ITKE Community Blog

June 10, 2009  6:54 PM

Knowledge Points now follow you on ITKE

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Psst! Don’t look now but you’re being followed. That’s right – your Knowledge Points are now following you on IT Knowledge Exchange. Our members earn Knowledge Points by asking, answering and discussing IT questions. Your Knowledge Points represent your activity in this IT community and we thank everyone for their participation.

Got a *high* Knowledge Point count? Be proud of that! Your fellow members and the ITKE staff appreciate your continued community participation in helping build a great collection of IT answers.

Got a *low* Knowledge Point count? Then dive in and participate to earn and increase your points. All members have experience in some area of IT – so take a moment to share your skills and experience.

Login/Account Box
When you log into IT Knowledge Exchange, the box in the upper right that contains your member account information will now list your Knowledge Points beside your username (or “handle”). So you can now see your current Knowledge Point count with a quick glance. (See below)

Knowledge Points shown in Login Box

Questions on the Homepage
If you look at the question excerpts on the homepage, you’ll notice the member image has been moved from the upper left side of the question to the lower right – and – the member’s Knowledge Points and Username are now shown. To view a member Public Profile, you could always click the member photo, but displaying the linked Username now makes this more obvious. (See below)

Knowledge Points on Question Excerpts

Individual Questions
Likewise, when you visit an individual question, you’ll now see that the member’s Knowledge Points shown beside the username, as well. (See below)

Knowledge Points on Individual Questions

So thanks again for making IT Knowledge Exchange a great place to find IT answers. We are a community – so why not take a moment right now to add a photo, image or logo to your Public Profile? Don’t hide – show yourself! Jenny explains how to add your photo in this post. And speaking of great members, we now have three new member moderators helping out. Thanks.

Community Manager

June 8, 2009  3:56 PM

Welcome to our new moderators!

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

We are happy to announce that we have three new site moderators coming on board with us recently:

Troy Tate (Labnuke99) is our new moderator for the Security section. He is already well-respected within the IT Knowledge Exchange community as an expert and a blogger on IT Trenches.
Mshen is one of our new moderators for the Microsoft Windows section. He is also a well-respected member of the community, and we are glad to have his help!
Mnman66 is new to IT Knowledge Exchange, but was eager to help moderate our Microsoft Windows section. Let’s all welcome him into the community!

Our new moderators will be keeping a watchful eye on their sections, answering questions and helping users better understand the community.

June 8, 2009  1:01 PM

TDWI Announces San Diego World Conference on BI and DW

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

IT Knowledge Exchange is a proud sponsor of the 2009 TDWI World Conference Series — below is information pertaining to the third event in the series, taking place in San Diego, CA in August.

The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) has announced it will host its summer 2009 World Conference in San Diego, CA from August 2-7, 2009.

TDWI’s premier BI/DW education event emphasizes both the strategies to better manage people as well as the solutions to technical challenges. The full-day courses will focus on creating organizational partnerships and addressing cross-cultural leadership issues. Attendees will also learn the technical aspects of structuring data warehouse architectures and fine-tuning data warehousing performance.

In addition to courses covering the full spectrum of BI and DW disciplines, the conference in San Diego will offer courses aligned to several current industry topics: data warehousing technology, the human side of BI, and in-depth analytics.

For more information about TDWI’s upcoming conference, visit the official website here.


Community Manager

June 4, 2009  3:41 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Philippe Winthrop of “Enterprise Mobility Matters”

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Philippe Winthrop of Enterprise Mobility Matters. Philippe’s blog was recently selected as one of Network World’s “9 web sites IT pros should master in 2009” by providing readers with his research on enterprise mobility through his firm Strategy Analytics. He recently published research pieces on benchmarking mobility policies and the Windows Mobile “shop,” and announced that he will be starting a series of “fireside chats” with thought leaders in the area of enterprise mobility.

You can visit Philippe at Enterprise Mobility Matters here.

Congratulations, Philippe, on being our featured IT blogger of the week!

May 29, 2009  2:30 PM

We are moving data centers this weekend… what that means

Sean Brooks Profile: Brooksie18

This weekend we are moving our data center to a new top secret secure location 🙂 . Anyways as most of you know this isn’t an easy task and as a result we will be having site outages from 9pm EST Friday to 11pm EST Saturday if all goes as planned. If everything doesn’t go as planned it main be down for a longer period of time.

The entire department will be helping out as there will be a lot to do. and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.


May 29, 2009  1:58 PM

Get the IT scoop straight from the horse’s mouth

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

Horses mouthWe have a great group of bloggers here on IT Knowledge Exchange. Our member blogs provide a unique perspective into the daily issues encountered in the IT trenches by the pros. I mentioned a few of our most recent member blogs earlier.

