Sunday, December 18, 2005
WiFi Technology in my own hometown
The harder part of the conversation though is when I put on my enterprise architect hat and think about stewardship of my own town and I think I arrive at a different conclusion...
Here are several questions I have asked myself:
- Is it responsible for a municipality to commit its taxpayers to one technology?
- Technology is always improving. How can these future technologies be integrated and will we have a "we did that already" mindset?
- We understand the estimated costs per household but realistically how long could the town support these fees? We all know that most governments don't practice fiscal responsibility
- Most towns do a lousy job of estimating the costs of things that are simple such as building a new school. What confidence do I have in their ability to properly estimate the cost projections for new technology?
If one were to equate the town with a business, we may rationalize that having high-speed internet access can assist in economic development and make our children smarter, but we all know that Rationalization is a trap! Internet access as an enabler to economic development is a panacea.
I guess I have to be the pain point in my own town kinda like I am at work. Maybe the better answer is for the town to change its charter and to create a newly elected position of Town Enterprise Architect. Of course, I will run for the position.
Sadly, I will probably fail as most town governments operate under the notion of Design by Committee which makes real EA difficult. Actually, I am being too polite. I should really say Blowhard Jamboree. Anyway, the other aspect that I will struggle with is in arming myself with industry analyst reports outlining this space as a bad idea. There is simply no coverage on municipality technology in the analyst space. I will drop a note shortly to Jamie Lewis of the Burton Group to see if this is a business opportunity for him...
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