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j.ello on IT Part 8: pWNing IT Management


Yes, I could devote every article to the pervasiveness of bad IT management and it’s chilling effects on business, but it depresses me and it’s time to move on, so we’ll wrap that up today.  The next article will be on how to fix IT gone bad… tips anyone can use to restore the value […]

j.ello on IT Part 7: Who’s dealing with your s***?


Who da man? – What does it matter that the top IT leaders of today are more and more akin to the Pointed-Haired Boss instead of the Pocket-Protectored Practitioners of the past? An IT department is just a commodity service provided by a collection of people needing to be supervised, so any MBA will do… right? Well, interestingly enough, the […]

j.ello on IT Part 6: Being Great at Everything But the Job


CIO Magazine has an archive of issues stretching back to 1994.  If you want to know what’s been on the minds of IT leaders over the last decade, CIO Magazine is a definitive source.  Notable among their works are the CIO Surveys.  After a decade of unparalleled innovation in computing, one might expect that the role of the IT […]

j.ello on IT Part 5: Gardening with a Flamethrower.


Mistaking good values for good values – There are a few themes that I’ll go back to over and over again. Here is one: “Your IT is a reflection of your organization’s values.” That’s a good thing, right? You organization values the work it does, those it employs and those it serves, so if your […]

j.ello on IT Part 4: What Color Is Your Anchor?


Before we look at IT as a whole, let’s take a look at a more obvious example.  It’s pretty easy to define the job of a programmer.  They take a set of requirements and write code that meets the requirements.  It’s also easy to make that case that programmers can be used to generate value… […]

j.ello on IT Part 3: I’ve Got No Strings…


It’s the boss’ fault.  There… I said it.  But that’s not important right now.  First, a lesson in macro-economics, innovation and human nature. Is computing a commodity? A commodity is a bulk product that has no differentiation among vendors.  Commodities are bought and sold almost exclusively based on price as opposed to quality or other unique values and features. […]

j.ello on IT Part 2: IT’s About Automation, Stupid.


What’s IT?  For a complete, clear and detailed explanation, we turn to Wikipedia.  Well, ok, so I jest… it’s woefully vague, probably inaccurate, though not entirely indefensible.  The current entry just doesn’t annoy anyone enough to bother changing it – it’s a “democratic truth”.  Fact is, IT used to mean something, but misuse, time and evolution have diluted […]

j.ello on IT Part 1: The New Old Thing


I have been in the so-called “IT” profession for more than half my life.  I am shocked to find how little has changed in that time… and how much everyone thinks it has. I was pleased to find a lovingly-written article on the perennially reborn, long-beloved operating system called GEOS.  If you haven’t heard of […]