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Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates LLC. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 720.895.1405 or at bwebster@bfwa.com.

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BanxCorp v. Costco et al. — Can you copyright the result of a calculation?

February 24, 2014 0 Comments
BanxCorp v. Costco et al. — Can you copyright the result of a calculation?

From 2011 to 2013, I served as an expert witness in BanxCorp d/b/a BanxQuote v. Costco Wholesale Corporation et al., a copyright infringement case in the US District Court, Southern District of New York. To quote from the summary judgment opinion issued in this case by Judge Kenneth M. Karas (note — I have omitted […]

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UK Universal Credit project — complete write-off of code?

November 5, 2013 1 Comment
UK Universal Credit project — complete write-off of code?

I’ve written twice before (here and here) about the severe problems with the British government’s Universal Credit project. From my first post: The British government has spent roughly half a billion pounds ($750M) developing a new IT system for its welfare services, with the goal of cutting down on fraud and loss. The project, by all accounts, has […]

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An approach to software release

October 10, 2013 6 Comments
An approach to software release

The following excerpt is taken — with a few minor edits — from a white paper I wrote on quality assurance back in the late 1990s for a large corporate client. Given the rather intense coverage of the failings of the Healthcare.gov website — which clearly was not ready for prime time — I thought […]

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The flip site of government IT failures: the contractors

October 7, 2013 0 Comments
The flip site of government IT failures: the contractors

My friend and colleague Robert La Ferla pointed me to this Boston Globe article detailing problems with certain of Deloitte’s large-scale IT projects for governments (emphasis mine): In its brochures, Deloitte Consulting proclaims a record of “smooth implementations” of complex technology projects. But in courts, school systems, and government agencies in several states, the roll-out of […]

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Another ‘flash rise’ due to algorithmic trading

October 4, 2013 0 Comments
Another ‘flash rise’ due to algorithmic trading

Tyler Durden over at Zero Hedge has posted an absolutely fascinating video showing the interacting trading algorithms that analyzed a newsfeed regarding Radio Shack financing plans and reacted accordingly: News yesterday that Radioshack was planning to seek new debt financing in order to give suppliers more confidence – which in itself is kind of ironic […]

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