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How to deal with Shadow IT

The issue arises when a business unit decides that they are exempt from organisational IT policy; that they have a right to act in the interests of their business unit rather than the enterprise as a whole; that they have no accountability to a central It function. When this happens, it is an indicator of a total failure of corporate governance, a dereliction of duty by the governors of the organisation. Shadow IT is ungoverned IT.

The nett result of new technology

Any new technology solves one set of problems and introduces another; it simplifies one area and complicates another; it reduces some costs but increases others; it brings new risks. The question is whether there is a nett gain in value. It's called a business case and we so often forget it in our haste to embrace the shiny and new.

Here comes China

If you still think of China as a poor, backward, or primitive country, you are woefully out of date. You owe it to yourself and your kids to know better.

This is the fastest growing economy executing the biggest public infrastructure build-out in history, fast eclipsing anything the US or Europe has ever done. They are not coming up, they are already overtaking us.

Don't believe me? Read on.

where does DevOps work in the enterprise?

Gartner have been talking about bi-modal and tri-modal models of IT: some systems are legacy ones to be handled with legacy methods, with an emphasis on risk and control.

The Chicken ITles are at work on IT project success rates

Did you know Standish Chaos reports ("70% of IT projects fail") have been well discredited? No? Stop using the numbers. We're bad at IT projects but we're not that bad. And considering what we're up against, perhaps we're not that bad at all.

of course IT is an entity

I find it wearisome when people criticise those who talk about "IT and the business". Apparently we are not allowed to refer to all the units that internal IT serves as "the business". We are told "IT must be part of the business" etc.

Of course IT is an entity within the business, distinct from the business. What are they on about?

The corporate yoke

The symbolism of a company-branded lanyard and ID card hung around my neck is too potent for me. I'll do all I can to avoid wearing it. When the only option proffered is a logo-covered lanyard - no belt clip option - it says it all to me.

DevOps buzzword bingo

Buzzword Bingo is funny, but it is also a good test of whether you are across a topic. See how many of these words you know...

IT service build is not a factory

There is a widespread idea in IT that IT is a factory, repeatably turning out code which can be treated as identical products on some kind of optimisable production line. This is only true for parts of our IT world: e.g. standard requests, standard incidents and changes, bug fixes. It's usually not true of building IT services.

revisiting agile CSI

Lately I'm realising that my Tipu CSI method incorporated a lot of concepts being talked about these days :

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