Jackie Kennedy Onassis on administrative computing

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” –Jackie O

Today I realized that oversight of administrative computing is a lot like raising kids. Basically, I would love it if my job could focus on establishing sweet collaborative tools to take us to some higher, cooler level, but without solid identity and institutional data access and management systems, nobody much cares about the other stuff. Apparently, we/I have a bunch of systems, some vendor, some in-house, some with unclear origins, and not only are they not working well together, but the staff managing them is, essentially, really really tired of it all…as if they could just lie down under their little cube desks and sleep the sleep of a thousand nights… I don’t know what that means, exactly. But basically, it’s all broken and so there you go.

Outlook? So much the least of my problems. And their water cooler is very nice! It has Kool Aid ™ in it!

3 Responses to “Jackie Kennedy Onassis on administrative computing”

  1. kdghty said:

    Mar 04, 08 at 10:38 am

    Wanting to “sleep the sleep of a thousand nights” *and* proffering Kool Aid™? Well, doesn’t that just wave some red flags…

  2. Maurry said:

    Mar 05, 08 at 8:10 am

    I agree with Jackie O. That’s why nothing I have ever done has mattered very much.

    And, of course, kdghty has hit the nail directly on the head.

  3. admin said:

    Mar 05, 08 at 5:55 pm

    Personally, I think you did a great job of raising your kids, Maurry. Or at least one of them. 🙂

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