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Rose Ross talks to Hans De Leenheer, independent Blogger and vEXPERT

August 29, 2013

Hans de Leenheer, Independent blogger

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O, and Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

This summer Rose caught up with Belgium based independent Blogger Hans De Leenheer @hansdeleenheer, chatting storage, virtualization, American Football and Storage Beers… Check out his latest insights at  http://hansdeleenheer.blogspot.co.uk/

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself:

As I was previously a systems engineer, I suppose initially I fell into blogging by putting solutions to problems encountered into a blog to help tackle these problems. In the last three years, I have put my focus more towards storage, compiling the how to’s and offering my insights into different areas of storage and virtualization.

As I started blogging more about new products and industry moves I gained interest from the vendor community. I got invites from DELL, HP and others to come to their events as an influencer. The best thing I do is being passionate about technology and sharing that passion with others, whether that is through writing, presenting or just speaking to people in person. And that is what I do today; I represent vendors when they need someone passionate to explain their technology. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Channel news: US 2112 Group and UK Incisive Media combine forces

January 9, 2013

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O

B2B publishers the 2112 Group and Incisive Media formed a recent partnership in a move to extend their  following internationally.

This recent merge will, they hope, establish a combined identity, sparking transatlantic connections and increased readership for 2112 Group’s blog Channelnomics and Incisive Media’s print publication CRN UK and its website, ChannelWeb.co.uk.

CRN explains the goal of this relationship is to “develop media and consultative products that span the transatlantic technology marketplace to support and enable tens of thousands of IT resellers and integrators.”  With this internationally integrated approach in mind, Channelnomics and CRN UK intend to produce joint editorial products in the next year, emphasizing their union through combined editorial objectives. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Celebrating 30 years of MicroScope and TechTarget’s acquisition of LeMagIT

December 19, 2012

By Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_OTechTarget_Logo-no Tagline

Simon Quicke - Editor in Chief -MicroScope - TechTarget party Dec 2012

Simon Quicke, Editor of MicroScope

This is an exciting year for the TechTarget team. We recently attended an auspicious birthday party for UK channel publication MicroScope (@ChannelNews) at TechTarget’s London offices. MicroScope was launched in 1982, making it older than some members of our staff. Simon Quicke, Editor of MicroScope, explained that MicroScope’s longevity shows the channel market is still relevant. Over the last 30 years, MicroScope has evolved from a print publication into a website that “provides significant added value services over and above news and analysis – such as seminars and events, a VAR and distributor directory, research, whitepapers, technical articles and background papers,” to quote a recent tribute to MicroScope. Happy birthday, MicroScope!

Of course, the birthday party wasn’t enough. At the same time, there was another celebration, this one concerning TechTarget’s acquisition of French enterprise technology publication LeMagIT (@LeMagIT). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Last Chance – Deadline for TechCrunch’s Crunchies Awards tomorrow

December 5, 2012

If you want to enter your favourite tech companies, products or people in the sixth-annual Crunchies Awards, you better act quick – the deadline is tomorrow.

Fortunately, entering the Crunchies is so easy, it takes only 5 minutes. Just click here, make your nominations and share them via Twitter and Facebook, if you wish. Voila! Entry complete. If only all tech awards were this easy to enter.

The lucky 5 finalists per category will then be invited to attend the Crunchies Awards ceremony on January 31st 2013 at the prestigious Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.

The 20 award categories include:

  • Best Technology Achievement
  • Best Collaborative Consumption Service
  • Best E-commerce Application
  • Best Mobile Application
  • Fastest Rising Startup
  • Best Content Discovery Application
  • Best Design
  • Best Bootstrapped Startup
  • Sexiest Enterprise Startup
  • Best International Startup
  • Best Education Startup
  • Best Hardware Startup
  • Best Time Sink
  • Biggest Social Impact
  • Angel of the Year
  • VC of the Year
  • Founder of the Year
  • CEO of the Year
  • Best New Startup of 2012
  • Best Overall Startup of 2012

Apart from the awards ceremony, the event also boasts “A hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, intriguing interactive entertainment, and other fun surprises.” For information on sponsorship opportunities, email sponsors@techcrunch.com.

As TechCrunch explains in the official rules for The Crunchies, “No companies are restricted from consideration.  Certain awards have specified criteria (i.e. best unfunded startup or best new startup launched in 2012) but, otherwise, all companies and products are eligible for consideration based on their business accomplishments made during calendar 2012.  Companies may be nominated for multiple award categories, and companies may win multiple awards.  There are no fees to nominate companies for consideration.”

