Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Meeting

In a rather long specialist meeting today whilst discussing a rather heated topic, a co-worker leans over and says: “We like to do everything the same… differently.” Trying to consolidate an environment is not an easy task, we have come a long way in the past year, but it hasn’t been without strife. There are many talented people who have been around this set of hardware for a long time. To many of them, change doesn’t come easily.

I suppose that is just the name of the game. If anything, I am beginning to understand why most enterprise level changes come slowly. Not necessarily because it takes a long time to plan a change, though that may be some of it. It appears that most of the time is spent convincing all involved parties that the idea is good for the corporation, and that the implementation plan while discomforting for a bit, will be worth it to the bottom line. Building the software and making the programming changes sometimes seems more simple than getting the buyoff.

Consolidated systems are indeed complicated. More users taking up more greater resources, larger risk in the event of failure, more people to talk to when small decisions need to be made. However, the ease of data aggregation, data processing, and user management seems to be getting easier. There was once a time when to find something out about a user, or particular situation required 11 different logons, downloads, and consolidation into an excel spreadsheet. Now, I can simply grab the information I need and go from at most two locations. From the standpoint of QA/support it makes life much easier. The entry-level user may not understand or see this need, but it sure makes sense from the management/reporting perspective.

Maybe change would be easier if we spent more time to make sure that people understood the basics of computing. Or perhaps we as developers need to be more understanding of the non-native computer using generation. But really, how hard is it to change a password when prompted to do so?

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