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Who is Steering the Ship?

Who is Steering the Ship?

 

  • Is the captain of a company the CEO?
  • Is it the board of directors?
  • Is it the Stockholders?

I would argue yes and no.  The customer most probably guides or “tugs” your ship through the turbulent waters of the industry you are in, more than you might think.

Since the driving force is out of your complete control, can your ship stand up to the pressures of high winds or traversing into territories which are uncharted? Is there a reef ahead waiting to break the spine of your vessel? Will Sirens lure your men into a false state of complacency?

While need necessitates the possible paths that you as the captain choose to follow, the infrastructure and robust nature of your data systems will be part of the viability of your success.

Companies must be robust enough to change directions or take on more massive task as the customer demands.  As an SME in Data processing (Information Systems) and Disaster Recovery, frequently I find through the audit process that the ship is traversing the waters without a rudder, and an engine that is held together with duct tape and bailing wire.

Some of the critical problems in this industry are human nature, underperforming CIO’s, and lackadaisical staff. Other issues often include a CIO taking on the job of CFO.

Encouraged by upper management to rain in cost, the CIO might look for ways to cut the budget using poor quality sheets, and used line, taken from derelict ships that have already made their way to Davy Jones locker.

When the proverbial fork in the road or in keeping with the metaphor, when the winds change, will your company be ready?

Often, Board Members or CEO’s look at disaster recovery like insurance.  It is much more than some policy that you purchase.

When you bring in a person or company, who specializes in Disaster Recovery many things happen.

The first two are a risk analysis and an audit of how you currently do business regarding Data processing. The scope, of course, can be more than just your data processing capabilities and often it is expanded to include all functions of your company.

Depending on the size of your company and its complexity this could be a project for a consultant, or it might include one or more FTE’s that maintain your ships viability into perpetuity.

While the Risk Analysis may or may not be a surprise to you, the audit will almost certainly be a surprise.  Nobody wants someone poking around in their business.

Frequently those in charge of the department will make themselves scarce.  While weekly meetings and deliverables are a must, I often find that an audit shakes things up, and that can be a good thing.  This process also exposes any weak links in the proverbial chain.

Your IT department is a dynamic part of your company and often is the engine which drives your ship. While frequently looked at as a cost center, without it, your company I dare say would die on the vine or flounder.

In the final examination of your company, we will discover if you are ready for the next opportunity or the next fork in the road.  We might also learn that you are treading water.

When the prevailing winds shift directions, will your ship be able to adjust?

Smooth Sailing!

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Scott Taylor

#UAV #whitehouse #drone @johnmccaa @thewellsreport

#UAV #whitehouse #drone @johnmccaa @thewellsreport

A Day after I publish a blog about Drones and the need for media attention, what happens!?

https://thetimedok.com/2015/01/26/drones-or-uav-right-to-privacy-johnmccaa-thewellsreport-look-at-the-blog-follow-the-link/

Some idiot in Washington DC flies a Drone or UAV or Quad copter, take your pick, in super-restricted-airspace, and crash lands on the white house lawn!

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The president and staff are calling on the FAA….!?

There already is a no fly zone in Washington DC proper.  That goes for anything short of a paper airplane!  You cannot go into the nearest DC Radio Shack and buy one of their smallest little UAV’s and fly it outside the store without breaking the law!

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I for one am glad that this low-information person did it however, as now someone might do something about regulating where these things can fly; at a federal level.

This UAV could just as easily been controlled by a bad person wishing harm to the first family.  They did it at 3 AM which is already a no-no as these things are not supposed to be flown at night, even though they are equipped with night vision. Go Figure!

Since nobody asked me about this; here are some free consulting ideas for you.

As we know these are too small to be detected by radar and they literally fly under the radar so, how do we detect them?

These devices should-be-made to identify themselves in their video streamBy law, this video stream must not be encrypted in any way.  I wonder if a miniature transponder could be incorporated into the design and if so, what on earth would you use to detect and identify them?

