Let me tell you a story. A very high level organization in the global economy recently came under completely new management. The new management inherited some sorry, dilapidated information technology infrastructure. They hired a new Chief Information Officer to set things straight. In his first week on the job, the new CIO worked 80+ hour weeks and the email servers were down 23% of the time. Over 82% of the computers in the company had reached their end-of-life and most of the desktops still used floppy discs.
Welcome to The White House, three years ago.
You can probably identify with the “Oooooh no…” feeling. It’s the feeling you get when you realize the presentation you’ve been working on for 2 hours hasn’t been saved once, and you just ran out of battery, and it’s gone forever. Or after a month of working on a project, you are sitting pretty the weekend before the presentation, and your computer crashes. Gone. Monday’s coming. Due dates and unsympathetic board members await your data…or lack thereof. “Oooooh no!” Better get busy!
Here is a situation that will blow your mind: you’re a research scientist working long hours for over two years in search of, and making great stride toward, a cure for prostate cancer. Test after test after test, analysis after analysis after analysis, report after report after report. They all go on your computer. You put your faithful laptop in the trunk, pull into a restaurant and get lunch. Then, the unthinkable.