Wash post article on the DC school computing debacle. Sounds like the DC Schools CIO has decided to start blaming Apache 2.0 on Windows instead of fixing what is most likely a poorly designed system. If you are familiar with the technology, you know that the following paragraph is a common “cover your a**”, “grabbing for any excuse instead of admitting incompetence” trick. Read on for some good quotes…
Dang! Oracle and Microsoft? DC schools must be paying a hefty price for this chance at failure.
“In fact, through our research the last few days, we have found an advisory on the Apache website that states, ‘Please note that at this time, Windows support is entirely experimental and is recommended only for experienced users.’ The Apache Group does not guarantee that the software will work as documented or even at all.” - D.C. schools Chief Information Officer Gregory Barlow
The DC school system paid a whole gaggle of expensive consultants to implement some “enterprise architecture”, and they’ve decided to blame Apache on Windows as the cause of performance problems…. That’s a good one. I wonder how much DC paid for this? My guess is in the many, many millions.
Comments on Slashdot are interesting :-)
“In my experience it is more often bad management that causes problems, regardless of the underlying technology (good or bad).” - AnonymousCoward
“Through our RESEARCH”? Heh, some research. The last time I installed Apache for Windows, is said that Windows support was limited in both the README file and the online documentation page. If this incompetent IT staff can’t read the damn README file before installing a product they’re unfamiliar with, I have no idea how they’re going to handle an operating system transition.” - leonbev
“How much time and money did they spend on a system without, apparently, having first determined if the various bits would play nicely together? How did they manage to get to the point of going live without testing? Why did the CIO discover fundamental issues only after system failures? Just who are these folks and why do they still have jobs?” - oldenuf2knowbetter
Advice to DC schools: fire IT management, hire a bunch of smart dudes, install ruby, rewrite project in a two months, spend the rest of the money on books. Maybe that’s oversimplifying?
Right. Since when did we start calling government employees “Chief Information Officer” of “Chief Anything” for that matter? Can’t we go back to calling our public servants by less corporate sounding monkiers?