13 days ago

Change-mapping: Plan and Action

In the Change-mapping method, what exactly is Action? Doesn’t action happen everywhere? The short-answer to that second question is actually ‘Yes’ – action does indeed happen everywhere. In which case, you might ask, what’s the point of having Action as

14 days ago

Looking Beyond Covid-19 to the Future

As Covid-19 continues to put huge pressure on health systems and markets all over the world, it is important to remember that it too will pass.
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24 days ago

Pandemic Response Keynote – Smart Communities Virtual Series 2020

The Public Sector Network (PSN) invited me back this year to provide a keynote on our COVID-19 pandemic response for the Smart Communities Roadshow 2020 in Vancouver.  I was fortunate to get to present the keynote in person at the 2019 roadshow last ye…

1 month, 19 days ago

A Case Study on the Origin of the IT4IT™ Standard

Like many of technology’s better creations, the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture standard was born out of necessity.

The IT landscape is continually shaped by innovation. Despite that being a cause for celebration for consumers and end-users, the introduction of these new technologies – such as the mainframe, the PC, client servers, the Internet, cloud computing, IoT, etc. – meant that the IT function had, effectively, lost track of what it needed to manage and control.

An open standard architecture-based approach to managing the business of IT was needed. This would have to be a holistic, end-to-end, service-based description of everything the IT function needs, and to be a good steward of all the IT components, solutions, and services within its remit. It was this issue that set in motion the train of events that brought us to where we are today. But there are no grounds for complacency. The work continues.

Even today the complexity and pervasiveness of, and the dependency on, IT systems continues to grow. In many cases, in many organizations today, the management solution is a loose collection of siloed processes. We are still not paying enough attention on how to remain in control. That is why the IT4IT standard is such an important instrument to manage IT, and why we have chosen to document how it came to be.