DC Schools Blames Apache for Windows

I’ll ask you to bear with me for a second, by employment, I’m a technologist. That’s why, when I read stuff like this piece on the DC Schools CIO, I get really angry about government. The basics:

The DC Schools got a new system call DC STARS over the summer. It’s not working. At all. What’s more galling:

“In my experience, the combination of an Oracle database, Windows operating system, Unix hardware and an Apache webserver is a bad combination,” Barlow wrote in the memo to Thomas M. Brady, the school system’s chief business operations officer.

I’m sorry, CIO Barlow, Unix isn’t hardware. It’s SOFTWARE. It’s the most solid operating system in the world. You’re a Chief Information Officer, this is stuff you should know. Besides, what happened to the testing phase of the software development? Why didn’t you, as CIO, you know, TEST this heavily? And besides, this is clearly just “cover your ass” maneuvering by someone who deserves to be fired. But, apparently, this being Washington, we just don’t do that anymore.


4 Comments so far

  1. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on September 11th, 2005 @ 8:36 pm

    Does anyone know of a public school system that ever had a competent IT staff? Nevertheless, this guy should get canned pronto.

    Also (and somewhat OT), does anyone think the position of “CIO” will make it to see the next decade?

  2. Tiff (unregistered) on September 12th, 2005 @ 9:06 am

    It ought to- in fact, it ought to grow. Far too few companies understand that their IT infrastructure ought to be as strategic as their recruiting and retention programs. Which is how idiots like this guy get to keep their jobs.

  3. webjedi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2005 @ 6:03 pm

    Hire me… I’m a techie geek who wants to get the hell out of where they are AND knows their shit.

    I have bosses who are in the same space as thsi guy. C’mon sitting down and reading even WIRED gives you greater insight into this stuff. C’mon is their CIO restricted to reading Red Herring and People?

    Yeah, and I’ll help you secure your network from those highschoolers from Kutztown too.. seesh.

    The problem is, as it is in some private industries where profit is the mantra, they ain’t apyin’ enough for talented folks to fix their problems. If a techie spends his hard time and energy on keeping up on all this stuff, he/she sure as hell wants to get paid well for that effort.

    I drop by the 501-(NPO) Tech List for just to help cause it’s fun… Maybe those guys should read that every do often and get free help.

    (one small argument for the CIO guy… he could be complaining about Sun or HP machines, which, by their archtecture, really will only ever run a *NIX type OS… I’d love to see Windows a Sparc, MIPS, or PA-RISC… it’s just a generalist taunt of the whole archtecture…)

  4. webjedi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2005 @ 6:04 pm

    you know, this thing should have a spell check.. dang… sorry for the poor prose/rant

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