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September 5, 2012  2:24 PM

Book giveaway: Tell us your data problem

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Data wranglers, your time has come. But you knew that already. It seems like every day we’re hearing about a new startup or solution aimed at making sense of the mass of data organizations must process.

But that doesn’t mean everyone’s clear on all the options. Like NoSQL. Yeah, it’s a big deal, used by a lot of big data companies, but why, exactly?  Making Sense of NoSQL, a recent e-book from Manning Publications, aims to answer that question and others. We’ve got an excerpt of it up on our IT Bookworm blog right now.

Want the whole thing? Just submit your data management story in our Open IT Forum. We’ll choose our ‘favorite’ scenario (note: we’re not taking pleasure in your pain) and award the prize.



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August 16, 2012  7:09 PM

IT Blog Top 10: The end of RIM?

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RIM, Symantec and VMware lead the way in this week’s IT Blog Top 10. Enjoy!

1. Why did Eran Hammer storm out of the Internet Engineering Task Force’s recent meeting? Adam Riglian knows.

2. Sorry, but you’re paying too much for solid-state drives.

3.  After a recent hack exposed Apple and Amazon’s security holes, Ron Miller explains why the cloud shouldn’t receive the entire blame.

4. Robin Miller offers a positive review of the book, Ubuntu Made Easy. Summary: You will curse less.

5. The once great smartphone giant RIM is teetering on the edge of extinction. However, it still has one true asset left in the tank.

6. Watch out, storage world. Symantec is teaming up with startup Violin Memory to provide flash arrays with data management software.

7. It’s a battle of VMware user groups, as the global outfit is invading Boston for a meeting in September. Can there be only one?

8. Nathan the IT Guy explains Intel’s new mSATA standard, which allows ultrabooks the ability to provide space for consumers.

9. Woohoo! NetApp becomes the first major storage vendor to support the CDMI standard.

10. Are you ready for HANA? Todd Morrison explains how people use data is the key.

August 16, 2012  2:46 PM

What we’re up to at ITKE: Social media, WordPress and a few bug fixes

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It’s your friendly community manager here with a quick update. We’ve had a busy summer at ITKnowledgeExchange, and I wanted to make sure you’re all up to speed on the improvements and fixes we’ve made to the site.

Our Social Media Profiles

You can now find ITKnowledgeExchange throughout the social web. We’re active on Twitter (@ITKE), Facebook and Google+. The conversations are going strong in our ITKE LinkedIn Group, which is open to all. You can also find our favorite IT videos on our YouTube channel, and a growing list of presentations we like on Slideshare. If you’re also in any of these places, please join us.  If you didn’t notice, you can now access all our social accounts using the handy icons in the “What’s New” box on the homepage and on the Blogs page.

Blogs Are Booming

Have you checked out our Enterprise IT Watch blog recently? We’ve been posting tons of new content there each week, from tech history tidbits to videos to infographics to events – and look out for some great guest posts in the near future. We’ve also launched a new blog, Vendor Tech Talk, where interested IT vendors can contribute their perspectives.

WordPress Upgrade
In June, we upgraded the site to the latest version of WordPress to take advantage of all its new features. We didn’t change how the site looks (that’s coming down the road); it was more for ease of use on the back end. We also made a smaller upgrade more recently.

In possibly related news, we have seen a few bugs on the site of late, and are addressing them on an ongoing basis. Read on for more detail.

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August 15, 2012  4:51 PM

Are you on the ITKE member leaderboard?

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We’re halfway through our August member contest, where our top 10 most active members will win $50 Amazon gift cards for their efforts. A quick look at the leaderboard shows it’s a tight race – TomLiotta has the top spot locked up, but that’s all we can say for sure. Check out the full list:

1. TomLiotta (1230 Knowledge Points)

2. CharlieBrowne (385)

3. carlosdl (265)

4. AndreaF (235)

5. philpl1jb (225)

6. BigKat (165)

7. rechil (150)

8. trfhtrh (145)

9. mrdenny (130)

10. FrankWM (110)

Are you among the top 10? If not, what are you waiting for? There are still two weeks left to earn points by asking, answering and discussing questions, so get on it.

August 9, 2012  7:35 PM

IT Blog Top 10: How HP got hurt

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Industry battles took center stage on ITKE blogs this week. Check out who’s feeling the heat:

1. Mark Fontecchio shows just how much HP was affected by Oracle’s lack of Itanium support. Warning to financial folks: It gets graphic.

2. Fusion-io announced its ION Data Accelerator software last week, and Dave Raffo thinks it puts the company in direct competition with EMC and its “Project Thunder” storage appliance. Sounds like a storage storm’s a-comin’.

3. Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray aren’t the only Brits who deserve a gold medal; London Olympics CIO Gerry Pennell  should get something for his inventive use of green IT technologies at the games, writes Miki Onwudinjo.

4. Lists are always problematic (and we should know). So Ed Tittel’s probably not the only one who has quibbles with Global Knowledge’s recent ranking of the 11 skills every IT pro should have.

5. Ron Miller knows that Apple’s iCloud needs work. We’re guessing that Mat Honan agrees.

6. Heather Clancy describes how Dell welcomed partners to its cloud services program, which is nice.

7. Is OAuth 2.0 on “the road to Hell”? Protocol author Eran Hammer thinks so, and Adam Riglian details his response at last week’s Internet Engineering Task Force meeting in Vancouver.

