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What I heard the other day from a colleague isn’t the first time I had heard such a story. What is impressive is that all of the news media appears to be paid to ignore it. His current place of employment has been bringing in a rash of H1-B workers because some in upper management believe cheaper is always better. Over the last couple of years, those managing the projects and doing the accounting have learned that cheaper is never better, and rarely even adequate. The line of failed projects has been getting kind of long. Ah, but that is not the point of this story. This little company, like most every other company using H1-B workers these days, got paid a visit by Homeland Security. Seems one of their…

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Many innovations, for all their progress, leave a sailboat of forgotten goodness behind. And in our race to innovate, we instinctively reject people who hold on to the past. We can’t know that they don’t have a point. Perhaps they’ve pointed out something timeless that we didn’t think about. Is there an innovation that can replace a hug from your mom? Ice cream on a summer day? Is a strip mall a worthy substitute for an open meadow, or the latest Gehry office tower for the Chrysler Building? The passion of creation leaves us partially blind; we’re focused so intently on what we’re making that we forget the good things already here, or that our innovations might leave behind.

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Some people say it is hard to turn down a free magazine with bathroom length articles. It’s not hard. It just requires you go to their Web site and tell them to stop sending it to you. The level of criminal activity at Information Week finally got high enough I had to block it from showing up at my doorstep anymore. You see, I’m old enough to remember when MTV actually played music videos. I’m old enough to remember when CNN actually hired journalists instead of the paid political talking heads they now make us endure. In short, I’m old enough to have watched the progression of corruption from the beginning. The dirty little secret in the IT industry has always been, companies launching new products pay “independent” research groups…

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This little tail should prove to be both entertaining, and a warning. No, I’m not going to give you enough details to identify the guilty parties. Indeed, by the end of it you should begin to realize the pool of guilty parties is quite large. A firm with an existing contract to a vendor management firm decided to totally disregard that contract and buddy up with a few on-shore off-shore consulting firms to reap all of the benefits of $10/day labor. Oh, how upper management’s eyes gleamed when they thought of all the money which would no longer be squandered on competent technical staff and could be more appropriately directed into their bonus checks and stock options. Once the brew-ha-ha settled down with the vendor management company, the mother ship…

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A lot of attention has been given to the hijacked title of Business Analyst by the trade press recently. The title used to be used by the “Independent” analysis firms for people who were doing “research”. Some time later they started calling these people “Industry Analysts” leaving the other title open for thieving. Since the vast majority of MBA’s who get put in charge of IT departments do whatever these marketing…I mean analyst firms tell them to do, they started using the title for another batch of MBA’s brought into the corporate structure to oversee off-shored projects. This title is usually broken up into junior and senior. The senior Business Analyst is fresh out of MBA school. They took their one day/week course using a worthless Microsoft product (insert your…

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