March 2008

carter.jpgJust the other day I introduced folks to some new podcasts from IBM Press books.  Well we are on a roll.  Sandy Carter, author of, “The New Language of Business – SOA and Web 2.0” has completed a series.

Part One 
Sandy Carter, VP of SOA & WebSphere Strategy, Channels & Marketing at IBM, discusses her book “The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0.” Part one of this three-part series focuses on the relationship between SOA and Web 2.0.
Part Two 

In part two of this 3-part series, Sandy discusses what SOA means for organizations of all sizes and examines growth opportunities for SOA.

Part Three

In part three of this three-part series, IBM’s Sandy Carter presents real-world examples of companies who have achieved success by aligning information technology with business goals through a SOA.





ITIL PODCASTEveryday I am amazed at the coverage ITIL is getting in the news.  Okay – well not CNN front page news – but whenever I search for ITIL in the news – it’s always there.  Today I was reading an article that included some pretty good stats on ITIL and its growing popularity.  We recently published our first IBM Press book on ITIL. 

We have been encouraging our authors to record podcasts.  They are a great complement to our books and give potential book buyers a chance to hear the author’s views on a topic.  I love em!

Larry Klosterboer, author of, Implementing ITIL Configuration Management, sat down and recorded two podcasts. 

Implementing ITIL Configuration Management – Part 1: Planning

In Part 1 of this two-part audio podcast series, “Planning,” Robin Yearsley talks with Larry Klosterboer, author of “Implementing ITIL Configuration Management,” about how to overcome challenges associated with planning and implementing ITIL Configuration Management.

Implementing ITIL Configuration Management – Part 2: Implementation

Larry Klosterboer, author of “Implementing ITIL Configuration Management,” continues his discussion with Robin Yearsley. In Part 2 of this two-part audio podcast series, the discussion focuses on the implementation process, populating the CMDB, choosing a pilot, and communication & enterprise roll-out.


ShelfariAt IBM Press books we are looking to add book reviews to our site.  I don’t expect tons of reviews.  The vast majority of IBM Press books rank 4-5 on  However, there are not alot of reviews on b&  I was on a call yesterday stating that exact fact.  And then today I discovered Shelfari.  Who knew!  It allows visitors to read opinions on books, create their bookshelf and purchase books.

Check this out.  The book, A Thousand Spendid Suns, has over 1,000 comments, is in 90 book groups and almost 15,000 members have it on their Shelfari bookshelf.  Those numbers impressed me!  I like the ability to create groups and join a group that is interested in the same topic.  I searched on a popular IBM Press book, The New Language of Business – SOA and Web 2.0 – and there it was – on 30 shelves in Shefari.

The only thing that didn’t suprise me about Shelfari is that Amazon made and investment in the company in 2007!