Joseph Gulla

Joseph Gulla




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  • 2018 in Review: Significant IT Capabilities and Technology
    January 21, 2019
  • 2018 in Review: Project Management and Other Jobs in IT
    January 14, 2019
  • 2018 in Review–IT Security
    January 7, 2019
  • Three Absorbing Middleware Solutions
    December 17, 2018
  • The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing
    December 10, 2018
  • 2018 in Review: Significant IT Capabilities and Technology

    In this third post of 2019, I am taking a look back at another series that was interesting to research and write. Back in July 2018, I began a series on significant IT capabilities and technology. I have a long history exploring the notion of significance, the quality of being worthy of attention and importance. I appreciate the word because it’s used in quantitative and qualitative contexts. When I did a study for a university project, I analyzed the data using standard statistical procedures to show statistical significance. My analysis was an effort to determine the likelihood that a relationship between two or more variables is caused by something other than chance.

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    Posted: January 21, 2019 |

    2018 in Review: Project Management and Other Jobs in IT

    As I wrote last week, I am looking forward to exploring new trends in 2019 and re-examining some topics that I have explored since I began the blog back in October 2013, more than five years ago. In this second post of 2019, I am taking a look back at two series that were fun and challenging to research and write. The first series was on projects and project management, and the second was related to other jobs in IT like IT architect and specialist.

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    Posted: January 14, 2019 |

    2018 in Review–IT Security

    This week begins a new year of IT Trendz posts. I am looking forward to exploring new trends in 2019 and re-examining some topics that I have explored since I began the blog in October 2013, more than five years ago. In 2018, I contributed 50 posts, so I would like to start the year by taking a look back at a few series that were fun and challenging to research and write. 

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    Posted: January 7, 2019 |

    Three Absorbing Middleware Solutions

    This week, I am finishing up this three-part series on middleware. In the first post in the series, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. Last week, I discussed the taxonomy and market size of middleware. This week, I’ll finish with a discussion of three innovative middleware products.

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    Posted: December 17, 2018 |

    The Middleware Market is Interesting and Growing

    Last week, I revisited a topic that I find revitalizing: Middleware. In my previous post, I discussed the roots of middleware in what I referenced as the real history of middleware, with the real roots being in centralized enterprise systems. This week, I’ll continue with a discussion of the categories or taxonomy of middleware software and the size of the market.

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    Posted: December 10, 2018 |

    I Never Want a World Without Middleware

    For the last three weeks, I have been exploring the dimensions of IBM z14 hardware. As much as I could, I centered everything in those posts on some aspect of the hardware—speed of circuits, cache sizes, number of transistors, miles of wire—you get the idea. If you missed it, here are the two most important paragraphs in all three posts.

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    Posted: December 3, 2018 |

    z14 Beyond the Conference Handout

    For my last two posts, I have explored the z14 hardware a bit like a science fair project. You see, I am mainly a career-long software engineer with a degree in music. I do have other technical degrees, but I have been largely removed from computer hardware. However, I have noticed its astonishing rate of growth and change. With this post, I finish out this brief series on the dance between hardware and software.

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    Posted: November 26, 2018 |

    Is Computer Hardware Underappreciated?

    Last week, I asked the question, “What software engineer doesn’t have a healthy respect for the hardware?” My thought was that respect is one thing, but understanding it is another. This week, I’ll explore a few features imbedded (maybe hidden to the software engineer) in the machine that is the IBM z14. Can we really explore this cosmic topic in a post? Maybe if we break it down into a few main points and focus just on them. Let’s see.

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    Posted: November 19, 2018 |

    The Dance of Hardware and Software

    With this post, I am starting a series on the extraordinary relationship between hardware and the software that runs upon it. I’m a software engineer. That is how I understand and experience the world of computing. I love programming languages and, even more, I love middleware, the great multiplier of programmer productivity. But what software engineer doesn’t have a healthy respect for the hardware? Respect is one thing, but understanding it is another.

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    Posted: November 12, 2018 |

    More on Ops: ITIL and DevOps

    With this post, I finish my focus on computer operations. Last week, I discussed CloudOps and DevOps after previously exploring SysOps, NetOps and WebOps . In this post, I discuss ITIL and DevOps. Does one eliminate the need for the other? How do they interact (if at all)? Let’s explore these topics.

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    Posted: November 5, 2018 |

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