Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla




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  • Strategies, Methods and Toolsets for Modernization
    February 18, 2019
  • Architectural Enhancements for a Wide Variety of Workloads
    February 11, 2019
  • Special Hardware Support of Software
    February 4, 2019
  • 2018 in Review: Attending the ECC Conference
    January 28, 2019
  • 2018 in Review: Significant IT Capabilities and Technology
    January 21, 2019
  • z14 Beyond the Conference Handout

    For my last two posts, I have explored the z14 hardware a bit like a science fair project. You see, I am mainly a career-long software engineer with a degree in music. I do have other technical degrees, but I have been largely removed from computer hardware. However, I have noticed its astonishing rate of growth and change. With this post, I finish out this brief series on the dance between hardware and software.

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    Posted: November 26, 2018 |

    Is Computer Hardware Underappreciated?

    Last week, I asked the question, “What software engineer doesn’t have a healthy respect for the hardware?” My thought was that respect is one thing, but understanding it is another. This week, I’ll explore a few features imbedded (maybe hidden to the software engineer) in the machine that is the IBM z14. Can we really explore this cosmic topic in a post? Maybe if we break it down into a few main points and focus just on them. Let’s see.

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    Posted: November 19, 2018 |

    The Dance of Hardware and Software

    With this post, I am starting a series on the extraordinary relationship between hardware and the software that runs upon it. I’m a software engineer. That is how I understand and experience the world of computing. I love programming languages and, even more, I love middleware, the great multiplier of programmer productivity. But what software engineer doesn’t have a healthy respect for the hardware? Respect is one thing, but understanding it is another.

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    Posted: November 12, 2018 |

    More on Ops: ITIL and DevOps

    With this post, I finish my focus on computer operations. Last week, I discussed CloudOps and DevOps after previously exploring SysOps, NetOps and WebOps . In this post, I discuss ITIL and DevOps. Does one eliminate the need for the other? How do they interact (if at all)? Let’s explore these topics.

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    Posted: November 5, 2018 |

    More on Ops: CloudOps and DevOps

    With this post, I continue my focus on computer operations (Ops). Last week, I discussed SysOps, NetOps and WebOps. These are three important systems or specializations within computer operations. In this post, I explore CloudOps and DevOps, which are two different ways that Ops is engaged. Although they’re different, CloudOps and DevOps teams are doing what’s necessary to help create and support an innovative vision of IT and how it should operate in support of their organizations. Let’s explore these topics.

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    Posted: October 29, 2018 |

    Let’s Focus on Ops

    With this post, I am starting a series on computer operations (Ops) as in SysOps and NetOps and DevOps. In IT, we often focus on technical disciplines like system administration or availability management, but what about the people, procedures and tools that run and support the broad and challenging world of Ops? Let’s explore the topic.

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    Posted: October 22, 2018 |

    The Future of Jobs in IT

    With this post, I am finishing the series on who does what job in IT and what their job titles are. Now that many jobs have been described and discussed, what kind of future can you expect in job categories like project manager, IT specialists, IT architects and others? Let’s explore the future.

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    Posted: October 15, 2018 |

    Jobs in IT are Very Diverse

    With this post, I am continuing the series on who does what job in IT and what their job titles are. So far, I have explored the categories of project manager, IT specialist and IT architect. There is a large number of IT jobs in these categories. However, the job types and specializations are much broader. The content of this post is a job sample I composed using a significant number of openings from commercial employment search sites. Let’s explore some job types and specializations.

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    Posted: October 8, 2018 |

    Who Does What Job in IT?

    With this post, I am starting a new series on who does what job in IT and what their job titles are. You probably agree with me that there’s a fair amount of abstraction in job titles. I am focusing on the titles and the duties that come with them. Lets explore this.

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    Posted: October 1, 2018 |

    Skills, Experience and Accreditations for Project Management

    With this post, I am finishing this current series on IT project management. In this series, I have discussed some of the major reasons why projects fail, referenced some analysis and research, and I have discussed some of the key trends in project management. In this post, I will cover the role that skills and experience play and what certificates and certifications are available.

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    Posted: September 24, 2018 |

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