ITtoolbox

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Information Technology Toolbox, Inc. (ITtoolbox)
Type Subsidiary
Industry IT media
Founded Scottsdale, AZ (1998)
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Key people Daniel Morrison, CEO [1]
George Krautzel, President
Website www.ITtoolbox.com

ITtoolbox is an online community, enabling peers to share professional knowledge about information technology. Since 1998, ITtoolbox has helped professionals make IT decisions and stay current in the rapidly changing technology market through peer collaboration.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1998 as "ITtoolbox," one of the first online communities enabling professionals to share knowledge about information technology.[2] Initially, the community was built on five knowledge bases (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Baan, and ERP) powered by discussion forums. The ITtoolbox platform now incorporates a professional network, 28 knowledge bases, more than 200 blogs, 650 discussion groups, and a wiki to facilitate targeted community interaction in which IT advertisers can participate through a proprietary contextual matching system.

In February 2000, ITtoolbox launched ITtoolbox Groups, e-mail-based discussion communities covering a range of IT products and topics.

In May 2003, ITtoolbox introduced the ITtoolbox Blogs program, bringing together a network of blog authors to publish professional content based on their firsthand knowledge.

In July 2005, ITtoolbox unveiled ITtoolbox Wiki, offering a collaborative IT reference guide created and edited by the community.

In September 2006, ITtoolbox launched ITtoolbox Professional Networking, allowing users to create home pages representing them, find and connect with similar experts, and share IT knowledge.[1]

In July 2007, ITtoolbox was acquired by Corporate Executive Board.[2]

In October 2008, the online community at ITtoolbox received a name change to Toolbox for IT. A new name for the company that operates this online community was also established at this time: Toolbox.com. [3]

Products[edit]

The ITtoolbox platform integrates the following collaboration and community publishing tools:

  • Groups: More than 650 discussion communities allowing peers to ask and answer questions among each other.
  • Blogs: A community publishing service where professionals post IT news and knowledge and community members comment on the entries.
  • Wiki: An IT reference guide and instruction manual created by the community, including definitions, source code samples, FAQs, and HOWTOs.
  • Knowledge Bases: Web sites that allow members of the IT community to interact with peers through the tools listed above based on topics of interest. They also contain content from third parties including vendor white papers, media news, job postings, and more. There are 28 Knowledge Bases: Business Intelligence, CIO, CRM, Data Warehouse, Java, Windows, PeopleSoft, Oracle, SAP, Baan, ERP, Linux, UNIX, Networking, Security, Web Design, SCM, Siebel, Database, EAI, Visual Basic, C Languages, Wireless, Storage, Hardware, Emerging Technologies, Project Management, and Knowledge Management.
  • Professional Networking: Tools that allow professionals to create their own home pages, connect with other professionals, and communicate with the IT community.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick O'Grady (2008-08-03). "Apple opens fourth Valley store; ITtoolbox marks anniversary". American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  2. ^ Thomas Heath (2007-08-16). "Corporate Executive Board Buys ITtoolbox". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 

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