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Ray Kahn,
Director of Information Technology & Services
IEEE Computer Society
FEB 15, 2013 14:27 PM
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Call me Ray. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no IT knowledge, and nothing particular to interest me, I thought I would take up a programming language. It is a way I have of stimulating myself. Whenever I find myself getting bored; whenever it is a slow, uninteresting time in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily wondering in imagination and wasting my time; and especially whenever I meet someone with much greater knowledge of IT, which I admit to be quite often, then I know I should do something as soon as I can: pick up an IT book or read an interesting article or learn about the latest trends. This is my substitute for leisure. There is nothing surprising in this...  

And so starts my blog, with a little literary help from my all time favorite book, Moby Dick by Herman Melville. My blog is about IT. I will write about things that interest me: business intelligence, data modeling, IS strategy, networking, capacity management, vendor relations, security & privacy, big data, etc. I hope you’ll enjoy my posts, and I am open to suggestions, of course.

I am currently the IEEE Computer Society's Director of Information Technology and Services. I have held this position for the past couple of years. I have been an IT “person” for the past 14+ years. When I started programming, Java was in its infancy. And the Web was still getting off the ground. My first programming language, you ask? VBA. And the application was MS Access. Boy, that was a very long time ago. And the rest is history.

Happy sailing… and always document your work. It will save your career one day.


Ray Kahn
Director of Information Technology & Services
IEEE Computer Society

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