STAFF RETENTION: 16 Ways to Retain Technical Staff. A recent study indicates that companies in the IT industry (amongst the Fortune 500) experience the highest turnover rate. Good employees quit because they feel undervalued, underwhelmed, underpaid, or overworked. As a result, employee turnover is costing your organization more time and money than you think. Believing that technical employees are “replaceable” may appear to be satisfactory to some firms. In the long term, however, you may sacrifice more than money; customer satisfaction, business knowledge, and team morale. Read more

BEST PRACTICES: Managing a Software-as-a-Service Vendor Relationship. Here are eight tips to make sure your company gets the most out of a SaaS vendor, from the beginning to the end of the relationship. Find out more

LEADERSHIP: How Minimizing Management Supervision Can Maximize Employee Performance. What if, instead of stretch goals, employees were given goals that only specify the minimum level of performance outcomes required, and leave everything else loose or undefined? Sounds impractical, even crazy? Not really if you consider what’ s changing in today’s workforce. Read more

REMOTE TEAMS: 13 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Teams. The advantages to working remotely are plentiful for telecommuting workers, which include increased productivity, greater work-life balance, more efficient time management, fewer out-of-pocket costs, and less stress. Implementing a remote workforce doesn’t come without its challenges, however. There are four key areas to consider when building and successfully managing your remote team. Find out more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems July 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


IT Management – Daily Tech Update – August 23, 2016

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