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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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Leaving the Screen Door Open for the G-Man

by French Caldwell  |  July 17, 2013  |  2 Comments

Colleagues today were discussing again the Snowden revelations about service providers giving governments access to digital business and social media data.  One colleague suggested that we should not use the term back door in this context since by the traditional IT security definition this would imply that government agencies had direct access to the operational […]


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Where Are the Vendors? Please Don’t Play Hide and Seek With the Analysts

by French Caldwell  |  May 23, 2013  |  1 Comment

As John Wheeler and I work on the updated Enterprise GRC Platform magic quadrant, I wonder what has happened to many of the vendors that used to brief us.  Actually, I know where they are, and now and then I’ll see them at a trade show, or shoot them an e-mail asking for an update.  […]

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GRC Will Be a Performance Platform

by French Caldwell  |  May 1, 2013  |  1 Comment

I just returned from the MetricStream GRC Summit in Las Vegas where I presented a keynote on risk management and performance.  The summit was very well planned, organized, and executed.  The speakers and panel participants talked not just theory but provided practical examples of the benefits and challenges of using GRC technologies to improve their […]

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The Google Anti-Trust Settlement — What a Difference a Decade Makes

by French Caldwell  |  January 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

Wow — less than two years to settle the Google antitrust case.  Remember the Microsoft antitrust case — it seemed to drag on forever. One difference here is that the Google case was handled by the FTC, which has become the de-facto consumer information technology industry regulator.  At the time of the Microsoft case, there […]

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A New Year’s Resolution on Leadership — ‘Turn the Ship Around’

by French Caldwell  |  December 31, 2012  |  1 Comment

At the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, I found just about every 1-1 meeting with attendees and Gartner clients could be boiled down to “things just aren’t working right in my organization.”  I found that instead of engaging in discussions about the GRC vendors I cover, I was providing leadership counseling.  Fortunately, I had just read […]

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BioNet Risks — Will Your Smartphone Catch the Flu?

by French Caldwell  |  October 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

Wow – just as we’re starting to grapple with the future of risk from social media and along come researchers with the biological internet.  The Harvard DNA storage story broke a few months ago, and now researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine have gotten cells to communicate through DNA packets – with a range of […]

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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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Congratulations to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for Breaking the Mold on Social Media Compliance

by French Caldwell  |  July 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

Risk management and compliance is a hot topic and no where is it hotter than in banking.  And with all the banking scandals which illustrate more and more risk management failures in banking, it’s easy to overlook a fairly innocuous story on how one bank is taking the leap into social media in a big […]

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NYSE Webcast on Enterprise Risk Management in the New ‘ab’Normal

by French Caldwell  |  April 5, 2012  |  1 Comment

For many years I’ve claimed that there are critical uncertainties of IT-led globalization that affect all business decision making:  These being the confidence in the connected economy, the pace of globalization, regulatory change, the nature of warfare, the race for resources, and social e-governance.   It is to sustain growth in the face of these critical […]

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