Category Archives: Future of IT

Viva la Shadow IT

The Register almost gets it.  I don’t blame them, really.  You can’t change the world overnight and articles about IT engaging the business mostly reflect the IT world as it is.  It’s no surprise they fall short when it comes … Continue reading

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4 Steps to Curing IT’s Woes

Occasionally, I write something that’s not published here first.  This is one of those times… http://www.itbriefcase.net/4-steps-to-curing-its-woes I have to admit, the first time I copped to putting someone from Marketing in an IT role it drew gasps from the CIOs … Continue reading

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The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

No, seriously, we will.  If there is any doubt, I’m here with a set of PowerPoint slides a customer actually dared me to create to show them I could make a useful analogy about anything under my purview.  So they … Continue reading

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Fusion 2015 Full Presentation Text

Enriching the Customer Experience “Staying Relevant in the Face of Changing Expectations” Several apologies are due.  The first regards my tardiness.  I had intended to publish this immediately following my Fusion 2015 breakout session.  Good intentions, road to hell and … Continue reading

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Bespoke IT vs. Fit for Purpose

I’ve been focused on blogging over at EMC’s InFocus blog for the last year, but I want to get back to the Practical Polymath and start blogging more frequently about a wider variety of topics. First up is some thoughts … Continue reading

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RFPs: More free advice nobody will take

When I received a memo from one of my sales guys a while back regarding a small government RFP I immediately checked the article index for a quick link I could send to illustrate why we on the pointy end … Continue reading

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Ask the Headhunter: Fearless

I’ve spoken about Asketheheadhunter.com and Nick Corcodilos only once or twice before.  We have been pen pals since the dotcom bust put zillions of us on the street and I found his website (pre blog days), then read the weekly … Continue reading

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TB-FTE Ratios Explained, or, why storage management isn’t like Starbucks (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post I dismissed the TB:FTE metric based on the fact that it does not measure what you think it is measuring.  That, coupled with an analysis of some reasons for asking the question “what’s the … Continue reading

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In which Jack Welch and I share nothing more than a haircut

Well, not really.  Jack still has more hair than me. I’m something of an IT subversive.  I like to consider myself a “blue collar IT guy” because so much of what I’ve done in IT reminds me of plumbing and … Continue reading

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Capacity Management Twice a Year? No. Just, no.

One of my colleagues heard a cry for help from a client struggling to manage their infrastructure capacity.  One month they’re flush with resources, the next they’re dying for disk, CPU and, in some cases, network bandwidth.  This memo was … Continue reading

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