Thursday, August 02, 2007

Wall Street Journal: Ten Things Your IT Department Won't Tell You

The Problem: Many companies require that employees get permission from the IT department to download software. But that can be problematic if you're trying to download software that your IT department has blacklisted.

The Trick: There are two easy ways around this: finding Web-based alternatives or bringing in the software on an outside device.

Can you believe something this blasphemous would be published in the Wall Street Journal? My boss shared this article with me, and I was dumbfounded. To their credit they do list potential security issues, but how many people are going to care?

Thanks, WSJ, for making my job even harder.


  1. LOL, I saw this and had similar thoughts.

    But to be honest I thought the article was pretty poor, aren't most users that have these "problems" likely capable of inventing solutions?

    Still, not the most responsible piece of journalism.

  2. To: All Staff
    From: The Office of the CIO
    Subject: Reminder of IT policy

    We would like to remind all staff that failure to comply with IT policies is a firing offence. The relevant policy is at...


    Problem (not quite) solved. :-)

  3. Wow! That has to be one of the most under-researched articles on technology I have ever read.

    If anything, this article would serve more use to scare IT managers on the types of activities their employees may be dabbling in, than "helping" employees skirt technology roadblocks.

    Metaphorically speaking each tips reads like this

    The Problem: Scissors are sharp, running with them can cause injury if you trip. Most people say you'll put an eye out like that.
    The Trick: Put your hands in front of you eyes, so if you fall, you'll be protecting one area.
    The Risk: You might look silly.
    How to Stay Safe: Be sure to do this when your boss isn't looking.

    Notice that (A) the Trick only covers one of the problems, (B) the Risk is under-researched, and could lead to the same or worse problem, and (C) the Staying Safe part doesn't keep you safe at all. You'll still get hurt, and you should be fired for even attempting this maneuver.

    Even the comment on Alt-Tab.... it's been around at least 15 years now in Windows, and it does not MINIMIZE anything..... What if the calculator was the next app in the list. This author would get his reader fired.