snobby butler

IT: Smack Them in the Kisser with Entrepreneurial Flair

In the world of IT, there is a strong emphasis on keeping the lights on. You don’t want to do anything that will cause an outage. The last thing you need is some senior VP, with a face on him like a slapped arse, standing at your desk demanding answers. This leads to a conservatism…

What the business really thinks of IT

What the Business Really Thinks of IT

I’ve covered a bit before on the often-fraught relationship between business and IT. There is a blog post here, for example, on Susan Cramm and 8 Things to Hate About IT. Meanwhile, Prof. Joe Peppard has lectured and written extensively on many facets of the IT-to-business interface. Things aren’t good. Things could be better. But…

Josh Klein

Hack Work. Detach from Work. Just be Careful.

That work can be frustrating or annoying goes without saying. That we can do something about it often seems like a forlorn hope. Great advice on how to maintain your sanity comes from Josh Klein (@joshuaklein) and Bill Jensen (@simpletonbill) in Hacking Work — Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results. “Just two guys who have…

snobby butler

Are You a Butler or an Entrepreneur?

Are we butlers or entrepreneurs in corporate IT? Or do we fall somewhere in between? Personally, I’d prefer to be an entrepreneur but, more often than not, feel closer to being a butler than I’d like to be. Update: Move from being a butler to being an entrepreneur. The butler and entrepreneur are two of…

Things To Still Hate About I.T.

Isn’t it strange how certain topics flash up on your radar screen? I recently attended a lecture at the Irish Computer Society (ICS) given by Prof. Joe Peppard of Cranfield University School of Management over in the UK .  The initial email from the ICS advertised it as a masterclass for aspiring CIOs — so…