In a message dated 98-02-21 12:55:02 EST, you write:

> You make a good point, and yes ... time will tell in the case of 
>  HarperCollins. But in an $11 BILLION company, SOMEBODY has put his butt on 
>  the line and is trusting NT? Either forward-thinking or crazy! <g>

Never, _NEVER_, underestimate the idiocy of corporate America.  Scott Adams
wouldn't have a job if it could be done ;-).  My current primary client just
acquired a manager from a $30B company that was doing the same thing -- he
didn't want to be around when it went live.  As I've stated in the past, many
(TOO many) upper-level managers have taken to using advertisements, articles
like the one you mentioned, and trade show hoopla for decision making rather
than good solid research and spending a few bucks on a pilot.  If Harper-
Collins doesn't have a "skunk works", you can bet that the project is either
going to fail, or run _WAY_ over budget.  The sad thing is, nobody will lose
their job over it in all likelihood.

BTW, what kind of cars do you guys drive?  I've had _several_ computer-related
failures in Toyotas, Fords, Subarus, and Cadillacs...gotta get me one of those
that doesn't decide to chrystallize the spark plug wires on a whim ;-).


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." -- Joan
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