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The advantages of paper: It scales to the size of your desk. It is easy to read (doesn't flicker). It is easy to transport without requiring batteries/electricity to operate So to make your office more paper-less you need to provide a better way: Multi monitor set up Good quality LCD Don't require people to move or provide abundance of display methods ...


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This is not really answering the question as asked, but a long term observation. Over quite a few years (nearly as long as the dream of a paperless office) I've observed that the harder a company tries to create that mythical thing we call the paperless office the more likely that their use of paper increases. Every time someone creates an electronic ...


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Why do you keep recreating the vm? Why not ssh into it, and work on the manifest until it works? By the way, puppet parser validate is a good way of catching primary errors before even testing what puppet is doing. Personally, I go to a clean VM, or a VM that is a copy of whatever I want to change, copy any required modules to there under /root/modules, ...


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You can also re-apply manifest changes by running vagrant provision So your workflow becomes vagrant up while(not working as desired) { amend manifest vagrant provision }


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I would recommend installing sahara. Then your workflow becomes: vagrant up vagrant sandbox on vagrant ssh *do some stuff that doesn't work vagrant sandbox rollback vagrant ssh * do some stuff that does work vagrant sandbox commit I prefer rather than doing the commit you do a rollback and then add what ever you changed to your preferred provisioning ...


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It depends on the interfaces your reporting engine allows, and what you can do through those interfaces. Web services are pretty much the way to go though these days. Other options would be connecting to the database directly or using come kind of Distributed COM setup; neither of those are a good idea in most cases.


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Unfortunately I haven't got to de-paper my company yet, however this doesn't mean I've not looked into the matter. 'paper workloads' is pretty general. it comes down to 'is there an electronic system or systems-in-tandem that will meet the need of whatever department, and whomever interacts with that department'. When I first started here, we didn't have ...


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We've got a digital whiteboard. A projector projects onto the whiteboard and when you write on it with the special pens (there's four different colours) it actually draws it on the PC and projects it onto the whiteboard as if it really was writing on it. If you have a good projector it's brilliant, and you can actually use it has a huge touchscreen during ...


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Your plan is largely sound. Source Control: Make it mandatory for the developer's job. By all means, send that developer to training or a local dev group for a beatdown. Convince your mutual boss of the need. (If you have to, use the 'turned malicious' or 'left something out' scenarios, or the plain-simple 'webserver got hacked and defaced' scenario. ...


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Deleted workflows will appear in the SharePoint recycle bin. You can restore them out of here. Do that and the workflow will show up in SharePoint Designer again. Unfortunately restoring will not re-associate the workflow with the list again so it won't actually do anything useful. It will however let you view it in SharePoint Designer and create a new ...


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If she were to work directly on the SANDBOX server, but make the document root itself a working copy of the 'marketing' repository, then the only extra thing she has to worry about during her edit-refresh cycle is an occasional checkin. She'll soon be wondering how she did without VC. The value of tags and branches might be harder to get across. Make the ...


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If your management wants to spend money on this, buy the product from the same vendor that makes your helpdesk software. http://www.manageengine.com/products/ad-manager/active-directory-workflow.html


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The main reason you don't find these off the shelf are for two big reasons: The process changes dramatically from org to org, so identifying commonalities and handling customization is very complex. Because of #1 such packages usually are integrated into an overall Identity Management System. These are not cheap. The 'new account' process is a ...


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For WWF, you can add some performance counts by your requirement for health monitoring. It depends on how your program handle the exceptions of workflow. This list describes the performance counters of WWF:http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms732345%28v=VS.90%29.aspx. If your solution use abort method to handle the workflow failure, then I would like to ...


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Like icky2000, I have arranged to have a maintenance window. Mine is between 3AM and 4Am every Sunday. That hour is mine and anyone using my network during that hour will receive no apologies for any inconvenience that may result if they are silly enough to even be working during at that time of the morning. That maintenance period is used whenever ...


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I don't have a software answer for you but this type of scenario is one of the reasons we went to a regularly scheduled maintenance window where I work. We have a monthly window that everyone knows about and no permission is necessary. Prior to each window, we figure out what exactly we'll be doing during that time and then send notification to everyone to ...


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When I was tasked with the responsibilty of reducing paper usage while running IT at an SMB employing about 130 people I used the following novel technique: I equipped the company print-room with a Linux/Samba based Fax/Print Server. All the printers were attached to this, as well as a Fax-Modem for incoming faxes (which were saved to a File-Share as TIFF ...


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For my note taking I use Evernote - I've scanned businesscards and bills as well as keep all my notes. because it has online syncronization I can reach all of my "paper" notes from all of my machines as well as any other device with web access.


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This is EXACTLY what ITIL and MOF were designed to do. Both are operations frameworks (they are very similar but there are differences. I'm not a fan of COBIT (which is another ops framework). I'd take a look at the MOF framework first as it's more grounded than ITIL (which is about principles rather than explicit "do this to get here"). Both use change ...


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Do you have some of trouble ticketing system to keep track of problems and work? If not, I think that would be a great start. Almost every job I have been at, I have implemented a ticketing system and there is always a positive impact. Response time and accuracy increases dramatically...


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I don't know how the job scheduler on Control-M works, but it is quite easy to fake a Control-M environment for testing an app. It has shell script scaffolding on unix and batch files on Windows. I found it quite easy to emulate Control-M for the purposes of testing offline running of a job. This was achieved by taking one of its template scripts and ...



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