Vaporware, Wired Magazine and CCMS

Posted on November 24, 2011


Every year about this time our friend Michael Calore over at Wired Magazine accepts nominations from readers so that he can compile this years top ten list for Wired’s Annual Vaporware Award. While he hasn’t asked for nominations yet, he usually does so early in December. We want to ensure that CCMS gets Wired Magazines nod this year so we’re going to ask our readers to share this page in twitter, on facebook or myspace, in forums and on every social networking platform you participate in. Use our email link to email the post to others. Power is in numbers so we’re looking to organize at least 500 nominations for CCMS. We want to get the unions involved. We want to get the public involved. We want to get judges involved and we want to get AOC employees involved with an overwhelming number of nominations.

What is vaporware?

The California Case Management System more commonly known by its more favored government acronym CCMS is vaporware.

Vaporware is the oft-promised yet never delivered products that suffer from long development times or cost overruns and might never be released. The California Case Management System is now over ten years in development with the latest iteration being V4. With an approximate investment into the product currently approaching 700 million, it has yet to be installed or released to any court simply because nothing beyond the base code works in a lab environment. As late as June of this year, none of the connectors that would enable ccms to be put in production had been designed, developed or tested. In an effort to save face and stave off legislative intervention, they were separated from the core project itself for the sole purpose of the AOC declaring that the software is complete.

Then a pause was declared by the AOC and we all witnessed the Judicial Council vote to pause the program, followed by a vote to fully fund development for CCMS via miscellaneous appropriations for an additional year! Our CCMS leaders Justice Bruniers and Mark Moore creatively bought yet another year of development time. By declaring this pause, they can always point at the Judicial Council vote to pause the program as the excuse as to why it won’t be installed or deployed to a single court in California this year while development continues.

Join Judicial Council Watcher in nominating the California Case Management System to Wired Magazine’s annual vaporware list by writing Michael Calore at Wired Magazine. He can be reached at