Management by nerds

Why business lines should keep from the EDP

The sight of a single computer is a long time for the layman for everyday life. Three computers in a room witnesses of technological understanding and from five computers and air conditioning are wondering how to manage such a thing. Unfortunately, this question is spurred on the wrong people — the interested layman of the business.

Just imagine, you come home and anyone in the family has decided over their heads to modernize their study. Instead of the simple hate design for the current advances and the carefully created archive from moving boxes in the basement, you now have a top-modern box with many snops behind. They will call the system soon ‘backoffice’ because it sounds firstly better than ‘cavity-consuming storage unit’ and they are secondly with the floating side on the other hand. The conversion has only brought only frustration: You find nothing more and will be immediately watched. As a emergency treatment, you finally install a huge cartoon with long spines where the most important documents can be broken up again. And they are really happy only when the machine has been so healthy that the functionality of a slope with attached archive in the basement is reached again.

Incredible? Then take a look into any company, whether with or without IT department: the game shoot of the manager are barely limited. Unfortunately, there is usually not much innovative or even practical: a readout procession for software and hardware only takes place according to the criteria ‘Marktfuhrer’, ‘awareness’ and ‘Feature Overload’. The actual requirements of the users and ultimately the manageability is taken into account in the rarest traps.

For example, what does the user use a ‘full-featured’ merchant application, if every dodel can go to the warehouse and the needed parts from the shelf fetched or goods incentive not or not booked in fragments? What brings an ordering system when suppliers are only sporadically accomplished with their terms ? Without stable care of the data, you can throw 75% of the features of modern merchant software into the ton. Although the users know that, but the manager familiar to the ‘good name’ of the manufacturer. If there are many screws that can be turned, then that should only have a positive impact.

Really Krab, however, it becomes rough companies when the use of hardware and software is negotiated at the highest level. Since it can happen that the heads of the IT department a complete change of direction is determined. Something is just about coarse discounts — who can already withstand special offers ? Of course, at that moment, no idea about whether the conversion costs more money than all the predictive rationalization effects will ever contribute — the IT managers will already judge it.

The renowned consulting company ‘Aberdeen Consult’ has last year two studies Case Study: Horns of a dilemma; Case Study: Migration Migraines) released how working structures in corporations have gone into the pants in the corporations by Scharlin’s ‘Follow the Leader’ strategies.

What causes such problems? Uncertainty due to lack of information is probably the main reason. Who knows ‘his’ operating systems, no one can fool a ‘x’ for a ‘u’. He prefer to set several machines under DOS, Unix, NT, OS / 2, Mac etc. in the net, as he makes unnotically crooked. But the typical day business can hardly be able to work in detail with the strong and weakness of the operating systems in relation to a possible use in operation. Only the information remains through the print media, and those simply have the problem that the ‘hardcore users’ have long been moved to usenet, www, fido, z-network and comparable purpose fast replacement (or just know that every usable company a FAQ ready, which will be resolved the worst problems). Thus, only the exchange of banalities — and you need an operating system, which is simple enough, but on the other side are ready for pitfalls ready to add columns.

This gives a perfect spiral: the users of ‘thick’ operating systems inform themselves among themselves, the magazines remain in the mass only the interested layman. These users again see only publications for the interested laity all day and ame that it is the same and therefore one does not come over to Windows95.

So you explain darkness to the standard … Stay tuned !

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