Author: Kevin McNamee

Business Process Modelling with BPMN

Having moved away from software development and design and more towards management of IT processes and services, I have found that Business Process Modelling is more applicable than UML to describing the kinds of processes I am encountering. This is not surprising, as UML is more IT-centric and I needed more flexibility to capture the realities…

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Retro games

So I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 and installed an OpenELEC’s implementation of Kodi, the media centre application. This would finally replace my Windows Media Center (WMC) PC that I’d mothballed some time ago. Back then I had decided to convert my DVDs into ISOs in order to capture any extra stuff that came with…

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What is an IT Manager?

About five months ago, just before Christmas I started looking for a new job. I was working as IT Manager and find this type of role very enjoyable with the combination of strategic and operative responsibilities. I have a very broad IT background from smaller companies (<100 employees) with a focus on process development and…

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A year with OneDrive for Business

As a completely cloud-based organisation, there was no backup service in place, but instead an ad hoc Dropbox solution was used to store files off-site. Each user simply created a free personal account which usually had sufficient capacity for most users. It was time to migrate to something better: OneDrive for Business, the final piece…

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Cloudily

So where are we today? Well, just about everything can be done in the cloud nowadays. At least, there are SaaS services available that offer standard functionality to support most business processes. And then there are all the integration possibilities both between services (e.g. data-mining) and with business specific solutions (e.g. via Force.com or some…

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Dimensioning database storage

When building a database system with servers and disk arrays, it is not immediately obvious how to best utilize the available drive bays to create an optimised database storage setup. Let’s look at some requirements. Requirements The biggest considerations when selecting a storage solution are: High-availability (HA): the system must fail gracefully not catastrophically. This means…

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