ManagementSpeak: You may not upgrade your COTS product until the vendor certifies it’s section 508 compliant.

Translation: It’s more important to cover my posterior than to keep the organization running.

This week’s observation comes from a government employee who knows the difference between a specification and an excuse.

Why keep up with current events?

Not as in reading the newspaper and knowing what’s going on, although that’s important if you want to be a responsible citizen.

No, the current events I’m talking about are software upgrades. They are events, and staying current with them is vitally important. It’s a fact of life in the world of information technology, but is more often treated as an option.