The $3 trillion worldwide information technology market is a Darwinian contest of survival among server, storage, operating systems, middleware, applications, and services vendors, who fight ferociously for IT budget dollars. Inside companies large and small, there is a struggle to understand a bewildering array of new technologies that might allow them to carve out niches in markets or otherwise differentiate themselves in their own fight for economic survival.
Every week, CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs at large enterprises and presidents and IT managers at small organizations have to monitor a stunning number of announcements from IT vendors and the figure out how to best choose and use this new information technology. To put it bluntly, IT is a jungle out there. And if managers, programmers, and end users are not careful, they can get fall prey to the latest fads or miss out on big-game opportunities that can cut costs or boost revenues.
That’s why we created the IT Jungle, published by Guild Companies, Inc and run by Timothy Prickett, the company’s president and editor in chief. We want to help you figure out how to survive, adapt, and thrive in this complex IT ecosystem, whether you are an end user of information technology or a vendor of information technology products. IT Jungle has a strong heritage with the IBM i platforms, but we also have deep and broad knowledge of other platforms that we can bring to bear as we track and analyze the IBM i market. And in 2017, we will be branching out to new markets for the first time since the Great Recession, with a slightly different track than we followed before then with our various Windows, Linux, Unix, and mainframe publications of the past. Stay tuned.
The people behind IT Jungle are professional writers and editors as well as IT managers, programmers, and system administrators, and we have become a tightly knit team. We are extremely motivated, energetic people who are committed to bringing the best IT analysis, advice, and help to managers, programmers, users, and high-level executives who are increasingly involved in IT decisions.
IT Jungle publications are provided freely to our subscribers. We believe that we could charge for our news, analysis, and technical content, but we feel that we can do the most good for the largest number of IT professionals by giving our content away in advertising-supported electronic publications. In this manner, we also help support the IBM i vendors who are similarly trying to participate in the IT ecosystem, to make it a better place and more resilient in absorbing change. If the five decades of the computer business has taught us anything, it is that we are all in this hunt together.