The ordinary household in South Africa spends about R350 on having their home alarm monitored with includes armed response. In this neck of the Savannah a home alarm system can set you as much as R30k out of pocket and an extra R16k for an electric fence. The alarm system and fence operate only when armed at a control panel and raise the alarm to the operations centre of the armed response security company to dispatch an armed security officer.
There I was shooting the breeze with an old mate. The conversation turned to why Madge Networks which I wrote about here went titsup. My analysis is that Madge Networks had a solution and decided to go out and find a problem. They deferred to more incorrect strategic technology choices. The truth of the matter is that when something goes titsup, its not because of one reason only, but a myriad of them all contributing to the negative consequence. There are the immediate or visual ones, which are underpinned by intermediate ones and finally after digging right down, there are the root causes. There is never a singular root cause for anything but I'll present my opinion and encourage everyone else to chip in. All of them together are more likely the reason the company went titsup. As far as technology brainfarts go there is no better example than Kodak . They invented the digital camera that killed them. However, they were so focused on milking people in their leg