So many things to accomplish; so little time to accomplish them: How to manage use of time is key to successful accomplishment of objectives.

Note that we say “Manage Use of time” and not “Time Management”: No one has yet succeeded in managing Time itself ~ Time just is; it just keeps ticking away whether we are having fun or not. However, how you “Use Time” is very amenable to planning hence managing how you use this irreplaceable asset is just one key to reaching success.

That said, nothing beats having a plan apart from creating a plan BEFORE diving into the next big objective. So where do we go from here?

So many things to accomplish; so little time to accomplish them: How to manage use of time is key to successful accomplishment of objectives.

Note that we say “Manage Use of time” and not “Time Management“: No one has yet succeeded in “Managing Time” per se; however, how you “Use Time” is very amenable to planning hence managing how you use this irreplaceable asset is just one key to reaching objective success.

That said, nothing beats having a plan apart from creating a plan BEFORE diving into the next big objective.

So let’s quickly consider what needs to be addressed within a plan: Continue reading “Never enough hours in the day when following ideas!”

Once more into the breach dear friends!

Well; this is it. Launching into to strange world of sharing thoughts and ideas about building business and working with people in the process of exploring ideas and developing plans, strategies and tactics to successfully implement those ideas. Great fun but not without its moments of frustration and sometimes even grief but a keen sense of humor and the willingness to see, and the ability to laugh at, the absurd can get us through any challenge. /psb