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While musing on the impact of the Iceland volcano last week, I reconnected with my old friend Bob Charette, a sometime contributor to Information Management who I've come to know as one of the best risk management experts in the field. He also deeply acquainted with technology and was a founder of lean software development.

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Warfare. IT in government risks being 'hacked' each moment it shares information within and outside. It is a well deserved consequence for their inability to get to the root-cause of their inefficiency. When a given customer solicits their help, they should take their miopic lenses off and look at the landscape in a wide-angle view. No one has told them that they can not offer an enterprise approach, look for common needs among customers and offer a common solution; instead, they throd through the muck each and every time thus over populating architecture, infrastructure, data stores, etc. Another anomally plaging them is restricted-resources, why? Because they do not have own budget for the same reason. If an CIO would stand to his/hers CFO duffus and make them see that the lack of funding makes their systems vulnerable.

If IT professionals worth their 'salt' know, there are practices that can be exercised each time a project/application starts; these measures are preventative measures that will pay-off at the end when these systems are in production. Their viability will 'refund' them with the security that offsets risk but it has to be deliberate, right at the core. The Dupras and the Chopras can earn their money by not playing politics.

Posted by SAMUEL R | Wednesday, May 05 2010 at 6:30PM ET
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