Wow! the IT Skeptic now available as podcasts!

In response to user demand, the IT Skeptic is podcasting a series of the articles from the blog, on ITIL.

Future series will cover CMDB and IT in general.

a lot of motherhood considerations presented as a model

Look at this. Pure gold skepticism - a man after me own heart

the key problem with ITIL is that it is a lot of motherhood considerations presented as a model.

Look, I’m all in favor of delivering IT as a service. However, ITIL doesn’t show us the way to get there. It just describes, often airily, why service orientation is good and how, non-specifically, we get to service nirvana. Mostly, it is common sense, but with no implementation plan.

what gives with Jakarta as a hotbed of ITIL interest? and itSMF in Japan?

This cool new tool from Google makes clear the rising tide of interest in ITIL.

But what gives with Jakarta as a hotbed of ITIL interest? [Updated: oh dear! apparently an itil is bahasa slang for a certain portion of female anatomy]

Meanwhile the Japanese are going noddy over the itSMF

10 other things you should know about ITIL

TechRepublic posted a fairly inane "10 Things you should know about ITIL", so here are the IT Skeptic's 10 other things you should know about ITIL:

Ask your vendor what they mean by ITIL compliant

Some time next year the IT Skeptic will do a full list of ITIL compliance criteria, but for now check out this article for some ITIL questions to make your prospective vendor squirm

SLAs undermine business alignment

With the exception of outsourcers, IT departments are not a distinct business inside the business, and they should not behave like one. We are all on the same team, so we should be working in a spirit of trust and collaboration. SLAs introduce an adversarial formal negotiated relationship which is inappropriate when two units of the same organisation interact.

ITIL reduces costs by up to 48% - another crap factoid to beware of

Time and again the analysts come up with these numbers using totally unscientific methods and before you know it they are gospel and popping up everywhere like bird flu. I'm not sure who's worse; the snake oil salesmen who invent them or the gullible twerps who repeat them.

ooh I got all excited when I read this question in an article on InfoWorld:

1. What can I do with ITIL that I couldn’t do before?

And the answer is......

The madness mounts. When will the CMDB reality check come?

Dennis Deane, head of program management in Europe for Scottsdale, Ariz.-based delivery company DHL...
"In order to really implement a good CMDB, the team has to get granular with the information," Deane says. This translates into working with individual CIs and entering them manually into the database. "Every laptop and registration number has to get into the program somehow."

a more skeptical attitude toward IT is the right one to have

Nicholas Carr touched off a heated debate on the role of information technology in business with the publication in 2003 of his Harvard Business Review article "IT Doesn't Matter" ...
"In this era, a more skeptical attitude toward IT is the right one to have"

How to contribute to ITIL

You have several easy options to choose from:
1. Be an author. Wait 3-5 years for the next ITIL Refresh. Tender for one of the books. Be one of about a dozen people worldwide to win a tender. Devote a year of your life to writing a book.
2. Know an author. Get networking now: you have 3-5 years to guess who the next ones will be and get into their professional circle. Then persuade them your idea is better than theirs.
3. Contact OGC to tell them you have some content to contribute. There is no documented process to do this, not any advertised contact point, but OGC are British government bureaucrats so you should find them helpful and communicative if you just send stuff off to any old address you can find. Once you have their attention, they will put you in touch with the next authors. See 2 above.
4. Forget it.

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