How the Boston Globe’s IT group started over and let users drive
The Boston Globe had a huge technology problem show up overnight last October, when the New York Times company decided to sell the Globe after 20 years of ownership.
The problem was the Times and Globe had closely intermingled IT systems, which made perfect sense when they were siblings. Now, the IT staff was told they had to be completely disconnected from the Times’ systems and running on their own within six to twelve months. That meant breaking apart connections between the two newspapers for networks, advertising, financial systems and more, while coming up with their own systems.