Why the IT Skeptic site exists

Since the IT Skeptic is banging on about transparency, I thought a disclosure of this site's motivations might be in order. There is an agenda here which, whilst not hidden, has not been discussed.

I want to be an internet entrepreneur. In the past 18 months I have been on a tremendous learning curve to acquire all the social, business and technical knowledge and skills required to do this.

itSMF global members/sponsors: dropping your pants is not a good business model

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One correction to my recent itSMF revenue guesstimates. There are currently six global members (read: sponsors) not eight [and now this article is corrected again: there are SIX not five. Will the global sponsors please stand still... no my error this time].

I had a woo woo moment when I saw this - I could have sworn there were eight there when I looked the other day. It could be that it was updated very recently or it could be we see what we expect to see.

Thank heavens for Google cache: I'm not going potty.

ITIL V3 Certification points system: the magic number 21.5

[This post is out-dated now: see here for the latest news on certification.]

Many readers will be aware that the new ITIL Version 3 certification scheme requires 22 points for a Diploma (the old masters'/managers' certification). So what a surprise that V2 Service Manager plus Bridge course end up with a score of 21.5.

Financial transparency of the itSMF: let's have some.

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The IT Skeptic estimates itSMF International, the "not-for-profit" governing body separate from the 40+ local chapters but owned by the members, turns over somewhere approaching a million dollars annually. They do this without any public reporting of their finances, as far as I can tell.

My first ITIL spam. ITSM is going to the dogs.

As one more item in the growing pile of evidence that the ITIL community has become the ITIL industry - that professional decorum is giving way to avarice - I just received my first ITIL spam. Whilst it makes a change from modifying my reproductive capabilities, it is none the less spam, and the fact that it comes from a reputable company is all the more disappointing.

The CMDB Federation lumbers on

For those of you who have been losing sleep over it, latests news on the CMDB Federation has it inching towards a standard for CMDB federation. [Go on, click the Federation link: kinda says it all really]. According to one HP developer's blog, the group has moved beyond UML to XML and are now coding in preparation for an "interop" when they will test their tools together. They should sell tickets. I for one would pay to see BMC, CA, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and Microsoft all discussing who is out of synch if it doesn't work.

Antonio Valle Salas's Mystery of the 1.1.1 Deleted - was ITIL once "public domain"?

Now here's a thing. A reader has uncovered a most interesting deletion from the ITIL V2 Service Support book.

itSMF UK CEO discusses itSMF on the IT Skeptic's blog - come read and participate

Keith AldisThis is much too important to leave buried in the comments on this blog where only some readers venture: the CEO of itSMF UK, Keith Aldis, and a number of my readers are currently debating the purpose and governance of itSMF. Come read the discussion and contribute if you wish.

The itSMF does not exists to represent the interests of its members - they say so themselves

Look, let's get this clear once and for all: the itSMF does not exists to represent the interests of its members. Many people seem to be under that illusion. I have said this before: the itSMF is not an ITSM practitioners' society, despite the "forum" in its name. Its purpose is not to give the ITSM community a voice, or to represent or certify ITSM professionals (though I think it should be). Read the itSMFI website.
In the old days the itSMFI website actually had a page describing itSMF and ITSM. it said:

The little spot of bother at the itSMF USA

The little spot of bother at the itSMF USA is in the public domain now. The good news is that the Board acknowledge there might be an issue here and it bears looking into. The bad news is they chose ITIL's big party day to do so.

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