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 20, 2019 Jenny Thomas
Artificial intelligence is often a hot topic in the news, making it a regular item in the articles we feature here in Monitor. But in an interesting twist, Alain Bénichou, CEO of IBM’s Greater China business, said that in China, which is considered a world leader in AI, while AI adoption is higher than the global average, it is still not as high as expected. This is not to say AI, or the news about it, is going anywhere, but it does give some food for thought about the difference between innovation and real world application. Read on to see …Read more
November 13, 2019 Jenny Thomas
It may not be a question as old as time, but the debate will rage on for what seems like that long. Mac vs. PC, which is better? Essentially, a Mac is a PC because a PC is a personal computer, which is what a Mac is. But most people associate a PC as a computer that runs the Windows operating system, not the operating system made by Apple. Regardless, in our first story below, IBM’s CIO says Big Blue has found that its employees are happier using Mac devices in the workplace. It’s an interesting development and maybe the …Read more
November 6, 2019 Jenny Thomas
November is the month that reminds us to stop and think about the positive things in our lives and remember to be thankful for all those good things. In our personal lives, family and health are probably at the top of your list. At IT Jungle, our readers and advertisers are at the top of ours. We continue to be thankful for this platform and its ecosystem that gives us life, and to the people who read our articles every week who give us purpose. Now that we have shared our gratitude, we’d like to share the news of the …Read more
October 30, 2019 Jenny Thomas
In my house, the news of the day is the Houston Astros making a second run at the World Series. If baseball isn’t your thing, you have come to the right place. We have the news you are looking for from in and around the IBM i and our IT community. One article we point out this week actually comes from IT Jungle, but it is so relevant to what we do here in Monitor that it could not be overlooked. Our resident technical guru, Ted Holt, offered up a tip this week that also served as a wonderful reminder …Read more
October 23, 2019 Jenny Thomas
The news of the week seems to be heavily focused on two different topics: quantum computing and ransomware. IBM is looking to establish itself as a quantum computing superpower, and is ready to go to the mat with Google over its claims that Google researchers are leading the pack. And then there are the omnipresent reports of ransomware attacks, which we continue to point out in hopes it reminds our readers to make data protection a high priority. You can find links to some of the highlights (or lowlights in the case of cyberattacks) for both topics below.
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October 16, 2019 Jenny Thomas
It’s a big day for IBM. Big Blue will be reporting its Q3 earnings this afternoon and there are a lot of expectations on what results may, or may not, be seen from the Red Hat acquisition, among other possibilities. Of course, you can expect to see some slicing and dicing of IBM’s numbers, as well as what it may mean for our IBM i ecosystem, in future issues of The Four Hundred, but until then, please read on to check out what’s been happening around IT this past week.
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October 9, 2019 Jenny Thomas
The term “DevOps” dates back to 2008. The idea behind the word is that organizations bring together development and operations teams to create and improve products at a faster pace than they can with traditional software development approaches. DevOps on IBM i certainly isn’t a new concept, but it seems to be on everyone’s minds this week. As we look at the news of the week, “DevOps” kept popping up and this seemed like as good a time as any to take a look at why it’s gone from a concept to mainstream priority in IT departments everywhere. Check out …Read more
October 2, 2019 Jenny Thomas
Each week, it seems like we point to far too many articles about data breaches and other types of cybercrime. So this week it is nice to be able to direct your attention to some positive news on the cybercrime front. IBM has launched a program to help cities learn how to protect citizens and businesses from those criminals lurking in the interweb. In the first article below, you can read more about a new project IBM has started with the City of Los Angeles better prepare and defend against cyberattacks. It’s a step in the right direction for getting …Read more
September 25, 2019 Jenny Thomas
Summer came to an end this week, although it certainly doesn’t seem that way in Southern California where temperatures are still topping 90 degrees. With the onset of fall comes the promise of tech news as conference season gets back underway and the companies that sell hardware and software look to get into the 2020 budgets of the companies that will be looking to buy hardware and software in the new year. Whiles we linger in this limbo between summer and fall, take a gander on what’s been happening around IT in the last week, and don’t miss the Calendar …Read more
September 18, 2019 Jenny Thomas
This week, Steve Will, Chief Architect of the IBM i, tweeted out the link this week for new followers. It’s interesting to think there are still new followers popping up, but if you’re one of the Twitter holdout, you might want to consider giving it a try. The Twitter-verse gives us direct access to the movers and shakers of our ecosystem (not to mention the writers of IT Jungle), and it’s a great place to see the chatter around our little ecosystem. Of course, if you still don’t think Twitter is for you, you can always count on Four Hundred …Read more