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Is naming IT systems using Greek gods, screaming snakes, pokemon, and types of beer really best practice?


David Cuthbertson


6:15pm - Registration (venue attendees only)
6:30pm - Presentation begins
7:30pm - Q&As
7:45pm - In-person networking
9:00pm - Event close


Sometimes we need to agree what common sense is – as otherwise we create problems that impact ICT management and project delivery.

As an example, spaghetti cabling is a bad thing, but maybe there needs to be a standard that explains it well enough that ICT teams will always avoid it by more efficient and effective processes. Why not use the same name for an application in the systems documentation as well as the software library? Why do we have 15 CMDBs? If only there was more joined up thinking… The TIA started developing the TIA TR-60 life cycle management framework of standards covering ICT life cycle management a few years ago and 2024 should see the release of the first standard – Information management of ICT infrastructure.

David will give an insight into how projects, operations, service and risk processes will benefit from more common… common sense. Laughing is allowed during this talk.

About the speaker

David Cuthbertson

David chairs the TIA TR-60 information management sub-committee in the USA, which is developing a standards framework for long term ICT life cycle management.

The first standard in the framework is due to be released in 2024 from David’s team covering infrastructure information management. So a lot of relevance to ITAM and service management as well as other management aspects of IT.

David has been a regular BCS speaker as well as the first chair person of the BCS-SMSG and a committee member of the BCS-CMSG for many years. He works for Square Mile Systems developing software and methods to document and visualise complex IT infrastructure, often combining ITAM, CMDB and other data sets to help simplify complex environments.

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This event is brought to you by: Service Management and IT Asset Management (SM-ITAM) specialist group

Hybrid event: How Greek gods, snakes and beer make ICT life cycle management difficult
Date and time
Tuesday 16 April, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue