This book describes how companies of all types can achieve even greater success-measured not by volume or profits, but by the quality of life for employees and the quality service for customers. Today's business world is characterized by increasing change-technological, cultural, social, economic, and personal-the net effect of which is increasing anxiety, insecurity, and more pressure than perhaps ever before on today's employees, managers, and business owners. Managing By Values provides a practical, proven new solution for addressing these issues. Ken Blanchard and Michael O'Connor provide a framework for stability, continuity, and growth in the midst of these challenges. Written in the simple, direct story format that has become a trademark of Ken Blanchard's previous books, this book builds on the mass of diverse research, experiences, and literature on organizational, group, and individual performance and satisfaction. Based on the authors' research and applied real-world experience with client organizations, Managing By Values provides a practical, proven approach for how to give your organization the gift of a promising future while also discovering a way for all of its stakeholders to be satisfied in the process.
In 2009 Henry Mintzberg's Managing was named one of the best books of the year by Strategy+Business and Library Journal, the number two business book of the year by the Toronto Globe and Mail, one of the top ten academic titles by Choice magazine, and the management book of the year in a competition organized by the Chartered Management Institute in association with the British Library. So this is clearly abook every manager should listen to. But one of the issues Mintzberg addresses is the frenetic pace and relentless pressures of the job - most managers hardly have time to think. So Mintzberg has done some revising and some updating and has distilled the essence of his original book into a lean, action-oriented shortened version. The core of the book remains the same: Mintzberg's observations of twenty-nine different managers, from business, government, and nonprofits, working in diverse settings ranging from a refugee camp to a symphony orchestra. What he saw led him to develop a new model of management, one firmly grounded in his conclusion that it is not a profession or a science. "It is a practice," he writes, "learned primarily through experience and rooted in context." But context cannot be seen in the usual way. Factors such as national culture, level in a hierarchy, and even personal style turn out to have a far different influence - sometimes much less - than we have traditionally thought. Mintzberg also offers a compelling discussion of some of the inescapable conundrums of managing. How can you get in deep when there is so much pressure to get it done? How can you manage it when you can't reliably measure it? How do you balance the need for change with the need for continuity? He concludes with a provocative look at what being an effective manager really means, which he describes as "engaging management." This is the most authoritative and revealing book yet written about what 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005884/bk_blak_005884_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the basics of Microsoft Azure and see how SQL Server on Azure VMs (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) and Azure SQL Databases (Platform-as-a-Service) work. This concise book shows you how to deploy, operate, and maintain your data using any one or a combination of these offerings along with your on-premise environment.Pro SQL Server on Microsoft Azure is a quintessential book for any IT professional who is planning to host their data on Microsoft Azure. This book will not only equip you with the tips, tricks, and tools to manage SQL Server offerings on Azure, but will also help you in deciding between PaaS, IaaS, or hybrid.In the ever-changing world of operations, IT administrators and SQL Server DBAs often find that the biggest challenges occur once they've deployed to the cloud. This is precisely why Pro SQL Server on Microsoft Azure was written, it will help you master today's cloud world.What You'll LearnUnderstand the Microsoft Azure IaaS architectureWork with Azure Storage and Networking Deploy SQL Server on Azure VMs using best practicesApply effective security principles to SQL Azure DatabasesMeasure and optimize the performance of SQL Server offerings on AzureImplement Business continuity and disaster recovery options with Azure SQL Databases Who This Book Is For This book is for IT admins and SQL Server DBAs who are managing or would be managing SQL Server deployments on Microsoft Azure.v
Some organizations are able to survive and thrive through times of uncertainty while others stumble and fall at the first sign of trouble. What differentiates resilient organizations from those that are not? Do we need to wait until a crisis strikes to see how resilient an organization is, or can we diagnose resilience in advance of a crisis? Is resilience inherent to an organization, or is it a quality that can be actively developed? Resilient Organizations draws on primary research to reveal the answers to these questions and provide practical ideas and actions to make your own organization more resilient.Organizational resilience is not just about minimizing and managing risk exposure, it is about creating organizations with the agility to adapt to unexpected challenges and the capacity to seize opportunity out of adversity. Dr Erica Seville, founder of the Resilient Organizations research programme, provides readers with the essential knowledge required to enable organizations to thrive in a world of change and uncertainty, where resilience is an increasingly important strategic capacity. Drawing on a decade of research, her team have identified 13 indicators to diagnose an organization's resilience. Resilient Organizations draws out from these the top five ingredients for a resilient organization, and shows how organization resilience is a capability that can and must be proactively fostered and maintained over time.Using case studies, diagnostic tools and key actions and initiatives to develop and maintain organizational resilience, Resilient Organizations is essential reading for everyone tasked with developing strong organizations that can survive and thrive in crisis and change - from risk, resilience and business continuity professionals to leadership and management teams.
