September 2010 Archives

In the last entry I told you about the wondrously awful expense system that I was lumbered with in days gone past. Being an uppety sort of bloke, I decided to ask the head of HR why they had spent so long selecting a system that was worse than the one we had before - which seemed a reasonable question to me? (Tact and diplomacy have never been high on my list of skills).

Anyway, the answer was that the bean counters liked it. Oh good, I cried, it is so much more important that a bunch of (low cost) people in a previous outpost of our Empire should be happy, whereas hundreds / thousands of (high-cost) employees should have to waste hours working with a system they hate. 

He wasn't British, so my irony and sarcasm was a bit lost on him. 

OK, I am exaggerating to make a point, but how many people actually look at the true cost of systems? How many systems have you had stuck down your throat with some fatuous excuse, when it is blindingly obvious that no-one has ever actually tried to use them? As one customer sweetly said to me the other day, "relational databases would never have survived if we had wanted performance."

Oracle's $10M Bet

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This a little bit away from business service management - but Oracle has been taunting IBM primarily, and other vendors in general for the last 7 months or so with advertisements about their 'powerhouse' SUN servers.

Just two weeks ago they issued a challenge aimed at IBM. The winner could pick up a 'fast' $10 M by disproving their statement that any Oracle database application will run at least 2x faster on their 10-cluster SUN System. They also cited some 'interesting' comparison figures

Looking into the details, the 'competition' turned out to be some what less than implied....see our comments and follow the link here to our comments.
There are many things I don't understand in this world, for instance:

  • Why anyone would pay money to listen to Tony Blair, Bono or Coldplay
  • Why Nadal cannot find any underwear that fits
  • Why any footballer (UK) is worth more than about $10 a week
  • Why anyone would care what any "celebrity" does
  • Why we can't find a religion that encourages tolerance and mutual respect
  • Why we put with systems that don't do what we want
  • etc.
I have this sinking feeling that a lot of the time people are afraid to be different, and think they have to conform to the public view. IMHO, that's sad. If you don't like something, you should be allowed to say so in a constructive fashion. If you get into trouble for that, then you're probably in the wrong job / working for the wrong company.

For instance, at the company I used to work for I thought the expenses system was the most badly designed piece of rubbish I had ever come across, and said so. They agreed and implemented a new one. Unfortunately it was worse, so I left, but by then lots of other people were complaining too, which to me was a result.

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