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About Chris Rogan

Chris is our lead Consultant in all things Cyber Security, Digital Transformation and Systems Architecture. He is a trusted advisor to many high growth businesses. Chris holds the CISSP certification in cyber/information security, an Executive MBA from Manchester Business School, MSc in Technology and Innovation Policy and a BSc in Computer Science. He produced some of the UK’s first research into Shared Services of large business and has an keen interest in bringing big business technology into the reach of mid-market companies. He has worked in various technical and business management roles, as a company director and non-executive director. He has a dislike for bureaucracy and inefficient processes (and people!). Much of the technology he implements is designed to improve processes, responsiveness to customers and management information. The views and comments in this blog however are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Unleashed IT, its suppliers, customers or affiliates. He wishes to remind people he's from Cumbria and has the sense of humour to go with it. Sorry.
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5 09, 2015

Do consultants borrow your watch to tell you the time?

By |2016-10-26T08:45:58+00:00September 5th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

Age, experience, hindsight – they are all a funny thing. Back in my youth, I’d have laughed quite hard at businesses that would bring in consultants to tell them facts they already know or even facts that should be blatantly obvious. As I’ve become older, more experienced, perhaps a bit jaded to the insanity I [...]

16 08, 2015

10 Reasons Refurbished and Reconditioned Computers are a False Economy

By |2016-10-26T08:45:59+00:00August 16th, 2015|Business Continuity|0 Comments

Those who know me, know that even at my grand old age I’ve been sporting some teenage mouth gear lately.  As such I’ve been having frequent visits to the Orthodontist.  What does this have to do with IT, you ask?  Everything. On my first visit to my orthodontist practice, I needed some x-rays, which I [...]

11 08, 2015

What does Cisco Meraki not have in common with a M&S Self-Checkout

By |2017-07-17T08:23:40+00:00August 11th, 2015|Infrastructure|0 Comments

A Non-Apology Dear Marks and Spencer Manchester. It was me, and I'm far from sorry. I took my basket of Dine in for 10 goodies, selected from your specific chilled shelves to your self-check-out. Your staff manning the area ignored me, watched me struggle with my laptop bag, basket and shopping bags and drop my [...]

22 07, 2015

Directors, you’re crushing your IT Managers

By |2017-07-17T08:23:36+00:00July 22nd, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

” I have crushing responsibility but inadequate resources and no authority to implement change.” – Trevor Pott I’ve been dwelling on quite a number of things I’ve read of late.  As many of you may have read, I’m like the Stig of the IT Management world, the tame IT Manager.  It may be that MBA [...]

7 07, 2015

When did IT become all about Technology and nothing about Information?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:00+00:00July 7th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

People have probably heard this a lot from me in recent weeks. It’s a rant that’s really grinding my gears for a while and really my biggest bugbear of what IT has become. When I try and articulate what we do, my thoughts always go back to the good old days of IT.  Where the [...]

22 06, 2015

The Northern Outhouse Powerhouse

By |2016-10-26T08:46:01+00:00June 22nd, 2015|Civil Infrastructure|0 Comments

I’ve been blogging a bit lately on UK technology policy and strategy lately, we’ve looked at the actual technology that the Northern Powerhouse requires and skills. I’ve tried to give some examples of where we’re really struggling and need that strategic help from uk.gov but are sadly lacking in anything with substance. Currently, the Northern [...]

16 06, 2015

Why Information Technology is like the Force

By |2016-10-26T08:46:01+00:00June 16th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

“Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi It’s been bugging me this question for a number of years, and I’ve thought about the parallels between the IT department and [...]

1 06, 2015

What is Hyperconvergence?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:03+00:00June 1st, 2015|Hyperconvergence|0 Comments

It’s been some time since I’ve specifically written anything on the topic of Hyperconvergence.  This isn’t to say that the subject has gone away, being ignored or anything like that.  Quite to the contrary, hyperconvergence is bigger than ever… […]

1 05, 2015

Using IT to Beat the Big Guys

By |2016-10-26T08:46:05+00:00May 1st, 2015|Solutions, Unleashed|0 Comments

It’s a little known fact that I have bragging rights that I conducted some of the UK’s first research into Shared Services. Now if you’re a small or medium business, then that’ll mean nothing to you and also negate any bragging rights I have about it. Indeed, but what I learnt during my time on [...]

27 03, 2015

Help: is a four letter word

By |2016-10-26T08:46:09+00:00March 27th, 2015|Channel, Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

Those of you that follow my blog have probably realised that I have a lot of peeves, in fact I wouldn’t have a Peter Griffin like blog category called, ‘Grinds my Gears’ if I didn’t. Blogging isn’t necessarily a tool solely to name and shame those who have wronged you either (unless it’s Microsoft). I [...]

25 03, 2015

Coalition of Good (IT) People

By |2015-03-23T20:38:27+00:00March 25th, 2015|Managed Services|0 Comments

Language is a funny thing, it’s funny how a catchphrase or label can turn words from having positive to negative connotations. Coalitions in the second world war were the norm for governments, quite positive, after all we triumphed. The current UK coalition, well the jury is out. George Bush once use the phrase “coalition of [...]

23 03, 2015

Exchange and .local and internal SSL Certificates

By |2016-10-26T08:46:10+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Exchange|0 Comments

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of work for clients moving them from older version of Microsoft Exchange – even as far back as Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013 or to Microsoft Office 365. I frequently recount to my customers that when I started doing IT work, I used to put Exchange email systems in [...]

15 02, 2015

Brains! The zombie apocalypse happened, but nobody noticed.

By |2016-10-26T08:46:10+00:00February 15th, 2015|Business Process, Channel|0 Comments

The last number of years of recession merde have yielded us some strange phenomena… companies and their employees seem to have become stupider (maybe the ones I deal with) and the average amount of people with a “can’t do” attitude to customer service has gone through the roof. It is my sincere belief that the [...]

5 02, 2015

Smart Creatives – the death of business process but saviours of customer experience

By |2017-04-07T12:16:44+00:00February 5th, 2015|Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

Happy New Year, yes it is February… believe it or not I’ve written or semi-written several New Year blog articles, but here at Unleashed we’ve had a crazy beginning to 2015 and for me personally. Finding something to write about and be relatively quick and fluid, isn’t something that often comes naturally (quite usually when [...]