Setting up a home office is one of the best ways to ensure that while working from home (either full time or part-time) you are at your most effective. That said the best home office setup isn’t for the faint hearted and there are some common issues that can prove to be the undoing of your endeavour. Below are my 5 Do’s and Don’ts for people taking the plunge.
Changing form one computer to another should be a happy joyous occasion – I mean who doesn’t want new stuff – however the actual process of moving from one piece of hardware to another is often times slow, frustrating and can lead to unforeseen costs. After many many migrations you get to learn what’s required and the pitfalls but it’s very easy to miss an item or make assumptions which can cost you.
In a previous existence many moons ago I had the glamorous task of travelling to meet companies and present slideshows offsite. I had to be able to travel light and fast via plane, ferry and automobile (no John Candy with me thankfully!) and when I arrived onsite give a presentation that was professional, consistent and most importantly successful. Not an easy task when you turn up and they do / don’t have a projector, with / without a hdmi port, with / without a projector screen…. you get the picture. Basically you had to have everything with you to ensure that what you displayed was not dependent on their accommodation for the meeting. Below are my 5 recommendations for presenting slideshows offsite some battle tested others arrived too late to save me the back ache on my travels
Recently we finished a project for a customer where we automated their Excel Spreadsheet Reports and Charts, which they used to produce customer data and provide commentary on the results. The projects aim was to take a 2 day manual process and reduce it to a task that could be run nearly instantly and allow more time to be devoted to the analysis of the data rather than it’s preparation.
So you have your systems in place, you have your documentation and if things go south in true Gloria Gaynor style ‘You Will Survive’. But will you? Will it work?
IT systems are one of your most vulnerable to outages in general. They can fail in many ways but they can also be mitigated against to provide different levels of redundancy. Below are some possible failures and mitigating options. This is not exhaustive by any means but shows what is possible.
So you know what might happen, you know what needs to be done if it does, and you know what you’re missing. Now it’s time to get the ducks lined up and in true Hannibal Smith style have the plan come together.
The best way I’ve found to create a DR plan that addresses as many potential issues as possible is to set yourself some scenarios. This helps to provide focus for you and others on what would happen in the event of something going wrong. Scenarios can include:
Disaster Recovery comes in many shapes and sizes. When making your disaster recovery plans you need to ask yourself a number of questions at the start to keep you focused on what you are trying to accomplish, what is realistic and what should be prioritised.
Those people that watched the IT crowd will know that the scene when the ‘internet’ gets destroyed in an office brawl but sometimes we see very similar scenes when the connection drops and suddenly we’ve lost email, and web access.
Knowing what to do to identify the issue is the best way of avoiding the panic and get you back up and running as quickly as possible. Below are the quick win steps to identify what’s gone wrong and hopefully fix the issue.