Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla

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  • The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing
    December 10, 2018
  • I Never Want a World Without Middleware
    December 3, 2018
  • z14 Beyond the Conference Handout
    November 26, 2018
  • Is Computer Hardware Underappreciated?
    November 19, 2018
  • The Dance of Hardware and Software
    November 12, 2018
  • Computer Security Teams Face Many Challenges

    This week, I start a new series on computer security. My focus is on today’s security threats and the steps that should be taken by companies to secure their assets.

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    Posted: March 5, 2018 |

    Financial Analysis of IT Projects Using NPV, Payback Period, IRR and Others

    This post focuses on financial analysis of IT projects and the usefulness of financial tools like payback period, internal rate of return and net present value. It also discusses total cost of ownership, base-case analysis and intangible or soft measures.

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    Posted: February 22, 2018 |

    Project-Level Financial Measures Quantify Project Value

    This week, I start a two-part series focused on project-level financial measures, like ROI, a business strategy used at the beginning of significant IT projects. 

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    Posted: February 19, 2018 |

    Methods and Tools for IT Consolidation Projects

    In this, the third of a three-part exploration of the IT consolidation topic, I discuss methods and tools that are important to the success of consolidation projects as they impact risk and the predictability of outcomes.  

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    Posted: February 12, 2018 |

    IT Consolidation Projects Vary Widely

    This is the second post on IT consolidation, a topic that is broad and important to the vitality of organizations and their IT departments. In this post, I explore the diversity of IT consolidation projects as they relate to various undertakings from server to data center consolidation. 

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    Posted: February 5, 2018 |

    IT Consolidation is Both an Art and a Science

    This is the first of several planned posts on IT consolidation. You might find the phrase “IT consolidation” to be cold or even unimaginative, so how can it be both an art and a science? This is what I will explore over the next couple of weeks, as the topic is so broad and important to the overall vitality of organizations and their IT departments.

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    Posted: January 29, 2018 |

    Recapping Blogs on Areas of Innovation, Teams and Development Methods/Architectural Styles

    This is the second of two recollections looking back at posts from IT Trendz published in 2017. In this post, I explore three more of the 12 themes and variations that I explored and discussed last year. My focus in this post is areas of innovation (the chicken or the egg question), team structures (like you, I have experienced and observed a variety of organizational constructs) and ways to develop applications (including a discussion of architectural styles). 

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    Posted: January 22, 2018 |

    Recapping Blogs on Skills, Trends and Teachings

    This is the first of two recollections looking back at posts from IT Trendz published in 2017. If you read IT Trendz, you have probably noticed that the posts that appear week-to-week are usually part of a theme or linked to a main idea. An individual post explores some aspect of the subject. Usually, I have three or four posts on the idea. In this post, I want to explore three of the 12 themes (and some of the 49 variations) that I explored and discussed last year. 

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    Posted: January 15, 2018 |

    A 2017 Writing Recap: A Productive and Interesting Year

    In this post, I begin a brief look back at some of the topics I explored in 2017. Since you’re reading this post, you’re aware of IT Trendz (and hopefully a regular reader), but here are some articles that you may have missed that appeared in IBM Systems Magazine and in Destination z.

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    Posted: January 8, 2018 |

    Managing Emerging Technologies

    In this post, I finish up my focus on the management theme from the previous four weeks of posts, with a concentration on the management of emerging technologies like robots and artificial intelligence (AI). There’s been much written about jobs being lost to new technologies like computerized algorithms (at this time) and autonomous vehicles (in the future). Now that these technologies are maturing rapidly, what management challenges are inherent with them?

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    Posted: December 18, 2017 |

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