Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla




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  • Let’s Focus on Ops
    October 22, 2018
  • The Future of Jobs in IT
    October 15, 2018
  • Jobs in IT are Very Diverse
    October 8, 2018
  • Who Does What Job in IT?
    October 1, 2018
  • Skills, Experience and Accreditations for Project Management
    September 24, 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 |

    A Focus on Cloud Management

    In this post, I keep my focus on the management theme from the previous three weeks of posts with concentration on cloud. What is different with cloud as compared to system, network and application management? Don’t cloud services require system and network management? Don’t cloud services run an application so isn’t application management useful?

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    Posted: December 11, 2017 |

    A Comprehensive Approach to Application Management

    In this post, I explore the discipline of application management, which is an IT management process with tools focused on the availability, performance and manageability of applications. Applications that have files, databases and other resources distributed over multiple OS images can be a challenge to manage. When suddenly some part of the application isn’t working, what’s wrong?

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    Posted: December 4, 2017 |

    Age of Networks and Network Management

    In this post, I explore the current state of network management, a powerfully mature discipline that emerged after going through many changes as networking evolved to its present state. Network management is still growing and evolving. That’s because network environments are still developing in sophistication, built-in support and changing device implementations like virtualized firewalls, switches and routers.

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    Posted: November 27, 2017 |

    Comprehensive Systems Management

    In this post, I explore systems management as a comprehensive discipline: What is it, how has it changed and what are the latest innovations to emerge. Systems management has developed into a mature and vibrant network of activities that are key to keeping systems available and useful. Let’s consider it as a model with categories and activities.

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    Posted: November 20, 2017 |

    IT Management Activities and Their Context

    This is the first in a series about IT management. You might think of this as system, network, application and cloud management, but definitions and practices are changing and expanding. Or, you might think of this as IT Service management. That’s certainly part of it as well. IT service management creates context so it is useful to include a framework like the ITIL because management categories like application management map to it. ITIL isn’t the only framework that gives context.

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    Posted: November 13, 2017 |

    Design and Develop Large-Scale System Software

    This is the sixth and final post in a series about things they never taught me in school. Over the years, I have taken many different computer classes in schools, through IT companies and by self-study, but nothing prepared me for the rigor of leading a team in the design and development of a large-scale system software product that was expected to be used by many hundreds of customers. Let me explain.

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    Posted: November 6, 2017 |

    Install, Verify and Move System Software to Production

    This is the fifth post in a series about things they never taught me in school. When I took computer courses at a university and from in-house training programs, I never learned anything about the steps to install and make system software ready for test then production use. For the first 10 years that I installed products, I learned just about everything from the product manuals and IBM Redbooks. I am sure there were courses about aspects of the products that I installed and supported, but there was little education funding and most of the skills that I discovered were perhaps best learned through practice. Let me explain.

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    Posted: October 30, 2017 |

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