So saying the use of JSON scripts (even if just copying and pasting) is "no code" has always seemed a little weaselly to me. now / Soon, some types of column formatting in SharePoint will be able to be done through the UI in a more user-friendly manner. This hits targeted release folks in December, and general availability in January. In the article, you can try it out through a demo.
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- I don't blog frequently, but when I do, it's appreciative.
I missed an important anniversary earlier this year; Paintrock Consulting Services, LLC, had its 5th year anniversary! And it wouldn't be possible without each of the people and businesses I've had the opportunity to work with, and one business who offloaded a job to me (Thanks, Tiffany!).
I think my favorite thing about being a consultant (besides being self-employed) is that I'm able to work across a great variety of client industries. Most of them face similar challenges or solution needs, but I've learned so much about the what those challenges are, and the innovative and interesting way companies manage them. The most beneficial habit that I've gained during this time is that I think about business processes, and efficiency opportunities, anytime I have an interaction with another business - as a passerby, customer, client or collaborator.
Now I find myself thinking about every step through a transaction or touch point with a business. This one runs a very lean organization; how do they plan and manage inventory so tightly? How can this operation which requires so much labor be automated in other ways to save expenses? How does that organization manage collaboration across an entirely remote team spread around the globe? If I'm lucky those lines of thought tend to lead to others. Such as: automating these processes more robustly and in collaboration with suppliers would allow the company with tight inventory turnaround to do more accurate forecasting and avoid waste, or wait times for products. Or, if this entity could coordinate with economic development teams they could participate in fast-track trials for manufacturing evaluation and improvement.
In short, working across a variety of industries and solutions has resulted in me thinking through things much more thoroughly. Veritically - what are all the components that could relate to this scenario, and how are they related? Sequentially - what is the trigger to kick off this process? How is it resolved? What can be learned by looking at all of them collectively; statistically? Collaboratively: how could that entity be unaware of the conflict they have with this other entity if they don't communicate, but are expected to share and collaborate on regulatory information?
I consider this 360˚ Thinking. And I am a better person for using it.
It's end of year shopping and sale season again! This is also the time of year that I am frequently approached for guidance on home computer replacement or update shopping. Over time I've pulled my guidance together into a Computer Shopping Tip Sheet. This year, I am posting the information on my blog, and plan to keep it updated over time.
There are lots of options on computers, and comparing them online or in a store can be time consuming and frustrating. It’s always best to know essentially what you want before shopping. This will help you define what will work best for you. Often when computer shopping you’ll see specs to choose from, and this can often be more confusing than useful for general home consumers. The purpose of this post is to shed some light on the information you'll encounter during your search, and to help you make a better-informed decision.
Let's start with an example - you saw a great sale ad for this computer, but it may as well be partially written in Greek.
Sample Computer Sale Ad: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series: i7, 3.2Ghz, 8GB, 1T HDD, HDMI, DVD, Win10, Black.
Knowledge is Power! So let’s break that sample description down so you can make an informed choice:
Questions to Help You Define What You’re Shopping For
Now that you know some of the lingo you’ll be seeing during computer shopping: Here are the questions you’ll want to answer, and they will help you more narrowly define your choices.
A General Note about Price
Here’s what you might expect to find while shopping for Desktops and Laptops in 2017-18, VERY generally:
A General Note about Programs & Files
When you purchase a new computer, you’ll want your existing data and files on your new computer. This can be easily done, but know that you can only move files you have created – like documents, pdfs, spreadsheets, photos, videos, music, and so on. You can not move Applications that are installed on your current computer’s hard drive (like Photoshop, MS Office, Quicken, etc).
To get Programs or Applications from your old computer to your new one, you will need to re-install them (perhaps not an option on a new computer without a CD/DVD tray). Most Programs can be downloaded from their websites, and if it’s something you’ve purchased, you probably have a “security key”, license, or number printed on your installation CD or receipt. You should be able to Download those programs, and confirm your security number.
In other words: you can move any CONTENT (docs, images, info) you have created; typically you cannot move the APPLICATIONS that you may have used to create that information.
Now that you're an Informed Consumer, it's Time to Start Shopping
Make a Wish List of Options
Once you’ve defined some specifics and some options for your next computer, make a wish list of those items. It will make your shopping easier, whether online or in person. You don't have to have a preference defined for each component - keep in mind flexibility provides you with greater options. With that in mind, I recommend something like this:
Compare Your Choices
After defining your preferences and searching for options that might work for you, it's time to Comparison Shop. Use this Computer Shopping Workbook to help compare and contrast your shopping choices for smarter decision-making. The link will download an Excel workbook, usable also in Open Office or Google Sheets.
NOTE: This blog post and related Computer Shopping Workbook are based on my experience, and are intended as information and tools for general consumer level use only. Neither this blog post nor the sample Computer Shopping Workbook attachment imply any specific product or component endorsements or recommendations.
Do you have any Eureka Moments for computer shopping?
Please share them or any questions in the Comments section below!