April 26, 2016

Herding cats? Use catfood

You have probably heard the analogy of trying to guide or coordinate people who have their own agenda or views – that it is like herding cats. It’s[...]
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April 21, 2016

The difference between an IT Architect and a construction architect

In describing myself as an IT Architect in a social gathering recently, the gentleman who I was speaking to suddenly burst into a frustrated tirade that[...]
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January 29, 2016

Stop fighting today’s problems with yesterday’s answers

The focus needs to change. People need to stop fighting today’s problems with yesterday’s answers, and instead, focus on finding solutions[...]
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January 19, 2016

Dedicated Management Cluster

I always recommend to create a dedicated management cluster for your vSphere virtual environment, but what is a dedicated management cluster, and why is[...]
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December 7, 2015

The era of infrastructure DIY is dead

DIY is dead. The time when you could “do it yourself” is no longer relevant for IT¬†Infrastructure. It may take a while for it to happen, but[...]
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August 5, 2015

Capital investment in IT – an oxymoron?

I was once in a conversation about capital investment in IT, where the financial manager posited that IT projects can be treated in the same way as an[...]
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July 23, 2015

Automation requires a change in paradigm

Businesses are running headlong into automation as a useful way to improve consistency, flexibility and speed, and decrease costs. However, there is a[...]
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June 22, 2015

Information disclosure as a security risk

Ring, ring. “Hello, is that the IT Manager? Can I ask you a few questions for a survey? <preamble here to build a relationship and feeling of[...]
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June 17, 2015

ToR switch placement – not at the top!

You may know about ToR, top-of-rack (for) switches. It’s the practice of placing a physical switch within each rack, so that the network switching[...]
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May 18, 2015

Technology Debt

The IT industry is plagued by debt. I’m not referring to financial debt, but instead the issue of technology being in debt. What is Technology Debt? We[...]
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