Do We Blame the Computers, or Us for Relying on Them?
After Katrina, everyone blamed everyone else. Now, despite record spending,
the head of Homeland Security is blaming
. Michael Chertoff said one reason it took so long to respond
to Katrina was poor electronic communications, overloaded Web servers and poor
shipment tracking. It’s hard to say this is a total cop out. After all,
how many multi-million dollar ERP and network management projects failed, and
how many supply chains run backwards despite an investment that would support
an entire American city? This stuff is just plain complicated.
But when it comes to critical issues, do we rely too much on MIPs and megabits?
In a supply chain, one could pick up the phone and just say the pallets are
delayed. And when it comes to Katrina, someone could make a call and mention
there’s a problem. What do you think? Are we over-reliant on computers
when we could just pick up a phone or walk to the next cubicle? Let me know
Borland, Take Two
I never thought I’d be writing about Borland twice in two weeks, but here
we are. Last week we talked about Borland bailing on developer tools. This week
the company is shipping a product aimed at fulfilling the company’s new
application lifecycle management mission. The new
IT Management and Governance system (not exactly a riveting name) combines
training services and a new version of Borland’s Tempo system.
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An Active Role in Network Security
of Active Directory are designed to improve security by making it easier
for multiple directories to share identity information. This is a critical issue
if companies are to work together, if vendors are to share with suppliers, and
merged companies are to work as one. But perhaps more than anything, it makes
Active Directory lord and master of all other directories!
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.