Yesterday I vented on Twitter about developers changing software configurations willy-nilly. JP Morgenthal took it as proof that developers shouldn’t be allowed to manage production environments. Adrian Cockcroft saw it the other way ‘round. I’ll leave that particular controversy for another post. What concerned me yesterday was the notion that so-called “lower” environments should be…

I’m frankly puzzled to hear the term “IT-as-a-Service” bandied about as something new. IT always has been service. Whether it was: please run my punchcards, or please run the inventory reports overnight, or please procure/provision/deliver/fix a PC, or please spin up a new server or a new message bus endpoint… …IT has always been in…

There is much gnashing of teeth these days about so-called Rogue IT. I’ve seen numerous blog posts taking IT departments to task for responding defensively to it. The advice in these posts runs along the lines that we should learn from Rogue IT rather than directly opposing it. The recommended approach is to figure out…

Enterprise IT is facing a difficult conundrum. On the one hand, it’s being asked to improve its agility, alignment with the business, and ability to innovate. At the same time, though, it’s expected to adhere to existing constraints such as completeness, efficiency, and security. Enterprise Architecture struggles to address this conundrum with seemingly mutually exclusive…

I responded to the announcement of Rugged DevOps with the question, “Can I join if I think that ‘Rugged DevOps’ is (or should be) a tautology?” I wasn’t trying to be a smart aleck. I do want to join. I greatly admire the work the Rugged DevOps folks have done so far. I think it’s…

The IT industry is undergoing tremendous transformation. To a large degree this transformation involves dissolving boundaries: Between “the business” and IT Between development and operations Between corporate and personal devices Between internal and external services and customers IT professionals are having to change the way they think and work. There has been a lot of…

I’m frustrated with the DevOps vs. NoOps debate. I don’t feel like it’s helping us define where we want to go. Instead I think we’re stuck arguing semantics. On the one hand, there seems to be a certain amount of violent agreement. On the other hand, we haven’t actually defined our terms. What does “ops”…

Cloud Computing is Lean Computing

Brian Katz thinks the cloud is “a pile of crap.” He laments the incessant debate about cloud or not cloud, private vs. public, and so on. Some days I’m inclined to agree with him. There’s certainly plenty of geekturbation going on. I have disliked the word “cloud” since the very first time I heard it.…

5 Electronic Gadgets to Use to Avoid Car Accidents

The hustle and bustle of our daily lives require us frequent travels on our trusty automobiles. However, the more time you spend on the road, the higher your chances are of encountering an accident. With the demands that our work and professions impose on us only heightens this risk. All hope is not lost though,…

Bounty Hunter Lone Star Metal Detector

Lone Star Metal Detector Is there anyone who has never participated in a treasure hunt? Of course not, this activity is a very common game among children, but it can also offer a great earning potential, especially if the hunter finds metal objects. The fields and the beaches abound with buried treasure, which may not…