Information Technology was supposed to save time, space and money. Instead, basements became filled with main-frames and desktops became filled with PCs. Workers went from single desks to cubicles and new buildings were built, while armies of technicians moved in. Everything grew until we now have a quarter billion dollar building that includes a data center that won’t be filled. There's something wrong when expansion exceeds need.
“Honey I shrunk the IT”. I have an 8 megabyte flash drive and a cell phone in my pocket. My technical manuals are on my Kindle. My notebook computer is small enough that I can work at a corner table at Starbucks and upload to a cheap server in Kentucky. I have more technology in my computer bag today than a large segment of a computer room held 20 years ago, and the most expensive part of my new lifestyle is probably my latte habit. So why can’t the state shrink?
The governor wastes money on a huge building project, while seeking to close homes for the developmentally disabled and turn criminals to the streets. My wife thinks we ought to open the building to the homeless.