UPDATE: This post was updated on 8/23/2017 to include new resources and weed out resources that are no longer relevant or current.
You’re busy. A new security threat looms in the distance and that one employee will always struggle with the printer, not to mention you’re trying to keep your department in sync with your business’s priorities.
So where do you go, what do you read to find not only what you need, but who to trust?
Not to worry! Below, I’ve compiled a list of the heavy-hitters and hidden gems under the IT management umbrella. You can use the table of contents below to find the resources best suited to your needs. Ranging from major publications to notable conferences, this extensive collection of IT resources will keep you informed so you can get back to work.
Blogs and Publications
IT management blogs and other publications are easy to follow and will help you study up on the latest happenings in your field. To keep on top of all the blogs you read regularly, you can use a tool like Feedreader to keep all the blog feeds in one place, without having to hop from website to website.
The Accidental Successful CIO is run by Dr. Jim Anderson, who has more than 25 years of experience consulting with IT firms. Dr. Anderson gives outstanding advice on how CIOs can best merge the worlds of business and IT.
BizTech, from CDW, explores technology trends and current events in tech and business. They cover a variety of topics, including both hardware and software, networking, and security.
The BMC blogs from, obviously, BMC, cover general categories such as “The Business of IT” and more specific, targeted topics such as “SecOps Security & Compliance.” Their “BMC Beat” blog also covers issues CIOs are likely to encounter, relating IT decisions to a business context.
A proclaimed futurist, Brian Solis’ blog defines the impact of tech, culture, and business, covering topics such as disruptive technology, new communications, and social media.
Don’t let the name fool you. Launched in 1996 as an online companion to CIO magazine, this destination site isn’t just for CIOs, but for any IT leader looking for the latest scoop on tech trends or foresight into the future challenges of IT professionals.
Informative and in-depth, Cisco blogs highlight IT practices in sectors such as manufacturing, education, and energy as well as offering their company solutions for various IT verticals.
Computer Weekly laser-focuses on IT management and includes a range of topics such as project management, supplier management, legislation, and innovation. And if those aren’t enough reasons to check it out, this publication’s audience of more than 200,000 subscribers is proof that Computer Weekly‘s extensive history and detailed coverage satisfies.
Sometimes bigger is better and Computerworld is both. Published internationally from the Netherlands to New Zealand, this forefather of computer publications is at the epicenter of tech and business. Computerworld‘s prestige is deserved, with posts extending from emerging technologies to IT-specific verticals like retail IT and small enterprise IT.
David Strom specializes in network and internet tech, but his latest posts also include discussions with industry experts on infosecurity, big data, and UX. Even just scanning article titles on Strom’s blog gives you a sense of hot topics in today’s IT world.
InformationWeek covers pretty much any topic an IT leader might wonder about. From in-depth research on cloud technology, security, and data management, to advice from industry experts on IT project management and team building, their contributors answer some big questions you might have.
With a core goal of giving “quick advice from a trusted, experienced source,” ITworld delivers bread-and-butter IT news and advice, polished with an approachable tone. But even better is that ITworld provides context for what new tech innovations and trends mean for the IT community, such as what Brexit means for supply chains.
O’Reilly describes itself as “an active participant in the technology community,” offering up thoughts on emerging ideas in tech. And if you’re in a hurry, their “4 Short Links” series links to and summarizes four articles from around the internet that they think you should pay attention to.
This blog’s insights live up to its name. Stemming from the IT consulting firm’s main site, Rain Partners’ posts probe a variety of IT focuses, including thoughts on how to develop your dream IT leadership team and how to cut down on consulting costs.
TechRepublic’s 10 Things
Another reference for the time-strapped, TechRepublic’s “10 Things” blog offers quick, scannable reads for IT updates. They cover a wide range of topics, from IT budgeting to mobile security.
CSO delves into the world of the security and risks facing today’s IT community. With plenty of guidance into eliminating external and even internal threats, this magazine should be among any IT leader’s first resources for security threats.
From its title, you can probably guess Information Security Buzz’s main focus. While isBuzz covers general security topics, it breaks those issues down into more focused categories such as mobile or network security. Its “Hacked” column also covers the latest news on various cyberattacks, if you’re into following cybercrime.
Infosecurity Magazine offers infosec scoops, in addition to hosting webinars and creating white papers for the magazine’s subscribers.
Brian Krebs began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post, though it wasn’t until 2001, when his own computer was hacked, that Krebs grew interested in computer security. Krebs is most famous for exposing the debit and credit card breach at Target in late 2013 as well as the Home Depot breach in 2014.
