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David Joyce

When you need the services of a consultant, you will want a good one. David Joyce, Director of Zephyr Consulting and a practicing consultant has written 400 words exactly (paying homage to the TV show 800 words) about what he thinks makes a great consultant. 

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A tongue in cheek look at what the future holds after checking out the Future Realities conference held in Wellington during NZ Techweek 17.

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My first experience with iMIS was within an organisation where iMIS was a train wreck. Staff were frustrated, cynical and had lost faith in the ability of iMIS deliver any value. But the problem was that they were looking for value in all the wrong places. 

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Introducing the new Z Office 261 package. This excitng new cloud based software still  gives you the Z Office 365 experience, just without weekends or week day hours from 5pm to 9am.

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You may love your job, but are you in love with your job. Here are some ways to keep motivated and pursue meaning within your current career.

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So, you've done the preparation, you've researched your client, practised your questions and you even jotted down your own list of questions to ask. But before you step into the interview room, keep in mind your non-verbal ques, because actions will speak louder than words. Your mannerism and body language are all part of the entire assessment process. Here are some of the pointers to watch out for.

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So you have an interview for what looks like a great assignment! Now what? You have cleared the first hurdle of selection and now you'll have to make a personal impression on your potential client at the interview. Most of us find the interview environment intimidating, even the most experienced consultant needs to prepare for each interview.

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So you’re thinking of taking the leap from (so called) secure fulltime salaried employment into the unknown world of Contracting. Have you thought it through and weighed up the benefits vs the pitfalls? Becoming an independent contractor can give you better working conditions, variety of roles/industries and potential flexibility, but there are disadvantages too.

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There are other alternatives to not having your server on your premises. An option is to use a cloud-based server which is effectively renting a server for your own use, to do the job one would do if you had it onsite. However, there are advantages and disadvantages of using a cloud-based server which you'll need to be aware of. 

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Let’s paint the picture: your server is 3-5 years old and wheezing. It may be running out of space to store any more of your files and you’re not sure how much longer it will last. You’ve had a quote for $20K to replace it (perhaps lots more) and you are not keen on lashing out cash if you don’t have to! Leasing is an option, but you know that in the long-term it'll cost more. Ditto financing the deal. So what do you do?

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