Two new bloggers now writing about downloads


After more than 10 years of focus on download systems here at Sun, I was ready for a change of pace (as you might imagine). Once we got our new download system out the door, my manager was much more willing to consider a change for me, and then a great opportunity arose. I'm now managing a new project that is developing a machine learning engine for better targeting our offers to our customers. While the obvious intent is to benefit Sun by increasing the uptake on our products and services, we feel it benefits customers as well by providing more relevance to the ads and content we provide you on our web sites.

It's pretty much a whole new world for me, but I'm enjoying the challenge and learning about a whole new area of analytics. It would be a shame to ignore the experience I've acquired in the ESD realm, so I'm still participating in download strategy discussions and helping out where I can. I may well blog further on the subject as time allows.

But in any case, I am happy to see two new blogs about downloads and ESD that have sprung up recently. As I wrote in my very first blog posting three years ago, "I haven't found many resources for us 'ESD Professionals.' I'm not aware of trade journals nor web sites dedicated to ESD. I always enjoy meeting and speaking with my peers at Sun and other companies but wish there was more interaction, more sharing of best practices, and the myriad other benefits that come from knowledge sharing in a particular field. This blog is intended to be a small outreach..."

Well, I can't say I've seen an explosion in content, but I heartily welcome two new contributors to the ESD blogosphere!

  • The overall Project Manager of the new download system was Alfred Chen, and he's the guy in charge now that I've stepped into a new role. Alfred is leading our Download Business and Strategy Teams, and we are very lucky to have him in those roles. Working with Alfred very closely for many years, I can only say he's a tireless contributor with exceptional knowledge, skill, and dedication. (And he used to be the manager of our download engineering team, so he's really one of those great persons with deep IT and Business experience.) So, to get to the point, Alfred's started blogging lately (about a variety of subjects) -- check it out.
  • OMS Safe Harbor is one of the few companies out there with a major focus on electronic software delivery, and they've built up an impressive set of capabilities, products, and services. They recently let me know about their new ESD blog, and I've already read a number of interesting articles there. Great to see this outreach from OMS.
I hope you'll find these new bloggers of interest!


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I helped design, build, and manage download systems at Sun for many years. Recently I've focused on web eMarketing systems. Occasionally, I write about other interests, such as holography and jazz guitar. Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/garyzel

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