8. Todd Morrison tells us why HANA users drink less coffee.

9. Craigslist used to be the cool kid on the internet block. Now, it’s more like the angry old shut-in yelling at kids to get off its lawn — and that could have dire consequences for cloud and mobile app developers, writes Adam Riglian.

10. Banking is getting less buttoned-up, writes Jack Vaughan. It starts with Enterprise Service Buses.

August 9, 2012  5:13 PM

Live chat on SaaS subscription and billing w/ Aria Systems (August 14)

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We’ll be hosting a live chat with experts from Aria Systems on August 14 at 2 p.m. ET on SaaS subscription and billing management.

Over the last decade, CEOs, investors, analysts and business advisors have fallen in love with the recurring revenue model. But these new recurring revenue businesses also come with new requirements.

In order to better-understand today’s billing landscape and optimize your unique revenue model, join this complimentary webcast. It will serve as an instructional roadmap for building a recurring revenue model and outlining many of the different monetization strategies available. Access this now to learn how to:

  • increase revenue through greater customer acquisition and retention;
  • choose the right recurring revenue model;
  • and more.

Hope to see you there on Tuesday afternoon.


August 2, 2012  8:00 PM

ITKE Members: Win a $50 Amazon gift card this month

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Hi all,

Hope the summer is treating you well (and despite what some are saying, there’s still plenty of it left). I’ve enjoyed getting to talk to several of you over the past few weeks, and will continue to connect with other members of our growing community.

But this post isn’t about me – it’s about you. We’re kicking off August with the announcement of our member activity contest. Each of top 10 most active members on the site this month will earn a $50 Amazon gift card, which you can use for your favorite tech toy, or something completely unrelated like a ninja grappling hook to an inflatable party sheep (I won’t ask what you plan to do with either of these items).

All you need to do to move up the list and get the prize is ask, answer and discuss questions (think of it like the Olympics, only with a lot less physical exercise). If you have any questions for me let me know.


July 26, 2012  6:45 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: iOS 6 is on the way!

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Matt Heusser leads the way with three posts in this week’s IT Blog Top 10. What’s topping your list this week?

1. Ron Miller discusses how iOS is beating Android in the battle of phone operating systems, even if market share numbers say otherwise.

2&3. Matt Heusser takes a look at the enticing new tuition reimbursement program Amazon created for its warehouse workers…and then gives us the bad news in a follow-up post.

4. Big news for SAP as Todd Morrison announces the company made SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Feature Pack 3 available to the public.

5. Get ready Apple fans: iOS 6 is on its way! Adam Riglian reports developers are currently working through the kinks but the final product will be ready by the fall.

6. Oracle leads the way in Gartner’s report on the RDBMS market by a significant margin, reports Mark Fontecchio.

7. Adam Riglian explains how a new IT sector is emerging with the rise of cloud applications: Cloud Application Performance Management.

8. Heusser questions new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s experience and if she’s the right person to lead the company.

9. Sulaiman Syed explains the difference between the Cisco Nexus 7000 M1, F1, and F2 line cards.

10. Dave Raffo reports EMC executives believe IT spending will be lower than previously projected due to customers showing ‘more caution and scrutiny’ when it comes to purchases.

July 23, 2012  12:28 PM

Hello from your new Community Manager

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

I’d like to officially introduce myself to the IT Knowledge Exchange community. As your new community manager, I’ll be spending a lot of time making sure this site offers the best possible experience for all of our members.

Along with Michael Tidmarsh, our assistant community manager, I’ll be contributing to and promoting discussions, writing on our Community blog and our Enterprise IT Watch blog, working with and expanding our strong network of bloggers and helping out with promotions and special events. If you have an issue or question regarding the community, you can contact me ( and I’ll do my best to address it.

I come to this role after several years working in online media, for both large news organizations and community sites. Most recently, I was the editor of and a frequent contributor to the Windows Server Notebook blog. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from the many experts who participate here.

I’m excited to be a part of this vibrant community. If you have any ideas on how we can improve IT Knowledge Exchange, please let me know. This site is ultimately all about your interests and involvement; I’m just here to make sure it all goes smoothly.

Ben (aka brubensteintt)

July 19, 2012  6:27 PM

The IT Blog Top 10: What happens to TomKat’s data?

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

This week’s IT Blog Top 10 has something for everyone: Katie’s data break-up with Tom, Yahoo’s password breach and Black Hat 2012. Let us know your favorite post in the comments section below.

1. Mr Denny has a message for the SQL community: Stop using SQL logins!

2. Randy Kerns ponders why Katie Holmes left Tom Cruise and guesses what will be done with their data records.

3. Are you having trouble with completing your SSL handshake in NRPE? Expert Eric Hansen provides the answer.

4. Marcia Savage calms user fears by explaining Yahoo’s solution to its password breach.

5. Todd Morrison announces the SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, Feature Pack 3 release date and details the new features.

6. Sharon Fisher reports on what she found in the new Gartner Enterprise Backup/Recovery Magic Quadrant.

7. Do you know the difference between ‘racking’ and ‘wracking’? Ivy Wigmore tells you the answer.

8. Nathan the IT guy announces the big news: Users can now pre-order the Google Nexus 7 from Canadian retailers.

9. Leah Rosin reports on Microsoft’s changes to the Microsoft Office 365 channel program.

10. Robert Westervelt talks to Trey Ford, general manager of Black Hat 2012, about the upcoming Black Hat security conference.

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