[QQ]As the final shard of turkey scrapes down your gullet and you returnnal should make, and then endeavour not to break. If your normal pledges tend to include kicking the booze, fags and fatty meats, why not aim for something a little more achievable? to your desk mournful of the week past, be strong of heart and begin 1998 with resolve. You have a choice to make. You can either slouch into the well-trod past of yesteryear or carve out a new way of dealing with IT.[QQ] It's up to you. Business Computer World would never be so arrogant as to dictate the path to success, but it can offer you a number of helpful suggestions as to the most suitable directions. So here are the Business Computer World IT Managers' Resolutions for 1998.[QQ] 1. I will not whip users for the problems they lay at my feet.[QQ] This is always a tricky one as users can be relied on to bring the tallest of orders to an IT manager's attention. However, be firm, be fair, 'for they know not what they do'. And anyway, nine times out of ten, it's your fault in the first place.[QQ] 2. When my IT budget is slashed with blunt financial instruments, I will smile, smile again, then adapt.[QQ] The time-honoured problem of seeing your IT plans slide into oblivion through a lack of funds is just a fact of life. Be philosophical; it could be worse - the Board could go for your IT staffing budget.[QQ] 3. When questioned by my bosses, I will stop pretending that I have the Year 2000 problem under control.[QQ] Worse than the Year 2000 bug, is the 'I've Got It Sorted' syndrome which has afflicted IT professionals around the country. Do not succumb to this fatal disease. Look your boss straight in the eye and tell him: 'It's the next thing on my to-do list.' They will respect you in the morning and you're more likely to keep your job in two years' time.[QQ] 4. I will continue to lie about our company's full EMU compliance.[QQ] Unlike the Year 2000 lie, this particular whopper is wholly justifiable and should be sustained at all costs.[QQ] 5. I will attend industry exhibitions and promise to come away with more than free mousemats, bellyfuls of Buck's Fizz and corporate yoyos.[QQ] Last year's Networks show was stripped of its freebies in a manner more akin to piranhas despatching a drowning ox. In the blink of an eye the stands were denuded. Perhaps a little more time talking and evaluating would prove useful? Anyway, it is possible to talk business and put on a free T-Shirt at the same time.[QQ] 6. I will carry the same PDA with me from 1 January to 31 December 1998.[QQ] The temptation to switch handheld organisers is sometimes too much to resist. There's always some sleek, slick, tactile young thing flirting its fliptop in front of you, and it's a strong man that doesn't ditch the old model in favour of something new. Don't be fickle, be faithful.[QQ] After all, there are only so many times you can transfer your personal details and fiddled expenses in a single month. Be gadgetless, be calm.[QQ] So there you have it. The Business Computer World's life lessons for the next 12 months. However, the real advice begins when you turn the page. Keep your IT resolutions but, more importantly, keep coming back to Business Computer World for the best IT solutions in 1998.
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