Re: @Hollerith 1 - Obstacle or Enabler?
I hired and trained my team (a small one) and I always listed and reported to the IT department once a year, asking them to help me replace a 'temporary' work-around with a better solution. I said if I screwed anything up I would fall on my sword. But IT were like 'well...it's low-level and it's working so...' I was not the only one downloading Chrome (huge IT risk there...) and I worked hard to give reasonably intelligent solutions to managers who really were going to instal crapware, solutions I paid for and had licences to and all of that. Yes, I was a security risk, yes, I didn't want to do it, but I wasn't paid to tell senior people 'there's no solution out there' when there was one. I've worked with great IT team-mates and we all had a 'can-do' attitude, but when I've run into the Dead Walking, my loyalties are with the profit-centres and not the IT dept. So far, I have moved from job to job with good references and rising levels of pay and I have never heard -- once -- that anything I left behind caused an iota of risk or damage. So far, so good.