This VP of IT regularly assigns impossible deadlines, fails to provide resources and generates a high stress level. “The extreme stress caused many employees to frequently call in sick,” says sysadmin at the company. No, it can’t be the stress that’s doing it, VP decides — it must be germs in the ice machine. “He had the machine completely disinfected and then handed out cans of cleaner for us to spray our cubicles each night,” admin says. “Everyone still continued to call in sick, and most left for other jobs, but we did have the most germ-free environment in the company.”


Who’s driving IT alignment? Conventional wisdom holds that CIOs should make sure IT spending is properly aligned with business strategies, and if it isn’t, then it’s the CIO’s fault. But that thinking is actually an impediment to real IT/business alignment, says Gopal Kapur, president of the Centre for Project Management in California. “The precept that IT should align itself with business is a crock. That’s like saying that a trailer should align itself with a truck. Just imagine a parking lot full of trailers in search of a hitch on a truck.” In other words, corporate executives (the drivers in the truck cab) should be making sure the IT organization (the trailer) follows along, Kapur says. “The role of the IT organization is to have the right solution to the business problem, not to decide what really needs to be done,” he adds. The problem is that senior executives have abdicated their responsibility to clearly articulate corporate goals and make sure IT expenditures contribute to those goals, Kapur says. Ouch!


Battling software piracy in the Ukraine, the Computer Crime Research Centre (CCRC) has released a statement proudly stating it has reduced not just piracy but is “eliminating enterprises and scientific institutions” that engage in such activity by seizing their computers. The Centre merrily goes on to say how many of the country’s commercial plants are only working at 7 percent of their capacity as a result of their drastic actions. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater, the CCRC won’t have to worry about software piracy; they won’t have any industry at all.

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