'Good Of IT' Misleading
I found the article "The Power of IT" (Aug. 25, p. 18) misleading. It was obviously written by someone outside the utilities industry. The ISO and transmission operators are separate entities and each requires specialized engineering/IT skills not normally housed in the IT department. To imply that these resources are interchangeable is naive.
Second, to imply that laying off 20% of FirstEnergy's IT staff is unacceptable is naive. They're merging multiple companies, and they put in SAP to run their major financial and billing systems. I imagine the IT staff they have is redundant. This article is weak attempt to capitalize on the news. I expect better from InformationWeek. It's a significant stretch to relate "the good of IT" to what happened in the transmission system.
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