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The Day Meetings Swallowed the Earth

David Shirey

Does it ever seem to you that you go to work just to go to meetings and not to actually work? Yeah, the line forms to the right, pal. But is it really that way, or is it all in your head?

Written by Dave Shirey  

Raise your hand if you feel that you just aren’t involved in enough meetings in your work life. Hmmm, just as I thought, only a few hands raised. And I really think most of them are confused and actually want to leave the room for a few minutes.

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DevOps: Bridging the Gap Between Development and Operations

Joydip Kanjilal

Learn how DevOps can improve collaboration and productivity by bringing agility to both development and operations teams. Understand the challenges involved in adopting the DevOps culture and the strategies to mitigate them.

Written by Joydip Kanjilal

DevOps is fast emerging as a great way to build and deploy applications that can run both on-premise and cloud alike. DevOps is a philosophy that attempts to bridge the gap between application development and operations for better productivity and reduced costs, risks, and cycle times. If your organization is contemplating a move towards DevOps, many factors need to be considered before this culture is adopted.

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Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday

It’s the holiday season, and everyone is in the gift-giving mood. Be sure you don’t forget to invest in your company and career.

brian mayWritten by Brian May

It’s a special time of the year. Family gatherings for the holidays, football season, and time in the woods all make this one of my favorite seasons. The month of December is also unique for IT departments. December is certainly not business as usual for most of us.

It’s time for budgets. That may mean requesting budget items for next year or spending surplus budget before the end of the year. It’s often when project work slows down a bit as end users, and IT staff alike, take time away from the office. It’s a time when stress is often at its lowest, and it’s just easier to get some things done.

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TechTip: Evolutionary Change and the IBM i Developer

Don’t fight evolution! Adopt new stuff!

rick flaglerWritten by Rick Flagler


The topic of this article resulted from several recent events:



  • The June anniversary of the AS/400 launch and its 27th birthday
  • A television campaign by a national cable provider regarding ability to CHANGE
  • Debate about RDi vs. SEU concurrent with developer comments that IT managers won’t spring for RDi because of its expense in the IT budget
  • Recently released totally free-format RPG programming techniques

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TechTip: Cloud Computing and Operational Transformation

As the move to service-based IT continues, the knowledge, skills, and abilities of many of the IT roles are very quickly being transformed.

Ashok IyengarWritten by Ashok K. Iyengar

Editor's note: This article is excerpted from chapter 7 of IBM Cloud Platform Primer.


The biggest changes that cloud computing brings to an enterprise are changes in mindset and operational transformation. While some of these changes are abstract, there are very concrete things that IT organizations can and should do to take full advantage of the cloud environment. From redefining roles to taking on new responsibilities, this chapter discusses the various operational and organizational transformations afoot in large IT organizations.

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Forums Decorum

As the midrange world continues to get more interesting, we're going to need to work together even more, and a good place to start is the forums.

joe plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

This article is entirely devoted to the idea of making the forums a kinder, gentler place for people to share information, and doing so is going to require that regular contributors learn to adhere to a slightly more civil demeanor, especially when dealing with "outsiders" or "newbies."



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Build Real Teamwork in a Virtual Team

If your virtual team is spread far and wide, how can you help them to be a real team?

colleen_garton.jpgWritten by Colleen Garton

Editor's Note: This article is an excerpt from Managing Without Walls, published by MC Press.


Virtual teams are a growing phenomenon in today's business world. It is becoming more and more unusual to find an organization that doesn't have some virtual aspect to it. Sales teams have been virtual for decades. They just didn't have such a fancy title! Today, organizations have more than sales teams scattered around the country or the globe; virtual teams exist in practically every part of the organization. IT isn't immune from this movement. With the advent of newer and more mobile technology, virtual IT teams are becoming increasingly commonplace.

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Book Review: Managing Without Walls

If you manage remote or satellite teams, this book is a must-read!

michael floydWritten by Michael Floyd

I really loved this book!


Over the years, I have managed satellite developers in England, France, India, Australia, and Canada (I'm currently in Southern California). I wish I had read Managing Without Walls years ago, before I started managing remote developers.

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