Two days left to decide on a topic. I made those words big to remind me it's time to quit screwing around, get down to business, and PICK A TOPIC. Today I read about incident investigation: the systems approach to investigation vs. the chain-of-events approach. The systems approach is preferable in occupational safety, according to the researcher, because the goal of the chain-of-events is to find somebody or something to blame. Once something or someone is found, the investigation ends. Finding all the factors is important for preventing future accidents, and the systems approach causes the investigator to look from a broader perspective at all the things that contributed to the incident.
So, this blogging is a break from what I'm reading now - how to integrate information systems using an audit approach. I have to believe this is an excellent idea. Integrated systems are problematic, particular when things aren't stable. If somebody is accessing my database and I know it, I notify them when I'm getting ready to change something. Likewise, in the ideal world, I would be given plenty of notice if something is going to change that effects my stuff. If systems were designed to capture integration information, these notifications could occur automatically. Systems could intelligently communicate to each other and notify their maintainers.
Time is tight - enough for tonight.