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ITSM News Roundup: The Magic of the Fresh Start

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Think back to when you were a kid, getting ready to embark upon a new school year. Do you remember the magic of picking out new school supplies? Shiny new pencils, the coolest Trapper-Keeper you could find, and maybe even a brand new backpack — shopping for school supplies was the ultimate in starting fresh. Now, you’re grown. You’re in your career, figuring out where you want to be in five, 10, 15 years. You might still appreciate the magic of a fresh start. To that end, this week’s ITSM News Roundup is all about new beginnings and re-invigoration. Whether these fresh starts come from closing doors or new ways of approaching business, the articles in this week’s roundup offer valuable lessons in moving forward and re-imagining IT.

Tweet this: It’s never too late to make a fresh start in life. This week’s ITSM News Roundup features articles about starting over 

When Startups Fail…

No matter how long you’ve been in your career, failure is something to which we can all relate. However, how many of us can say our biggest failures have happened in the public eye? In this piece from the Wall Street Journal, author Rolfe Winkler examines startups that have failed and their CEOs who have openly blogged about these failures, putting themselves (and their failures) in the spotlight. It’s a lesson on acknowledging mistakes, moving forward, and striving for that fresh start. Read When Startups Fail… today. (Hat tip to Lonnie McRorey @InnovationDev.)

DevOps: Training and the Changing Role of IT in the world of Cloud

Sometimes we seek out our new beginnings and, other times, new beginnings are forced upon us through the inevitable changing tides of technology. In Cushing Anderson’s article for IDC, we learn about how DevOps can impact the changing role of IT, especially in regards to the new world of Cloud computing. How is DevOps training impacting IT organizations? Read DevOps: Training and the Changing Role of IT in the World of Cloud to learn more. (Hat tip to Rick Barron @RedPhantom.)

Over 40 & coding: It’s never too late to start

One of the best things about living in our current world of technology is that we never have to stop learning. In this article from The Memo, author Kitty Knowles profiles Patricia Ehrhardt, a 47-year-old woman who was laid off from her job in administration. Instead of finding another role in admin, Ehrhardt decided to take her fresh start in a new direction and taught herself to code. Where is she now? Read Over 40 & Coding to find out. 

Tweet this: The world of coding gets more complicated daily, here’s how to keep up after turning 40 

How to do an advanced data analytics project on the cheap

What about IT? How can we seize our opportunities for a fresh start and further the business at the same time? Simple: dig into the data. In his article for Tech Target, author Niel Nickolaisen has some advice for budget-friendly ways to conduct an advanced data analytics project. If your IT organization wants to change the perception of the value of IT to the business, start with data analytics. Learn more by reading How To Do an Advanced Data Analytics Project on the Cheap.

No matter where you are in your career, or what services your IT organization provides to the business, there is always the chance for a fresh start. What opportunities will you seize next?

Don’t miss out on the latest news in IT service management. Check out each installment of Cherwell’s ITSM News Roundup.