Sunday, 27 July 2014

KPIs for Professional Services Organizations [reference to external article]

I just came into an article proposing the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) the author promote them as essential for PSOs (Professional Services Organizations), and I felt like sharing it since I found it very neat and away of many jargon complications:

http://spiresearch.com/spiglass/2013/10/what-are-the-essential-kpis-for-professional-services-organizations/

Thanks Jeanne Urich!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Store and retrieve binary files (blob) into\from MS SQL server using VB6

The following thread is shared by a colleague who has spent some hard time to find out what he was looking after. His issue was that all the other links he reached were holding misleading titles, so he asked me to share this one with the above title.  


Thanks Dinos and the thread contributors for your community input!




Please advise or Please advice

I am pretty sure that this is already clear for native English speakers, and any English beginner learner that:
Advice (Noun) - Advise (Verb)

So the correct form should be: Please advise.

However, this time what is confusing me is MS Outlook! It do not like both!!!



Microsoft Outlook 2013 (15.0.4615.1000) 32-bit

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Seasons for the year

During meetings discusing projects, it happens that when we start scheduling the tasks, a meeting member proposes switch a task from the next month August into autumn...! But at which month does autumn starts?!

When I searched I found that for the northern hemisphere, the seasons of the year are:


Winter:   December, January, February 

Spring:    March, April, May

Summer: June, July, August

Autumn:  September, October, Novemebr

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Editing Master Slide in Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

To edit the master page:
Surprisingly enough, you can do that not from the Design or the SlideShhow menu, but from the View menu


View --> Master Views --> Slide Master


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I, me and myself. Which one to use?!

Most of us might have faced this confusion at least once during preparing a very formal business communication. Hence, the anxiety of committing a grammatically incorrect choice!

The key is: 
    1) Remove the  accompanying subject and object.
    2) Make the decision.
    3) Restore the omitted word(s).

Examples: Select either: I, me or myself

Ali and (??) prepare the document.
Please send the document to Ali and (??).
I will bring the required documentation for Ali and (??).

Answers:

Ali and (??) prepare the document.
Step 1\2: I prepare the document.
Step 3: Ali and I prepare the document.

Please send the document to Ali and (??).
Step 1\2: Please send the document to me.
Step 3: Please send the document to Ali and me.

I will bring the required documentation for Ali and (??).
Step 1\2: I will bring the required documentation for myself.
Step 3: I will bring the required documentation for Ali and myself.

PS:
Myself is used for an action done by the speaker and involves the speaker .


Detailed description about the process (Thanks Jennifer Walker):
http://voices.yahoo.com/common-grammar-mistakes-part-one-me-myself-i-570103.html