Who cares about IT... Just make it work!
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The main purpose is to give glimpses of what goes into the world of IT to bring new features to life on the IBM developerWorks site, as well as the continuous efforts for site support. On occasion, I may stray from that main objective to discuss other thoughts as well. Hopefully it will be informative as well as interesting to read.
I'll start by briefly summarizing the topology...
The developerWorks site is made up of over 30 applications, running on a dozen pSeries AIX systems using WAS and DB2 middleware. The most recent addition to this software stack is Lotus Connections, which is powering My developerWorks. Over the time I have supported the developerWorks site, we have taken it from primarily a static content site to one that handles dynamic and user-generated content. Over the past 5 years active users have more than doubled. It's really an exciting time to be part of the team!
... and add a quick bio on myself...
I've been an IT manager for the IBM developerWorks organization for the past 6 years, responsible for the site hosting and support for developerWorks and alphaWorks, as well as the development of several site features such as the Community and Search applications. Previous to that I worked on development of web site analytics products and WebSphere Application Server. I'm married, live in North Carolina, and have 3 children... 2 of them in college. When I'm not working, I love playing volleyball, am a huge hockey fan, and get in my share of television.
I'll leave you all with a question that will hopefully allow me to better address the kinds of topics I focus on here:
What about developerWorks IT would you like to know more about?