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David Norfolk, BSc, CEng, MBCS, CITP, ARPS is practice leader with responsibility for development and governance at Bloor Research International. He is on the committee of the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group.
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So you think you know all about configuration management

David Norfolk is practice leader with responsibility for development and governance at Bloor Research International. He is on the committee of the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group. Last month El Reg published an article by me that introduces the concepts of configuration management. You can read it here. In this …
David Norfolk, 18 Sep 2013
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Config management: Enemy of agile approach or the reason it WORKS?

David Norfolk is practice leader with responsibility for development and governance at Bloor Research International. He is on the committee of the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group. Configuration management (CM) is the management of configuration items (CIs), which are the things that you care about, the things that …
David Norfolk, 22 Aug 2013
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Tool time: Implementing configuration management, properly

Configuration Management (CM) isn't just about IT, but in the space I have, I want to look at some issues around implementing an IT CM solution. To start with, people often overlook the fact that IT is a fashion industry - but fashion isn't a very good driver for choosing tools that may be critical to your business. The most …
David Norfolk, 31 Jul 2013
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Service Design - ITIL v3

Book review We recently reviewed Service Strategy, the first book in the latest refresh of ITIL – the IT Infrastructure Library. This time, we are looking at Service Design, the next book, which starts to look at the practicalities of integrating IT into the business. Note: not "aligning IT with the business" any more. The world has moved …
David Norfolk, 10 Oct 2007

Editors' Farewell

Well, from the start of October, we hand over Reg Developer to Gavin Clarke, who's a Register employee (we were freelance) and works from California, where he sits at the development tools coalface and gets first crack at the news. Be kind to him. It's been fun; we have immense respect for the team writing we built up for Reg …

Configuration management: a guru speaks

Seminar We make no secret of the fact that Configuration Management (CM) is fundamental to IT governance generally [declaration of interest: which is why the author of this piece is on the committee of the BCS Configuration Management Specialist Group (CMSG)]. But even in the CMSG, people do not always agree on exactly what CM is - and …
David Norfolk, 20 Sep 2007
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Service Strategy

"Service Strategy" is part of ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library), which is one of the, perhaps surprising, success stories of UK government computing. Originally, ITIL was a set of Operations-oriented “good practices” for IT Service Management: a non-prescriptive guide to the best way of doing things, backed up with ISO 20000 …
David Norfolk, 10 Sep 2007
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State of the ALM art

Interview I've been an enthusiast for ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) since the days of AD Cycle in the 1980s – but I can't help noticing that universal adoption still seems to be some way off. Perhaps it's the "hero culture" we have in IT: the ALM promises of "getting it right first time, good alignment with the business and no …
David Norfolk, 11 Aug 2007
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So you want to be a Teradata specialist?

Many aspiring IT professionals look for career safety with mass-market technology. However, there’s also a secure career in specialist technology, as long as your chosen vendor doesn’t become complacent. So, as an example, we asked a Teradata specialist about the possibilities of a career with his specialist technology. Similar …
David Norfolk, 7 Aug 2007
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Codice Software shows off new SCM tool

There seems to be a bit of excitement in the ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) world just now. As we predicted, the big boys are fleshing out their offerings by acquisition – and exciting new products are appearing. At a recent BCS CMSG gathering, we were rather taken by the intriguingly-named Plastic SCM (Software …
David Norfolk, 30 Jul 2007
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Of automated test case management

We recently published an article on all-pairs testing (read it here) by Keith Vanden Eynden of Seapine Software, in which he was enjoined not to “push” Seapine’s tools. Nevertheless, Seapine’s TestTrack TCM tool is still an interesting product, accessible to the smaller business, so we asked Keith about using it in practice – …
David Norfolk, 22 Jul 2007
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Trolltech pushes Qtopia and Qt

Editors' Blog I'm just contemplating my notes from a roundtable hosted by Trolltech product director Naren Karattup, entitled Unleashing the creative power of the developer – you unleash wild animals, don't you? I think I'm bit nervous. What's interesting about Trolltech, apart from its cross-platform development tools, is its dual-licensing …
David Norfolk, 17 Jul 2007
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Electric Cloud creating a Build storm

