I know I've been very quiet on the blogging front, and frankly that is due to the following:
- I'm retired
- My grandaughter is way higher on my list of priorities
- Nothing much has annoyed me for a while (apart from our politicians who annoy me all the time)!
However, two recent things have caused me to leap to the keyboard and bore you rigid with my thoughts.
- I read an article about people using the infamous "CLOUD" , and hey presto they think their backup and recovery procedures are not needed any more - DOOOH!
- We have had a banking mess over here - not the LIBOR fiddling - which involved a certain bank's systems being offline for a long time because some poor underpaid soul in the depths of our previous empire didn't backup the scheduling info before he changed it. Unfortunately his change also happened to involve deleting it!
Several things struck me straight away.
- If you move key parts of your computing to cheap labour, don't be surprised if it goes wrong occasionally. Unfortunately the bean counters never look at the real costs when they move things offshore.
- Don't blame the poor soul who deleted the data - blame the process, which probably wasn't in place.
- If you use the CLOUD, don't expect everything to happen by magic. All the CLOUD means is that someone else is running the system - it doesn't mean they are running key processes for you, unless you ask them to. CLOUD does not replace ITIL and CoBIT.