Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Competition heating up in the IP race !!

There is a massive struggle happening as I type regarding the complete ITIL v3 content, from the 5 v3 Volumes.

TSO the official publisher have long been the distribution are of the ITIL V3 materials, either directly or via their reseller channel.

Now another publisher would seem to have struck a deal with the OGC and is selling the equivalent material at a fraction of the price of TSO. Has TSO been caught napping or have they made some very dangerous assumptions regarding their distribution rights?

Only time will tell, but the next 2 to 3 days will see a power struggle behind closed doors that 99% of the IT Service Management communitity will never hear about.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Famous Five Run Away Together

The nice folks at OGC must have had a giggle when they choose the cover designs for all the new ITIL v3 material.

On more than one occasion a passer-by has commented on the cover design for the "Vendor pre-release briefing" - "That's marijuana!!" one rather eldery woman commented.

It was of course my civic duty to enquire about her knowledge on such a topic - however, no answer was forthcoming as she tripped off to another destination.

But then I had a look at the covers of the "Famous Five" books that are flooding the market faster than a free iPhone giveaway competition.

X-ray images of Peas and Poppies, sea shells and starfish - there is a definite hint that the team were out to have a bit of laugh in choosing the designs.

I think the term "Famous Five" is very apt for the books. Those of us lucky enough to have grown up on the stories of Enid Blyton we will fondly remember Julian, Anne, Dick, George and Timmy the dog.

Just like "Five Run Away Together" we can understand our intrepid authors looking forward to their usual holiday at George' s home and tucking into Aunt Fanny's and Joanna the cook's delicious food !!

I'm just thinking that the designers of the covers for the new material were tucking into something a little bit more powerful when the concept was discussed. At least we're talking about it, so in that regard it's a great success.

Authoring over 700 books in her career we thank our modern day Enid B. (aka Sharon Taylor) who held those rascally authors at just 5 books.


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