The Cloud Academic: Part 2

Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 20.41.48In my last post I set myself the challenge of seeing whether I could survive in my job and undertake my daily duties using only online, free, cloud based software programmes. I asked whether this was practical on a day to day basis? and could a busy academic really perform all of the duties expected of them using only free, online web programmes? In this follow up post I examine the available software solutions and decide which I will use before beginning the process of moving my files and data to the cloud…

Once I had evaluated the daily tasks I would need to perform and established the main installed software packages I regularly used, I could begin the process of seeking online, cloud based alternatives. But first I needed to ensure that all of my data was backed up in the cloud to enable me to access it with web based software.

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The Cloud Academic: Part 1


There has been a fundamental shift in the way in which we work as academics. No longer are we tied to our desks, hard wired internet/intranet connections or dusty collections of texts and papers. It is now possible, and in some cases desirable and more productive, to work from home, from libraries, in the field, from coffee shops, anywhere that has a wireless internet connection – even bars… Much of the software technology that we use in our day to day lives however, is not compatible with this more light, flexible way of working. For this reason I have decided to embark on an experiment to see if I can undertake my daily duties using only online, free, cloud based software programmes. But is this practical on a day to day basis? can a busy academic really perform all of the duties expected of them using only free, online web programmes? This is what I hope to find out…

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What should an academic look like?

Dublin, trajeSince embarking on an academic career a  few years ago, I have found myself constantly struggling with the issue of my appearance at work – trying to strike a balance between being myself, and appearing suitably professional and authoritative. I know that this is an issue for others too and so thought I would reflect on the issue… So what should an academic look like?

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What has Nature ever done for Projects?


Following the release last week of Tony Juniper’s new book ‘What has nature ever done for us?’, I have been reflecting on this question from a project management perspective. Here I argue that project managers should consider the contribution of the natural environment to projects, alongside the projects impact on nature. In doing so project managers can reduce risk, increase efficiently and gain competitive advantage. 

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