ITKE Community Blog


July 21, 2008  8:02 PM

Our first blog turns one year old

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milestone.gifHey, we just hit another milestone on IT Knowledge Exchange. Our first community member blog published its first blog post one year ago this month. Since that inaugural post on July 16, 2007, we’ve provided our members with dozens of blogs and you can now read over 2,000 blog posts on a variety of IT topics.

Curious as to which blog was the first? It was the Connectivity blog by Tony Bradley — and Tony is still blogging with us today.

Join our corner of the blogosphere and start your own blog. We’ll provide you with a blog and help you get started. We’ll also help you build a readership by promoting your blog to a large IT audience. I’m looking forward to seeing your blog on IT Knowledge Exchange. Thanks.

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July 17, 2008  2:47 PM

New contest: Questions for cool threads

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Starting today (Thursday, July 17, 2008), submit your best questions to the IT Knowledge Exchange community for a chance to win a free IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirt. Not sure how to post? Check out our guidelines.

Next Friday, we will review all newly created questions and choose five lucky members, who will be announced on the IT Knowledge Exchange community blog and in our weekly e-mail newsletter.

If you’ve got a question that you just haven’t been able to answer, or you need a second opinion, post it on IT Knowledge Exchange! You might receive a prize — and a little taste of fame.

Happy posting,

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager


July 10, 2008  7:40 PM

SOX, GLBA and HIPAA! Oh, my!

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keystone_cops.gifSOX. GLBA. HIPAA. FISMA. FFIEC. COBIT. COSO. ISO 27001. Do these acronyms cause your blood pressure to climb? There’s no doubt the role of IT has gotten more complicated in the last decade and there’s more to come. That’s why I’m pleased to announce a new member blog, called Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security.

IT faces a wave of regulatory compliance laws, legislation and mandates, such as Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA and Gramm Leach Bliley (GLBA). How do you prepare and what benchmarks and standards are used for these compliance audits? This blog will assess, analyze and dive into these topics and many more.— Charles Denyer

Join me in welcoming Charles Denyer to our IT Knowledge Exchange community. Charles’ expertise includes SAS 70 audits, Regulation AB Item 1122/1123 compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and security issues and trends.

I want to thank all of our bloggers on IT Knowledge Exchange. They’re a great bunch to work with and I commend them for sharing their expertise with the community. Have you considered blogging? We’ll help you start your own blog and build up a readership of your peers. Thanks.

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July 9, 2008  8:39 PM

The focus is on software quality assurance

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magnify.gifI’m happy to announce a new member blog covering software quality assurance. The QA Focus blog is written by Greg Annen, veteran of 20+ years in software development, enterprise system support and IT Quality Assurance. So be sure to join Greg, as he focuses on the issues that impact software quality assurance.

Development can be fun again! Follow these guidelines for assuring quality in software development through excellence. Topics include QA best practices and processes, test automation frameworks, what to do about requirements – all things related to Quality Assurance in the software development life cycle. — Greg Annen

Don’t forget about fellow member Joe Coley’s blog on Custom Application Development. Joe also blogs on software quality issues. And finally, if you didn’t know, our sister site SearchSoftwareQuality.com is entirely devoted to software quality, so be sure to visit there for news and resources on every angle of software quality.

Be honest. You’ve thought about starting your own blog but never got around to it. Maybe now’s the time? We make it easy to get started blogging and we’ll help you grow a readership. You can even earn a little cash if you post on a regular basis. Simply fill out the short request a blog form to get started. Thanks!

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June 27, 2008  4:52 PM

Blog post by Dave Oliver

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Enterprise Architecture blogger Dave Oliver just recently did a great write-up about IT Knowledge Exchange on his blog Sabots Shell.

ITKE is on of those dead-handy site that I keep in the ‘Favourites’ when I want to find an answer […] try ITKE first rather than relying on the randomness of Google and then wondering if whether to subscribe to Experts Exchange to get the darn answer to a question because they always end-up somewhere near the top.

Oliver is an enterprise architect for an FTSE 100 company, and on the blogosphere, he concentrates mainly on subjects related to his area of expertise, as well as VMWare, SOA, and Microsoft products, all while integrating his own brand of wit.

