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The Importance of Communication and Trust in Construction

construction-teamBuilding an effective team in construction poses special challenges that require effective management and communication skills. Establishing trust is essential to developing a good working relationship with team members.

Teams need clear leaders to ensure success. Some behaviors make a significant difference to effective leadership:

  • Stating a “big picture”
  • Engaging the right people
  • Building a sense of unity
  • Maintaining clear goals that are in keeping with the organization’s aims
  • Outlining an action plan
  • Designating roles and holding people accountable
  • Establishing communication guidelines that build confidence
  • Encouraging independent critical thinking within the team

Managers who take the time to make an organized plan must then share it with the team to start building the trust that allows construction teams to unite together and work towards their common goal.

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What Makes an App Successful?

An estimated annual revenue of $25 billion makes the app market one of the most exciting sectors of the IT business world. Androids are capable of operating more than 2 million mobile apps and the Apple store offers more than 1.5 million. Since people use apps 86% of the time on mobile devices, apps are a part of everyone’s day-to-day existence.

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Analytics is Everywhere

big-dataBig data is a buzz word these days and with good reason. In 2015, 1.9 million data analytics jobs were created and another 4 million in support functions for those positions, according to Bernard Marr, the author of Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions.

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Associations for Construction Managers

accent-construction-handshakeJoining a professional association is an excellent way to build your network, discover trends and issues in the industry, and expand your knowledge. While pursuing your education, learning about the organizations in your chosen field, even attending a national conference if convenient, is a great way to begin applying what you’ve learned in conversation with your future colleagues.

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Associations for Information Technology Professionals

accent-handshakeJoining a professional association is an excellent way to build your network, discover trends and issues in the industry, and expand your knowledge. While pursuing your education, learning about the organizations in your chosen field, even attending a national conference if convenient, is a great way to begin applying what you’ve learned in conversation with your future colleagues.

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Law and IT: Federal Considerations for IT Professionals

it-lawUnderstanding an organizations legal and ethical responsibilities is an important part of what information security professionals offer businesses. How a business approaches its liability for privacy and security risks is often guided by advice from IT professionals.

Businesses depend on  Information Technology and Security professionals to help them maintain security.

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Construction and the Environment

green-constructionGreen construction is about more than installing solar panels. It’s about developing sustainable construction practices. This is new territory and it is constantly changing.

Now, buildings are increasingly designed with the environment in mind, developed to have a lower environmental impact and built conscientiously to reduce the impact on the environment.

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Crime in Construction

construction-site-signAccording to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the number of thefts on construction sites increases with rising temperatures, making summer a prime time for theft crimes. In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Building found that 92% of respondents in the construction industry acknowledged theft was a regular problem and 21% admitted it took place on a weekly basis from their sites.*

Construction sites can minimize theft by fencing sites and marking all equipment.

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The Need for Cyber Security Professionals in IT Today

cyber-crimeAs awareness in the general public has grown, Cyber-crime has become an all too common news topic. In 2014, The New York Times reported over 700 articles on data breaches alone. Cyber-crime can take the form of hacking someone’s personal information, to vicious and slanderous cyber bullying, to identity theft and even website obstruction.

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Soft Skills for IT Success: A Report from the Industry

Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association, and Bridge Technical Talent, an IT staffing agency, released the report “Enter IT RI” on the skills that are most important for professionals in IT in Rhode Island. The “Enter IT RI” report surveyed hiring trends since 2013 and pulled information on technical and workplace readiness among young professionals.

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