I have slipped into dream mode. Not sleep dreams but dream mode where ideas are born. Where the innovation happens... and it's happening right now...the idea is big, It's bold, and it's brave. But above all it's plain simple - like most great ideas. I'm now excited about the potential.
Ever dreamt. Ever woke. No matter. Try again. Dream again. Dream better.
Internet of Things Foundation (Vendor Neutral) - Product Launch
We are almost there. After all the hard work in bringing Internet of Things Foundation to life (with many thanks to all who worked so hard on this) we are launching on Thursday 22nd February. Did I say I am excited - I did!!
Register here for Thursdays Webinar
The last number of years has seen an explosion in the popularity and adoption of the DevOps movement and its ways. I have had various dealings with 'things of a DevOps nature' through a number of different opportunities, channels and requests.
One thing which has always struck me is how challenging it can be, and still is, for organisations to adopt DevOps ways into their work practices. Some commentators I come across claim this is madness and DevOps just works for all organisations, large and small. it just makes sense, it delivers real value and ... (so forth).
I agree with all of the benefits of DevOps. I agree organisations need to look at DevOps and see where it will (not can) add value. I will not argue against that. However, I also see many organisations struggling to adopt DevOps and adapt current ways of working to fit the ways / principles / philosophies / cultural aspects of DevOps. In other cases I see DevOps in use - but in an isolated manner, not integrated into the end-to-end IT workings. So not true DevOps in-place. Perhaps more of a DevAgile-With-The-Same-Old-Ops kind of approach.
Anyway - back to organisations struggling to adopt DevOps. Are these organisations becoming the CounterCULTURE of DevOps? Why not, what with the rise of DevOps and ongoing relegation of lower velocity IT organisations.
Posting initial thoughts for now- I will come back to The CounterCULTURE of DevOps shortly.
Wow. It has been a busy start to the year, and a very busy start to my work as Managing Director at the Cloud Credential Council (CCC). Meeting and talking with the global team and our customers has already provided valuable feedback and inspiration. More on all this another day.
In other news - I am taking a day off. Kind-of. More like a day out I think.
Recently Emma Bergin, Conference Director for the UCC Commerce Society, got in touch to invite me to speak at this year’s conference.
First off, to provide some secrets of success (now where did I hide those).
Secondly, to provide relevancy regarding this new cloud and digital enabled world which our bright future graduates should / need to consider - in their own words ‘As business students, we are aware that high levels of proficiency in technology are becoming less of an extra skill and more of a necessity to succeed.’
I am told with great authority that the conference has, for some time, been regarded as one of the best student led Business Conferences in Ireland. The exceptional calibre of past speakers who have addressed the event include Eamonn Quinn, Investor on RTE’s Dragon’s Den; Patrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore; Kenny Jacobs, CMO of Ryanair, Deirdre Somers, Chief Exec of the ISE, and Gina London, Emmy winning CNN veteran anchor and keynote speaker, to name a few.
On the 8th of February 2018, the UCC Commerce Society is hosting its 36th Annual Business Conference in Vertigo, Floor 17 of Cork County Hall. The theme of the conference this year is 'Secrets Of Success'. Every year, across Ireland, many students graduate with BComm or other business degrees. However, only a select few will make it to the top! As students, we are all aspiring to achieve success- whatever form it may take. We would be honoured to hear your “Secrets Of Success”.
So, I am taking a day off. Kind-of. More like a day out to meet and talk with the future graduates who help underpin the success of this country, business friends and acquaintances and also academics from UCC.
Looking forward to meeting everyone in The Rebel county next week. I am both honoured and privileged.
I am very excited to share this news and to take on the role of MD at the Cloud Credential Council (CCC). Read below for more details.
The Board of Directors of the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark O’Loughlin as Managing Director, effective immediately.
Mark O’Loughlin brings 20 years’ experience in the IT industry to the CCC, most recently as Managing Director of consulting firm Red Circle Strategies and previously as Head of Advisory, Consulting, and Training with a focus on business development, sales, marketing, service delivery and customer service.
“I am delighted to join the executive leadership team at the CCC. I look forward to driving and expanding the CCC’s global portfolio of vendor-neutral training and educational products, examinations and certifications while supporting our extensive global partner and client network. I am also looking forward to driving innovations into the marketplace through the CCC, and expanding how the CCC can help organizations succeed in delivering their business goals by using the latest digital capabilities, emerging technologies and new-world thinking” says O’Loughlin.
O’Loughlin is a recognized industry leader in the field of IT management and cloud computing. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Red Circle Strategies which specializes in providing advisory, consulting, training and management services to business and IT organizations, with a focus on innovation and embracing digital disruption.
Author of two books, O’Loughlin has written ‘Professional Cloud Service Manager (PCSM),’ one of the core certifications provided by the CCC and ‘The Service Catalog’ published as part of the ITSM Best-Practice library. Mark is a professional keynote speaker, regularly asked to speak at conferences and events. Mark is a former director at itSMF Ireland, a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society (FICS) and was one of the first people to be globally awarded the ITIL® Master accreditation.
Sukhbir Jasuja, Chairman, CCC and CEO, ITpreneurs, commented “Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the CCC. His appointment reflects the ambition of the Board of the CCC to grow our portfolio and support our partners and customer community. On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Mark to the CCC.”
...And some thoughts...
Can't keep a lid on it much longer...
The cohort of professionals who have attended my personal Professional Cloud Service Manager (PCSM) training sessions will have been taught a very simple lesson in this new digital / cloud world. And it is this simple lesson - READ THE CONTRACT...
... or else you might be surprised at a later date what terms and conditions you signed up to. And the below example is related to just public Wi-Fi.
Honoured to be speaking at todays global webinar discussing ITSM, LEAN IT and Cloud with a fantastic panel of industry experts.
Do sign up for the live webinar, and if you can't attend - sign up anyway for the recording and watch afterwards.
An exciting webinar itSMF USA has planned for May 17th. They have organised an expert panel representing IT Service Management, Cloud Computing and the Alliance Partners from the Lean IT Association (LITA) and the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA).
Our expert panel will discuss the value of their individual portfolio’s while at the same time how ITSM, DevOps, Lean IT and Cloud are all essential elements for organisations looking to transform their business models. The webinar is on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM EDT – 4:30 CEST. I will be conducting the interviews with our distinguished panel, which will include:
- Robert Stroud, well-known itSMF USA contributor, Forrester Analyst, and ITSM SME represents ITSM and the itSMF on our Expert Panel.
- Mark O’Loughlin, author of the ITSM and Cloud Service Manager Course for the Cloud Credential Council, will champion the discussion on the role and importance of Cloud and Cloud Service Management.
- Mike Orzen, the Father of Lean IT, will discuss how Lean principles is as relevant today to enterprise IT, as it was when the automotive and manufacturing industries went through their own transformational journeys.
- Troy DuMoulin, well known and respected VP of Research and Development for Pink Elephant will represent the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) and will discuss why investing in building in high-performance IT teams that possess the right skills and knowledge are critical to transforming to the new IT way of working.
Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 10:30 AM EDT – 4:30 PM CEST
Here’s the LINK to register. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2487698216507427841