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September 12, 2013  7:52 PM

IBM Live Chat: The Future of Cloud

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Join us on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 AM EDT to discuss the benefits that the cloud can bring to your enterprise. During this chat, you’ll discover how the cloud of the future will transform your business, power innovation and help you realize your organization’s full potential.

Cloud computing has significantly altered the competitive landscape.  By strengthening the flexibility of the enterprise IT infrastructure, the cloud provides new ways for businesses to create and deliver value, realize significant benefits and more.

To help you get started, we’ve selected several related pieces of cloud content that showcase how cloud computing is evolving today, the impact it’s having on CIOs and business leaders, and more. Once inside, you’ll also have the opportunity to submit your own questions to be answered during the live chat on September 26th!

Join this live chat so that you can bring the future of your organization, and bring your organization to the future. Hope to see you there!


Steve Strutt: CTO, Cloud Computing, UK & Ireland

Steve Strutt is CTO for Cloud Computing, IBM UK and Ireland. He is client focused and responsible for assisting clients to innovate in IT service delivery and infrastructure, pioneering the adoption of cloud computing and virtualization to drive increased IT and energy efficiency. In his 26 years in the IT industry, he has broad experience as a consultant on systems, storage, software, and management solutions.

Doug Clark: Cloud Leader, UK & Ireland

Doug Clark is the cloud leader for IBM UK and Ireland. He is part of a global team in IBM shaping and implementing the IBM Cloud Strategy.  He leads a specialist team of business development, solution and technical architects that link across IBM’s extensive lines of business to support the ambitions of our customers.

Mark Tomlinson: CTO, Cloud Computing, UK/IE

Mark currently works as a CTO within the IBM cloud computing organisation in the UK & Ireland, leading transformational client engagements which exploit the full breadth of IBM’s cloud capabilities to increase business agility and reduce cost. His previous roles in the UK and Ireland include Innovation and Emerging Technology Leader for the IBM Software Group and SOA Technical Leader for Financial Services.

September 3, 2013  7:07 PM

Top ITKE blog posts of August 2013

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Ron Miller, Sharon Fisher and Ed Tittel were the ‘cream of the crop’ in August as several of their posts made it into the top posts for the month of August. Find out why their topics were so hot with the community.

August 30, 2013  3:00 PM

Top 10 most active ITKE questions (8/15 – 8/30)

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Are you an AS/400 experts? Well, if you are, here’s your chance to help the community by answering some of our most active questions from the past two weeks. You might even receive 200 ITKE points in the process!

August 28, 2013  7:28 PM

Book giveaway: Essential SharePoint 2013

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Microsoft SharePoint is a place where you can store, organize, share and access information from almost any device. And if your business is using Microsoft SharePoint 2013, you’re in luck as we’re giving away a copy of Scott Jamison, Susan Hanley and Chris Bortlik’s book, Essential SharePoint 2013: Practical Guidance for Meaningful Business Results, 3rd Edition. This book will help you align SharePoint projects with your business strategy to deliver successful results. We have an excerpt of the book on our IT Bookworm blog.

To win the book, tell us your favorite feature when it comes to Microsoft SharePoint. Good luck!

August 28, 2013  7:15 PM

More Q&A updates, and points for blog comments

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We’ve made a couple more updates to the site today which I think you’ll appreciate.

First, as an update to the Q&A changes we released earlier this month, you’ll now be able to see which questions listed on the homepage or on any topic page have answers, and which do not. If a question already has an answer, the button below the question will read “View Answer”, while unanswered questions will have a button that simply says “Answer”. Of course, you can still add your perspective to any questions that already have answers.

View answer on ITKE question

Also, starting today, you’ll now be able to earn points by commenting on (and writing) blog posts. Every time you add a comment to any of our blog posts, you’ll earn 5 Knowledge Points, getting you closer to a new badge and an associated reward. The author of that blog post will also earn points, so you’re helping out your favorite bloggers just by adding your opinion.

You should now see both of these changes on the site – if you don’t, or you experience any issues, please let me or Michael Tidmarsh know!


August 26, 2013  3:18 PM

Featured blogger: Matt Heusser

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ITKnowledgeExchange recently had the chance to talk to ITKE blogger, software expert and this month’s ‘featured blogger’ Matt Heusser. His blog, Unchartered Waters, provides insights and commentaries on the prevailing issues for IT staffs today

ITKE: Tell us a little bit about yourself: What do you do? What’s your area of expertise?

