Here at BrianMadden.com, we cover a wide range of EUC technologies and vendors. How do we even begin to keep up with all of them?
Seriously, the list of topics we cover is huge. There’s desktop virtualization (VDI, RDSH, server and cloud infrastructure, remote protocols, app and profile management, and thin clients); mobility (MDM, MAM, MTD, Android, iOS, macOS, Windows 10 modern management, and EMM/UEM); and identity management (IDaaS, conditional access, authentication, and federation). But that’s not all! We also follow consumerization and work trends; browsers; random devices like VR/AR, IoT, and smart speakers; and anything else that could come along and affect EUC.
We usually write four or five articles per week, and cover about a dozen other stories in the Friday Notebook. All this means that it takes a lot of work to keep up with the industry.
So for today, I’m going to do something different and write about the blogging tools and sources that I use in the course of covering the industry. You’ll probably be familiar with many of these, but I’m hoping that you’ll pick up some new things, too.
The blogging tools I use
Twitter is the obvious one. Despite all the controversy around social media, Twitter can still be very useful in our industry—it’s just all about how you use it. Personally, my tweets and the accounts I follow are about 95% dedicated to end user computing. Feel free to take a look at who I follow to find some excellent voices in the EUC space (as well as a few aviation-related accounts). One major standout of the last few years is @SwiftOnSecurity.
Next, there’s LinkedIn. Again, this is a pretty standard thing in the business world, but recently I’ve been realizing that posts in the LinkedIn news feed often get more meaningful comments than Twitter. You still have to sort through all the noise, though, so if you have any tips, let me know. (I also need to get better at posting our stories to LinkedIn!) But overall, if you’ve previously dismissed LinkedIn, give the news feed another glance.
The real standout to me is RSS. It’s been declared dead many times, especially when Google Reader shut down, but I transitioned to the free version of Feedly without missing a beat. The best things about RSS are that there’s much less noise than social media, you don’t have to worry about some unseen algorithm “curating” your feed, and you never miss anything.
I follow the RSS feeds for any industry blog that I can, including personal blogs, other news sites like Mary Jo Foley’s feed and VMBlog, and vendor blogs from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Google, Apple, and so on. Our main RSS feed is at https://www.brianmadden.com/rss/BrianMaddencom-RSS-Feed.xml, and our podcasts are at https://www.brianmadden.com/rss/BrianMaddencom-Podcast.xml. Lastly, if your blog doesn’t have an RSS feed, please add one!
Newsletters have become a popular way to curate content these days, and the most interesting one in tech comes from Andreessen Horwitz analyst Benedict Evans. As a sidenote, for those of you who have been asking for a BrianMadden.com Friday Notebook newsletter, the answer is that unfortunately at this time, TechTarget’s system just isn’t set up for specific sign-ups. (It’s designed to send you any content that TechTarget thinks you might be interested in.) For now, just follow us on RSS, or follow me, Kyle, or the BrianMadden.com account on Twitter.
Most people think of Slack in terms of internal business communications, but there are plenty of Slack groups out there that have come to replace web forums. I recommend the Mobile Pros Slack group, my favorite place for EMM chatter, as well as the Mac Admins Slack. Sidenote #2: Mobile Pros also has a great blog, and Mac Admins has a great podcast.
One final resource that I’ll recommend is Apple and Android’s developer documentation. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve been critical sources for stories. (Plus, when vendors talk about cool new features, you can figure out how they built them, and whether they’re something that anybody could do in theory, or whether they’re truly unique. In other words, a good BS test!) Apple has really opened up their MDM documentation in the last few years, too.
As I go through the week, I collect story ideas and links in Apple Notes. (For years I was a heavy Evernote user, and I’ve dabbled in OneNote too, but I figured since I’m already paying for Apple devices and iCloud storage, I might as well take the opportunity to consolidate services.)
Friday Notebook and BrianMadden.com resources
I follow all of these sources so we can bring you the best blog posts possible. But we can only write so many blog posts per week. For everything else, we have the Friday Notebook (which also lists our main blog posts for convenience). If you can only read one EUC source per week, I’d like humbly (or not so humbly) suggest that it should be the Friday Notebook.
For more links to important background articles, check out our EMM resources page, which gets updated every few months. And don’t forget, you can head to our TechTarget contributor profiles to see all of my articles or all of Kyle’s articles.
I hope you’ve found these blogging tools and sources to be useful. If you have any favorite sources or tools, let me know!