Two Differences between Art and Technology

One day as I was watching television about robotic manufacturing, one wonder has come into my mind; what the differences between art and technology are. So far, to me, two differences between technology and art are that technology seems to serve only one purpose and there is no any flexibility, whereas art is designed to serve more purposes and flexibility is contained inside.

Everyday, we see countless technological inventions or betterments; ranking from bicycle to the most advanced space shuttles; however, I see only one purpose behind these miracles: serving the pioneer purpose or purposes.

Let’s us see the concrete example! A pioneer of a television may have a vision to see other parts of the world or to see any surrounding at any time he/she wants; this vision provoked him or her to produce what we call television. I think this one example is adequate and make you clear enough for other technological invention or betterment (space exploring device for exploring the space, computer for better storage and faster work, cars for more personal movement …etc)

On the contrary, art does serve more purpose. For instance, the art of Socrates does serve almost every aspect of human life, ranking from family administration to international relations. The purposes are countless. History does not only serve the purpose of “knowing the past”, but it is also seriously read by politics or law students as school curriculum.

The second theme of technology that is different from art is “inflexibility.” Technology must be straight; robot must be robot, computer must be computer, glass must be glass, telephone must be telephone, and if changed just any gadget, that technological device cannot be used or be used for any specific purpose at all.

Art, on the other hands, is always flexible, because it allows “interpretation.” Interpretation is the clearest flexibility of art. For example, a criminal accused may be acquitted, fully sentenced or lessen the term of sentences, depending on the interpretation of his/her defense lawyer. Above all art is flexible and technology is not at all.

For art, anyone may come up with a new formula easily, because there is no right or wrong answer like in technology. Another concrete example is that an expert or student from the field of art may find it easy to swift from one department or one job to another.

5 Things to Look for in an Information Security Consultant

As a management consultant, I am constantly faced with clients who pose the question, “How do we know a really great candidate, when we meet them?”.

Although the criterion of what makes a great employee can change with both industry and profession, perhaps one of the most difficult hires a company will ever make is that of the information security manager or consultant.

An information security consultant must engage with both business and technology stakeholders throughout your enterprise, and at levels ranging from the c-suite, through to the employees working on the factory floor or in front of the customers. They must understand the varying needs of every level of every function, and be able to articulate the value proposition of change to stakeholders from a diverse background and career level.

Security also requires that a consultant be able to sell a concept that has almost no perceived value. Although information security may act as insurance within the enterprise, and reduce the likelihood of a security incident, or the impact of such an incident when it occurs; security does not directly add revenue, or reduce costs associated to a particular business process. In point of fact, security actually increases costs associated to many processes, and can also increase both complexity and organizational ambivalence if implemented poorly.

If implemented correctly however, with both skill and diplomatic tact, security can often reduce unnecessary expenditure and improve resilience of business processes at a relatively nominal cost to a business unit.

For these reasons, when selecting your next security resource, try to keep in mind these five key points:

1. Professional accreditation

A security consultant should be professionally accredited with a broad range of recognized vendor-neutral certifications, such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH or CHFI, depending on their specific role. Never hire a resource that only has vendor specific security skills, because information security spans across application, infrastructure, platform and process stacks; including a diverse range of technologies and products.

2. Business and technology skills

Great security consultants have both business and technology skills, giving them the understanding they need to engage with stakeholders from any part of your enterprise, and to fully appreciate the risks associated to functional processes outside the ICT department. Consider hiring only security consultants who have an undergraduate degree in business or management as a minimum, and give preference to professional candidates with post-graduate degrees in security, business administration, commerce, finance or management.

3. Strong exposure to your industry

Because your business needs are unique to your particular industry, seek out professionals who have a strong background in your specific domain, such as aviation, energy, government, finance, or technology services. Strong industry experience enables a consultant to anticipate risk and future security requirements.

4. Understanding of local and international law

Perhaps the greatest failure of most security resources is a lack of legal awareness. Understanding domestic legislation, and international legal obligations is critical to the formation of an accurate risk profile and security control matrix. Issues related to the United States Patriot Act, United Nation’s Covenants and Declarations, local privacy laws, industry compliance requirements, and legal enforceability will form the basis of a security solution prior to organizational demands. Without an understanding of your legal environment, a security consultant is providing professional advice without appropriate knowledge, and this may leave your organization open to future legal challenge related to failures in “duty of care” and negligence.

5. Outstanding soft skills

Security consultants are often seen as insurance providers, not adding real value to a business’s operations or process outcomes. It is also a fact that the majority of companies only see the value in security after a major incident, which for many organizations can be too late, especially in the modern world where the expectations and opinions of your customers are altered in minutes by social media. To ensure engagement through the business, the security consultant must be a master of communication soft skills, and be able to act in the role of persuader, diplomat, negotiator, and even dictator, depending on the circumstance.

