The UK government has a new policy for controlling IT contracts, and it's worth importing to the United States.
Government nerd jokes.
#19: “This is an exploding motorcycle.”
Dave and Gunnar on smoking funny cigarettes, OpenShift all over the place, motorcycles, hacking Gunnar's house (in a bad way), how to ask for help, and how to receive help like a gentleman.
Shared Services and Exit Strategies
A brief review of exit strategies and shared services. With Wallace Shawn.
In DC this week
I'll be speaking at two events in DC the week of 21 April. Come say hi!
Cloud, Portability, and FUD
Chris Uttenweiler over at DLT doesn't care for all this talk of cloud lock-in. He thinks it's an inflated problem, blown out of proportion by "third-tier" providers and "self-titled" consultants. He's wrong.
IT as Manufacturing
I'm accustomed to a certain amount of bluster and grim cynicism when I talk to customers. It's a bad time to be running an IT shop these days, especially in government. Even before we meet, my relationship with a customer is already strained: I'm a vendor, and most vendors have only two interests: 1) the … Continue reading IT as Manufacturing
Federal Cloud and the Reactionary Skeptic
I don't consider myself a huge cloud promoter, but articles like "Experts: Cloud Brings Vulnerabilities" from Defense News drive me crazy. If you read as many articles about IT as I do, you'll recognize this character: the Reactionary Skeptic. It's great work, if you can get it. I've been guilty of it myself. The formula … Continue reading Federal Cloud and the Reactionary Skeptic
On infrastructure as code.
"What has happened is that the old school operator, where you had a three-ring binder and you followed procedures over and over again, frankly, that job sucked. What has happened over a period of time is that sysadmin skill set has been expanding to include more and more basic infrastructure software development. What has been … Continue reading On infrastructure as code.
Why IT Consolidation Isn’t Even Close to Doomed
You may already be familiar with my ongoing frustration with Andrea DiMaio, and his relentless effort to ensure that government IT staff around the world is afraid of failure, change, and the future. This pessimism, especially coming from Gartner, contributes to the culture of conservatism and risk-aversion that confounds the same reforms he claims to … Continue reading Why IT Consolidation Isn’t Even Close to Doomed