Anybody want to predict how this one ends?

This company doesn't have a CIO -- the IT department reports directly to the CFO, according to a pilot fish there.

"The CFO read an article about IBM's predictive disk-drive failure analysis for IBM's big iron," fish says. "We had an IBM midrange Unix box. No 'warm' spare equipment. No hot site for disaster recovery, either.

"Our ancient drive array failed, but we had a good backup system, and no data was lost. We were only down for about 18 hours of good hard work, replacing equipment and restoring data.

"The CFO tried to fire IT for not knowing that the drive array was going to fail.

"Luckily, the CEO had read the same IBM article, and knew that the predictive failure analysis capability wasn't available for us at that time. (The CFO also hated to buy replacement backup tapes.)

"The CFO was eventually fired by the CEO 'for not knowing that the market was getting ready to crash.'"

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