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What’s in Store for myITforum in 2019

Seeing a few pieces of thinly veiled communications filter around the socialsphere, many of you have asked as about what’s in store for myITforum.com in 2019. We can’t share everything yet, but there are a few pieces that I think will be important to understand as we close out 2018 and head into the new year. Myself and a couple partners have some big things planned for myITforum in 2019. One of those is separating from our current entity and becoming “whole” again. myITforum.com was originally birthed due to necessity. Essentially, a community of like-minded technologists needed a centralized place to congregate, share knowledge, and participate. This resulted in a community-based website that eventually introduced some extremely popular events, conferences, and we...

A Renewed Promise on Software and Device Update Coverage

Month-after-month, week-after-week, Microsoft continues its onslaught of updates. Many customers are starting to just ignore the updates due to “update fatigue” and in some cases this can be detrimental to the overall health and security of software and devices. Remember Blackberry Thumb?  Update Fatigue may very well be the next industry recognized malaise worthy of physical and mental claims against workman’s comp. Who knows? For that reason, here at myITforum you can expect less content on just common updates. Customers are seriously getting tired of the litany of “what’s new, what’s fixed, and what’s broken” whenever a new update is on the wires or whenever the Insider program sneezes. Some sites write an entire article just to cover an I...

IT/Dev Connections 2018 Session Catalog Unveiled

Over the weekend, the full agenda and session catalog was released on the new IT/Dev Connections conference web site. With over 130 sessions and some pretty significant speakers with deep-dive content, it looks like this conference will be hard to beat once again. Visit the sessions pages:  https://tmt.knect365.com/it-dev-connections/agenda/2 Take a look through the posted speakers: https://tmt.knect365.com/it-dev-connections/speakers IT/Dev Connections is the only independent event bringing together IT, Developers, and DevOps professionals with deep-dive content throughout 4 days of intensive learning; serving up more than 130 sessions from real-world experts working in today’s multi-platform IT environment, covering the breadth of Cloud, Data, Developer, & Security technologies. IT/D...

The Resurrection of the myITforum Email Lists

For those in the  know, the company that owns myITforum had a severe outage in February, in which a lot of data had to reconstructed. myITforum was included in this outage. Most the site came back in the short term, but we’ve been working to put back together other areas of the site. One of the more treasured areas of myITforum is the email discussion lists that have been maintained for close to 20 years. These lists have provided literally tens of thousands with technical solutions 24×7, but also helped build strong community and friendships that have transcended the online world. This has shown itself in conferences like the Microsoft Management Summit (which has been merged into Ignite) and IT/Dev Connections. Our technical teams have promised to continue sorting out the emai...

Don’t Miss Out on Speaking at IT/Dev Connections 2018!

According to the good folks at IT/Dev Connections, the deadline for submitting to speak is April 3rd (this Monday!). I If you’ve been working on topic ideas, or squirreling away your abstracts and titles until you had more time – this weekend is it. They’ve been known to extend the submission deadline before, but that’s no guarantee. Speaking at IT/Dev Connections is an extremely prestigious affair that goes a long way to improve your professional profile and open up additional speaking, consulting, and authoring opportunities. Why? Because IT/Dev Connections is considered THE marquee technical conference for Cloud, Data, Development, and Security. If you speak at IT/Dev Connections, you’re immediately considered a top technical talent. Submit your session thi...

SMS/ConfigMgr Community Member Needs Help to Save His House

If you’ve been in the community for a long time, you’ll remember Chuck Young. Chuck was a go-getter. He was the first to deploy massive updates to SMS/ConfigMgr in production over a weekend and then report back to the entire community about what broke and what to avoid. His enthusiasm for SMS/ConfigMgr is a hallmark of what this community was, is, and always will be – GIVING. There’s a selfless air to this community that is second to none. And, quite frankly, without personalities like Chuck, this community (and possibly ConfigMgr) wouldn’t even exist. And, there are definitely some MVPs who would never have been awarded without the community spirit members like Chuck infused. Chuck and his wife actually married at the Microsoft Management Summit 2003. And, wh...

Alexa Skills: myITforum Headline News

Today we’re proud to announce that we’ve just unveiled our first Alexa skill. This one, specifically, is for your Alexa daily Flash Briefing. Just by asking… “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?” -or- “Alexa, what’s the news?” …you can get a rundown of the latest headlines (and some deeper content) from myITforum. This includes all the news about the IT Pro and developer profession, tech tips, reviews, and other miscellaneous announcements  – including updates on the upcoming IT/Dev Connections 2017 in October (which, incidentally, has its own Alexa skill). Where to get it: You can locate the myITforum Headline News Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: myITforum Headline News...

myITforum’s New Tip Line

Many of you have emailed us wondering who is behind the curtain here at myITforum when articles are tagged as authored by myITforum News, or myITforum Tips, etc. While we have a lot of great content supplied by original authors, we also have a lot of great content that comes in via tips over email. These come from folks that want to participate in the community but don’t want have time to dedicate to a regular column. The number of these types of submissions have increased so much over the past year, we’ve decided to rollout a special Tip Line email address. If you have an IT Pro, Developer or Industry tip that you’d like to share, drop an email to: TipLine@myITforum.com In the email with your tip also let us know if you’d like attribution for the tip and how you...

New myITforum Released in Public Preview

Just wanted to let you all know that we’ve rolled out the new myITforum into Public Preview. During this preview period we’ll be working non-stop to complete the refresh. There’s a bunch of new features packed in, and others we’re planning, and we’d love to see community testing and feedback given. Bug reports, suggestions, and comments can be posted to the official myITforum community group here: myITforum Bug reports, Suggestions and Comments

Announcing the new myITforum

myITforum has been around since around 2001, but its history goes back even further than that. Those that have been part of this community since the beginning remember its earliest days, starting out as an email list, then moving to a temporary spot on Swynk.com before becoming a standalone entity in April of 2001, thanks to the support of Altiris (remember them?). myITforum started with the simple theme of connecting like-minded IT folks so they could support each other, finding that peer support was much better than what the vendors attempted to provide. What resulted from that was a tidal wave of community loyalty that grew even outside the barriers of the online world into User Groups and major conferences like the Microsoft Management Summit and TechEd. myITforum has truly been blesse...

Help Test the New myITforum

Our dev folks have been working on a refresh for myITforum (the site), and while it will continually be a work in progress (lots of new features on the roadmap), they are close to finalizing the first release. But, to ensure what the team has imagined aligns with your needs, they are asking for volunteers to help test, review, and provide feedback for the new site.   If you are interested in getting a sneak peak and have time to test and provide feedback, drop me a note offline (rod.trent @ penton.com) with the email address they can use to contact you. We only need 30 or so folks to help, so inclusion is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The hope is to go live with this first refresh by the end of the month. The site will be offline for a day or so during the update. These email lists a...

IT/Dev Connections 2015: The Right-sized, Highly Engaged, Deeply Personal, IT Technology Conference

With a couple big Microsoft events under our belts already this year, it’s time to set our focus to the other side of IT event offerings, specifically the deep-dive, valuable, and community infused conferences. At BUILD 2015 we were inundated with upcoming technologies through a litany of proposed product announcements, and then most of those were duplicated at Microsoft’s first-ever Ignite conference. Microsoft held back and saved a few announcements for Ignite, but not many more. Cobble together the numbers for both events, and roughly 30,000 people should now be fully versed in what’s coming in the next Microsoft technology drop. The product improvements announced are enough to wow us for a long time to come, but for many companies the announcements fell flat for a num...

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