Archive for the ‘ IT Service Management’ Category

Searching for the Holy Grail

Ever since I started deploying enterprise system management (ESM) solutions the Holy Grail has been finding a methodology for Rapid Deployment. Twenty to twenty-five years ago a typical project would not be counted in days or hours but months and years. I spent a pleasant 9 months in Frankfurt deploying Tivoli and when I left […]

Danshari – The age of minimalist monitoring

Danshari is a Japanese concept meaning to declutter. It is formed of 3 ideograms (断捨離), meaning “refuse”, “dispose” and “separate”. I’m reading a book at the moment called Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki in which he shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement […]

You’ve moved your service desk to the cloud now what about your monitoring tools?

For the last 20 years one of the most common requests that I have received at Orb Data is to perform an integration of the IBM monitoring tools with the customer’s service desk. When we first started the company in 1998 this was almost uniquely Remedy Action Request System (ARS) however at some point in […]

Setting up PowerShell discoveries with TADDM

With the release of TADDM 7.3.0.2 came the ability to perform Windows discoveries with PowerShell instead of WMI. In comparison with WMI a PowerShell session sends fewer requests to access target systems, which in turn reduces the number of events that are logged. In addition if you use SSL it should also be more secure. […]

Is your company ready for GDPR?

Time to GDPRCountdown Data protection has become a big issue over the last few years and as a result the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is becoming increasingly aggressive with its fines for DPA related offences. In 2010 there were just 2 fines totalling £160,000 but so far this year (up to August 2017) there […]