I recently had the opportunity to visit with Bill Bransford. Bill is with Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a law firm in the DC area, and is also the host of FED TALK, a radio show that is taped live every other Friday at 11:00 a.m. I was one of the two guests on this past week, along with Tim Simon, to discuss technology in the federal government. Topics included Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Mobility and Telework, and the ever famous Bring Your Own Device to work discussion.
The show was recorded, and can be heard here: Technology in the federal government
Listening to the conversation, it dawned on me that there was a common theme running through the conversation. If you take any of the topics discussed, be it Cybersecurity or cloud, the obvious missing link was education. It’s not always about technology. Sometimes it’s just about core concepts. So many people these days think they understand what these terms mean, and I don’t want to offend anyone, but most of them just don’t. If you ask 10 people what cybersecurity is, you likely will get 20 different answers.
So, I’m not going to use this entry to try to explain what these terms mean. They mean something different to everyone, anyway. What I am suggesting, however, is that we get better at educating ourselves, and each other, on what it is that we are trying to accomplish before we suggest a better way of doing things. When you get back to the basics, you will sometimes realize that what you were trying to deploy had nothing to do with what you were trying to accomplish. And that, my friends, creates a huge waste of time and money for all involved.
I’m curious to hear what you think of the radio show if you get a chance to listen to it. Was it a good format, bad format, good host, bad guests? Please reply with some comments to let me know if we should be doing more of these.