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By eweek  |  Posted 2007-10-26
 
 
 

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007

by Michael Vizard illustrated by Brian Moore

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Vista

All the applications are spooky-flaky, and it scares up angry ghouls calling the help desk all day.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Vista

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Patch Tuesday

On a regular basis, Microsoft terrorizes the IT department by releasing a wave of patches. Scarier still, the IT department has no idea what these patches might do to applications that were running perfectly fine the day before.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Patch Tuesday

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Server Consolidation

On paper, server consolidation looks good. But then the servers start to fry because there are too many of them in a blade center and application performance drops because there are too many remote users trying to access applications over a WAN.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Server Consolidation

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Virtualization

Granted, its pretty cool technology, but does anyone really understand how it works? Worse yet, where there were once 10 physical servers, there are now 20 virtual servers and no tools to manage them. Cant we just buy another $20,000 box and stick it in

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Virtualization

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Disaster Recovery

Which is worse? The disaster your company was insured against, or the fact that all the backup tapes are corrupted so nothing can be recovered?

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Disaster Recovery

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Chief Risk Officer

Basically, CROs take what little money there was for maintaining existing systems and use it to buy all manner of security products that may or may not do what they say they do because nobody has ever had to use them.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Chief Risk Officer

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Cyber-Terrorist

Nobody has ever seen one, but cyber-terrorists allegedly live somewhere in Eastern Europe and, at this moment, are targeting an attack on specific files in your systems that will lead them to vast troves of money.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Cyber-Terrorist

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Business Process Management

After military intelligence, this is perhaps the second biggest oxymoron of all time, given the fact that we can barely manage our applications.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Business Process Management

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Three-Headed Oracle-SAP-IBM Hydra

On any given week, at least one of these companies will acquire a perfectly good software vendor and then threaten your company with planned obsolescence for something you just bought.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - Three-Headed Oracle-SAP-IBM Hydra

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - RFID

Theres nothing quite as exhilarating as putting your career on the line for an emerging technology that has yet to deliver any material return on investment.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - RFID

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - YouTube

At any moment of the day, any employee can make a laughingstock of your IT department for all the world to see.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - YouTube

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - USB Drive

Now that we have the superfast USB 3.0 implementation on the horizon, employees can take home more unauthorized data faster than ever.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - USB Drive

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - The Lost Laptop

Because some idiot left his laptop in a cab, our companys lack of encryption is being written up everywhere on the Internet and the board is looking for a fall guy.

The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007 - The Lost Laptop

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