But don’t forget that we also offer dozens of editorial blogs, as well. For “straight from the horse’s mouth” content — read our editorial blogs for the latest news, rumors, commentary and issues driving the IT industry. The editorial blogs provide a valuable counterbalance and complement to the member blogs with viewpoints honed from access to industry leaders. Scroll down to see a few of our most recently added editorial blogs.

How about you? Do you have something to share with the IT community? We’ll help you find your voice and be heard. Interested? Then request your own free blog on IT Knowledge Exchange to see if you qualify. Thanks.

Community Manager

:::::::::::::::::::: RECENT EDITORIAL BLOGS :::::::::::::::::::::

Unified Communications Nation
In this UC-centric blog, our editors weigh in on unified communications applications, features, trends, news and insights important to enterprise IT networking and telecom pros.

Regulatory Reality
Find out how financial service firms from the smallest credit union to the largest insurers are building out their compliance frameworks. Learn what examiners are looking for, what they are saying and what’s going into their reports. Hear about how your peers are solving problems similar to yours.

The Windows Server Notebook
The Windows Server Notebook features news and commentary on a variety of Windows technologies. Here’s your chance to learn about and weigh in on the latest Microsoft releases and strategies, with a focus on server operating systems, virtualization, security and more.

Window on WANs
WAN news and views for network professionals who are charged with implementing, maintaining and administering enterprise WANs. Target topics include: WAN optimization and acceleration, virtualization, VPN security and WAN design.

May 21, 2009  7:42 PM

Featured IT Blogger of the Week: Jennifer Jabbusch of Security Uncorked

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Jennifer JabbuschThis week’s featured IT blogger is Jennifer Jabbusch of “Security Uncorked.” Jennifer is a network security engineer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. “Security Uncorked,” or the “Complete Unofficial Guide to InfoSec,” has recently covered topics such as Network Access Control (NAC), National Intelligence talks at RSA, and “Redefining NAC: The Series.” You can visit Jennifer on “Security Uncorked” here.

Congratulations, Jennifer, on being our blogger of the week!

May 15, 2009  8:01 PM

Looking for your own soapbox?

BrentSheets Brent Sheets Profile: BrentSheets

ITKE SoapboxSay, have you visited our community of IT blogs lately? You may be surprised to learn that we are now home to over 70 blogs on IT Knowledge Exchange.

Take a gander below to visit some of our most recent member blogs on everything from virtualization – to geek speak – to data privacy – to business intelligence.

Looking for your own soapbox? If you’ve got something to share with the IT community – we can help you find your voice and be heard. Simply request your own free blog on IT Knowledge Exchange and we’ll help you get started. Thanks.

Community Manager

::::::::::::::: Recent Member Blogs :::::::::::::::

Virtualization with Sid Smith (by Sid Smith)
This blog will include situations and scenarios that affect everyone deploying Virtualization today. I will be mainly focusing on VMware, Hyper-V, and Xen but will cover topics related to storage, networking, and other areas that have a high impact on the success of your Virtualization initiative.

Getting past the Geek Speak (by Derek Kuhr)
Being a great IT Pro is often more than being the fastest to solve an issue. It is often the ability to recommend really cool (or sometimes really simple) solutions, practices, etc. that help customers execute their businesses more efficiently and more profitably. I explain this and more on my blog.

Think Privacy (by Matthew Barach)
This blog addresses timely privacy topics including behavioral advertising, Red Flag Rules, the new Massachusetts regulations, HIPAA, GLBA, data transfer, cloud computing and other emerging privacy issues, laws, regulations and challenges that organizations will continue to face.

Business Intelligence Technology (by Jay Dugan)
This blog will examine an array of technology solutions and present them in a business context. Areas of security, business continuity, networking and databases with an emphasis on business intelligence, will be covered, plus anything else that involves business and IT that comes to mind.

May 14, 2009  5:07 PM

IT Blogger of the Week: Lori MacVittie of “Two Different Socks” (F5 DevCentral)

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

This week’s featured blogger is Lori MacVittie of F5’s DevCentral network. Her blog, “Two Different Socks,” covers the the nuances of cloud computing, virtualized apps, development and hardware solutions related to these topics. Lori is the top blogger in the F5 DevCentral community, and her posts are not only informative; they are entertaining and well-written. Lori is a marketing manager at F5 with a computer science and app dev background. She recently wrote about the struggle for control of security and accountability with regards to the cloud.

Congratulations, Lori, on being our featured IT blogger of the week!

May 13, 2009  8:36 PM

Reminder: Microsoft Virtualization Chat 5/14, 11:00 am EST

JennyMack Jenny Mackintosh Profile: JennyMack

Just a quick reminder that Edwin Yuen, Microsoft Virtualization expert, will be on IT Knowledge Exchange on Thursday, May 14th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EST to answer your toughest virtualization-related questions. You can visit the blog for more information; this will also be the location of the live chat page.

In case you missed the last one, don’t worry! You can still access all of the chat questions and answers by visiting the Microsoft Virtualization Chat tag page.

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