It takes a disaster to prove a techie right

From tech failures to bad publicity, these Off the Record stories show the boss that the IT pro was correct all along

To say the least, tech pros' expertise is not always compatible with managers' egos. The head honchos reject the reports, plans, budgets, recommendations, arguments -- and common sense. But sometimes, letting nature take its course can be the best way to make the point.

Off the Record writers have shared the sweetness of the "I told you so" moments when their recommendations prove to be the right ones. In the following tales, the breakthroughs include public embarrassment, an act of nature, or a blow to the business. The tech pro isn't always acknowledged -- that would be too easy in the business world. But it's vindication all the same.

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