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Why I Am Quitting Traditional IT Management Consulting

In Intact Technology's debut blog, Jesse White comes out swinging:

Traditional IT Management Consulting uses fear, doubt and powerful relationships to sell business leaders promises of game changing outcomes. They make the simple complex, extremely expensive and then get paid to simplify it again. Too many times getting paid to waste time and money to point the finger at their competitor, the IT department. How is this helping anyone? This is bullshit.

And he's absolutely right.  The elephant in the room cannot be ignored any longer.  In-house IT is not the enemy and Consultancy Firms need to stop whispering this into the Business' ear.  Indeed:

I am not saying that IT departments don’t need specialized help or that every IT department has what they need to support their business.  I am saying we need a fundamental change in the model…

Check out the full article, it's well worth the read.

Activating Windows 8 Enterprise

Depending on a number of factors, you may be faced with a similar issue.  In a nutshell, the native UI in Windows 8 informs you that it is unable to activate windows right now, please try again later.  After some digging around, I realized that I never actually entered my key during setup, and maybe that was the underlying issue.

Problem is; there is no easy way to input your key in the Windows 8 UI.  But there is a simple enough workaround:

Activating Windows 8

 

  • Open Start Menu.
  • Type "run" and press enter to invoke it.
  • Type "slui 3" and press enter.
  • Enter your product key and Activate.
  • Done!

 

More here:

social.technet.microsoft.com

HP uCMDB – Neebula Integration

Neebula advertises an HP uCMDB integration which uses a patented automatic Service Modeling technology (ServiceWatch)… one that dramatically reduces the time it takes to build Service models in UCMDB/RTSM.

Neebula CMDB

Their webinar claims ServiceWatch can reconcile cleanly with DDMa CI's, though it is not shown in the demo.
Unfortunately, an explanation of how the automatic "top-down, entry-point" Service Modeling actually works, is also missing.
 
Beyond simple Service Modeling use cases, I cannot see how a HTTP URL entry-point for example will take me all the way back, past the network layer, to not only the clustered app servers themselves, and running software therein, and the separate and clustered DB's supporting them, but the critical DB instances themselves.  There are so many "what-ifs" along this path that I can't help but think of the great potential for misleading models! 
 
Further, if the Service Delivery team is now in charge of building Service Models – as the webinar seems to suggest, how will IT or Service Delivery ever know if an application is even right?
There is still a disconnect – no matter how revolutionary this "entry-point" modeling is, the models still need to be verified, scrubed, etc.
Which is of course the "lengthy" portion of Service Modeling in the uCMDB to begin with.
 
Regardless, I'd like to be proven wrong – Service Modeling IS the "achilles heel" of the UCMDB/BSM suite of products.
 
Take a look for yourself.  What do you think?

Windows 8 Performance Monitoring

Performance Monitor on Windows 8

"Most of what I’ve said thus far about Windows 8 hasn’t been good. I’ve stated on a few separate occasions my belief that this OS is a disaster in the making. But last week a couple of representatives from Microsoft showed me the Windows Assessment Toolkit, and it’s one of the most advanced and easy-to-use methods I’ve yet seen for measuring system performance…"

 

www.itproportal.com

HP Discovery not available for Linux Probes

I guess it never came up in the field, but the Discovery Flow Probe Linux installation can only be used for integrations… not discovery.

h30499.www3.hp.com

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