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Tim Lawson

If you are a successful software developer looking for a new opportunity I may have just the thing for you. I am looking to recruit a developer who is skilled in Angola and Node.JS. You will probably also have a background in web development via languages such as PHP. This is for a client who is based in North London.

Many thanks for any contacts you can give me who fits the above profile. Please make contact with me via the usual methods.

I originally became a fan of Dropbox back in 2010. For those who are not users of this clever software, its a cloud based file storage service which syncs across all your devices, Mac, PC, iOS and more.

One feature that really interested me in the early days was that you were able to share specific folders to other Dropbox users, wherever they happen to be. In this way, it became like a network ‘shared drive’ that’s always available and not dependent on all the users being on the same LAN.

After many years of development, Dropbox continues to get better and better. Its apps on iOS and Android are excellent, giving access to all your files from virtually anywhere. They also have a business solution designed to remove the need for servers and other storage devices in SME organisations.

The basic Dropbox service is free although this gets you a rather small 2gb of storage space. I use the ‘Plus’ version which is £78/year but users receive 1TB of space. Follow the link below to learn more.

www.dropbox.com

I am looking to recruit a mobile app developer for a client. Ideally able to work across different mobile development languages in order to deliver iOS and Android apps. Experience of Objective-C and Swift is essential. Needs to be UK based and able to work in North London.

Many thanks for any contacts you can give me who fit the above profile. Please make contact with me via the usual methods.

I am now offering two packages of project management training through Lawson Consulting. Firstly, the course ‘Project Management for Business Managers’ is a one day training event focussed on developing project management skills in those who run projects as just part of their day to day role.

Secondly, I can create bespoke project management training for companies who have managers with a variety of existing project management experience. This option includes discovery sessions with current managers and tailoring of content to match their requirements.

See my Project Management Training page for more details.

I am a prolific user of Evernote, the cloud based note taking service. For those who are not familiar with the product, it is a cloud based virtual ‘notebook’ which is available on all popular platforms. With the capability to hold text, graphics, sound and other documents there is not much you can’t put into a note.

Platforms

I have the Evernote client installed on my Mac computers, iPad and iPhone. I also use the web based version when I am working away on a PC. The ability to sync instantly between the various clients is so useful, meaning that you can start a note on the mobile and then finish it at home when at the desktop.

PDF’s and Paperless

Evernote enables you to insert a PDF into a note which it then OCS’s and indexes. This means that the search is very powerful and makes it virtually impossible to lose your information. The whole set up provides an excellent platform for going paperless.

An account is free to set up and a ‘pro’ option is available which provides more features and a higher upload limit.  See the Evernote web site to download and try for free.

Do you believe that making experienced staff redundant would help your organisation achieve cost reduction goals? There are many arguments for and against this stance and it can be a tough decision when a company is faced with cutting their cost base significantly.

On the face of it, the last to go in an economic downturn situation should be the highly skilled, experienced resources as they will (should) be:

  • of great, demonstrable value to the organisation
  • and would cost an immense amount to replace when things get better

However, if the company has downsized, unlikely to grow to the same level again and clearly has a staff cost which is too high for its size then action must be taken or the business will eventually die. I see many companies who suffer through not taking decisive action on staff costs when they should do. It is better to have retained some highly experienced manpower than for the business to fail and no jobs.