January 23, 2003
The "Mother of All Knowledge Management Projects"

CIO.com has an article called Integrating America talking about how difficult it will be to get 22 federal agencies, with 170,000 employees, using 500 applications, and an unknown number of stovepipe systems to work together in a single system. Among the problems: multiple standards, multiple ways of thinking about the data reflected in system design, multiple security systems, gigs of data traversing limited bandwidth, the difficulty of finding people good at labeling, categorizing and organizing information.... One problem not explicitly addressed: the freshness of the data they are trying to gather and analyze.

CIO says it would not be surprised if the Department of Homeland Security fails or only partially succeeds, and yet they are hopeful the DHS is somewhat successful because of 9/11.

Posted by Mary Hodder at January 23, 2003 09:37 AM
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