Another Blog- One of my team members asked: 'Why another blog?' It is a good question. We have Mainframe which has lots of good detail for big iron. We have millions of pages online, hardcopy, and in e-mail to look at! Still, the channels proliferate, and for a reason. We have moved from phone, face to face and mail to a panoply of social networking tools, channels and media forms which compete for our attention. Filters, feeds, and federation attempt to address the mixed blessing. We have enterprise systems, distributed systems, and grids in the sky. The complexity is not going away.
Connections that make things possible like never before. In this weekend's New York Times, there was an article called 'Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?'. It talked about how we approach problems as humans through analysis, proceedure, collaboration, and innovation. Built on on the familiar tools of analysis and proceedure, it is through new connections, combining existing things in new ways, and leveraging existing expertise, wherever it is, that gets us the breakthrough approaches called innovation. System z knows about innovation, so it makes sense new techniques of collaboration are something this community is a part of.
At IMPACT 2008, Sandy Carter announced the new Smart SOA Social Network which will add Line of Business and Business Analyst communities to the existing Developer and Architect communities that vehicles like Developerworks has done so much for. Social tools will be integrated that include Orkut, Second Life, MySpace, Xing, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Add 400 universities participating in the Academic Initiative where students learn about the evolved enterprise systems, and Destination z, where System z Business Partners provide an amazing array of capability, and this is clearly a new world. (Look! I am not wearing white shirt and tie! There is no black dial phone in front of me! My inbox is not a physicial box! My office is where again? )
So, we are going to add to the mix. We are a group of IBM Architects called zITAs, who have background and focus on System z. Here you will see observations, perspectives, and comments on what we see from our experience across gobs of technology, customers, and you don't what to know how many years. (Let's just say the hair on our heads is graying.) What will we talk about? It could be chargeback or cashflow, workload or method, technology or trends.
Hello, and welcome aboard....