Joe Townsend has been in the configuration management field for twelve years. He has worked for CNA Life Insurance, RCA, Boeing, UPS, and in state government. Joe has primarily worked with Serena tools, including PVCS Version Manager, Tracker, TeamTrack (Mashups), and Dimensions. He is an administrator for WebFocus and supports Eclipse users.
Sparked by a LinkedIn conversation, Joe Townsend contemplates the question: Does a degree or experience hold more weight in the software development and IT hiring process? With a look toward tech giant Google, Townsend tries to uncover if a degree means more than industry experience.
Thirteen years after the creation of the Agile Manifesto, Joe Townsend discusses its role in today's world and delves into the merits of a possible rewrite by its original creators. Townsend also covers some viable alternatives and what other manifestos may appear in the wake of the Agile Manifesto.
Joe Townsend examines what the tech media and experts are saying about Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella. Joe waited two months to write this story to give Satya Nadella some time at the helm to see in what direction he is taking the company.
We should all be aware of our credit score—the important number used to determine interest rates and insurance costs. What you may not be aware of is how big data is being used to score you on many areas of your daily life. Joe Townsend explores the connection between big data and big brother.
Recent news has shown that California is experiencing a water crisis. In this story, Joe Townsend explores whether or not modern technology, including the building of a desalinization plant, will be able to solve California's water problems.
If there is one thing IT professionals—especially those involved with security—like, it is control. However, we all know that shadow IT exists, which means IT professionals don’t have complete control like they used to. Joe Townsend explores whether or not shadow IT is something to be feared.
Joe Townsend attempts to figure out why it is that with all of the technology we have today, we still can’t find Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The technology exists; however, we now know that technological advances have not been implemented that could help locate planes that crash.