WLAN Wireless Connectivity Perfect for StudentsGive your employees freedom to move and be more productive by going wireless. Wireless LAN equipment is giving new freedoms for workers who have always been tethered to their desks and workstations. The movement to wireless local area networks is expected to increase substantially over the next few years. The technology is here and many businesses are eager to have it.Only 2% of North American colleges and Universities have adopted wireless lan technology but they are leading the way. School mandates are to allow students and faculty to access LAN systems anywhere on campus not just in libraries and student computer halls. College and University buying cycles are slow therefore adoption could be much more rapid. Some companies report that 30% of their orders are now for 802.11n related technologies. A study by LAN Product news expects WLAN adoption growth and Infonetics projects 57% of small, 62% of medium, and 72% of large organizations in North America will have them deployed by 2009.What are some of the actual benefits for business adoption of Wlan technology and systems?In the health care industry, staff in hospitals can gain access to mission-critical patient information and improve communications with pharmacists, doctors, nurses and other staff of hospitals. In the manufacturing sector, product design, production quality control, maintenance activities, and troubleshooting are all improved due to mobile employee contact at all times. In the warehousing sector, inventory tracking, shipping, and contacting drivers are all vastly improved with the mobility of wireless lan systems. In retail stores, inventory management, price display and verification, create less waiting times for customers. In business offices and school offices, physical cabling and disconnection is reduced and class seating can be arranged as needed for a lesson. In the restaurant industry orders can be input by management with real time views of inventory from anywhere on the restaurant property and customers can place their orders to waiters with handheld units. Workers in the field in any industry can have real time access to business information including accounts, forms, email, and voice messaging saving governments and businesses millions of dollars by not having to travel back and forth to their main business location or local government office.Instead of people having to serve the system, the system is now flexible enough to go to the people it serves. Breakthroughs in LAN equipment is a major reason for the switchover to wifi lan systems however end users are demanding it too.Motorola Corporation, well known for its microprocessors, radios, and cell phone technology has become a dominant developer and manufacturer of equipment and software for the new Wlan networking market. Motorola now boasts the largest base of installed LAN switches, more than 125,000 WLAN switches worldwide. Motorola’s newest LAN switch called the RFS6000 wireless switch supports roaming connectivity to the LAN with WiFi multimedia capability.The improvement in productivity on a national basis is staggering. From voice over wireless lan to wireless bar code scanning on warehouse floors, the wireless revolution is making it easier for employees from Toronto to Ottawa to Montreal to improve their productivity and keep their companies in business.
Procrastination is like a disease. It zaps all your energy, festers for as long as you allow it, and robs you of all your dreams. It spreads into every area of your life. From time to time we all put off today that which we could have honestly undertaken and completed. It may be that we are pressed for time. It may be that someone or something else is the priority at that moment. It may be that the task at hand seems more like a chore and doesn’t excite us, so we leave it for another day.In the whole scheme of life there will be times when we have to choose which tasks we do in the present moment. There are times when seeing patients takes priority over everything else. We may have to do research or seek additional information from other resources in order to maintain high standards of medical care for our patients and ourselves. Procrastination happens when we are making excuses not to implement in the moment. Although it is a decision, that decision comes back to haunt us and rob us of our energy as we fall into the trap of ‘what we should have done’. Instead of moving on with our lives, there is that constant reminder of the job left undone.Successful people have mastered procrastination. They have rid themselves of this disease whose purpose is to add stress and disappointment to life. They understand that energy is wasted over rehashing what did not get done. They thrive on the momentum that mounts as they celebrate the victory of completion.As doctors, nurses, and practitioners are being asked to do more with fewer resources mastering procrastination is the key to success. Identifying whether procrastination is an issue for you and then developing strategies to combat it is the first step towards success.1. Perform a self assessment of how procrastination is affecting you. Procrastination may not have a big impact on your professional life as a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner or provider. In these roles accountability is high as we perform