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Tech Trailblazers Are GO: Awards Now Open for Entries – Early-bird Deadline August 17th

July 25, 2012

Calling all innovative storage startups: The Tech Trailblazers Awards have officially opened for entries at www.techtrailblazers.com. As we recently blogged on Countdown2StorageExpo, the Tech Trailblazers Awards present a fantastic opportunity for storage startups to present their innovations to eminent influencers in the IT industry, with a chance to win business-development prizes and services worth thousands of dollars.

Stephen O’Donnell, chairman of the Tech Trailblazers Awards judging panel and consultant, analyst, author and blogger at The Hot Aisle, said, “Tech Trailblazers is designed for everyone to be a winner. The category leaders will deservedly get their certificates and trophies as well as significant industry recognition – they also get exclusive attention, coaching and mentoring from leading VCs and CTOs. However, all entrants, regardless of how well they do in the competition, get valuable prizes and services designed to help grow and develop their companies. Tech Trailblazers has deliberately set out to become a unique part of the startup ecosystem, helping young, job-creating businesses with growth, publicity and business development.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Second-Generation Geek: Q&A with Matthew Yeager, Storage Blogger and Computacenter Practice Leader: Part Two

March 31, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O) and Olivia Shannon (@Olivia_at_O)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Matthew Yeager left his position at Computacentre in August 2011. He is now the Chief Technologist at Colt Technology Services. Find him on LinkedIn.

As we mentioned before, we had so many great insights from our interview with Matthew Yeager (@mpyeager) that we’ve decided to run his Q&A as a two-part series. This is Part Two, covering Matthew’s experiences with social media, including recommendations for what he thinks are some of the best blogs, storage and otherwise. Enjoy! Part One, covering Matthew’s views on what businesses want from their IT providers and the storage issues he thinks are important this year, is available here.

Q. Are you a social media lover?

Yes, and frankly I think more vendors, ISVs, startups and others in technology really need to make the investment. The authenticity of the voice and the message is what you need to get right.  It isn’t going to be perfect the first time. It takes a while to get the hang of it. But it’s an investment worth making. If you can encapsulate your thoughts in 140 characters and make it interesting, you’ve got a much better shot at catching mine and other people’s attention.

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Q&A with Sally Whittle, Freelance Storage Journalist & Blogger

December 7, 2010

When it comes to storage, Mum’s the word

Q.  Tell us a bit about you:

I’m a freelance journalist and copywriter, and write for a number of technology, business and HR magazines and websites. I’m based in Lancashire and previously worked on magazines like Computing and InformationAge.

Q – Tell us a little bit about the blogs you write and their interest in data storage:

I contribute to ZDNet on storage issues but my blogs are actually more personal interest – I write a parenting and family blog called Who’s the Mummy and  a blog about social media and journalism called Blogger.Ed.

Q – Are you a full-time blogger? If not give us an insight into the other parts of your working life.

I do various things – I write blogs, I organise an awards ceremony for bloggers called the MADs, I run an index of blogs called the Tots100 and in between that I do copywriting and journalism

Q – How many storage events do you attend each year?

One or two, tops.

Q. -What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year?

This year, it’s looking for companies that have managed to do something actually innovative while reducing capital spend and operating costs. The holy grail, basically.

Q. How many interviews do you do per week?

Two or three a day, on average.

Q – What’s the best way to pitch a story to you? Email? Phone? Twitter? By mail?

Email, but if you just want to chat, Twitter. (@swhittle)

Q. – Who is worth listening to?

Dennis Howlett, for entertainment and information.

Q. – What’s your favourite blog?

Probably not a storage or technology blog! I read TechCrunch and Pocket Lint but I read a lot of more general blogs, too.

Q – What is your favourite piece of technology?

Possibly my sat-nav. I have the world’s worst sense of direction. Oh, and I have a USB storage device made to look exactly like a Porsche key fob.

Q – What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Keep it concise, remember the client isn’t the story in most cases, and if you can’t prove it, don’t claim it.

Q – What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on? Why was it so great? Any tips for PRs planning trips/events for bloggers?

Too many to mention, really, I’m very fortunate to do a job I love and travel in the process. I would always advise PRs to think about the basics – does the venue have wireless, a cell phone signal, access to telephones? Because even the poshest hotel becomes annoying if we can’t get online to work.

Q –  What’s your favourite restaurant?

I have a soft spot for Rules, in Covent Garden, but I’m easily pleased with Wagamama, too.

Q – Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter?

Yes, and I’m on all of them. Except FriendFeed, which I don’t quite see the point of.

Q – Tell us something no-one knows about you? Do you have any unusual or unexpected hobbies/interests? Do you have a claim to fame?

I was once sick on a Spice Girl. [NB: If anyone’s wondering, it was Ginger Spice.]