itSMF Ireland 2019 Speaker Announcement: Mark O’Loughlin to address the question “Hey, where has all our IT gone?”

Organisations are continuing to move more and more of their IT services into the cloud, shifting various elements of their back-end IT infrastructure, systems, applications and IT services.

In simplistic terms, cloud computing and cloud-based services are just another form of outsourcing with a shift in the current IT supply chain model.

With the increase in outsourcing to the cloud, is it likely that organisations will wake up one day and ask the question – Hey, Where Has All Our IT Gone? … and what does that mean for IT professionals?

Join us for an informative session where this question will be addressed. Mark will explore the disruptive nature of cloud computing and outline what this means for those involved in running IT services today.

Mark will also provide three critical findings and insights from the 2019 Digital Skills Survey from the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) which is being released in September 2019.

In addition, at the end of the session, delegates will be shown how to access a free, simple and effective readiness assessment from the CCC in conjunction with the Innovation Value Institute (IVI).

See you there.

Mark O’Loughlin
Managing Director & Owner,
Red Circle Strategies

A recognised thought leader in IT service management, cloud computing and digital, Mark is a published author, educator, speaker, consultant, managing director and owner of consulting firm Red Circle Strategies.

Mark is also Managing Director of the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) which is enabling digital ready professionals and organisations by providing vendor-neutral certification for IT professionals including Cloud, Big Data, and IoT.

REGISTER NOW to attend itSMF 2019!

The Annual IT Service Management conference will take place in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin on Friday 20 September 2019. This year’s theme is ‘Service Management in the Digital Age’.

Visit the conference website for more details about the event:

An Ode to Cloud

It is Poetry Day Ireland today, so I thought I would get into the spirit of things.

An Ode to Cloud

There was a time; when clouds were near
rain would follow, soon to clear.
With resource-pooling; clouds grew bigger;
Self-serving themselves with a snigger.

The clouds you see race through the sky
meeting planes as they fly by.

Clouds of old just want to rain
on our heads and down the drain.
The dark grey clouds cast out the light,
while wispy ones they just take flight.

The clouds you see race through the sky
meeting planes as they fly by.

But when it’s dry and thirst arrives,
that is when things get contrived.
“Please just rain”; we command.
But alas; not on-demand.

The clouds you see race through the sky
meeting planes as they fly by.

Clouds today are internet bred.
A mix of public, private, hybrid.
Do clouds today seem less complex?
And more elastic when run on OPEX?

The clouds you see race through the sky
meeting planes as they fly by.

(We did this before but is was too good not to repost).

Delivering Keynote.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th, I will be delivering the opening keynote at this event focusing on all things related to digital technologies, organisation change, leadership, upskilling and a look at “Where Has All The IT Gone?”  – and why.

The event is lookg at driving organisational & service improvement using Cloud. Blockchain, Analytics and AI.

Looking forward to talking more about Blockchain with Caterina Rosander and joining the  panel discussion with Gemma Pezet MCIM  Sarah Lyle Alex Love   And a big thank you to Neil Beasley for organising the event.

BTW – I might just have a surprise or five on the day for some lucky attendees!

The event is free to attend and is at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery. The event is from 1.00pm – 5.00pm.


Dublin Tech Summit – Working hard with Oracle

The Cloud Credential Council doing some preparation with Caterina Rosander at the Dublin Tech Summit for a number of upcoming Oracle Customer events.

Thanks to David O’Coimin for providing the hashtag#Nook for the day. They are like an ‘oasis of tranquillity’ at large events.

Did you know … Cloud Credential Council speak and keynote at many events throughout the year. We provide a vendor-neutral view of the current digital world and promote how to enable IT professionals and organisations become digital ready … so ask yourself hashtag#rudigitalready?

Mark and Caterina plotting for next week’s Oracle Keynote and Customer Event