23 helpful IT resources for technical managers

IT resources

 

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To say there are a lot of IT resources out there is an understatement.

 

The internet is awash with them. Whatever technical problem you’re trying to solve, you can guarantee there are a whole host of free tools and resources intended to make your life easier.

 

Although, let’s be honest, some of them are terrible. We’ve all gone through the process of navigating a poorly designed app only to find out it offers very little actual benefit. Once you’ve experienced this enough times it can be tempting to steer clear of free IT resources altogether. But it’s worth keeping in mind there are some real gems out there.

 

Helpful IT resources

 

To separate the wheat from chaff, we turned to the members of our Venturi’s Voice Slack community. The group was built in conjunction with our podcast to provide a platform for senior techies to network & share thoughts on trending topics. So we asked the question:

 

“Which IT resources (information, tools, or training) are actually worthwhile?”

 

Here are 23 of their top recommendations:

 

IT resources

Useful websites

 

AWS in Plain English & Azure in Plain English

 

As cloud technology has become industry standard, it’s changing how organisations and individual employees function. The two resources above are a handy reference to help non-technical people get their head around all the proprietary technical jargon (words like DynamoDB and Redshift don’t give much away.

 

The IT Managers Subreddit

 

This community is made up of more than 8,000 IT Managers. Topics cover everything from the best office headphones to practical advice on project execution.

 

Siftery: Discover new products for your organisation

 

Siftery is a site that shows off the tech stacks used by companies of all shapes and sizes. This is a great way to learn more about the latest workplace technology and keep you eye on any emerging market trends.

 

Cybrary: Free cyber security training

 

As the name suggests, Cybrary is an online library for cybersecurity, IT and other InfoSec-related study materials. After creating a free account, you get access to almost 500 courses, each ranked by their difficulty and all of them free. You can filter classes by level – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced – or by vendors like Cisco, (ISC)2 and Microsoft.

 

Hacker News

 

You’ve probably already heard about this one. But it’s still one of the best general technology resources out there. If you haven’t checked it out before, it’s well worth bookmarking.

 

The Cloud Lawyer

 

As concerns about the cloud move beyond security, usage and compliance are now a fast-evolving space. This site is mainly European in focus and is run by a lawyer who specialises in cloud law, technology contracts, and data security.

 

Insightful podcasts

 

Venturi’s Voice

 

Join  Andy Davis as he explores questions about technology, leadership, and staffing with some of the brightest minds in tech. Each episode brings you a personal first-hand account of a tech leader working to drive innovation at their organisation.

 

TEDTalks Technology

 

TEDTalks are great because they’re easily digested, inspiring, and moreish. Shorter and snappier than a typical podcast, TEDTalks are great for those narrower listening windows.

 

HBR Ideacast

 

HBR Ideacast is an incredible platform for discovering new content. Why? Because it covers the context surrounding technology – how to build, use, and profit from it in your business. It also covers topics essential for entrepreneurs from strategy and execution through to managing teams and leading change.

 

Wired UK Podcast

 

Tech enthusiasts who like their news delivered at a rapid pace will love this podcast. Each weekly 30-minute episode covers at least five stories which the shows presenters pour over engagingly.

 

IT resources

Actionable newsletters

 

Inside Security: David Strom’s In-Depth Cybersecurity Analysis

 

As security has grown in importance, this must-read newsletter has helped Ryan stay up to date on current hacks and other potential vulnerabilities.

 

Product Psychology

 

Understanding consumer behavior one lesson at a time, straight to your inbox. Also provides info on special events that will help you build better, more engaging products.

 

‘Import IO’ — OpenAI’s Jack Clark

 

Jack Clark’s weekly Import AI newsletter provides a nice roundup of the big AI news. Clark used to be a journalist for ZDNet, The Register, and Bloomberg, and he’s now working for Elon Musk’s AI company, OpenAI.

 

Bloomberg’s Fully Charged

 

Bloomberg writers and editors explain their latest investigations and exclusives and highlight the biggest Bloomberg stories of the day.

 

IT resources

Handy tools

 

Cold Turkey

 

Avoid distractions when using Windows by temporarily blocking access to specified websites.

 

Noizio

 

Ambient sound equaliser for relaxation or productivity.

 

Trello

 

Keeps track of everything project related.

 

Dropbox

 

Free cloud storage space up to 2GB.

 

Yanado

 

Task management inside Gmail.

 

Wetransfer

 

Free file transfer upto 2GB.

 

Slack

 

Internal communications made quick and easy.

 

Owler

 

Crowdsourced business insights, you can follow, track, and research companies in real time.