• Subject: Re: Programmers vs Consultants
  • From: Bob Larkin <blarkin@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 00:27:05 -0600

As a consultant, we must often educate our clients. This sounds like an instance
where I would have had a heart to heart with management. The least they should 
do
at that point, would be to consult another firm. A re-write is a large
undertaking, and the management deserved to know all of the pros & cons. If this
involved going over the other "consultants" head, so be it.

Bob

RBBaird@premsys.com wrote:

> From: Lori Hainey <lhainey@hbs-inc.com>
> Subject: Re: Programmers vs Consultants
>
> You have GOT to be kidding!  Did you pull the clients aside and slap them
> across the face a few times?  "HEY! WAKE UP! I'M DOING THIS FOR YOUR OWN
> GOOD! YOU'RE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE!"
>
> Did you show them the last 10 years of news 3x/400 or midrange computing
> magazines?  Show them the last 10 years of IBM marketing materials?
>
> This is a no-brainer!  That's like telling a customer to run his network on
> windows for workgroups, v3.11!  If you can't convince the customer the
> error of THESE ways, then it is beyond me how these poor slobs have/will
> stay in business, you don't want their business, and I for one would have
> left the project in protest anyway.
>
> Seriously, that has to be the most bizarre story I've heard in years!
>
> Rick
>
> <snip>...
> > complete re-write currently and want to be more progressive in coding in
> near
> > future, why re-write in RPGII? We told them this would put them in a
> position of
> > needing ANOTHER complete re-write when in the future whereas RPGIV would
> position
> > them to go forward with mere "tweeking" where needed. They went with the
> other
> > consultant and dropped us from the contract. We told them they should at
> the very
> > least seek additional opinions from more "current skill capable"
> consultants to
> > be certain the person they have is not just staying with his comfort zone
> instead
> > of their best interest.
> <snip again>
>
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