Mark Smalley

Mark Smalley, also known as The IT Paradigmologist, thinks, writes and speaks extensively about IT 'paradigms' – in other words our changing perspectives on IT. His current interests are the digital enterprise, IT operating models, value of IT, business-IT relationships, co-creation of value, multidisciplinary collaboration, working with complexity, and as the overarching theme, management of information systems in general. Mark is an IT Management Consultant at Smalley.IT and Ambassador at the ASL BiSL Foundation. Mark has spoken at 100+ events in 20+ countries.

Latest from Mark Smalley

  • IT Architecture – is it just an Illusion?

    IT Architecture – is it just an Illusion?

    The role of architecture in IT When you are considering IT Architecture I don’t think that anybody would argue with the statements that: Requirements are the input for design activities that result in a design of an Object Design is the input for construction activities that result in an Object that conforms to Requirements But
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  • DevOps is Fun But Non-Functional

    DevOps is Fun But Non-Functional

    Please don’t throw things at me! It sounds a bit odd but I’ve come to the conclusion that DevOps is fun but non-functional. Before you start throwing rotten tomatoes at me, as was the case with one of my other DevOps blogs, Kill DevOps, please let me explain. There aren’t many decent definitions of DevOps
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  • DevOps Disambiguation

    DevOps Disambiguation

    DevOps is many things Being at the top of the hype-cycle, there’s lots of stuff being written about DevOps versus various standards, frameworks and religions. Most of it isn’t really helpful because the author isn’t clear about what he or she means by “DevOps”. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, yes –
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  • Devopathy – beware adding dogma to DevOps

    Devopathy – beware adding dogma to DevOps

    Devopathy is a system of alternative DevOps practice created at the top of the DevOps hype cycle by nefarious vendors and consultants, based on their doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that an approach that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy information systems would cure similar symptoms in sick
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  • DevOps – Accelerating IT Evolution

    DevOps – Accelerating IT Evolution

    Shifting tectonic IT plates This metaphor occurred to me on a recent trip to New Zealand, on the realisation that somebody made the mistake of positioning this otherwise admirable country right on top of a fault line. The Pacific plate is doing its best to push the Australian plate in a westerly direction but the
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  • Who is Your Customer?

    Who is Your Customer?

    Language is important Seemingly innocent questions can provide revealing answers. Just think about asking somebody in an IT department “Who is your customer?”. More often than not, the response will point to one or more business departments that the IT department supports. This positions the IT department as the business’ order-taker. The business demands; the
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  • A Nobel prize for IT Paradigmology

    A Nobel prize for IT Paradigmology

    In my quest for the Nobel prize for IT Paradigmology, I’ve been trying to come up with equivalent of an E=MC2 for IT. The topic that I most recently had in mind is an expression for the value that organizations get from their investments in information systems. This post takes you through my thinking and
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  • Project Output vs. Project Outcome

    Project Output vs. Project Outcome

    Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic From time to time I give a talk called ‘Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic’ for project managers. For instance, for the PMI communities in Singapore and Poland. The title is a reference to how some project managers are so focused on delivering the project output, that they neglect
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