Jenny Thomas is the Publisher and Advertising Director for Guild Companies' IT Jungle newsletters. Thomas has 25 years of experience in the publishing industry and has worked as an editor and writer in several industries, including the IT and medical fields. Thomas has a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Diego State University.
November 14, 2018 Jenny Thomas
I learned a valuable lesson this week: never stick your hand in the middle of a dog fight. Now, that may seem like common sense, but sometimes in that moment of panic when you’re trying to figure out what to do, you do something dumb. But it got me thinking about the efforts of our community who look to help each other out whether it be through a free webinar, a virtual training, or a product so our readers will know exactly what to do – or not to do — if disaster strikes. IT Jungle also plays a vital …Read more
November 7, 2018 Jenny Thomas
We may have gained an hour over the weekend, but I am definitely not feeling like I am getting ahead. However, since November is the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our life, I figure this is also a good time to remember why we are grateful for our IBM i ecosystem. Not only has it sustained us these many years, but it seems there is always more to look forward to. Our Calendar below shows there is plenty of activity yet to go this year, and COMMON is already putting out …Read more
October 31, 2018 Jenny Thomas
Double, double, toil and trouble… if we had the predictive powers of the three witches from Macbeth, we might have seen the big move by IBM to acquire Red Hat coming. Fortunately we have Monitor to round up the top stories of the week and keep you in the loop in case your crystal ball is on the fritz. Although we have a bone to pick with whomever decided that Halloween should fall on a work day, to stay in the spirit on the job today, check out the link below for a preview of IBM’s upcoming movie featuring aliens …Read more
October 17, 2018 Jenny Thomas
As we breathlessly await the news out of COMMON, which is happening this week in Pittsburgh, we turn to what else is happening in the world of IT. When it comes to IBM, it seems when we aren’t talking about Artificial Intelligence, we are talking about the cloud, and then we circle back again. This week is no different. IBM CEO and president Ginni Rometty kicked off the Gartner conference with a keynote that focused on AI, while Big Blue launched its Multicloud Manager. After you catch up on the news, be sure to help make some by weighing in …Read more
October 10, 2018 Jenny Thomas
With Fall COMMON conference right around the corner in Steel City beginning on October 15, now seems like a good time to remind ourselves why it is important to stay on top of new technology and use your voice to participate in our IBM i ecosystem. Without the opportunity to learn from experts and trade ideas, any industry runs the risk of fading away. While COMMON offers all sorts of hands-on sessions and group discussion panels to feed your IBM i needs, travel isn’t always plausible due to things like work, money, and family obligations. Even if you can’t get …Read more
October 3, 2018 Jenny Thomas
If you need the latest news on the IBM i, you know to come to IT Jungle. And for the latest news around the IT community, you come to Four Hundred Monitor. There never seems to be a lack of news related to IBM and this week we see Big Blue is making all sorts of headlines. We also were able to round up some blogs that do relate to the IBM i, so be sure to look in the Redbooks, White Papers, Blogs, and Other Resources section for a little light reading on COBOL, clouds and blockchain.
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September 26, 2018 Jenny Thomas
IBM has been putting a lot of eggs in the Blockchain basket, and it looks like its investments are starting to hatch. Blockchain is starting to take hold in the U.S. with one of the nation’s largest retailers making it a business requirement for its suppliers. But Blockchain isn’t the only investment that is paying off for IBM. Watson is also branching out into farms, factories, and offices around the globe. Now is the time to start planning for those Fall conferences so be sure to take a look at our Calendar below for many opportunities for networking and continuing …Read more
September 19, 2018 Jenny Thomas
One can never have too many champions, and the IBM i is no exception. IBM is once again looking for champions and there is no reason someone from our ecosystem isn’t deserving of the prize. If you know an “innovative thought leader in the technical community,” use the link below to nominate that person. One such person, who we cannot nominate because he is an IBM employee, is participating in a webinar today to discuss current state of the IBM i. You can find the link at the top of the calendar section below.
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September 12, 2018 Jenny Thomas
Some acts are hard to follow. Sometimes you don’t even want to try. I find myself in that position today as I attempt to step in to the shoes of really one of the very best people, not just in our little ecosystem, but in the world. If I had it my way, Dan Burger would be writing Monitor, like he has from the day we launched it, and I would be looking forward to our weekly exchange when he passed it on to me for a light edit before we shared it with the IBM i world. We lost …Read more
August 18, 2014 Jenny Thomas
After 25-plus years, it might be surprising to some that there are still new things to be learn on the IBM i platform. But to Bill Hansen, president of Manta Technologies, continuing to learn about IBM i is just good business.
Hansen created his first computer-based training courses for IBM systems in 1985, eventually turning his focus to the AS/400 marketplace when he launched Manta in 1994. There are already an impressive 117 courses currently in Manta’s training catalog, but Hansen believes there’s always room for more.
“We always had a rule that first we were going to cover