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The key role of the user in computer system specification

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Written by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.

12 min read


Computer systems comprising hardware and software form significant elements in many people’s working lives. In any new system implementation, users are not passive, compliant beings. They have choices. They can react in one of four ways: adoption, compliant acceptance, reluctant acceptance or rejection. As a result, it is critical that users are fully involved in system specification from initial management thoughts to implementation.

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Industrial Strategy Boosting Technical Skills

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Written by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.

4 min read


Theresa May has announced that the UK is going to counteract the effects of Brexit by launching an industrial strategy. This strategy is to contain a ‘shake up’ of technical education. But what technical education do we need?

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On Business Restructuring

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Written by John Berry on 3rd May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.

7 min read


Business restructuring is the catch-all phrase used to describe the series of actions that a firm or other organisation might take to re-organise its affairs following some management decision to change the course of the business. This article discusses how to go about an incremental business restructure.

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The Importance of Employee Commitment

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Written by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.

1 min read


Managers often crave staff engagement. But commitment is a lot more straight forward and potential much easier to use.

This video contrasts employee engagement and commitment, arguing that commitment is fundamental to management. It goes on to suggest that commitment can be achieved though managers giving development opportunities to staff.

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Up-skilling the firm to match change in customer needs

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Written by John Berry on 20th November 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.

5 min read


The firm had been offering modelling of telecommunications systems. It had the necessary software tools. and a well-trained, experienced workforce. But the market was changing. New questions needed huge additional skills – skills in building massively more complex methods. Here's how those skills were achieved.

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So, what jobs to recruit to next?

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Written by John Berry on 10th January 2018. Revised 25th March 2020.

6 min read


So what jobs to recruit to next? Increasing staff numbers is a scary prospect. No manager wants to get it wrong. You can't guess. You've no precedent. You can't ask a friend because all firms are different. You must model the company and evaluate each option for its effect on the company and it's KPIs. And it becomes all the more difficult when considering indirect roles like sales people, marketers and other support staff. They could drive the firm to light speed. It's always a tough call.

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