OK, so maybe it is because it is the start of the year and I try to refresh bookmarks, or I was thinking about talking with a new contact at a system z partner, and what sources to point him to... But I found myself entering the waving fingers, doodledy doo music, and time transition to compare what finding things was like in the 70s versus now.
Announcements: Then, we had blue letters for announcements that came in secure shipments that we would read through at our desks, and then reread again for the following week or so. Now, we go online, don't have desks, and may have them delivered via RSS feed aggregators or podcast series. We would schedule auditoriums in every even close to large city, and announce with fanfare the yearly changes after doing the same with the branch after staying up all night learning about them-- having gotten a signature secured box the night before!
Systems Engineers evolved into Architects and IT Specialists, and Business Partner counter parts, and Orange books became Redbooks. In the branch (the what?) I started at, we had ONE dot matrix printer, a green screen dumb terminal in a room for all to share and could not have imagined the social sites for large systems that include: destination z, mydeveloperworks, the mainframe blog on typepad, and system z on Facebook ! We would have never imagined the need for the academic initiative, the SOA Social Network, or that there might be IBM channels on youtube...
As an architect I, and many of you, have to keep up on executive topics, and so look at magazines for the CIO, CFO, Mainframe Executive, in addition to IBM Research journals like the Systems Journal. I go to the Institute for Business Value, as well as Investors Business Daily, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and the wonderful NY Times Reader.
When I make time, I may use igoogle, my yahoo, feedly or other aggregation methods to look at news from tech, industry, and partners who build solutions. I have a feed for pictures from Flickr, press releases looking for key works like acquisition, and created a search widget or gadget for IBM when it pops up out on this interweb in any of 'those tubes'. The information overload and anxiety drives a person to feel he needs these tools, just as business intelligence and information analytics is a needed response at the enterprise level. Without these tools we just would not know what is going on. Things have changed for sure, but fortunately there are ways to not feel as if we are waiting for the newspapers to show up from the ship landing from the 'continent'....
What are you pet techniques to stay current? Let me know....
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So, looking for patterns, have you noticed the increase in Smarter Planet activity involving government entities, power, water, traffic, medical records etc? This stuff is building and becoming real and is not just some marketing Public Relations. Take a look at the press room or the sites related to Smarter Planet for this growing trend!
As part of this entry's miscellany, I noted some announcements related to Solution Edition (for Chordiant's Customer Experience Management solution - think CRM plus...), a z-series Linux Enterprise Server for consolidation strategies, and ran across an entry that talked about how the top 50 banks are all running z-series. (We've seen lots of top enterprises running z stats, I had just not seen that particular one before..)
Tech folks are, from my experience, optimists, eager to apply innovation for the betterment of their enterprise, and yes, the world. As a new year starts, I know you join me in being ready to go, to dig in, help out, and make a difference. It is not just IBM values to make a difference in the world.. I think all you you techies love doing so too... I look forward to joining you in doing just that in 2010 ! !