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By Tig2 ·
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So here we are at the Hilton Garden Inn "meeting and greeting". All the best people are here, gleefully anticipating the start of the Conference tomorrow morning. Being REAL geeks, I have the netbook on in the bar I am sitting in and am posting here.

Looking forward to seeing everyone here! Chime in or head for the lobby and say hello!

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I hardly think that Purple Sky and I are being macho

by JamesRL In reply to Do that...

We have a preference, not to water our Scotch. No need to try and judge as to why, but don't make stupid assumptions.


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by AnsuGisalas In reply to I hardly think that Purpl ...

But you see... you haven't been spouting any macho crap. So you're not under the thumb of my remark.
Some people do think that it's sacrilege to water scotch, having never tried it.
If you try, and like it better straight, that's ok. It's a preference, not a prejudice.
But the people with prejudices are full of macho cripe, and they don't mind throwing it around.
You are not, neither of you, and I hope you don't assume I think so.

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I much prefer it straight

by NickNielsen In reply to I hardly think that Purpl ...

But then I don't drink blends. If I have to drink a blend, I'll have it over ice, but I will go out of my way to not drink a blended whisky, so it doesn't happen very often.

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it's all good

by PurpleSkys In reply to I hardly think that Purpl ...

I'm a tough cookie to offend anyway .

I have, over the years, tried to drink different types of spirits mixed with what other folks say I should try them with (ever trying to keep an open mind when trying new things), but often end up going back to what I mixed (or not mixed) things with. People cringe at me when I say "dark rum and oj please" of my favorite things. Darryl on occasion has nudged me into trying crown royal mixed with water and I just can't acquire the taste for it. So to each their own, and enjoy responsibly :)

Edit: for spelling

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Day One

a fine job you're doing.

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Needless to say

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to TechRepublic Tech Confere ...

Have a Great Time everyone.


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9:09 a.m.- it begins...

by Tig2 In reply to TechRepublic Tech Confere ...

So Jason is giving us the lay of the land here. The topic is supposed to be "The Changing Face of IT".

We live in a world of change. At a high level, this is a discussion of new challenges and trends in the world of IT.

Tech Republic is in the unique position of being able to advise senior level people in a variety of roles to understand how the "worker bees" in IT perceive IT and their roles.

Trends to watch-

Consumerization of IT- According to Gartner, the old model of IT is moving. As the workforce changes, ownership of the enterprise platform is moving from the IT department and moving to the enterprise worker. We all have had individuals who want to do what they want to do and on the equipment and tools they want to do it on. Because this is in the name of productivity, IT must adapt and change. Or does it? And how?

Borderless network- Old networks are changing as workers reach outside the enterprise. How does the IT department manage security in an environment where end users reach beyond the security of the interior network? How do we re-think security in this world?

Clouds in the data center- CIOs see cloud computing as a real direction. How does computing in the cloud impact IT and how do we support this? What about the private cloud? Is the private cloud just virtualization with a different name? What does that mean to the IT professional?

Outsourcing, the good, the bad, the ugly- Is outsourcing just a new way to approach resource management? Does it make sense for the enterprise to "own" their own IT or their own data centers? Is it better to let IBM have the "reins" of YOUR data center? What do you tell leadership when they want to move away from the in-house model?

Mobilization- How do we manage that? Should IT own this or should we allow the individual to choose their own devices and we just manage? Or does the IT department define this? Knowledge workers want to be able to work on the go. So do people in a variety of other roles. How do we decide what tools work best and how do we advise the people "in the trenches" on devices that will best meet the need? Is the desktop device dead?

We're going to discuss these topics. In the room, we will get around 15 minutes. You can take all the time you want...

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e_business solutions

by Madsmaddad In reply to 9:09 a.m.- it begins...

Wow. Those look like the topics for the course that I taught this spring. Add a couple more like convergence, and security, and that's it. Can anyone send me any notes or links to slides to assist me in preparing for next year?

Hope you all are enjoying yourselves.

I am at the seminar on optical properties of round glass cylinders containing alcoholic beverages.

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10:07- Social Media Policy in the Enterprise Rick Vanover

by Tig2 In reply to TechRepublic Tech Confere ...

How does the enterprise manage the social media policy? What are the points that should be considered?

The enterprise needs to protect it's interests. That includes trade secrets, insider information, etc.

By putting this in writing, the enterprise can remove ambiguity and clearly communicate standards and practices to the end users.

While we are good with the idea because we are familiar with Internet use policies. But social media is a slightly different animal. The end user could ignore the Internet policy by simply going home and using their own computer. Social media is a different animal.

What tools can help the enterprise to monitor employees? Are those tools mature enough to meet the needs?

Are disclaimers effective? Why or why not?

Is the statement "On the internet, no one knows you are a dog" true? Does the fact that you are a dog change the way people think of your owner? To what extent?

How do you enforce your policy when your employee goes home? What do you do when your employee is disgruntled and takes your corporate name in vain?

There is enough here to discuss for a very long time. What are your thoughts?

Edit: Typo

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Does the fact that you are a dog change the way people think of your owner?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to 10:07- Social Media Polic ...

Let's put a "no dogs allowed" sign on the internet, and stick Al Gore out on the porch to uphold it, too.
Then Lieberman can be his watchdog... oh wait, no dogs allowed.

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