If you’ve been hanging around this little corner of TechRepublic for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I get a lot of topic ideas from our readers. To recognize that valuable input, and to elicit more of it, we’re making answering your questions a regular feature of this blog. Here are some ground rules.

Submission guidelines

  • You can ask me anything you like, but if you want me to use it for one of these articles it needs to relate to IT consulting.
  • Please indicate that your message is about this feature. You can do that by placing “Ask Chip” in the subject of your email. That will also get it past my spam filter and into a mail folder designated for this purpose.
  • You can either send me an email to sterling at camdensoftware dot com, or use the “Contact” link by my picture at the end of one of my articles (like this one).


I will determine whether to use your question in an article based on how applicable I perceive it to be to this audience. I may choose to respond to only part of your question, or I may use aspects of the same question for multiple articles. I might even wander into a related subject. If I don’t feel that I’ve addressed all of your query publicly, then common courtesy dictates that I will respond to the remainder privately. That also goes for questions that I decide not to use at all.

How quickly I respond will depend on a number of unpredictable factors, so don’t hold your breath. However, if you’re in an urgent or time-sensitive situation, please say so and I’ll do my best to respond more quickly. I’ll have to charge you double, though.

Okay, what do you want to talk about?

Some of the best information in this blog has come from reader questions, as well as from the discussion with readers following each article. I’m looking forward to more enlightening conversations. Hopefully, we can all help each other navigate the wild world of IT consulting.