Archive for May, 2001

ManagementSpeak, 5/28/2001

Monday, May 28th, 2001
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ManagementSpeak: We want to be flexible, but we’re not going to compromise. Translation: Forget it. This, uttered by a former head of Eastern Airlines Machinists Union, is one of my dad’s personal favorites.

The dreaded O-word (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 28th, 2001
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Some words inspire terror. Their mere mention causes blood pressure to rise, mouths to dry, and beads of sweat to burst out, cold. Words like “vampire”. “Final exam.” “Orthodontist.” Orthodontist isn’t the most terrifying word to start with “O” either. Far worse is the dreaded IT O-word — the one that’s spoken only in whispers, […]

Great Quotations, 5/21/2001

Monday, May 21st, 2001
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“Software is just an opinion.” – mentioned to me by my friend Bill Hammond

CRM in how long? (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 21st, 2001
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I wonder how many ERP customers actually use their ERP software to plan Enterprise Resources? The point of enterprise resource planning software is to run your whole business from a single integrated suite, making integration problems a thing of the past. So where’d that name come from? Answer: First there was materials requirements planning (MRP). […]

ManagementSpeak, 5/14/2001

Monday, May 14th, 2001
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ManagementSpeak: Obviously … Translation: I don’t know why it’s true, but I need you to agree to it so I can get what I want. Obviously, IS Survivalist Jeff Atkins understands how to interpret management utterances.

The fallacy of the digital exchange (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 14th, 2001
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Consider plumage. If Mother Nature hired some consultants I know, the male peacock would lose its tail feathers; likewise the bird of paradise. Even the cardinal’s crest would go, re-engineered in the interest of efficiency. As for ungulates, their antlers, along with the contests they engage in to compete for territory and mates would be […]

Great Quotations, 5/7/2001

Monday, May 7th, 2001
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“If you were supposed to understand it, we wouldn’t call it code.” – from a Federal Express promotion, reported by IS Survivalist Matthew Persico.

Fat clients reborn; pundits still asleep (first appeared in InfoWorld)

Monday, May 7th, 2001
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Imitation, I’m told, is the sincerest form of flattery. Given the occasional criticism of Gartner in this space over the years, I was especially flattered by Gartner Senior Analyst Nikos Drakos. At the Gartner Europe Spring Symposium/ITxpo 2001, Drakos made use of the technology life cycle — Hype, Disillusionment, Application — first described in this […]

my photoBob Lewis is a senior management consultant with Dell Services. He has published these columns once a week in one form or another since 1996.

Disclaimer: All opinions, statements, representations, allegations, images (if published) and anything else that appears here is the sole responsibility of the author. Dell has and had nothing to do with it, other than saying it's okay to continue publishing KJR.

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