Posts made in February, 2014

Stealth Works in the Budget Too!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Defense Industry, DoD Budget, Financial Systems, Sequestration, Working Capital Funds | 0 comments

First thing: Yesterday’s blog on Shared Services fell flat on the website with only a handful of hits.  I take it the world of Shared Services is not so hot on the list of “interesting” topics.  But there’s still a lot of money to be saved there.  In fact, I would contend that there’s a lot of money floating around in areas that most people don’t find so interesting.  It’s the uninteresting that ironically is the most interesting in terms of budget cutting.  They escape scrutiny during the year-to-year  budget battles, floundering in cash. The big...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ever watch toddlers playing together?  It doesn’t take long for one of them to decide that something belongs to them and they jealously guard it.  Sometimes even hitting other children trying to take the toy.  That’s a lot like what sometimes happens in the world of Shared Services. Agencies are sometimes not all that anxious to share their IT systems.  On the flip side, other agencies are not usually begging to migrate their systems to someone else’s system.  There are bright spots in the Federal Government…just check out our website to see some great examples of Shared...

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Rewarding the Guilty and Blaming the Innocent

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I was a young, steely-eyed Naval Flight Officer attending the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School with no apparent fear of death, one of the classes I took was in project management.  I have always remembered the day we talked about the phases of any project: Elation—“This is gonna be fun!” Concern—“This is turning out to be harder than I thought” Confusion–“I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing” Terror–” If I don’t get this done, my career is over!” Laying Low –“Someone is gonna be blamed...

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The Bolympics Begin!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Defense world is all atwitter at the upcoming peek at the DoD 2015 budget that Secretary Hagel will be giving today and thus kicking off a new round of olympic games, the Budget Olympithon (let’s just call it the Bolympics), which will most likely last until at least Christmas.  After two weeks of the NBC olympi-blitz I was growing just a bit weary of yet another human interest story.  Unfortunately never-ceasing “breaking news” about the olympics will be replaced with never-ceasing “breaking news” about the DoD budget for the next 8 months .  I know I sound...

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Cyber: Too Big Not To Fail

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Cybersecurity, ERP, Federal IT, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I admit that I am not much of a cyber-techie.  I do know a little about computers though. When Microsoft announced they were  not supporting Windows XT a while back, I had a bit of a cyber-rebellion because I refuse to spend anymore money on Mircrosoft Operating Systems, which I assume, much like the NSA, report your every keystroke and video back to some central repository for “troubleshooting.”  Right….But I instead elected to move to linux.  I’ve not noticed a degradation in what I can do, don’t have to worry about virus checkers and internet security programs that...

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