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.
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
December 2, 2020 Jenny Thomas
Welcome to the last month of 2020. I don’t know how everyone feels, but I am glad to see this year go. Still, there is a lot of news happening as we look back on what was and look ahead to what could be. This month we see IBM is making moves in preparation for NewCo, and also the prediction lists are starting to roll out. It’s always fun to read what people prognosticate for the coming year, and you can look forward to some of that from IT Jungle in the coming weeks. There’s more news to come so …Read more
November 18, 2020 Jenny Thomas
The effects of the coronavirus have forced people around the world to slow down. We have had to learn to go without and be patient due to delays in pretty much everything due to Covid. But the cloud slows down for no person, or virus, and it seems like the race to cloud supremacy is actually heating up, even as nations around the world head into a second round of lockdowns. IBM has no intention of pumping the brakes on its hybrid cloud aspirations, as you’ll notice while perusing our Top Stories this week. And if you are locked down, …Read more
November 11, 2020 Jenny Thomas
The world is kind of a mess right now, which might be why companies are looking forward to getting out of this year and want to hit the ground running in 2021. For instance, look at Big Blue. In our Top Stories this week, we see IBM’s new CEO Arvind Krishna is wasting no time with his plans to transform IBM into a hybrid cloud management vendor, as his predecessor Ginni Rometty speculates we are only a quarter of the way into journey to the hybrid cloud. It just goes to show that no matter what phase of quarantine your …Read more
November 4, 2020 Jenny Thomas
IT Jungle readers are familiar with the writing style of our fearless leader, and editor in chief, Timothy Prickett Morgan. Next week, on November 10, you can actually hear him in action as he moderates a live discussion panel for Eradani with IBM i users who share their success stories. Tim is an entertaining host so it’s worth your time to listen in. You can find the listing below in our Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings section. Also, COMMON members don’t miss out Top Story below for info on the appreciation celebration planned for next week.
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October 28, 2020 Jenny Thomas
It can be argued that this whole year has been a horror story, but with Halloween right around the corner, COMMON is getting into the spirit with an online event featuring IBM i horror stories – and how to avoid them – in conjunction with HelpSystems. It’s happening tomorrow so check out the details in the first link of our Top Stories below if you’re interested. It’s interesting to see how quickly we’ve all adapted to virtual meetings, which is evident in our growing “Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings” section below. Check it out for the latest learning …Read more
October 21, 2020 Jenny Thomas
It’s been said that “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” I think most of us would be happy for a redo on 2020, but since that’s not possible, we can point to some signs of better days ahead by taking a look at IBM. Big Blue surprised us last week by splitting its managed infrastructure services business from Global Services and giving it life as a new, publicly traded company. And now CEO Arvind Krishna has set his target for growth (in our lead story below), which gives us a reason to be optimistic …Read more