This edited volume covers essential and recent development in the engineering and management of data centers. Data centers are complex systems requiring ongoing support, and their high value for keeping business continuity operations is crucial. The book presents core topics on the planning, design, implementation, operation and control, and sustainability of a data center from a didactical and practitioner viewpoint. Chapters include:· Foundations of data centers: Key Concepts and Taxonomies· ITSDM: A Methodology for IT Services Design· Managing Risks on Data Centers through Dashboards· Risk Analysis in Data Center Disaster Recovery Plans· Best practices in Data Center Management Case: KIO Networks· QoS in NaaS (Network as a Service) using Software Defined Networking· Optimization of Data Center Fault-Tolerance Design· Energetic Data Centre Design Considering Energy Efficiency Improvements During Operation· Demand-side Flexibility and Supply-side Management: The Use Case of Data Centers and Energy Utilities· DevOps: Foundations and its Utilization in Data Centers· Sustainable and Resilient Network Infrastructure Design for Cloud Data Centres· Application Software in Cloud-Ready Data CentersThis book bridges the gap between academia and the industry, offering essential reading for practitioners in data centers, researchers in the area, and faculty teaching related courses on data centers. The book can be used as a complementary text for traditional courses on Computer Networks, as well as innovative courses on IT Architecture, IT Service Management, IT Operations, and Data Centers.
Edward Haletky's Complete, Solutions-Focused Guide to Running ESX Server 3.5, vSphere, and VMware 4.X Extensively updated and revised, this is the definitive real-world guide to planning, deploying, and managing VMware ESX Server 3.5, VMware ESXi, or VMware vSphere 4.x cloud computing in mission-critical environments. Drawing on extensive experience consulting on enterprise VMware implementations, Edward Haletky offers a 'soup-to-nuts' collection of field-tested best practices and solutions. He illuminates the real issues, tradeoffs, and pitfalls associated with VMware's newest platforms, using real-world examples that draw upon both VMware and third-party products. This edition adds a new chapter on automated deployment and configuration; detailed coverage of new hardware and processors; and a significantly expanded discussion of auditing and monitoring. Haletky offers new or enhanced coverage of VMFS, NIC Teaming, distributed virtual switches, vSafe, and more. All new coverage is thoroughly integrated into Haletky's expert discussion of the entire lifecycle: planning, installation, templates, monitoring, tuning, clustering, security, disaster recovery, and more. Haletky consistently presents the most efficient procedures, whether they use graphical tools or the command line. You'll learn how to: Assess VMware datacenter and infrastructure hardware requirements Understand technical, licensing, and management differences between ESX/ESXi 4.x and 3.5 Plan installation for your environment and identify potential 'gotchas' Cost-effectively select, configure, utilize, and support storage Manage key operational issues associated with virtual infrastructure Adapt existing network and security infrastructure to virtualization Configure vSphere from host connections Configure ESX Server from Virtual Centers or hosts Create, modify, and manage VMs (with detailed Windows, Linux, and NetWare examples) Troubleshoot VM issues with eDirectory, private labs, firewalls, and clusters Utilize vSphere 4.1's improved Dynamic Resource Load Balancing (DRLB) Implement disaster recovery, business continuity, and backup Plan for vApps and the future of virtualization
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Interested in ways to make your business more efficient? Then Cloud Computing may be just what you have been looking for. Cloud Computing can enable you to drive down the costs of your IT function and gives you the ability to focus on your core business, whilst saving energy. The concept of shifting computing to a shared service provider is not new. What is new is that the cost of Cloud Computing is falling so dramatically that considering outsourcing to the Cloud is no longer rare. And, in an era of tight budgets, the opportunity to make financial savings means that Cloud Computing looks especially attractive. Above the Clouds: Managing Risk in the World of Cloud Computing acts as a primer and strategic guide to identify Cloud Computing best practices and associated risks, and reduce the latter to acceptable levels. From software as a service (SaaP) to replacing the entire IT infrastructure, the author serves as an educator, guide and strategist, from runway to getting the organization above the clouds. Valuable tips on how to choose your provider of Cloud Services are also offered. The author, Kevin T. McDonald is a Senior Information Technology Analyst and Cloud Strategist for ICF International Inc, a consulting firm in Washington, DC. A member of the Tech America Cloud Computing Committee and the Cloud Security Alliance, Kevin has over 25 years' experience in IT, choosing to specialize in cyber security, infrastructure protection and business continuity.
Provides the fundamentals, technologies, and best practices in designing, constructing and managing mission critical, energy efficient data centers Organizations in need of high-speed connectivity and nonstop systems operations depend upon data centers for a range of deployment solutions. A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes multiple power sources, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices. With contributions from an international list of experts, The Data Center Handbook instructs readers to: * Prepare strategic plan that includes location plan, site selection, roadmap and capacity planning * Design and build 'green' data centers, with mission critical and energy-efficient infrastructure * Apply best practices to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions * Apply IT technologies such as cloud and virtualization * Manage data centers in order to sustain operations with minimum costs * Prepare and practice disaster reovery and business continuity plan The book imparts essential knowledge needed to implement data center design and construction, apply IT technologies, and continually improve data center operations.