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Lack of Time and Resources

There is a severe lack of time and resource to build the proper infrastructure. Many of the issues I've highlighted in previous articles have already been identified. They're on that infamous list of goals year in and year out. But these issues have been on the back burner for too long. New technology or new systems continue to take precedence. It's the same story no matter where we go. The pendulum will never shift back to the way we built infrastructures in the 1970s and 1980s, when the infrastructure was priority one and everything else was a lesser priority. However, the proportion of 90% applications development and 10% infrastructure development will be the death of network computing because the system will continue to bleed and eventually fail, and so will its leaders.

Some CIOs argue that on one side they have a Vice President of Applications Development and on the other side a VP of Infrastructure or Operations, both with large budgets and extensive staffs. They claim that because of their organization's large staff and budget for infrastructure, they spent nearly half their time on operations. But, they also admit that they focus most of their energies on applications development, not really understanding the issues with their infrastructure. It's a matter of focus. Until CIOs concentrate on improving the structure of their organization, they won't have RAS with network computing.

The role of the CIO is to harness the available resources, decide what projects can be undertaken to succeed, and set up a viable measurement system to measure performance on a daily, short-range, and long-range basis.

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