To the Cloud

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Now-a-days technology makes the world go round; this is something all businesses must take into account when mapping out their business plan. Within the past decade we’ve seen a tremendous amount of growth in technology, progressively making what used to be tedious tasks now a piece-of-cake. No matter what industry your company is in, technology will always play a large roll in its success. BP’s IT experts persistently strive to keep BP’s technology current whether it is software, mobile devices, tablets, or hardware.

It is imperative for companies to have a secure IT department, as they are ultimately the team that protects the data and continuously ensures that the day-to-day operations will run smoothly and effectively, as everything is now technology oriented. BP’s IT team recently upgraded network infrastructures, refreshed hardware, consolidated the company servers, and managed the mobile devices and tables as needed to warrant a successful business operation. The team follows the latest trends in the technology industry and evaluates what features will be vital for BP.

The “cloud” is the latest cutting-edge feature in the technology world that is being pressed by the big companies such as apple and Microsoft. The cloud was created to manage data in a more organized and easier manner, giving users ubiquitous access, and fostering group collaboration. BP has done its fair share of research on this new feature and is taking steps towards moving into the “cloud”. This is the future of technology, everything is moving towards the cloud.

BP has implemented a collaboration platform that enables a team to be in various locations yet collaborate on the same documents and share ideas. The execution of the cloud feature is going to take BP from good to great by enabling multi-location teamwork and cooperation.

Focusing on the technology trends allows BP to stay current. BP is one of the big players in the HVAC industry. With the execution of the newest technology trends, they can assure their employees, along with their clients, that they are offering the most up to date information and solutions available, putting them ahead of their competitors. Though, BP is not in the technology industry per se, they have a brilliant team of IT experts whom have the ability to constantly keep BP in the loop with all of the latest trends, enhancing endless amounts of company growth.

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BP attends The Unified Group’s Emerging Leaders Conference

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On Monday, October 13, 2014, several members of the BP family attended the Emerging Leaders Forum in Chicago, IL, hosted by The Unified Group. They embarked on their trip in hopes to obtain information and techniques that will enable each department to take steps towards BPs future business plan. Each member who attended the conference exemplifies and exercises leadership techniques daily. The purpose of their presence at the conference was to empower each person to strengthen their capability by interacting with professionals whom they can relate.

From the launch of the conference on Monday until the concluding speech on Thursday, there was not a spare second to be had. Each moment was packed with vital information consuming each attendee with vibrant ways to interpret the term “leadership”. From a welcome dinner on Monday, followed by guest speaker Scott Olson on Tuesday, to group reflections on Wednesday, ending with a recap of effective tools and techniques on Thursday, BP employees came home with highly effective information and fresh ideas to share with their co-workers.

Scott Olson, guest speaker at the forum has extensive experience as a musician as well as experience on the executive level in leadership in organizational development, personnel, pastoral ministry, life coaching, and operations. His diverse involvement in various ventures made him easy to relate to and intriguing to listen to. He involved everyone in a ProsSan personality profile, simply to create individual understanding of oneself.

Olson made it apparent to be a great manager, you must be able to lead those you work with, not manage their every movement. One of the most prominent lessons the group took from Scott was to understand that as a manager you are only as strong as the weakest member of your team. It is your job as the manager to lead each team member to reach his or her maximum potential in order to measure your level of success. Each member of your team is going to be different; it’s the manager’s role to lead by understanding the significance of how each person’s individuality can benefit the team.

During the group breakout sessions, the BP group was scattered amongst other industry professionals. Discussions regarding topics Scott Olson presented were had; Situational simulations regarding operational, HR, and financial challenges and solutions were examined. Lastly, effective time management strategies and planning/organizational skills were offered.

Highly effective leadership skills were offered during the four days from guest speakers, conference leaders, and professional attendees. Personal evaluation and situational experiences brought the forum back to an individual level, which enabled the audience of emerging leaders to reflect on their leadership and management styles independently.

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