Author Archives: Andrew

Working 4 Days On, 3 Days Off

Having today returned to work after a bank holiday weekend, having finally felt fully and properly relaxed on the third day, and feeling so much more energised in work today as a result… it stuck me that this is something … Continue reading

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The Web, Configuration Management, Y2K, ITIL, IR35, Theft & B2B IT Contracting

In my previous blog post in this series, the early years of IT contracting, I shared my experiences of working in the UK IT industry in the 1980s. Sometime while I was busy doing all that, another IT contractor and utterly brilliant Englishman, by the name of [Sir] Tim Berners-Lee cobbled together something he called the World Wide Web. So given it was invented by an Englishman in Switzerland, why do the Americans now act as though they own the internet? And why… Continue reading

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Review of a Quarter Century in IT Contracting – It Began in the 1980s

My first company was incorporated on 30th September 1987, 25 years ago last Sunday, and there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then both for me and the IT industry as a whole. In this short series … Continue reading

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IT Software Configuration Management a Black Art?

“Configuration Management is a Black Art” or even “Change Management is a Black Art” are things that I sometimes hear on client sites, mostly from the senior management sitting far above the CM team itself. To an experienced Configuration Manager, this statement begs two questions: “Is it true?” and “Does it matter?”
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How Many Work Hours Per Year Does An Employee Deliver?

How Many Work Hours Per Year Does An Employee Deliver? It’s an important question, but one to which too few managers know the answer. With modern automation methods it’s possible to capture some really good information about the effort involved … Continue reading

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