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Attention Corporate World: Fire your IT Director. Now. Please.

Chris is feeling the pain, and I am, too. Gregg pointed me in the direction of an article on the Inq (reprinted from PC Pro) that sums up my feelings exactly: Fire Your IT Directors and Managers. Now. Please.

Quoted:

HERE IS SOME harsh, cruel but worthwhile advice. If your company was hit by the recent SQL Server virus, and you are a Director level member of your company, then I advise you to fire your IT Director now. If you don't have an IT Director, but you are nominally in charge of IT, then fire your IT Manager now. Also please identify who is responsible for the company firewalls, and fire him or her as well.

You might think this is a little harsh, maybe a little hasty. It is not. Those companies which got infected did so entirely because of their own carelessness. There was no reason for them to get infected, and no need either.

I agree wholeheartedly. I've seen far too many experts that manage IT departments that are far too inept for their own good, yet control not only jobs in the department, but employee actions. The article makes good points that the staff isn't too blame, and that the blame for this lies in the hands of management. It also includes some ways to make sure you're shut down tight.

I know I'm sick of getting bounce backs from viruses I supposedly sent out. I don't have any virus. I never did. My firewall is setup properly at home and at the office. I had the Blaster patch installed long before the worm hit. Yet, somehow, Microsoft Certified shmucks have awesome jobs and getting paid twice as much as me. I've lost a job I was applying for in the past because I wasn't certified, though I could do the work better than the guy who was. But the human resources folks were just looking for keywords on their resume, doing what the hiring department tells them. I'm not one to pad my resume, but maybe I should start, just so I can get past the morons in HR? Reminds me of an old User Friendly strip that I have hanging on my wall.

I still remember the worst job interview I ever had. I walk in to get interviewed by the HR director, and she wants to see some of the Web sites I've done. The only browser she has on her poorly-managed PC? MSIE 3.0 (this was when 5.0 was out). Needless to say, my sites looked like crap in her browser. Thankfully I had a printed copy of them on hand.

OK, I'm done now.</rant>

Posted by Jake on 09/09/03 @ 05:04 PM
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