Well this has certainly been one helluva year hasn't it? I don't think too many of us will be humming "It was a very good year" as we cross off the final days of 2001 on our calendars. In fact, if you're like me you wouldn't mind a bit of fast-forwarding through December - sort of dust yourself off and start all over again. Frankly, I'm just glad that Michael Jackson released his new album before 2002 began - you know a year where"the gloved one" releases an album has to suck.
I must have hit a real nerve last month when I asked readers to add to my list of reasons for kicking a sales and marketing type out of the CIO's office. There's not enough space to run them all, so I'll go with first in, best served. Here you go.
6. Those sales and marketing types who do their damnedest to bar direct access to their techos. (Usually means incompetence afoot).
7. Those S & M's (sorry) who tell you that their company can do it better and cheaper than your own, but can't explain why or how clearly.
8. Those whom assume that because they've done lots of work for my company in the past they have a right to continue even though they have repeatedly screwed up. [Typical] responses:"You see what you really saw wasn't what we installed","That was what you explained as the scope, and I didn't read that in the document. Now that I have, I agree we should do something", or even better,"We always try to save you money, and that's why it looks that way".
9. Recommendations from other companies - often better than sex.
10. Vapourware: [it] will be released next month and is compatible with everything.
11. When an expert asks you if you know about forward planning, change management and disaster recovery. Someone must have bought them the latest PC magazine an hour before they turned up.
12. When you start describing the technical details for a possible infrastructure upgrade and the blank expression crosses their face.
13. If they utter the phrases:"Let me get this right","What's that for?","Ummm . . . OK!","I'll have to talk to our technical guys about that", or any words that relate to surprise (that is,"Wow","Man", and so on).
14. You ask them if their software runs on OS/400 and they ask what that is.
15. You say gigabit and they try and correct you to say gigahertz or gigabyte.
Thanks to Andrew Parkinson and Ben Blanch for their contributions. By the way, their views are their own and do not reflect the organisations they work for.
Let's all hope for a better and more peaceful 2002.
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