Data and Networks
If you run a data center (or want to run one), Data Center Knowledge is your one-stop shop for a wide range of articles covering topics like cooling technology advancements and server architecture.
If you’re looking for a deep dive into the world of data center management, Network World has you covered. This publication is specifically concerned with discussing the challenges of expanding your business’s network while embracing new technologies and concepts like Agile infrastructure and the internet of things.
Podcasts and Radio
Maybe you don’t have enough time in your day to read 100 blog posts. If you have a long commute or if you’re always on the go, podcasts might be a more convenient way for you to stay on top of IT and tech events and issues.
General tech and IT information
Analog(ue) is a show about digital devices. But it’s not your typical tech podcast, in that it’s less about technological advancements or new device features. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Casey Liss, Analog(ue) focuses on how digital devices change people’s lives and how people feel about them. If you want in on the human side of tech, this podcast might be worth a listen.
CIO Talk Network is an internet-based radio show broadcast live every Wednesday at 9 a.m. CST. The show is hosted by Sanjog Aul, an executive coach, strategic consultant, editorial planner, public speaker, and moderator, who specializes in business and IT thought leadership. Recent episodes include discussions about creating a DevOps vision and enterprise performance infrastructure.
Hosted by tech writers Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent, each episode of Clockwise takes on four current tech issues in 30 minutes. Each issue is discussed by the two hosts and two guests. The show has covered topics ranging from wireless charging to backup strategies to net neutrality.
The IT Pro Show was on hiatus, as one of its hosts sadly passed away in 2016. But the show is back on air with new episodes as of July 2017. A podcast for enterprise IT, the IT Pro Show has received stellar reviews for its informative topics and updates about the IT industry, with recent episodes discussing hardware news from Apple and Intel, creating effective teams, and which companies benefit from the rush to the cloud. Delivered by Same3Guys, the two hosts have more than 50 years of experience in the IT field between them, with two having worked for Fortune 100 and Fortune 200 companies.
Risky Business is a weekly podcast that focuses on the latest information security news. Host Patrick Gray interviews security industry leaders to get their take on topics such as autonomous car security and attack simulations.
Host Paul Asadoorian gathers a group of security nerds every week for long conversations—most episodes are about two hours long—about various security issues. If you’re into in-depth, technical discussions, Security Weekly might be worth a listen.
Conferences and Events
One of the best sources of information about IT management is other people in IT management. Turning to your peers on the ground for insights, thoughts, and new ideas helps you learn how those in your community are thinking about current industry issues. Plus, you could make a new friend!
You’ll notice that quite a few of these conferences are hosted by Gartner, Capterra’s parent company. But just because we’re now part of Gartner and totally biased doesn’t mean these conferences aren’t totally awesome.
General IT management and tech conferences
The goal of Gartner’s Catalyst Conference is to provide technical professionals hands-on advice for navigating a variety of technical topics as they relate to business strategy. Tracks for the 2017 conference (happening right now!) include discussions on AI and machine learning, cloud solutions, and collaboration strategies.
If you need an excuse to get out of the cold next February, you should put Gartner’s CIO Leadership Forum on your calendar—the 2018 conference will take place in sunny Phoenix, AZ. This forum is crafted with the input of more than 2,800 CIOs. Aside from its abundance of sessions and workshops, this conference’s most distinct features are two private, 30-minute, one-on-one meetings with a Gartner analyst, where you can come ready with questions you might have about the industry. That alone is worth the cost of admission.
The world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives attracts more than 24,000 attendees, including 7,000 CIOs, at its eight global locations. This year’s symposium structured its agenda around six tracks, with seminars pinpointing how to reinvent the IT core and how to create a dynamic organization. 2017 keynotes featured renowned social psychologist Amy Cuddy, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and Amazon Web Services founder and CEO Andy Jassy.
Named after “Amazing Grace”, GHC is the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing, with 2016’s conference bringing together more than 15,000 attendees from 87 countries. Leaders for 2017’s summit will includeed Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, renowned roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard, and CEEK VR founder and CEO Mary Spio. In addition to providing a way for women in tech to connect, GHC also provides child care services and ADA assistance as well as scholarship grants so all can attend.
Save time and money by learning everything under one roof through ITEXPO. From an opportunity to browse through hundreds of exhibitors as well as participate in tracks covering APIs, 5G, and business communication, you really will eat, breathe, and sleep IT at this conference. Past keynote speakers have included executives from Microsoft and Intel Security.
