Welcome to our first tutorial – “6 Steps To Create a Winning Proposal”. Over the next six videos, we will walk you through the assembly of a sales proposal that shows you and your company in its best light.
The first video is all about the first best secret in the preparation of any document – PREPARATION. You can’t write a winning sales proposal until you do your homework.
Watch this blog for installments 2 through 6 of the Winning Proposal series. Of course, you may download the slides from http://www.slideshare.net/deinsele .
According to an article in the Activist Post from Feburary 14, 2012,
“This March 8th, the FBI is planning to unplug DNS servers it set up to help eliminate malware from over half of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies still infected in early 2012.”
The Post tells of the FBI shutting down its corrective DNS servers that have been in place since last November, to re-direct infected computer traffic to its correct destinations instead of the trojan’s intended malicious sites (usually porn sites). Why a bigger deal was not made of this back in November is beyond me, but you can read the whole CyberCrime story about the Estonian Malware Ring here.
- Google, Yahoo Searches are redirected. Desktop background image and Browser homepage settings are changed.
- DNSchanger slows down your computer considerably; it may even seem that your computer is stuck. .
- Unwanted pop ups. DNSchanger corrupts your windows registry and uses it to deploy annoying pop up ads out of nowhere.
There is an simple way to examine your own DNS server settings to see if you have been infected with DNSchanger.
This article from Gizmodo will explain how to check for DNSchanger infection whether you are on Windows or MAC OS. You must first determine your DNS server settings on your PCs. You’d better check your routers too. Consult the router’s documentation on viewing ‘DNS Settings’. Jot down the DNS settings you find. You then need to visit the FBI website setup for this purpose to compare your DNS settings to the rogue settings.
If your DNS setting(s) is among the rogue values you will need to repair the damage before March 8 or risk losing the ability to navigate the Internet. MAC OS users can download a removal tool which can be easily run. Removal of the trojan and resetting your DNS value(s) for Windows users is not for the inexperienced. Several advisories are out there:
If you are uncomfortable removing this trojan on your own, contact an IT professional like MakeItWork or The Geek Squad.
To safeguard your PC from malware attacks, take some easy precautions outlined by PCWorld. Remember, it is easier (and cheaper!) to avoid than to remove most malware infections.
In part two of our look at “7 Job Trends To Watch In Cloud Computing”, expect a rise in Business Intelligence jobs, Cloud jobs infiltrating multiple company departments, and a surprising government foothold in the Cloud.
Let’s get out the magnifying glass once again for three more observations on how Cloud Computing is affecting the jobs market.
TREND #5: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE JOBS GAIN TRACTION IN A CLOUD COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT
Data has always been king – storing it, protecting it, maintaining it and controlling it can nurture and grow a company. With the advent of public Cloud Computing, loss of data proximity leads to perceived loss of data control. Senior management is even more reliant on data analysis to regain control of their data, if only by proxy. This means an increase in business analysts that possess skills in mining data, analyzing trends and deriving competitive business intelligence. These skills come from experience with tools like:
- Data Mining & Analytics: RapidMiner, KNIME, SAS, SPSS, VisiStat, WebTrends
- Business Intelligence (BI): NetSuite, Tableau, Birst.
Analytical and BI jobs can pop up in three places:
- Within CSPs, bundled as a service to their clients;
- Within IT consulting firms and Value-Added Resellers (VARs), who are now advising clients on cloud computing deployments;
- Within the enterprise as Business Intelligence units, part of Finance or part of the new face of IT.
TREND #6: CLOUD COMPUTING CREATES NEW JOBS IN MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS
Step up to any of the big job boards like Monster.com, enter “cloud computing” as your search criterion, and you will find openings in more than just the IT department. CSPs are looking for Cloud expertise to sell Cloud services, advise an existing sales force and support clients with their Cloud deployments. VARs and consulting firms in particular are hungry for Cloud “experts” to retain and enhance their value-add.
A search on Monster.com today yielded over 1000 job openings in Cloud Computing. Most were engineering and programming oriented, but Sales, Marketing and Support were also well represented, all with the added “cloud computing concepts” requirement. Some of these positions are within the enterprise, but we have discovered that CSPs (Cloud Service Providers) are popping up all over; getting an accurate CSP count for this article was problematic to say the least. The best I could find was an article hailing the Best CSPs To Watch and Invest In.
Cloud Computing has spawned another new job type – “Cloud Broker”. This may be a VAR or a lone consultant. The Cloud Broker locates and assesses multiple CSPs for a client and either helps the client decide among them, or simply makes the best choice for the client, providing a complete Cloud solution. Cloud Brokers will do well among small to medium-sized businesses since they generally lack in-house expertise or sufficient resources to perform their own research.
TREND #7: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS ON THE CLOUD BANDWAGON…FOR NOW
The former Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, spearheaded the current administration’s migration to cloud computing with his “25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management” released in December 2010. Its “Cloud First” mandate added momentum to Cloud implementations already started or in place at the time. Private cloud implementations are now complete in over 47% of Federal agencies so a perference is clear. Whether the current progress will continue into the next administration comes down to budgetary constraints, the federal agencies’ ownership issues regarding servers and solving the security issues of public clouds, not to mention the direction a non-Obama administration might take.
Continued Cloud deployment in the Federal government may lead to similar adoption by state and local government, if only for the financial savings it brings. This commitment will feed the need for Cloud experts within the VARs who specialize in selling to government agencies. These VARs will need technical expertise to design, deploy and even program for cloud environments. Government agencies will also require similar expertise, especially where they plan to DIY their Cloud implementations.
If industry experts are correct, Cloud Computing should be giving the jobs market far more by 2014 than it eliminates today. Among Amazon, Microsoft, RackSpace and Dell, I found over 800 job openings in Cloud Computing. Monster lists over 1000 cloud computing positions today; CareerBuilder lists over 900, over 100 more than one week ago.
Amazon and Microsoft are so desperate for Cloud Computing talent they are helping train the next generation of Cloud experts. Microsoft offers numerous online training options, including Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). Amazon lends experts to University of California Santa Barbara for the school’s cloud computing curriculum.
If you want to remain valuable to your employer or seek a position within the high tech corridor, you would do well to get up close and personal with the concepts, tools and languages associated with Cloud Computing.
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“Cloud Computing To Grow At 5 Times The Rate of Traditional IT, Says IDC” by Larry Dignan, TechRepublic, June 2010
“Top 12 Cloud Trends of 2012 (Part 1 of 2)” by Alistair Croll, InformationWeek Cloud, January 2012
“Top 12 Cloud Trends of 2012 (Part 2 of 2)” by Alistair Croll, InformationWeek Cloud, January 2012
“Microsoft Cuts Jobs As Part of Core Shift To Cloud Computing” by Ted Samson | Infoworld, July 2010
“Federal Cloud Computing: The Vendor Perspective”, White Paper, GovWin by Deltek, 2011
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“How Web Services and Cloud Computing Are Changing the IT Job Market” by Meghan Peters, Mashable Business, February 2011
“The Role of a Cloud Broker”
Will Cloud brokers find legitimacy in enterprise computing?
By Tim Mendham, CIO.com.au, September 2011
Monster: “1000+ Jobs Matched Your Search Criteria”, February 10, 2012
CareerBuilder: “915 Jobs Matched Your Search Criteria”, February 10, 2012
“AWS Case Study: University of California Santa Barbara”, Published 2006
“25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management” by Vivek Kundra, December 2010
“How To Revive the Feds’ Lifeless ‘Cloud First’ Policy” by David Linthicum, InfoWorld, October 2011