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January 24, 2007


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Tom Daniels

Arguably information is a currency. Perhaps the IT industry needs a set of professional guidelines similar to GAAP to account for information assets.

As a 40 year student of IT I see us reinventing standards annually with our technology marketing cycle, but what "information standards" can we agree on among industries? These are not the same as technology standards which are proliferating into technobabble.

Today's accounting standards development can be traced to 1933 with most credible work being achieved 40-50 years later. Given their sophistication and merit (albeit occasionally stifling), perhaps IT is a little behind in getting its information house in order.

Maybe we could even borrow from GAAPs 7 principles: Regularity, Sincerity, Permanance, Non-Compensation, Prudence, Continuity, and Periodicity.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Tom -- couldn't agree more.

The more I look, the more I find parallels between the evolution of accounting, finance and corporate financial management -- and the exact same evolution being applied to IT.

I believe that -- over time -- more people will come to see "information" as the new "money", and they'll look to the world of accounting and corporate finance for the new models around standards and governance.

GAAP for IT? Love the sound of it. Let me think about it for a bit.

Also really like the guiding principles of accounting. We need something like that for IT, don't we?

Thanks for the very insightful post, and thanks for reading!

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