Top 7 IT Communities to Know


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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.

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Top 7 IT Communities to Know

  1. 1. The Top 7 IT Communities Quality IT communities to interact with as an IT professional
  2. 2. 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. Marc Andreessen, 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. 2
  3. 3. Community 1 Slashdot Topics: cloud, hardware, Linux, security, mobile, management, security and storage About: Taken from Slashdot’s about page: “Slashdot is an intentionally obnoxious URL. When Rob registered the domain, 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 the site. 3
  4. 4. Community 2 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 About: “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. 4
  5. 5. Community 3 ReadWriteWeb Topics: web technology news, reviews, web apps, trends, structured data, the “Internet of things,” mobile and privacy About: “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.” (ReadWriteWeb, 2012). 5
  6. 6. Community 4 Reddit (Technology-related subreddits) Topics: software, gadgets, hardware, Linux, windows, programming, network, and security About: 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. 6
  7. 7. Community 5 CNET Forums Topics: hardware, software, operating systems, electronics, web development, and general tech help About: “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.” (, 2012) 7
  8. 8. Community 6 Spiceworks Topics: network inventory, monitoring, help desk, active directory About: From product reviews and vendor ratings to IT help, how-tos, discussions and more, Spiceworks has all the IT resources you need to make smart IT decisions. Plus, direct access to 1,000+ tech vendors! All absolutely free. 8
  9. 9. Community 7 LinkedIn (groups for IT professionals) Topics: includes over 16,000 IT-related groups, covering hardware, networking, applications, security About: The best LinkedIn groups for IT professionals include: 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 9 “Citrix remains the market share leader… by focusing on simple-to-use solutions and introducing innovative services that deliver on customer needs.” - IDC
  10. 10. 10 Citrix SaaS services Citrix SaaS-based solutions make it easy for IT professionals to maintain work-life balance and support employees — anytime, anywhere. GoToAssist enables individuals and organizations to provide secure technical assistance to customers and employees online and to remotely monitor and control their IT infrastructure. GoToMeeting makes it easy for individuals and organizations to meet, present information and demonstrate products in secure online meetings. Its cost-effective subscription model delivers unlimited meetings for one flat fee and includes built-in audio and HD video conferencing. GoToMyPC is the simple-to-use remote access tool that lets you instantly connect with your Mac or PC from any Internet connection.
  11. 11. 11 Additional Resources Access upcoming and on-demand webinars, case studies and best practices white papers about workshifting. Read the blog dedicated to all things related to workshifting (getting work done outside the traditional office), including best practices tips and tricks.
  12. 12. 12 9.12.12/7260/PDF About Citrix Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, easily and securely. With market-leading solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Learn more at © 2013 Citrix Online, LLC. All rights reserved. Citrix, GoToAssist, GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC, GoToTraining, GoToWebinar, Podio and ShareFile are trademarks of Citrix or a subsidiary thereof, and are or may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.