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11 07, 2019

Boss: I don’t understand that IT Stuff…

By |2019-07-08T14:13:41+00:00July 11th, 2019|Digital Transformation, IT Consultancy|0 Comments

Do leaders switch off with technology and say "I don't understand that IT stuff" too often? Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to Finish Cyber Security company, F-Secure’s annual conference in London.  Aside from the usual corporate hospitality trappings, they also had a great list of speakers.  I particularly enjoyed Rory Sutherland [...]

5 03, 2019

What Digital Transformation means to me

By |2019-03-05T21:46:03+00:00March 5th, 2019|Business Process, Digital Transformation|0 Comments

Digital Transformation.  The term almost brings a tear to my eye, if you think of the marketeers working in IT, how much time they must have spent to come up with that one.  I think they took the afternoon off afterwards.   It’s certainly so new, I can still smell the fresh paint, where us IT [...]

7 09, 2018

Why did the British Airways Data Theft Happen?

By |2019-03-02T17:58:51+00:00September 7th, 2018|Cyber Security|0 Comments

British Airways, or as us self-respecting Northerners call it - "Heathrow Airways" has suffered a large data theft.  This has come in a string of IT Debacles that have occurred over the last 18 months. In July, there were IT issues causing some flights in and out of Heathrow to be cancelled.   The month before, [...]

26 08, 2018

Why Shadow IT has accelerated Digital Transformation

By |2019-03-01T14:32:39+00:00August 26th, 2018|Digital Transformation, IT Consultancy, Security|0 Comments

The rise and fall (and rise again) of IT It’s been over 20 years since I started my career in IT. The rise and fall and rise again of an industry has been one hell of a ride. Digital Transformation is here. Again! A few of you are probably scratching your heads wondering when IT [...]

24 04, 2018

Blaming IT Grinds My Gears

By |2018-04-24T21:37:26+00:00April 24th, 2018|Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

It's been a while since I've made a Peter Griffin-like post in the fashion of his "You know what really grinds my gears..." gag. However today, after watching Paul Pester (great name) on ITV News today, it's highlighted an example of what I see all too often in the world of company-IT. TSB boss insists [...]

27 06, 2017

What to do if you think you’re infected with ransomware

By |2017-06-27T21:11:04+00:00June 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not Petya We’ve had WannaCry, WannaCrypt, Petya and now Not Petya, all variants of a style of malware called crypto lockers.   Essentially software that gets onto your system and encrypts your files and stops you using them due to you not having the decryption key to open them. The term ransomware is used because affected [...]

13 05, 2017

What IT Managers should be doing about the NHS Cyber Attack

By |2017-05-13T10:22:52+00:00May 13th, 2017|Security|0 Comments

NHS Cyber Attack Yesterday, the 12th of May 2017, there was what the media are calling a 'massive cyber attack' against the NHS.  I'm in agreement with a former leading figure at GCHQ, Brian Lord, who was interviewed on BBC Breakfast News this morning.  He stated that calling this a 'cyber attack' is somewhat misleading and [...]

15 03, 2016

IT for Joint Ventures

By |2016-10-26T08:45:40+00:00March 15th, 2016|Managed Services, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The construction industry isn't exactly well-known for innovation and technology, certainly the formative years of my career were spent fighting getting technology into my employers. These days' things have changed and even the most modest of site cabins have server rooms, IP telephony and fully-fledged networks which has been fuelled in part by the rise [...]

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 [...]

16 07, 2015

Do you feel like a headless chicken?

By |2015-11-18T16:05:17+00:00July 16th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

I have had a few discussions with IT Managers lately and one thing is coming across loud and clear, they are all very busy. Who would want to be an IT Manager in the current climate, they are under resourced, over worked and have to work miracles with little or no budget. Eventually something will [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

10 06, 2015

IT Consultant – fact or myth?

By |2016-10-26T08:46:02+00:00June 10th, 2015|IT Consultancy|0 Comments

IT Consultant, what a great title and vastly over used when it comes to the world of IT. Most IT Consultants are simply salesmen, here today and gone in 6 months if they haven’t hit their sales targets. The definition of an IT Consultant says – Is a person that focuses on advising businesses on [...]

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 [...]

26 10, 2014

So you think your IT department is rubbish? – IT’s everyone’s responsibility

By |2016-10-26T08:46:14+00:00October 26th, 2014|Solutions, Unleashed|Comments Off on So you think your IT department is rubbish? – IT’s everyone’s responsibility

Last week I blogged about the relationship between IT and the rest of the company getting to the point where in many organisations the IT function refers to the rest of the company as “the business”. Whilst there are myriad reasons for this – I personally blame ‘best practice’, ITIL and outsourcing as key drivers. [...]

19 10, 2014

IT and ‘The Business’ – I thought we were on the same side

By |2016-10-26T08:46:14+00:00October 19th, 2014|Grinds my Gears, Technology|Comments Off on IT and ‘The Business’ – I thought we were on the same side

Do you remember the good old days of the Information Technology? Nope, me neither, what it must have been to work in an era when computers were the size of rooms and you had to have a certain type of shirt to work with them and a pocket protector for your pens. In the early [...]

21 05, 2014

Swimming in the Channel: Customers Matter

By |2017-04-07T10:27:12+00:00May 21st, 2014|Channel, Grinds my Gears, Unleashed|Comments Off on Swimming in the Channel: Customers Matter

I’ve had a few struggles with Dell lately, they’ve shifted my account to the same call centre that calls me up at night asking if I want insurance (okay, not quite, but nearly!). I closed my account and then received a phone call from our former account manager attempting to get me to talk to [...]