Archive for June, 2002
ManagementSpeak: You’ve brought up an excellent point. Translation: You’ve brought something embarrassing up, but luckily I’ve got a glib answer. IS Survivalist Christian De Meco makes an excellent point.
A month back I wrote about the dilemma of properly filling out the “Race” field of various forms, now that the concept of race has been scientifically laid to rest. Readers of this column suggested two useful alternatives: “Human” and “440 meter relay.” As you might imagine, a column on race in IT provoked more […]
ManagementSpeak: You need to be adaptable in a highly dynamic environment. Translation: We have no technical sense of direction, and we’re going to jerk you around as many times as we change our mind. IS Survivalist Eric Brockway provided this week’s dynamic translation.
How much freedom are you willing to trade for security? Carlton Vogt has been exploring this subject in his thought-provoking “Ethics Matters” columns, available on Infoworld.com. It’s a complex, difficult public policy issue, which means it’s better suited to happy hour than business hours. During the work day, your worry is how much flexibility you’re […]
ManagementSpeak: It pays to be flexible in determining your needs. Translation: Want what we give you. As it happens, we do want what this week’s source, Jack Ranby gave us — an excellent translation.
It isn’t as if this is a new idea. Rental software models are hot these days, not because customers are clamoring for them but because software vendors want more revenue and are determined to persuade us all that this is an inescapable trend, and good for us besides. It can be, too. More than twenty […]
ManagementSpeak: Thanks for clarifying that point. Translation: Now weâ€™re confused at a higher level. Thanks to this weekâ€™s anonymous IS Survivalist for clarifying what weâ€™re confused about.
One of the more mystifying value propositions in recent memory was Wilford Brimley’s tag line in his series of Quaker Oats commercials. “It’s the right thing to do,” he explained. It was the first, and with any luck the last time I’ve heard anyone suggest that my breakfast menu might have moral, as well as […]