MH: I do a lot of things; I guess the simplest explanation is that I’m the managing consultant a Excelon Development. My company helps organizations reduce risk on software projects, mostly through test/quality/delivery. We do consulting, training, and straight up staff augment contracting.

ITKE: If you weren’t working in IT, you’d be…

MH: Probably a financial advisor, possibly full-time religious in a Catholic-Christian tradition.

ITKE: Who’s one person you look up to in the IT world, and why?

MH: Jerry Weinberg has stayed in the technology game for 50 years, wrote 40 books, contributed on a lot of projects and programs – and built a legacy in his relationships and the people he impacts. I admire that.

ITKE: How do you see the future of IT developing over the next decade?

MH: I’m not certain, but I do see some trends. First, the bar for IT is getting incredibly high – the little throwaway tablet app in the hotel bar is more polished than anything we were doing for professional software development fifteen years ago. So I see dev groups splitting into the polished, cool, cutting-edge cloudy/lean/devops groups and the boring/old-school/IT groups. For example, the cool kids are going to call REST/SOAP services, and the old-school groups are going to call as database writing SQL with ODBC. It’s a split.

The cool kids are going to do things to enable rapid deployment – self-service on demand, virtualized infrastructure, testing in production, rollout to a small userbase, intense monitoring, the ability to roll back – all of that. The older groups are not, so they’ll need to do a lot of more traditional practices, like provisioning of physical servers and managing hard drive space traditionally. 

All this means that the cool kids will have promotion and transfer opportunities, while traditional roles will continue to be with older, more traditional organizations. We’ve seen that with COBOL programmers for decades, it’s nothing new, the rift is just getting more clear.

ITKE: What advice would you give prospective IT workers (say college students)?

MH: I think DevOps is interesting and exciting — so I’d suggest learning a couple of programming languages (Python, Ruby) to develop web sites as well as automate system administration tasks using a couple of different virtualization stacks, like, say, Amazon Ec2 (public cloud) or Microsoft and Open Stack private cloud. Combine that with a solid understanding of the network stack (TCP/IP) and Operating Systems, and you can learn anything instead of chasing buzzwords.

August 15, 2013  3:57 PM

Top 10 most active ITKE questions (7/31 – 8/15)

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We’re reviving an old tradition here at ITKnowledgeExchange by bringing you the top 10 most active questions over the past two weeks. Come check out our list and see if you can provide any help to our users (We might even send you an extra 100 ITKE points).

August 7, 2013  7:05 PM

Welcome to the (slightly) new ITKnowledgeExchange

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As you may have noticed, we introduced some new page designs today which we think give the site a refreshed look and more intuitive navigation.

In addition to the cosmetic improvements, the new IT Answers landing page has been streamlined – instead of separating content into IT Questions, IT Answers, IT Discussions and Unanswered, we’ve simplified the design to show all Questions in one place, whether they are answered or not. This makes it easier to see what’s happening on the site at a glance.

new itke homepage

We’ve made similar changes to each tag landing page; so for example, if you visit our “DataCenter” tag page, you’ll see all Questions related to that tag – the multiple tabs separating “Answers” and “Unanswered” have been replaced with a more straightforward view.

new itke tag page


The questions on each page are ordered based on recent activity (whether any users have asked, answered, commented on, edited, or re-tagged them).

Otherwise, everything functions as it always has, so you can use the site as you always have. Of course, let us know if you have any issues, either by commenting on this post or emailing us. This is just the first of several updates that we’ll be rolling out over the next few months, so we’d love to hear what you think.

August 1, 2013  5:56 PM

Top ITKE blog posts of July 2013

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh


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“It’s Microsoft’s world and we’re all just living in it.” That’s what you should take away from ITKE’s top blog posts for the month of July as Microsoft was included in several posts. Check out why it was such a big hit with the bloggers (Hint: Windows 8.1 was highly influential)

July 31, 2013  2:20 PM

Book giveaway: Mobile Strategy

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh


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With smartphones and tablets continuing to make headlines in the technology world, IT leaders and executives are looking to navigate the complex world of the mobile industry. From BYOD to cloud integration, it’s important for companies to take advantage of the opportunities in the mobile world. That’s where Dirk Nicol’s book, Mobile Strategy: How Your Company Can Win by Embracing Mobile Technologies, comes in as it provides critical insights to evaluating mobile technologies, embracing BYOD and integrating mobile, cloud, social and big data. We have an excerpt of the book on our IT Bookworm blog.

And if you haven’t already guessed, we’re giving away a copy of the book! To win, tell us why BYOD is a necessary component for a company. Good luck!

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