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.
March 3, 2021 Jenny Thomas
IBM’s attention on the hybrid cloud is common knowledge by now. IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has been crystal clear that he is deeply passionate about the hybrid cloud, and some weeks the hybrid cloud dominates the news cycle. Like this week. Our IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will kicked it off with his latest blog post to clear up some of the confusion he says surrounds industry cloud strategies, which you can find as our Top Story below. Then read on for the latest on the hybrid cloud, as well as the latest IBM i resources and events.
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February 24, 2021 Jenny Thomas
Seeking feedback isn’t always a joyous task. With feedback can come criticism, which can lead to hurt feelings. But it can also point us in new directions that lead to better services and products and result in improvements that might not have been part of the original plan. These are just some of the reasons we encourage all of you to use your voice when it comes to the IBM i to help make positive gains for our whole ecosystem. One of the easiest ways to be heard is to take surveys and help companies who are seeking feedback. You’ll …Read more
February 10, 2021 Jenny Thomas
We’re only three days in, but it’s already been a long week. We’re busy in the Jungle, but the news outside – at least in the world of computing – has been decidedly slow. Still, we have culled the best of it and hopefully you will find it a welcome distraction from the pandemic and political happenings outside our little ecosystem. If you’re still in parts of the world where you’re still stuck at home, be sure to check out our Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings section below for some great opportunities for learning and networking that you …Read more
February 3, 2021 Jenny Thomas
Yesterday, everyone’s favorite soothsayer Punxsutawney Phil predicted winter will hang on for six more weeks, which can be good or bad news depending on your weather preferences. What a difference a year has made as we close in on the one-year mark of when Covid-19 changed the world. Even Phil has had to adjust. The yearly Groundhog Day ritual, which dates back to 1887, was held virtually in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, we’ve all learned to adjust evidenced by our Calendar below, which is filled with webinars and virtual events. COMMON also has a new hybrid conference …Read more
January 27, 2021 Jenny Thomas
“Hybrid” may already be the buzzword of the year as it can be described so much of what is happening in 2021. Many of us have adapted to a hybrid working environment where we work from home and occasionally may visit the office. Kids in some parts of the U.S. continue to go to a hybrid version of school that involves virtual and in-person class time. For IBM, hybrid is all about the cloud, and this week we see those stories dominating the headlines as the pressure mounts for Big Blue to start seeing some returns on all of its …Read more
January 20, 2021 Jenny Thomas
While the rest of us hunkered down last year, IBM was on an acquisition spree that has continued into 2021. The acquisitions were all in the cloud or financial tech industries, which comes as no surprise if you’ve been watching. Big Blue has been making its intentions in the cloud business very clear for some time now. IBM’s moves continue to dominate the news of the week, a sampling of which we have culled for you below. Don’t forget to check our Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings calendar below, which is starting to fill up with lots of …Read more
January 13, 2021 Jenny Thomas
Despite the fact that much of the world is still shuttered as we desperately look forward to a time beyond the pandemic, we must forge ahead with our initiatives and projects in the new year. But where should you concentrate your focus to succeed in 2021? We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have Alex Woodie, who talked with leaders in the IBM i community to get their predictions of what the trends will be in the coming months. One thing it’s probably safe to predict is anything “virtual” is going to be a hot topic, as we …Read more
January 4, 2021 Jenny Thomas
Welcome back! When last we were together, we were all eagerly anticipating the end of a very long and arduous year. Now we find ourselves in the new year with a bit of renewed hope for a return to some sense of the normalcy, although we must continue to tread carefully toward that goal. As we hang up our new calendars, we have the opportunity to look ahead about what may come to pass in the next 12 months. Last year, the prognosticators didn’t do such a great job since nothing went according to plan. But still it is fun …Read more
December 16, 2020 Jenny Thomas
The holidays are almost here, and our hope for you is they are filled with cheer. The news this year has not always been great, but it’s been our pleasure to keep you up to date. There’s been surprises when we had no clue, like when IBM was split in two. And our editors are always first out of the gate with the news that is top rate. With this last edition of Monitor we bid adieu, on January 4 we will be seeing you. And now for us 2020 is done, let’s hope for better in 2021.
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December 9, 2020 Jenny Thomas
It’s funny how as you get older, longer periods of time seem to sound shorter. When you’re a kid, a year sounds like forever. But before you know it, you’re 49 wondering how you got there so fast. IBM has just announced its plans for the IBM i for the next 12 years. That’s more than a decade away, which makes it seem longer, but I think to many of us 12 years sounds like it’s just around the corner. Before you decide, check out our top story this week from IT Jungle’s editor in chief, who dissects the announcement. …Read more