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A Worst Probable Case Scenario for U.S. Government Shutdown Planning

by French Caldwell  |  October 4, 2013  |  3 Comments

If you follow the shutdown news, you’ll no doubt hear some talking heads saying the shutdown will last a few more days, and some cleverer  pundits starting to link the timing for the shutdown to the debt limit deadline of 17 October.  Business, government and IT executives need a scenario on which to base longer […]


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Will It Be Big Data or Big Oil That Saves America?

by French Caldwell  |  January 9, 2013  |  Comments Off

It could be awfully confusing to try to make sense out of today’s FT.  A front page article highlights that the US is headed toward energy independence, which is a boon to energy intensive industries — heavy manufacturing, high tech manufacturing, petrochemicals, and even IT services.  On the other hand, a lead opinion piece touts […]

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Things That Go Boom — Safety Second!

by French Caldwell  |  August 13, 2012  |  Comments Off

Living inside the capital beltway, you meet all kinds of people that have jobs that just don’t have any equivalency anywhere else:  Like the lady I talked to last week who provides advice on safety issues associated with the modernization program for the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile.  I mentioned to her a recent GAO report […]

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IT Is an Existential Threat to Business

by French Caldwell  |  August 3, 2012  |  Comments Off

IT – The Existential Threat With the growing number of business failures attributable to IT, it’s getting hard to keep up with them all.  Who can forget the IT-enabled bungling of the Facebook IPO.  And now we have the Knight Capital hash – where a mistake in a high frequency trading program has created an […]

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What’s Your Fairness Index?

by French Caldwell  |  November 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

Many risk managers are still in a situation where they’d like to be able to contribute strategically, but they find themselves in the position of spending a lot of time still reacting to events.  The upcoming annual meeting season is an opportunity for risk managers to show that they can be more than just the […]

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Systemic Risk in America — No More Bright Ideas

by French Caldwell  |  October 11, 2011  |  Comments Off

One characteristic of American recessions is an increase in innovation. People who are laid off start new businesses that challenge the market positions of their former employers with innovative offerings. Some of these new entrepreneurs will grow their businesses and go on to create new jobs for others. We all know people who’ve been in […]

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Crisis Management Is What You Do When Risk Management Fails

by French Caldwell  |  January 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

In the drugstore the other day, my wife was searching for Tylenol Cold and Flu.  She insists that’s the only thing that works when she has a cold and with the onset of winter she wanted to make sure the medicine cabinet was stocked.  We searched and searched, but where almost any Tylenol product was […]

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