This post is in response to the recent article by Congressman Jack Kingston.
Mr. Kingston presents a great concept here with six excellent points. I doubt, however, that his fellow congressmen have the intestinal fortitude to stand behind such rational measures. Ultimately, we have to reduce the size and weight of government. I understand that when the game involves playing with millions, billions, and trillions of dollars it is hard for anyone to give up even the smallest amount of money for this cause or that, but that is what I have to do in my own household budget for a family of four. There’s always some give and take to ensure that we live within our means.
For example, I recently needed to purchased a car for my soon to be 16 year old daughter. The only way I could do it was by giving up my very nice two year old Ford F150. By trading down to a used Ford Escape, I was able to make room in my budget for a nice used car and the associated additional expenses for her. It is past time that those in power in this country start making similar concessions. Cut the crap and the waste and balance the federal budget. The American dream needs a bit of updating… it isn’t fiscally possible for everyone to have everything.
I’m afraid that unless there are significant changes soon, we are headed towards a second civil war in this country. We are quite possibly teetering on the edge today. All it will take is for gas prices to double, or worse for food prices to escalate another 50%. The rate that the federal reserve is dumping cash into the economy is terrifying. I currently make a good living, our total household income is greater than ever before, but my purchasing power continues to weaken. I can feel the poverty line creeping up towards me. Very soon, I’m afraid that the poverty line will reach a level above the earning potential of recent college graduates. That makes no sense to me.
Very scary days indeed, and don’t even get me started about the Theocratic, Marxist, Communist, and Socialist idealist that continue to gradually siphon away our rights!
“The report of my death was an exaggeration” – Mark Twain
Much like the Mark Twain quotation from June 2, 1897 the death of the Information Technology (IT) department is a huge exaggeration today.
Yes, the environment in which we ply our trade is evolving very quickly, but it isn’t evolving towards the end. The days of hugh racks of servers in your own IT fortress is passing as we adopt more and more hosted solutions. Platform As A Service, Software As A Service, and yet unrealized services will radically change the work that the IT department does on a daily basis.
The IT department isn’t the racks of servers or the shelves full of spinning disks. The department really is the service provided by the men and women that keep all of the associated business processes running. The future of any IT team is that of a service organization. Sure, some services can and will be outsourced, but smart IT leaders will only outsource non-core services that have peripheral impact on end users. The “Utility” nature of enduser expectations will drive the way we design and deliver services. Also, for many of us, the enduser is quickly becoming the customer as well as the employee. As the shift towards supporting customers becomes as important as supporting fellow employees, the way that we approach service will also need to shift. It will also open many doors and provide opportunities for the IT team to have a greater connection to and impact on the organization as a whole.
The world is changing but there will always a need for IT just as there will always be a need for the other common and essential departments within any enterprise.
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Two buddys and I had the crazy idea to ride motorcycles down to Key West and back. Roughly, 1200 miles round trip. A blast and a chalenge! Here are a few pics from the journey.
As I reported earlier, the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead has had a profound affect on my life style. Now, six weeks later I’ve lost 13 pounds, I feel better, and I’m off all of my daily medications.
The key is more than juicing, it is a major change in how I see food. I’m not juice fasting any more but I have changed my diet to the point that 70% of my food intake is raw fruit, vegetables, and nuts.
The biggest impact is two chronic health issues were resolved with diet change. For years I’ve been on daily medication for GERD and Allergies. Today, I no longer take daily medications for these ailments and I am symptom free. In addition to relieving myself of the expense of these medications, I’ve also reduced the potential of long-term effects of taking the these medications everyday.
Yes, our country’s healthcare system is in distress, but we can all contribute… the solution is eating better and avoiding the need for healthcare in the first place. Will you join me?