Data archiving in the White House is a serious business mandated by the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which was passed following the Watergate scandal. The Act requires the White House to maintain an historical archive of its activities, policies, and decisions. Despite this law, the White House email archiving system is a model of poor IT practice and has been called "primitive," "inadequate," and "not robust." The system fails to fulfill its most basic requirements: enabling reliable backup, storage, and restore capabilities.
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With the economy lingering on the brink of recession, understanding the future becomes more important than ever. Here's what IT can expect.
I subscribe to Carbonite's backup service. Over the last couple of days, the teensy Carbonite icon in my system tray has been red, displaying a message that Carbonite's servers are unavailable. Today, I sent email to tech support, only to be informed that someone would get back to me "within 72 hours." That pretty much sucks when I'm paying for a high-availability service. If my hard drive crashes and I need assistance with restore, hopefully I won't need my data within 72 hours.Anyhow, I just received an email from Carbonite, describing a server upgrade problem:
Twitter is rapidly becoming a serious threat to corporate information protection. The program's great strength -- many-to-many messaging -- becomes its great weakness in this context.
Twitter (click to follow me) is a social networking phenomenon and powerful communication medium; it's shown vast growth and currently has almost 700,000 users. With these facts in mind, I was disappointed to hear that T-Mobile is blocking Twitter, since (unfortunately) I'm a T-Mobile customer and frequent Twitter user.
Jimmy Wales, best known as founder of Wikipedia, met with a small group of bloggers and industry analysts in Las Vegas. He spoke at length about the conditions that drive success or failure in wiki deployments.
Update 8/11/08 10:45pm EDT: Gmail is back up now. According to the Gmail blog:Many of you had trouble accessing Gmail for a couple of hours this afternoon, and we're really sorry.
Conflicting and interlocking agendas between enterprise vendors and customers contribute to many failed projects. In an insightful blog post, long-time vendor executive, Dennis Moore, identifies an economic model addressing this issue.
Many participants in the collaboration / Enterprise 2.0 world offer Kumbaya-style enthusiasm without showing concrete evidence of business value. Forrester analyst, Natalie Petouhoff, has the ROI antidote.
This video links collective intelligence concepts to the evolutionary process by which groups refine ideas to improve outcomes.