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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Information Security is Foundational to Enterprise Risk Management
Elementary my dear Watson!  If you want effective Enterprise Risk Management, you should start with Information Security and Vulnerability Management 101.
2:54 pm pdt 

Rocket Man!
I was always a big fan of the Apollo Space Missions...perhaps you are too.

Rocket Record: The Largest, Heaviest Amateur Rocket Ever Launched

Steve Eves broke two world records Saturday, when his 1/10th scale model of the historic rocket—built in his garage near Akron, Ohio—lifted off from a field on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The 36-ft.-tall rocket was the largest amateur rocket ever launched and recovered successfully—and at 1648 pounds, also the heaviest. Eves' single-stage behemoth was powered by nine motors—eight 13,000 Newton-second N-Class motors and a 77,000 Newton-second P-Class motor. (Five Newton-seconds is equivalent to about a pound of thrust.) All told, the array generated enough force to chuck a Volkswagen more than a half-mile—and sent the Saturn V more than 4440 feet straight up. It was arguably the most audacious display of raw power ever generated by an amateur rocket.

YouTube Video of Steve Eves record launch

Complete story at Popular Mechanics Online

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Braun Tacon
8:37 am pdt 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cha, cha, Changes!...
Where I work, we are experiencing change.  Some good, some not so good.  Life is about change.

Change is manageable though.  Ya just got to have a plan.  Sometimes it is called Transition Management.

ITIL V.3 has its own version of Transition Management.  It is a component of the Service Library  and it is called Service Transition.  In it you'll find all the skinny on Change Management.

Change Management and Transition Management are the same concept.  One just focuses on People and Systems while the other is more IT centric.  Neither has any more value. Neither has any less.

Change may not always be good, but it is almost always manageable.

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Braun Tacon
6:40 pm pdt 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter! Capt. Phillips freed. Pirates 0, Good Guys 1
Argh...Makes a Matey feel proud.

Score one for the good guys!

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Braun Tacon
11:17 am pdt 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Donate to the Italian earthquake victims
The death toll continues to rise from the earthquake yesterday in Italy and now stands at 150+ with 70,000 counted as homeless.

Click here to learn how you can help.

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Braun Tacon
5:04 am pdt 

Monday, April 6, 2009

Thoughts and prayers for Italy
A powerful earthquake has struck Italy today.  Over 70 dead and scores of thousands are homeless.  The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers comb through the rubble searching for victims and survivors.

Please keep the Italian victims and rescuers in your thoughts and prayers.

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Braun Tacon
5:33 am pdt 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Change Management is simple really, or…how much is saving dollars worth to you?

Change Management can be summed up like this:

  • Communication
  • Coordination
  • Commitment

Change Management takes effort, but it is effort worthwhile.  Consider the industry estimate that claims 85 percent of unexpected infrastructure outage is caused by improper Change Management practices


Maybe it is the hastily applied patch.  Perhaps the server reboot that commenced with the words,“…no will even notice what we did". 

It could be the Web Services outage that caused havoc because no one checked with Sales and Marketing.  If they had checked, they would have known that E-Retail was having a major promotion that same weekend.  All IT did was to take out 30 percent Web Service capacity, but Retail needed a 70 percent increase in bandwidth.  What should have been a less than satisfactory Retail launch became an unmitigated disaster, causing both customer relationship and Brand damage.


Bad Change costs money.  Good Change costs money…but the case is easily made that it costs much less and in the end everyone can feel good about themselves for practicing those much much loved “Best Practices”.  Win/Win/Win.  See a pattern?


Improved Change Management is really simple.  All it takes is:

  • Communication
  • Coordination
  • Commitment

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Braun Tacon

7:02 pm pdt 

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BraunsBlog...Random musings on specific topics.  The central themes will be ITIL V.3, Information Security, and other sundry ITSM topics.  That said, there are many more things in this world on which to opine, so don't be surprised if I do now and then.

About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon.  Husband, father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest. 

Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management.  Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).

Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!

All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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