As an IT professional in the digital age, you know the importance of engaging with and relying on resourceful IT communities. In this eBook, we outline the top 7 IT communities, including the best topics to find on each one.
The Top 7
Quality IT communities
to interact with as an
Six decades into the computer revolution, four decades since the invention of
the microprocessor, and two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, all of the
technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be
widely delivered at global scale.
The Wall Street Journal, “Why Software Is Eating the World”
Question: How do IT professionals continue to deliver service to companies at a global scale?
Answer: They must consistently learn and apply that knowledge in the changing world of IT.
The following top 7 IT communities offer quality discussions that help IT professionals navigate and enjoy
this technology-rich world.
Topics: cloud, hardware, Linux, security, mobile,
management, security and storage
Taken from Slashdot’s about page: “Slashdot
is an intentionally obnoxious URL. When Rob
registered the domain http://slashdot.org, he
wanted a URL that was confusing when read
aloud (Try it!).”
Slashdot allows visitors to submit news or
information about different IT and tech topics.
All content is quality tested before publication to
IT Managers Inbox
Topics: asset management, best practices, career
training, data centers, IT operations, IT service
management, IT tools, leadership, management,
productivity tips, random IT, security management
and service desk
“IT departments are in a constant state of
evolution with new technologies, new processes
and new practices. Each day we are challenged
to drive business value through IT. To do this we
must be innovative, adaptive and most of all
pro-active. Our goal is to align IT to meet the
present and future needs of our organization,”
says Sam Grier, founder of IT Managers Inbox
and former IT manager in a Fortune 500 company.
Topics: web technology news, reviews, web
apps, trends, structured data, the “Internet of
things,” mobile and privacy
“ReadWriteWeb delivers the deep dive on
today’s Internet industry news. We give you
insightful analysis, thoughtful commentary,
[and] behind-the-scenes interviews and we
thoughtfully forecast coming technology trends.”
Reddit (Technology-related subreddits)
Topics: software, gadgets, hardware, Linux,
windows, programming, network, and security
Reddit is a community for sharing information
with like-minded people. For the IT pros, there are
subredddits (or niche, sub-boards). For software
topics, check out /r/programming, /r/windows,
/r/Linux, /r/Apple, or /r/software. For subreddits
about hardware, there’s /r/hardware, /r/gadgets,
/r/technology, /r/computing. And finally, for
discussions about network and security, check
out /r/networking or /r/netsec.
Topics: hardware, software, operating systems,
electronics, web development, and general
“CNET shows you the exciting possibilities of how
technology can enhance and enrich your life. We
provide you with information, tools, and advice
that help you decide what to buy and how to get
the most out of your tech.” (CNET.com, 2012)
Topics: network inventory, monitoring, help desk,
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LinkedIn (groups for IT professionals)
Topics: includes over 16,000 IT-related groups,
covering hardware, networking, applications,
The best LinkedIn groups for IT
1. Chief Information Officer (CIO) Network
2. Cloud Security Alliance
3. Desktop Support Professionals
4. The Enterprise Architecture Network
5. IT Specialist Group
6. Office 365 and Microsoft Online Services
7. Digital Health
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