We are always excited to talk with fellow IT bloggers, so let us know if you’ve got something we should be reading!

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager


June 25, 2008  6:13 PM

The nuts-and-bolts of IT consulting

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nuts-bolts.gifHave you ever wished you could get first-hand information on what it is really like to be an IT consultant? You know, the nuts-and-bolts view from someone who does it on a daily basis? Well, you’re in luck, Raj Perumal is a network engineer with 15 years in IT and he works as an IT consultant with the largest Manitoba-owned IT consulting firm in Manitoba. Raj will be blogging about the daily issues he encounters as an IT consultant on his new community blog, called The musings of an IT Consultant.

My musings about the everyday things I run into during projects in the IT Consulting field. I design and implement LAN and WAN infrastructures and I have a lot of experience with HP server hardware, including the HP C-class Blade systems. I used to teach at the University level and train up and coming network engineers. I am regularly engaged in network migration, design and implementation projects.
— Raj Perumal

Blogs are a great tool for sharing your IT expertise with the community. If you’d like a blog of your own, we’ll help you get started and we’ll also help you to build up a readership of your peers and colleagues. If you blog regularly, you can even earn a little cash. Visit our blog request form and fill out the short form to request your own blog. Thanks.

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June 25, 2008  3:31 PM

New contest starting today: Earn Knowledge Points, win prizes

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As summer goes into full swing, we can all think of those seasonal things we’d like to have more of — vacation days, hammock naps, margaritas (we don’t judge). Regardless of your preferences for summer fun, we all can agree on one thing: it’s nice to have a little more to spend.

Now is your chance to win an Amazon gift certificate based on your activity in the IT Knowledge Exchange Community. Remember: the more you ask, answer or discuss questions, the more Knowledge Points you will earn.

The top 10 most active members from noon today (June 25th) until the end of July who reach the following Knowledge Point levels will be eligible for:

  • 3000+ Knowledge Points: $200.00 Amazon gift card
  • 2000+ Knowledge Points: $150.00 Amazon gift card
  • 1000+ Knowledge Points: $75.00 Amazon gift card
  • 500+ Knowledge Points: $50.00 Amazon gift card

So hop on over to our Contest Rules, then most importantly, ask, answer and discuss questions and earn those Knowledge Points!

Not sure where to start? Refer to this blog post for links to all categories of unanswered questions. And remember — we need your smart questions just as much as we need smart answers!

If you have any questions, send us an e-mail.

Good luck!

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager


June 23, 2008  7:53 PM

Announcing the winners in the Best Answers contest

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As you may recall, we recently announced a contest calling for all ITKE community members to submit their best answers to their peers’ questions. We are pleased to announce the five winners in this contest, which closed on Friday:

– Gilly400
– MDratwa
– Nozlop
– Sloopy
– Riccardo

Congratulations to our winners! All five members will be receiving an IT Knowledge Exchange t-shirt.

Remember to keep your ear to the ground for the next contest; we will be announcing it shortly!

Happy posting,

Jenny Mackintosh
Community Manager


June 23, 2008  7:51 PM

The first IT pro has been discovered

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Okay, from my title you had to suspect this post would be a bit tongue-in-cheek, didn’t you? If you’ve worked in IT, you’re sure to get a good chuckle from this short YouTube video – and every Monday needs a good chuckle.

So take a brief break to watch The First IT Pro below and then tell me if you can relate? What’s your craziest or funniest user support story?

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June 18, 2008  7:03 PM

We’ve been named as one of the “10 Great Web Sites”

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ten.gifWe hate to sing our own praises (not really, we actually love to) but IT Knowledge Exchange has been named as one of the 10 Great Media Web Sites in the June issue of Media Business Magazine.

We’re not really boasting about ourselves, as we fully realize it’s our helpful members – like you! – who make IT Knowledge Exchange a true community. So give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

We’ve set up a feedback question where you can opine on how we can further improve IT Knowledge Exchange. Be sure to visit that page and let us know what you love (and hate) about the site. It’s the place to share your suggestions, comments and feature requests.

So continue spreading the word about us and helping us to build the best enterprise IT community on the Web. We thank each and every one of our members for sharing their precious time, expertise and experience in our community. Thank you!

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