Two years ago, IT executive Bob McMahon wondered why his highly-profitable employer, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Services, didn't replace antiquated systems with more modern and efficient off-the-shelf technology. The Madoff systems were expensive to maintain and made it difficult to grow the business by expanding into new classes of securities. McMahon's job: To organize and document projects that would create custom technology for the firm's trading operations.

On Dec. 11, 2008, he got his answer.

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