I'm happy (and more than a little relieved) to be able to welcome you to the new version of IT Business Edge, a major site redesign that we have been working on for the past few months.
It's a very different look than the previous version of the site, which we launched three years ago. We've grown a lot as a company since then, and our new site reflects many of those changes. We've also added a professional community, the Knowledge Network, where our more than 600,000 registered users can exchange ideas and download useful business documents.
Our new site makes it easier for you to find the information you need-from blogs and articles from our team of editors to white papers from our vendor partners-by organizing all our content around key topics.
Here's a quick rundown of the major changes you'll find as you explore the site. Please tell us what you think, either by posting a comment on this blog or by joining this discussion over in the Knowledge Network.
More Original Content
Our new home page emphasizes our growing commitment to bringing you the best original interviews, feature articles and opinion about business technology. At the top of the home page you'll find links to the best new content on the site, as well as packages of articles, blogs and community activity on key issues.
You'll also find recent and popular blog posts, as well as News coverage brought to you by our team of IT Business Edge editors who scour the Web and bring you the day's headlines in concise, need-to-know postings. Both our Blogs and News are organized on hub pages accessible from the top navigation bar where you can subscribe to RSS feeds of info that's most important to you.
We've reorganized the primary navigation of our Web site to focus on the topics that are the most important to you. By clicking on the Topics tab, you can begin to explore all our best blogs, interviews, news coverage, community activity and vendor-sponsored content. From any given Topic page, you can subscribe to an RSS feed or click within the More on This topic element to drill down even further on related Topics.
You can also access relevant Topic pages, as well as specific related blogs posts, articles and white papers, from the Related Content element (pictured below) that appears with any piece of content on the site.
We've also improved our Search functionality to allow you to sort results by the type of information you are looking for: News, Articles & Interviews, Blogs, White Papers, Premium Tools and our new Knowledge Network professional community.
Click here to see a sample search result for the term "Android."
The Knowledge Network
Our new Knowledge Network professional community allows you to share ideas and connect with other IT professionals. In the Knowledge Network, registered members can start discussions, ask questions, send private messages and access useful business documents.
Every IT Business Edge community member has a Profile page (here's a link to mine) that you can view by clicking on the display name next to one of that person's contributions. To view your own profile, just log in and click your user name at the top right of any page on the site. The Profile page not only publishes biographical info, it also tracks members' content contributions and offers you the chance to send your fellow members private messages.
Several leading analysts and experts have already joined our Knowledge Network and are sharing documents such as sample contracts, basic ROI and TCO calculators, and job description templates. You can also upload documents that you find useful to your business and collaborate in wiki definitions of key business technologies and issues.
All document contributions to the Knowledge Network are moderated by IT Business Edge editors to ensure they are of real value to the community. So you won't find a lot of cheat sheets for the latest video games. As always, we are focused on business.
To learn more details about how to participate in the Knowledge Network, check out this FAQ and our community moderator's blog.
Keeping Track of Your Stuff
If you actively participate in our Knowledge Network community, you'll definitely want to take advantage of the My Stuff and My Account menus, located in the left-hand column of Knowledge Network pages. These menus access your account info, newsletter subscriptions and Knowledge Network activity.
White Papers and Resource Centers
We've improved our library of White Papers to help you drill down and find informative research from our vendor partners on key areas of business and technology success. And don't forget that you can filter Search results to view only matching white papers simply by clicking on the toggle at the top of the results. Here's a search results set for virtualization white papers, for example.
You can also find white papers and other valuable information from our vendor partners in our Resource Centers, which aggregate white papers, webcasts and other research from sponsors alongside our independent editorial coverage on key issues in the tech industry. You can find the Resource Centers tab in the main navigation bar of the site or in the Resource Centers module, which promotes relevant Resource Centers throughout the site.
Believe it or not, that's a fairly brief overview of all the changes you'll find in the new site. It's been a lot of work, and we are pleased with the results, but we are always looking for ways to improve. So please do drop me a comment to let me know what you think, or join in our community discussion of the new site.