1The 13 Scariest Things in IT in 2007
by Michael Vizard illustrated by Brian Moore
2The 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.
3The 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.
4The 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.
5The 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
6The 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?
7The 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.
8The 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.
9The 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.
10The 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.
11The 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.
12The 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.
13The 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.
14The 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.
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