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.
September 21, 2022 Jenny Thomas
Is it me or is everyone noticing how busy life has been lately? With everyone seemingly running in all different directions, it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all. Here in the Jungle, our goal is to help you by organizing all the latest IBM i, and related, news and notable events into a digestible package. If you have something you want to share with us, we are all ears so please be sure to send it our way. And now, read on as we share with you the latest news of the week, and some events that …Read more
September 14, 2022 Jenny Thomas
Labor Day is a turning point in the year. Summer comes to an end. Students are all back to school. And the beginning of conference season, which means the news cycle will start ramping up. It’s also time for the now 9th annual Marketplace Survey from HelpSystems. Your responses give us a snapshot of how organizations running IBM i are using the IBM Power hardware and the operating system, and lets us take the pulse of entire community. It’s worth a few minutes of your time, and you’ll have an opportunity to look at the results once all of …Read more
August 17, 2022 Jenny Thomas
Summer may be winding down as the kids head back to school, but the IT ecosystem is heating up with lots of news and events for you in this week’s Monitor. September and October are historically very busy months in the Jungle, but after the slower pace of the past couple of years, people seem ready to get back to business. Before you read on, a quick reminder about our series the entry and midrange Power10 machines by our fearless leader Tim PM. This week’s installment is the fifth in the series and it’s worth your time to catch up. …Read more
August 3, 2022 Jenny Thomas
Summer is heating up, but you won’t catch IBM lounging in the shade. Big Blue has been busy with more than Power10. As we look around our ecosystem this week, we see IBM has its hands in many pots, with Arvind Krishna being named one of the most influential executives of 2022. You can catch up with all the IBM news below, plus we have some new resources and calendar items for you. And if you haven’t been following our coverage of Power10, you should take a minute go on the deep dive with our very own Tim Prickett Morgan. …Read more
July 20, 2022 Jenny Thomas
We’re always watching for the health of our ecosystem, and one of the easiest indicators on how thing are going is to watch the bottom line. This week, IBM reported a better-than-expected second fiscal quarter 2022 during its financial analyst conference call, and the analysts seem to agree the reasonable, although no one seems to be celebrating too hard as the worry of possibility of weakening IT spending looms in light of unprecedented inflation. But it’s OK to remain hopeful that the good trends will continue, and there’s more good news to go through, like the first article in Tim …Read more
July 13, 2022 Jenny Thomas
In the Jungle, our editors keep you informed by talking to the industry movers and shakers and relaying what they learn. (In fact, if you missed Tim’s inside scoop on Power 10, be sure to read the Top Story below.) Next week, you have the opportunity to ask your own questions of IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will during an Able One webinar on July 19. You can get the details and link for the webinar in the Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings section below, and take the opportunity to ask your Power10 and IBM i 7.5 questions. …Read more
June 29, 2022 Jenny Thomas
It’s hard to find a lot of good news these days. That’s why we hope you find some respite in the enthusiasm with which we cover the IBM i and its community. Where else can you find a deep-dive series on subscription pricing on the IBM i stack, complete with stacks of data and analysis? The only place you can find that is in the Jungle, and you can catch up on it starting in the Top Story below. As we head into July, you will notice lots of new learning and networking opportunities coming up on the Calendar below, …Read more
June 22, 2022 Jenny Thomas
It’s been said that no one needs a vacation as much as the person who just had one. Catching up after a vacation is not an easy task. I have just returned from two weeks on the road and my To Do list is two miles long as I struggle to catch up and offer apologies for missed and delayed emails. Still, it is important to make time for family and things other than work, so I will happily get my desk and inbox back in order. And since I have had my fun, let’s get back in the groove …Read more
June 15, 2022 Jenny Thomas
I’m working from the road this week, and we are experiencing record breaking heat in East Texas. We have had some minor issues – no Wi-Fi in the hotel, the A/C died in the rental car – but nothing we haven’t been able to solve – new hotel, exchanged rental car – and annoying as it was, I am quick to remember when traveling for an extended period was a lot harder when it wasn’t so easy to adapt and work from the road. This week, we have had several new entries into our Calendar, which means many of you …Read more
June 8, 2022 Jenny Thomas
The business partners and resellers have now been briefed about the impending Power10 entry and midrange server launches, and it is just a matter of time before some of the details start leaking out. We look forward to seeing the new machines and convergence of cloud-style packaging and pricing for on premises and cloudy versions of these machines.
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