My retrospective of 2016 at BrianMadden.com

In which there was a new website, new roles, and tons of interesting things to write about.

2016 has been a year of big changes, and that includes us. Gabe and I will look at 2016 and 2017 in the industry next week, but today is all about putting the spotlight on BrianMadden.com in 2016.

One of the first big changes of the year came in April, when we migrated BrianMadden.com to TechTarget’s platform. Our old platform dated to October 2008, from right before we became a part of TechTarget. Here’s a screenshot from the day before we switched over, in case you forgot what it looked like already.

Now we’ve had some time to get used to the content management system and all its quirks, and things are running smoothly. (For a while we were using a workaround for our podcasts, and they weren’t getting to iTunes, but that’s fixed now. You can make sure your subscription is up to date with the podcast RSS feed or with iTunes.) Overall, the best part is finally having a mobile-responsive site!

June and July brought even bigger changes when we announced that Brian was leaving BrianMadden.com, and BriForum 2016 Boston would be the last one.

Getting to work with and learn about our industry from my brother for the last 5 years at TechTarget has been an extraordinary privilege and pleasure. I’m getting emotional just writing this. Thank you, Brian.

I can report that after stepping back from the day to day hustle of our industry, Brian is still as busy as ever. (Somehow he even managed to fly over 150,000 miles so this year!) If you’re curious what he’s up to now, check out bmad.com.

Meanwhile, Gabe and I are continuing on at BrianMadden.com, and getting to work with Gabe is likewise a privilege and pleasure.

We’ve been super busy with all that’s going on in the industry. In fact, you might have noticed that our number of articles per month is up—just look at all the content from August, September, October, November, and December. Not only did we cover the usual mixture of Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft; as well as desktop virtualization, EMM, and identity; we also got to cover newer topics like Windows 10, unified endpoint management, and workspaces. I can’t tell you how excited I am to keep watching where this all goes, and to experience and write about even more new technologies.

Besides our articles, another change is that we have an official freelance contributor program now. So far we’ve features articles by Theresa Miller, Tim Mangan, Mike Nelson, and Jo Harder, and we’ll continue this in 2017 with an expanding roster of contributors. (By the way, if you want to write for us and share your technical skills, analysis, opinions, or even rants, send me a note!)

In October, I started our series of Friday Notebook posts. This is more than just a news round-up. There have always been all sorts of stories that we want to highlight with more than just a tweet, but that don’t necessarily need a full article. The Friday Notebook gives us a chance to do that, as well as talk about whatever else is on our mind. The Friday Notebook will return on January 6th.

When it comes to events, we changed our TechTarget roadshow series to an evening format, and that was a lot of fun in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis. More importantly, after the last BriForum we heard loud and clear from the community that you want another event to follow along in the same spirit. We’re deep in the planning process right now, and we’ll have more to share in the new year.

Next, we have a request for our you, our readers and community. We know that migrating to the new site made a lot of our people lose access to their BrianMadden.com accounts, and as a result, the number of comments on our articles has been way down. We’re sorry that the account migration wasn’t smoother. We love hearing from you, and the comments have always made our site richer and more valuable. We would like to ask you to take the time and re-register or create a new account, and to keep those comments coming. We want to know what you think!

Last, and most important, a huge thank you to everybody in the community for making 2016 a pleasure, and here’s to 2017!

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