#AGContextTV - #25xmastips 4 #agtech Week Two

#25xmastips 4 #agtech Week 2

#25xmastips 4 #agtech Week 2

These are videos from week two of #25xmastips 4 #agtech on #AGContextTV.

Tip 08: Get Networking

Networking with your local interest groups and community is a great way to discover new people and new ways of doing things in your business.  For Tip number eight, I rocked along to the first ever #LinkedInLocal in #Canberra.

Tip 09: Garbage In = Garbage Out

This is the age old law of information technology, that even the most advanced technologies can not break. The most powerful way to assess if a given information technology is potentially relevant to you, is to ignore the technology and first, consider the data that it uses. No matter how fancy pants the technology, if the data it uses holds no relevance to you, the technology will offer you no value.

Garbage In = Garbage Out is the is the most powerful rule there is for assessing if a technology will be valuable for a business.

Tip 10: Don’t fear the fierce conversation.

Systems integration and process improvement means the jobs and roles of employees must change. Sometime, people loose their jobs. Be open and honest with these conversation. Tell people what’s in store and how it will work, so that they may get on with making the best of it.

Tip 11: Volunteer

To become proficient in process improvement and systems integration, it takes a lot of experience through practice.  Getting the job you need to started can be very hard.  So what do you do?  You volunteer.   When you volunteer for your cricket club, football club, soccer club, non for profit organisation, community group or school, you give yourself the opportunity to challenge yourself and prove your capability. Volunteering is the best place to test and develop your skills for process improvement and systems integration. Why? Because to get that opportunity all you need to do is put your hand up. There are no barriers to volunteering. The reason volunteering is so worthwhile to your #career in #business, is that the work you do as a volunteer can be directly leveraged to create opportunities and to build client relationships.

Tip 12: Learning Is For Life

We can never stop learning. Formal education doesn’t stop in our teens and twenties. Not anymore. Change occurs so fast, so constantly that the only way we have to keep up, is to learn and invest in our ongoing education. Our first degree is not our education is done. There are second degrees, masters, PHDs, Certificates and Certifications that must be pursued if we are to maintain our capability to connect data to our decisions and unlock the potential of technology.

Tip 13: Focus On What You Can Control

The Mt Lubra Fire of 2007 in the Grampians National Park ripped through 45,000 hectares of farmland and killed some 62,704 sheep. As the information management in the Government recovery team, it was my job to collect these numbers. It remains one of the most full on working environments I’ve ever experienced. We got the job done because we focused on what we could control. Staying focused on what you can control, is as relevant to leveraging your data and technology in business as it is to managing information in emergency response.

When the lightning strikes and the bushfire gets out of control, all you can do is focus on what you can control.

Tip 14: Your Data Is Not Your Systems

In #business, you need to treat your #data and #systems and separate assets, and manage them accordingly. Think of it this way: your data is like your coffee. Most people in business have coffee every day. The coffee and the cup are not the same thing. The quality of your coffee does not depend on the cup. In this metaphor, your systems are the cup, and your data is the coffee. Thus, your data and your systems are not the same. Your data is not dependent on the system that holds it. Likewise, the system that holds the data, isn’t the only way to do so. Yes, there is a relationship. A good cup helps to keep good coffee warm, a good system will help keep good quality data, this however is not cause and effect, but rather a correlation.

Carl Sudholz is the founder at AGContext and specialist in the integration of information technology within organisations. He holds two degrees, is a certified Business Analyst and a Director of the Australia Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis. Carl’s expertise and experience spans 15 years serving public, private and non-for-profit organisations to take control over technology.