within the context of a team. Other people are counting on us to be reliable, to do what we say we will do, and to do it in a timely fashion. We are quite clear that our patients trust and rely on us. Procrastination more often shows up in our personal lives as we put things on hold that could easily be completed, thereby freeing up much of the energy we waste thinking about what needs to be done.2. Carefully weigh the amount of time it takes to efficiently and effectively complete a task and then set aside that time. Here’s what that looks like. Once you have decided that it will take 15 minutes to complete a task, rather than just add it to your To Do List, actually allocate where in your day you will block 15 minutes to complete it. Use the 15 minutes as efficiently as possible and then move on when the time is up. If you need more time, then repeat the process.3. Keep distractions to a minimum. Setting boundaries is essential to maintain concentration and work flow. When you work with a team of people it is quite easy to get distracted by the needs of others. Provide your team members with the information they need to execute their jobs and then trust them to do so. When patient care questions arise, ensure that the right team member has the skill set to effectively assess the situation.4. Harness the energy of completion. Regardless of how small a completed task may seem, celebrate it. Enjoy scratching it off your list of things to do. Give yourself a pat on the back for honoring yourself and keeping your promise. Tap into the positive energy from this success to build momentum and catapult you to the next one.Lately I find myself thinking back to the first two years of medical school when the volume of material to be mastered was overwhelming. And yet I did it. We all did it for our respective fields of study. Did I procrastinate then? You bet I did—in the beginning. Then my philosophy changed from putting off today… to ‘Just Do It.’ And sometimes it really is about just doing it.
Web based issue tracking systems allow companies of various to sizes to report and track “issues” that arise from a variety of situations. While the term hosted issue tracking software technically refers to web based issue tracking solutions that track issues that don’t result from errors in computer code, issue tracking-systems are synonymously referred to as bug tracking systems, and issue tracking and bug tracking capabilities are often contained within the same hosted tracking-system. In many ways, choosing an effective issue tracking system relies on the same value based criteria as choosing an effective bug tracking system. But from a technical standpoint, the criteria can differ markedly. Below, we briefly discuss three basic criteria for choosing a bug tracking-system that meets your needs, beginning with adaptability.AdaptabilityIf you need a bug tracking system but you also need an issue tracking system, it’s important to make sure that a bug tracking system can be adapted to effectively report and track non-bug related issues. Some bug tracking-systems are specifically designed for bug tracking and can be hard to adapt to issue tracking, ultimately making it confusing which reports are for bugs and which reports aren’t. You should look for a tracking system that has built in templates for tracking non-bug related issues. In addition, it’s important to evaluate a tracking system based on the adaptability of its fields. If the field terminology is hardwired for bug tracking, it’s best to choose a different system that has adaptable fields. Otherwise, the conflicting terminology will only compromise what a tracking-system is all about: reporting and resolving issues in a timely manner.Bug Change HistoryA tracking system that provides bug change history allows you to trace who addressed a bug, how they addressed it and when, such as who raised the priority of a bug or who marked it as resolved. A bug change history is valuable for employee accountability, but it also serves as a way to record how a certain bug was addressed for future reference. The value of a bug change history depends mainly on the specificity of its terminology. For example, a bug change history that describes a change in the priority of a bug as “defect modified” doesn’t offer much insight into what happened, whereas a bug change history that describes the same change in priority as “priority changed to low” is more revealing. If you need a bug change history, always go with a system that offers specificity about how a bug was addressed.Ease of UseIn the old days of bug-tracking, tracking-system interfaces weren’t user friendly, meaning that only users with higher computer knowledge could participate in the debugging process; and even for them, the interface presented a hassle. So, what defines a friendly interface? In terms of functionality, a quality interface behaves like a Windows application. Some interface applications constantly reload pages as they respond to user input, resulting in what seems like a sequence of HTML pages, which can be confusing to inexpert users. Another sign of a good interface is that almost anyone can sense how to operate it. Instead of containing specialized terminology and requiring numerous mouse clicks to operate, a friendly interface is easy to understand and requires a minimal number of clicks to accomplish a task.