By remembering these five key attributes; your next security hire will be more engaging, and better armed with both knowledge and professional expertise to deliver results and tangible value to your organization.

Benefits of Information Technology Staffing Agencies

Almost every business needs IT candidates. Though there are firms that do IT staffing along with healthcare staffing or legal staffing, an IT staffing company is always better in finding the right candidate for a vacant IT position. If a company is looking for an IT professional, why should it contact an IT staffing company? What are the advantages of an IT staffing agency over a general staffing firm?

Faster response

Information technology staffing agencies maintain a pool of pre-screened IT talent. When they receive a job requirement, they send it to a recruiter to match the demand with the skills of one of these candidates. This helps them in finding candidates faster. A general staffing agency might not be able to maintain such a huge pool of IT professionals.

Specially trained recruiters

It is not quite possible for a business to hire HR team members who specialize in every technology. An IT staffing agency on the other hand, has recruiters for specific technologies. It does not matter if you are looking for professionals for a technology like PeopleSoft or Share Point, the staffing agency has a specialized recruiter who is especially trained and looks into filling this vacancy.

Replacement staffing

A resource might decide to leave a company in the middle of a project. In such situations, IT staffing companies can quickly provide a new IT staff member who not only matches the technical needs of a project but is also a perfect match to the work environment of the company. Working with an IT staffing firm helps avoid decelerating the progress of a project even when a resource suddenly leaves.

No wrong hiring

The recruiter of a staffing agency has years of experience in finding and recruiting IT professionals. A recruiter not only judges the technical knowledge of a candidate but also tries to ascertain his mental makeup. He tries to find out if a candidate will be comfortable and productive in a particular work culture. This significantly reduces the chances of wrong hires. A wrong hires costs both time and money. Mis-hiring can be reduced by working with a recruitment firm.

Allows you to focus on business

An employer may post an advertisement for a job requirement and receive tons of applications for the open position. Receiving applications from unqualified candidates will not do an employer any good. Rather they may waste time weeding through the unqualified resumes. Typically an employment firm handles everything related to staffing – posting a job requirement, reviewing resumes, screening, interviewing candidates and also performing a skills assessment. It frees up your time so you can concentrate more on what you do better – your business.

An experienced IT staffing firm can make your hunt for the ideal candidate easy. It acts as a link between the demand and supply of skilled IT workers.

Do What You Do Best – Realistic Technology Tips For Paralegals

You may have heard so much about e-discovery in the last few years that if you see another article, webinar or seminar you might burst. You may feel overwhelmed with technology and that it’s moving faster than the speed of light. You may be frustrated with those you work with, because they expect you to be educated on the latest and greatest technology tools, but when it’s time for their document review, you’re told to make multiple copies or print all the documents out!

The reality is that paralegals are expected to find a unique balance for each case, each legal team and each client. Paralegals have always been required to be flexible, creative and able to juggle many different projects. However, those traits are becoming more challenging as the management of cases becomes more complex. Here are some tips to consider while managing the balancing act as we survive the evolving practice of law.

Understand your role and gather the resources you need to do your job

Paralegals work in different environments. Some have a litigation support professional available to assist them with the complexities of managing electronic data; others are expected to add those responsibilities onto their existing job description; and there are those who are somewhere in between. Wherever you are on the spectrum, you should make certain that you understand the expectations placed upon you and that those you work with understand your capabilities. Your job responsibilities are varied and learning new technologies is an added expectation. Have you been relieved of other tasks with the advances of technology? Likely not! It’s okay to be an excellent paralegal and have a skill set whereby you add value and efficiencies to the management of the case, yet not necessarily be the technical processing guru. As a matter of fact, it may be that a paralegal who doesn’t have the expertise to internally electronically process productions ends up spending more time doing so – and therefore costing the client more money than if they work with an specialist who does have the expertise. Paralegals need to have a solid understanding of the capabilities of technology, but don’t need to be the expert who performs each task. If it’s more efficient to delegate these tasks in the best interest of the client because it will lower cost and time involved, then it’s your role to recognize that and surround yourself with the appropriate resources. Knowing the appropriate resources is important. Technology is becoming so complex, that specialists are evolving in all its different aspects. You may be someone who is an expert in all areas of technology, but if you’re not, stop beating yourself up. Highly qualified paralegals can manage their cases and the electronic component of them equally effectively if they understand their role and surround themselves with the appropriate resources. A simple cost benefit analysis is a good tool to help determine the best approach to a task.

