Hawaii Missile Alert – Blame the software?

Opening Credits “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”   In Medias Res – Latin for in the middle of things If this were a Martin Scorsese movie, the story would begin with a hapless, state official, coffee cup in hand moving a mouse cursor over a URL link.  The film would show him take a sip from the cup; then the camera would pan down to his hand.  There would be a mouse click, then OK click, terrified look and a scream of horror.  In the distance, a sound of buzzing phones.  Raised voices and running.  Only then we would flash back… Read More

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7 Evaluation Criteria when selecting a Software Vendor

Make Vendor Evaluation, a part of your software selection process. Consider, that the relationships you will build, the support, enhancements, integration work, and new features will be made by the people and by the organization you are evaluating.  The technology and its fit to your requirements is a snapshot in time.  It tells you about the present.  The vendor, their roadmap, and ability to support you is a look beyond today.  It tells you about the future. Your candidate vendors ability to resolve your issues quickly, their willingness to listen, adapt to your needs, their internal roadmap and plans for the platform will shape the future of your project and its… Read More

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The Accidental CTO’s risky journey.

Congratulations, you have done it!  You have finally convinced your executive team, and they agreed.  Maybe you have funded the upgrade of your accounting system.  Perhaps that web site, long in the tooth, will finally get refreshed with new features. That custom invoicing application will now get replaced or upgraded. Your troubles are coming to an end.  No more relying on that helpdesk guy, too busy to deal with your “user” issues.  No more missing records, double data entry, waiting for the overnight process to finish.  All you have to do is get some specialists in; contract a software developer, find a good Project Manager, or maybe find a Vendor… Read More

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