Plotnick, Neil The IT Survival Guide

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The IT Survival Guide

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It is estimated that as much as 60% of an IT manager''s or system''s administrator''s time is spent on non-technical activities such as obtaining purchase bids for equipment, and this book shows them how to run things smoothly'

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Finally - A Book That Covers All the Topics Ignored in Your Technical Training Classes.

Manage the business end of your IT department like a pro! PC Week columnist and veteran IT manager Neil Plotnick provides valuable insights and tested techniques for the day-to-day management of an effective IT department. He shows you how to coordinate workflow, hire staff, negotiate with vendors, purchase equipment, and cut costs. By combining your technical skills with the techniques covered in this book, you'll be prepared for any IT challenge!

Learn to:

Manage the flow of end user requests and communicate effectively with users Determine the expertise needed in your department Hire, manage, and train a top-notch staff Understand your company's business goals and handle internal politics Use the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to get the best equipment for the best price Negotiate successfully with vendors Streamline your help desk for great support Document your equipment and coordinate vendor technical support Track and maintain software licenses Implement security policies--from physical access to the server to password management Recover from network meltdowns Maximize your skill set and grow professionally Master troubleshooting techniques

About the Author:

Neil Plotnick is a veteran IS department manager and PC Week columnist based in Boston, MA. In his biweekly columns, he provides valuable insights into systems and policies that readers can implement to better manage their daily IT/IS department functions. Many of his columns deal with the systems issues of his readers, providing steps to rectify the problem. He considers himself a consummate generalist in regards to computer systems, but he specializes in the construction of stable, reliable servers, and troubleshooting systems.

Neil is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton with a BA in Geography. Born in the Bronx, New York, he is a lifelong Yankee fan and currently lives in the heart of Downtown Boston with his wife, Lisa, son Marty, and cats Morgan and Melanie.

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