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    By unlokq:10 Oct 17

    5 things to watch out for in multicloud management

    With the realisation that keeping your cloud options open and having a multi-cloud (see sidebar) perspective for your applications and companies like Turbonomic Inc and Rovius Cloud providing single platforms from which to automatically manage these environments, based on your criteria, it is tempting to believe that by purchasing these tools the work is done. […]

    By unlokq:6 Oct 17

    A few tips on how to avoid cloud lockin

    Avoiding lockin by cloud providers means that you need to go into any migration with your eyes wide-open. A (single) cloud provider is not going to be able to meet all your needs, and they will not do it ALL for you, you still have some (and in some scenarios a lot of) responsibility. But […]

    By unlokq:28 Sep 17

    17 governance frameworks + 35 architecture frameworks = 52 attempts to write down common sense

    There is a profusion of frameworks in use in IT, and outside of those used in application development, most are little more than one individual having an attempt at writing down ‘common sense’. For the most part, these frameworks have been created via one of two reasons;For application in a specific organisation, either a company […]

    By unlokq:2 Aug 17

    IT Discovery – about as useful as squashing water

    OK, so it’s not as pointless as squashing water, it has a purpose in a traditional environment where governance may not have always been as good as it is now (ahem! – looks away sheepishly), people were able to install, configure and subsequently change systems and software beneath the radar of governance, or possibly in […]

    By unlokq:25 Jul 17

    IT reports are showing your age

    Reports are dead! Dashboards are dead! Perhaps a little alarmist, BUT, have we forgotten the main reason why the ‘data’ is important?… To allow us to take informed actions. Earlier this year I went to the Retail Technology Business Expo in London (as I do in most years) and sat in on some talks, some […]

    By unlokq:14 Mar 17

    Innovation and Risk Adversity: Strange Bedfellows

    Much is said about the need of the traditional enterprise to adopt the innovative methods of the startup. But can they realistically achieve this?Innovation is Risky Business Nothing to do with the Tom Cruise film from the 80’s, the fundamental differences between the 2 architypes is their appetite for risk  Startup investors have a large risk […]

    By unlokq:23 Feb 17

    Data: The oxygen of digital transformation

    Data is the oxygen of digital transformation that allows it to breath, as it allows you access into your customers world, and allows you to take action to change your own organizations behavior, AND potentially that of your customers, the CEO is the lifeblood pumping a consistent vision through the organization, and technology is the […]

    By unlokq:25 Aug 16

    A CURe for the Time vs Point Debate

    Are story points the same as effort? Yes!!! Are story points the same as Effort? No!!! Well, not always! Confused? This post elaborates on a couple of old posts by Mike Cohn once of the founding fathers of scrum, and on the replies to it. It is expresses in the form of mathematical formulae but […]

    By unlokq:3 Dec 15

    Let your tools take the strain

    Automate everything! If there is something that you can’t automate, consider whether it is really needed, as it slows you down. Continuing the How to eat an Elephant, and other IT monitoring problems series I will poke into the ability of monitoring teams to simplify the onboarding of monitoring.   Through my previous posts we […]

    By unlokq:3 Dec 15

    Have a duvet day

    In this post I put forward how you might want to apply the policies that have been created as part of Governance, Urgh! It’s all about layering levels of monitoring on top of each other, combining them so that they make a cohesive, and supportable monitoring solution   So… you have created a matrix of […]