MIT is synonymous with tech, and this symposium promises only the best of the best. Held annually, past sessions have tackled best approaches to managing personal data, the impact of improvements in automation, and even a special breakout session focused on the socio-technological transformation in healthcare. 2017 sessions through YouTube if you want a further taste of of the symposium.
Black Hat is a purposely vendor-neutral event where attendees can hear all about the latest in infosec research and trends. Former secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff was the 2017 conference’s keynote speaker, if that gives you an idea of the security bigwigs in attendance. The event also offers various workshops centered around issues such as “building a ransomware protection plan” and applying “intelligence and counterintelligence techniques to cyber network operations.”
Network and strategize with other security experts at McAfee’s annual security conference. MPOWER brings together leaders in IT security with seven tracks to learn the best methods and practices to streamline processes, reduce costs, and maintain high security. Keynote speakers for the 2017 conference include Brian Krebs of the aforementioned Krebs on Security blog, general manager of Oracle Dyn Kyle York, and McAfee CEO Chris Young.
InfoSec World is another vendor-neutral space that covers all things security. The 2018 conference will feature seven tracks, including “Governance, Risk, and Compliance” and the more ominously named “Hackers and Threats.” Keynote speakers will include Federal Reserve Bank CISO Devon Bryan and Electronic Arts hacker and privacy attorney Whitney Merrill.
IT asset management
This summit provides “practical advice and insight into future trends, enabling you to validate your ITAM and vendor management strategies and initiatives.” Featured guest keynotes for the September summit include former sports agent Molly Fletcher, former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Mark Jeffries, and inspirational speaker John O’Leary.
The second annual ITAM Review focuses on ITAM in the cloud era and provides “practical guidance” for day-to-day issues faced by IT asset managers. The 2017 conference speakers include Microsoft licensing analyst Rich Gibbons and intellectual property and IT attorney Robert Scott.
But maybe conferences aren’t really your thing. Maybe you’d rather make a new business friend by going to regular meetings with industry leaders in your area, instead of going on a four-day networking spree at a conference. If so, you can look into joining your local chapter of one of these associations.
As a member of the leading worldwide society of IT professionals, not only will you join a network of 4,500 connections, but also be privy to members-only webinars and conferences brimming with insider tips for maximizing management productivity.
While a little smaller with only nine local chapters, the Association for Women in Computing actually offers a multitude of chapter perks. Aside from monthly meetings and networking opportunities, AWC arranges technical and motivational seminars as well as job listings, career planning, and even scholarships.
BDPA focuses on diversity in tech, as its purpose is bringing together underrepresented minorities in IT and computer science. With over 40 local chapters and several virtual communities, BDPA offers access to a members-only job board, mentoring opportunities, and career advancement services such as resume reviews and professional seminars.
CompTIA, the organization that hosts AITP, is a nonprofit trade association that offers certification in IT fundamentals, cloud+, and mobility+ along with specialty certificates in social media security and healthcare IT tech. Membership grants you access to downloadable research reports and guides about the latest IT trends, plus context as to how they affect the industry and your business. CompTIA is less of a structured association and more of a meeting ground for people in your industry where you can access information and keep your eye out for informative webinars and reports.
This nonprofit, global association boasts 130,000 members worldwide with 215 chapters in more than 188 countries. ISACA also touts a membership diversity that ranges across the spectrum of IS fields, including IS auditors, consultants, educators, IS security professionals, risk professionals, chief information officers, and internal auditors. Additionally, membership gives you further access to virtual conferences and free webinars for you to brush up on your IS education. Student membership is also available.
This international community of cyber security professionals covers major sectors of cyber security, including communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial, and government. Your membership allows you access to career information and employment opportunities, in addition to the ability to earn CPEs in varying certifications simply by attending meetings and conferences sponsored by ISSA.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, IAITAM’s mission is to be “the principal resource for comprehensive IT Asset Management best practices worldwide” in organizations of all industries and sizes. IAITAM offers a complete list of upcoming educational events, ranging from road shows to webinars for you to enhance your ITAM knowledge at your leisure.
The Society for Information Management is tailored to senior-level IT professionals interested in meeting other thought leaders in the field. A premier network for IT leadership, SIM membership benefits include access to their library of nearly 50 whitepapers, working group deliverables, and past conference presentations for reference.
WIT is located in Washington, D.C., and will give you the chance to connect with 1,000 other successful women in tech. And with a vision to “empower women to be architects of change in the technology industry,” you’ll also be able to connect with senior IT professionals in their “Women Mentoring Women” program or even support young girls interested in IT with Girls in Technology (GIT).
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