What? Us Worry?
I think we all wish them well, but we a lesson can be learned from a recent comment about another kind of software deployment. In fact, following such an approach is probably more important in the national security realm, where a complex system doesn’t help deal with complex problems; it just adds more complexity chaos to the situation.
Some of these suggestions may be OBE, but if you have had any interaction with Hoover’s boys and girls you know this was not always the case (in no particular order):
- Pick the same productivity suite everyone else in the community is using if you want to move beyond exchanging .txt files
- Ditto for the email system
- Bring your bandwidth up to info-age standards
- Deploy the MOST BASIC Web-enabled database you can (names, crimes/activities, locations, POCs). Add features after a shake-down run.
- Buy a Google Search Appliance and deploy it
Moving big and fast is only smart if you’ve got the wherewithal to bring the effort to fruition. The turn-over of senior IT pros is indication enough that motivation alone (it certainly isn’t the money) isn’t enough to overcome some significant hurdles. Might as well move slow and smart; odds are time isn’t the most important factor here.