Friday, August 15, 2003

When technology doesn't keep up with business' needs
When working on a project there's not much worse you can say than, “our technology doesn't support that.” The “that” refers to a particular business need. When you tell me that your technology cannot support a business need, guess what? The technology needs to be reevaluated - immediately.

The reason I bring this up is because I've heard this phrase said numerous times over the past month or so. The middleware package of choice here that runs on an iSeries (AS/400) is powerful but behind the times, not unlike the iSeries! This middleware package is now presenting roadblocks to achieving the goals of some of the projects I'm involved with. Some of the roadblocks are being taken care of by paying premium rates for a contractor to get around the deficiencies of the middleware, but other roadblocks remain.

Like most technologies, this one has its fair share of advocates within the company. The advocates don't want to admit that the technology is not keeping up with the needs of the business. They don't want to learn something new. They don't want to admit to something that they equate to “defeat.” I can't say I blame them. I've been in their shoes before. But, eventually you have to do what is best for the company overall.

There are plenty of very old applications and technologies running many businesses all around the world. Obviously, I'm not asking for a rip and replace of all technology that seems out-of-date or just not very cool anymore. All I want is an honest evaluation of technology within a company. In the 90's we had company's buying technology they didn't need. I'm afraid in 2003 we may be doing just the opposite, not buying the technology we need. There is a delicate balance that needs to be found in order for companies to make sure their technology meets their business needs.
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Maybe Microsoft isn't killing Outlook Express afterall
ZDNet Australia: “I sat down with the Windows team today, and they tell me my comments were inaccurate,” Leach said Friday. “Outlook Express was in sustain engineering, but customers asked for continued improvement, and we are doing that. Microsoft will continue its innovation around the email experience in Windows.”

I think it's over either way for Outlook Express. My bets are that Microsoft ties any improvements to OE into the next release of Windows (Longhorn.)
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Mel Gibson vs. “The Jews” The “Mad Max” and “Braveheart” star says his new Jesus biopic “The Passion” could never be anti-Semitic because it's historically correct — a dumb, and dangerous, claim to make.

People who are truly anti-Semitic don't need a movie to fuel their hate. Saying that the Jews of Jesus' day demanded that Jesus be put to death is not anti-Semitic, it is simply following the Gospels in the Bible. In fact, I don't know how you can be anti-Semitic and believe in Christ. Jesus was a Jew for crying out loud! (If anyone had some serious guilt to deal with in Jesus' crucifixion it would have to be Judas.)

The point tries to argue against Mel Gibson's new movie is absurd. Sometimes I think people run these types of articles to fuel the flames of an issue that has, for most people, long since passed. If you have hatred for Jews because they wanted Jesus crucified, then you're a moron. It doesn't matter who pushed for Christ's death. He was marked for death. He knew it was coming and it's by the grace of God he did come to offer himself as a sacrifice. We all put Christ on that cross. The real question then is how you come to grips with that fact.

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