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The design police at Google say they'll push this site down the search rankings

This website has been told if I don't redesign it I will be punished by Google's search engine.

what makes a successful blog

While The IT Skeptic is not a hugely popular site I think it's fair to say it is a successful one. Certainly some people seem to think so: I'm often asked to comment on others' blogs or advise how to go about one.

The first question is why you blog; and hence what defines success for the blogger.

A blog serves any of three purposes:
To communicate/share.
To record ideas.

DevOpsRun: DevOps is great but what about Run?

Is there a bigger picture than DevOps? In theory no, it encompasses the whole IT lifecycle of services. But in practice it seems to me much DevOps discourse is still Build- and Transition-centric. We can expand thinking to all of DevOpsRun.

Service Portfolio Management is more important than programme or project portfolio

There is a wonderful insight in ITIL that is seldom noticed and even less often understood

It is Service Portfolio Management (SPM).

the ITIL Squeeze in 2015

AXELOS are doing a few troubling things lately, that may or may not point to an ITIL Squeeze in 2015 as AXELOS seek to capitalise on their purchase of ITIL (and the rest of the Best Practice portfolio) in order to meet their British Government payments.

je suis Charlie

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Thank-you and Merry Christmas from the IT Skeptic

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In this holiday season I'm sending out special thank-you to all the loyal followers of this blog

There is no such thing as NoOps: it is an awful word

There is no term I detest more than "NoOps". NoOps means nothing runs, which means the business comes to a halt.

"NoOps" is provocative, alienating, patronising and demeaning to those who care about Ops. There will always be a science of making it run good and safe. There will always be Ops as an activity and function and skillset. Please erase this hideous word from your vocabulary.

Uber, big brother, and company use of big data

There's social privacy (hiding from the state) and personal privacy (hiding from your neighbours). Where do corporations fit in?

Define DevOps: What is DevOps?

A reader asked me to define DevOps. It's not easy to find definitions. Here's mine.

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