Month: May 2018

Three Obstacles Hindering Women’s Career Advancement

Dr. Racioppi of Women UNLIMITED INC. recently wrote an article on the 3 main obstacles hindering women’s advancement in the workplace. Racioppi is well positioned to provide such analysis as she has worked for the last 24 years with organizations that are eager to move women into leadership positions. She has found that even organizations with best of intentions can sometimes fall into the common traps that hamper female employees from making it to the top ranks.

The first cause Racioppi identifies is the belief that hard work alone is enough to move women into leadership positions. Some women believe that producing superior quality work will always set them up for advancements. Racioppi contends that women need to be more strategic in the work that they do. A good job simply is not enough, the work needs to be visible and have a meaningful impact on the organization.

The second obstacle Racioppi outlineĀ is the failure to develop career building relationships. Recent surveys report a surprising fact, nearly half of all mid-career women have never had a mentor. Mentors can provide guidance and offer career jumps. Racioppi advocates that women actively seek out mentors early in their careers and maintain or build new relationships as they move along in their careers.

The last obstacle preventing women from gain leadership positions is the tendency to wait, rather than seek out new career opportunities. If women playing the waiting game hoping to get noticed, they can miss out on important stretch roles. Racioppi has observed that male counterparts are often more confident and willing to take a risk on with new and challenging work. Racioppi advocates that women need to be more confident and actively request those same stretch opportunities.

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Azure Virtual Datacenter | An approach to isolation, security, and trust in the Microsoft cloud platform

Security when moving to the cloud is a top concern for many IT professionals. At Aura Innovation, we know that there’s a cloud platform that can help you make the transition while keeping your existing security policies.  

Azure Virtual Datacenter is an approach to making the most of the Azure cloud platform’s capabilities while respecting your existing security and networking policies. When deploying enterprise workloads to the cloud, IT organizations and business units must balance governance with developer agility. Azure Virtual Datacenter provides models to achieve this balance.  

Check out this e-book to find out more about Azure Virtual Datacenter and contact us to find out how we can help your organization integrate this awesome approach. 

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15 Ways To Start A Conversation At A Conference (Without Feeling Weird)

Speaking to strangers in a conference can be nerve-wracking. There are fifteen easy suggestions to help initiate a conversation while attending a conference. The advice ranges from the obvious (talk to the person next to you), to a little bit more creative (hang out next to the food and beverage area). With the suggestions listed in this article, one should be able to initiate a conversation and begin the process of networking successfully at a conference.

One of the more creative, outside-the-box suggestions is to strike up a conversation while you are in the restroom washing your hands. Take this odd moment to talk to the person at the sink next to you. Another suggestion is to make sure you use good body language. If you are standing with your arms crossed, not making eye contact with others, you may be giving the impression that you would rather not be interacting with others. Make yourself open to others.

The most important idea to take is that one must remember that most of the people at the conference are going to be in the same position as you, nervous and not familiar with most of the other people at the conference. Be yourself and talk to others.

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Azure Stack: An extension of Azure

Every company in every industry around the world is being challenged to transform from a business that uses digital technology, to a digital organization. At Aura Innovation, we know that application modernization is at the heart of digital transformation, and we want to help you leverage it.  

Azure provides a rich platform for developers to build modern applications. With a consistent cloud platform like Azure Stack, organizations can confidently make technology decisions based on business requirements, rather than on technology complications. 

At Aura Innovation, our goal is to help you integrate the tools you need to succeed. Contact us to find out how we can help. 

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Protect Your Business from Cyber-Attacks

Aura Innovation takes a probing look at how Microsoft Office 365 addresses the cyber-security concerns of small business owners like Bryce McDonald, whose company, Day1 Wake, delivers wakesurf boards to customers across the country. Bryce knows that, wherever he goes, Office 365 multi-layer security is working 24/7 to safeguard the integrity of his business data. Contact us–we’d love to show you how Office 365 can do the same for you.

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The role of automation in the aging workforce

As the people born from the massive birth surge from the Baby Boom are, the population of the United States is getting older on average. The US has always had a fairly youthful labor pool, but companies are finding it harder to interest them. A report suggests that automated processes may, in fact, increase the size of the workforce, based on the experiences of other countries.

There is evidence that automation and mechanization, if viewed as a fundamental change to the nature of our society, will ultimately produce more jobs than it eliminates, through increased innovation. As people come to understand the nature of these technologies, and learn to work effectively with them, this effect will increase.

As workers, on the average, get older, they will need to learn to adapt and utilize these automated processes in order to remain effective workers. If they can do so, analysts predict great increases in productivity.

Japanese industry could be seen as a prediction of the kinds of changes the US will face in the future. Automation has been adopted readily there, where it has helped that nation to remain competitive despite an elderly workforce. Their experiences show that utilizing automation to make up for aging workers is the best course to take going forward.

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Creating order when data is everywhere

Companies that integrate their on-premises systems with hybrid cloud services may have to deal with duplicate information, unprotected customer records, and inconsistent data. At Aura Innovation, we want to help you streamline your transition.  

Azure cloud services can make all the difference. Whether you are deploying new virtual machines, moving a few workloads, or migrating your datacenters as part of your hybrid cloud strategy, Azure provides big savings as you move to the cloud. 

Shifting to the cloud isn’t easy and Aura Innovation wants you to have the right cloud infrastructure for your business. Contact us to find out how we can help.

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