in reply to IT decisions are driven by business needs
But, in the US at least, ONLY if you are a fully protected wage slave. If you are instead a contractor/consultant type and personal, property, or capital damage is possible you either do what is right or you walk away from the contract. Wage slaves are shielded from prosecution except in certain cases of extremely egregious misconduct, but as a contractor/consultant there is no such shield regardless of any contract between the client and the consultant. In (US) law, the client is fully entitled to act in reliance upon the consultant's professional judgment and the duty of diligence is placed squarely and completely upon the consultant's shoulders.
Risk analysis. Business need. Nothing more. Excrement of the male bovine! A high flying Master of The Universe with no more conscience than that of a sack of frozen green beans might be able to rationalize that kind of thinking, but only until the rest of us hunt him down and kick him to death. Risk analysis and business need might yield an action that generates $1B in revenue over ten years with projected liability payouts of $5M, so the Master of The Universe will take it up and start flipping through the pages on jaguar.com. Meanwhile somewhere in a small town very far away a child is being born, one who will be three years old when her family is killed by a product that was unsafe only because the cost of liability mitigation would have exceeded the projected liability costs. The Master of The Universe will be trading in his three year old Jaguar that day. So I say:
Conscience. Responsibility and accountability to the society that sustains you. Nothing less. Only after these considerations are fully met do you think about risk analysis and business need.
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Re^2: IT decisions are driven by business needs
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Apr 14, 2007 at 13:29 UTC