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August 29, 2020  

Digital Transformation & Selling The Value of IT

Digital Transformation Won't Come Until You Can Sell The Value of IT or...

...Unless a Global Pandemic Gets the Job Done For You

Bryan Blount and The Most Bearded Man in Telecom discuss:

  • The Digital Transformation in Education
  • IT Reluctance... 
  • Keeping the lights on
  • Ticket Takers
  • IT Middle Management...
  • Cant' empathize & can't sell
  • How should humanoids communicate with IT?
  • 4 Point Purchasing: (Strategic Alignment - Increasing Value - Cost Control - Risk Management)
May 5, 2020  

Nerds Now Normal

How is it that technology leaders,

top coders,

network jockeys,

and security freaks of

nature aren’t ruling the world?

... or are they?

Maybe it’s because the sales guys

Arrogantly refuse to use the CRM

What’s a database anyways

Nathan Jewett and I address some of the gaps holding back technology leaders... and tackle the following:

Juggling Multiple Stakeholders and competing investors while keeping the sanity of the development team

How to measure the strategic value of IT?

Lowering investment risk and increasing the speed to market

If you want to be the best in the world how can you allow your sales culture to fail to embrace the CRM?

BBS Messaging Boards

Nerd Agile Biology

Handsets and old switching technology

Much much more...

April 30, 2020  

CIO Straight Jacket: Disproportionate responsibility levels

The CIO Straight Jacket comes with disproportionate responsibility levels

Are you dealing with a whole lot of IT responsibility

and getting not a whole lot of authority?

What's up with that?

How does such a thing happen?


Everyone looks to IT to save the world, fix broken, make IT happen, protect us, coddle us, answer all our questions at the drop of a hat, and

even drive the company's security policy posture .. protection

pragmatic digital transformation

driving the business forward to appease stock holders, investors, and

all responsibility and blame lies on you.

So why don't you get the money?

Doug Berry - The IT Guy who helped bring rental bikes to London and I talk about some of these life-altering subjects on this episode of Dissecting Popular IT Nerds:

  • The increasing Challenges of the straight-jacked CIO

  • High level responsibility disproportionate to the level of authority

  • What to do when people make technology requests that don't match budgeted dollars.

  • How to Influence Spend and Security Standards

  • Decision Design Direction, avoiding double spending, and shadow IT

  • The love of my life: Technical Writing

April 23, 2020  

Pandemic is exposing IT

Michael Archuleta is one of the most decorated #CIOs in the #healthcare industry and on this show talk about one of the most explosive changes happening in the healthcare industry throughout the world right.... as you read this.

Michael is a digital transformation leader, a force multiplier in the healthcare space, and a future visionary solving... preventing... a healthcare digital transformation crisis (or should I say opportunity) ahead of us.

IT Leaders right now are literally saving lives by creating amazing efficiencies from Telehealth to (may I be so bold to say) stopping people from hacking your loved one's pace-maker.

This episode is not just a healthcare episode... it is a sounding board for IT Leaders to learn and ask,

"What message should my organization (my technology team) be constantly delivering?"

The biggest historical change is happening right now in the digital world.

How the Pandemic Crisis is exposing the value of IT in the healthcare industry and the benefits of #Telehealth and the efficiencies being gained is more than significant for all leaders within the modern world.

Michael Archuleta:

2020 Hospital and health system CIOs to know
2019 CIO of the Year Nominee
2019 Healthcare's Most Wired Award
2019 hospital and health system CIOs
2018 Healthcare's Most Wired Award

April 22, 2020  

Beyond Storage, Compute, Network

On this Episode of Dissecting Popular IT Nerds,

Jonathan Clark and Phil Howard Discuss:

  • Pandemic Holes: Lync Server 2013 to Teams Over the Weekend
  • Home User Internet Connections
  • 1994 Building a Pentium at 9yrs old
  • Do you have the knowledge base to hire
  • Do you know how and who to hire.
  • Intel to AMD
  • Measuring Productivity Increases
  • From 30-60 second wait times to instant access
  • Measuring Productivity on 500 Users
  • Backup Remote Access Systems
April 17, 2020  

Hyper-converged leading & putting technology where it doesn’t need to exist.

Non-visceral IT decision/direction: Are you waiting for nodes to die?

SAN controllers, multiple compute hosts, networking fabrics, top rack switching, flattening things down into series of nodes, storage architecture, data architecture, all the important management layers.... shrinking everything down into a few U...

Smaller footprints, cooling, energy, and fewer management points...

Deep simple problem solving and are we solving problems we don't need to solve... are we wasting time, money, resources... for no good reason.

Coffee pods, getting high, net nannies, and self full-filling self-created problems

This is a deep thought provoking show or...

I was just high.

