Author Archives: Kevin

About Kevin

In the past year Kevin has spoken at 20 conferences and seminars on a range of leading IT topics, including methodologies, business analysis, quality assurance techniques, governance, open source issues, tool interoperability, from the mainframe to distributed platforms to the web and mobile and embedded systems. He is a much sought after speaker, recognized around the world for his provocative and entertaining style. Kevin is a 30 year industry veteran, holder of three technology patents and today is VP and Chief Evangelist at leading Application Development vendor Serena Software. He started his career as a software developer and rose to lead the engineering team as VP of R&D at Serena Software, a role he held for 8 years. In the past five years he has been crossing the globe and has met with over 4,000 people. At Serena he works closely with industry analysts, the press, customers, partners and employees to exchange ideas about industry direction and business issues. Today he is leading the Value Engineering initiative at Serena bringing measurable benefits to their customers. He was born and educated in the UK and lives on a boat on the San Francisco Bay and works in Redwood City California.

There once was a traveler named Wright

There once was a traveler named Wright, Who traveled much faster than light. He set off one day, In a “relative” way, And returned the previous night. – James Thurber (I think). What decisions would we make if we could … Continue reading

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The CIO is dead! Long live the CIO!

More from the debate over at BPM.com. Processes and data are engine and fuel of business. An engine without fuel is will take us nowhere. Unburned fuel is just energy hanging around with nothing to do. Process without data … … Continue reading

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The beatings will continue until morale improves

An interesting debate is going on over at BPM.com over a comment I made a couple of weeks ago about what processes should, and should not, be automated. I keep going back to job titles. How many Directors actually direct, … Continue reading

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Colossal data

Palaeontologists glean the workings of ancient ecosystems from a single fossilized leaf.  Archaeologists derive whole civilizations from a fragment of a tooth and a few charred animal bones. Astronomers track down our planetary cousins from the periodic twinkle of a … Continue reading

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Rotten Burroughs

To be a civil servant in 7th century China one had to pass The Imperial  Examination. This exam was designed to identify which candidates had achieved the required academic and level and to determine who had the temperament and dedication … Continue reading

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