After hearing this rather glib dismissal of a recognized security issue, I immediately turned to see the looks on the faces of the government technology executives, and was rewarded to see their obvious expressions of concern with this stance. I could immediately tell exactly the types of people who were "pushing back" on the Washington, D.C.-based visionaries.
Cool as McCumber Where are Your enjoy with an insurance agent. Me: I want to get some insurance on my property and vehicles. IA: Absolutely. Where is your home Assets? located? (Checking insurance tables based on cost of home, location, etc.) Me: We’ve outsourced our living arrangements in this new economy. My wife and I travel all the time, so we have By John McCumber someone deliver the stuff we need when we need it. It’s the same with our cars. I was seated at a business dinner last night We just rent them wherever we are. in Silicon Valley. Around the table at the IA: Sounds, well, interesting. How do Four Seasons Hotel sat several technology you get your clothes and other personal luminaries representing software compa- possessions? nies, government and well-known internet Me: We simply call our outsourcer to darlings that had made many of their investors tell them where we will be. We then tell and employees quite wealthy. I was privileged to them what clothes we need based on the be among them, and the erudite conversion was weather, and what musical instruments, even more enjoyable than the gourmet meal and books and family pictures we want excellent Napa Valley wines being served. there. It has amazing benefits! Shortly after my grilled sea bass arrived, the IA: Are they insured for any losses that topic turned to cloud computing. Several of the happen to your stuff? guests were intimately involved in this emerging Me: I’m not sure. That’s why we need information technology concept. The technolo- insurance from you. What happens if gists at the table were able to dive much deeper one of my guitars is stolen, damaged or than the normal platitudes of expected benefits, “The CIOs were con- becomes lost? What about my wife’s jew- and we discussed the underlying technologies elry or our clothes? necessary to actually begin to achieve the cost cerned about out- IA: I would assume you would hold your savings and future capabilities touted at semi- outsourcer responsible in that case. Don’t nars and conferences. Concepts and architec- sourcing control of they exercise control over your items? tures including thin clients, virtualization and remote s
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