Interested in a Nutanix hyper-converged solution ... turned up in a DataCenter of choice? Happy to make the introduction and help get you some agnostic pricing and engineering.

April 9, 2020  

The Houston-Italian-Stallion

The Houston-Italian-Stallion (Pierluigi Stella) came here in 1999 and after cursing his son for leaving the house and making him quarantine himself we have an amazing conversation about:

The reality of the Coronavirus and what is apparent

The world cup, the mafia, and why has America invented almost everything.

We learn by getting kicked in the face.

The computer is not broken, the people are broken.

What if we lose out people... what if our people can't get to the company?

400 VPNs overnight

The perfect opportunity

Why get out of bed in the morning?

Is your company as secure as a bank's security?

Who do you surround yourself with?

Unemployed and grateful

Schedule a quarterly business review with me and my team: https://infusionsoft.app/booking/philhoward/strategy-call

April 3, 2020  

Big Red IT Flags Showing Up

1/3 of Americans DO NOT take their vacation days... look at us now!

I did this show with Michael Horn pre-apocalypse

We talked about mandatory Vacations and how they prevent Collusion

So I have a few questions,

Has working from home revealed any holes in your network?

Or has it revealed people that have been robbing the company?

Anyone been cooking the books?

This is a perfect time to find people that have been robbing the company... as horrible as that sounds, its true.

But it’s also a time to cross-train employees...

It’s a time to enable and identify new leaders....

Who is stepping up right now?

Who is doing nothing?

Michael Horn (IT Director at First Mile), and I discussed all of this... ironically weeks ago.

  • Are you just another number?
  • I run a meritocracy
  • Unlimited PTO versus 9-5
  • Get the job done well versus show up as a body...
  • And who is Tom Brady?
  • Yada yada yada
March 25, 2020  

DORK Trace & Poking holes in your network

My wife (aka end-user) looked up at the ceiling last night and said, “What’s that?”

We were standing in my home office where the ceiling had just been repainted.

For years it was like most ceilings...

Smudges here and there

Never been tended to in years.

Now it was a smooth uniform white, except for one little convex area as round as the lip of a coffe mug.

It only appeared after everything had been painted.

Meaning... it was there before, but couldn’t be seen until everything was white... then the shadows appeared

Kind of like shadow IT appearing when you go put in the effort to unify all your applications, tools, and resources.

“I don’t know what that is,” I said.

So I pulled up a chair and stood up to touch it.

Just the lightest pressure applied sent my finger through the ceiling

Cracking the egg-shelled white ceiling paint... Drywall falling to the floor... followed by black speckled particles.


My whole hand easily penetrated the ceiling... fingers pulling down soaked and molded plaster-board.

I’m sure you can imagine the rest of the story.

Point is... how many holes do we have in our network.

How many holes have we painted over and would rather leave it looking newly painted?

Me? I got out the saw... cut all the sheetrock... went upstairs to find the leaking tub drain and ...

Installed an access panel.

Now Im trying to get high on caffein and breathing in fresh Kilz oil-based primer... while writing you this.

What you're about to hear is one of the best shows I’ve done with a security vendor yet... I'll let you judge the solution.

I’ve been somewhat of a fan of Dark Trace for awhile and haven’t found a competitor until I ran into this nerd Pete Nicoletti.

He was hacked years ago before “Dell had pimples”

Traced the guy down

Had him arrested him,

And put away.

He has never lost to Dark Trace... who he calls “Dork Trace”

Has taken meantime to detection from 197days to 200 milliseconds

And meantime to repair from 76days to less than a day.

In short he finds more hidden weaknesses and holes in your walls faster

and he fixes holes in a day

before you’re (unbeknown to you) rotting foundation collapses
in on itself....

leaving nothing but a pile of worthless black mold once called a company

Spotlights of failure on you

Tarnishing your already weak and laughable career

Spotlights of failure on you standing in your batman underwear on the stage of corporate IT.

Code this in log analytics inside AD notes next to the out of order...

Out-of-line behavior logs.

Listen here... its a good one

March 18, 2020  

CISO: pessimistic people running money wasting departments

The Coronavirus Episodes are Coming, but first

Let's talk about a millennial accountant turned to Security

A real life cinderella story without the old CISO crones

... so clearly there must be some value in security

There must be some money worth spending

And of course it must be left up to a Millennial

Because old dudes in security are too crotchety

They are too negative... and beat up... and paid too much

Just move them onto the next job

where they can uncle fester for 2 years

Straight up, CISOs are pessimistic people that run

money wasting departments

So an accountant tuned security guy is the perfect match, because such a person can prove what a

waste of money security is... right?

Grab your torches and pitchforks...

Who cares who clicked on the no click report

You're a small fish anyways and no one cares

about hacking you.... just outsource the responsibility.

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