February 2009







Hear Larry Klosterboer, author and ITIL expert discuss Change and Release Management.


Part 1


ITIL experts Larry Klosterboer and Robin Yearsley disuss how to create and implement a solid plan for change and release management. They discuss requirements, setting a scope, building a project plan, and rolling out to an entire organization.




Part 2

ITIL experts Larry Klosterboer and Robin Yearsley continue by covering the most common operational roadblocks to effective services. Ending with recapping some benefits of effective change and release management.





Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information

I was just out at Amazon.com and was happy to see the five star reviews for Enterprise Master Data Management: An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information.

It’s nice to see that people find this a valuable piece of work.  Here is what they are saying:

“This is a book which belongs on every desk of Enterprise Information IT-Architects, CIOs and business decision makers interested in optimizing their current business processes using Master Data Management!”

 “After having read it, I can’t conceive of architecting an MDM solution without this book at my finger tips. “

Did you read the book?  How about posting your own review on Amazon.com 

ibmpressI always like to say there is a book in everyone.  But I fully realize that not everyone has the skills to write a book.  If you are interested in writing a book – consider IBM Press.  We don’t publish novels or cookbooks but we have published close to 90 technology and busuiness books.

Want to learn more?

Here’s a podcast on the publishing program.


For proposal information go here:


If you have questions – drop me a note.

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First book review for our IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance Handbook was posted on Amazon today.  This 900 page book is chock-full of everything DataPower!

5.0 out of 5 stars Best DataPower Resource Available, February 3, 2009

Disclaimer – I work for IBM in DataPower Technical Sales and I know 3 of the 5 authors of this book.

That being said, this is an excellent, long-overdue treatise on DataPower. The “DataPower Bible” if you will.

My first exposure to DataPower was in March of 2007. The idea of pushing expensive software functions (xml/crypto) into hardware was an epiphany for me.

I decided to pursue this with vigor.

My initial excitement was tempered by the huge learning curve that awaited me. DataPower information was fragmented and the extensive capabilities of the device challenged me to learn many new things.

There was never a single, authoritative source for DataPower information and best practices…….until now!!!

I am now carrying these 900 pages in my backpack and insisting that my customers purchase this book.


I just learned that Sandy Carter, author of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 , will be leading a seminar, “From a Whisper to a Scream: Marketing 2.0”.  There’s also a raffle for free copies of Sandy’s book!

Click Here To Register