Reality Check – we are not a completely paperless society

Despite the daily blogs and articles about electronic discovery, there is still paper in our world and in the world of our clients. Discovery, in the majority of cases, will include both. Paralegals need to help the legal team with the best management solution. Logic tells us that having our entire discovery in one place, despite its original form, is the most effective. Early on, this was done backwards. Electronic data was received and printed out. It did not take long to realize that it’s more efficient to scan to image the paper and keep the electronic data in native form, then load all of it into a litigation support database. Managing litigation documents in litigation support databases is becoming a requirement with most cases today. Paralegals need to understand the processes and have the ability to work with the legal team to ensure that these databases are established for the efficient review and management of discovery. The initial set up of a database and proper collection of documents is the most important component in a productive litigation support database. Data collections that do not capture important information at the outset will be less useful and can leave a negative feeling with those forced to work with it. Likewise, knowing when it’s appropriate to print out of the database is equally important. For example, printing deposition exhibits is appropriate. Printing boxes and boxes of documents to put in chronological order for attorney review – probably not. This leads to the next tip.

Be an advocate

You don’t have to be the expert on how everything is electronically processed, but having a solid understanding of the capabilities of technology and the ability to communicate with the legal team and clients will add value and efficiencies to your role. It’s frustrating to be given an assignment that is so logistically complicated that it throws your entire workflow in chaos. I don’t believe that anyone has that intention when requesting deliverables that are either not possible or unduly overwhelming and burdensome. To the extent that paralegals can be involved in the early stages of the case, they can offer suggestions on the most effective methods involving technology and ensure a smooth and effective process for the client. That will sometimes involve educating the people around you and offering alternative solutions. I’ve heard paralegals say that they were asked to do something by an attorney, but knew it was not an effective way to proceed. They thought, “It’s the attorney who asked and I’m a paralegal,” so they did what they were told. It’s my belief that the better approach to that circumstance would be to offer an alternative solution, explaining how it will be more efficient and save the client money. This approach would be welcomed by the majority of attorneys. Offering alternatives to improve your legal team’s handling of a project is not argumentative or disrespectful; it adds value to the team.

Use technology as a tool to manage your matters – not to replace your knowledge

It’s cool to be able to search through volumes of documents and transcripts and to be able to sort all the discovery documents with a click. Back in the “day,” we spent weeks doing these tasks that require just a few key strokes today. It’s not so cool to have all these capabilities at your disposal and not take advantage of them so as to free yourself and others on the legal team to perform more substantive tasks. With each passing year, there are more advances with the latest and greatest tools being introduced into our world. They are designed to help legal professionals do their jobs better, not to replace legal professionals. Know what you have at your disposal; learn its capabilities and how to use it to assist you with your tasks to improve the efficiencies on behalf of your client. Use the tool of technology along with your knowledge and expertise. We are still managing volumes of data and the volumes of data are increasing, but we have tools to help us do that. One of the greatest pitfalls I see with legal professionals is that they fail to see technology as a tool; rather, they see it as another thing to “do” in the case. They end up performing their job they way they did before the tools of technology were available, as well as trying to use the technology. They end up doing everything twice and eventually cannot keep up with the double workflow. Technology is not designed to replace your knowledge. It’s designed to give you an advantage and a more efficient method to perform your responsibilities – providing added value to you as a member of the legal team.

Today, clients are looking for attorneys who have solid legal support teams to represent them. They need to see value added and cost savings. Knowing your strengths, surrounding yourself with efficient resources, maintaining a solid understanding and having the ability to communicate the tools you have to offer clients will be a benefit that your clients will recognize. Do what you do best.

More About a Technology Degree Online

If you are presently working and have decided on enhancing your career prospects and have the inclination, then the right course for you is a technology degree online. In order to enhance your career in technology or even begin your careers, choose a course that will teach you effective interaction and exposure to customers and clients apart from various aspects of latest development in the field of technology.

• This is because the field of information technology is predominantly service based and if you are adept at customer service along with an in-depth knowledge on the subject, you will be greatly in demand and can enjoy lucrative opportunities as professionals.
• Most employers value a variety of related degrees in technology including programming, information technology and a computer science bachelor’s degree. Most IT fields offer masters credentials and it is important to obtain this degree if you want to develop as a leader.
• Choose a technology online degree that will address all these requirements. An MBA degree can give you that required edge in standing above the rest amidst stiff competition. A degree in technology online offers great flexibility of timing and is ideal for those who are presently working or have commitments at home that make it impossible to attend an on-campus college.

These degrees in technology empower students in various aspects and provide a range of certifications including virtualization such as Microsoft and VMware, identifying virtual and physical threats to proprietary software and commercial software, managing projects using various programs such as Microsoft’s SharePoint 2007, Project Management Professional offered by the Project Management Institute and CompTIA Project ++. Students are also trained in efficient support and networking and are offered certification in CCNA or MCDST and A+.

Technology degree online can equip you with that extra edge and sound up-to-date technical knowledge that will enable and empower you to stand out among the rest and rise quickly to heights of satisfaction in your job.