Interview Electric Cloud supplies software to speed up the Build process that's such an important part of modern "agile" software delivery. It uses a sophisticated approach to running the components of a Build in parallel. And now the company is in Europe. Photo of Andrew Patterson, European business director at Electric Cloud. As …
David Norfolk, 5 Jul 2007
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Another damned thick survey

There are two sorts of people in the world: those that divide the world into two sorts of people and those that don..... No, those who measure what they do; and those (probably a larger group) who trust to luck and public opinion and love the dangerous life. I think the first group should be running businesses people (customers …
David Norfolk, 2 Jul 2007
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A Mariner from Serena

Ever since I first read Geoff Reiss’ Programme Management Demystified, I’ve felt there was something wrong with most conventional approaches to IT project management – most IT projects aren’t discrete units of work but share resources (including people) with other projects - including past projects, now in “maintenance”. And, …
David Norfolk, 21 Jun 2007
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CruiseControl builds for the Enterprise

If there is one concept that is central to the Agile development process, it's probably Continuous Build. Although small projects can rely on manual builds, automation is the key to using Agile for ever larger projects. If you're into Open Source, as many Agile developers are, one continuous build tool of choice is …
David Norfolk, 20 Jun 2007
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Data modelling layers: do you wanna get logical or physical

Interview In the bad old days we used to progress from "current physical" to "current logical" models. We then used to transform the "current logical" to the "new logical" – and about then the deadline cut in and we scurried about hacking the code for the new system which is about as "new physical" as you can get. No wonder the agile …
David Norfolk, 14 Jun 2007
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What's the future of the UK IT industry?

Developing the Future Developing The Future is an annual report from Microsoft and various industry partners, which looks at the UK software development industry in the context of the UK economy as a whole. The 2007 report is sponsored by City University, London; the British Computer Society, and Intellect (the trade association for the UK hi-tech …
David Norfolk, 9 Jun 2007
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ITIL v3 is go

After three years gestation, the UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) yesterday gave birth to ITIL version 3. ITIL's friends promptly held a launch party in London to celebrate. Once upon a time, ITIL was merely an acronym for the IT Infrastructure Library. But now it is a “brand” for IT service delivery and represents an …
David Norfolk, 6 Jun 2007

Perforce collaborates with open source

Editors' Blog Subversion is a very popular open source Software Configuration Management (SCM) tool and I've heard someone unkind say "Perforce is good too, but it's just like paying for Subversion when you don't need to". This paragraph already opens up several cans of worms: are these tools really "configuration management" or simply " …
David Norfolk, 5 Jun 2007
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A primer on SOA governance

Interview TIBCO's Stefan Farestam talks with Reg Developer about the ground rules of SOA governance. What do you understand by SOA governance? Surely, it's just a question of corporate governance generally – automated business processes should be subject to the same controls as are applied to any business process? Picture of Stefan …
David Norfolk, 25 May 2007
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Editor's blog The British Computer Society Configuration Management special interest group (the BCS CMSG) has rather an oxymoronic name perhaps - who's interested in CM? Well, I am. I was interested enough to go to its bi-annual conference last week, and so, probably, is anyone actually involved in doing CM. CM can be defined as: "The …
David Norfolk, 25 May 2007

Microsoft's Somasegar shares his vision for Visual Studio

Whatever you think of Microsoft, it's clear that it produces excellent developer tools, which are extremely popular with its customers. We're talking about Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) here, and its next two incarnations, codenamed Orcas and Rosario (see Gavin Clarke's article here). However, Microsoft is sometimes …
David Norfolk, 23 May 2007
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The MiFID opportunity

You can say one thing for a business disaster these days: it's usually a lucrative "opportunity" for IT people. The next such opportunity is going to be MiFID – the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which goes live in November 2007. MiFID affects only a subset of UK companies, those in financial services (check out …
David Norfolk, 16 May 2007
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Are you virtually safe in virtual worlds?

Editor's blog We all know about the risk of identity theft in the real world, or we should know about it. But what about the virtual world? Holger Wandt of Human Inference, a specialist in natural language processing to remove errors and duplicates from real world datasets, recently raised an interesting question concerning personal …
David Norfolk, 14 May 2007

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