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Thu 03 Nov 2005
The Corporate Orifice
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I recall this quote by Steve Jobs, about "As you know from our limited success at getting our computers into the Fortune 500, Apple's never been very good at going through corporate orifices in order to get at the end users".
Neither have I.
We were invited to do a demo of our General Insurance System. As usual the users liked it, but the IT guys hate it. "We'll only let it pass if it's VB, Java or .Net". We wrote it using 4th Dimension. Never mind that it's cross-platform. Of course, it's never going to pass.
We've spent ten out of the last twelve years of our lives building software for the General Insurance industry. I'm reminded now of why we've decided to leave that aside for a while. There's a sickness in the MIS/IT manager mentality.
Fortunately we've stashed some of those hard-earned cash into some passive income generating instruments, so we can dig in. It's going to be a long war.