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Words Matter


One of my biggest pet peeves with AI is the word itself. Words matter, especially in IT. Whether you’re trying to nail down a scope of work for a project, troubleshooting an outage, or even trying to buy a product, if everyone isn’t using …



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Silo-Busting and Dream-Dashing; More Fun With Automation


With the popularity of Agile methodologies and the ubiquity of people claiming they were embracing NetOps/DevOps, I could swear we were supposed to have adopted a new silo-busting software-defined paradigm shift which would deliver the critical foundational framework we needed to become the company …


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The Evolution of Network Operations


When I first began this post, my thinking revolved around the translation problems of a declarative approach to network operation, but having only procedural interfaces to work with. Further thought dismissed that assumption and led to thinking about how declarative models evolve to meet …


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AI-nxiety


So far I’ve written about my love and hatred of what AI can do for me (or cost me) as a network owner. This post is going to cover why I’m afraid to let a machine take the wheel and use all that artificial …


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If I Was a Grownup, This is the Essay I’d Write


Recently, my friend Phoummala Schmitt, aka “ExchangeGoddess” and Microsoft Cloud Operations Advocate, wrote about her struggles with imposter syndrome. It’s a good read that I highly recommend. But one element of it stuck with me, like an itch I couldn’t quite reach. I knew this itch wasn’t …


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Templates vs. Policies


Are configuration templates still needed with an automation framework? Or does the automation policy make them a relic of the past? Traditional Configuration Management: Templates We’ve all been there. We always keep a backup copy of a device’s configuration, not just for recovery, but …