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I have ideas on ways to detect these things, and disable them, or at least track them down but of course, nothing is free, and development time has a cost.  I even have thought of a way to design countermeasures for these things but again, need funding to make it happen.

So, is this a kick-starter, crowd funding idea, or is this a government grant idea?  

Do you realize how many tens of thousands of dollars it takes to get a patent?  If you want to protect your ideas in other countries you have to spend thousands for each and every country that somebody might put a plant and build your device.  This process needs to be fixed so the little guy can invent and keep his or her idea instead of some large corporation stealing it, which they do!

The media really needs to run with this story, as the people need an education!

-Best

Political Football

 

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Finding the words to express my distaste of the media’s proclivity for ratings, at the expense of so many simply overwhelms me at times.  If ever you were in doubt that we are a fallen people, watch the news!

 

What happened here in Texas and yesterday in Oklahoma is and was terrible.  When we learn that someone or a group of someone’s decided that they did not want to spend the money on safe rooms for schools in OKLAHOMA (known for tornadoes,) is beyond comprehension! Criminal charges should be filed.  Stupidity should be criminal…. Especially if you are in a position to make decisions like this!

 

I read a tweet today that some people are so stupid that they should turn pro at it… Kind of fits here. 

 

Today on the floor of the US senate some democrat senator turned the whole thing in to a political football using his time to push for cap and trade, blaming global warming / cooling on this recent weather.  These people should be so ashamed of themselves!  I truthfully don’t know how they can look at themselves in the mirror in the morning.  Don’t confuse weather with global climate.. There are no supporting facts scientific or otherwise to sustain this.  The only “Facts” that have ever been displayed were later shown to be falsified to fit an agenda of selling carbon credits of which would drive the cost of goods and services up.  In laymen’s terms you would pay for the carbon credit; that would go into some politician’s pocket, much like the Freon debacle of the 80’s.

 

Even if there were supporting evidence, do you really think that you can legislate China or Korea or other countries to “clean air,” water etc policies?  Why in the hell do you think that our companies go over seas? They do it to get away from the EPA, OSHA, crippling taxes and other rules and regulations that we (you) impose on industry.  And oh yes, they pay slave wages to their people as well.  We do everything to drive business out of this country and then blame capitalism.  Can’t we strike a happy medium?  Evidently not, Government types who make the laws, well they have a job / salary / and really good health care plans for life, what do they care?  Let me answer that for you, they don’t! If it puts money into their pocket they care, that is it.

 

To put it in our president’s words, “it’s the process and it is messy!”  As an

American I can tell you, if that is the process, it needs to be changed!  The whole damned mess of them needs to be fired, until they listen to the people.

 

We the People…We the people are their boss. They work for us!  Someone needs to remind them of that and my friends you do that with your vote!  The process sucks Mr. President, and it needs to be changed!  Lead for once and change the process, do what is right for the country and not for your agenda, or your party!  It is time that we do things to bring this country back together as Americans, and not rich vs. poor, black vs. white or any other derisive activities that have been perpetrated on the people to fit an agenda of divide and conquer!

 

When the chips are down, you can see who we are.  When we put our “politics” aside to help our fellow man, you can see who we are.  Does it really take devastation and heartache to wake people up to the simple fact, that we are all one people? 

 

“Father, we lift up the people of Oklahoma and all of the other victims of the recent storms. We pray fervently for wisdom for our elected officials that they may be humbled out of their ivory towers; long enough to waken them from their delusions that they are somehow equal to you lord. We give thanks for those who have selflessly given of their money, time and energy to help those in need.  Please watch over us and keep us humble as well lord, so we do not fall victim to the plight of those who have been given so much power that they have lost sight of who they are, and what they are there for.  Father, place your arms around those that have lost so much in recent days and comfort them.  Bring people into their lives to assist them through this time and in the days ahead.  Awaken the people who decide things like “which school or building gets a safe room and which do not.” as it is not their decision, which life is more precious than another lord.  In your sons name…Amen..”