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Dawn of the Dead (Computer)

Last updated on August 19th by Simon Barnes Movies that include computers are notoriously inaccurate. Who can forget the girl from  Jurassic park shouting ‘it’s a Unix system’ as the velociraptors broke through the door or the graphical skyscraper directory listing from Hackers. Enjoyable films perhaps, but not fantastically plausible.  So maybe I can put […]

TEC to OMNIbus: The business case for migration

I’ve converted a presentation I gave at the TTEC in Prague into a whitepaper which is available to download now. Read the whitepaper:  TEC to OMNIbus The business case for migration

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À la Carte Systems Management

If you asked a child to name someone connected with McDonalds they would probably say Ronald McDonald.  Ask an adult the same question and it’s not unlikely they’d answer Ray Kroc. Certainly, Kroc, with his mantra of “In business for yourself, but not by yourself”, had a key role in spreading McDonalds throughout the world, but […]


Managing TWS/d Scheduling Objects

Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:48 Welcome to the first of hopefully many blogs on subjects mainly related to automation and scheduling issues. Although I will probably write about IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler (distributed) (TWS/d) primarily, I would also like to cover other automation and scheduling products from time to time. I am not intending for […]

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Cloud Illusions?

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, from up and down, and still somehow it’s cloud illusions I recall. I really don’t know clouds at all. Joni Mitchell – Both Sides, Now 1968 43 years after Joni Mitchell first pondered the subject of Clouds many IT budget holders are now struggling with similar issues. […]

Can buying software save money?

Last updated on February 25th 2011 by Simon Barnes I’m not sure if it is the recession or just a coincidence but over the last year I’ve been asked a number of times to help write Return on Investment (ROI) Studies or Business Cases to try and justify software purchases.  It seems that in the […]


What’s in a name?

Changing your name is in vogue at the moment. Norwich Union is now Aviva, British Petroleum is BP, Puff Daddy became P Diddy, and then simply Diddy before recently changing to Diddy Dirty Money.  IBM is no different.  Alongside the release of any “bluewashed” product comes the inevitable change of name and true to form […]


It looks like you’re managing a system. Would you like help?

One of the most demanding problems in software development is designing a single interface to suit all users, from the unversed newbie to the seasoned veteran.  For example, the interface for Microsoft Word has to accommodate all users, from a child writing their first word processed letter to Santa to someone who frets about the difference […]

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