July 31, 2018 |

What is a Technology Roadmap?

When businesses are planning how they will implement new technology, particularly larger programs of work that will take a number of years, they will generally go through the process of creating a Technology Roadmap. A Technology Roadmap is much like a traditional map in that it shows you where you are heading. But instead of showing you the road or streets to follow, it is a document outlining how to reach short-term and long-term goals through the use of technology solutions.

The creation of a Technology Roadmap is  a key tool in helping a business visualise their future through the effective use of technology.  This work is lead by experts from the organisation’s Technology team, (generally the Architecture and Strategy team or similar) who always work in in consultation with the overall business – by activities such as by holding workshops  to identify the capabilities and business functions of each team, department and business unit.  Doing this means they can capture a full inventory of applications and touchpoints across the organisation and come up with a full picture of it’s current technology landscape.  The result should be a Technology Roadmap which accurately represents a path which is in alignment with the needs and strategy of the overall business.  The organisation’s Technology Roadmap is usually a living document which is assessed and re-aligned every quarter to ensure it continues to match the needs and direction of the organisation.

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June 3, 2018 |

Latest data on social media use

Latest research from the Pew Research Center shows that since the Center began surveying the use of different social media in 2012, Facebook remains the primary platform for most Americans. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) now report that they are Facebook users, and roughly three-quarters of those users access Facebook on a daily basis. With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

But the social media story extends well beyond Facebook. The video-sharing site YouTube – which contains many social elements, even if it is not a traditional social media platform – is now used by nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults and 94% of 18- to 24-year-olds.
Read the full findings here: http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/03/01/social-media-use-in-2018/.

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July 12, 2015 |

More on new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary

ecotown:  a new town designed to have a minimal impact on the environment and to facilitate an environmentally responsible lifestyle for its residents.

freegan: a person who eats discarded food, typically collected from the bins of shops or restaurants, usually for ethical or ecological reasons.

gimmick: to mean a night out with friends.

twitterati:  the collective noun for those using Twitter who are prolific contributors or who who have high numbers of followers.

voluntourism (noun): tourists spending time doing voluntary work on development projects for a charitable organisation.

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January 25, 2015 |

There is no such word as ‘learnings’.

I am going to scream if I have to sit in one more meeting listening to people incorrectly using the word ‘learnings’ as a verb when it is a noun.

For some reason this word has become the darling of corporate meetings and is thrown around with gay abandon, e.g.  “there were some learnings from that project”. If you have learned something it is a lesson, so please just go for something correct and readily understandable like ‘lessons learned’ or ‘we learned some lessons’.

The fact that Microsoft Word’s spellchecker marks it as an error should be enough of a hint, but if you still don’t agree look up ‘learnings’ on a few of the reputable online dictionaries. You won’t find it, instead you will be presented with the word ‘learning’, as this definition from merriam-webster.com shows:

 Learning:noun the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something : the activity of someone who learns.

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September 28, 2014 |

Scrum Master

I’m pleased to say I’ve completed my Scrum Master Certification!

Scrum Master Certificate.


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June 25, 2014 |

Lumo Energy CRM Go Live Today

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February 8, 2014 |

Invisible Browsing on LinkedIn

If you’re job hunting or simply taking a quiet sticky beak around other members of LinkedIn, be aware that after looking at someone’s profile  they can easily see who has been viewing them by checking the “Who’s Viewed Your Profile?” feature.

For the occasions when you need your privacy, here’s how to make yourself invisible on LinkedIn:

  • Log into LinkedIn with your user name and password as usual.
  • Once you’re logged in, hover over your mini photo icon in the top right-hand corner  and the Account & Settings menu will drop down.
  • Click on the Privacy & Settings option.


  • Click on the “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile” option to edit your settings.
  • linkedin2To make yourself invisible to the person you have viewed, select You will be totally anonymous.

linkedin3Job done!


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April 23, 2013 |

Unable to Allow Comments

Unfortunately I have had to disable comments on this blog, due to the large number of spam comments that have been hitting my website.  I will open then again at some later stage, but unfortunately for now, there is no longer any opportunity to post comments.  My apologies :-).

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March 17, 2013 |

New client, new week

This week we begin work with Jesuit Social Services http://www.jss.org.au/, delivering in house Excel classes.

Barb and I look forward to getting to you know you all and hope you find lots of useful tips and hints here!



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October 5, 2012 |

Birthday Reminders in Microsoft Outlook

Why not pop all your birthday and anniversary dates into the Outlook Calendar, that way you will see them coming up in your To Do Bar and hopefully have enough time to organise that card, gift or phone call!

(While you could do this via the the Contacts window  I  always go for the quickest and easiest way, which is directly into the Calendar).

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